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Michiko to Hatchin episode 7

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.

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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.

Hatchin

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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…

Michiko

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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.

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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>

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16 Comments

  1. Posted December 14, 2008 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Haha, the last picture is as if hatchin walked in on the both of time. Lol.

  2. Sumoni
    Posted February 24, 2009 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    I really liked this episode. I was actually waiting for something like this, because I know that two females with a huge age gaps one is going to be longing for a man. The only thing at annoyed me was it played heavily on the typical “child is more responsible than adult” story line. It was good though, because it’s strengthening the catalyst of the “fight” that most traveling parties in anime have. They go, “you suck, I don’t know why I’m going with you anymore. I’m going my own way, see ya!” Since Michiko has pretty much always lived her life how she wanted and was very impulsive, I thought this episode was good, it stayed true to her character. Half annoying, half entertaining, she reminds me of single mom who wants to go clubbing, yet has to stay home with her daughter.

    It’s funny how you feel about Michiko is how I felt about Mugen. He got on my nerves so much in champloo, I thought he’d be a lot cooler instead of some stupid ass chasing after women. I didn’t start to like him until near the end of the series. So I understand your frustration.

  3. Posted February 24, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    I see what you mean about the Mugen/Michiko similarity, although I love Mugen. The difference I suppose simply comes in the quality of the shows they are in. Champloo combines masterful storytelling with just being really damn cool while Michiko to Hatchin looks fantastic but drags hopelessly when it comes to storytelling.

    Cheers for all the comments but, as you can probably see, I’ve dropped this blasted show. I normally would’ve dropped this show already by this stage but I was blogging it and I really thought this show would be excellent. Just goes to show that expert animation can only make a good show better, not make a poor show good.

  4. Sumoni
    Posted February 24, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Ah well, different strokes for different folks. I guess I’m biased because of it’s female leads too. The only other anime I can think of that has good female leads is FLCL. I think the director is trying to make it episodic (I think that’s the word) but not knowing where to continue the storyline. Champloo’s story was unique, but I find that it was most likely easier to create good stories because the origins were Japanese. Whereas Mitchiko to Hatchin is japanese on brazil. If you bring yourself to watch more of it, you can see that clearly. It’s like, “Ah, added in too much asian, stuff, we’re in brazil!” The Japanese tend to have a tough time with making foreign storylines, not too foreign. Hence the japanese-brazilain names. I appreciate their attempt to mix with another culture though. I always hear stories about how japanese ppl have an underground love of reggae and spanish stuff.

    Anyways, your welcome for the comments. It’s kinda sad that many bloggers are dropping the show. Some really like it, but due to lack of comments they just decide not to continue. Some just think it’s boring. I’m really into “B” movies and indie stuff, so this reminds me of that. Not award winning or nothing, but keeps me watching. I just hope the ending is better than champloo & wolf’s rain. I felt like the endings to those where, “Whelp, that’s it, there you go!” If you hadn’t heard, we’ve found out a lot about satoshi’s, the afro woman, and hiroshi’s pasts. There’s a filler here or there, but it’s starting to end with a good storyline.

  5. Posted February 25, 2009 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    I was about to ask if you were a women but then I remembered you mentioned something about Ikkitousen earlier so…Women seem to have a harder time liking female leads than men but if you’re looking for a strong female lead then I’d say Horo from Spice and Wolf as my personal favorite.

    I do get what you mean by ‘japanese on Brazil’ but I don’t think that was the problem, the problem ran deeper than that. I think you’re right with the fact that it’s weak leads, I just really found myself hating Michiko which rarely ever happens to me.

    I actually liked the ending of Champloo. It’s kinda hard to do some dramatic, plot-finishing finale in something as episodic as that. I like it when shows just sorta end, signifying that life just goes on after all this and all you got was a small insight a part of the story. I haven’t watched Wolfs Rain though

    I’m pretty sure there are still some folk blogging this, Sea Slugs and Star Crossed off the top of my head. I don’t think I’ll pick it up again though, when I drop a show it’s practically impossible to make myself watch it again.

  6. Sumoni
    Posted February 25, 2009 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    HAhaha, yeah, I’m a girl and I like ikkitousen. It’s so ridiculous it’s funny. I normally don’t like female leads because their existence tends to be relied on some guy. Like crush or something drives them to do this. Or they’re merely fanservice. It gets annoying after a while. I kinda hope Hiroshi turns out to be a jerk and they don’t get together in the end. I will take a look at that Spice and wolf. As far as Wolf’s Rain, I’ve noticed people either love it or hate it. I don’t know how to explain it, but the storyline is…very storybook. There’s a lot of talking and dramatics. I think that’s why some people didn’t like it. The commercials played it off as full of action and it wasn’t. The ending left me confused.

    I don’t want to talk you into watching anime you don’t like. When thinking about it, I remember how I felt about Ergo proxy. I saw the stills and thought it looked soooo cool. After like 3 episodes it started making less and less sense. I’ve never watched an anime that actually made me feel stupid. I think it was specifically written for psychology majors. Too many hidden references about the human pyshce. The main character Rel, I thought she was so badass at first. In the end she was just a spoiled brat who didn’t know what she was doing. I was very disappointed. I just skipped to the end, I don’t even remember what really happened.

  7. Posted February 26, 2009 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    You know your not the first girl I’ve heard who liked Ikkitousen. I think it’s becuase it’s girls kicking ass for once and not pussyfooting about. I watched the fist 10 minutes and spent my time counting the panty-flashes. It was actually quite fun, I think I got to 20 before I stopped.

    Ergo Proxy and Wolfs rain. I haven’t seen either and I’d rent them both if Ireland actually had some sort of decent dvd renting service. Or any anime at all because I really don’t want to watch either of them streamed when they have such high quality animation. But watching an anime that made me feel stupid? I think Sora Kake Girl melted my IQ slightly but otherwise I don’t think I’ve seen any

  8. Sumoni
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Cool! You live in Ireland! I loved the fighting in ikkitousen. It was funny how their clothes “suddenly” got ripped off. I suggest watching Wolf’s Rain first. Then give Ergo Proxy a go. You could probably find both online somewhere as they’re not very popular. Heck, you might even understand it more than I did. I like when anime has intelligent plots but jeez, that one made my head ache. I thought I was watching evangelion again. Also, if you’ve seen Witch Hunter Robin, Ergo Proxy moves somewhat at that pace. Except, it’s full of confusion.

  9. Posted February 26, 2009 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    I actually really liked Evangelion EVEN THOUGH I didn’t understand a thing that was going on. I only realised at the end that I actually didn’t understand the plot at all but I still really enjoyed that.

    I’ll watch Wolfs Rain then but not until the summer. I’ve got VERY important exams so I’m only sticking to currently airing stuff, and even then I’m watching about 10 bloody shows. But it’s when you put off watching the old anime that you realise how much you haven’t watched. So Wolfs Rain now sits among Ghost in the Shell, RahXephon and Claymore and anime I really need to watch

    BTW Ireland isn’t amazing. We don’t even have our own Hetalia character :(

  10. Sumoni
    Posted March 1, 2009 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    Ghost in the shell rocks so much! I think you’ll really love it. The plot moves pretty well, there’s not a single character I dislike. Major kicks so much ass. The music is great because it’s Yoko again. Do you have adult swim in Ireland? I hope Ireland’s not that bad…I really want to visit it one day.

  11. Posted March 1, 2009 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    Pfft, Adult Swim? Nah, Ireland doesn’t have that at all. We have 10 times less TV than America but I suppose that means 10 times less absolute rubbish which is what most of american tv is from what I’ve seen. I feel I should show a bit of patriotic pride, actually Ireland is a bloody fantastic country to be honest. Plus we just beat England in Rugby which always help me look at Ireland in a favourable light

    Ghost in the Shell is right up on my to watch list but tell me: should I watch the movie first then the tv series or does it matter?

  12. Sumoni
    Posted March 5, 2009 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    No adult swim?! Well I guess it’s for the best since it’s complete crap right now. They used to show cowboy bebop, Yu yu hakusho, trigun, and lots of other cool animes. Now it’s just “let’s bring this unfunny show back” or trying to bait at the “college humor”. I hardly ever watch it anymore. I only watch it for family guy, robot chicken, aqua teen hunger force and venture brothers. The rest is tosh. I hardly watch American tv as well. If a show comes on I like I’ll watch the show and nothing else. Like Heroes or True Blood for instance. I hope your football games are complete with crowd fights. Because that’s what I wanna see.

    Watch the series first!!!! I’m not one for OVAs though. Like X/1999? The series kicks way more ass than the movie. Even though they have different endings. I just feel if you want to get into the characters, appreciate them a lot more, you should watch the series. The movie might turn you off.

  13. Posted March 7, 2009 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    I did watch a Death Note dub streamed off some fellow who uploaded them weekly from adult swim, but then he got taken down. I was in a huff then until I found out adult swim had their own website and they streamed Death Note weekly on it! So I dashed over only to be shown that sign I’ve been starting to seriously resent:

    ‘this video is not available in your region’

    So no, no adult swim and no anime in Ireland. All I watch on tv nowadays is sport and Top Gear (outside of anime I’m actually not a nerdy person).

    I’m staying far, far away from the X movie, I’ve heard far too many bad reviews. I’m glad though that I can watch ghost in the shell without the movie because I’ve actually seen that for sale somewhere before. And as you said, anything with yoko kanna in is worth getting

  14. Sumoni
    Posted March 8, 2009 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    I honestly wasn’t that excited about Death Note dubbed. L sounds like an old geezer, DNW. The animation was great, but I’d rather read the mangas. I loved Gintama’s parody of it though. I could watch that a few times in a row. What’s top gear?

    Lol, the X movie was pretty bad. Have you seen the series? It isn’t bad, I actually went out and bought it. Still have issues with the ending though.

  15. Posted March 11, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    I watched the dub before the sub so I got used to the english voices. When I went to watch the Japanese, Lights voice got on my nerves. They make him sound more human in the english version. And yup, Gintama is awesome at pretty much everything it does, although I don’t think I’ve seen far enough into the series to see that part.

    Do you have my to watch list in front of you or something? I haven’t seen X but it’s been on my to watch list for ages. Ever since Chobits I will watch anything CLAMP makes

  16. Sumoni
    Posted March 12, 2009 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    I liked Light’s voice in both versions. Light’s live action actor however, DNW. I wish that movie never existed.

    You haven’t sent that far yet?! It gets so much better. I can’t get enough of that show. I secretly hope it never gets licensed because I’m not sure how they’ll do all the jokes in english. So far it isn’t which is a good sign for me. Though I have to watch it on my actual tv because of the subs.

    Lol, I don’t know what’s on your watch list. I’m sure lots of stuff you should be watching. Chobits was so good. I’m actually not a huge CLAMP fan. They’re mangas are filled with too much crap to read or know what’s going on & they’re character designs aren’t that great. I do like XXholic, I’ve tried getting into Code Geass, but ugh, fighting mechas.

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