Hamatora: Episode 10 – “File 10: March of the Weak”

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, Takahiro, the boy who Professor Moral turned into a creature earlier in the series, approaches Hamatora. He says his mind and his voice have returned, but he would like to have Hamatora help him find a way to return his body to normal. Nice has no interest, but Murasaki says he’ll take this on without Nice’s help.

Meanwhile, information about the Minimum Holders has suddenly become public, including a register of all former students of Facultas Academy. The Minimum Holders find themselves being discriminated against, and this especially causes problems for Three and Honey as they’re trying to run the orphanage. Later, Takahiro’s mother, along with other members of the association for the Health, Protection, and Equality of Youths, get permission from the authorities to take the children out of their custody. When this scene was going on, I swear that I really wished I could bitch slap Takahiro’s mother, due to her attitude and the fact that she was taking these kids away.

Moral, along with his florist accomplice, begin the next phase of the plan. Whenever someone posts something disparaging about the Minimum Holders online, a link that shows a map of the commenter’s house suddenly appears. Minimum Holders use these maps to track down the commenters and do various things, such as slapping them with lawsuits, setting houses on fire, etc.

We also see Nice trying to contact Art again, but still not getting a hold of him. When he finally goes to visit Art, he’s not there; however, Nice notices something that shouldn’t be there and runs out. At the end of the episode, Nice has a very unexpected encounter…

One of the things that really stood out to me in this episode is the “man on the street” interviews that the media is doing about people’s feelings on the Minimum Holders. As expected, there’s a wide range of responses: they’re people just like us and I don’t hate them for their powers, wondering if they’re like monsters, they didn’t want to be that way so they shouldn’t be discriminated against, they’re all freaks, etc. The most interesting response, though, comes from Nice when he gets a microphone and camera shoved into his face. To me, this section of the episode felt very realistic, because these are the same kinds of reactions people in the real world would give if they were sharing their opinions on something that is unknown and foreign to them.

Episode 10 definitely raises the stakes for the characters, and it’s obvious at this point that the series is just about to reach its climax.

I can’t believe that Hamatora is almost over, too. I’ll be watching the remaining episodes in order to see how the series will ultimately be brought to its end, and to see whether or not there are any more unexpected surprises in store.

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