Hinata isn't like most six year-olds. Where most kids might enjoy milk or juice for lunch, she enjoys sitting on a veranda with a mug of tea and fresh mint, her artwork features the Ukiyo-e style rather than crayons or fingerpaints, her speech and mannerisms are those of an old woman, and when her kindergarten teacher becomes sick she brings a home remedy made with daikon radish to school the next day.
Hinata isn't like most six year-olds. She is, in fact, an eighty-eight year-old grandmother who died and has been reincarnated while retaining the memories of her prior life.
This is the story of Roujoteki Shoujo Hinata-chan (The Cute Little Granny Girl Hinata-chan) by Asa Kuwayoshi, a Slice of Life of a kindergartener with the memories and personality of an old woman.
This series provides examples of:
- Be Yourself: Chapter twelve, which comes after Hinata's ill-fated attempt to see her grandson again, sees Hinata trying to act more like a normal child. She starts drinking juice instead of her usual tea, plays the video game she got for her birthday, and tries watching childrens' shows on television instead of her preferred sumo. Her mother catches on to her behavior and tells her it's okay to be her usual self and she will be loved no matter what. The experience gives Hinata a greater appreciation for her mother.
- Brainy Baby: A side chapter shows the day a newborn Hinata came home from the hospital. Her family sees her folding origami cranes with a dexterity that defies what she should be capable of. Her brother then asks if Hinata is doing it to wish their mother a speedy recovery and gets a very clear, firm nod in response. While this is the result of Hinata being born with the full memory of her previous life, big brother Haruto believes his little sister is a genius.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Sakuya can be seen in the foreground of chapter one, during the conversation between Hinata and Moka where Moka suggests reincarnation to Hinata. Chapter four is Sakuya's formal introduction, which ends with her asking Hinata who she used to be.
- Lost in Translation: Some of Hinata's less obvious mannerisms, specifically her speech patterns, don't carry over well to English. The first chapter features her being corrected about using "ore" instead of "watashi" by her mother, a habit Hinata had developed in her previous life. She also has a Verbal Tic of ending sentences with "dappe", something that can't be easily translated since English doesn't have that kind of convention.
- Reincarnation: To Hinata's own embarrassment, the idea that she had reincarnated after death had never occurred to her until Moka suggests it at the end of the first chapter. Immediately before that, she had been pondering if, perhaps, she was in heaven. Sakuya, however, came to the conclusion much sooner and has pondered if there is a reason for her and Hinata having been reborn.
- Secret Keeper: For reasons even she isn't sure of, Hinata has kept quiet about her previous life. While Moka guesses it in the first chapter, Sakuya is the only person who knows Hinata reincarnated because she has, too.