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Michiko and Hatchin S.A.V.E. on Blu-ray (anime review)

Michiko & Hatchin SAVETitle: Michiko and Hatchin S.A.V.E. on Blu-ray edition

Director: Sayo Yamaoto

Studio: Manglob

U. S. Distributor: Funimation Entertainment

U. S. Re-Release Date: May 12th, 2015

Format: Blu-ray / 22 episodes / 550 Minutes

Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure, Slice of Life

Overall Personal Rating: B



Michiko is a stunning escaped convict with lethal looks and a deadly disrespect for the lawmen trying to hunt her down. Hatchin is a hapless orphan pushed to the breaking point by the sadistic spawn of her fiendish foster parents. On their own, these chicas are nothing more than a Yin searching for its Yang, but when fate – in the form of a mysterious hombre from their past – brings them together, the world better watch out!

With the future dead-ahead and la policia hot on their heels, Michiko and Hatchin burn rubber through exotic locals where danger lurks around every corner. It’s two against the world in this sun-soaked, Latin-tinged tale of partners in crime who won’t stop running till they chase down a dream.

Every bend in the road hides an ambush as Michiko and Hatchin continue their mad dash to track down Hiroshi: a man from their past that could hold the key to their future. Hit men, kidnappers, and sadistic gangbangers fill their rearview mirror as these ladies on the lam burn rubber across the Latin landscape.

With the throttle wide open and their motorcycle pointed toward the ocean, Michiko and Hatchin defy fate by living freer than they’ve ever lived before. New friendships are forged, young love blooms, and the partners in crime inch ever closer to the man they seek. But just as the long-awaited reunion is about to become reality, the law closes in on them – leaving Michiko to face an agonizing decision that will change both of their lives forever.


This unique series brings something rather interesting into the realm of the slice of life. It brings in your face brutality and a harsh cruel world that all too many children know. Being placed in South American you get a distinct feeling that growing up poor is very tough and it breads hatred and violence in ways that define humanity in an ugly and despicable light. Throughout the entire series I wanted to root for Hatchin and at the same time I wanted to slap Michiko for who she was. As the series progresses you begin to get a feeling that Michiko is just a product of her environment and that she wants to find another path to follow. Hatchin is someone who knows the horrors of the world but doesn’t want to get trapped by the violence that surrounds her. This struggle defines the series and at the same time it brings it down to a level that makes it easy to concentrate on the easy way out. Too often the crazy people win and at the same time the momentary flashes of hope and light get extinguished.

The animation and soundtrack help keep this series grounded. The animation it lively and full of color. It accentuates the environment and brings forth a constant feeling that hope is just around the corner. The soundtrack reminds us of where we are and the raucous aspect of the series. It is lively and sharp at the same time. Both of these critical devices make a difference that you don’t always see or hear in an anime. Way to go Manglobe for the great animation and Alexandre Kassin for the lively soundtrack.

Overall Grade: B

Although I think very highly of the animation and soundtrack for Michiko and Hatchin, I just can’t get over the way it give in to the low brow need to take some of the violence over the top. I get that the world they live in full of violence and you have to be very tough just to survive, but at times it seemed that there was no hope for them and that they would just become poster women for the heartless world many people live in. The strange thing about the series is that I kept coming back to Bunny Drop and how the relationship between Michiko and Hatchin was devleoping. I understand that Bunny Drop is much more touching and heart felt but to watch to unrelated people gradually become family is always a good feeling.

Michiko and Hatchin is a series if for those who love to experience the harsher side of life and at the same time have a little warmth mixed in. It is also great that Funimation has brought it back in a single S.A.V.E. edition.


Unlimited Psychic Squad complete collection (anime review)

Unlimited Pshychic SquadTitle: Unlimited Psychic Squad complete collection

Director: Shisho Igarash

Writer: Shinchi Inotsume

Studio: Manglob

U. S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U. S. Release Date: April 21st, 2015

Format: Blu-ray / 12 Episodes / 300 Minutes

Genre: Supernatural, Action, Drama, Sci Fi

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Grade: A-


You don’t have to be psychic to know that Hyobu Kyosuke is trouble waiting to happen, but having psychic powers of your own may be your only chance if you want to stand against him. One of the most powerful espers on the planet, Hyobu’s incredible range of abilities extends as far as controlling his own aging process, and the potential strength of all his talents combined is so terrifying that he wears a device that limits their use except in cases of extreme emergency. The time is coming, however, when Hyobu will need to unleash everything he has.

Sometimes it takes a villain to do what heroes can’t, and as the leader of the secret organization P.A.N.D.R.A., Hyobu’s dedicated his life to fighting those who would entrap, enslave, or kill anyone with psychic powers. Now P.A.N.D.R.A. itself is in danger and, to combat that deadly threat, the gloves and limiter are coming off!


Unlimited Psychic Squad is a dramatic spinoff from the action comedy Psychic Squad. It does reference the girls featured in Psychic Squad and even has the main character Hyobu Kyosuke refer to the member of the girls as his queen and contends that he is following the path to create a world for her to sit as the monarch. Even though these references are in the series it is not the focus of this dramatic cousin the main story line.

The quality of Unlimited Psychic Squad has it very own life and carries a dramatic plot line that harkens many other series where the gifted are ostracized and looking for freedom. From X Men to Code Breakers the story is a common place occurrence, but it is an archetype that runs deed in human mythology and is often at the center of many revolts. Freedom to be a part of the greater world without feeling like a second class citizen. For Unlimited Psychic Squad it may not have stood out as the overt driving force, but it is still at its heart and it is what made this series a hit in my eyes.

Overall Grade: A-

The writing for Unlimited Psychic Squad ended up being a little on the melodramatic side of the genre and from time to time it was overbearing, but in the end the crafting of the story played out rather well. It was easy to get sucked into the story and the struggles of the characters. It is also easy to form sympathies toward each of the characters  as they manage to try and do the right thing.

The animation style is a little rough and could have been less digital, but it was effective and entraining. I also found the overall tone of the story to help bring into focus its true meaning. I had recently asked where the decent action dramas were and here is one that I was happy to come across. The only thing I would have enjoyed more would be a better understanding of the rest of the crew. They all seemed to have some wonderful talents and together were awesome, but knowing who they were would have take the series over the top.

If you are loping for a action filled story that doesn’t fill the spaces with unnecessary fan service or silly commentary then Unlimited Psychic Squad could be just the thing you are looking for.