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

4.6 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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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.

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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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  • 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
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
  • Run Time: 320 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DJ5IPBE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,606 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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Michiko and Hatchin is a series that drew my attention due to it's origin, and that origin is filmmaker Shinichirō Watanabe. He also directed Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, and Space Dandy, and in my opinion, those are some of the best! You won't be disappointed in this series if you are a fan of his previous work. This series follows an escaped convict and an abused girl, and their path towards a common shared person. More of a slice of life type of genre. The art and animation is second to none, so detailed and believable, and so fluid in it's movement. If you liked Cowboy Bebop or any of the aforementioned, you will love this! (although not as action packed as the others)
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This series was so good, both my retired mother and my older brother got into it. I must admit, it was great seeing a diversed animated cast. Quite refreshing. My family liked it so much, after we watched the Part 1, they immediately went out to buy Part 2.
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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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Let me preface this review by stating the same thing many others have stated: I am a fan of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. So my particular point of view might be biased based on what I was expecting over what I actually got.

Michiko E Hatchin from the start, is an obvious throw back to the old style of anime that many of us became accustomed to from titles such as Trigun and Cowboy Bebop. However it is more like a nod as if to pay homage to these series, and that is really where the similarities stop. This isn't Cowboy Bebeop. This isn't Trigun. This is Samurai Champloo. There are a lot of similarly styled action sequences that could almost be considered a "brand" if you will, that was apparent in both Bebop and Champloo.

So why all the comparisons to Bebop and Champloo? The same team of writers and animation studios developed this series. There aren't long drawn out fight sequences like ones you'll find in Shonen series (like Bleach as an example). Despite major differences in past titles, it still has a more "realistic" approach towards the action, which I personally like.

The graphics are superb. The theoretical "Mexico-esque" landscape was both exciting and beautiful. No complaints there at all. The art style is enough to at least warrant watching this series if it ever does make it to Netflix.

The audio is also extremely well done. The audio soundtrack is reminiscent of Bebop with some jazzy elements to it. It isn't nearly as good, but it is still considerably better than most anime series out there. The music fits the scenery, and the sounds effects are well placed an aren't cheesy. All in all, it has quality audio all around. If fits the theme well.
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