by Gristle McThornbody
For the first time in 3.2 years, I got a chance to catch Toonami. They have a good lineup, and an interesting anime worth exploring more would be Michiko & Hatchin. I only caught the 1st episode, and so far it passes initial tests, such as the theme song, and animation, which is by Manglobe. The same people who drew up Ergo Proxy and Samurai Champloo bring us this lusciously animated piece about an escaped criminal (how topical), Michiko, who rescues an adoptee, Hatchin, from her abusive foster “family”.
Initial impressions are that this plays like FLCL + 70’s action/blaxploitation flick with the appropriate soundtrack. Thus far, it’s slick and interesting, and I’ll be sticking around for at least the 3 episode test-and if I like what I see, than in the din of the next month, I’ll complete it and report back.
Did I mention that Michiko is voiced by Monica Rial?
It’s funny that in this current period of anime stagnation that I just found this one. Odd that this one flew under the radar.
Michiko & Hatchin
Written by Takashi Ujita, Directed by Sayo Yamamoto
Produced by Manglobe, Licenced by Funimation