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MICHIKO & HATCHIN #3 - - Watch & Learn

Ain't no other anime quite like this!

The funny part is that lil’ Hatchin’s experience working as unpaid server at the Japanese restaurant is exactly the sort of scenario that somehow seems to lead to somebody becoming a wildly successful restaurant tycoon eventually. Like, I can just picture her at 35, musing about her humble beginnings and stubborn insistency as she reviews absurd quarterly profit reports from her hibachi empire or some such. Maybe it’s actually unfortunate that her mom comes to whisk her off at the end when she should have just gone back to the restaurant.

I don’t think I’ve ever commented on the fashion presented in anime, but the outfits Michiko wears here do warrant comment since they really do seem like the garb of real-life fashionista instead of generalized outfits cooked up by animators. Once again, I’m impressed by the amount of authenticity in this show. It really does seem like the crew actually went out and took a mountain of reference photos in Rio de Janeiro. The level of verisimilitude is at a level that makes me forget I’m watching anime a lot of the time, actually.

Hell, that goes for the design and personality of the characters, as well. Even secondary characters like the chef and the fortune teller have the sort of square peg complexity you’d expect out of - - I don’t know - - a Nat Geo profile, instead of a roster of shonen or shojo archetypes.

I was especially fascinated by how the fortune teller’s various predications were handled. It all brought to mind the various descriptions of “practical magic” I’d read about in a Comparing Religions class in college once. Michiko’s waxing and waning trust in the crone’s advice really does seem authentic to the attitudes those who'd choose to believe in all these cobbled-together rituals as if they were tips from a bookie.

Maybe is isn’t quite the CITY OF GOD of anime, but there really isn’t anything else that’s quite like this show…

Watch this episode, "Like a Frantic Pinball" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk

YotaruVegetaon Jan. 16, 2013 at 10:50 a.m.

I think it's a Chinese restaurant.

Marshal Victory is online on Jan. 16, 2013 at 10:25 p.m.

@YotaruVegeta: An the owner has the moral lesson of the show maybe.. "Women always so picky about everything!" Which kinda forshadows Michiko’s pickyness of the fortune telling.Which is balanced by Hatchin who comes to belive the fortune.

This show I am gona follow right with the watch an learns. This anime season has less for me than falls. So plenty of time with no need to rush.

YotaruVegetaon Jan. 17, 2013 at 4:35 p.m.

@Marshal Victory: and

Marshal Victory is online on Jan. 17, 2013 at 5:35 p.m.

@YotaruVegeta said:

@Marshal Victory: and

And then?

YotaruVegetaon Jan. 20, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.

@Marshal Victory: That's it. The word "and."

Marshal Victory is online on Jan. 20, 2013 at 2:11 p.m.

@YotaruVegeta: Was just trying to build off what ya said about the cook.Some shows like to bury a lesson or foreshadow with a secondary character.It kinda felt that way to me.

Maybe it was ironic or acidental.Maybe im seeing things.Proably the latter than the former.

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