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Japanese animation is a very wide media which spans countless genres. From children television to hardcore porn, from slapstick comedy to sad dramas, from Romantic Comedy to bloody action.

Now comes a 20 minute OVA which fills one of the few niches still not covered by anime: Isshoni Training / Training with Hinako is an animated fitness video. As is the case with most fitness videos, it is less about actually giving exercising instructions but more about giving an excuse to ogle a sparsely clothed, bouncy, sweaty girl.

Despite its very cheap production (countless repeats of the same sequences) it was quite a hit in Japan. All copies of the DVD were sold out immediately at release day.

A sequel, Sleeping With Hinako, was released in February 2010. "Sleeping" alters the formula, and is meant to "simulate" a sleepover with Hinako. It acts as sleep ambiance and an alarm clock. The ambient footage is a repeating loop of Hinako sleeping in sexy poses from various camera angles, giving the viewer something pretty to look at and listen to when falling asleep and waking up.

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  • No Fourth Wall — Hinako is frequently interacting directly with the viewer.
  • Stock Footage — Countless repeats after repeats of the same animation cycles until you are paying more attention to the background than the character and become grateful for your fast-forward button.
  • Trapped in TV Land — Hinako used to be a real girl but got sucked into the anime world.
  • Workout Fanservice — The specific draw of Training. Hinako's supposed to be getting into shape, which allows the camera to repeatedly ogle Hinako's boobs and butt as she does her reps.


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