You there! You must have heard about Cowboy Bebop. If yes? Then what about Samurai Champloo or Space Dandy maybe Samurai Flamenco? Then ‘Michiko and Hatchin’ is definitely worth giving a shot. Sayo Yamamoto, who directed Yuri on Ice, has made her directorial debut with this series. Shinichiro Watanabe (Director- Cowboy Bebop) became the sound producer for this anime’s amazing soundtrack. Animation by Studio Manglobe (Samurai Champloo) added to the all-star production list. With such great minds on board, it still is an underrated gem of the anime world.
We see a young girl named Hana, she lives a rough life basically as a made with her foster family. Her life changes when a broke-out prisoner crashes onto her dinner table. The convict is Michiko Malandro, Hana’s mother. They escape together and they set -forth on a journey to look for Hana’s father, Hiroshi Morenos. The story unintentionally appears to be episodic with Michiko and Hatchin end up in a town and they gather some information about Hiroshi and something happens.
Michiko is an infamous criminal and a foul mouth drunk while Hatchin is 10 years old that just entered a dangerous world, they meet and they are set to have a rollercoaster journey ahead.
Their adventure through South America is not only fun to watch but breathtaking at times. A lot of work was put into the scenery to look as true to life as possible (it is 2008 made, animation might seem old). It has a style and a substance to be entertaining from beginning to end. A lot of entertainment came from how great the characters are. Each character including the side ones too is entertaining in Michiko and Hatchin.
The characters and plots often prove their point however sometimes take you on a trip, most of the time for character development.
Michiko and Hatchin is a great show with its animation, fun action, and realistic adventure in a realistic world. There sure are nitpicks but they aren’t worth mentioning, the story alone is amazing and the style is the icing on the cake and the music is another layer to that icing. Prepare yourself for the ending as it deserves a unique perspective and opinion (not a fairy tale wrap-up for sure).
There is a lot to dive into but if you are looking for a hidden gem and have a dare to then absolutely watch Michiko and Hatchin. It really is worth it plus it is only 22 episodes short. This is one show that is the best to watch blindly.