Hamatora appeared to have a major issue in what exactly it was trying to be in its focus on superpowered humans called Minimum Holders. Focused on a pair of Minimum Holder detectives consisting of Nice and Murasaki, the two are involved in a number of mysteries involving ordinary humans who are somehow able to gain Minimum powers and a string of Minimum Holder murders are seemingly connected to these events.
As mentioned, Hamatora has some major issues in exactly what sort of anime it wanted to be. It starts off as a mystery-comedy with Nice, Murasaki, and other Minimum Holders going through with their everyday routines and getting into their fair share of comical shenanigans. The series was trying to pass itself off as cool and full of attitude with the antics and actions of its characters, and occasionally poking fun of elements to anime and otaku fandom in general. However, character depth is heavily lacking in the series as the majority of characters are reduced to one-dimensional archetypes and in spite of being the show's lead, Nice can usually not be the most easiest character to connect with thanks to his brash, self-righteous persona and being seemingly perfect in all his actions. Due to this, it makes connecting with most characters rather difficult throughout Hamatora's run.
By the anime's second half, it tries to become something comparable to Marvel Comics' X-Men by exploring how those with differences from others in regular society face prejudice and the outcasts wanting to be just like everyone else. However while X-Men explored this with a clear purpose and having its morally ambiguous story elements, Hamatora's approach is a bit sloppy in execution as it resorts to shallow storytelling cliches in exploring how humans and Minimum Holders react to one another at this point. Plus for Hamatora's version of Magneto, Moral is your typical anime crazed psychopath dabbling in megalomania and thinking how brilliant he believes his plans are to stir chaos up between humans and Minimum Holders. The anime tries to throw a twist for its ending to tease its second season, but this comes off feeling abrupt with how it plays out.
Visually, Hamatora's a mixed bag. It sports some slick-looking character with detailed clothing designs and sporting bright colors to stick out. Also, the fight sequences between Minimum Holders had their moments of looking pleasing to see unfold thanks to careful editing and nice fluidity in spite of not sporting a high-quality budget that TV titles like Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works or Parasyte had on hand in 2014. However, a major annoying quirk with the anime is that it gets in the habit of applying a filter of psychedelic colors to the visuals whenever Minimum Holders make use of their powers. While this seemed to be an attempt by the animators to show the abnormal nature of Minimum Holder powers, this effect often took me out of the action since the effect became the primary focus of the scene instead of any animated action that was supposed to play out in specific scenes.
Overall, Hamatora was quite a bit messy in the execution of its themes and storytelling as it suffered from a shallow and usually unlikable cast, some questionable style choices with artwork, and not seeming to have a clue in what kind of series it wanted to be with its hodge-podge elements of mystery, comedy, action, and drama. Based on my underwhelming reception to it, I would be in no rush to check out its sequel, Re: Hamatora.
Rating: 4.5 of 10
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I watched anime, all 2 seasons but I hardly remember anything about it. The review jogged my memory. It still wasn't a memorable anime. I remember the weird, bright pink animation that took a while to get used to. Speaking of X-men, I guess Tokyo ESP did a better job than Hamatora but nothing really came close. Both shows were bloody, cliche, and not very impactful.
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
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