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Michiko to Hatchin episode 2

Michiko to Hatchin returns after a 2 week absence. I would normally say ‘finally’ but the first episode hardly inspired confidence. So Michiko had a lot to prove.

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And boy, did it improve! Compared the the drab, badly scripted first episode, this was fantastic!

flashbacks to the childhood friends never looked so gritty, nor did they have such impressive afros

flashbacks to the childhood friends never looked so gritty, nor did they have such impressive afros

This episode starts off with flashbacks to Michiko in prison 12 years ago. We meet the aptly named Jumbo (at a wild guess I’d say it’s because of the hair), who happens to be Michiko’s childhood friend mortal enemy. Very gritty and gruesome, but one thing you can be sure of here is that Michiko is more sure of herself than Jumbo, even though Jumbo is the one throwing her in prison. You get the feeling Jumbo feels a bit jealous of Michiko for whatever reason. I’m going to make a shot out of the blue here and guess they were at an orphanage together.

So this dad of mine...does he smell of sunflowers by any chance?

So this dad of mine...does he smell of sunflowers by any chance?

We get back to Michiko and Hana and watch them have not so successful mother-daughter bonding time. You don’t get the feeling Michiko is exactly the greatest example of a mother. But one thing gets through: She cares for Hana. A lot. She also goes off to reminiscing about Hana’s dad, who was apparently killed in a bus explosion 11 years ago, yet Hana is 9. 11 – 9 anyone? Yeah, Michiko made a bit of a fool of herself there.
Did she seriously give her baby a tatoo?!?

Did she seriously give her baby a tatoo?!?

Hana (who has been dubbed Hatchin at this point, hurrah for that cuz I don’t like Hana as a name) has a tattoo on her belly like Michiko. Except Hatchin won’t admit it straight away since she doesn’t exactly trust Michiko at this point. Also, Jumbo knows Hatchin has the tattoo because she checked to see if the kid at the priests house had the tattoo to make sure it wasn’t Hatchin. Wasn’t that observant of me!
I've been waiting for this moment ever since I saw it in the trailers

I've been waiting for this moment ever since I saw it in the trailers

Of course, Michiko is a high profile prison escapee so her face appears on the tv and sure enough Jumbo and her gang of completely hopeless cops find her. Now this was great, watching the two women get their little jibes in at each other. The fact that Jumbo knows some of Michiko’s rather embarrassing tales as a child brings forth more evidence that they lived together as kids, orphanage possibly. And then we got the ear-bite and a car chase through the streets of Brazil!

These guys make the keystone cops look like the FBI

These guys make the keystone cops look like the FBI

Anime don’t really get chase scenes right. They do fantastic fight scenes but chase scenes are normally awful. Maybe it’s got something to do with Japanese honour and running not being honourable. Then again, that’s the same with any culture. Either way, this is just a build up for me to say how awesome this chase scene was. The music was fantastic, the cops were suitably hopeless and it even had that great point halfway through where Michiko realised she didn’t have Hatchin anymore

You rarely ever see christianity portrayed in a positive light. Unless its a sexy nun

You rarely ever see christianity portrayed in a positive light. Unless its a sexy nun

Ah, now this episode showed how this character should have been done. Using about 80% less screentime, you got just as much a sense of his hypocrisy (haven’t we treated you well Hana) to his pure indifference to her needs (if I kill her I get the insurance). He’s also still alive, although he seriously needs to improve his marksmanship. Granted, Hatchin is small and she was a moving target, but Michiko on that giant bike of hers can’t be that hard to hit now

If I was any good at photoshop I would put a geass in her eye

If I was any good at photoshop I would put a geass in her eye

Anywho, Michiko saves Hatchin, Jumbo is not happy and they are on the road again to try find Hatchins dad and finally this show is starting to act more like Champloo! Except with a better opening song

Impressions:

Michiko is BADASS MUTHAFUCKER!

Michiko is BADASS MUTHAFUCKER!

Ah, that was a bizzilion times better than the first episode. I was seriously worried after the first episode because I had built myself up for this and I’d fully committed myself to blogging it as well. So thank the lord this episode had substance. The style was always there, but this time we got the witty, subtle conversations and more Michiko in general. And Jumbo!

Michikos Destruction Count:

Well from the last episode she destroyed a helicopter, 2 windows and one breakfast table. In this episode she added the following items to her tally:

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One Vending Machine

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One Earlobe

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Anywho, I’m currently downloading the third episode so you can expect the next installment to come quite soon!

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One Comment

  1. Sumoni
    Posted February 24, 2009 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    I wonder why everyone keeps trying to make this out to be another samurai champloo? I mean, I really like champloo and bebop, but sometimes it gets ridiculous. The minute one hears someone from either show is going to work on a new one, they instantly think Cowboy Bebop or Samurai Champloo 2.0. The director from bebop is only helping with the music. Not only wikipedia, but the lack of focusing on the eyes, which is his trademark, gave it away for me. This is NOT 2.0, this is Mitchiko to Hatchin. This is the first time this new director has ever done a show, so I prepared myself for beginners mistakes. Such as taking too long with one storyline or jumping scenes. I’m seriously afraid this show will turn out like Wolf’s Rain. When that came out everyone thought “people from bebop are working on it?!” They expected way to much out of it and in the end complained about how much it sucked compared to bebop. Wolf’s Rain had a beautiful storyline, top notch artwork, and the music done by yoko kanno herself. I’m rambling too much! Sorry, I just think people should take michiko to hatchin as it is and not expect it to live up to their bebop or champloo standards. Out of the crap anime that’s been coming out as of late, this mix of japanese/brazialian show is very refreshing.

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