Hamatora The Animation (NAZ) – Genre: Action, Mystery, Supernatural
Episode 01 – “Egg of Columbus”
My most anticipated series of Winter 2014, if not just for the fact that I had no idea what to expect. Oh yeah, it also has an uncanny resemblance to Durarara!!, my favorite anime series (for the most part), indicated by the modern city setting and the boisterous soundtrack. The music similarities make sense because it shares the same composer as both Durarara!! and Baccano!, Makoto Yoshimori. I love all of his work for these two series because it adds so much personality to the already eccentric world, and it’s great to see (or rather hear) more of his stuff.
So while we’ve established that Hamatora is very similar to Durarara!!, I have to make it clear that the two are very different entities. In fact, I might say that it feels a little more closely related to K, just because everyone seems to have supernatural powers. In Hamatora, the characters are known as Minimum holders and can access powers after fulfilling some sort of requirement beforehand.
One guy chews gum to unlock his gravity-defying lifting ability while another guy, named Birthday (CV: Jun Fukuyama), puts a taser in his mouth to become Mikoto Misaka. In the case of the main character, Nice (CV: Ryota Ohsaka), putting on his headphones allows him the ability to move at the speed of sound. It’s like a crossover between The World Ends With You and Sonic.
I’m really liking the mystery aspect of the series so far, as it’s reminiscent of the episodic style of UN-GO. In the first episode, it combined several seemingly unrelated cases into one interlocked ordeal between Minimum holders and an old guy’s porn stash. But seriously, why did the guy need all of that when he was paying college girls for sex? And why was everyone else trying to get a hold of the locker combination? Doesn’t everyone know that magazines are yesterday’s technology?
Interested to see where Hamatora takes us in future weeks. There’s a large, multi-colored cast to work with, and unlike Durarara!!, the series wants to focus on solving mysteries rather than unraveling an internal one involving all of the characters. Also, I want to see more of Hajime. Surely she does more than just eat all day.
Give Hamatora The Animation a shot if you like a hint of mystery, psychedelic animation, and awesome music.
“There are many things in this world that no one should ever know.” ~ Master