Hanoka might not have reached the infamy of other terrible anime such as Skelter+Heaven Abunai Sisters or Mars of Destruction but thats because this isnt quite as bad as those other anime. Its still not good its just not as bad which is the best compliment that I can give it. What little story there is takes place in an indeterminate year far off into the future on planet called Tokinea where human beings only known as Inhabitants of the Stars are attacking Humans on a planet called Tokinea accusing them of polluting the planet with their technology. Humans have created Demon Gods powerful weapons used to destroy the Inhabitants of the Stars. This series focus on Demon God 7 known as Hanoka and the boy who she is teamed up with as they struggle to fight against the Inhabitants of the Stars. This premise for this series is pretty good but its unfortunately hampered by the execution of literally everything else and the problems start pretty much immediately. Each episode is roughly 5 minutes long at most and the OP for each episode is 90 seconds long. More than one fifth of each episode is purely the opening. If it was 10 seconds maybe 15 to 20 there wouldnt be much of a problem and it would give the plot room to breath while filling out the same amount of time and every time I have to skip it it subconsciously feels like Im skipping huge chunks of an episode. And this brings it us to the seriess biggest problem the whole thing feels like the footnotes of a 12episode series. There is clearly is the hint of a plot and characters but the series is way too short to give either the proper depth they need to be even remotely fleshed out let alone entertaining or interesting. On top of that the series has a recap episode. The whole series is barely long enough for just one episode of a regular series and it has a recap episode just over half way through the series. Just why? The animation isnt much better and is the highlight of the series. Released in 2006 Hanoka makes the big claim that its the first anime to be fully animated in Adobe Flash and it kinda shows. While Ive seen uglier animation and art but Hanoka is still now winning any awards for its animation. And its not like flash wasnt being used at the time for animation just look at a sites like Newgrounds which started in 1995 Cool Math Games which started in 1997 and Miniclip which started in 2001 a whole 4 years before Hanokas release. A lot of amatuer animators were doing producing animation than this supposedly professional studio all while using an animation software known for being hard to work with. I could have easily gone onto the internet and within a couple of minutes found both animated series and video games with better animation done by relative unknowns that were better quality than Hanoka. Here let me give some examples: Broken Saints 2001 to 2003 Foamy The Squirrel Started 2003 Alien Hominid Game Protoyped 2003 Salad Fingers Started 2004 Charlie the Unicorn 2005 The Ultimate Showdown 2005 The DVD actually comes with a couple of touch ups such as a new and extended scenes as well as some rerecorded and new dialogue that add a tiny bit more plot to the whole thing. The DVD even comes with a prologue and an epilogue that changes the whole resolution to the show so I guess if youre going to check this out the DVD is probably the version to go with but good luck finding it. So the team behind it knew that they had a bit of a flop on their hands and they tried their best to make it better for the home version but it didnt work out for them. Unfortunately due to Aruji Morinos the creator of this series failing health the series didnt end up the way he wanted and even he is unhappy with the final product. Maybe someone can pick this up and make a fully fledged series so it could see its full potential but I doubt that is ever going to happen. Hanoka was a valiant effort into making something big with flash but unfortunately it couldnt compete with its competition which was often free and better and to add insult to injury was done by people doing it as their hobby. As it stands I cant recommend this to anyone since its not very good and not even entertaining in the sobaditsgood way. Maybe it like watching and collecting niche and obscure anime that might even have something mildly noteworth about it like the fact that this is the first fully animated anime is Adobe Flash this one is entirely skippable.
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