English: Michiko & Hatchin
Synonyms: Michiko e Hatchin
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 16, 2008 to Mar 19, 2009
Duration: 22 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 7.901 (scored by 14852 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Sep 2, 2011
… Um... well… it’s not like it did anything wrong. Simply said, there wasn’t enough material to keep you interested for a full season worth of duration and the chemistry between characters and the magic of the setting were not that complicating to get used to and eventually get bored of. This is relevant of course as some people get bored a lot harder than others. To me, this ranks amongst the better in the field; probably third after the “let’s talk philosophically about how immoral the world is before we start shooting at everything” Black Lagoon, and the “let’s have good personal drama for a change before we start shooting at everything” Requiem for the Phantom. All the rest of its brood are monotonous and apathetic (screw you Bee Train!), and the gloomy setting is just too depressing to care following it through after awhile. MtH does a better job; it is mostly light-hearted, balances the dark with the exotic, has perky characters, has humour, and has some interesting battle sequences. These helped me not to get bored right away… five whole episodes that it.
Beyond the flashy exterior, this is still a mostly guilty pleasure series, with shallow conflicts, unrealistic battles, and convenient plot armours. As long as you can suspend your disbelief, all that can actually work on its favour, but as I said it still has very little going for it in terms of context. Here, lets me tell you what it’s all about in a nutshell: “Well, duh, there is Brazil and, duh, some MILF gets out of prison and goes to take her daughter and, duh, they are being chased around by police and, um, they shoot stuff”. There you go, not exactly a mind-boggling plot, is it now? Any attempt to be dramatic or serious is replaced fast with good old fashioned shootouts and the grammar/pronunciation of the native language is problematic as usual.
On the other hand it’s not like the characters are flat as pancakes or something. You actually see how they somewhat develop and the finale of the show is actually quite bittersweet and better than 99% of anime endings. It feels logical in a way, not far-fetched or fake. The thing is, as I said you will most likely lose interest along the way because of the loose and simplistic plot. In all honesty, this show did not deserve a full season with the context it had.
Anyways, it is not a bad anime if your expectations are not too high. It is rather different than the norm, has good production values, interesting characters, and it’s not a ridiculous Brazilian soap opera (although it moves in the same speed). It has otherwise a low replay value since its context is way too simplistic to offer you anything more with a second watch, and the duration will be painfully boring if you know what will happen later on. read more
Oct 17, 2008
Aug 1, 2009
And, similarly, the ending is just as unsatisfying. But until you get there, the show'll keep you marathoning for more.
If you haven't seen the above-mentioned? Leave this on your going-to-watch list and watch those first. Typically, people hate one, and love the other, so if one of them just doesn't do it for you, swap over. If you end up hating both, congratulations, you're a rarity among viewers. read more
Oct 23, 2012
Well it is a story that takes place in Brazil and that was kind of different from the animes that I watched so far, so that alone was a really fun part about the anime. It was actually a kind of good story about a girl, Michiko, that wants to find Morenos Hiroshi, the love of her life. It was said that he died in an accident, but she believes that he still lives because of Morenos Hana, who most likely happens to be his daughter( even though she didn't met her father yet). Michiko promised her to protect her and together they search for Hiroshi.
I really liked that kind of idea, so that was a part that I really enjoyed. It's just that I'm not the type of person who enjoys war like animes. There was just a lot of blood, fights and death. I actually am not good with that at all, so I felt bad a lot of times. Even though I would have wanted to drop it because of that, the story itself was far to interesting to stop watching. I just had to know how it would end. I just had to know if her father really would be still alive and if he was, what kind of person he was. I don't regret watching it, but it isn't exactly the type of anime you should watch if you're bad with an action genre. Because there is a lot of action in it.
I was interested in the story, and I kind of liked it, but there were a lot of times when I just felt totally annoyed because of what happened. And actually I didn't really like the ending, it wasn't what I expected, but it wasn't bad either though.
There's nothing special with the art actually, I don't have anything to say about it.
As for the sounds, they weren't bad. I actually liked it that the voice actors of Michiko and Hana were only used in Michiko to Hatchin, because it felt kind of unique, but I actually really liked their voices ( especially Michiko's voice) so they should get more voice acting roles in my opinion.
about the characters...I actually didn't really like much characters. I found a lot of them really annoying, but I totally loved Michiko and Hana wasn't that bad either, so that made up for the rest of the characters, in my opinion.
I didn't enjoy it that much though, there were episodes where I enjoyed the anime, but there were quite a lot episodes where I was bored too. A lot episodes felt like fillers, and that ruined it a little, but I wouldn't say that it was that bad though. In my opinion it's watchable, but not that great though. read more
Aug 17, 2011
>Story: Loved it because, Hana a poor abused child has to take care of a mean and cruel family, she has no memories of her parents or her life before that. She wishes to be free and away from them most of all. But, she is saved by a woman named "Michiko" who claims to a have loved her father and could possibly be her mother. They go off on a adventure to find Hana's father.
> Art: It was wonderful, I absolutely loved how they drew Michiko, she was fiercely attractive and beautiful. And Hana was cute and adorable.
>Sound: It was okay I was not really focused on the sounds
> Enjoyment/Overall: I really liked this anime and it seems to have a great new flavor in anime. I would also, recommend this to people who are looking for something different and touching. :) read more
Aug 1, 2013
Meet Hana: a girl with an abusive foster family, longing to meet her real parents.
When Michiko literally "crashes" in on Hana's family, Hana and the audience is whisked away on a wonderful yet tragic journey, only found in a show like Michiko and Hatchin.
Set in a fictional country (with a high resemblance to Brazil), Michiko and Hatchin travels all across the land, showing us the glitzy, gaudy side of life, as well as the harsh, cruel realities of living in a near third-world country. The story is usually set in one-part episodes, meaning that our two heroines meet a variety of characters, with all different backstories and personalites. Luckily, we don't go too in-depth with the side characters, so we aren't too lost.
The art itself is gorgeous on its own. Being made by Manglobe (i.e., Samurai Champloo and Deadman Wonderland) you'd expect nothing less. From the lights of the cities, to the rural countryside, the world of Michiko and Hatchin is one you might want to live in. A highlight of the art would be Michiko's bike, which is the main mode of transportation for Michiko and Hana.
The sound sets the mood for the show, as well. Only a few tracks stand out, and that is with the help of the scene. However, the music is good for what it is, despite it blending in.
Overall, Michiko and Hatchin is a good anime to watch if you're looking for a visual treat, and strong lead characters. I recommend watching Cowboy Bebop or Samurai Champloo after it, as many do the same. Plus, it's only 22 episodes long.