The series continues to degrade at an alarming rate.
(Spoilers in this review)
Hinako bumps into people during dance practice again and again. This, coupled with the fact that Chiaki keeps doting on her, frustrates Yua.
While she attempts to clean up the bookstore with Kuina, Hinako finds a book about theatre and attempts to act like certain animals to improve her stiff movements. Such a novel idea proves to be ineffective for the scarecrow main character.
As the festival (and the performance for the play) draws near, Hinako and the others head to the park to practice. Yua, who has been upset at Hinako while begrudgingly admitting that Hinako is eager to learn, also jumps in and personally instructs Hinako
out of friendship because she wants the play to be a success.
In an attempt to hide its stagnant plot, Passione has opted to overload Hinako Note with an abundance of fanservice. They’re not even trying to subtle here, folks. Nevertheless, sloppy distractions doesn’t change how:
- The jokes are overused and seem to be on loop. We see Hinako bumping into other people while dancing three times in this episode.
- The production values for the series is low. Hinako’s clumsy antics are predominantely shown as still frames as with many other instances in this show. Characters who are not involved with the immediate interaction between two other characters are cast as silent, immoving statues who can only watch from the sidelines. Maybe it’s a bit much to expect funny background events in every series, but the characters look so lifeless as they just stand around with their hands by their sides.
- A fair amount of the characters are not well-developed (before Hinako and Ruriko and Chiaki can protest, I’m talking about in terms of characterization). What you see from the characters in episode 1 is basically what you get. Hinako is still trying hard to not be shy. Chiaki is the cool genius. Mayu has demonstrated that she is skilled at dancing and is rather clingy towards Chiaki. Too bad that’s not a flattering quality for the worst girl in the show to have. Kuina is actually a pretty good friend for Hinako considering how she’s always trying to encourage the scarecrow heroine. Meanwhile, Yua continues to be a smug bitch who can’t help but want to help Hinako. In other words, some of the (physically) underdeveloped girls are more engaging but that’s a small victory as the cast as a whole is, as one of my readers pointed out, is basically a bag of tropes.
- I suppose the pacing is decent enough for a slice-of-life series but I just felt bored watching this. Not like this matters, but after the 10 minute mark, I took an hour-long nap and went out for lunch and tried to practice singing before even considering that I had the rest of the episode to watch.
Overall, this isn’t a good look for Hinako Note. I guess some people will be very interested in the gratuitous angles, but it isn’t appealing to me. The fanservice is consuming what little the series potentially had to offer as a slice-of-life show. Instead of being comfy or funny, it’s just becoming trashy.