Young Ichiro Hanada lives with his parents and grandfather in a quiet rural town. He is a little brat who constantly teases his sister, insults his mother, fights with everybody, and eats a lot. Ichiro has a near-death experience when he is hit by a truck, and when he wakes up he can see and talk to spirits. The spirits of people who have just died but who cannot pass on yet seek him out. They have some unresolved issue in their lives that is holding them back, and Ichiro must help them out. – My Anime List
Based on 10 review scores:
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Thoroughly enjoyable series. Wish it were a little longer, but then again, I would have definitely said the same whatever the length.
Overall, Hanada Shounen Shi is a sappy story, but I mean that in a good way. From the outside it might look like a kiddie show, and Ichiro can and WILL get on your nerves, but despite that it again and again proves that it can be a heart-warming series.
Dont let the cover fool you, this is a seinen anime and gets better after every episode. My only hang with it is the awful opening and eding choices of songs, other than that, this show is flawless
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The series ends in a nice place, but the manga is apparently still going. Ichiro eventually grows up, and his ability to see spirits is passed on to his son. It would be great to see some new animated adventures at some point, so long as it’s done with the same care and skill.
Hanada Shounen Shi is probably destined to remain a cult series due to its lack of a “hook” and the nature of the main character; while purely comic shows whose protagonists parallel Ichiro exist, I imagine that many fans will be unreceptive to a show that uses such antics in a semi-serious context. It’s a shame, because this show is quite a good one. Its incompleteness and my lack of satisfaction with a few arcs keep it from perfection, but don’t let its obscurity fool you: few shows mix pathos and scatological humor successfully, and none I have seen do it better than this one. Track it down if you can.