Re: Hamatora: Episode 2 – “Art Returns”

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.

Episode Two finally shows the audience what happened after Art shot the gun at Nice at the end of the final episode of Hamatora. With the way the first season ended, and the fact that the first episode of this season jumped ahead in time three months, I really appreciated finally getting to see what had actually happened.

This episode has a strong emphasis on Art, whether it was through his actions or through learning about how Nice has been investigating him over the past three months. As the episode goes on and we see more of Art, we can see just how twisted he seems to have become. While he may look the same physically, he’s nothing like he was during the first season of Hamatora.

In addition to Art’s storyline, we see that Ratio and Birthday are trying to find out what happened to Chiyuu, the artist that was also a Minimum Holder that was introduced during the first season of Hamatora. She had been injured during the riots that had taken place three months earlier, but she suddenly vanished from the hospital that she had been admitted to. All that was left was a sketchbook with a drawing of a butterfly. This provides them a clue to finding Chiyuu; they learn she has joined up with a group calling itself Freemum. They say they just want to suggest to Minimum Holders that there is a way to live free.

It was kind of interesting to note that while there were two different storylines introduced in this episode, they did not intersect at all. I suspect the Freemum group will become more important as this series continues. Art is still the primary focus right now, but I suspect the Freemum group will somehow start causing some kind of trouble for the Hamatora detective agency. If they do, this could cause quite an issue for Birthday and Ratio, due to Chiyuu’s involvement with the group.

This episode also allows us to see the Facultas Academy, when Art launches a plan that includes the school. We are also introduced to the school’s academy defense master, and he gets into quite a battle with Art. But there’s a major surprise in store at the end of the fight between Art and the defense master.

Even though Art’s become such a different character, his storyline is still rather fascinating and intriguing. I’m looking forward to seeing more episodes in order to find out what exactly Art is up to. I have some ideas, but it’ll be interesting to see whether the series will prove me right or disprove my thoughts.

Right now, this second season for Hamatora has done a great job of continuing where the first season left off. I’m hoping that I’ll continue to feel this way by the end of Re: Hamatora.

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