Hamatora: Episode 2 – “File 02: Beloved Bastard”

Hamatora is set in Yokohama in 2014. In the world of this series, humans with supernatural abilities have been discovered; they are referred to as Minimum Holders. Two Minimum Holders named Nice and Murasaki have formed a detective agency called Hamatora, and they rent out a table at the Nowhere Café and call it their office.

At the beginning of episode two, Birthday is taken into police custody for being under suspicion as a serial bomb terrorist because he ended up being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Meanwhile, two teenagers named Theo and Rei come to the Nowhere Café, looking for Hamatora. They explain that Kitazawa, the fine arts teacher at their school, stopped showing up three days ago and doesn’t appear to be at home. Murasaki tries to get out of the case, but Nice says they’ll take it.

Nice goes undercover at the school as a student, while Murasaki goes undercover as a student teacher. Murasaki learns about an app called Reverse Site, which was created by one of the girls at the school. It’s an app that allows the students to talk about things they don’t really want to have public. When Nice and Murasaki log into the app, they discover a chat labeled, “Messin’ with Theo Club lol.”

Nice talks with Theo, and learns that Theo had been bullied and had wanted to kill himself, but that Kitazawa helped him.

Murasaki and Nice are called to a murder scene by a police detective named Art, and they discover that the victim is Kitazawa. At this point, Art discloses that he’s been investigating a serial killing spree and that all of the victims are Minimum Holders who had their brains removed. Art also laments that they don’t have any leads on the serial bombings, either.

After this, Nice decides that something’s off and that he’s going to investigate to learn more about Kitazawa. What he discovers comes as a surprise, and it turns out that the app, the case of the murdered teacher, and the case of the serial bombings are related.

As I watched the episode, I picked up rather quickly that the app would end up somehow being tied into the mystery that was being solved. However, I had not anticipated what Nice discovered about Kitazawa. I had a feeling that somehow the serial bombings would somehow be linked to the Kitazawa mystery, but I didn’t know how.

After watching two episodes of Hamatora, I have to say that I have enjoyed how they manage to bring what appear to be two unrelated cases together and piece together how they create a whole story. I hope future episodes of the series are just as successful with this at the first two have been. I also liked how the episode was able to incorporate a contemporary issue like bullying into the mystery’s storyline.

So far, I’m enjoying Hamatora, and I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of case the agency takes on next.

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