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3.5 inches tall? No problem!

Hakumei to Mikochi (ハクメイとミコチ), also known by other titles including Hakumei & Mikochi; Kobito Hiyori; Minuscule; Hakumei & Mikochi: Tiny Little Life in the Woods and Tiny Little Life in the Woods, is a manga by Kashiki Takuto. It began serialization in 2011 in the magazine Fellows!, which was renamed Harta in 2013.

At heart, it's an Iyashikei work, focusing on the two namesake lilliputian girls' daily lives and adventures. Whether it's the daily chaos that follows the energetic, gluttonous Hakumei, or the good eats produced by the masterful hands of Mikochi, the readers are drawn into their tiny, colorful world (by our scale) and welcomed to stay.

In August 2017, an anime adaptation was announced, to be produced by Lerche Studios. It began airing January 12, 2018. An OVA was released in June 2018. The manga has been licensed in English by Yen Press, and the anime has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks and can be currently legally viewed on Hidive.



  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Chapter 21 for Iwashi and Jada, as he helps her out with home repairs.
    • Chapter 34 focuses on Narai and Hakuyo, with Hakumei and Mikochi taking a supporting role.
  • Action Girl: Hakumei. Her size can't be held in relation with her courage. Wanting to tame Sunset Hawk which is actually Mikochi's pet bird Kafuu? Check. Fixing a windmill in the middle of a storm? Check. Fixing an equivalent of the Great Wall? Check. Riding on a paper plane to wage war? Check. Mikochi too can be this, if it's related to cooking. Action Chef anyone?
  • Art Evolution: You can really see how the author has progressed from the beginning of volume 1 to the end of volume 5, both in coloring technique and design.
  • Badass Adorable: Hakumei again. Less than 4 inches, but will gladly face an owl to save her friend. Or wage war against the Old-timers.
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  • Bamboo Technology: Averted. The mini-people's technology is mostly equivalent to what Middle Ages Earth's would be, with some 19th-century equivalent tech as well, such as cameras and steam trains, and there's no magic involved except the Applied Phlebotinum glass lamps resident Necromancer Sen uses to revive and control animal skeletons.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Any bugs depicted within the story, given the girls' viewpoint. Special mention goes to the Goliath beetle that's strong enough to pull a whole tangerine, plus some.
  • Big Fancy House: The girls' tree-root home after Sen's renovation. It now has a greenhouse, underground space and, to quote the creator, a lavish entrance. Heck, she turned it into an apartment complex! Without consulting them.
  • Boy Meets Girl: More like girl meets girl. Or more like girl drops in another girl's house... and stays there indefinitely. Readers haven't been told how the two met, only bits and pieces of information (and quite some foreshadowing) by the author.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Every one of those bypassers in the background has quite detailed clothing to boot. Yes, EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.
  • Distracted by the Luxury: Conju forgot her house key after using it to give the scented soaps she and Mikochi made imprint patterns.
  • Edible Ammunition: Mushrooms, berries and acorns are used like this in the Honey Home war. Bonus point for actually eating them later.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: In the manga, Sen has slit pupils, possibly as a subversion of Hellish Pupils; despite her association with unsettling things, she's fundamentally a decent person. In the anime, this is replaced by her having purple eyes and large pupils.
  • Friend to Bugs: Hakumei. She even wanted to keep one as a pet/vehicle! Mikochi, on the other hand, is afraid of them, but she gets better. On a larger scale, every inhabitant of this world other than insectkind themselves.
  • Gentle Giant: The larger animals act like this, even a wolf! Special mention goes to the towering vice-president of the Woodcutter's Union Katen, who's usually being ridden by Narai.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Conju.
  • Housewife: Mikochi. She's famous for having a godly touch in cooking and bath-singing.
  • Lilliputians: The humanlike creatures the girls are supposed to be. We haven't been informed of what they're calling themselves In-Universe.
  • Lower-Deck Episode:
    • Chapter 28 is about Conju's neighbor Raika, who's a big fan of hers, wanting to catch some time with her.
    • Chapter 29 sees the local librarian meeting many of the regular cast while he works.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Played With; Narai thought Mikochi was Hakumei's wife, but only because he thought Hakumei was a boy.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Konju has to spend the night with her neighbor Raika, who is not very impressed in the morning when she sees Konju Sleeps in the Nude in her bed. Konju tells her she can't sleep with clothes "trapping her".
  • Necromancer: Well, close enough; Sen's a researcher who uses Applied Phlebotinum to animate skeletons as part of her studies of life.
  • Obake: The second chapter tells us about a festival held to respect the Tsukumogami, spirits born of well-used household appliances. What they forgot to tell the singers was that those tsukumogami are real and they like to dance.
  • One Head Taller: Jada the beautician. But usually averted, since most of the lilliputian cast are about equal height.
  • Outdoorsy Gal: Hakumei, natch. She was trained to live outdoors by the caravan that saved her after being tricked out of money and luggage.
  • The Quiet One: Sen the researcher; she lives alone in the swamp, accompanied by the turtle-house and the skeletons animated by the lamp. Then again she does have a girlish side that wants to dress better, even if she needs to bicker with Mikochi about the design. By contrast, Conju is FAR from quiet; she's screaming almost in every appearance.
  • Scenery Porn: The manga's backgrounds are just breathtaking, given they're only rendered in black and white. It looks just like what you'll see from macro photos. The anime follows suit, which resulted in Kusanagi, the show's background art subcontractor, being given equal billing with Lerche.
  • Serendipitous Survival: Hakumei and Mikochi almost die twice in chapter four/episode three. The first time happens when, as they are heading home, their house explodes due to Hakumei not properly storing her gunpowder. The second time happens when, as the two are camping, Hakumei decides to show Mikochi the stars; it's a good thing she did because not even a minute later a giant fruit lands on their tent, destroying it.
  • Shown Their Work: The mini-people's chubby design and lack of what should be soles and toes on their feet actually makes sense given their size.
    • You can only shrink a cell to a certain point before it loses the ability to perform its function, and similarly you need a set amount of cells to create a specific organ, hence the chubby-ish looks.
    • In bipedal creatures the need of soles and toes was important to help distribute the weight while walking, but in smaller creatures the heel was enough to perform the same job.
  • Spell My Name with an S: For Conju and Laika: the scanlators use "Conju" and "Laika", while the anime uses "Konju" and "Raika".
  • The Stoic: Narai, the chief of the woodworkers' union. Combined with his harsh look and words, it makes him look like your model Oyabun/boss. In reality he's softer than he looks, and tends to overthink even the smallest mistake, according to his wife.
  • Team Chef: Hakuyo has cooked for the union members often enough she's adept at cooking for large groups.
  • Technician vs. Performer: This is why Sen and Conju don't hit it off when they first meet - Sen takes her research very seriously and doesn't appreciate any distractions, while Conju loves performing to the point of getting carried away. Working together, however, brings the two of them closer.
  • Technicolor Eyes:
    • Conju has light red eyes.
    • Jada has pink eyes.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Mikochi has been working in a fabric shop from sometime before the events of the manga. She can also dye and sew clothes!
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The main characters; Hakumei even got mistaken for a man by Narai... not that you can blame him.

Alternative Title(s): Hakumeito Mikochi