Japanese: ハマトラ THE ANIMATION
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Jan 8, 2014 to Mar 26, 2014
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.521 (scored by 8069 users)
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SynopsisThe story revolves around "Minimum" or "minor miracle"—special hereditary powers discovered only in an extremely limited number of humans. Those who possess such powers are known as "Minimum Holders."
Related AnimeAdaptation: Hamatora
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Let me be clear on one point : I like this show, not for what it is, but for what it could have been. Because for now, I find the actual show quite disappointing.
True, the art of the show is absolutely stellar, with a general art style that reminds one of Persona.
True, the soundtrack is excellent too, with a very good opening and ending.
The problem is, coming from the director of one of the few animes which achieved masterpiece status (Angel Beats anyone ?), it feels quite underachieving.
As mentioned before, the problem lies not in the sound, nor in the art, but in the story. There's only 12 episodes, lots of main characters and mysteries to solve, and yet, most episodes feels like fillers of a 25-episode show. And that's quite a shame, since some episodes also proves that the story can be interesting It seems like the narrative of Hamatora is smothered by the low number of episodes. 9 episodes out, and I don't even understand the ability of one of the protagonists ! Sad.
Moreover, the characters of this anime sometimes have a very, very disturbing mentality. I don't want to spoil the anime, of course, but to give a clear example of what I'm thinking about, a reaction from a main character in episode 2, and some reactions from the main character, I found quite shocking and misplaced.
But this doesn't mean that the show isn't worth it ! It is a quite good detective story, with a shounen feel thanks to the use of the "Minimums", and if you like that kind of anime, you should definitely take Hamatora for a spin. But, if you want to watch it because it's a work of Angel Beats' director, be advised that this anime isn't a masterpiece.
(Review wrote with 9 episodes seen-to be updated when the final episode is aired.) read more
At first, I wondered why does not this anime have detective tag in genres. After while, I realised this site does not have such a tag. THIS IS DETECTIVE SHOW, alright? I watched many detective shows, but somehow they were all missing something important for me. Hamatora is different. This show somehow feels complete. After having watched four episodes, the most I can say is that this show has the potential to be the best detective show of all time.
Now, lets not get yourselves up ahead. I always thought making a detective show is not necessary hard, but after watching this show i realised that many shows actually failed. Let´s take look at some examples.
There were many live action detective shows, but were they really good? First show that comes to mind are series of C.S.I.. They were actually pretty good, were not they? If you are american coming tired from stressful work and you want to watch something relaxing with no plot whatsoever. However, that is actually not a bad thing as many people are too busy to keep watching single show and just want to watch it occationally. They do not want to feel like they missed something when they missed 5 episosodes in a row. Shows like these are perfect for such people.
Needless to say, I am not like that and I suppose you are not like that either. We like quality shows, thats why we watch anime is it not? Latest detective anime is slightly popular adaptation of not so popular game, Dangan Ronpa. The Game might have had some quality, but show show definetely did not. Also, when talking about anime and detectives who would not think of anime so long that you would have to quit school and all your social life if you had wanted to watch it all. Oh, I was talking about Detective Conan.
Now, the story of Hamatora is very promising. Basically, our two main characters are detectives with superpowers called Minimum, but wait. They do not use these powers to solves their cases. Also, our main characters are not the only ones having the power. There are many people with the power, so many that academies with sole purpose of training these people exist.
Equality? There are those with the Minimum ability and those without it.The victors and the losers. The strong and the weak. All human beings can only percieve the world through the filters of their own values. This show really makes you question morality and ethics.
When it comes to art i am not very picky. Today, nearly all shows have great visuals. As for this one, it reminds me of Psychopass and K. However, sound is where this show is splendid at. At the end of episode three i literary had shivers when ending popped out of nowhere.
Characters seem very promising although we do not know much about them yet. I easily got attached to the main character who is very likable and easy to relate to. Also, there are very interesting looking side characters that we will get most likely closer look at in the later episodes.
I had great time watching this anime and I recommend you do the same as it is really worth it. read more
People with special abilities and groups performing missions. Not to mention all around action. Darker than Black is of course edgier and well, darker [no pun intended] but they have the same feel and pacing.
Both series focus on battles in a urban scenario, involving unique humans with superpowers that are available through the fulfillment of certain conditions.
My first impression was that Hamatora The Animation was going to be a traditional detective one; however, the second which people started to use their power I thought of DTB.
DTB and Hamatora consists of an organization of characters with special abilities that deals with supernatural crime in their city.
The main character from both series gets involved into series of bizarre incidents that requires skill, intellect, and their power to reach solutions. There is a sense of mystery relating to both series as each case presents a different circumstance.
Both series presents action with super power themes.
Like contractors in DTB, Minimums in Hamatora have to meet certain requirements (i.e. chew gum) to use a special power.
Basically Hamatora is Darker than Black with some Durarara!! elements.
Contractors(in Darker than Black) have their Obeisance which is similar to the Conditions which Minimum Holders have to activate their abillities.
Also in this two series have cases as the structure of their plot.
Hamatora is the most similar anime to Darker than Black with no bad qualities(Speed Grapher's perverness) that have been created.
+ A group of people with powers who must do something (before in Hamatora and afterwards in DTB) to use that power
- Hamatora is flashier and more colorful, while DTB is more serious
Characters with powers seem they need to fulfill a specific requirement to continue using their powers. Main characters are hired to solve cases. Similar fighting scenes.
Hamatora is very similar in many ways to Darker than Black and very different at the same time. There have not been a lot of episodes of Hamatora but the premise is the same. People with abilities that can only be used if they meet certain requirements. So far Darker than Black takes a darker approach and is bloodier so if you are into that kind of stuff you will probably enjoy Darker than Black more so than Hamatora.
Super powers. Mystery. Witty. Each anime has these elements in spades. Intensity seems to be the main element though. I couldn't help but notice the similarity after the first two episodes. The darkened theme running through the background plot sets up the mood for future events and the protagonists both have sort of that "in your face" approach. If you've seen one, I definitely recommend the other if only for a comparison of the two.
The two series seem to be practically the same. A broke protagonist, working in a pair to help out people with all kinds of requests using their super powers. Even their 'offices' are the same, a table in the local bar.
Both anime have similar genres and involve getting paid for solving crimes and mystery.
The characters will do any job for money. Both series have a group of people with supernatural powers. They both have great action, comedy, and characters all combined into one anime.
Both series have characters with special powers. In one they do random jobs—whatever they can get their hands on—and in the other one they work as retrievers—they get back whatever was stolen etc. Both have unique characters with different special powers and abilities. In both, the main characters are poor and struggling to make money, and the characters' office or headquarters is in a bar/restaurant.
Very similar in plot and characters. Both shows have private detectives who have trouble meeting ends. both shows have the headquarters in a bar. in both shows even though the characters say they do jobs for the money they really mean to do it for the greater good. in both shows the mains have some special powers which they use to get jobs done. They are both essentially the same shows expect Get Backers is older and Hamatora The Animation is newer and has better animation. If you liked one you will for SURE like the other, same shows different skins.
Hamatora is pretty much the updated version of GetBackers. Involves people who have supernatural powers taking miscellaneous jobs. Just like in GetBackers, they main characters are poor mercenaries whose main office is in a bar. They even have to pay to get jobs.
Opening Theme"FLAT" by livetune adding Yuuki Ozaki (from Galileo Galilei)
Ending Theme"Hikari" by Wataru Hatano
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