Re: Hamatora: Episode 1 – “Melancholy of Hero”

Re: Hamatora is the second season of the Hamatora television anime series. This season begins three months after the end of the first season, and the Hamatora detective agency is still taking on cases that come their way.

At the beginning of Episode One, there’s a memorial service being held for Nice; according to what was seen in the episode, he apparently died in the hospital in the wake of being attacked by Art at the end of the final episode of Hamatora. It’s also established that while the Minimum Holders have started getting a little more respect in the past three months, it hasn’t been easy to overcome a bad rap. We also see that the various members of Hamatora have been having a hard time getting any jobs.

Then we see Murasaki interviewing a potential client about a stalking case, and the woman is convinced that her stalker has an Invisibility Minimum. Murasaki takes on the case, and is escorted by Hajime (who has become his new partner). As they’re setting up a trap to catch the stalker, a guy named Hikaru arrives; he’s a Minimum Holder and claims to have a Light Speed Minimum. Hikaru has become a celebrity lately as a problem solver, and has branched out as a singer and TV personality.

Hamatora is approached by a woman asking if they do hit jobs, because she wants Hikaru to be killed. They don’t take her job, but they are approached by Hikaru’s producer about serving as his bodyguards. The remainder of the episode sees the various members of Hamatora picking up on information about Hikaru, and everything comes together when an attempt is made on Hikaru’s life. Murasaki and Hajime also get help from someone unexpected…

This particular episode basically focused on one overarching story. In the first Hamatora series, there were usually what appeared to be two unrelated storylines that ended up coming together at the end that made all the pieces of the mystery fall into place. While there were still elements that came together, everything blatantly tied back to the main storyline. I don’t know if it was only this way for this episode, or if this is going to be the mode of storytelling for the remaining episodes.

With this episode, I could also sense a bit of a difference in the feel of both the animation and the series itself. While there weren’t any radical changes in character design, there was just something that seemed to be different in regards to the feel of the animation. One thing that was new was the transition that was used to move between scenes. At first, this transition piece was kind of interesting; however, after it appeared so often in the episode, it started to make the transitions feel a little jarring and served more as a distraction than as an effective way of transitioning between scenes.

The beginning of the episode was overall a little more serious than Hamatora had been, considering it was a memorial service scene; fortunately, it wasn’t all doom and gloom when Birthday and Three end up getting into a discussion that injected a bit of humor into the scene. And as the episode went on, the humor that Hamatora was known for started showing up more regularly.

So far, this seems to be a strong continuation of Hamatora. Even though I hadn’t seen the series for about three months, I was able to get back into the swing of it rather easily. It felt as if I was reuniting with an old friend.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what direction Re: Hamatora takes the story and the characters in future episodes.

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