Episode Four has a strong emphasis on Honey. It’s discovered that after she uses her Minimum ability, she regresses to acting like a child, but that the effects are temporary. Honey doesn’t believe it at first, but when she’s shown video evidence, she can’t take it. On top of that, the Minimum Agency asks her to serve as a bodyguard for Doktor, a consultant to the Minimum Agency’s Medical Department. It turns out that Doktor is also Honey’s father.
As we learn through things Doktor says and through flashbacks of Honey’s, father and daughter do not see eye to eye on what Minimum Holders’ contributions to society are supposed to be. Over the course of the episode, I found Doktor to be an absolute jerk.
The flashbacks in this episode not only provided backstory and information on Honey, we also get to see how Honey met Three and how they became a team. After seeing the flashback, it’s no wonder that Three is as protective of Honey as he is.
The Freemums also play an important role in this episode, because they don’t like the fact that Doktor advocates for the management of stray Minimum Holders. Of course, this goes against what the Freemums believe and they hatch a plan to try to take out Doktor. Honey finds herself getting wrapped up in the Freemums’ plans as well.
The end of the episode also hints that more Minimum Holders than just Honey are starting to experience side effects from using their Minimums. At this point, I expect that this will end up being another thing for Hamatora to figure out, in addition to trying to figure out what Art is doing. And throwing the Freemums into the mix, it creates a lot of potential for how the story of this series will progress.
And again, the episode focused on one overarching story instead of trying to tell two different stories that come together near the end. While that was an interesting storytelling device for the first season, the stories and plot points that have to take place during this season call for episodes that focus on one story.
Also, the tone of Re: Hamatora is more series than the tone of the first season. That’s not to say that there’s no humor at all, but it’s not as pronounced as it was the first season. Again, the story and plot points of Re: Hamatora don’t lend themselves to the humor aspect as much as the first season did.
Hopefully Hamatora can figure out what’s causing the side effects of using their Minimum abilities and how to make the side effects stop. Hopefully Episode Five will start touching on that.
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