Hanako-kun Manga Book Cover

Don’t you think that talking about Toilet-bound Hanako-Kun manga right now seems befitting with summer already in full swing?

Well, we’re talking about the story that gets inspiration from the urban legend, Hanako-san, here. And the fact that people love to do kimodameshi during summer makes talking about Toilet-bound Hanako-Kun manga more befitting than ever before.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the urban legend, you probably find it strange to hear a story about a spirit clinging to the toilet, of all places.

What happened to her that made her cling to the toilet so much?

According to Wikipedia, there are a few stories on why Hanako-san and the toilet are inseparable.

One of them is her being a young girl from the WWII era. She got killed during the air raid while playing hide-and-seek.

Can you guess where she was hiding at that time?

Yes, that’s right. It was inside the toilet.

I was familiar with this one.

There was also another theory that Hanako’s parents or a stranger murdered her.

Not sure what was the rest of the story, though. It could be that she got killed in the toilet. Or the murderer dumped her dead body there.

And then there’s a story about Hanako killing herself in the toilet.

Regardless of which version you hear, it will always tie back to the toilet.

Does it mean that the Hanako-Kun manga is just as gruesome as the urban legend?

Well, it depends on your take. But I can guarantee you there’s nothing promiscuous in the manga even if the story revolves around the toilet.

And it’s an old one too, for crying out loud.

What Toilet-bound Hanako-Kun manga is all about

Here’s the book description that I got from Bookwalker.

Hanako-san, Hanako-san…are you there? At Kamome Academy, rumors abound about the school’s Seven Mysteries, one of which is Hanako-san. Said to occupy the third stall of the third floor girls’ bathroom in the old school building, Hanako-san grants any wish when summoned. Nene Yashiro, an occult-loving high school girl who dreams of romance, ventures into this haunted bathroom…but the Hanako-san she meets there is nothing like she imagined! Kamome Academy’s Hanako-san…is a boy!

What got me to read the manga

Not going to lie that I got this manga when it was on sale on Amazon at that time.

Will I still get the manga if it’s not on sale?

Well, I will since I do enjoy the premise behind this manga. And the fact that I already watched the anime before made me less resistant to give this manga a try.

What makes Toilet-bound Hanako-Kun manga worth reading

When we think about a manga where the story revolved around urban legend, we tend to believe that a manga like this must be a horror manga.

You’re not wrong to think that way since anything to do with the urban legend will always have the horror element in it.

But the horror element isn’t that prominent in this manga, though.

Sure, the basis of the urban legend remains intact but with a slightly different twist.

Rather than sticking to the original version where Hanako is a female character, we have the male version of Hanako instead.

Sure, Hanako is a female name. But since it’s one of the urban legends in Kamome Academy, their perception of Hanako may not necessarily be correct.

Perhaps it’s okay to make Hanako a boy rather than sticking to the original narrative.

Just like your typical urban legend, Hanako-Kun does possess supernatural power. But the power that he has is more for maintaining the power balance among the urban legends in the school.

And with Nene helping him around as a part of her deal with Hanako-Kun, you’ll get to see Nene getting wrapped up with whatever urban legend ordeals that Hanako-Kun has to handle.

I won’t deny that some of them can be a little creepy. But there are some that I find are quite heartwarming too.

Of course, you’ll get to see some funny moments along the way. So, it’s not always about scary and serious stuff all the time.

You can think of this manga as a collection of urban legend stories with a comedic twist in between.

Whether you’re familiar with the Japanese urban legend or not, it sure is a fun manga to read.

What I didn’t expect when I read the manga

If you’ve watched the anime, remember the part where Nene leaves vegetables on Minamoto senpai’s desk as a present?

Well, it turns out to be that’s not the only thing that she did to get Minamoto senpai to notice her. She also did other stuff that Hanako-Kun suggested.

It’s sad to say that you don’t get to see the other things that she did in the anime.

While I do find it surprising at first, I also already expected that they won’t include every scene from the manga for the anime version.

Well, the anime is only for one season, anyway.

So, it can be a little too much to expect that they’re going to adapt everything for the anime.

Who should read the manga

If you enjoy reading comedy supernatural manga, then you’re going to enjoy reading this manga as well.

Don’t worry so much about not being familiar with the urban legends that you’ll see in the manga. There’s a brief explanation of what the urban legend entails thanks to Nene’s best friend, Aoi.

And the translation note at the back of the manga also helps if you’re not familiar with some of the things that you see in the manga.

Keep in mind that the story does take a darker turn at some point. But not to the point that it’s so gory that it spooks the heck out of you, though.

Regardless of that, it’s still a fun read. And the cover of the manga speaks for itself.

Where to buy Toilet-bound Hanako-Kun manga

As always, you can buy the manga in digital and print on Amazon. You can buy the manga right here:

Buy Toilet-bound Hanako-Kun manga on Amazon

That was where I got mine. For some reason, I bought the manga on Amazon instead of my usual place, Bookwalker.

Can’t buy the manga on Amazon? You can buy the digital version of the manga on Bookwalker as well:

Buy Toilet-bound Hanako-Kun manga on Bookwalker

Prefer to read the manga in Japanese? Well, you can get the print version of the Japanese manga at CDJapan:

Buy Jibaku Shoten Hanako-Kun manga at CDJapan

You can even buy the manga set at CDJapan too if you’re thinking of binge-reading the manga. You can buy the manga set right here:

Buy Jibaku Shoten Hanako-Kun manga set at CDJapan

Over to you

What do you think about Toilet-bound Hanako-Kun manga? Are you interested in reading the manga after reading about it on my blog?

Let me know in the comment below.

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