Learn Japanese with Anime: “Hinako Note” (Elementary Level)


Webmaster Review

71% Excellent

The great point of this anime is that cute girls do cute things. That's all there is to it. But you know it's the most important thing? In particular, the OP and ED songs and animations are great. No doubt you will be addicted to this music.

  • Story/Worldview 65 %
  • Character 70 %
  • Animation/Background 60 %
  • Songs/Sound 80 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 80 %
  • User Ratings (0 Votes) 0 %


1. Information

Title (Eng)Hinako Note
Title (Jpn)ひなこのーと
Aired Year2017
GenresSlice of life



2. Synopsis

Born and raised in the countryside of Japan, Hinako “Hina” Sakuragi gets anxious easily when she talks to new people—so much so that she resembles a stiff scarecrow. To overcome this, Hina hopes to get involved in theater, inspired by a play she saw during her school’s field trip. So, Hina moves into the Hitotose Manor in the bustling city of Tokyo to study at Fujiyama High School, aspiring to join the school’s renowned theatre club.

But to Hina’s dismay, she learns that Fujiyama High’s theatre club has been on a lengthy hiatus. Having already come to Tokyo and enrolled in the school, Hina is at a loss for what to do next. Sensing her disappointment and eagerness to learn theatre, Chiaki Hagino, the landlady of Hitotose Manor, encourages Hina to create a troupe with the residents of Hitotose Manor as its members.

Hinako Note follows Hina as she begins a new life in Tokyo attending Fujiyama High while learning the ropes of theatre with the support of her friends along the way.

Source: https://myanimelist.net/anime/33948/Hinako_Note



3. Elementary can Learn Japanese with This Anime

The prevalence of difficult words is not so high as 6.1 words. The problem is that there are many terms related to theater, but other than that, they are not so difficult terms. Since the content of the conversation is simple and there are few gags, the topic is rarely skipped. Therefore, since the themes of the difficult words that appear are almost fixed, there is an advantage that the terms can be learned with a certain degree of precision.

In addition, since the characters written in the Hinako notebook “HINAKOTO (HINAKOTO)”, which is also the title of the work, appear as a video, it is advantageous for students to learn how to read Japanese. The Japanese language learning level of this animation is Intermediate, but it has three advantages of listening, reading, and emulating, so please watch it and use it for Japanese language learning.


Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate 6.1 terms/episode= 73 / 12
Difficulty Level8th grade= Middle School
Total Difficulty Score48.8 points= 6.1 * 8
Comprehensive JudgmentEasyin 30.0 to 69.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerElementary 




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