Posted by psgels on 19 March 2009 with categories: Michiko e Hatchin



Short Synopsis: It’s time for Hiroshi to make his appearance.
Episode Rating: 8/10 (Excellent)
And so it has ended. The ending was good, and in a way it was the only ending that would have made sense. I really like how the creators didn’t try to stuff too much into this episode, but also saved enough for this episode to happen. the whole gang wars and Satoshi storyline all ended in the previous episode, and this episode was just about Hatchin, Hiroshi, Michiko and the police. The creators could have kept Satoshi alive in order to create some chaotic ending, or like Samurai Champloo, they could have saved him for the big fight, like with Samurai Champloo, but this ending was very focused, and indeed served very clearly its purpose.

So yeah, while it would have been nice for Michiko, Hiroshi and Hatchin to live happily ever after, that just isn’t realistic. Michiko is wanted by the police. It just isn’t realistic for her to raise a child while she constantly has to look out for the police, and the only reason why she took the huge gamble of busting jail and running away from the police was to let Hatchin meet her father. Even though she definitely wanted to see Hiroshi back, and probably still loves him, she knew all along that she’d be returning to jail when she ended up meeting the guy, and Atsuko saw that as well.

And then of course it would have been nice for Hatchin to grow up along with her father in Mexico, but the dude ran away for a reason. There’s no way that he’s suddenly going to have a change of heart. He indeed quickly left Hatchin to chase after another woman. I didn’t quite catch where Hatchin’s kid came from, but that’s not really important for the story. In any case, Hatchin renames herself back to Hana and starts working quietly as a restaurant’s cook for a bunch of years, to wait for Michiko to sit out her time in jail. And so, when the latter gets released for real, she of course immediately heads to where Hatchin ended up living (she probably knew this because Hiroshi left her the address). Oh, and grown up Hatchin looks awesome, by the way.

The only disappointment with this ending really was that we never knew who exactly was Hatchin’s mother. Sure we also don’t know exactly what happened during Hiroshi’s bus accident, but we don’t need to: he clearly faked his own death in order to run away from the likes of Satoshi and the other gang members he got on bad terms with, but I’d love to have seen Hatchin’s mother, though that would probably be one of the countless women Hiroshi hung out with, only to dump afterwards after making her get the wing tattoo.

I don’t think that this is going to be one of the best endings of the season, though it is probably going to be the most realistic one. And furthermore, the rest of this series definitely has been one of the most enjoyable ones out of the ones currently airing, apart from Birdy the Mighty. It was definitely fun blogging this series (and fanboying about Hatchin), and I’m looking forward to about two years from now, in which we get to see Manglobe’s next epic.

12 Responses

  1. I love it says:

    I wanted so much to see hatchin with long hair ToT, but she looks great x)
    I’m going to miss this anime, I loved everything in it, the story, the characters, everything … And I’m going to miss Michiko so much, I really like her!!! ToT

  2. Israeru says:

    Wow! Great series, good final :D

    Some in spanish:

    Gran serie, buen final. Sin duda Michiko e Hatchin es un anime que se sale de lo común que estamos acostumbrados a ver. Soy fan de Manglobe tambien :D

  3. Broken-Stomach says:

    loved the series and like i mentioned before the music was amazing in this series it really captures the emotions portrayed.I am sad the series ended but as mentioned it ended really well. I knew that Hiroshi would ditch cause that is his character portrayed through out the series even though they made him seem as this lovable guy but in reality is just another player. Yes Hatchin does look amazing and i wanted to see longer hair but i guess thats all part of her tomboyish character and attitude which in the end gave her the courage to go find MiChiko again for a long awaited reunion. SERIES 9.2/10 0.8 just because i would have liked to have known the stories from the flashbacks but thats about it
    PEACE I HOPE YOU ALL ENJOYED IT AS MUCH AS I DID

  4. Chris says:

    I was pretty disappointed with this ending, actually. Far too many loose ends, like the meaning behind the tattoo, who Hatchin’s mother was, how Hatchin somehow knew to meet Michiko at some random location on a road at a specific time, etc etc etc. I wasn’t really expecting some big gun fight, but at the same time I was hoping for a lot more than this. Good series all in all, but the ending was a total let down for me.

  5. Wence says:

    Great series all around, everything seemed to just flow? in a sense-. I agree with some of the complaints especially not knowing Hatchins mother. Or to be honest I would have liked to even just know her age at the end exactly (I could guess 17-19?) But she really does look great. To bad it was over with the father after 3 months heh. I will myself miss the story , the characters , settings , pretty much everything. Not the ‘best’ ending , but you know none ever are. I found it a realistic ending- and was glad to find Hana Happy and in the what our two heroins are together again.

    All around It was a great series, and knowing me ill re watch it again sometime soon.

  6. Hadeel says:

    i’m really really gonna miss michiko sooo much
    and hatchin …. the ending is good but i tought they could do it better .____. !!!!

    Great anime 9/10
    i wish if there is season 2 xDDD

  7. Wutai says:

    I was so disappointed when I saw this episode, but only because it wasn’t subbed and I hadn’t an idea what was being said. I managed to piece the events together watching it and after reading this too. I have to admit, that was one killer way to end a great series.

    I just loved older Hatchin too. Those rings seemed like a testament to Michiko somehow.

  8. oldboy says:

    SPOILER ALERT
    Hatchin mother is Michiko as said by her in ep 01 and the resemblance between Hatchin s daughter and Michiko.
    This anime demands a little more from the audience than just plain contemplation, thats the kind of anime i like and thts why this anime was so great.

  9. Frankie says:

    The whole Hana’s mother thing I’m fine not knowing the answer…Her character wouldn’t be very important to begin with seeing as Hana was left in the care of that priest..and i’d probably be pissed off about it. tch. It was fine for me that Hana had Michiko and Michiko Hana…biological or not, Michiko is Hana’s mother to me and best friend. :)

  10. ainfiendsaom says:

    I was so disappointed with the ending :'(
    And I was kind of hoping Hatchin would go with Lenine lul

  11. Vana says:

    I thought it was common knowledge that Michiko was Hana’s mother. She had her baby pic with her name and b-day on it (something one of Hiroshi’s random ex’s wouldnt have just had lying around.) And she said it herself in the first episode. Many people in the series are aware, and ask Hana if Michiko is her mom, but Hana denies it. Either out of pure obliviousness, or her feelings of discontent with associating herself so intimately with someone so reckless.

  12. nadia says:

    How in the heck can she be Hatchin’s mom?!?! Michiko went to jail. That pic with the Birthday on it came from the Foster care/ orphanage and Michiko told the priest she was the mom for the sense of urgency. Do you think the priest would’ve let any stranger come to visit? Hatchins son was dark because he is half. Latino/lusophone….hello, fake Brazil?

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  • Vonter
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 04:33 AM)
    Also in regards to the bat scene. I just thought of Evangelion. I suppose that’s what the director was going on. Since you’re reviewing that, I’ll leave at that.
  • Vonter
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 04:22 AM)
    I agree to a certain level the padding at the beginning. I suppose I didn’t mind since it at least was like a standard Batman episode (of the latter seasons). I think what bugs me is that the portrayal of Batman wasn’t very good, I think he’s emotionless for the most part. And like I’ve said, on the technical side it isn’t as striking as the novel. It’s like when Gyo was adapted (to be fair that’s also because like Berserk it had a lot of CGI).
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 04:20 AM)
    Basically just seeing the story put on screen I was grateful for.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 04:18 AM)
    I noticed something off about the animation and the dialogue was pretty piss poor at times but the latters kind of a given in these things and the prior was never distracting enough to take me out of the movie. I’m indifferent really to the Batgirl drama, don’t mind that its there, don’t care if it wasn’t.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 03:39 AM)
    This story required a level of care that frankly the creators didn’t want to give.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 03:38 AM)
    I think instead of trying to combat the whole women in refrigerator aspect of the story they instead should have focused on what inspired the characters to do this. What made batman rethink his relationship with the joker and attempt to find a common ground? What made the Joker suddenly want to prove a point? And sure you could add something to give batgirl a moment but not some crap villain no one cares about. Instead have her go up against a real batman villain.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 03:33 AM)
    @Vonter, Animation was one part of it. The other was the first thirty minutes being a tacked on Batgirl story and it really shows. I didn’t really have that much of a problem with it up until that scene which everyone likely knows. That annoyed me. I get what they were trying to do but it just made things worse.
    As for the actual killing Joke itself, I thought it was ok. Hamell brought his A game. Really for that it was just small details that made it lesser.
  • KaZuHiRo
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 01:46 AM)
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY PSGELS!! If you’re still lurking around that is…
  • Vonter
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 12:48 AM)
    I’m kinda bummed that the Killing Joke adaptation is likely gonna be another feminist driven criticism. As for my opinion its just not as good as it could be because it seems 2D animation in general is having less commitment adapting complex artstyles. Not as distracting as Berserk, but the Bruce Timm artstyle doesn’t strike the tone of this particular Batman story.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Jul 27. 2016 01:48 PM)
    @topgavin, I am not gonna deny that’s a large part of what I like about it as well. And practically everything really does become a side plot when the other guy is introduced.

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