Re:␣Hamatora: Episode 08

Re 08: Worst Promise & Best Memory

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The title for this episode really should have been: Best Promise & Worst Memory.

Things have picked up with this week’s episode of Re:␣Hamatora. We found out who Saikyou is, we found out why the Minimum Holders are suffering from such strange after-effects and we also kind of found out what Art plans to do to rid the world of Minimums. We also found out that Koneko and Master are part of the Minimum Agency.

In spite of all that was going on this episode, all eyes were on Hajime because all the focus has shifted to her and her Nihilist Minimum. It seems that Hajime was abandoned by her parents, then held captive at a Minimum research facility and heavily experimented on when she was younger. Numbed by the pain, she was merely waiting to die. She was of course, not the only child at the research facility. However, she was the only one who survived the brutal experiments and remained herself – hence the name: Success Number 01. Until one day, when Nice came along, called her Hajime-chan and promised to save her, promised that they would get out and see the world together. That promise, was what I thought to be the Best Promise, not the Worst.

Then, the Worst Memory. In the midst of their great escape, Nice was shot and he looked to be dead. Certainly, we know he could not have died because he is alive and well in the present. Hajime, traumatised and in great agony, unleashed a powerful purple bubble-like thing, aka her Nihilist Minimum. According to Art, despair is the trigger for this Minimum to manifest and we saw it happen in the flashback, as well as in present time when Hajime recalled her time at the research facility. While I am not sure how this Minimum managed to save Nice back then, we did manage to see that the monsters around her (the unfortunate result of the experiments all those other children suffered) revert to their human selves.

Although I think that the title should have been named the other way round, there is no denying the truth in the current title, because if Hajime is blaming herself for everything bad that is happening to the ones around her, then the promise that Nice made with her really would be her Worst Promise. But what about the Best Memory? In this case, I guess when looking from Art’s and Saikyou’s and the Freemum’s perspective, it would be the Best, since they are using Hajime to fulfil their plan.

All in all, this episode was not too bad. There were plenty of revelations, the pacing was pretty good and there were still fairly sweet and adorable moments peppered here and there that provided a good balance to all the darkness. However, I am still quite lost in respect of the grand scheme of things. With four episodes left, it looks like it is going to be a mad rush to wrap things up nicely. Oh, I hope they do manage to wrap things up nicely~

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