Fall 2008: 「Michiko to Hatchin」 Impressions

And the final show for this season debuts. This is the last show on my watch list for this season.

First off, acceptably good production values for the show, seen well in the initial jailbreak scenes and anything with guns and Michiko in it. The story unfolds slowly by introducing Hana, the loli half of the show’s eponymous duo, being well-abused by her foster family. A big “fuck you” here for religion too by having said foster family’s patriarch working as the town’s priest and living in the church. Hana reminds me of Satoko from Higurashi, and we are well engendered to feel for her plight as she gets abused in terrible ways. Interestingly it seems that Hana is actually Michiko’s daughter and she jailbreaks out to claim her back from the hands of the evil foster family, culminating in a climatic “crash through the damn window” scene while they’re having breakfast. The show cuts off here for the next episode.

While the animation production values look good, the choices of seiyuu are slightly weaker in this show as both heroines are played by live-action actresses Suzuka Ohgo and Yoko Maki. There’s an instant dislike I have for Suzuka Ohgo’s voicing of Hana because she sounds a LOT more older than her character plus it has a “yet to break in as a seiyuu” roughness to it. I don’t know if this was a creative or a commercial one. Suzuka Ohgo isn’t entirely terrible as she manages to express emotions in her work, but I wished she sounded “younger”. Yoko Maki sounds perfect for the role of Michiko on the other hand though, but she hasn’t had much to say so far, so we’ll have to see.

Avid viewers will spot a prominent name as the music producer for the series, Shinchiro Watanabe, and definitely the music is one of the things that define the atmosphere for this show. Suitably for the show’s setting, the music is quite Latino (am I using this right?) in style and dramatic in feel. Personally, I’m not impressed yet as far, but the work for the OP and ED are pretty solid.

I’m reserving judgment about the show for now, but no doubt it’s been added to the list of Thursday shows for me.

5 Comments

  1. Beren Said,

    October 16, 2008 @ 5:44 am

    I think “Latino” sounds right, but I’m afraid that its not very, specific I may say, because you can refer to many different kinds of music with that term (it could be for example, music from Brasil, Argentina, Colombia, etc. and even Spain. They may sound a bit similar, but believe me, most people will tell you it is not exactly the same. Maybe it would be more correct to use something like “a music with a south american touch” or even “a brasilian touch” because the show takes place in a city with a certain brasilian look, right?). However, I think most readers will understand what you want to mean by using “Latino”, and that’s what really matters ^_^. Sorry for such a long dissertation! And thanks for the article, I’m going to take a look at Michiko to Hatchin now…

  2. luckyhuh? Said,

    October 16, 2008 @ 7:14 am

    i just fell in love with this anime, it takes place in brazil for sure since i am familiar with the places shown, the music was a delight, and it fell dammed satisfactory with the beatch slaps or it’s my inner south american heritage giggling all over the place i am definely looking foward to it.

  3. wildarmsheero Said,

    October 16, 2008 @ 1:20 pm

    FIRST EPISODE WAS NOT SASSY ENOUGH

    But still good.

  4. kalamunki Said,

    October 16, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

    I immediately fell in love with the music, just checked out Kassin and Soil & “Pimp” Sessions on their myspace/lastFM pages. Those guys are nuts, in a good way. I got my nitpicks about the first ep, but I’m also curious to see what happens in the next ep.

    Manglobe posted on the M+H site some photos the production team took when touring around Rio, you could tell how much effort they’re putting in to try making the show look good. Some of the background layouts are friggin amazing to look at up close.

  5. aloe, dream » Blog Archive » Michiko to Hatchin, Around the Sphere Said,

    October 26, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

    […] one of the early impressions to hit the scene was from Kuro, who noteabley dove right into the acting: There’s an instant dislike I have for Suzuka Ohgo’s […]

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