Hamatora: Episode 11 – “File 11: Flight of the Victor”

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, Nice and Moral arrive at the Nowhere Café and sit down to have drinks. Quite a bit of the episode takes place here, with Moral explaining to Nice why he’s been doing the things that he’s been doing. After Moral explains that he’s trying to save Nice from his loneliness, Nice begins laughing and tells him that he never asked for Moral to save him. This leads to a confrontation that ends with Moral holding Koneko hostage.

Murasaki, Hajime, and Takahiro are involved in the other major portion of the episode. First. Murasaki finds himself fighting against other Minimum Holders who are rioting; however, after the rioters start going to the civic center and going after Director Itoh from the Association for the Health, Protection, and Equality of Youths, Takahiro goes to try to save his mother. Takahiro, with help with Murasaki, Hajime, and eventually Nice, are able to quell the rioters. However, after it appears that Director Itoh will finally be able to reconcile with her son, Moral does something really despicable. Moral’s actions piss off both Nice and Hajime, and it appears that this will set the scene for Episode 12.

In addition to these two plots, there are also occasional references to Birthday and Ratio with Chiyuu at the hospital and to Three and Honey; however, the other two plots took up the majority of the episode. The intercutting between the various story plots illustrates just how hectic and dangerous that Yokohama has become because of Moral’s actions.

I haven’t liked Moral since he was first introduced, but by the end of episode 11, I came to really dislike this character. He’s just so out of touch with reality and has such a god complex, that it’s rather sickening. At this point, I want to see Moral taken down, and taken down hard in episode 12!

The intensity of the episode, as well as the actions that take place during this episode, make it clear that the series is about to reach its climactic conclusion. After seeing episode 11, I’m very intrigued about how the writers for Hamatora will ultimately bring the series to a close. I really hope that I don’t end up being disappointed, because the stage has really been set for the series to potentially have an epic ending.

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