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YMMV / Hanamaru Kindergarten

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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: It's a show about toddler-aged girls...aimed at the seinen crowd.
  • Awesome Music: Kigurumi Wakusei, performed by Ayahi Takagaki, at least partially because she gets to show off her operatic singing skills.
  • Ear Worm: Panda Neko, Aozora Triangle.
    • Looovuuu beemuuu yooooo.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Episode ten's ending, largely a homage to horror movies, caused one forum poster to conclude that Sakura is a bad parent.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When Tsuchida sees a "shooting star" in episode 2 and is supposed to make wish, he wishes for Dragon Quest VII to be released for the Nintendo DS. Six years and a generation of handhelds later...
  • Moe: Yamamoto-sensei, too darned cute to be 23.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The whole darned heartwarming show.
  • Toy Ship: Koume and Yuu. Remember that these kids are in kindergarten.
    • You could take Kenji's fascination with Hii in this direction too.
    • And the fact that Hii gets easily embarrassed/flattered by his compliments - or about her relation to him in general.
  • Values Dissonance: No one ever seems to raise an eyebrow over the fact that a teacher knocked up his barely legal student, and ran off to America with her.
    • In Japan, the law states that the male has to be 18 or older and the female has to be 16 or older. In addition, anyone getting married under the age of 20 has to have the approval of the parents. In some foreign countries such as America, it can indeed "raise an eyebrow" but it is perfectly okay in Japan, though the students and teacher marrying may be a bit of a topic raiser.
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  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Subverted. While it's technically not aimed at children, there's also not really anything unsuitable for them in the show; it's a cute Slice of Life show, not Berserk.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Not insulting like most examples, but stop and think about it for a minute. From the director of Fullmetal Alchemist and Mobile Suit Gundam 00 and the studio behind Neon Genesis Evangelion and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann adorable slice-of-life comedy about kindergarteners and their teachers.


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