Anime Review: Hamatora – 03

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Hamatora receives a new case involving doing a scandal search with the client’s intent on shutting down their alma mater, Facultas Academy.  But there seems to be more to it than just that.

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RECAP:  Murasaki and Nice take on a new case by a woman named Itou Shouko, Director of the Association for the Health, Protection, and Equality of Youths.  This case seeks to find incriminating evidence against Facultas Academy in an effort to shut it down, seeing as the client’s view is that Minimum Holders who graduate are given preferential treatment over those without Powers.  However, there is more to it than that as it is revealed that the client’s drive hits a lot closer to home.  Meanwhile, Art catches onto a lead that pinpoints the exact identity of who has been stealing the brains (and lives) of Minimum Holders.

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Last week I mentioned that we were very likely going to learn more about Facultas Academy over the course of the rest of the series.  Well, we just got a ton of information all at once in just this one episode.  Here is the gist of what we know about Facultas from the first half:

–          It is a facility aimed at nurturing and developing children with the possibility of a Minimum.

–          Should the individual graduate, they are essentially guaranteed a successful career and lifestyle.

–          Murasaki, Nice, and Art all attended Facultas.  Murasaki and Nice denied the post-graduation benefits mentioned above.

–          Murasaki is ranked as #2 of the top graduates from Facultas.

Itou-san’s problem with Facultas is that the Academy promotes inequality between those with Minimums and those without.  A very reasonable and sound argument.  But, as we find out later, this is all a little more personal for her as she sees her Minimum-less son as a failure in comparison.  Nice’s intuition to do some looking into the client turned out to be well worth it, as her true intentions are revealed very quickly.

On a side note, there is a big lesson to be learned from Itou-san’s request/predicament.  She judged her son as a loser, rather than supporting him, despite the fact he is not gifted with a Minimum.  She invested herself in blocking all these things that “hinder the growth of youths,” but in reality, those things are essential to them.  Lesson learned: Support your kids and be in the driver’s seat for what they are exposed to, but don’t become too overprotective.

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Another big development in this episode is that Art is able to find out the perpetrator behind the serial Minimum Holder killings.  However, the interview with the would-be killer/researcher, Professor Moral, a graduate of Facultas Academy.  But he isn’t necessarily just a killer.  His argument and reasoning behind his research to give non-innate humans a Minimum ability makes sense, in a way.  Contrary to the usual “find a cure for the problem” like many other series do, Moral conducts his research in an effort to give others powers and make everyone on equal footing that way.  I can certainly agree that with a “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” mindset, there is an inequality issue here.

But there is more to it than all that, as his research has a hidden, personal agenda to find a way to surpass the #1 top ranked graduate of Facultas Academy…

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…Nice.  While I am not surprised at all that Nice is the very best (like no one ever was), I was kind of hoping Art was the hidden #1 gem.  It was mentioned very early on in the episode that Murasaki and Nice don’t like Facultas’ business practices, which is why they denied the “preferential treatment.”  But you really have to wonder, why would the top two graduates dislike the Academy?  Furthermore, it was explained that Nice, as #1, is a Minimum Holder on a whole other level compared to Murasaki as #2.  What makes the Sonic Minimum so special that Nice’s existence itself is classified information?  More answers that I kind of hope won’t be answered in big batches like this one.

Rating:  4/5

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Meanwhile, Hajime just recognized something.  Don’t tell me she’ll end up as Final Boss! D:


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  1. zztop

    And so Hamatora’s plot thickens… 🙂 Wonder what Hajime’s powers are.

    Re Nobunaga: IRL, Himiko has semi-legendary status in Japan, given no proper archeological evidence exists of her or her kingdom of Yamatai.Detailed historical records of Himiko and her nation mostly originate from Chinese classical texts, which state that the Wei Kingdom(of 3 Kingdoms era China)kept close diplomatic relations with Yamatai, and that Yamatai sent tribute to them often.Japanese historical texts, however, do not expressly mention Himiko, causing a dissonance between the 2 sources.

    Also Nobunaga’s going to be 20+ eps, so be prepared for the long haul.

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