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Posted 1/12/10
Yes, yes it is lol. the voices just make it so adorable ^_^
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Posted 1/27/10
Too much kawaii-ness can indeed cause an overload. I don't think they've gone overboard with it and I hope it stays that way.
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Posted 1/27/10
I think the voice actors are doing a great job of sounding like a kindergartner. Bravo to them.
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Posted 1/28/10
I've never seen a Japanese kindergartner in a natural setting so I wouldn't know what one sounds like...either way...all the voices seem to fit well
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Posted 2/8/10
The only thing that comes to mind that could be cuter than this show would be a Yotsuba animated series.

The whole detective thing was great, especially how they kept getting distracted
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Posted 2/11/10
it's so cute to the max X3 hahaha
Posted 2/12/10
Wait, what? Doesn't anyone have a problem with the reaction of Anzu’s mom? Her 5 yr old child tells her that a stranger has approached her to "hit on her" and she is amused by it? Even congratulatory? 5 yr old children are not normally interested in marriage or romantic love. They are innocent children... Children! I am not even religious, but I have to say suspension of disbelief does not equal suspension of common decency. This thing smacks of pedophilia, not to mention child neglect, and that's just in the first 30 seconds. I could not even bring myself to watch any more of it. How can it be construed as "cute"? It's nothing more that a pretense for pseudo-soft-core pedophilia. I would wager that its author is eventually arrested for possession of child pornography. How did Hanamaru ever see the light of day much less be produced as an anime?
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Wait, what? Doesn't anyone have a problem with the reaction of Anzu’s mom? Her 5 yr old child tells her that a stranger has approached her to "hit on her" and she is amused by it? Even congratulatory? 5 yr old children are not normally interested in marriage or romantic love. They are innocent children... Children! I am not even religious, but I have to say suspension of disbelief does not equal suspension of common decency. This thing smacks of pedophilia, not to mention child neglect, and that's just in the first 30 seconds. I could not even bring myself to watch any more of it. How can it be construed as "cute"? It's nothing more that a pretense for pseudo-soft-core pedophilia. I would wager that its author is eventually arrested for possession of child pornography. How did Hanamaru ever see the light of day much less be produced as an anime?


hmm I had crushes on teachers in 1st or 2nd grade
though I didn't really know what it was then
its not really "romance" or "pedophilia" its just... "like"
affectionate crush and intimate romantic relationship are different

perhaps you are right that a kid really would not know that much about this stuff though
Posted 2/12/10
Hi Prooof I never had anything I could call crushes in 1st, 2nd, or even 5th grade. My 1st grade teacher was a crazy ol' bat with buns in her hair like princess Leia. She used to yell at her students for saying "ya" instead of "yes". Anyway, I did have great admiration for certain older people and even some younger people in my life. This was not a crush though. It was more like they were my hero or something. Their was no romantic side to it. I just really liked them.
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haha I also had some like high school/ college age team leaders then so I guess :P
I haven't watched this series but I'm assuming the teacher doesn't mean any ill will, though perhaps the kid knows a bit too much (and is misunderstanding as a result);
kindergartners do not know that much about this stuff xP
Posted 2/16/10
Here's the thing that gets me about this series. I am not a prude. If anything I am kind of perverted. I love a dirty joke as much as the next person. I understand that we have a media culture where it's expected that the content is often taken to the edge of what's unacceptable. The insidious thing about Hanamaru Kindergarten is that it walks right over that line without tripping over any laws. It is a pedophile fantasy without graphic content. To me that is just super creepy! Yet I see people calling it "cute". I just cannot see how they can over look the overt complicity on the part of the mom or the obvious overtones of pedophilia to see "cuteness". What gives?
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Posted 3/20/10

Somnambulant wrote:

Wait, what? Doesn't anyone have a problem with the reaction of Anzu’s mom? Her 5 yr old child tells her that a stranger has approached her to "hit on her" and she is amused by it? Even congratulatory? 5 yr old children are not normally interested in marriage or romantic love. They are innocent children... Children! I am not even religious, but I have to say suspension of disbelief does not equal suspension of common decency. This thing smacks of pedophilia, not to mention child neglect, and that's just in the first 30 seconds. I could not even bring myself to watch any more of it. How can it be construed as "cute"? It's nothing more that a pretense for pseudo-soft-core pedophilia. I would wager that its author is eventually arrested for possession of child pornography. How did Hanamaru ever see the light of day much less be produced as an anime?


I fail to see any sign of pedophilia especially since the teacher is interested in the the female teacher and sees Anzu simply as the daughter of his former high school crush. Moreover every attempt by Anzu to win Tsuchi's attention are always viewed by him as purely childish behaviour. It is Anzu who misunderstands everything that Tsuchi does as a sign of love. Anzu's mother married her arts teacher while she was still in high school and if I am not mistaken was expecting anzu at the time. So she doesn't fall in the normal category of people, furthermore no parent would take seriously the words of a kindergartner in matters of love. It's not supposed to reflect a normal daily life situation, if it did it would be utterly boring. Kids that age are nothing but cry babies and have yet to develop any cognitive reasoning.
There should be no hidden meaning to this anime, and I don't think that any mentally sane person would develop perverted thoughts by watching hanamaru kindergarten. It is each individual viewer of the anime or reader of the manga who see it in different perspectives. Nothing has meaning in perse at least man-made, it is us who give it meaning (I don't know if it made any sense!)
Posted 3/21/10
[b 1st, Thank you for the civility. Likewise I make no assertion about you or anyone else here. If anyone takes offense to my post I intended no slight. I am talking about this anime and nothing else. I merely contend that some of you are not seeing it for what it is. You are right that no mentally sane person would develop perverted thoughts watching this; it's the mental deviant that would. It is targeted toward this type of person in a not so subtle way. It strongly suggests a deviant's fantasy where a child is pursuing a taboo relationship with an adult, as apposed to the usual case of the pedophile pursuing children. Such a person would seek out this kind of situation whether in real life or in such a show as this. That is what I took issue with, the portrayal of an overt pedophile fantasy situation. It's creepy.

2. A 5 year old child has no concept of romantic love and would not behave the way this child is portrayed. The logic you use to assert that it is viewed as and therefore childish behavior is weak at best. Anzu at age 5 lacks the ability to understand romantic love or the motivation to act on such feelings as she does not have them. She would not even develop them until years later.

3. The idea that a child telling it's parent that an adult man has "hit on her" and that the parent's reaction is to dismiss it is ludicrous. More outlandish still is the portrayed reaction of Anzu's mother which is to be bemused and say "Oh, your popular with the men" ??? Also, she left her child standing alone and unsupervised in the street. She would be turned to Child Protective Services in a New York minute. A fit parent would take seriously the words of a kindergartner who told them that some man had hit on them and investigate further.
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Posted 3/21/10
1. I agree that those indivuals who display traits of pedophilia might seek to fulfill their fantasies by watching this kind of animes or even abusing young kids, but this anime has "Made in Japan" written all over it. I am not trying to sound prejudiced but in recent years the level of perversion in many aspects of Japanes life including manga and anime has has sky rocketed. It figures that what we might view as unappropriate behaviour might not be the same for them. Many japanese fathers still take baths with their daughters until the age of 16 or in rarer cases 20 and is viewed as a completely normal behaviour.

2. I already mentioned that Anzu is in no way capable of understanding what love is. And I for one agree that sometimes it looks very fishy the way she behaves. I guess we would have to ask the author on why Anzu behaves the way she does (which is way beyond her age). I don't know at what age japanese kids enter kindergarten but from what I have seen japanese kids are becoming sexually active at a very young age. This is what I have read anyways.

I personally like manga and try to steer clear of anime whenever possible for obvious reasons. The most important of them being the way that characters (esp female ones) are depicted. Its like female characters exist only to attract male audiences which is really sad because unpleasant situations might come out of it.

3. Tsuchi did not in anyway whatsoever "try to hit on" Anzu. She just misunderstood the whole conversation. And besides at the beginning of the series he tries to justify himself for the misunderstanding to the parents. Most of the male characters in animes are simply retars who can't link two words together and that leaves great opportunity for speculation. They are indecisive.
Most of the times animes don't follow the rules of what is considered acceptable human behaviour. So in that regard there is no logical way to deal with the problem of Anzu's mother not worrying about her daughter. I guess it is assumed that most audiences will overlook these little inconsistencies and be awed by the cutenes of the charaters. That is what anime are all about nowdays, most of them anyways.

I guess we are lucky that they are not showing any pictures of the little kids in their panties as is the norm with most animes since that would be a real case for pedophilia.
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Yes, this show is so cute! It doesn't go overboard, either. It's just... at that perfect level of cuteness.

I don't think the whole pedophilia thing is such a big deal in this show. I mean, it's all innocent. There's nothing sexual about it, at least not in this show. (And if Anzu mentions something sexual, she probably doesn't understand what it means) Tsuchida-sensei is not a pedophile. He is clearly in love with older women like Yamamoto-sensei.

While it never happened to me before, I do remember kids in my class who had crushes on their teachers (not in kindergarten though!). It's not really pedophilia because a lot of the time, it's just admiration.
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