Re: Hamatora: Episode 3 – “Madness Flower”

Re: Hamatora is the second season of the Hamatora 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 Three opens with Art fighting against a Wind Minimum, and the audience is able to see just how he’s been able to take away a Minimum’s ability.

When the Hamatora crew sees a news report about this, they begin discussing what’s happened to the Minimum Holders who have had their abilities taken away by Art. Everyone who regains consciousness after having their ability taken away are unnaturally very cheerful. And for some, their ability to think for themselves also appears to have been taken away.

The majority of the episode focuses on a Minimum Holder named Gou Samura, who has the Insanity Minimum. He paints, and anyone who becomes enamored with his paintings is overtaken by a destructive impulse and feels an overwhelming urge to kill people. After he manages to make a painting on a plate with ketchup and causes several murders to take place where he’s confined, it’s decided to transport him to a different location.

As Gou is being transported, the vehicle taking him is blocked by a group of protestors saying that Gou and other violent Minimum Holders should be killed. At the same time, Gou frees himself from his handcuffs and reveals to the crowd that his body has a painting on it. Many members in the crowd start becoming violent. Fortunately, Gasquet (Art’s former partner) had asked Hamatora to come earlier, so they’re on the case.

When Honey uses Mighty to track down Art, something happens to her that causes her to lose her memory of her Minimum ability and of the people around her. From what I saw in the preview for the next episode, it appears that Honey’s amnesia will play an important part in it.

Art arrives on the scene and causes some chaos, which includes trying to take down Nice. Fortunately, Birthday and Ratio come to the rescue. Art realizes he doesn’t have enough ability yet to take down Nice, so he flees.

It was interesting for me to realize that the antagonists of the two seasons have motives that are complete polar opposites. Back in the first season, Moral was all about trying to give out the Minimum Holder powers to anyone he felt needed them. With Art serving as the main antagonist for this season, his motivation is about trying to take away Minimum Holders’ abilities. For Hamatora, this means having to tackle the situation with Art in a different way than they did with Moral.

When it comes to Honey’s amnesia, I have a suspicion that it’s something that Art managed to do. He was the one who has hired Honey and Three back in the first season, so he would know how Honey’s ability works. But can Honey’s amnesia be reversed, and if so, how?

And that Insanity Minimum Holder was so freaky. But it turns out that even he isn’t entirely what he tries to make himself out to be. But I think what happened to him at the end was a kind of poetic justice.

This episode only had one overarching story, and I think this particular story needed to be the complete focus of an episode. It wouldn’t have worked as well if they had tried to run a second storyline with it. But I’m now also wondering when we’ll see Chiyuu and the Freemums again.

I’m still enjoying Re: Hamatora at this point, and I’m looking forward to watching Episode Four in order to find out what’s going to happen next.

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