The animation in Re: Hamatora was always something special.
Gosh, I am not sure when it went all wrong. Ok, I might yet be able to pinpoint when it went all wrong. Still for what its worth Re: Hamatora was always under the comedy anime genre , so in retrospect what was I thinking? That it would come out with a dark story and direction for its characters? I guess that is not what came to happen in Re: Hamatora. Still for the moments it had particularly for the first half of the second season of Hamatora. It was pretty amazing! It started to fall apart close to the end or the second half of Re: Hamatora. But hey, at least, it wasn’t a total shipwreck like Brynhildr in the Darkness or crazy confusing like Mekakucity Actors.
As we all know at least for those who watched Season 1 of Hamatora. Art turned on poor Nice out of nowhere. I always thought of Art as a pretty cool character up there with Lelouch Lamperouge and Shogo Makishima. Until this just happens. Backstabbing just does not fit Art and it sure did not in Re: Hamatora. Half of those watching Re: Hamatora either hated or still loved Art. Just check Crunchyroll’s comment sections of the Re: Hamatora streaming episodes. It all came down to if you loved Art’s sweet, kind personality from Season 1 of Hamatora then you were going to still be in love with him for Re: Hamatora albeit also being conflicted over his change. At least everyone who wanted to see more to Hajime and Koneko’s backstory saw some of that with Re: Hamatora. Finally of huge importance the revelations of why minimums exist and what they truly are.
One thing that Re: Hamatora has going for it probably is the strong characters in the series. The well-built characterization. So due to that, even when the series moved through rollercoasters in its narrative you could still enjoy the characters quirks from Murasaki being a housewife type of guy. Nice’s impeccable callous lazy bum attitude when it comes to keeping the house clean. Art’s penchant for looking back on fond memories of Nice and him as kids. All the characters pretty much. So even when the characters were up to pretty nonsensical shenanigans it would still come out being a series where every episode was worth your time. I mean the scale of the characters personalities are so well developed. Just really! What attention to detail. It works so well especially with the over-the-top humor.
The voice acting for the series was also one that carried quite the recognizable names. Ryota Osaka voicing Nice (Haruto Tokishima in Valvrave the Liberator, Sugane in Gatchaman Crowds, Staz in Blood Lad). Art voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya (Captain Levi in Attack on Titan, Gareki in Karneval). Ratio being voiced by Yuichi Nakamura (Tatsuya Shiba, The Irregular at Magic High School). Birthday voiced by Jun Fukuyama (Lelouch in Code Geass, Hero in Maoyu). Mao voiced by Takuya Eguchi (Hikigaya Hachiman in My Romantic Teen Comedy is Wrong As I Expected., Ryouma in Love Stage!!). This made getting into the series that much more appealing.
The problem. I have never when it comes to anime been particularly into appreciating a series for its terrific character development focus. Well, not so much. I mean good character development is essential to an anime series but when it takes over like it does in Re: Hamatora that can have adverse effects. Your basically sacrificing the story and the neat resolutions. Story vs. character development. Which is better? Story and neat resolutions.
The drawback to Re: Hamatora is the conclusion was also pretty confusing which is another aspect dislike about anime. Now it just reminds me of the ending of Darker Than Black: Ryusei No Gemini (The Twins of the Meteor). One memory not very fond of.
Personally the way it was closed is its only real fault since it had an obscure closing but after reflecting back to it a lot makes sense. So due to this, I will aim to write a written piece on the blog on how the ending could possibly be interpreted. This is by far, not a deal breaker for an anime series since when you love the world-building and characters sometimes that is enough. I mean the ending of Darker Than Black: Ryusei No Gemini was up there with Re: Hamatora but certainly still hold to a high regard.
It had its faults. Sure did but if you could learn to appreciate it despite them then this Summer 2014 Anime Season offering was certainly a good time investment. Still Season 1 might have been the strongest despite the quality of the animation here and there. Completely though Hamatora misses the chance of truly excelling but it does not stop it from being a charming anime series.
Recommendation Level: Good anime series. Well recommended.
* Re: Hamatora Rated on AnimePlanet 4/5*
*Hamatora Rated on Anime Planet 5/5*
So-So. Probably should be passed up.
Good anime series. Well recommended.
Phenomenal anime series. Very Highly Recommended.
“Minimum”— Otherwise known as “small miracles”, is a special power that only manifests within a few, select humans. Those who possess this ability are called “Minimum Holders.” 2014: Yokohama. The detective duo of Nice and Murasaki, otherwise known as “Hamatora,” wait again today for work with their friends at a table at Cafe Nowhere that they use as their agency. Suddenly, a job they receive seems to have a weird connection with the serial killer that their police friend, Art is searching for.
Director: Seiji Kishi
Animation Studio: Lerche, NAZ
Genre: Action, Mystery, Comedy, Science Fiction
Licensed streaming and home video rights in North America: None except streaming with Crunchyroll
Available to Watch: Crunchyroll.com | All 12 episodes are now available to watch including for free users.
If possible now that all episodes are available for free streaming watch on Crunchyroll.
Last Updated: April 8. 2015