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From left to right: Hanako, Nene Yashiro, and Kou Minamoto

"Hanako-san, Hanako-san... are you there?"

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Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun (Jibaku Shōnen Hanako-kun) is a Japanese manga series created by the artist-writer duo, Aida Iro. It began serialization in Monthly G Fantasy in 2014.

Like many Japanese schools, Kamome Academy has its Seven Mysteries that are popularized by student rumors. The seventh mystery is Hanako-san of the toilet, the ghost of a girl who died in a bathroom years ago and can grant any wish for a price. Nene Yashiro, a first-year high school girl who desperately wants her senpai to return her feelings, decides to take a chance and summon the mysterious Hanako-san...only to discover that despite the very feminine name, Hanako is actually a boy. Through a turn of events, Nene becomes Hanako's assistant and helps him maintain balance between the human and spirit worlds.


An anime adaptation made by Lerche began airing on January 9th, 2020.

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  • Abandoned Playground: In the Picture Perfect arc, after Nene’s attempts to escape the false world are foiled by Shijima appearing everywhere, she and Amane find themselves in one of these, where they meet a paintbrush that seems to want to help her…
  • Adaptation Distillation: The Young Exorcist arc is cut from the anime.
  • Adorkable: In the past, Hanako (then Amane) was this whenever he had a chance to talk about space. He still slips into this sometimes, usually when it involves Nene.
  • Alone with the Psycho: During the tea party arc, Nene is stuck with Tsukasa, Sakura, and Natushiko. Played with in that the only truly crazy one there is Tsukasa, but the other two still follow his orders.
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  • Awful Truth: In the Clock Keepers arc, it is revealed that Nene will die in a year, and that Hanako has known this all along but kept it a secret so as not to burden the others with the truth. He intended to have Kou forget this as well through the time reversal, though Kou eventually kept his memories with the help of Akane's abilities.
  • Badass Family: Teru, Kou, and their younger sister Tiara are from the Minamoto family, a clan of exorcists that traces back to the legendary Minamoto Yorimtsu.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Although he was obviously shown to not be a good guy from Hanako’s horrified reaction to him, what really cements Tsukasa as someone to be feared is when he guts a talking fish only because he wanted to see what its insides looked like.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Hanako and Mitsuba’s wishes in the Perfect Picture arc.
    • Also seems like a general rule at this school is to never say the words "I wish" because Tsukasa will make you regret your words.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Hanako seems fond of pulling these a lot, saving Nene from the mokke back when they were dangerous, to saving her from Yako, to saving her and Kou in the 4PM Bookstacks...subverted in regards to Mitsuba however, as by the time he gets there Tsukasa has already been able to change his rumor.
  • Bookcase Passage: Tsuchigomori keeps his yorishiro in a hidden passage behind some bookshelves in the 4PM Bookstacks.
  • Boy Meets Ghoul: Gender-inverted. The story starts off when Nene, a human girl, meets Hanako, a ghost. He subsequently loses and finds Nene due to problems with supernaturals — and is expected to lose her for good if her lifespan cannot be changed
  • Breaking Speech: Teru to Hanako. Also Fake Aoi to Nene in the Hell of Mirrors Arc, where Nene sees her in the mirror and is brutally insulted over her ankles.
  • Breather Episode: Subverted. After the revelations in the 4PM Bookstacks arc, it seems like there will be one of these the following chapter, where Nene and Kou make donuts for Hanako. But at the end of the chapter, Tsukasa appears for the first time.
  • Broken Tears: Kou weeps these after Hanako is forced to perform a mercy kill on Mitsuba. Later on, in the Picture Perfect arc, Hanako cries these after confessing his deepest wish is for Nene to keep living.
  • Cherry Blossoms: Featured outside the classroom window in the flashbacks to when Mitsuba and Kou first met on at the start of school, as the academic year in Japan begins in spring.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In the first chapter, the pouch with the mermaid scales can be seen falling out of Hanako's pocket when he is searching for the kokeshi doll. Nene later picks it up and swallows one, eventually kickstarting the plot of the series with her as Hanako's assistant.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Supernaturals gain strength from belief in their rumours among the Kamome Academy student body, to the extent that their existences are directly affected by changing rumours. Tsukasa’s group has used this phenomenon to change supernaturals such as the Mokke and Mitsuba, though it can also occur unintentionally (as in Shijima’s case).
  • Comic-Book Time: All the events of the Picture Perfect Arc seem to occur within one day, despite spanning multiple chapters. Justified In-Universe as it all occurs within a fake world, where everything is under Shijima's control including the passing of time.
  • Crush Blush: Nene blushes these a lot in the early chapters, over whatever hot guy has caught her eye this time. Hanako also begins to sport these around her, and they increase as the story goes on.
  • Damsel in Distress: Nene lampshades how she always needs Hanako to save her several times. But this is also subverted often. Many times Hanako would be unable to save her if she didn’t help in some way, and in the Picture Perfect arc the reason they ultimately escape is because she’s the one who is able to convince Hanako to let them go.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The Young Exorcist arc is focused on Kou and his developing friendship with Hanako. To a lesser extent, the Mitsuba arc could be considered this for him, as Hanako and Nene aren’t the main focus.
  • Demonic Possession: Hanako possesses Nene in the first half of the Clock Keepers Arc to question Aoi about what she keeps trying to tell Nene.
  • Dirty Business: Hanako letting the fake world form and keeping Yashiro in it, with the intention of letting her live in this fake world to keep her alive.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Yako when she was under the influence of the rumours. Dozens of students got turned into dolls for failing to assemble a body for Misaki. Luckily, they got better.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The ending theme "Tiny Light" is sung by Akari Kitou, who voices Nene.
  • Dramatic Irony: After chapter 27, almost everyone knows about Nene’s short lifespan...except for her.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Tsukasa appears briefly at the end of episode 5, before the 4 PM Bookstacks arc even.
  • Elevator School: Kamome Academy has middle school and high school divisions.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: After their first meeting in the library, Nene comes to the conclusion that Sakura is Hanako's girlfriend. Nene later blurts this out when she meets Sakura again in the Tea Party Arc, to hilarious reactions from both Tsukasa and Natsuhiko.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everybody can tell that Hanako has feelings for Nene. Even Kou seems to have picked up on it at least a little bit. Akane even uses this to his advantage when Hanako is giving him a hard time about helping him rescue Aoi from the sixth mystery.
  • Evil Costume Switch: When Tsukasa first appears in front of Hanako and Nene, he’s wearing an identical uniform to Hanako’s, before it transforms back to an older uniform when he returns to the broadcasting room. As Sakura notes, he does not usually wear the newer uniform, and only made an exception to match with his twin brother for their first meeting.
  • Evil Twin: Played straight with Hanako and Tsukasa. Subverted with Mei and Shijima since they're the same person and Shijima's true intentions are revealed to be benign.
  • False Utopia: The fake world in the Picture Perfect Arc. Amane and Mitsuba both seem to be alive, and are leading normal lives as Nene’s and Kou’s classmates... in a world where their fellow students can crumble apart like statues, and somehow everyone but Nene and Kou considers this normal because they’ll recover in a while.
  • First-Name Basis: Used to dramatic effect in the Picture Perfect Arc, where Amane goes from addressing Nene as "Yashiro-san" to just "Yashiro", essentially implying that he's been Hanako all along.
  • Flashback: Nene sees memories associated with the yorishiro each time she destroys one. Some other scenes are also shown in flashback, such as a younger Kou watching eight-year-old Teru exorcise a supernatural with the sword.
  • Friendless Background: Mitsuba was bullied in elementary school, so upon entering middle school he hid his real self in order to make friends. However, this backfired and led to him being forgettable and unnoticed by everyone.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: When Tsukasa kills and dissects the talking puffer fish with a pencil and again when he murders Number 3.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Chapter numbers are always written as "The _th Spook". In the spinoff, this becomes "The _th Day".
  • Idiot Ball: Kou to a certain extent in the first Mitsuba Arc, since he fails to recognise his ex-classmate until Yokoo reminds him about Mitsuba. Justified In-Universe by the fact that Mitsuba’s personality as a ghost is very different from how he acted as a human.
  • Inner Monologue: Played straight at least once for Nene, complete with hand puppets of her and Hanako.
  • Instant Sedation: Nene is knocked instantly unconscious twice by Tsukasa and Hanako respectively, by touching her forehead.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Played with. Hanako’s desire for Nene to keep on living drives him to become the ultimate antagonist in the Picture Perfect Arc, refusing to let Nene and the others return to the real world until Nene persuades him otherwise.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Hanako and Nene. He's the ghost of a boy who died sometime in the 60s, while she's a human girl who has barely a year left to live.
  • Misery Trigger: Any time someone comments on Nene’s legs or compares them to radishes.
  • Mood Whiplash: The series can go from comedic to sweet to downright frightening and back again within a single chapter. A good example is the entirety of the Mitsuba arc, where it starts off humorously with Kou trying to help a loud-mouth spirit, to them becoming friends, and then Tsukasa appears and not only changes Mitsuba's rumor, he ends up getting Hanako to perform a mercy kill on him.
  • Nightmare Face: Tsukasa is prone to these. Those floating, pitch black eyes...
  • Opening Narration: Yashiro in certain chapters.
  • One Steve Limit: An interesting case; there's a character named Aoi Akane and another character named Akane Aoi, though their names are written in different kanji. It's even lampshaded since Akane is in love with Aoi, but she refuses him because if she married him she'd be known as Aoi Aoi.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Hanako and Tsukasa. As part of the Seven Mysteries, it is Hanako’s duty to rein in the school’s supernaturals and eliminate those who may harm students, while Tsukasa does the complete opposite, believing that supernaturals should be free to do as they wish.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: When Hanako first explains the mermaid scales to Nene, there is the image of a typical beautiful mermaid... which looks nothing like the mermaid who eventually turns up to collect Nene as her slave:
  • Our Zombies Are Different: In the Mokke of the Dead Chapter, almost the entire school population (whether supernatural or human) are turned into candy-obsessed zombies.
  • Parental Abandonment: Despite a majority of the cast being minors of schooling age, their parents are almost never mentioned in the manga, with the minor exception of Aoi’s mother who Nene called during the Misaki Stairs Arc. Only Nene’s and Mitsuba’s school entrance photos have adults in them (presumably older relatives, though their faces are scrawled over and not visible), and Nene appears to live alone in an apartment. In Chapter 13 of the spinoff, Tiara (Kou and Teru’s younger sister) states that their father is working and their mother is not around.
  • Previously On…: Some chapters begin with a brief recap narrated by Nene, which serves to refresh readers’ memories given the month-long gap between new chapters.
  • Rapid Aging: Happens to both items and students touched by Mirai in the Clock Keepers Arc, until Kako later reverses it throughout the whole school.
  • Repetitive Name: This is why Nene's friend Aoi Akane keeps turning down her Hopeless Suitor, Akane Aoi; not only do their names already sound extremely similar, but if they got married, she'd be Aoi Aoi.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Played with. Mitsuba tries this when Tsukasa forces him to fight Kou, Hanako, and Nene in the Hell of Mirrors. Unfortunately for him, he's too scared of Tsukasa to actually go through with it.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Hilariously inverted, with Sakura having to proclaim that she is not Hanako's girlfriend.
  • Shipper on Deck: In the Picture Perfect arc, it seems the entire class is this for Nene and Amane, whispering excitedly as he asks her out on a date.
  • Ship Tease: Nene and Hanako, so so much. Hanako flirts with her a lot, and despite her denying he's her type, she does seem quite excited about the possibility of him confessing to her during the Confession Tree arc. In the Picture Perfect arc, Hanako disguised as Amane in the false world, even asks her out on a date. She even says "The person I like isn't here," meaning Hanako.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sibling Murder: Sometime in the past, Hanako murdered Tsukasa, his younger twin brother.
  • Slasher Smile: During his more unstable moments, Hanako sometimes smiles these. Tsukasa does this much more frequently.
  • Sugar Apocalypse: The candy zombies in Mokke of the Dead
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Minamoto Teru dishes one out to Hanako in chapter 10. Nene also gives one to Yako in the Misaki Stairs Arc, pointing out that Yako has been doing this all along for her own sake rather than Misaki's.
Teru: [to Hanako] A trouble-some ghost that goes unstable at the drop of a hat... and harms the living at the slightest provocation. Self-serving and violent... You took life from another... and yet you cling stubbornly to the near shore and refuse to accept your own death. To be perfectly honest... It's painful to look at.
  • The Seven Mysteries: The series has this trope in spades, with the seven mysteries of the school being like a league of supernaturals that try to keep a balance within the grounds. Hanako himself is the 7th Mystery and happens to be the leader of the group, though he easily admits that there may be a traitor within the group.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: A minor case. Since "The Little Mermaid" arc is moved to the last episode rather than directly after the "Donuts" arc, the talking pufferfish avoids getting gutted by Tsukasa.
  • Theme Naming: Multiple instances. Akane and Aoi's names sound like "red" and "blue". Mitsuba and Shijima have the kanji for "three" and "four" in their names (and are the No.3 and No.4 School Mysteries). Yashiro Nene and Nanamine Sakura also have "eight" and "seven" in their names. Two of the Clock Keepers are named Kako and Mirai (literally "past" and "present"), though this is justified in-universe as they were named by Akane.
  • Temporal Paradox: Implied. In the Star Festival mini-arc, Nene is brought to a supernatural festival by Hanako and accidentally travels to the past, meeting a young Amane. Nene initially approaches Amane for his festival slip, the last one she needed to make her wish to go back to her own time. By the end of their conversation, Nene decides to give her slips to Amane instead so that he can make his wish come true. While Nene manages to go back to her own time, Amane makes his wish: I hope that I can meet Nene-oneesan again. Rumor has it that a wish made with these slips will always come true, thus a paradox where Nene travelling back in time because of Hanako somehow leads to Amane becoming Hanako and meeting Nene.
  • The Reveal:
    • At the end of Chapter 17, Hanako reveals to Yashiro that the person he killed was his brother, Tsukasa.
    • Chapter 27: Nene is going to die within a year; Hanako has known this the whole time, but did not say anything so as to not burden the others with the truth.
  • Time Travel: On two occasions, both times with Nene travelling to the past and seeing/interacting with Amane
  • Time-Travel Romance: Young Amane with Nene, when he meets her a festival and develops a crush on her.
  • Toilet Horror: Subverted. Amane’s rumor comes from the Hanako-san urban legend, yet Nene at worst experiences a Jump Scare.
  • Unexplained Recovery: The effects of most supernatural occurrences are eventually reversed, most notably the students turned into dolls at the Misaki Stairs, and the Rapid Aging in the Clock Keepers arc. Averted hard with Mitsuba, to Kou’s dismay.
  • Wham Episode: Chapters 16 and 17, in which Tsukasa appears for the first time,'' and things begin to get much darker. Also chapter 27, in which [[spoiler: Nene’s short lifespan is revealed.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Just because the Misaki Stairs is a woman, doesn’t mean Hanako and Kou aren’t willing to fight her. Played with in regards to Tsukasa; although he says you should be nice to girls, it could be a case of Blue and Orange Morality, as he basically attempted to have Nene killed in the Tea Party arc.

Alternative Title(s): Jibaku Shounen Hanako Kun


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