The summer simulcasts are approaching on Crunchyroll, and among them are many premieres of series that have already made their debut! And while some folks are heavily anticipating some things over others, I will be closely watching the continuation of Hamatora!
But before I get into new stuff, let’s talk about what Hamatora’s all about before the second season starts!
Hamatora brings us back to the alternative present day urban Japan, where humans go about their daily lives and do what they can to make a living. That’s fine and all, except that some of these humans are “minimum holders,” people who carry special genes that allow them to utilize superpowers from within! But because they’re different from others, various “normal” human beings are trying to oppress them while a vile minimum holder executes a plan to make their kind dominate the world.
If this is starting to sound dangerously like a certain American comic franchise, it probably is; but that’s not important.
Despite what some people think, this series is a comedy; a dark comedy that tosses between making us laugh, making us cry, and making us wonder what possessed the creators to put certain things in the show. Maybe that’s just the way Hamatora operates.
In case you were wondering, Hamatora is the name of the minimum holder protagonists’ crime fighting detective business. It is also the unofficial name for the weird guy in a hamster-tiger costume (hence “Hama” and “Tora”) that occasionally pops up in the background doing aerobics or something; and no one seems to acknowledge it. It’s just there!
I won’t try and reveal too many spoilers, granted you probably should know about a few of them if you decide to watch the second season (but I recommend you watch the original series first!), but there are points in this anime that can get somewhat graphic in terms of content. If you have a stomach for blood-spattering, human organs lying around (particularly brains), and sexual teasers for both men AND women, be my guest. Hamatora seems to have it all, despite being marketed as a shounen series (demographic for young, teenage boys).
But like anything else that belongs in the action genre, there are a lot of lovable characters in this series. I, myself, will be cosplaying one of the characters from this series for one of the days at Anime Expo this year!
If you have read through my 10 Great Moments of Winter 2014 list, you should already know how much I like Three’s character (granted he is NOT the guy I’m cosplaying), but there are definitely a lot more cheerful parts in this dark comedy series than we are led to believe. Sometimes, however, these cheerful moments take a long time to get to; and frankly, they are also very much short-lived.
While that’s upsetting to a lot of viewers, I can’t see it any other way for Hamatora. Remember folks: dark comedy isn’t always supposed to make you feel good. In fact, most of the time you’re laughing at it because it pisses you off so much that you aren’t expecting the outcome!
But alas, it does have its moments, be it sad, funny, or just plain bizarre. I could make up a top 10 list of Great moments just from this series alone because it’s become quite the cult classic. But instead, I’m just going to be “Nice” and leave that for another discussion altogether.
So if you’re looking for an atypical comedy and action anime with lots of cool characters and the occasional bizarre gag, watch Hamatora. It’s a series worth watching at least once.