Hamatora: Episode 3 – “File 03: Haves and Have-nots”

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 the episode, Hamatora is approached by Itou Shouko and her assistant; they are both part of the Association for the Health, Protection, and Equality of Youths. They ask Murasaki and Nice to look into the Facultas Academy to see if they can find any scandals connected with the facility. Ms. Itou believes it’s unfair that children born with a Minimum are able to have an advantage over children without a Minimum, since children who flourish at Facultas are given preferential treatment for jobs at top-tier companies and for positions as high-ranking government officials. They are offered a high sum of money upfront, with three times that amount after completing the job. Nice tries to refuse, but Koneko says they’ll take it. Rather quickly, Murasaki is able to discern that there are no scandals associated with anyone affiliated with Facultas Academy.

Ms. Itou complains that she is unable to reach her son on his phone, and that he hasn’t been back home since yesterday. She dismissively thinks he’s probably at a friend’s house again.

Art, meanwhile, is looking into something, and finds troubling records connected to the Association for the Health, Protection, and Equality of Youths. Art interviews a man named Professor Moral, because it appears that the the Association for the Health, Protection, and Equality of Youths has been importing a drug called Nemcrois and transferring it to him. It’s revealed that Professor Moral is doing research into non-innate Minimum Holders. A major confrontation of ideology takes place here during a lengthy scene between Art and Professor Moral.

The story ends up coming together near the end, which link together Ms. Itou and her assistant, Ms. Itou’s son, a monster running around Yokohama, and Professor Moral.

This episode revealed some important information about both Murasaki and Nice. We learn that Murasaki was a prodigy at Facultas Academy with the second highest scores in the history of the academy. We also learn something about Nice in conjunction with the academy, but I’m not going to say because it would ruin a surprise at the end of the episode.

As I got to see Ms. Itou in action as the episode progressed, I came to like her less and less. As a parent, I found some of her actions and attitudes to be almost offensive. She definitely would not be nominated for a “Mother of the Year “ award, that’s for sure.

Once again, Hamatora successfully brought together various plot points and connected them together as all part of one story. There was at least one thing that happened that I found to be a bit predictable, but enough of the story wasn’t so easy to guess.

Three episodes in, and I’m still enjoying Hamtora. It appears that this could end up being a series that I look forward to watching week after week in order to find out what will happen next.

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