Re: Hamatora: Episode 6 – “Advent”

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 Six opens with a memorial service for Art’s former partner, Gasquet, who was killed at the end of Episode Five. It’s revealed that it’s being reported to the public that the assault that took place at the prison complex was a terrorist attack targeting the prefectural police.

Nice and Murasaki go to question their informant, and he tells them about the meeting he had with Gasquet during Episode Five. The informant also warns the two of them about not getting in too deep if they don’t want to cut their life short. With what happens later in Episode Six, you really don’t want to hear this phrase coming out of this guy’s mouth because it seems to be a precursor to something bad happening.

Honey uses Mighty to try to find security camera footage of the people who perpetrated the attack on the prison complex. They were able to cover their tracks except for a dashcam in a nearby taxi. When Honey enhances the image, they see that the Freemums were involved. Hamatora goes to the club the Freemums had used as their headquarters, only to discover that they’re long gone. We see that the Freemums are now running their operation out of Art’s place, which is a rather nondescript room.

Next, we see Nice and Murasaki having some kind of an argument. The audience comes into the middle of it, but from what’s said, it appears it has something to do with tracking down Art and the Freemums. After Nice leaves, Murasaki starts acting as if there’s something wrong with him physically. We learn it’s a side effect of using his Minimum ability; the more he uses it, the more his body deteriorates. When that was revealed, I had a really bad feeling that something bad was going to happen to Murasaki.

We then see Murasaki walking down the street and dealing with an inner conflict with himself. In the animation, this is depicted by showing his “inner voice” speaking to Murasaki as a ghostly apparition walking next to him. I understand what the animators were trying to do, but it comes across as weird. Unfortunately, I would discover there were things later in the episode that made the ghostly apparition almost look normal!

Murasaki then runs into Art, and the two say they need to talk to each other. Art takes Murasaki to his place, and tells the Freemums to leave them alone. Murasaki tells Art about how frustrated he is with Nice and says he wanted to talk to Art because he thought he’d understand his feelings. Unfortunately for Murasaki, Art realizes that Murasaki is trying to put on an act, and this leads to a major fight scene between these two characters. At first, Murasaki’s punches don’t do anything to Art, but after Murasaki powers up with his ability, he’s able to punch Art hard in several vital spots, and even holds him by his hair. Unfortunately, Murasaki’s leg gives out on him, so he has to pull out a gun. He shoots, and it looks like Art is shot and killed.

The Freemums barge in, holding Murasaki at gunpoint. Ishigami, the leader of the Freemums, provides a small “info dump” here when he explains why Art’s Minimum ability couldn’t be uncovered by the Facultas Academy; this is due to the Minimum central nerve not being in his brain. It was located elsewhere, which was the same place as his trigger. It’s then said Art is worthy of becoming the savior of Minimum Holders due to what lies in his chest. Ishigami stabs Art in the chest, and Art comes back to life in a resurrection that seems to be trying to evoke Jesus Christ with what appears to be a cross in the background.

OK, at this point, I was going, “What the heck?” Yes, Hamatora has done some strange things since the series started, but this resurrection was strange, even by Hamatora‘s standards. If you ask me, Art has developed quite a God Complex, and I suspect this will end up being a major thing for Art’s character for the remainder of the series.

Right at the end of the episode, Murasaki is delivered to the café in a body bag. At first, I thought Murasaki was dead and was getting upset over the fact that this would be two episodes in a row where someone was killed. However, the preview for Episode Seven showed that the next episode is set in an emergency room, so it appears Murasaki isn’t dead yet. The question at this point is, “Will Murasaki survive this ordeal or not?” Considering that Gasquet was already killed, I don’t think anyone in the series is necessarily “safe” from that fate.

OK, I knew over the past couple of episodes that Re: Hamatora was turning into a darker series than the first season of Hamatora, but I didn’t expect it to get this dark and weird! Episode Six was definitely a downer for me, and it’s started to dampen my enthusiasm for this series. Hopefully the weirdness in this episode is as weird as Re: Hamatora is going to get. If the series gets any weirder, that could really change my opinion of the entire Hamatora franchise.

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