Michiko & Hatchin

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Michiko & Hatchin
Michiko to Hatchin key visual.jpg
Key visual
ミチコとハッチン
(Michiko to Hatchin)
Genre Action, Adventure, Black Comedy, Crime
Anime television series
Directed by Sayo Yamamoto
Written by Takashi Ujita
Music by Alexandre Kassin
Studio Manglobe
Licensed by
Network Fuji TV (Noise)
English network Funimation Channel, Adult Swim (Toonami)
Original run October 15, 2008March 18, 2009
Episodes 22 (List of episodes)

Michiko & Hatchin (ミチコとハッチン Michiko to Hatchin?) is a Japanese animated television series. The show is produced by studio Manglobe and directed by Sayo Yamamoto, her first directorial work. The two eponymous starring roles are portrayed by noted Japanese film actresses Yōko Maki (The Grudge) and Suzuka Ohgo (Memoirs of a Geisha) respectively. The story takes place in a fictional country of Diamandra which has cultural traces from South American countries, mostly from Brazil. In the first episode, Michiko is introduced as a free-willed "sexy diva" who escapes from a supposedly inescapable prison fortress, while Hatchin is a girl fleeing her abusive foster family. The two join forces on an improbable escape to freedom. The music is composed by the Brazilian musician Alexandre Kassin and produced by Shinichirō Watanabe. The anime has been licensed by Funimation in North America.[1] The series premiered in an English dub on Funimation Channel in North America on November 22, 2013, and on Adult Swim's Toonami block from June 20, 2015 to December 12, 2015.

Plot[edit]

In a fictional South American country of Diamandra, the criminal Michiko has escaped from prison and rescues her apparent daughter Hana (who she nicknamed Hatchin) in the process saving her from her abusive foster parents. The two are about as opposite as they come, but their fates become intertwined through the connection of Hiroshi Morenos, Hatchin's father. On the run from the police and Hatchin's abusive foster family, the unlikely duo set out to find this Hiroshi and ultimately discover their freedom.

Characters[edit]

Michiko Malandro (ミチコ・マランドロ Michiko Marandoro?)
Voiced by: Yōko Maki (Japanese); Monica Rial[2] (English)
An independent woman who has just recently escaped one of the most heavily guarded prisons in existence for at least the fourth time. Michiko rescues Hana from her abusive foster parents and claims to know her father, who, according to her, was a good man and "made her fall in love with him right away". Both she and Hana embark on a journey to find him while on the run from the law as well. They become a bickering pair, but soon come to realize how much they truly need each other.
Hana "Hatchin" Morenos (ハナ・“ハッチン”・モレーノス Hana "Hatchin" Morēnosu?)
Voiced by: Suzuka Ohgo (Japanese); Jād Saxton (English)
A young girl who previously lived with a foster family. She was the victim of abuse both by the adults and their two other children, living with them until Michiko came to her rescue. She is hesitant to trust the woman, but they share the same tattoo on their stomachs. Unlike Michiko, Hana is much more levelheaded and serious, often functioning as the voice of reason of the two. Despite Michiko often putting her in danger due to her destructive habits and her sometimes irrational plans, Hana grows to care deeply for her.
Hiroshi Morenos (ヒロシ・モレーノス Hiroshi Morēnosu?)
Voiced by: Kanji Tsuda (Japanese); Christopher Bevins (English)
Hana's father and Michiko's love from the past. Despite being officially considered dead, Michiko believes that he is alive and rescues Hatchin in order to find clues about his whereabouts. He shares the same tattoo as both Michiko and Hatchin, except on his left shoulder.
Atsuko Jackson (アツコ・ジャキソン Atsuko Jakkison?)
Voiced by: Maki Sakai (Japanese); Sametria Ewunes (English)
She lived in the same orphanage as Michiko and seems to have a score to settle with her. She is now a police officer and was responsible for Michiko's arrest 12 years before the main plot. Michiko likes to call her "Jambo" (a Portuguese word for both some syzygium fruit and to refer to a dark or brown-skinned person), in order to get her angry. She seems to have mixed feelings for Michiko and is sometimes seen helping her out of a bad situation.
Satoshi Batista (サトシ・バティスタ Satoshi Batisuta?)
Voiced by: Masaki Miura (Japanese); Akron Watson (English)
An old lifelong friend of Hiroshi's who assumed control of the crime syndicate "Monstro Preto" ("Black Monster") while Michiko was behind bars. He and Hiroshi have been friends since they were children, and Hiroshi once saved his life from the original leaders of Monstro once it was discovered that Satoshi plotted to take control of the gang. Throughout the series, he is shown to be harsh, brutal and vicious, rarely showing mercy to those that have interfered with his plans. He hates Michiko, feeling that she is part of the reason that Hiroshi left and "betrayed" his friendship; much like her, he too is determined to track down Hiroshi.
Shinsuke Saci Rodriguez (シンスケ・サッセ・ロドリゲス Shinsuke Sasse Rodorigesu?)
Voiced by: Jun Murakami (Japanese); Scott Freeman (English)
One of Satoshi's henchmen with a vicious and sadistic temper. Prior to the events of the series, he and Satoshi were close friends. He attempts to take control of Monstro by having Satoshi killed, but his betrayal is discovered leading to conflict between the two for the remainder of the series.
Pepe Lima (ペペリマ Pepe Rima?)
Voiced by: Shie Kohinata (Japanese); Caitlin Glass (English)
A famous dancer at a local strip club. During her childhood she grew up in a fabulously wealthy family and was pampered and raised like a princess, that is until her parents died and her family went bankrupt causing her and her sister Lulu to live with her boyfriend Rico.
Lulu Lima (ルルリマ Lulu Rima?)
Voiced by: Megumi Yamaguchi (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski (English)
Pepe's younger sister who wears matching outfits like Pepe. She was raised by her older sister in absolute poverty after both of their parents passed away.
Maria Belenbauza Yamada (マリア山田 Maria Belenubauzua Yamada?)
Voiced by: Megumi Ikeda (Japanese); Leah Clark (English)
Hana's adoptive older sister who enjoys abusing Hana.
Gabriel Belenbauza Yamada (ガブリエル山田 Gaburieru Belenubauzua Yamada?)
Voiced by: Shoma Yashiro (Japanese); Alison Viktorin (English)
Hana's adoptive younger brother. Just like his sister Maria he enjoys abusing Hana and also wears glasses.
Rita Ozzetti (リタドニゼッティ Rita Oozettii?)
Voiced by: Sayaka Yoshino (Japanese); Brina Palencia (English)
A young girl the same age as Hana who works as a circus performer in Perna with her partner Gino Costa and lives with a group of other children who work with the circus.
Gino Costa (ジーノ・コスタ Jino Kosuta?)
Voiced by: Masami Iwasaki (Japanese); J. Michael Tatum (English)
A motorcycle courier Rita's circus partner. Even though Rita has a crush on him, he only cares about her as a friend.
Madam Michiko (マダム路子 Michiko-okusama?)
Voiced by: Kujira (Japanese); Josh Grelle (English)
An overweight woman who takes care of the orphaned children of the circus. In the end it turns out she along her partner Nuno wanted to kidnap the children and take them away elsewhere.
Nuno (ヌーノ?)
Voiced by: Yo Kitazawa (Japanese); Chris Cason (English)
The host of a traveling circus in Perna who is always seen in clown make-up.
Joana Belenbauza Yamada (ジョアナ山田 Joana Belenubauzua Yamada?)
Voiced by: Eri Fuse (Japanese); Cynthia Cranz (English)
Hana's adoptive mother who is very strict with all her children including Hana and often talked with a very formal and elegant attitude.
Pedro Belenbauza Yamada (ペドロ山田 Pedoro Belenubauzua Yamada?)
Voiced by: Takeshi Wakamatsu (Japanese); Philip Weber (English)
Hana's adoptive father and a Catholic extremist who works as a priest at a local church. He is the only parent that hated Hana and treated her like a slave; in episode 2 because of Michiko being her biological mother he held a grudge against Hana to the point where he wanted to kill her due him from extreme psychosis.

Music[edit]

Opening theme
"Paraíso" (Paradise) by Soil & "Pimp" Sessions
Ending themes
  • "Best Friend" (ベストフレンド Besuto Furendo?) by Karutetto (Episode 01-21)
  • "Nada pode me parar agora" (Nothing Can Stop Me Now) by Aurea Martins and Alexandre Kassin (Episode 22)

Episode list[edit]

No. Title[3] Original airdate American airdate
01 "Farewell, Cruel Paradise!" (Adeus, Paraíso Insensivo!)
"Saraba da! Hijō no Paradaisu" (さらばだ!非情のパラダイス) 
October 15, 2008 June 20, 2015
Michiko Malandro breaks out of a high-security pound to see her long-lost love, Hiroshi. Elsewhere, Hiroshi's daughter, Hana Morenos, lives the life of Cinderella among her adoptive family, waiting for someone to come and take her away from them. 
02 "The Brown Sugar Outlaw" (O Açúcar Mascavo Fora da Lei)
"Okite Yaburi no Buraun Shugā" (掟破りのブラウンシュガー) 
October 29, 2008 June 27, 2015
Having abducted Hana from her adoptive family, Michiko is on the run from the law when she runs out of gas. Hot in pursuit is Atsuko, a police sergeant and acquaintance of Michiko's from childhood, and the one who put her in jail in the first place. 
03 "Like a Frantic Pinball" (Como um Fliperama Desesperado)
"Shakariki Pinbōru" (しゃかりきピンボール) 
November 5, 2008 July 11, 2015[a]
In coastal São Cabral, Michiko consults a fortune teller to continue her search for Hiroshi. When Hatchin loses her shoes, and Michiko steals another pair to replace them, Hatchin takes on a job at a restaurant to pay for them, but gets in over her head. 
04 "Stray Cat Milky Way" (A Via Láctea da Gata de Rua)
"Noraneko no Mirukī Wei" (のら猫のミルキーウェイ) 
November 12, 2008 July 18, 2015
Michiko is summoned at gunpoint to see Rico, the local favela boss. Pepê Lima, a dancer at a nearby nightclub run by Rico, approaches Hatchin with information about Hiroshi. However, Pepê has an agenda of her own for meeting with Michiko and Hatchin. 
05 "The Saudade of Fools, Part 1" (A Saudade dos Tolos, Parte 1)
"Oroka Monotachi no Saudāji Parte 1" (愚か者たちのサウダージ PARTE 1) 
November 19, 2008 July 25, 2015
Michiko visits her old friend Ivan to ask the whereabouts of a man named Satoshi, who might know where Hiroshi is. Thinking the task ahead to be dangerous, Michiko leaves Hatchin with Zelia Bastos at the orphanage where she grew up, for her safety. 
06 "The Saudade of Fools, Part 2" (A Saudade dos Tolos, Parte 2)
"Oroka Monotachi no Saudāji Parte 2" (愚か者たちのサウダージ PARTE 2) 
November 19, 2008 August 1, 2015
With Hatchin missing, Michiko confronts Zelia. Ivan informs Michiko that Hatchin is likely being held by a local mob leader named Vasily at a bullfighting arena, in order to draw Michiko to them so they can take revenge for the events of 12 years ago. 
07 "The Rain that Falls in Monotone" (A Chuva que Cai Monótona)
"Ame ni Ochiru Monotōn" (雨におちるモノトーン) 
December 3, 2008 August 8, 2015
When Michiko's motorbike breaks down, the two are stranded for several days in a rural river settlement. While there, Michiko becomes attracted to a man named Bruno, but has second thoughts when she finds out that he is a married man. 
08 "Black Noise and a Dope Game" (Ruídos Negros e um Jogo Fatal)
"Kuroi Noizu to Dōpu na Gēmu" (黒いノイズとドープなゲーム) 
December 10, 2008 August 15, 2015
Michiko and Hatchin arrive in Osso, and their bickering grows ever worse. Shinsuke, a lieutenant in the crime syndicate Monstro Preto, checks in on one of their member organizations. While out and about, Hatchin stumbles across a man named Satoshi. 
09 "The Chocolate Girl in Love" (A Garota-Chocolate Apaixonada)
"Koishita Shokoratchi Gāru" (恋したショコラッチ・ガール) 
December 17, 2008 August 22, 2015
In the town of Perna, famous for its weeping Maria statue, Hatchin is traveling alone and low on money. She befriends a young girl from the local circus named Rita, who is infatuated with her adult performing partner, and desperate to grow up. 
10 "The Carnival of Hyenas" (As Hienas Carnívoras)
"Haiena Domo no Kānibaru" (ハイエナどものカーニバル) 
December 17, 2008 August 29, 2015
Satoshi tracks down Manabe, a former captain in Monstro Preto, and takes him and his family hostage. He orders Shinsuke to send the battered Michiko to him on a train, and sets about to get back at Manabe for humiliating him many years before. 
11 "Starting Line Downpour" (Tempestade no Ponto de Partida)
"Dosha Ori no Sutāto Rain" (どしゃ降りのスタートライン) 
January 07, 2009 September 12, 2015[b]
As Michiko hurries to catch up with the circus, Hatchin is adjusting to life without her. A former performer, coincidentally named Michiko, takes an interest in the children with the circus. However, an investigative reporter insists they are in danger. 
12 "Purgatory: 108°C Telepathy" (Telepatia a 108°C no Purgatório)
"Jigoku Hyaku-hachi-do no Terepashī" (地獄108℃のテレパシー) 
January 14, 2009 September 19, 2015
When Michiko takes ill, she and Hatchin check into a hotel. Worried about the costs they are incurring and the risk of going to a proper hospital, Hatchin seeks an alternative route to treat Michiko. Will her plan work out as well as she hopes? 
13 "Goldfish of the Marsh" (Peixe Dourado do Brejo)
"Doronuma no Gōrudofisshu" (泥沼のゴールドフィッシュ) 
January 21, 2009 September 26, 2015
After being demoted, Atsuko is reassigned to Ilha Azul, a small town on the edge of the jungle. There, she befriends Vanessa Lee, a girl who reminds her of a young Michiko, and who, like her, wants to get out of town and move on with her life. 
14 "The Daredevil Explosive Runner" (Ousadia do Corredor Explosivo)
"Meichirazu no Bōhatsu Rannā" (命知らずの暴発ランナー) 
January 28, 2009 October 3, 2015
Satoshi hires assassins to kill Michiko, Atsuko, and Shinsuke. When Shinsuke's assassin, Jair, spots Michiko first, he decides to pursue her, instead. Jair decides to challenge Michiko to a contest, to see which one of them can kill the other first. 
15 "Graffiti in Vain" (Grafite Desenhada em Vão)
"Itazura ni Gurafuti" (いたずらにグラフティ) 
February 4, 2009 October 10, 2015
While in town, waiting on repairs to the bike, Hatchin spots an old favorite book for sale. The boy who works at the bookstore, Lenine, sees her, and starts to fuss over her. Hatchin, however, is unsure how to handle this new and unfamiliar attention. 
16 "Etude of Crimson Inconstancy" (A Vermelha Descrendice)
"Makka na Fujitsu no Echūdo" (まっ赤な不実のエチュード) 
February 11, 2009 October 17, 2015
Michiko and Hatchin reach the tomato production plant where they anticipate finding Hiroshi. Once inside, they meet Elis, the woman who appears in the photograph with him. Michiko confronts her about stealing Hiroshi, but Elis reacts unexpectedly. 
17 "Buckets of Blood! Opera that Stirs the Heart" (Tonelada de Sangue! A Ópera que Mexe no Coração)
"Chito! Kokoro Sawagu Opera" (血斗!心さわぐオペラ) 
February 11, 2009 October 24, 2015
Michiko goes to pick up the fake I.D.s she had made, but finds that she is unable to pay for them. When Michiko fails to return, Hatchin goes out looking for her, and ends up being taken in by a kindly Chinese opera singer who offers to help find her. 
18 "The Fool's Ballistic Samba" (O Tolo que Avança como uma Bomba Sambista)
"Akantare no Dandō Sanba" (あかんたれの弾道サンバ) 
February 18, 2009 November 7, 2015[c]
Michiko and Hatchin make their way into São Paraíso, and happen upon one of Hiroshi's old business associates. When Michiko becomes forlorn after finding out that Hiroshi had not mentioned her, Hatchin comes up with a plan to cheer Michiko up again. 
19 "Nettlesome Light-blocking Butterfly" (Irritante Borboleta que Interrompe a Luz)
"Hagayui Shakō no Batafurai" (はがゆい遮光のバタフライ) 
February 25, 2009 November 14, 2015
Michiko and Hatchin hop a freight train bound for Goinia, hoping to find Hiroshi there. Satoshi is set up by one of his former subordinates, makes his escape aboard the same train. Meanwhile, Atsuko has plans of her own for both Michiko and Hatchin. 
20 "Rendezvous of Extermination" (Chacina no Encontro Amoroso)
"Minagoroshi no Randevū" (みな殺しのランデヴー) 
March 4, 2009 November 21, 2015
Satoshi and Hatchin arrive in a town Satoshi left desolate ten years earlier. Satoshi calls Shinsuke, and challenges him to settle matters once and for all. While waiting for Shinsuke to arrive, Satoshi tells Hatchin more tales about Hiroshi. 
21 "Last Waltz Blooming Out of Season" (A Última Valsa que Florece Enlouquecida)
"Kurui Saki Rasuto Warutsu" (狂い咲きラストワルツ) 
March 11, 2009 December 5, 2015[d]
In an attempt to locate Hiroshi, Satoshi coerces a local crime boss, Juninho, to search for him. However, Juninho is already out to get Hiroshi for some outstanding debts. Michiko continues to elude police, and ends up cornered at a traveling carnival. 
22 "Run as You Are" (Corra Simplesmente como se Deve Correr)
"Arinomama de Hashire" (ありのままで走れ) 
March 18, 2009 December 12, 2015
The local police force closes in on Michiko and Hatchin, out to frame Michiko to clear themselves of their own wrongdoing. Michiko and Hatchin have an intense standoff with the police captain. Atsuko and Ricardo arrive to take Michiko into custody. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ On the broadcast night of July 4, 2015, Adult Swim hosted a DBZ-a-thon where they played six episodes of Dragon Ball Z and an episode of Attack on Titan.[4] The English dub of Episode 3 aired on Adult Swim on July 11
  2. ^ On the broadcast night of September 5, 2015, Adult Swim hosted a Michiko & Hatchin Labor Day Marathon where they played episodes 4-10.[5] The English dub of Episode 11 aired on Adult Swim on September 12.
  3. ^ On October 31, 2015, Adult Swim ran a Akame ga Kill! marathon of episodes 4-8 and show extra episodes of 9-11 due to Daylight Savings.[6] The English dub of Episode 18 aired on Adult Swim on November 7.
  4. ^ On the broadcast night of November 29, 2015, Adult Swim hosted a Parasyte Marathon where they played episodes 1-7.[7] The English dub of Episode 21 aired on Adult Swim on December 5.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Funimation Adds Blood-C Film, more Ikki Tousen, Michiko & Hatchin". Anime News Network. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  2. ^ We Rise Magazine (October 10, 2013). Jamie Marchi & Monica Rial Interview at Ramencon 2013 (YouTube). 
  3. ^ "Watch Michiko & Hatchin Anime Episodes Streaming on FUNimation". Funimation. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Toonami Swim (June 29, 2015). It's a 4th of July DBZ-ATHON!. YouTube – via Toonami Tumblr. 
  5. ^ "Toonami Schedules "Michiko & Hatchin" Marathon". Crunchyroll. Retrieved October 18, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Akame ga Kill marathon on Halloween and daylight savings". Toonami Faithful. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Parasyte Marathon Next Saturday". Toonami Faithful. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 

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