Michiko To Hatchin: favela, samba and bossa nova
Michiko To Hatchin, Michiko & Hatchin, ミチコとハッチン
Directed by Sayo Yamamoto (The Animatrix: World Record - costume design, original art)
Produced by Shinichirō Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop movie)
Written by Takashi Ujita
Music by Alexandre Kassin
Studio Manglobe (Samurai Champloo, Ergo Proxy)
Network: Fuji TV
Original run: October 15, 2008 – March 18, 2009
Today I finally finished one of the numerous anime on my watching list! I gave priority to this one because it was made by the same studio that made Samurai Champloo. And now I'm going to give you my review based on 5 points:
These characteristics are ranked in order of importance. I like anime with interesting characters, even if the plot is lame. Now we can start!
Michiko and Hatchin are the main feature in this anime and so their characters are the most interesting. Through it's the interaction between both of them that makes it unique. While Michiko is all sexy and badass, Hana aka Hatchin is still pure and small (well she's 10 years-old so...) But Hatchin is sometimes more mature than Michiko and they can't live without the other. The supporting roles as Atsuko aka Jumbo, Satoshi or the nearly inexistant Hiroshi are all gravitating around Michiko and Hatchin (told you: they're always together and when they're not, they're searching for each other) I wish we could have seen more characters in the epilogue as Rita and Lenine, the only friends of her age Hatchin made.
This should be number one reason for watching this anime. Not only the opening and ending are piece of arts (with funky colours and nice drawings) but the whole anime art is brilliant. It reminded me Paradise Kiss for the fashion outfits. I was always wondering "What Michiko will wear? Is Hatchin going to have new shoes?" I was more interesting in their outfits than in the plot! Also everytime they discover a new city, it's fun to try guessing what city look alike this one in real life.
Even if I'm not fond of Brazilian music, it was nice to hear it during all the anime. It gave a special thing to it, it was quite different from other anime and it reminded me of Shingeki No Kyojin using Germanese in songs (but here it was Portuguese)
There was only 22 episodes and if the first episodes went fast, some episodes broke the rhythm of the story. I think it was unecessary for the plot but it was necessary for developping the background/world. Maybe it could have been better if they put it as bonus at the end of the anime. I'm sure it wouldn't have been 22 episodes if they only kept episodes where the plot was involved.
The plot itself is not that brilliant and not so original. Michiko escaped from prison in order to search for her lover Hiroshi, who has a girl named Hana (renamed Hatchin by Michiko). She kidnapped the girl and they both are searching Hiroshi. Many people were comparing this to Samurai Champloo where Fuu is searching for her father. I didn't think of this and if I didn't see this on forum, I would not be aware of this similarity. Anyway, evrything's all about Michiko, Hatchin and their quest.
Michiko To Hatchin is a must-see if you're craving for some good design and soundtrack. Some parts were long and messed up but Hatchin being one of my favourite anime characters, I recommend it if you're tired of little girls being too girly and noisy.