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Hanamaru Kindergarten
Hanamaru Kindergarten vol01 Cover.jpg
Cover of the first volume of Hanamaru Kindergarten as published by Square Enix
はなまる幼稚園
(Hanamaru Yōchien)
Genre Sitcom, Comedy
Manga
Author Yuto
Publisher Square Enix
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Young Gangan
Original run April 25, 2007 – ongoing
Volumes 7
TV anime
Director Seiji Mizushima
Writer Yuichiro Oguro
Composer Satoshi Motoyama
Studio Gainax
Network TV Tokyo
Original run January 10, 2010March 28, 2010
Episodes 12
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Hanamaru Kindergarten (はなまる幼稚園 Hanamaru Yōchien?) is a Japanese situation comedy manga series written and illustrated by Yuto and published by Square Enix. It is mainly about a kindergarten girl who is in love with her teacher and tries to win his affection but always fails. It has been adapted into an anime television series produced by Gainax and began airing in Japan on January 10, 2010 on TV Tokyo.[1]

Contents

Plot

Anzu goes to a preschool with her friends, the shy Koume and the eccentric Hiiragi. Together they try to attract attention from their caretaker Tsuchida. However, he is clearly more interested in the pretty Yamamoto who supervises the class next door.

Characters

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Teachers

Naozumi Tsuchida (土田 直純 Tsuchida Naozumi?)

Voiced by: Satoshi Hino[2]

The only male teacher at Hanamaru Kindergarten, who started teaching in the school after graduation. At first, he was seen as unreliable, but as time passes by, he gets the hang of being a teacher. He is liked by Anzu, but he does not return his affection back to her. He has a crush on Nanako Yamamoto, his colleague. Sakura called him Tsutchi when they were classmates (and still does), so Anzu does as well. He is a game otaku and plays until late at night, often resulting in him being late for work at the kindergarten. He teaches first-year Sakura Class.
Nanako Yamamoto (山本 菜々子 Yamamoto Nanako?)

Voiced by: Erino Hazuki[2]

One of the female teachers at Hanamaru Kindergarten. Even though Tsuchida likes her, she is a little too airheaded to understand it; she regards herself as a woman who is not that attractive. She teaches first-year Peach Class. She appears to be good at sewing, as she has fixed Tsuchida's apron and Koume's stuffed panda-cat doll's ear.
Kusano (草野 Kusano?)

Voiced by: Kaoru Mizuhara[2]

One of the female teachers at Hanamaru Kindergarten who likes sports. She enjoys watching what Tsuchida does to get Yamamoto's attention. She teaches second-year Sunflower Class.
Kawashiro (川代 Kawashiro?)

Voiced by: Naomi Wakabayashi[2]

One of the female teachers at Hanamaru Kindergarten. Appears slightly geeky. She teaches second-year Tulip Class. In the anime, she lent Anzu a sweater for her "date" with Tsuchida. She is described as lacking composure.
Kakogawa (水主川 Kakogawa?)

Voiced by: Arisa Ogasawara

One of the female teachers at Hanamaru Kindergarten. She only appears in the anime. Has short brown hair. She is described as being mature.
Nishikaze (西風 Nishikaze?)

Voiced by: Ayumi Tsunematsu

One of the female teachers at Hanamaru Kindergarten. She only appears in the anime. She has long black hair that goes to her waist and is described as being laid back. She has a sleepy look on her face.

Kindergarten students

Anzu ( Anzu?)

Voiced by: Kei Shindō[2]

A girl in Tsuchida's class. She has a crush on Tsuchida to a point where she wants to marry him, but fails to get his affectionate attention. She is also a friend of Koume and Hiiragi. She is known to do unsafe actions that usually cause many adults to worry. She has a wild strand of blond hair that sticks up.
Koume (小梅 Koume?)

Voiced by: MAKO[2]

A girl in Tsuchida's class. She quickly became friends with Anzu and Hiiragi upon the start of the semester. She is very shy and sensitive. She has an older brother who gave a red ribbon she holds very dear to her heart.
Hiiragi ( Hiiragi?)

Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki[2]

A girl in Tsuchida's class. She quickly became friends with Anzu and Koume upon the start of the semester. She is very gifted in knowledge but is easily embarrassed. Her dad works at a scientific lab. She wears random costumes in certain episodes. Her mouth isn't shown, even when she talks.
Yū Kobayakawa (小早川 優 Kobayakawa Yū?)

Voiced by: Hiromi Igarashi

A boy who helps Koume when she fell down; Koume starts to like him. He's in second-year Sunflower Class. In the anime when they come back from summer break, he gives her a stuffed koala doll. In the manga he seems to have a crush on Yamamoto-sensei but this has yet to be addressed in the anime.
Kenji (けんじ Kenji?)

Voiced by: Manami Nakamura

A boy from second-year Sunflower Class who first challenged Hiiragi to see who was smarter, then was impressed with her and decided to be her student. He even calls her "master".
Hinagiku (雛菊 Hinagiku?)

Voiced by: Mariya Ise[2]

A girl from second-year Sunflower Class who Tsuchida helped before she transferred to Hanamaru Kindergarten. Suprisingly very mature considering her age, she turned out to be the daughter of the head of a Yakuza clan. Hinagiku fell in love with Tsuchida, and transferred to Hanamaru Kindergarten. Anzu considers her as a rival.
Aoi ( Aoi?)

Voiced by: Hiromi Igarashi

A girl in Tsuchida's class. Her parents are fishmongers, and she likes to help them working.

Others

Sakura ( Sakura?)

Voiced by: Yōko Honna[2]

Anzu's mother and Tsuchida's high school classmate. She encourages Anzu to marry Tsuchida, reflecting that of her own marriage to her Art teacher. She got married and pregnant while in high school, she never graduated because she dropped out to be with her husband when he got a job teaching at an American university. She has a wild strand of blond hair that sticks up, which Anzu seems to have inherited. Despite no longer being students, Tsuchida still calls her Senpai.
Satsuki Tsuchida (土田 さつき Tsuchida Satsuki?)

Voiced by: Shion Hirota[2]

Tsuchida's younger sister. She visits the kindergarten to see how Tsuchida has been doing ever since he left home. She seems to care very much for her brother's well-being, and apparently has a brother complex. She is often very eager to receive any sort of acknowledgment from Tsuchida and has a tendency to get jealous whenever Tsuchida gets close to Yamamoto.
Mayumi Yamamoto (山本 真弓 Yamamoto Mayumi?)

Voiced by: Chiwa Saitō[2]

Yamamoto's younger sister. She is rather mischievous at times when it comes to her sister, but the two are very close. She knows that her sister is very airheaded when it comes to matters of love. She is also aware that Tsuchida has a crush on her sister, and sympathises with him, knowing that he'll have a hard time trying to get through to her. Ironically, she is airheaded as well when it comes to people's affections aimed at herself. She works as an part-time assistant in a manga publisher, and is resposible to mangaka Hanamaru, who has a crush on her. She is just as airheaded as her sister to understand it, however.
Hanamaru (花丸 Hanamaru?)

Voiced by: Kōji Yusa[2]

A mangaka, the author of manga "Panda-cat", which is a hit with kindergarten children. He has a crush on Mayumi Yamamoto.

Media

Manga

The manga is written and illustrated by Yuto. Hanamaru Kindergarten is currently serialized by Square Enix in the monthly Young Gangan magazine,[3] and the chapters collected in tankōbon. As January 2010, seven volumes were released with the first one released on April 25, 2007,[4] and the last one on December 25, 2009.[4]

Outside Japan the series is licensed in Taiwan by Sharp Point Press [5] and in Hong Kong and Macau by Jade Dynasty[6].

Volume list

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
01 April 25, 2007[4] ISBN 978-4-7575-1999-2
02 September 25, 2007[4] ISBN 978-4-7575-2124-7
03 February 25, 2008[4] ISBN 978-4-7575-2225-1
04 August 25, 2008[4] ISBN 978-4-7575-2330-2
05 February 25, 2009[4] ISBN 978-4-7575-2500-9
06 August 25, 2009[4] ISBN 978-4-7575-2658-7
07 December 25, 2009[4] ISBN 978-4-7575-2758-4

Anime

# Title[7] Original airdate[7]
1 "A Hanamaru Entrance Ceremony / A Hanamaru Mother"
"Hanamaru na Nyūgakushiki / Hanamaru na Okaasan" (はなまるな入学式 / はなまるなおかあさん) 
January 10, 2010

Today is Hanamaru Kindergarten's entrance ceremony, but new teacher Tsuchida sleeps in anyway. As he hurries to school, he runs into a little girl on the side of the road. Concerned for the girl all by herself, he talks to her. Thinking Tsuchida is hitting on her, the girl bursts with excitement. Afterward, Tsuchida rushes to the kindergarten and anxiously participates in the entrance ceremony.

The mother of Anzu, the little girl Tsuchida ran into on his way to kindergarten, turns out to be Sakura, his high school classmate. Returning home after the entrance ceremony, Anzu listens to her mother tell old stories about her high school days, and Anzu begins calling Tsuchida “Tsutchi” just like her mother. As her parents are preparing for bed, Anzu watches her father give her mother a good night kiss. Sakura tells Anzu to get a kiss from her father too, but Anzu refuses, saying she will get one from her darling instead. 
2 "A Hanamaru Slide / A Hanamaru Genius"
"Hanamaru na Suberidai / Hanamaru na Tensai" (はなまるなすべり台 / はなまるな天才) 
January 17, 2010

Still getting used to working at the kindergarten, Tsuchida panics when he is surrounded by a group of students. The agitated Tsuchida gives Anzu permission to explore the kindergarten with her new friends Koume and Hiiragi. While exploring the kindergarten, the three find a slide on the second floor.

Anzu, Koume, and Hiiragi are excitedly discussing Koume's pet rabbit when second year Sunflower Class student Kenji shows up. He taunts Koume, claiming rabbits die from loneliness. When Koume is on the verge of tears, the knowledgeable Hiiragi saves the day, correcting Kenji's “facts” one after another. Kenji presents Hiiragi with a challenge to settle their know-it-all battle once and for all. 
3 "A Hanamaru Love Triangle / A Hanamaru Day"
"Hanamaru na Sankaku Kankei / Hanamaru na Ichinichi" (はなまるな三角関係 / はなまるな一日) 
January 24, 2010

Madly in love with Tsuchida, Anzu decides to take a chance and confess her love to him, but he does not take her seriously. Instead, Tsuchida falls over himself thanking Peach Class' Yamamoto for fixing his apron. Anzu tries to keep Yamamoto away from him to no avail. Upon seeing the situation, Hiiragi declares a love triangle between Tsuchida, Yamamoto, and Anzu. Anzu, Hiiragi, and Koume put their heads together to create a strategy of attack, desperate not to lose to Yamamoto.

Peach Class' Yamamoto left her parents' home to live with her younger sister Mayumi. One day, Yamamoto decides to write a letter to her parents about her co-workers, her innocent and cute students, and the friends from Sakura Class she recently made: Hiiragi the bookworm, the kindhearted Koume, and Anzu, madly in love with Tsuchida. While writing her letter, Yamamoto recalls a particular experience she had with Anzu. 
4 "A Hanamaru Date / A Hanamaru Helper"
"Hanamaru na Dēto / Hanamaru na Otetsudai" (はなまるなデート / はなまるなお手伝い) 
January 31, 2010

Anzu wants to have a fairytale romance with Tsuchida, but he breaks her heart when he calls it unrealistic. Following Hiiragi's advice, Anzu takes Tsuchida on the date of his dreams. Having set the time and place, Anzu instructs Tsuchida to meet her there.

Tsuchida takes a day off to attend a relative's wedding, leaving Yamamoto in charge of the Sakura Class for a day. A determined Anzu offers her services to Yamamoto, who asks Anzu for various favors. 
5 "A Hanamaru Detective / A Hanamaru First Love"
"Hanamaru na Tanteidan / Hanamaru na Hatsukoi" (はなまるな探偵団 / はなまるな初恋) 
February 7, 2010

Tsuchida turns Anzu down when she asks him out on a Sunday date, leading her to believe he's seeing another woman. When Hiiragi suggests they follow Tsuchida, Anzu, Hiiragi, and Koume unite to form the Hanamaru Detective Brigade.

Hiiragi and Koume follow Anzu as she chases after Tsuchida, but Koume trips. Just as she's about to break into tears, a boy extends a helping hand. The boy leaves soon afterward when his friends call him, leaving Koume to stand in the hallway by herself, unable to move. 
6 "A Hanamaru Pool / A Hanamaru Brother"
"Hanamaru na Pūru / Hanamaru na Oniichan" (はなまるなプール / はなまるなお兄ちゃん) 
February 14, 2010

Hanamaru Kindergarten is opening its pool. Excited about her first visit to a pool with Tsuchida, Anzu hurries off to show him her swimsuit and "knock him out." Anzu is feeling pleased with herself when Tsuchida calls her cute when Yamamoto shows up in her swimsuit.

Tsuchida's younger sister Satsuki comes to visit. However, Tsuchida forgets to leave a house key in his mailbox for Satsuki. When she sees the disheveled state of her brother, the already-angry Satsuki explodes. Satsuki begins to wonder if her hopeless brother is doing a proper job at the kindergarten. 
7 "A Hanamaru Summer Vacation / A Hanamaru Summer Festival"
"Hanamaru na Natsu Yasumi / Hanamaru na Natsu Matsuri" (はなまるな夏休み / はなまるな夏祭り) 
February 21, 2010

The kindergarten's summer vacation starts tomorrow! Sakura suggests they take a trip to her hometown with Hiiragi, Koume, and Tsuchida. Tsuchida gets excited when Yamamoto decides to join them, and the six of them make plans to visit the hometown of Sakura and Tsuchida.

Satsuki is delighted her brother is finally visiting home, but when he spends all of his time looking after the girls and staring at Yamamoto, her mood turns sour. The situation comes to a head when Tsuchida does not even realize his sister prepared dinner. The group heads to a nearby shrine for a summer festival, but Satsuki's feelings are still unresolved. 
8 "A Hanamaru Fishmonger / A Hanamaru Rival"
"Hanamaru na Sakanaya-san / Hanamaru na Raibaru" (はなまるなさかなやさん / はなまるなライバル) 
February 28, 2010

Summer vacation is over, and everyone in class told what they did during summer vacation. Aoi, one of the student, tells the rest of the class about her parent's work as fishmongers. Anzu, Koume, and Hiiragi went to Aoi's store and persuaded Aoi's dad to let them help. Aoi soon joined them after some persuasion from Anzu, Koume and Hiiragi.

Tsuchida helps a little girl after the thong of her Zōri broke. The girl, named Hinagiku, turned out to be the daughter of the head of a Yakuza clan. The next day, Hinagiku came to Hanamaru Kindergarten and suddenly made a marriage proposal to Tsuchida, and soon transferred to Hanamaru. Hinagiku claims that she loves Tsuchida, so Tsuchida decided to make her dislike him, but failed. 
9 "A Hanamaru Gift / A Hanamaru Dream / A Hanamaru Night"
"Hanamaru na Sashiire / Hanamaru na Yume / Hanamaru na Yoru" (はなまるな差し入れ / はなまるな夢 / はなまるな夜) 
March 7, 2010
 
10 "A Hanamaru Cheerleading Squad / A Hanamaru Love Confession"
"Hanamaru na Ōendan / Hanamaru na Kokuhaku" (はなまるな応援団 / はなまるな告白) 
March 14, 2010
 
11 "A Hanamaru Uninvited Lady / A Hanamaru Story"
"Hanamaru na Oshikake Nyōbō / Hanamaru na O-hanashi" (はなまるな押しかけ女房 / はなまるなお話) 
March 14, 2010
 

References

  1. ^ "Hanamaru Kindergarten Anime Green-Lit with Gainax". June 3, 2009. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-06-03/hanamaru-kindergarten-anime-green-lit-with-gainax. Retrieved January 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "あにてれ:はなまる幼稚園" (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/contents/hanamaru/staff/index.html. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ "はなまる幼稚園 | 作品紹介 | ヤングガンガン YOUNG GANGAN OFFICIALSITE" (in Japanese). Square Enix. http://www.square-enix.co.jp/magazine/yg/introduction/hanamaru/. Retrieved January 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "作家名別出版物一覧「や」" (in Japanese). Square Enix. http://www.square-enix.co.jp/magazine/lineup-book/sakkabetu/ya.html. Retrieved January 17, 2010. 
  5. ^ "花圈圈幼稚園(01)" (in Chinese). Sharp Point Press. http://www.spp.com.tw/spp2006/all/asp/search/bookfile.asp?bc=21170621&vch=comic. Retrieved January 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ "花丸幼稚園(1)" (in Chinese). Jade Dynasty Publication. http://www.jdcomics.com.hk/labelpage.asp?code=GL00360101. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "あにてれ:はなまる幼稚園" (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/contents/hanamaru/episodes/index.html. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 

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