Hamatora the Animation – Complete Collection (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)
September 15, 2015 by Dennis Amith
“Hamatora” is a fascinating and action-packed series on a world with individuals with supernatural powers and the protagonist is a leader of a detective agency. Featuring a good balance of humor and action, the series does become much more darker and violent towards the end. But for the most part, an entertaining action-packed anime series worth checking out!
Image courtesy of © cafe nowhere / Hamatora Project. All Rights Reserved.
TITLE: Hamatora the Animation – Complete Collection
SERIES RELEASE DATE: 2014
DURATION: Episodes 1-12 (300 minutes)
BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080pHigh Definition, English and Japanese DTS-HD MA 2.0, Subtitles: English
COMPANY: Sentai Filmworks
RATED: TV MA VS
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Original Concept by Natsu Shobu, Yuki Kodama
Original Character Design by Yuki Kodama
Chief Director: Seiji Kishi
Directed by Hiroshi Kimura
Series Composition by Jun Kumagai, Touko Machida
Music by Makoto Yoshimori
Character Design by Yu Wazu
Art Director: Kouki Nagayoshi
Anime Production by NAZ
Featuring the following voice talent:
Hiroshi Kamiya/Leraldo Anzaldua as Art
Ryota Ohsaka/Adam Gibbs as Nice
Wataru Hatano/David Wald as Murasaki
Atsushi Ono/Carl Masterson as Master
Ayaka Ohashi/Juliet Simmons as Rei
Ayami/Kasi Hollowell as Chiyū
Emiri Katō/Christina Kelly as Hajime
Eri Kitamura/Margaret McDonald as Honey
Jun Fukuyama/Blake Shepard as Birthday
Katsuki Murase/George Manley as Three
Kiyono Yasuno/Nancy Novotny as Koneko
Megumi Ogata/Carli Mosier as Momoka
Nobuhiko Okamoto/Greg Ayres as Seo
Takuya Eguchi/Mike Yager as Mao
Yūichi Nakamura/Andrew Love as Ratio
Yuuki Ono/Chris Patton as Moral
Nowhere may seem like just another Yokohama cafe, but as with many of its employees, this apparently innocent eatery leads a double life. Because Nowhere is also where you can find Hamatora, the mysterious detective agency run by P.I.s who are also M.H.s. That’s M.H. as in Minimum Holders, individuals gifted with extraordinary powers and abilities.
For the right price, you can hire founder Nice, who moves at the speed of sound, and partner Murasaki, whose super strength and near invulnerability are a significant asset. Of course, with incredible talents like these up their sleeves, Nice may not decide to take a case unless it personally interests him. But when a series of serial murders all turn out to involve other Minimum Holders, that interest is about to become extremely personal. Something monstrous is going on, and Minimum Holders as a class may be targeted for extinction!
In 2013, writer Yukino Kitajima and illustrator Yuki Kodama created the manga series “Hamatora” (which derives from the words “Yokohama Troubleshooter”).
The manga series was serialized in Shueisha’s “Young Jump” magazine and several months later, an anime TV series for the first 12 episodes produced by NAZ debuted on TV Tokyo from January through March 2014, followed by a second series titled “Re:_Hamatora” several months later produced by Lerche and a Ninteno 3DS RPG game titled “Hamatora: Look at Smoking World”.
And now the first season will be released in the U.S. on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Sentai Filmworks.
“Hamatora” takes place in today’s modern time but when several humans known as Minimum Holders are discovered to possess supernatural abilities. These special individuals are then trained at Facultas Academy to develop their powers and their existence is confidential to the world.
The series revolves around a Minimum Holder named Nice who has a detective agency known as “Hamatora” in Yokohama and together with his partner Murasaki, they take on cases that involve other Minimum Holders.
But instead of having a few of these enemy Minimum Holders serving time, they are given a chance to become allies and partner up with Hamatora.
But recently, crimes are being committed by people who posses a Minimum but they were not born with it. Who is turning regular humans to Minimums and who is also responsible for the murder of other Minimum Holders?
Find out in “Hamatora the Animation – Complete Collection”!
The following characters in “Hamatora” are:
- Nice – The main protagonist and the founder of the detective agency known as “Hamatora”. A former member of the Facultas Academy and despite being a genius, because he doesn’t take any job, he is often broke. When he puts his headphones on, he is able to use his power, Sonic Minimum.
- Murasaki – A former agent of Facultas who was sent to capture Nice, but ends up becoming his partner. He is a rational thinker and has the Holder ability known as Gravity minimum. His goal is to someday defeat Nice.
- Hajime – A girl who tends to stay at Nowhere Cafe and likes to eat. She has a powerful Holder ability. She is one of the founders of Hamatora and close to Nice. She also has for some reason, lost all her memories.
- Koneko – An employee of Nowhere Cafe and also is Hamatora’s receptionist and contract negotiator.
“Hamatora the Animation – Complete Collection” is presented in 1080p High Definition. The anime series is colorful and vibrant. Characters are well-designed and well-shaded, while background art is good. Interesting choices to have these red splatters on the bodies, which at first made me do a second take if those were artifacts or some sort of splotchiness, but those are intentional art that was utilized by NAZ. But for the most part, picture quality is very good and didn’t notice any major artifacts or banding issues.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Hamatora the Animation – Complete Collection” is presented in English and Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. Dialogue and music are crisp and clear through the front channels. I heard no hiss or problematic issues with the audio. Both Japanese and English voice acting are well done.
Subtitles are in English.
“Hamatora the Animation – Complete Collection” comes with Clean Opening and Closing, Japanese Disclaimers, Japanese Promos.
I first discovered “Hamatora” while in Japan looking at the Nintendo 3DS game. Having no idea what the series was about, watching the first season on Blu-ray made me feel reminiscent of the X-Men.
While the X-Men, the storyline revolves around the fear of mutants (individuals with supernatural abilities) and the struggle between the good and the bad, “Hamatora” has similarities but revolves around a detective agency trying to uncover cases that involve the killing of Minimum Holders (the name given to individuals with special abilities) and also humans given the Minimum power, despite not being born with it.
For the most part, the first season serves as an introduction to the characters and seeing Nice and Murasaki take on various humans given the minimum power, who will later become allies. But also learning who is responsible and how demented the person really is and why he is giving normal people these abilities.
As the story progresses, it goes from lighthearted to something much darker and more violent and yes, even a bit bloody.
While the first season is only 12-episodes, the first season is fascinating and if you enjoy stories like the “X-Men”, then you will enjoy the special abilities that each person has. The protagonist Nice is an interesting character. A genius, yet a person who is often broke, he is also a person trying to understand why these humans would want to have a minimum power and when he confronts those who are on the wrong side of the law, it’s interesting to see him and others use their supernatural ability.
As for the Blu-ray release, “Hamatora the Animation – Complete Collection” features a colorful and vibrant palette, but NAZ gave an interesting animated style for the first season. I didn’t notice any extensive banding issues or artifacts, but the series looks very good in HD. Lossless soundtrack is presented in Japanese and English DTS-Master Audio 2.0. The dialogue and musical score are crystal clear through the front channels. Special features are your typical clean opening and closing theme, Japanese promos and disclaimers.
Overall, “Hamatora” is a fascinating and action-packed series on a world with individuals with supernatural powers and the protagonist is a leader of a detective agency. Featuring a good balance of humor and action, the series does become much more darker and violent towards the end. But for the most part, an entertaining action-packed anime series worth checking out!
J!-ENT has not received any compensation from the company for this post. J!-ENT has no material connection to the brands, products, or services that are mentioned in this post.
For Product Reviews:
For product reviews, J!-ENT has purchased the above product for review purposes or may have received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free by the company which in no way affects our reviews, may it be positive or negative. We only recommend products or services we have tested/reviewed and believe will be good for our readers.
Some of the links in our posts are "affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, J!-ENT will receive an affiliate commission.
J!-ENT is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”