Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens - Reviews

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Samantha1's avatar
Apr 22, 2018

I dont often write reviews for an anime, but this one deserves it, cause its a really good one. Its about hitmen in the city hakata and their relationships to each other and other people. The recommendation animes "if you watched this anime, you might also like..." are right on the spot with Drrr!, Baccano!and bungou stray dogs. The characters connections are portrayed the same way as in drrr!, which makes them very interesting. The anime is about hitmen, so of course theres alot action and blood included, similar to baccaon! and the feeling it gives is the same as in bungou stray dogs. There is no stupid fanservice shit, so I can guarantee you an interesting and exciting story line. 

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall
Ryukami's avatar
Mar 31, 2018

The name of their baseball team.

A story about hired killers, underground world and baseball. Yes, you read right, this show is as much about baseball as it's about Fukuokas underground world.

Nice surprisingly down to earth story, with saddening and anger indusing moments too.

Animation is great, the flow of the 'murder/combat' scenes 's tha top.

Great sound, Jazz is life.

Characters were interesting, wish the supporting cast got a bit more screen time.

7/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall
Dubfan's avatar
Aug 13, 2020

It was an average anime. Nothing special. The story was comprised of a few short stories. Some are enjoyable others were not. I wish they had made an anime about one of the stories. There is no clear goal for the plot. The initial characters fit a role in the show. Although, most characters have no history or background for their actions in the plot. Is it simply money? Unfortunately, there isn't much character growth in regards to the individual stories. Animation and sound are above average. If you're board, give it a watch.

4/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall
Panma's avatar
Jul 2, 2018

This series is almost like slice of life but for hitmen. Kind of a weird premise and it almost seems to work. The problem is that it feels like it's a periodical where it's a bunch of unrelated stories and they're trying desperately to tie them all together. And they actually do a relatively good job given the obvious problems. 

First the unimportant stuff: animation is good when they choose to animate. There's a rather significant number of action sequences and you can tell they were picking and choosing what was important because we'll go from LOTS 'O ACTION to cut-to-still frames. When they are animating, they do a decent job of it.

Sounds are just okay. Since there's so much action, they reuse a lot of sounds and quite a few don't necessarily match the level of action being animated. Voice actors are pretty good, if not a little on the eclectic side.

Characters are hit or miss. They kind of randomly choose to provide exposition on certain support characters while others (who are included in the opening music sequence even) are completely ignored. I still have no idea who a few of the characters actually are beyond their very brief moments on screen. And, unfortunately, this series left me with more "wtf?" or "why?" moments than answers half the time. An obvious example: one of the main characters has an odd trait that's never explained and the entire series... just kind of rolls with it. Like, does no one ever question the OBVIOUS strangeness here? I know it's supposed to be a fictional modern day Japan, but even the other characters are surprised at first and then never acknowledge it again!

Finally, the most important piece: the story. It's... just okay. As mentioned previously this is almost like Star Trek where we have a few nearly indepedent stories happening in successive order. There doesn't appear to be any rhyme or reason as to if there's supposed to be some overarcing plot beyond (as I said) just being a slice of life series. 

And, my biggest issue with the story, it's super cliched. They introduce backstory that isn't unique with twists that are supposed to be impactful but anyone with half a brain has seen from a mile away. I swear it almost felt like the writers had recently watched a few anime series and just completely ripped off their plots (if you watch any anime, you'll quickly see the obvious resemblances).

With all that said, it's still not a terrible story. It made for a good kind of background watch. Something that was interesting enough that I didn't completely get bored but not so interesting that it completely held my attention either.

5/10 story
8/10 animation
6/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall
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ClubFoot's avatar
Mar 13, 2019

Hakata is not a peaceful city if at first glance. This city filled with various kinds of criminal dark sides such as murderers, hitmen, detectives, executioners, and blackmailers. Every night, the crime rate increases but for some reason, it’s a peaceful city. But, as if nothing just happened. Of all the criminals, Zenji Banba is one of them. He is a detective investigating various kinds of criminals in the city. His meeting with Xianming Lin is changing everything.

Lin is a cross-dressing male hitman served in one of the companies he worked. But one day, Lin’s target committed suicide before he killed so the company refused to pay him. Lin asks for a further mission to kill Banba where their meeting starts from here. During their meeting at night, Banba discovered that Lin was a target of hitmen. Banba finally made an offer to recruit him as a team.

Hakata is a city filled with various kinds of dirty tricks such as corruption and etc. This show offers lots of unique things to talk about from its narrative, diverse characters, and urban style. Lin as the lone wolf had a simple impression at the beginning. However, there are so many complex backstories he had. He came to embrace with Banba and found that there were so many special people around him. Banba, besides his terrifying alter ego, has friends who like to play baseball. They formed a team from various companies and competing with each other. But, this is not a sports anime yet it provides a lot of connection of the show and metaphor.

It’s one of the purest light-hearted comedies with a tale of friendship, not too many I guess. The title, “Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen”, taken from Banba’s favorite food after Lin promises to buy him a ramen every day. This show has a lot of foods but its light in nature doesn’t seem complex. The show kind of reminds me of “Durarara!!” And “Baccano!”. Both anime were written by the same author, Ryohgo Narita, while this show was written by Chiaki Kisaki. The look of urban design at “Durarara!!” is very similar to this anime. In a city, there are many unique interconnected characters in it. However, everything is reciprocal and has an impact on each other. The music also has a vibe of “Baccano!” blends with modern jazz.

Apart from urban design and music, “Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen” acts as the same style. Regardless of this is about underworld criminal with dark themes, the show explores it with a comedy tone but not overpowering. The same is true with the characters. They put a lot of stakes in their life and career to death. It becomes part of entertaining. The out-of-sarcasm then wrapped in all kinds of awkward situations but with a combination of action and comedy. Even tones which seems serious like kidnapping and murder don’t guarantee that this anime is just the most underlooked.

The show, initially, was so interesting, really puts me in into the story and its world. However, the show suddenly undertone step by step. In the end, all the characters are no longer non-linear and complex. There are no interconnected characters with related events. The supporting characters don’t get too much portion from each development. But, they welcome the part of urban backgrounds with quite a likable character and memorable. The fast-paced makes this anime not last long. The world of scope as well became increasingly narrow, unlike the first episodes.

The main characters, Lin and Banba, ready to create chaos in such a criminal underworld in Hakata. They make various kinds of dark entertainment yet they have a lot of fun. They cut, they kill, they protect their identities, they break into, they blackmail a person, and etc. The composition is really great and the lighting at Hakata is pretty good as well. It has composed and well-written. This anime offers enough blood for a dark comedy show. Additional music with modern jazz and rock with a fast tempo. The opening and ending are quite similar to “Cowboy Bebop” but was even more excited. The voice actings do pretty well. Yuki Kaji and Daisuke Ono provide a lot into their characters especially Yuki Kaji.

“Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen” offers a unique style of distinctive visuals, scores, characters, and settings. But, the show suddenly loses its potential due to its linear narrative. In addition, this anime doesn’t offer complex plots. It’s not over-the-top or high-quality anime. It’s an underrated anime, personally, but offers a different style from others. A dark comedy but full of entertainment, this is a great noir action show it doesn’t offer too much complexity.

8/10 story
7/10 animation
9/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall
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