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Michiko to Hatchin Review: 94.5/100

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People who decide to go a journey have many different reasons for doing so, and in terms of anime, the premise is usually something wacky and unreal. But Michiko to Hatchin’s plot-driven journey  is real although it is a bit wacky at times. Instead of boring you with a plot summary i’ll get straight to it. The story isn’t very complex but the journey is exactly that. The location is South America (supposedly Brazil), where Michiko is desperate to find her long lost lover Hiroshi Morenos whom everyone believes died in a bus accident. Accompanying her is Hiroshi’s supposed daughter, Hana (or Hatchin as Michiko calls her). Together these two wildly different people set out on a journey to find Hiroshi but the journey is more or less the experiences and the development of Michiko and Hatchin as characters. I have to agree with a lot of people about the series’ ending: it was weak, and very weird but overall i believe the plot is in fact the journey and not the eventual discovery of Hiroshi. That’s my only complaint about this series.

Everything about this series is amazing: From the unique setting, creative visuals, music that accurately reflects the setting and consistent high quality animation. I could stop there and describe most shows today with the same words including a certain noitaminA series (before noitaminA, there was the Noise timeslot where Michiko to Hatchin aired), but most series don’t bother to tell a convincing story. This series does. As i said earlier, it is the journey and not the plot that is compelling. In fact, every rating category specifically states a “story” rating. Story does not equal plot, a story is something that evolves over time like a journey with two completely different characters and their experiences and that is exactly what Michiko to hatchin is all about.

Animation: 9/10 – Manglobe delivers. Very funky, edgy and creative especially the eyecatches. Opening and Ending credits are also very stylish, and the series as a whole is top-notch.

Story: 9/10 – Not the best, especially the ending, but i believe it was the journey and not the result that viewers ought to focus on. Yeah, Hiroshi’s an ass but because of trying to find him Michiko and Hatchin grew closer and we saw their development personally evolve. The journey itself was the real story and that was memorable.

Sound: 10/10 – Everything from the amazing BGM courtesy of Kassin and Shinichi Watanabe (a legend for directing Cowboy Bebop), the tremendous voice acting of newcomers Yoko Maki and Suzuka Ohgo as Michiko and Hatchin and the catchy OP/ED themes were top-notch efforts by Manglobe. It’s a great achievement that no matter what your opinion of the plot/story may be, the sound department is generally the best part of the series.

Characters: 9/10 – It’s a good sizable cast that constantly grows and changes throughout the series. Michiko may seem like a bitch at times but her heart is in the right place caring for Hatchin when her own biological father Hiroshi can’t and why they have to find him. There’s a lot of great characters whom you never like but can admit that they remain engaging to watch.

Enjoyment: 10/10 – I stopped watching this series because of a lack of fansub groups and i ought to say i missed out on a great and engaging series for a while. Everything about this show is well put together and normally in most series today that’s all those series have but Michiko to Hatchin has an engaging plot that really explores the meaning of a journey and adventure quite well. This is a series that merits any viewer to watch, you can’t miss this one.

Michiko to Hatchin Score Tally:
Animation – 9/10
Story – 13.5/15
Characters – 18/20
Sound – 9/10
Enjoyment – 45/45
Total – 94.5/100

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