See this is exactly what I was thinking of when I drew that comparison in my NARUTO retro review...
HST shows seem to get away with messily frontloading a pilot because they also go straight for the jugular, emotionally. HAMATORA #1 isn’t any less coherent than NARUTO #1, perhaps, but the only emotional stakes it ever bets on are in a brief scene where one character gets torn up after learning a terrible secret.
The scene in question, incidentally, is about a supporting player, not one of the leads. It’s the part where one of these pretty boy detectives’ clients learns that his strict old man has actually been a philandering cad this whole time. It’s impossible not to feel for the poor bastard’s sense of frustration and betrayal. All the witty repartee, all the furious explosions, all the demonstrations of fabulous super-moves… and that’s the scene that sticks out to me walking away from this pilot.
There’s something to be learned there, probably.
Past that, most of this just sort-of melts in my memory and swirls into the shockingly similar STRANGE+. As far as I can tell, the only differences are that this show features super-powers, and it comes in longer increments than STRANGE+’s all-too-fleeting micro installments. I remember there being a wacky bank robbery in the beginning. I remember the various players showing off their myriad of powers that seemed to come from a catch-all, black box power source. And that’s it. I never grasped how it all fit together.
The show jumps around so much without ever taking time to properly introduce us to any of the pretty boys. I don’t know… the premise of some outrageous detective agency sounds like fun, but that's all it is. A premise doesn't mean anything without sound follow-through, and HAMATARA didn't want to bother with that.
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