Hamatora Episode 12- The Final Word

I don’t even who what to think about the ending of Hamatora. It’s so out there and I really didn’t understand it. Well here’s the overview if you want the quick rundown. Nice and Moral fight a silly fight, nice wins then Art shows up out of nowhere to kill them both. The end.

Series Rating based on Blog: 6.125

Series Rating based on Overall thoughts: 5/10

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So episode starts with Hajime going all she-hulk on us because she hasn’t eaten? Don’t eat and you get a super Hajime, at least I understand why she was eating the whole series now.  Moral’s assistant was best this episode using the robots she made to hurt people in the city so they will feel weak. All part of Moral’s plan to make everyone equal and to do that he needs them to want power for themselves. Nice and Murasaki go to stop Moral before it gets any worst. Moral has gotten the type 0 minimum from the cops and now has two minimums. Nice and Moral start their fight but they stop randomly to point out how sick Moral is and how big his plan is. Felt it a waste of time in the episode since we know Moral was sick in the head. The type 0 minimum is the 10 meter minimum aka he can teleport anywhere within 10 meters of himself.  So it’s a fight of types of speed, Nightcrawler vs Flash. I get that the writer(s) wanted to add some drama in the fight which is okay but I really hated they tried to add humor in the middle of the fight. All the cell phone text messages and nice throwing it into the ocean was just stupid in my eyes. Yes it points out the Nice isn’t a “nice” guy overall that he does whatever he feels like and doesn’t care what really happens in the world around him.

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Nice is able to speed up to be able to go faster than teleporting somehow. Moral ends up weakened because having two minimums is a no-no. Art then shows up out of nowhere and shoots Moral within 10 seconds of scene time and then shoots and kills Art from the sounds of the last few seconds. Art must have a minimum that keeps he from dying that or it wasn’t really Art in the last scene. We know Moral had the minimum to change looks, so someone could have it too? Either way the series ends on a confusing note and doesn’t help my outlook on it.

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Show started out good in the first few episodes and was doing good to keep me entertained. The middle episodes like 4-9 was the biggest weakest to Hamatora as it dragged out plot elements and the lack of character backgrounds made it really hard to care for the team. This got better later in the series I feel but it was almost too late by then as my mind had been made up. Nice was to be this super guy at the top of his rank and has the greatest minimum but he never came off that way to me. Best character for me was Beast and Three. On the Hamatora twitter they said they working on a second season but I’d say that’s hopeful. I’d be okay with an OVA to clear up some plot points but not really a second season. There’s better anime that should be their seasons over this I say.

Overall Hamatora tried to put mystery and superpowers together but couldn’t get all the pieces to work together.  So in the end it’s just average to me, I had more fun watching Wizard Barristers which had a lot of the same elements in that show this winter.

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Noragami Episode 12- May your wish be heard!

It’s all over! Good ending and sad to see it end. Episode was 90% a fight so I’ll tell the story through the screenshots, lots of good ones this week. 🙂 One of the few season worth watching from the 2014 Winter Season. Look forward to the second OVA which will be out in the coming month once the Spring season starts.

Series Rating based on Average from blog: 8.75/10

Series Rating based on Overall thoughts: 9/10

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God of War shrine not the best looking one. Rabo ready for the fight.

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Hiyori comes along for the fun even if she doesn’t have her memories. Hope she useful.

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Not 15 seconds into the fight and Hiyori saving Yato. ugh why is Yato so useless most of the time. Hiyori ftw

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Boomerang throw to save Hiyori from Rabo! Time to get Hiyori out of here.

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Rabo destroys the ball holding Hiyori’s memories to try to get the old Yato to come out.

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Yato gain a coldness to them but not like they were in the past. See below image.

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Eyes of Yato the god of war from the past.

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Great fight animations imo.

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Mid fight Rabo merging with phantoms to get power to kill Yato. Yato can’t believe him would go so low.

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Hiyori’s body gets caught in the cross fire between Rabo and Yato. Yato leaps to save her before the boulders fall on her!

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Hiyori is able to get her memories back on her own by following Yato’s smell back to the near shore. Yato is overjoyed to see Hiyori back to normal.

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Yukine is able to purge the phantoms that merged with Rabo without hurting the nearby Hiyori. Now Yato just needs to finish it in style.

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Classic animation for finishing a boss. Yato “kills” Rabo who had used a curse to keep his body from decaying. He hunted Yato so he could die at his hands, someone who knew him from the dark past he lived in.

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Yato tries to say that cutting ties with Hiyori would make her happier than being with him. Of course she doesn’t take a word of it.

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If you didn’t believe her the first time, now she’s in it for the long road. Just say you like him next time Hiyori 🙂

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Yato trying to be cool but the scene is too cute to be cool. Now to start wishing for a second season!

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Everyone throw in 5 yen and we’ll hopefully see a second season in the fall. Been a great ride. Episode rating: 10/10

Nisekoi Episode 11 – Onodera for the win?

First name!

First name!

Raku and Chitoge calling each other by their first names now! Just in time for Chitoge’s birthday. Tsugumi wants to get everyone together for a surprise party for Chitoge, which just happens to be at her house. For every birthday you need presents right? So Ruri gets Onodera and Raku alone to shop together for Chitoge’s gift.

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The episode really skips over the gift picking compared to the manga, its more about Raku not manning up to Onodera as they go shopping. It all ends quickly and Onodera wants to take a detour on the way home after they get the gift. The detour leads to an overview of the city. It’s Onodera’s secret place that she has only shown to the boy from ten years ago. Raku promises not to tell anyone about the place then straight up asks Onodera if she’s the girl he knew from ten years ago! Almost funny by how easy Onodera turns and says yes that she is. Or that she hopes she was the girl and hopes Raku was the boy. Since the boy was her first love that would make Raku the person she loves. Raku loves the idea of Onodera being the girl from ten years ago, they even move to kiss each other but a phone call ends that.

It's a secret, tell noone!

It’s a secret, tell noone!

The group meets up at Chitoge’s house including Shu who wasn’t really invited but is still there. Chitoge meets them at the front gate to the biggest house in Japan by the looks of it, and pulls Raku over to the side to talk with him. She is worried because she hasn’t told Onodera and Ruri about her being the daughter of a gangster. Thinks they will judge her because of it but Raku quickly solves the problem by just coming out and telling everyone that she is like him. Onodera just sees her as a rich girl and that it would make sense that she is dating Raku who is rich too.

I want a house like this.

I want a house like this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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okay that's a little cute

okay that’s a little cute

 

Now for the gift war? Claude as to one up Raku to try to make him look bad in front of Chitoge. Sadly for Claude but Chitoge doesn’t need a car or could even use it for her 16th birthday. Raku gets her a stuff gorilla as the gift and surprising Chitoge secretly loves it. Right when Raku thinks he knows 100% for sure that Onodera is the girl from ten years ago, Chitoge throws a curve ball by asking if he remembers “Zawsze in Love”.

Episode Rating: 6/10

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Noragami Episode 11 The Tale of Hiyori and the Yato God

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Last me saw of Hiyori she had just lost her memory because of Nora by what we were thinking. Looks like only Yato was forgotten and not yukine! Episode starts with Yato in a panic since he was forgotten but not Yukine! He really comes off as desperate to get her memories back. Yato tries to get Hiyori to remember him by visiting places they went and met at. Even goes and spends all his 5 yen coins that he had saved up for art supplies so he can make a picture book about them. Yato seems almost love-sick to me in the way he is acting during the episode. Its cute and a little funny.

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Why did Hiyori lose her memories? Nora took them from Hiyori because she had changed Yato from the god of calamity he was. Rabo wants a fight with Yato and Nora is helping him as his regalia. Learn that Rabo is also a god of calamity which are gods that answer wicked wishes. Rabo was once human in his past life and carried out the duties of a herald. Heralds are people who sneak into enemy territory to conduct “murder” and other dirty work. Once the herald completed his/her mission they were killed by their master so no information was leaked. After Rabo became a god he would sometimes work with Yato on bigger wicked wishes.

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Yukine spends most of the episode with Hiyori trying to get her memory back. Even shows her the picture book that Yato made for her. Sadly she ends up forgetting Yukine to in the end. Yukine asks Yato if they going to do anything about Nora and Hiyori’s memories, at first Yato tells Yukine to forget about Hiyori that it’s for the better. Mostly because of the talk Yato had with Tenjin and he saying that it be better for Hiyori if she forgot Yato. That she would be happier in the end. But once Hiyori forgets Yukine and Nora saying that they could win back her memories by fighting Rabo, Yato decides to fight for her memories. Even if its going to be dangerous for Yukine as he could die fighting Rabo they want to fight for Hiyori together.

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Next episode will finish the series and the anime only arc of Rabo. Second season would be nice in the fall for the Bishamon arc and the next that just started in the manga.

Episode Rating:8/10

Hamatora Episode 11- Lets have a Drink

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Strong vs Weak

Showdown between Nice and Moral? Nope, not even close. Nice finds Moral on the roof of the police building and instead of talking there they go back to Hamatora’s bar. Sorry but I don’t see the reason in bringing the mastermind behide everything to your HQ. Moral is in full control of Nice it seems during the episode. Moral has a cup of coffee as he goes over his main plan and why he’s doing it. While Nice quietly listens next to him.

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Moral as we know wants to make the world all equal via making everyone a minimum. Empowering the weak in the city of Yokohama by using the brains of innate minimums. Using that “essence” he can make non-innate minimums as we have seen over the course of the series. Nice agrees with Moral that there is nothing wrong with people wanting power. That people shouldn’t discriminate between the haves and have nothing.  I was surprised that Nice says that its okay for the weak to struggle against the powerful. He enjoys watching the weak struggle as they fight to be equals. Though he strongly disagreed with Moral that he the powerful should be able to choose who is weak and strong. Or if he (nice) needed or wanted an equal to himself. When you look at Nice’s closest friends; they have been people weaker than him but struggling to keep up with his power.

Takahiro’s struggle

Meanwhile Takahiro is doing sit-ups with Hajime to burn that fat off him. They stop to rest to see Murasaki fighting the non-innate minimums in the courtyard. He’s pissed off at himself mostly and at how they are acting. Non-innate minimums fighting for equal power and the discriminate toward them. That they are not strong because the truly strong don’t even see the weak around them and can move on. Takahiro is moved by Murasaki’s words and sees that he is still weak after being transformed into purple hulk. Most of Murasaki’s words are directed at Nice and his personal quest to be recognized by him.

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Everyone joins the fight at the civil center against the non-innate minimums. Takahiro fights to protect his mother even if we will only ever see him as a monster. Takahiro wins the struggle within himself and saves his mom but Moral sees the sad hulk through the tv and blows up his heart. The scene is pretty graphic for those who don’t like blood for a heads up. Nice finally is mad and we’ll see the final showdown next week!

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By the way what the hell is with Hamjie? Did she eat Takahiro at the end of the episode or is she using her power to heal him? Very confused on that.

Episode rating: 7/10

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Nisekoi – Episode 10 Test of Courage

The day after the hot spring Raku is surprised by how Chitoge doesn’t yell at him or get mad since he did see her butt naked. Thoughts quickly turn to the upcoming test of courage that will be held that night. Shu says he’ll help Raku get Onodera number by selling it to him if he draws it. Silly Raku even would buy it for 2k yen. Meanwhile Onodera and Ruri also talking about the test. Ruri letting Onodera know that if she doesn’t make a move on Raku she could in up losing him to a different girl. Onodera tries to talk with Raku but he somewhat pushes her to the side. Because all his thinking about is her butt naked! 

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Test of courage pairs start and Raku pulls a lucky 12 to be matched with Onodera. Chitoge and Shu get matched together but Chitoge finds out that one of the ghosts for the event got sick and they need someone to help out. Even though she’s afraid of the dark Chitoge gladly says she’ll help out. Has a flashlight so no worries right? Well ends up the flashlight batteries were dead and she doesn’t find out till she’s all alone in the woods.

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Raku is holding Onodera’s hand when he learns that Chitoge has going herself lost in the woods during the test without a flashlight. Even though he’s with the girl likes, Raku goes running off into the woods to save Chitoge. That is the type of guy he has always been. Chitoge remembers in her past that the boy she loved would always come to save her from danger. Didn’t matter if it was a wild dog or when she fell into a hole, he always showed up just has she was crying. As the knight Raku is, he saves Chitoge and they start on their way back to camp. Chitoge tells Raku that they should start calling each other by first names since they have been “dating” for a while now. They get lost on the way back so they miss the test of courage but I’d say they both showed courage this episode. 

Episode Rating: 6/10

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Hamatora – Episode 10

Trouble for everyone! Moral sends out his army of non-innate minimum holders to start trouble in the city. Most just went out and killed people who were picking on them for being weak. With Beast shown on tv near the same time puts minimums everywhere in the city in trouble. General public turns on them very quickly like its pre 1960s again. They banned from most public goods and services. Beast feels like it’s partly his fault with the big spot like on him from last episode. Nice has the wonderful idea that he won’t be as scary if they make him a pet. lol Walking through the city on a lease the Hamatora crew runs into Takahiro (Purple Hulk from like 5 episodes back).

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Takahiro wants Hamatora to help him get his old body back! Funny since I’m 99% sure he can’t go back. Still Murasaki says he’ll help the poor guy and they decide to make him go on a diet. Lose weight and magically turn white again by only eating white grapes or something. It’s all a little silly.

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Meanwhile the city is falling into ruin with minimums attacking non minimums since they attacking them. With the black cosmos group really being the soul force behide most of the fights. Moral is betting on non-minimum holders demanding for power and he giving them the power to stand up for themselves. Ending in a world of power vs power. At the end of the episode Art finally sees that Moral has been in Art’s office at the police station and goes to meet him to learn what he did to Art.

Episode Rating: 5/10

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Seems like the story just moved to slowly for me to really care about whats going on. With only two more episodes left we’ll get a conclusion to the plot but I’m not going to vote for a second season.

 

Noragami Episode 10 – Good Boy Yukine

Doing Homework like a good boy!

Doing Homework like a good boy!

Good Boy Yukine

Eight episodes of piece of shit Yukine and now I don’t know what to think. It’s a big 180 twist, now his the good of goody. No more bad looks, no dirty thoughts, and no more stings to Yato. Even has a part-time job now to help Yato pay the bills! Thankfully he still fights with Yato some or I wouldn’t believe the change in Yukine. Yukine isn’t too good but its going to take an episode or two to get use to the new Yukine that says Sorry and Yes Master.

Everything not perfect over at the Tenjin shine though, one of the female regalia got corrupted from Yukine and stung Tenjin. Even though it was only one time Tenjin banished the girl from the shine. Goes to show you how good Yato is toward his regalias vs Lord Tenjin.

One Strike and your out...

One Strike and your out…

Hiyori’s Problem

After thanking Tenjin for his help, Yato asks him for advise on how to solve Hiyori’s body problem. Tenjin tells Yato he should cut his ties with her to test if that will work. Get the feeling that Yato really doesn’t want to do that since he has gotten closer to Hiyori over the last few months or so. Tenjin says she’s gotten to used to the god’s world and take it could make it hard for her to go back to being a normal human. See some of this in the episode as Hiyori tells her friends they need not to ask so much of the gods and really be careful for what they wish for. Also solving Hiyori’s body problem would end the anime and manga for the most part. Cutting the ties would make Hiyori forget about him and Yukine if you don’t remember the man from four episodes back falling off the building when Yato cut his ties. Sadly Yato isn’t going to get an option by the end of this episode because of Rabo….

Don't do it! The tears would come after the end of Yatori!

Don’t do it! The tears would come after the end of Yatori!

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Rabo is a 100% anime only character so the whole second half this episode isn’t in the manga chapters. So we should be getting an anime only ending with Rabo and not entering much into Bishamon arc for those who have read the manga. Rabo tests Yato and Yukine in a fight to see his strength. Of course Yato kicks some ass and finishes all the phantoms thrown at him. Clearly Rabo is here just to kill Yato and Hiyori to sense shes’ “weakling” him.

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During the time Rabo is attacking Yato, Nora is attacking Hiyori during the new years party. Nora sees Hiyori as a someone keeping Yato from her so she much be thrown out. Hiyori survives the attack till morning when the sun’s light killing Nora’s masked phantoms. Last thing we see of normal Hiyori is her getting threatened by Nora. Next time we see her she has forgotten who Yato and Yukine are. Not sure if Nora cut her ties to Yato or its some other little trick that she did to make it seem she lost her memories.

With only two episodes left, we’ll more likely get a short filler arc finishing Rabo or they will leave us hanging in the middle of the Bishamon arc. Which wouldn’t be cool 😦 Look forward to next episode and seeing more of Kazuma. By the way a friend of mine pointed out that Kazuma looks 95% like Yukio Okumura from Ao no Exorcist. Actor is the same too, weird.

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Episode Rating: 8/10

 

Nisekoi Episode 9 – Scars and Hot Springs

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Scar

Chitoge is starting to be useful in the story going forward from here instead of her just being there. Chitoge tells Tsugumi that she wants to look into her past and learn about the boy she made the promise with. Sadly Chitoge had forgotten that the school was going on a field trip into the mountains that weekend. Everyone ends up on the same team for the trip thanks to Shuu and his mind. At the main camp Chitoge “drops” hot water on Raku showing a scar on his head. Raku also sees the key that Chitoge had found in her room which she is now keeping on her. Raku says the scar is from an  animal making Chitoge panic into thinking he could be the boy from her past.

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Shuu and Ruri get the group to kill some time at the hotel by playing old maid and the loser has to tell everyone the story of their first love. No one wants to lose and have to spill the beans since they all just about Raku. Raku picks all the jokers from Onodera and Chitoge picks his by dumb luck. Comes down to Raku and Chitoge but loser is never found out since a teacher stops the game short.

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Would be the Two of Hearts

Raku goes to the hot spring but Claude switches the curtain for the mens and womens baths. Luck or unlucky for Raku is that Chitoge is the first one to join the bath. He easily sees her and surprising she believes Claude did it all in a matter of seconds. She works with him to get him out of the spring and into safety before the other girls found out. Some interesting drama and one kiss later Raku is safe on the men’s side of the hot spring.

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Clear Water?

Enjoyed the episode for the most part, I really liked this short arc in the manga. Which continues for the next two episodes maybe.  Though the bath scene wasn’t believable at all. Most of the scenes with the water in it you can clearly see that the water is clear and easy to see through. If your going to use steam and towels to hide your characters at least don’t make the water super see through in the anime. lol At least in the manga you assume that the water isn’t crystal clear since it’s a hot spring. Other than that I didn’t have any problems with the episode. Looking forward to next week.

Episode Rating: 7/10   

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Hamatora Episode 8&9 – Trips and Kids

Hamatora has really let me down the past four weeks or so. Thought story would pick up after Art got killed off, sadly that didn’t happen. Go from Art dying in episode seven to everyone on the Hamatora team going on a trip just because. Trip really was worthless in the standpoint of plot. I’d almost say to skip the episode and not worry about it.  The fruit fight at the end of the episode was interesting to watch. Get to see that Nice is stronger than everyone else on the team via fruit fighting. Honestly I really don’t see his power being any stronger than other Hamatora members. Maybe that’s a story/writing problem with Hamatora the Animation or I’m not phased by superpowers after watching # number of shows.

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This week still didn’t really do anything with the overall plot. Honey and Three got taken off the Moral case since Moral is Art now. Nice can’t get a hold of Art since he’s dead. Nice really doesn’t look like he knows something is up. Going to come down to the last two episodes of the show by now. Most of the episode is about Three and his past from when he was a soldier.

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Three runs an Orphanage of kids that lost their parents in war. Which ends up that Three killed all their parents and he is teaching the kids that vengeance isn’t a sin. That it is okay to kill the ones that take ones from you. Doing all this so when the kids learn that he killed their parents they will kill him and this will be his punishment from when he was a soldier.  Honey learns about this and gives Three a beating telling him he can’t take the easy way out. She decides to help raise the children and teach them that vengeance isn’t the way to live.

Of course some crazy soldier from Three’s past hates that he stopped being the “Bloody Beast” so he plans to kill the kids and put the blame on Three so he doesn’t lose his name. Nice and Honey help Three stop the man and save the kids before he does too much damage. The orphanage gets burnt down the events though. Episode ends with Moral sending out an army of minimums under his control from the looks of it.

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Overall Hamatora seems to have missed its time to land a knockout punch and the series is going to be another eh so so anime.

Episodes Rating: 5/10, 6/10