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Michiko & Hatchin: Complete Series, Part 1 [Blu-ray] (2013)

Monica Rial , Jad Saxton , Chris Bevins  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Monica Rial, Jad Saxton
  • Directors: Chris Bevins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Color, Limited Edition, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
  • Run Time: 320 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,095 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After escaping from prison, the sexy criminal Michiko rescues an abused girl known as Hatchin. On the run from the police, their fates become intertwined through the connection of a man from their pasts they are both searching for.

The limited edition sku comes in a collectible art box.

The action-adventure series Michiko & Hatchin (2008) received considerable attention when it debuted in Japan because the voices of the main characters were provided by prominent film actresses Yōko Maki (The Grudge) and Suzuka Ohgo (Memoirs of a Geisha). Tough as press-on nails Michiko escapes from prison and tears off on a motorcycle to collect Hatchin, a child who may be her daughter, but who's being raised by an abusive, venal priest and his wife (!). Michiko is searching for her ex-lover, Hiroshi, who may be Hatchin's father. She careens from town to town in a country that resembles Brazil, drinking, raising hell, getting in fights, and stealing. But if Michiko is a foul-mouthed thug whose main talent is cramming her figure into microscopic shorts and a miniscule top, Hatchin is a self-righteous prig who fusses endlessly. First-time director Sayo Yamamoto leaves big chunks of the story unresolved, and the elaborate tracking shots of the racing motorcycle in the first episodes quickly give way to holds on static artwork. Yamamoto clearly blew the budget early in the production and had to patch together the later shows on what was left. Billing this haphazard series as "from the creators of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo" is stretching a point at best. Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe produced the soundtrack, which was composed by the Brazilian musician Alexandre Kassin. But Yamamoto displays none of Watanabe's skill at creating intriguing stories and sympathetic characters. The misogynistic brutality would earn Michiko & Hatchin a hard "R" rating, if not an "X," in America. (Rated TV MA, but suitable for viewers 17 and older: graphic violence; violence against women and children; extensive profanity; nudity; child abuse; ethnic stereotypes; offensive religious imagery; risqué and toilet humor; alcohol, drug, and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

(1. Goodbye Heartless Paradise! 2. Brown Sugar on the Run from the Law, 3. Like a Desperate Pinball Machine, 4. Stray Cat's Milky Way, 5. The Homesick Idiots, Part 1, 6. The Homesick Idiots, Part 2, 7. The Monotone of Falling Rain, 8. Black Noise and a Dope Game, 9. Passionate Chocolate Girl, 10. The Carnival of Hyenas, 11. Starting Line for the Downpour)

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How far will you go for love? September 21, 2013
Michiko to Hatchin is about a Afro-Latina woman named Michiko who escapes prison to search for both her lover and his daughter, Hana, and together they embark on an adventure of mischief, broken bonds, and love.

I loved Michiko to Hatchin when it first came out in 2008 and was anxiously awaiting for it to be picked up and over 3 years later it finally has! Now, let me start off by saying that this Anime is both a hidden gem and a rusted pearl.

It's made by the same people who created Cowboy Bebop! It's known for its charm, ethnic characters, and violence.
FUNimation picked it up, and though I'm grateful since they have a habit of creating beautiful box sets and awesome releases...I got a bone to pick. Rant begin/ While the sub is great, in the dub I'm disappointed with Michiko's voice. They did give some of the other Ethnic character's African American voice actors and that did them justice but I have to admit the flaw I found in FUNimation's dubbing was that they recycled some of their voice actors. I do not find Monica Rial a suitable voice actor as she sounded neither African American nor Hispanic. Michiko is a bad to the bone, Mixed gal, ok? She sounds raunchy and sexy in the subbed version but she ended up sounding like a Country girl in the dub. Rant over/
If you can get over that then no worries.

I love this anime because it's so rare to see ethnic characters! You will meet many beautiful, unique characters from Michiko to Pepe Lima to Atsuko and more! There's also a huge debate about the origins of the characters since it's so rare to see anyone of color but Michiko is clearly a Afro-Latina woman.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anime, the way it's supposed to be September 23, 2013
By Miso
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It's been a long time since I've been this excited over an anime. M&H has all the reckless feel of "Samurai Champloo", with the intense, character-driven storytelling style of "Cowboy Beebop". Doesn't hurt that the artwork, characters AND backgrounds, are superb.
Parts 1 & 2 make for a continuous narrative of vingettes, so you'll want to watch all four discs to get the complete story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hatchin is a good kid October 19, 2014
Very entertaining and has some funny parts. Good story.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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"From the other side of the road, someone will come to get me" - One of the initial lines of dialogue spoken by title character Hanna, also later on known as Hatchin, sometime in the middle of the first episode. She's contemplating running away, even though she knows it's a certain death.

In the very next scene, a dark somber mood hangs over our Hanna as she's forced to slave yet another day under grotesque and abusive foster parents. Suddenly, while at the dinner table, a raging green bike [Pictured on the cover of this Blu-Ray boxed set] slams through the window and lands right on top of the dinner table's occupants. A tan-skinned sex diva, clad in tight and seductive clothing, slams her foot on the table, bringing fear to the startled family's eyes. She takes a moment to lower her bulky sunglasses, and then analyzes every terrified occupant's face with piercing eyes; scanning each and every person- she looks for features that resemble a picture of a little baby girl she knows as Hannah. Her eyes settle on a timid girl with bushy white hair.

"Come on Hannah" She says softly, and reaches out her hand. Hannah, looking at the hand, hesitates a moment. She feels scared. She doesn't even know who this person is. She fears her, and yet...admires her transient beauty and daring composure. Reaching out, she takes this stranger's hand. In a sudden and haphazard motion, this woman (whose name we later learn is Michiko) jerks Hatchin onto her bike. Gunshots start ringing out from police outside as well as, surprisingly, a money-hungry priest wielding a shotgun. Just as she had come in, this woman jerks her motorbike around in a 360 degree motion and explodes out into the world.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite shows of all time February 4, 2014
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I don't buy a lot of "screen" (TV or movie) content, but it's a genuine pleasure to have a physical copy of this. A seriously underrated show that I hope everyone gets to experience someday.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Having all the elements that made Cowboy Bebop and Black Lagoon such great series, you cannot
miss out on this series. On top of that this series is made even more interesting by being placed
in a country that is very much like Brazil. Add to that some obvious inspiration from movies like
"City Of God" and "Kill Bill" and you got one mother of a series. The Latin flavor to the colors and the
music really is what the next generation of Japanese animation needed. Lively, fun, never dull and
supremely entertaining. I am already into Part 2 and still loving it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entrancing! Atmosphere February 17, 2014
By PAdams
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Loved the feel and atmosphere of this Anime, reminded me somewhat of Cowboy Bebop. My main attraction to this series was the use of an African American/character of African descent, in addition to the fact that the artist actually drew them well and attractive looking, not like in the past anime's of the late 80's mid 90's where they over did certain features or skin tone due to possible lack of exposure to blacks or Afro-Latin's by Asian artist. The story line isn't the best to date along with the typical humorous hyperactive behavior, but the production value is so captivating,that it holds my attention. It's no "Ghost in the Shell" or "Akira" which is probably what they weren't aiming for in terms of production or target audience anyways, but it is worth having in my collection for me personally due too,'s the first anime I've seen centered around a black character, and my exposure/interest in anime dates back to the late 70's-80's so I can say with some confidence that this may well be one of the few original anime's of its kind with the exception of Afro Samurai.
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Published 14 days ago by Steven R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Don't miss this. As with Attack on Titan, Samurai Champloo, Cowboy Bebop, Eden of the East,..... what you get is an amazingly stylish, coherent, one of a kind show that's uplifting... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ultralite
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
one of my favorites, i strongly recommend it! if you love strong women leads you will love this. it also has great music, animation and art. very good!
Published 5 months ago by Paisley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series. Different in all I have seen.
This is an excellent anime series. If you are a Cowboy Bebop fan, this is a must get.

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Published 9 months ago by Couvert
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow
Its a little slow at first and I didn't really know where the story was going until the the 4th or 5th episode. I almost bought part 2 with part 1, but am glad I did not.
Published 10 months ago by Gregory Breedlove
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Anime Series
Great Anime Series! I just started watching it and it's fantastic. Very fun with good animation and a great story! :)
Published 10 months ago by Alex T Marth
3.0 out of 5 stars good but not great
I did enjoy it however it was hyped up to much to be similar to cowboy bebop Shinichiro Watanabe is the music producer nothing more so due to sum hyped up advertizing by funimation... Read more
Published 11 months ago by logan
5.0 out of 5 stars This and My name is Fujiko Mori are the best new Anime 's for 2013
This is the best anime(along with My name is Fujiko Mori ) of 2013. Great Direction,Compelling story,and Cowboy Bebop visionary Sinchiro Wantonabe doing music production. Read more
Published 11 months ago by walter
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