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HAMATORA is A Loud, Colorful, Sloppy... Mess

Episode #1 -- Special Review. This isn't the way to start a series.

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.

Watch, "Egg of Columbus" and decide for yourself, then read my write-up on this season's other hot topic shows --WITCH CRAFT WORKS & RECENTLY, MY SISTER IS UNUSUAL & WIZARD BARRISTERS & ROBOT GIRLS Z

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Kino88on March 12, 2014 at 8:52 p.m.
Well there's always Hamtaro, Lol
Marshal Victoryon March 13, 2014 at 8:31 a.m.

This series I am still watching tho its quality varies so much it should be rollercoaster the animation. Either the animation is off , Ilustration style is off, and or the writing is off.

@takashichea has a theory its heavly "borrowed" from Psyco Pass. An at times as a gernal thing I can not argue against that. But its based on a video game etc its a "multi media project" . So to me its quick start is not so quick as stuff and things came before.

I belive its better than STRANGE+ but thats not much of a feat. Also any one else rember the warnings for siting back from the screen the flash warnings? If their ever was a show that needed this ... sheesh.

takashichea moderator is online on March 13, 2014 at 9:34 a.m.

The problem with Hamatora is that its first episode makes a bad impression. The first episode's case about an old man who had sexual affairs with college girls. The 2nd or 3rd episodes does show what the series is about. However, Hamatora has silly characters doing stupid things for comic relief. You see that in the first episode. The cases they do deals with a sense of racism like Wizards Barrister. Yet, racism is more dominant in Wizards Barrister. Both Wizards Barrister and Hamatora have an overlying case, a main villain pulling the strings of these individual cases.

@Marshal Victory:

Like Marshal said, if you do continue to watch it, you find a character called Moral. He's acts similarly like Shōgo Makishima. Makishima is more charismatic and knows his classic literature. Moral aims to level the playing field for those who have no powers (ordinary humans) because in Hamatora's society, the ones with power, the Minimum, have a better life. In Psycho-Pass, you can say it's similar to how the Sibyl system acknowledges and rewards those with a clear Psycho-Pass over those who don't.

Edit:

A scene for those haven't tried it yet. Hamatora's animation for some of the scenes are a bit ugly. It definitely has some flash warnings.

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