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Hamatora: The Animation - Season 1 (2014/Sentai Blu-ray Set)

Picture: A+ Sound: B+ Extras: C Episodes: A

Hamatora detective agency is your average freelance detective agency, but like any detective knows ...looks are never what they appear to be. Hamatora takes on cases involving 'Minimum Holders', people who are born with supernatural abilities. When the police are left clueless and powerless, Nice and his partner Murasaki are often called in to solve the cases, but unknown to the police and Nice, a mad scientist named Moral is murdering 'Minimum Holders' and using their brains as research to give non-Minimum Holders powers in Hamatora: The Animation - Season 1 (2014).

When some Minimum Holders discovered they are sent to the 'academy' to receive training to awaken their latent abilities and kept a secret from the general public they are called Minimum Holders because only a minimum amount of people can have these abilities, some decide to abuse their power for selfish reasons or personal gain, others live in fear and are shunned for their powers ...afraid of their own power and what society will do to them if they are discovered. Nice is one of the graduates from the 'academy' and uses his sharp wit and mind with superspeed ability to protect the weak from the strong. Murasaki has super strength and near invulnerability.

This series was like a anime version of X-Men with a plot (vs. X3?). In truth, what would happen if people suddenly discover there are mutants, psychics, or espers? How would society change? Even if people accepted there are those with powers would they become jealous, afraid? And what would they do if they found out normal humans can gain powers by ingesting/injecting the brains of those with powers?

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image across the board is great all the time throughout, while the lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo with some Pro Logic-like surrounds is very, very well recorded and mixed. Wish it were 5.1 or 7.1 though. Extras include clean opening and closing animations, Japanese promos and disclaimers, and trailers.

Episodes are...

Egg of Columbus - Nice and Murasaki must stop a Minimum holder with super strength.

Beloved Bastard - Hamatora is hired to find a beloved missing teacher ...but things aren't what they appear to be.

Have and Have-Nots - Hamatora faces politicians and zealots who believe 'Minimum Holders' have an unfair advantage over those without powers and seek to discredit Minimum Holders.

The Wandering Totem Pole - Hamatora discover someone is using their minimum ability to brainwashing kids into becoming terrorists.

Sweat, Muscles and Me - Hamatora and company goes to a city resort to find a Minimum Holder who's ability is to make other men 'play for the other team' (turn men gay).

The Prophet's Torment - Hamatora is hired on a case when an artist goes missing, in the case where the artist knew ahead of time that she was going to be kidnapped.

Black Cosmos - Detective Art discovers Moral's plan to turn everyone into Minimum Holder at the sake of sacrificing all current Minimum Holders and him become a God.

The Blood-Soaked Bitter Melon - Hamatora discover a drug created by a Minimum Holder who puts people to sleep ...forever.

Little Beauty and the Beast - Nice discovers Three's past and a group a terrorist planning to kids at an orphanage which Three runs.

March of the Weak - Moral leaks the existence to the public and mob rule takes to the streets.

Flight of the Victor - As chaos spreads throughout the city, Nice faces Moral and his renegade Minimum Holders continue to fan the flames of war between Minimum Holders and non-Minimum Holders.

Resolve (Ego) - Nice faces a showdown with Moral who now has the ability to neutralize all Minimum Holder's ability. Art returns from beyond the grave.

- Ricky Chiang


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