Hamatora: Episode 7 – “File 07: Black Cosmos”

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.

Episode seven has a strong emphasis on Art. It starts off with him having a conversation with Nice about the case in episode six, and then they talk about the spate of Minimum Holder crimes. When Art asks how Nice had deduced Professor Moral at the end of episode six, Nice lists off the criteria he used, and then admits he took a gamble by saying one of the names he came up with and judged Art’s reaction. When Nice says he’ll investigate this on his own, Art tries to tell him to stay out of it.

Later, Art learns that a top preserved Minimum specimen has been stolen from a facility that has very strict security measures. As Art and Honey start investigating, Art becomes frustrated.

Then, we get a little bit of backstory for Art between a conversation between Art’s partner and Honey and a conversation between Art and Three. Between these two conversations, we learn that Art had been a student at Facultas Academy and that he was the only graduate that had never actualized his Minimum ability, and that he made up for it by putting in extraordinary effort and never giving up on himself. We also learn that some of the other characters we know had also been students there, but never graduated; they left due to various reasons.

When Art finds a renewed drive to investigate the stolen Minimum specimen, he stumbles upon a clue that tells him who it must be. He goes to the cemetery and finds the suspect, and the two of them have a major confrontation, which ends with a major cliffhanger and major revelations being made by the suspect.

There’s also a side story about Nice and Murasaki taking on a case where a group of guys are unhappy with another guy named Shiratori who’s slept with the various female idols that they like. When they demand an apology and the guy sneers at them instead, they decide to go after him. It’s up to Nice and Murasaki to try and save Shiratori. While this case didn’t tie in directly to the main storyline with Art, it did help illustrate a point that’s made during the confrontation between Art and the suspect at the cemetery.

The part of this episode that stands out to me the most is Art’s climactic scene at the cemetery. It was very intense, and it’s unclear what exactly will happen to Art in the aftermath of this event.

By the tone of this episode, it’s very apparent that we’re getting closer to the climax of the series. A lot of information is presented here, and actions with major ramifications for the overarching story also take place. The tone of the show at this point is also starting feel a little darker than it did previously.

While I’ve enjoyed Hamatora for the most part up to this point, I was very riveted when watching episode seven, and the story and information kept me interested. From what I’ve seen, it appears there’s only five episodes left, so I hope they’ll keep this momentum going and help the story reach a satisfying ending.

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