While most other anime are coming to a close, or at least a suitable halfway point, Michiko to Hatchin due to it’s late start is only on episode 7. Hence, It’s still actually hard to know exactly what to make of this show, especially since it hasn’t been the most consistent in tones.
Mind you, the animation is as amazing as ever.
I’m going to try a slightly different style to review this episode since I was having trouble working up the enthusiasm to post this in the first place, so here we go.
I never would’ve thought at the start of the show that I would grow to love watching Hatchin as much as I do now. She’s an old granny stuck in the body of a 9 year old. Wait, 10 year old, her birthday was at the end of this episode. She’s got this determined and stubborn attitude yet she is surprisingly perceptive, such as making the kid put his beloved poncho in the bag along with her shoes so they would have to participate in the race. My favorite moment with Hatchin though was when Michiko kept whacking her across the head, Hatchin said ‘please don’t hit me out of your own desperation’. That moment summed up the episode for me, both the perception of Hatchin and Michiko being…well…
I’m beginning to get annoyed at Michiko, which is odd because I normally have a detached attitude while watching anime or any sort of media for that matter. Normally the only anime characters I dislike are the overly nice ones, like Tohru Honda. But Hatchin grated on my nerves in this episode. I suppose it’s because I expected her to be a hero, someone you love and aspire to. Not particularly bright but loyal and inspirational, like a Brazilian Kamina. So to watch how easily she had her thoughts stray thanks to some dashingly handsome bloke was irritating. Not because of disloyalty to Hiroshi, she hasn’t seem him in years, but because of Hatchin. She promised she would protect her and so on, yet instead she kicks her out of the house to follow her metaphorical penis instead.
This is not a bad show, not by any stretch of the imagination. It’s not like the first episode where the problem was poor scriptwriting. It’s just me being too emotionally attached to the show and getting annoyed with imaginary characters. As I said, I usually have a very detached attitude to anime. I’ve never cried while watching one, heck I didn’t even cry during Bambi. I just need to take a step back and remind myself that this is a story and to grow up and stop taking Michikos weak-willed attitude so personally.
<end of verbal bashing of myself>