In 2015 or 2016, whichever one, Toonami had probably its best lineup in years. There was Akame ga Kill, Kill la Kill, DBZ, Naruto Shippuden, One Piece, Samurai Champloo, Parasyte the Maxim, and Mitchiko and Hatchin. Normally, I’m a sucker for shonen anime titles like Naruto and Hunter x Hunter, and the romance genre as of right now, but Mitchiko and Hatchin really caught my eye back then.
What is this Show About?
Mitchiko and Hatchin is an action-adventure, slice of life anime, with a beautiful setting and soundtrack. After watching it, I had a total different outlook on anime. The series follows the journey of escaped convict, Mitchiko Malandro, as she tries to find the father of Hatchin, an inquisitive young girl searching for answers on her origin.
Throughout the series, Mitchiko has frequent run-ins with the police and bounty hunters. Nevertheless, Mitchiko is determined to track down Hatchin’s father no matter the cost, even if it jeopardizes her freedom.
What Makes this Show Special?
I distinctly remember staying up to 1:00 AM to watch this show, so I guess it was a sentimental feeling that just eclipsed over me. To start, Mitchiko was one of the baddest female protagonists that I have ever seen. She kind of reminded me of the African American movie stars from the 70’s, you know the R-rated movies with a lot of action and nudity?
Anyway, Mitchiko was paired with Hatchin, and the two never really got along. Mitchiko is an abrasive, tough young woman. And, Hatchin is more of a spoiled brat who always got into everything. I guess this clip will show you more about all of that:
In short, this anime series was special because of how it mixed in with reality. A lot of avid anime fans can attest that anime truly does mix with reality sometimes. This series truly did all of that and more to me. As it turns out, Mitchiko and Hatchin began a journey to look for Hatchin’s lost father. In the end, it turns out that Hatchin’s dad was just some deadbeat who never wanted anything to do with her.
Instead of pouting or being depressed, Hatchin continued to live her life, and Mitchiko came for her in the end, even after it seemed like she got captured by the police. This show was deep, indeed. There was no magic, no school girls, no power levels. This was just a story of two people from totally different backgrounds, teaming up to find a loser who didn’t want anything to do with his kid. However, they both went through hell to find him, and their bond grew because of it.
Sounds like an adventure, right?
One of my favorite things about this series was the art. Boy, the art was amazing. Mitchiko and Hatchin had a very unusual setting for an anime series. I believe these two were running all around South America. Though, in every episode, I was impressed with how beautiful the visuals were.
Secondly, Mitchiko was another favorite of mine. I’m a sucker for powerful female protagonists (Hello, Major. Sakura get outta the way!) and she definitely is one, to the max that is. Mitchiko was a master of martial arts and a respected criminal. She is even respected by Atsuko, her rival, now police officer who vows to chase her down no matter what.
Lastly, one of my favorites about this show was the soundtrack. I believe that the creator of this series was affiliated with Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop, so I’m not all that surprised. Normally, I don’t really care much for anime OSTs. That was until Naruto Shippuden, but that’s a story for another day. However, listen to this and you’ll see what I mean:
Boy, it had me humming at 1 in the morning!
In conclusion, Mitchiko and Hatchin is the real deal, so if you haven’t watched it at, watch it now. I just might give it another go myself.