Re: Hamatora: Episode 8 – “Worst Promise & Best Memory”

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 Eight has a very strong emphasis on Hajime, and by the end of it, I came to better understand why she’s the way she is and why she likes hamburgers so much.

Momoka, the flower shop lady we saw working with Professor Moral back in the first season, makes a return in this episode. She runs into Hajime at the hospital, and convinces Hajime to go with her after showing her a picture of Hajime when she was younger and telling her that she can tell Hajime about her past. As part of this, Momoka tells Hajime it’s her fault that the Minimum Holders around her are experiencing disturbances in their abilities after a part of her power awakened.

Throughout the episode, we get to see how Hajime was abandoned as a child, used as a test subject by Professor Moral and some other scientists and was the only success they had, and how she and Nice met. I really enjoyed seeing these flashbacks, especially since Nice and Hajime’s meeting has been hinted at in the footage that appears during the opening for Re: Hamatora. Also, I came to like Hajime much more as a character by the end of this episode; it was nice to finally get her background and see that there’s so much more to her than the gluttonous girl we met at the beginning of the first season. And when Hajime is brought back to the place where she’d been experimented on, she freaks out and believes that what’s happening to her friends is indeed her fault.

It turns out that Momoka has ties to both Art and the Freemums, and that Art wanted Hajime brought to this place to awaken her Minimum. She has what’s called the Nihilist Minimum, which eradicates other Minimums and it’s triggered by despair. So it looks like Momoka may not have been exaggerating about Hajime being the cause of her friends’ Minimum abilities being disturbed.

This episode appears to be setting up the foundation for whatever events will be taking place in order to conclude the series. And it appears a lot of it will be revolving around Hajime; after having such a minor role to play in the first season, she’s now going to be a major player in this series. I admit that after seeing this episode, I’m really concerned for what’s going to happen with Hajime and how it’s going to end up affecting her.

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