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Hamatora The Animation is a supernatural series about a group of young detectives with special powers which they use to help them solve some of the creepiest mysteries. Take a look to learn more!

by ljaesch1
Sep 30, 2015 2:17 AM | 1,745 views

Hamatora The Animation trailer

Hamatora The Animation ran for 12 episodes. It starts out as a quirky show about a couple of detectives with supernatural abilities who use their powers to help them solve cases. But it quickly evolves into a story where the protagonists find themselves in the midst of an investigation of a serial killing spree targeting people with supernatural powers. While the concept of characters with special abilities isn’t unique in and of itself, the combination of these abilities with the tone of the series’ storytelling provides something one of a kind. The animation style makes it stand out as well.


Nice & Murasaki from Hamatora The Animation

Hamatora The Animation is set in Yokohama in 2014. In the world that the series is set in, humans with supernatural abilities have been discovered and are referred to as Minimum Holders. Two of these Minimum Holders, Nice and Murasaki, have formed a detective agency called Hamatora. On the surface, the two seem to be an odd pair due to their differing personalities. Nice is impulsive and a bit absent minded, although he’s actually a genius thinker and can quickly assess situations. Murasaki, on the other hand, has a reserved personality and is a rational thinker. Amazingly enough, even with their completely opposite personalities, they are still able to successfully solve the cases that come their way by working together.

Birthday & Ratio From Hamatora The Animation

Instead of having an actual office, Nice and Murasaki rent a table at the Café Nowhere and wait for jobs to come to them while they hang out there. Birthday and Ratio, their friends who are also Minimum Holders, run their “Odd Jobs” business out of Café Nowhere and sometimes help out Hamatora with their cases. As Nice and Murasaki take on cases early on in the series, they discover the existence of non-innate Minimum Holders; these are people who possess a Minimum but were not born with that ability.

Art from Hamatora The Animation

Nice and Murasaki are friends with Art, the superintendent of the Yokohama Police Department. He is investigating a string of murders where all of the victims are Minimum Holders, and Art informs Nice and Murasaki about the investigation in order to warn them of what’s happening. There’s one similarity that Art has found among all the serial murder cases: each Minimum Holder who was killed had their brain extracted by the killer. But now that Nice and Murasaki know about this investigation, they find themselves getting drawn into it.

Facultas Academy Hamatora The Animation

Nice, Murasaki, Birthday, Ratio, and Art, along with some of the other characters in the series, are graduates or former students of Facultas Academy. This is a place that trains Minimum Holders in secret to develop their potential, and Nice always had the top scores when he was a student there. The academy becomes important to the series when Art connects Moral, a former professor, with the serial murder case.

Professor Moral from Hamatora The Animation

Moral wants to achieve equality so that everyone in the world can be a Minimum Holder. In order to achieve his goal, he had to kill several Minimum Holders and use their brains to unlock Minimums. Moral used these Minimums to create the non-innate Minimum Holders that Nice and Murasaki discovered. But it turns out Moral has another objective: he somehow believes that Nice is tortured by solitude due to being the number one student from the academy. But before Moral can be apprehended for his crime, he has an associate leak information about the existence of Facultas Academy and reveal the identities of the Minimum Holders in order to cause unrest. The Minimum Holders are ostracized by society, leading some of them to begin rioting and performing terrorist acts on non-Minimum Holders. While the protagonists have to deal with the ramifications of Moral’s actions, it’s up to Nice to confront the professor and try to bring an end to his madness.

Who Should Watch Hamatora The Animation?

Characters from Hamatora The Animation

Hamatora The Animation should appeal to viewers who enjoy stories featuring characters with supernatural abilities. The series should also be of interest to viewers who appreciate quirky and unusual storytelling methods that help to convey mystery, action, thrills, and even some insanity.

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1. Darker Than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha

Hamatora The Animation Darker Than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha

Ten years prior to the start of the series, an anomaly known as “Heaven’s Gate” appeared in South America, and was soon followed by the opening of “Hell’s Gate” in Tokyo. The sky was altered, with the real stars disappearing and being replaced by false stars. As this was going on, people possessing special supernatural abilities emerged, and became known as Contractors. Each Contractor has a corresponding fake star that reacts to their activities. Unfortunately, those who achieved these supernatural powers did so at the cost of their humanity. The series focuses on a Chinese contractor with the codename “Hei,” who undertakes espionage and assassination missions for a mysterious organization called the Syndicate.

2. GetBackers

Hamatora The Animation GetBackers

Ginji Amano and Ban Mido are a super powered duo known as the “GetBackers,” and they run a freelance repossession service in Shinjuku, Tokyo. They recover lost or stolen items for clients, which usually leads them into bizarre or dangerous situations. During the series, they look for items ranging anywhere from video games to misplaced components for an atomic bomb.

3. Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)

Hamatora The Animation Kekkai Sensen

A breach between Earth and the netherworlds opens over New York City and traps New Yorkers and creatures from other dimensions in a bubble that no one can escape from. With this event, New York City has now become known as Hellsalem’s Lot. The series focuses on a crime fighting organization called Libra, which works to prevent the horrors of their city spreading to the outside world after someone is threatening to sever the bubble. The members of Libra have supernatural powers that they use while they fight crime.

4. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun (A Certain Scientific Railgun)

Hamatora The Animation Toaru Kagaku no Railgun

The series is set in Academy City, which is ahead of the world in technology by at least 20 to 30 years. 80% of its residents are students who possess unique psychic abilities, and their focus of study is on esper powers. The series focuses on Mikoto Mikasa, an electromaster, and her friends.

5. Tokyo ESP

Hamatora The Animation Tokyo ESP

Rinka Urushiba, a rather typical high school girl, sees a penguin and some glowing fish swimming through the sky. She makes contact with one of the fish, which causes her to pass out. But when Rinka awakens, she discovers she has gained the ability to move through inanimate objects. Kyotaro Azuma, a boy who was with her at the time, has gained the power of teleportation. They decide to work together and use their new found ESP powers to fight against those who have decided to use these abilities to cause trouble. But they soon discover there’s an organization with strong ESP fighters and users that’s scheming to create a utopia.

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