Japanese: ハマトラ THE ANIMATION
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 8, 2014 to Mar 26, 2014
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 7.431 (scored by 34838 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 The Comic
Summary: Hamatora The Animation: Saishuukai Chokuzen! Mao ga Okuru Soushuuhen Special
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“All human beings can only perceive the world through the filter of their values. Mediocre values may be harmless, but they are also utterly worthless.” - Moral
Hamatora is the collective name of a group of detectives, who solve various cases in order to earn a living. Sounds rather standard, doesn’t it? Well, not exactly. All the members of Hamatora poses some superhuman power, be it incredible speed, or inhuman strength. These are known as ‘minimums’, rare innate abilities which only a small percentage of humans can use. Of course, regular citizens have no idea of existence of such individuals, in order to protect the minimum holders from discrimination due to envy. A safe balance, allowing for a normal life for all humans. What happens when a certain someone who desires to tip the balance and send the established world into chaos appears? That you will have to see for yourself.
Mostly, when people speak of Hamatora, they mention the genres ‘superpowers’, ‘comedy’ and ‘mystery’. While this is true, I believe Hamatora deserves another tag, namely ‘psychological’. Once you watch a few of the first episodes and get down to the plot and the main villain, strong reasons for such a category emerge.
Though many accuse the series to be avoiding its own plot with episodes known as so-called ‘fillers’, this isn’t entirely true. Yes, there are quite a few episode which don’t exactly pertain to the plot, but there is a method in this madness. This is the producers’ sneaky measure of slowly revealing the plot to us. We are introduced to the characters and have some time to become familiar with them and the relationships between them. Meanwhile, as our brave detectives continue solving supposedly unconnected cases, all of them start to connect and suddenly the plot is right in front of our eyes. True, it may not be the most effective and interesting way of presenting the story, but in this case it works. Even during later episodes where some of them seem to have not much in common with the development of events, there is usually at least one connector to the main plot, which reveals more of the truth to us. Certainly, there were animes which have done it better than Hamatora, but this was a pretty good attempt at this strategy. Or at least, not a painfully bad one.
The art in this series is absolute eye-candy. The colorful character designs and the no less vivid backgrounds are simply pretty and enjoyable to look at, as well as serving the purpose of creating a certain atmosphere. The slight issue which I had with the graphics was the odd-looking gradient on certain objects and characters, but this is more of a personal preference. As for a low-budget series, the graphics are kept at a surprisingly high standard.
The soundtrack may not be a particularly memorable part of the series, but it left me with a good impression. Sometimes cheery and invigorating, other times grim and eerie, the soundtrack reflects the atmosphere of the series in all aspects. This also goes for the opening and ending. They simply fit the style of the anime. I particularly enjoyed the ending “Hikari” performed by Wataru Hatano. It had a certain sense of power and intensity to it.
These days it has become increasingly difficult to create a series with relatively original characters, but Hamatora seems to have done a pretty decent job in this field. Most of the main characters don’t fit into the standard archetypes we have become so familiar with. Moreover, the writers managed to keep all the characters varied. Whether it was personality, appearance, clothing or even attitude, they were all different in each of the main characters.
Many reviewers write about the lack of character development in the series. While this is true, it is also worth mention that with the amount of characters we were presented with and only 12 episodes to fit this part of the story in, this should be understandable, at least in a small extent.
As you’ve probably figured out, the members of Hamatora are our protagonists. I shall not go
into detail about most of the MCs, since it would take quite some space. However, there is one character I would like to present closer, as he may just be the trump card, which makes this series worthwhile – the antagonist.
Moral’s ideology is simple and straightforward, yet his means of achieving his ultimate goal are wicked, but logical in a way. But psychotic as he may be, he is relatable. He is by far, one of the best antagonists I have seen in an anime so far. Why? Any guy can do bad things for the sole reason of being evil, but Moral? Oh, no, he believes he is doing the right thing. He is trying to save humanity, after all. He is the best type of villain a series could get – a villain, who considers himself the hero.
Enjoyment and Overall (7,5/10)
I will admit, Hamatora is neither a masterpiece, nor a breakthrough in the anime world. Even so, it was an enjoyable series, which kept me curious through all 12 episodes. There were moments which got me excited, left me hanging or even made me shed a tear or two. It was a solid position, but also nothing that you would regret missing. I wouldn’t recommend this series for people expecting a fast pace and quick development of events . I’d say it’s more of a… reserved, relaxed series for watching during a longer weekend.
If you have the time and the patience, give the series a try. Who knows, perhaps you might turn out to love it? read more
Hamatora is an anime that showed plenty of promise at first. It could have been excellent if not for one major setback: most of the anime is filler. The story is actually great when it gets down to it, but having one of the most thrilling scenes of any show this season followed up by a beach episode before returning to the actual plot just destroys the mood and momentum this show could have built up much more. That's not the only problem, but it certainly is the biggest and most noticeable one.
Hamatora is an anime with a similar style to things like Persona 4 or Danganronpa which are based on video games (though Hamatora's game has yet to actually be made...). It centers around a group of crime fighting, mystery solving "superhumans" called "Hamatora" and the other similar groups of people that they know. Most of the main characters have abilities called "Minimums" which allow them to use some power when they fulfill a certain requirement (ex. gain super-strength when they take off their glasses). The main characters and members of Hamatora are Nice and Murasaki who are both Minimum Holders (people who have minimums). The story begins with them just doing their usual crime solving and being dirt poor because they don't get enough jobs and a girl named Hajime spends a lot of Nice's money on food. They soon start getting job requests that interconnect and begin to reveal a much larger scale crime.
But before that all happens, the show has filler. Lots of filler. Most episodes have some small connection to the plot, but that will only be just about a minute out of an otherwise filler-filled episode. Whether it's a beach episode, spa episode with sit-ups (and I mean LOTS of sit-ups), or just some random event involving the minor characters, this show just has too much filler. However, the actual story is brilliant. The show overall resembles something like Psycho-Pass and Darker Than Black in the way the world and the minimum powers work and eventually crumble into chaos. The end of the show is excellent and leaves a possibility for a second season, which I would love to happen.
As for the characters, they are all interesting but none develop very much or at least get enough screen time to develop. As much as I like Nice and Murasaki, they really don't develop as much as characters in similar shows, and the show only gave small glimpses into their pasts which needed much more elaboration as they seemed very interesting. A detective named Art is also interesting and his relationship with Nice is one of the higher points in the character aspect. Hajime, a girl who hangs out with Hamatora, appears to have the potential to be the main female protagonist at first with her intense hunger driving Nice into poverty, but she ends up only having a minor role with just two big appearances (one being the intense sit-up filler episode; you'll know which one I mean when you see it). The rest of the important supporting characters (who all have random English words for names) are just as interesting as the main cast. They were also given some short backstories, but not enough screen-time either. Hopefully a second season will bring about more of the characters' pasts.
However, the best character in this show is actually the villain, Moral. He's just psychotic and and the show does an excellent job of building him up. His scenes with Art and Nice are never bad and are the best scenes in the entire anime. He just wants everyone in the world in to be equal, but that means eliminating those who think differently than him. He's an understandable villain whose goals are similar to those of real life people, but he actually puts his plans into action.
The animation is generally very good despite the show's obviously low budget. The psychedelic look of when minimum holders use their powers make the action scenes very stimulating to the viewer, and all of the characters designs are great (Honey is especially cute). Moral, Nice, and everyone else look cool and their designs fit their parts well. The emotions the characters show really work well especially for showing how insane Moral is (at least compared to what society considers sanity). The urban scenery and everything else looks good as well. Really all that holds the animation back is just the low budget which is especially apparent in some of the filler episodes in the middle of the show, but the creators at least did a good job of saving the budget for more important scenes.
The soundtrack is also one of the better parts. It uses a lot of piano tracks with unique rhythms that speed up and down a lot depending on the mood. During the action scenes, rock songs are used. Nice's signature song that plays whenever he puts his headphones on stands out in particular. The OP is also one of my favorites of this winter season.
Hamatora may have issues with fillers that throw off the pace of the story and a noticeably low animation budget, but it's still very enjoyable. Even with a poor budget, they make it count when it needs to. The characters just needed a little more development to be really good, but the soundtrack is consistently great and sets a great mood to help fix all of the other problems. Some scenes are amazing and some are just frustrating, but Hamatora is still a fun and emotional anime that better get a second season. 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.
Both anime's use the idea of some act having to be completed to access your supernatural powers
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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