This review is for both Hamatora and Re: Hamatora.
Hamatora... Hmm... I didn't really like it. Subpar storyline, and very slapstick comedy that wasn't, in my opinion, that funny. Even after watching both seasons, I can't tell if it is supposed to be a comedy or supposed to be a serious anime, because it is seriously just a convoluted mess of both.
The comedy was not that great. It wasn't that funny and became more annoying at some parts. I honestly didn't laugh at most of the jokes that they tried to pull, because they were just lame or mostly the run of the mill jokes that aren't even that funny. I'm no expert of comedy, but that is how I feel about the story.
I thought the detective, investigation etc, part of the story could be its saving grace. I am a fan of detective stories, having grown up reading Case Closed, or Kindaichi Case Files, afterall. But, I was wrong. The villains really had no solid motive to do what they wanted to do. To me, they look like deluded morons, who are lost in their own ideals. Moral is just basically a mad scientist, who was pretty much lost in his own idea of who is on top and who is at the bottom. Freemum is just basically a bunch of kids trying to be special snowflakes, by refusing to abide with the law or pay the consequences. The reprecusions of being a registered minimum holder wasn't clear. So really, apart from the crazy, extremist Doktor, is there really a valid reason why they didn't want to be a registered minimum holder in the first place? And Art, what? Yeah, I get it, he wants to clear the world of minimums in revenge for his brother. Generally, the story just fell short of my expectations.
Animation and music was great though. I liked the color choices they made. The whole anime feel a little psychedelic, but it sets it apart from other anime. Character designs were pretty cool too. Character development was okay.
Seriously what the fuck is your deal studio NAZ? You create a great first season and then you start releasing episodic bullshit like this? What's this Shakugan no Shana??? How is this shit even rated higher than the first season? It's not going anywhere at all!
This show had such great potential but they started fucking up since the beginning of season 2 already. This is absolutely nothing like the first season.
Haiiii~ (づ｡◕‿‿◕｡)づ ♥
This review is a continuation of my Hamatora review, this anime is a sequel to that show, so before checking out Re: Hamatora, make sure to watch Hamatora.
Also, this review might contain some minor spoilers for season 1, so if you haven't seen season 1, yet plan to watch it, I wouldn't suggest reading this review.
Sooo here we are again, since I said I'll watch season 2, I guess I should write a review as well.
Just to start off, I'm very surprised by Re: Hamatora. There are some things I was expecting and some things I didn't expect. Let's start off with the~
So the story is same old. Group of people working as a secret organization. And season 1 ended with a cliffhanger which gets sorted out on ep1-ep2 so don't worry about that.
The story in season 2 is much better than season 1. It has it's depth. It's unusually well developed and explained, which kinda surprised me since Hamatora has been 90% of WHET and 10% of okay I get this.
In conclusion. The story is well done and developed, all of the unanswered questions from S1 were answered, however the show ends with new mysteries. So the last 2-3 episodes were a rollercoaster. You might want to pay attention if you want to understand it all. Lots of things happening quickly (doesn't feel rushed though). Even though the ending is pretty much an apsolute end, I still feel like the whole story is unfinished. So basically they could start ab ovo.
To end the story section, the last minute of episode 12 should not exist. I deny it's existance. It's stupid. People die when they're killed.
Hmm. So what I have to say about animation. Honestly, it's better than in season 1 (different studio). The animation is good, BUT it's missing some of the aspects that original Hamatora had. Such as the animation style when they activate their powers (I noted this on my first review). They completely changed it, and I liked the old trippy minimum animation better.
However people are drawn better, environment is better, motion was better in season 1 though. For some reason the animation is better in last 6 episode than in first 6. Don't know if it's just me, but last episodes seem much more well done.
So yeah I'm gonna give it an 8/10. Some things are better, some things are worse.
I have nothing against the sound. Music is... there. Voice acting is alright. Sound effects are good. I have nothing against it, yet it's nothing special. 8/10
Here we go.
So to be completely honest, if there wasn't a season 2, most of the characters would be pointless. There are plenty of backstories and secondary characters are involved more. Which is good.
I love Hajime, she's my favorite. Murasaki still annoys me (I still like his character design though). Art suddenly became a weirdo, it all makes sense but I still hate him and his actions. Honey and Three are even more likeable now. That cafe owner doesn't blend coffee for 12 episodes, which is a progress. There's many backstories, and THAT was necessary.
There are many new characters I like. Ishigami is my favorite out of new ones. He reminds me of a friend of mine. He's kind of a Hitler 2.0 but yeah. Then there's that guy who looks like an accident and twitches through the whole show. Bit weird. But yeah....
There's something that's missing. It would be perfect if a new member joined their organization. On ep1 there was this guy who could manipulate light, and I was SURE he's a new member but in the end he's just a side character. So yeah, bit disappointed.
There's improvement and I like that. 6/10
If you take these 24 episodes in total, Hamatora + Re: Hamatora aren't bad. It has a moderate/semi-interesting story, lots of twists and rollercoasting in season 2. A well done animation + sound. And likeable characters that unfortunately lack depth (some, f.e. wtf is Koneko...)
In conclusion, I don't regret watching this show (both season 1 & 2). It's entertaining and a decent time killer. It's one of those shows that don't really stand out, but are pretty fun to watch. I liked Re: Hamatora more than Hamatora.
Phew. And that's it! This time I tried to be more focused and less -takatakaimwritingareviewherpderp- kind of... you know. People who read more than 2 of my reviews probably know haha.
Anyways, thanks for reading my review. I had fun watching this show in kind of a short time (I usually take my time)
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what happens when your pit happy go lucky "all ages"(one-piece-esque become friends after a fistfight) against dark 18+ villains... the heroes get trashed furiously, which is frustrating and boring to watch.
the three things more frustrating than these are constant "just as planned" scenes,
a random nonsensical "full" comedy episode,
and fixing bad script by adding a foreign nonsense element.
for instance: villain uses nuke, hero convient has an anti-nuke (whatever that is)
in the end i still have no clue what they where thinking or looking for when they wrote this story.
The cliffhanger from the first season is picked up again here.
Compared to the first season, it mainly only had story relevant episodes. The problem here was clearly that the sequence of this season was almost transparent from front to back. There were some individual detail and some unexpected occurrences that at least embellished it.
The plot of the second season is attached directly to the scene of the last season. And from there began the story of "Art" and the implementation of its plans. His view and purpose have been quite obvious. The implementation of the story is subtle, however. The backgrounds of some of the characters that you learned later were also okay.
It was certainly not a breathtakingly brilliant act, but I personally liked it.
Animation / pictures
Choreography was pretty good here, with a little more fluid fight animations this would have been more effective.
Otherwise I am glad that this colored representation has been retained; it matches the style of the series well.
Basically, there was hardly any significant change. The characters stayed the same as in season 1. The focus here was on 3 character backgrounds and the conflict between Art and Nice.
We saw a lot of Art, who was solely dedicated to his mission. His ambitions were understandable.
Besides that, it was already. The characters were just plain entertaining.
The intro is definitely one of those that could be described as a catchy tune. Also has an enormous recognition value.
The Osts have also been very solid in season two.
The second season of Hamatora was quite pleasant to watch. However, I mourn all the botched potential, the series could have been a lot better. However, it is certainly above average.