The official website for the short anime adaptation of Iro Aida’s After-School Hanako-kun manga has released its first promotional video, revealing the anime’s ending theme song “Koi! Koi Koi” performed by Akari Kitō and featuring Yuri Yoshida, Chitose Morinaga, and Mai Kanazawa as their respective characters Nene Yashiro and Mokke.
Scheduled to debut on TBS on October 12, Crunchyroll will simulcast the anime on the same day at 2:00 p.m. ET in various regions including North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, CIS, and India.
The series will also feature a returning cast from the original Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun television anime! After-School Hanako-kun is Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun’s spinoff manga. It launched on August 27, 2019, and tells the story of the Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun characters after work hours.
Set in the mysterious and often eerie world of Kamome Academy, Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun narrates a story of ghostly mysteries, unexpected friendships, and a quirky twist on the traditional “ghost in the bathroom” urban legend. Now, After-School Hanako-kun is here to show us what the characters do on their day off!
After-School Hanako-kun: Staff & Plot
The anime adaptation of After-School Hanako-kun is directed by Masaki Kitamura and produced by Lerche and Studio Hibari. The scripts are handled by Kazuma Nagatomo, while Aya Higami designs the characters and acts as the chief animation director.
Mizuho Shimada is the compositing director of photography and Hiroshi Takaki returns from the Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun anime as the music composer.
Other staff members include
- Color Design: Saki Tada
- Editing: Kazuo Kajikawa
- Music Production: Pony Canyon
- Sound Director: Satoki Iida
- Recording Engineer: Tatsuhiro Amano
- Recording Studio: Studio Tronc
- Sound Production: HALF H·P STUDIO
- Animation Producer: Ryō Nishimura
The ghostly Hanako-kun and his mortal assistant Nene Yashiro usually have their hands full resolving various supernatural incidents in Kamome Academy, but how do they spend their time when they get a break from all that? After-School Hanako-kun is here to show us what the characters of Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun do on their laid-back afterschool days!
The plot of Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun follows Kamome Academy, where rumors circulate about the Seven Mysteries, including Hanako-san, who supposedly resides in the third stall of the third-floor girls’ bathroom in the old school building. Legend has it that Hanako-san can fulfill any wish when summoned.
Intrigued by the supernatural, Nene Yashiro, a high school girl with a fascination for the occult and romantic fantasies, dares to enter this supposedly haunted bathroom. However, to her astonishment, the Hanako-san she encounters is not the female spirit she expected, but rather a mischievous boy ghost, turning her expectations upside down.
Worth a Watch?
Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun is a refreshing escape from the topsy-turvy outside world with its supernatural charm and unexpected twists. Hanako, with his mischievous and curious nature, adds a playful and mysterious element to the story, contrasting with Nene’s sweet and naive personality.
The series is divided into story arcs, often revolving around the school’s seven mysteries, with a mix of supernatural elements and unexpected twists. But due to its 12-episode run, some content from the manga is omitted, leaving viewers wanting more.
Visually, Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun stands out with its unique comic book art-like style, faithfully adapting the character designs and settings from the manga.
While it may appeal more to a niche audience, it confidently delivers a supernatural comedy that knows its strengths, making it a safe recommendation for anyone looking for a lighthearted and colorful escape, and we’re sure After-School Hanako-kun will do the same.
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