Posted by psgels on 7 February 2009 with categories: Michiko e Hatchin



Short Synopsis: Hatchin meets a boy of her age at a local bookstore.
Episode Rating: 8/10 (Excellent)
It’s the episodes like this one that make this series so deceptive. One episode tells a cute love story between a bunch of kids, and yet the next one can focus on the incredibly dark Michiko-storyline. This really is a very varied show. Perhaps not the most balanced one, but you’ll never know what you’re going to get with every episode.

This episode definitely focused on the cute side of this show. while Hatchin’s stories generally lack a part in the overall storyline of this series, her character more than makes up for it. In this episode she also for the first time gets to find out what it means to have a crush on someone, ,though she more shies away from it. Especially the final shot of this episode made some impact. You could see that Michiko felt Hatchin’s sadness because it didn’t work out with the boy, and yet it was done with some great subtlety so that it didn’t turn out into an endless angst-fest.

And some more random comments: nice Ergo Proxy-reference with Vincent Law the author (he seems to have written quite a few books, they were really all over the bookstore ^^;). This episode also showed that it’s got a very talented musical producer: the background music never really stood out, but it was very varied and subtle, and overall it added really well to the different scenes.

Oh, and in this episode something finally happened that made Michiko and Hatchin sound like mother and daughter: Michiko wanted to have something, (a book in this case), and asked Michiko for permission to get it. That was definitely the sign (even more than the hug at the end of this episode) that they’re growing closer together. Oh, and next week should prove to be fun: another double-episode. Woo!

7 Responses

  1. Broken-Stomach says:

    i really liked the music in this episode even though each episode has great music this stood out.. and yes i agree that this shows the cute side of the show and its nice to see the whole idea of a childhood love.. i also liked how michiko was affectionate in the end even though she always was affectionate this is the first time she actually shows it.. really great series

  2. Anonymous Specter says:

    I laughed my ass off when i caught that EP reference

  3. Reiter says:

    A really sweet story, and goes to prove that love can be painful and not quite what you’d expect. The boy projecting his feelings toward Hatchin from memories he had before his amnesia was sad and bittersweet. I also noticed Hatching holding her stomach now and then as if from pain or cramps or something. A sign she’s reaching adolesence? And watching Michiko doing mom-type stuff is always a treat. She’s no mother of the year, but she cares about her kid and it shows.

  4. appleslut says:

    Love this episode~ The music was fantastic that for the first time, it made me watched twice just to listen to the sound tracks.

    Ya, wassup with hana holding her stomach? Is there a catch or something?

    And I am kinda confuse on what illness Lininie has. He can only remember what happens today and not yesterday? Like the show 50 first dates?

    =)

  5. Skaijo says:

    +Anyone noticed Hatchin getting cramps? She’s really maturing in more ways than one. It also gives some double meaning to the final line as she’s suffering from different pains as she becomes a woman.

    +I love the twist to the love story at the end too. Poor Hana.

    +Uber weired tomatos.

  6. Anyone Notice the ‘Vincent Law’ Authored books Lenine was putting away when the old guy was calling him in the first 10 seconds of the show?

    Awesome…

  7. lol now that Ive watched the whole episode, it seems that lenine(if you take into account his memory loss, him sleeping a lot etc. . .) is an homage to Ergo Proxy which is why he was reading the Vincent Law book at the beginning… awesome

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 08:50 PM)
    *for.
    Also I finished out Amanes route in Grisaia and am genuinely pleased with how it rounded out as being/capped off.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 08:49 PM)
    Shame they can’t be relied on from anything else however.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 08:48 PM)
    Ah, .hack bee-train can always be relied on for good music.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 08:48 PM)
    I recently rewatched petite cossette actually and it still holds up for me as an atmospheric, creepy and trippy and dreamy macabre story I wish Shinbo was still that good.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 08:44 PM)
    As much as I love .Hack’s score, I can’t help but feel that Le Portrait de Petit Cossette has Kajiura’s best score.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:37 PM)
    I will agree that the tsundre archtype should have been Rin and not Kugimiya pseudo-lolita’s, far less irritating, less of a love/hate thing for me. That said I don’t care all that much for finding the personalities of fiction characters all that attractive, it tends to be the character designs, more often I end up wanting to black eye most tsundere characters, actually alot of characters.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:32 PM)
    And I also read that “realistic tsundere manga” I believe I mentioned it a few times on here, I never really got into reading it, can’t really remember the title.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:30 PM)
    I rather like Yuki Kaijura’s music for fate/zero, don’t care about kara no kyokai’s soundtrack, madoka or sword arts much.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:55 PM)
    @Gedata: God they didn’t even research it correctly.
    In regards to clannad theres an example of one which I retrospectively am more critical of and find the drama remarkably silly in parts.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:38 PM)
    @gedata: For my own sanity after a while I began skimming episodes and following flawfinders posts here and there.
    @Vincent: Must rewatch that one and flags of our fathers sometime, need to get round to soldier of orange also.

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