When friend turns foe.
During Winter’14, I planned to aniblog Hamatora but after a good first episode, things kinda went downhill after in two-three turns. However, I did finish the first season and found the end to be quite abrupt. This brings me to the point that if you haven’t watched the first season, this post will spoil you about the story because the last episode of S1 and the premiere episode should be watched back to back or else it will leave you wondering for an entire season, what the hell happened. Are you still hanging around? That means you have either watched the first season like me or just want to sample this on how it went. Let’s start things with livetune’s opening Sen no Tsubasa with Takuro Sugawara (9mm Parabellum Bullet):
Similar to season one, the first episode centered around a case as well but rather than just hey, this is Cafe Nowhere and Hamatora detective agency has to solve a weird case, we get a nice reconnect to the previously touched upon alienation of Minimum Holders in this version of universe relevant to past events of season one. From how things went down, Yokohama’s citizens were almost taken hostage during the Minimum situation created by Moral, the nemesis in season one. You can call Moral, a Mad Scientist, who went overboard in his Minimum holder experimentation. His last big project was turning all humanity into Minimum holders. However, his plan was foiled by the Hamatora agents but in the end, he did find an ideal candidate for his ultimate experiment and it was Art, a police inspector and our main protagonists’ (Nice and Murasaki, the founders of Hamatora agency), old friend. Whatever Moral did to Art, it changed him completely and he basically turned his back on Nice. He not only killed Moral but shot Nice as well.
The Yokohama incident created a rift with normal humans becoming warier of the Minimums. Who wouldn’t, when some of them tried to kill all of them just a few months ago or transfer their weird power? Of course, there were two factions here with people welcoming the new powers, while others feared it. This later created some deviants who never registered their powers after this incident and became Freemums that Birthday and Ratio tracked down in second episode. This situation also made many Minimums jobless and turn to odd jobs like charging mobile phones or even giving kids horse-back rides in parks…. Yep, it’s a hard time to be a Minimum and most of our Hamatora cast was hit terribly by it, except for a mysterious Toranker-kun, who was plastered too far and wide in episode one. It was not hard to recognize this as a giant hint flag.
For Hamatora cast though, things became worse with one of their leader dead but most of them coped with this situation in their individual way. The surprise was Hajime, who had very few lines in season one and was basically the moe pet of the agency, who ate, made faces and just sat around. Yes, she provided the kawai factor of the team but Nice’s death pushed her into much needed action, which is totally fine. However, Nice’s death was quite shocking as he supposedly was quite powerful in terms of Minimum power. How could he die though? Since when good guys died in anime unless being penned by sadistic writers like Urobutcher for an example? Oh well, like everyone thought and theorized, he was not dead after all. Terribly injured but not dead and his death announcement was more of a ruse to keep tabs on Art and getting to the bottom of whatever drove him to such extremes of killing his friends and being overly up-to-no-good.
In the first two episodes, events were highly intertwined and I did appreciate that. Even when on the front, Hikaru’s case seemed pretty useless for a teenager who could manipulate light to become a popular idol winning thousands of ladies’ hearts. In the process, he broke too many hearts by not saying no to anyone and trying to make everyone happy. Dude, either you are Don Juan, Romeo or Brad Pitt, in the end, selecting the One is all it takes to go ahead in life. Our idol however could not because he was an average Joe with a minimum power to become a bishie. Not a lot of brain was required to resolve his girls and gang problems (I have to say, the YKH84 had me on the floor), he ended up playing a part in Art’s plan. Giving him a gateway route from Facultas Academy, where Art broke in to steal Minimum powers from most of the students still in training there.
This was the turn of events that even Nice’s snooping around for a few months didn’t prepare them for. Isn’t it really playing dirty when you shoot your own best friend and attack every Minimum holder that you get in contact with? I have a feeling his main purpose is a twisted version of saving the humanity by clearing them of the disease called Minimum powers. Even having the particular Minimum quality, Art could never awake his powers while being in Facultas and thus felt inferior due to it. Sure, he worked hard to gain physical strength and always used his brains but he was no match against a powerful Minimum. So, once he was given the power by Moral, something must have clicked in him that made him go to the extreme conclusion of eradicating the world of them. And now he does have the perfect means to do it, discovered by Moral: by stealing their powers. I have a feeling this season will be all about Hamatora tracing Art’s footsteps while he executes his master plan. Will Nice be able to get through to Art, who seems to be on a gorilla mission? We shall see.
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I’m a fan of detective stories but they have to be engaging rather than become one giant arc, which was basically what season one became. The reason I never picked it up for weekly blogging. I like a diversified cast and Hamatora has that but something goes missing in the execution and I have a feeling season two is moving in the same direction with Art becoming the main nemesis for our cast. I like the overall diversified characters with the classic pair as founders, serious, strong to moe side-characters along with a tsukkomi and boke pair in Ratio and Birthday. But I just can’t get too serious about the cases or story because the mystery factor is quite low-key. I know the main plot themes are derived from famous pop-culture tropes of today and some of them are cool to okay. But personally, this series is more enjoyable in a marathon rather than following it weekly. I won’t be covering this series but would definitely like to know our readers’ opinions on it. Let’s hear it.