This episode was the conclusion to the play, “And Everyone Is Part of the ABC Tragedy File!” Hinako’s hard work pays off while the show, as well as characterization, progresses slightly. But it’s not enough.
(Spoilers in this review)
So the girls manage to perform their play at the cultural festival after the series is halfway over. Hinako actually ends up forgetting her lines a couple of hours before the play, but Kuina and Yua both help her relearn her lines just in time. Yua also ends up forgetting to bring her handkerchief on-stage, but Hinako’s ad-lib, coupled with Mayu being prepared, saves the play. The episode ends with Ruri-sensei offering to advise Hinako’s theater trope (which is named after the coffee shop she works in, Hitotose), Yua joining said theater trope, and Ruri-sensei announcing that the school’s theater club will now reopen because the play went well.
Unfortunately, readers will have to look elsewhere if they want to see if Hinako can properly balance managing a theater trope while participating in the theatre club. While Hinako Note improved compared to last week, I’m just not having fun with this show. It’s a slice-of-life Cute Girls Doing Cute Things Show, which is alright in my book. But the characters are quite boring, the animation is often lazy, the jokes frequently fail to amuse, and the fanservice (while dialed back in this episode) is off-putting. There’s just better things for me to do with my time, basically.
I’ll be watching Hinako Note every week until it concludes, in other words, so I can do a series review in 6 weeks or so. But The Lily Garden will no longer do anymore episodic reviews for this show, sorry.