Re:␣Hamatora: Episode 09

Re 09: Symphony in the Moonlight

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While Art and the Freemum are plotting to battle the big bad discriminatory world, Hamatora and gang rehearse their own version of the Princess Kaguya play.

Let’s just fast-forward to Art’s very charismatic and powerful speech. He told the Minimum Holders that he shall fight for their freedom. If there are people who oppose him, he will not hesitate to bloody his own hands. I suppose part of Art’s charm was that he was so convincing. People like a powerful leader who can promise them sweet wonders. And if they deliver on the promise, plus points!! In all honesty, why are Minimum Holders discriminated? It is because of fear and envy. Art’s speech held so much truth. Minimum Holders are discriminated because they are the minority who has been gifted with abilities that are not normal, and the ‘ordinary folk’ both fear and envy them. From an objective perspective, I do understand why the Minimum Holders are so riled up. All they want is freedom, to live their lives the way they please and not submit to oppression. However, the non-Minimum Holders (led by Honey’s crazed father) are so hell bent on ridding the world of what they perceive to be ‘evil’. It is ridiculous. Of course Minimum Holders have the right to live! But people are so blinded by fear and envy that they can’t see past any of that. And so sadly, the world continues being a messed up place. Sighs.

Discrimination, senseless as it can sometimes get, is unfortunately a ubiquitous phenomenon that permeates society. And there is no running from it. So what do people do in the given situation? Well, they decide to fight it out. Indeed, this episode marked the declaration of war between the Minimum Holders and the non-Minimum Holders. Things are really heating up as we near the end of this season’s run. So while I highly doubt things will escalate into an all out physical war between both sides, I do think that things will be getting pretty dicey.

Now that we have reached episode nine, there really is no going back. This series is just toying with viewers as it takes a leisurely stroll crawl towards the finish line. So I have decided to take each episode with a pinch of salt (and pepper) – the first half of the episode is senseless comic relief, while the latter half is when the story really matters. And in this episode, it really did turn out that way. Progress was slow with that filler of a Princess Kaguya play, but towards the end of the episode the story really did get a move on. And so, my advice is to go in with zero expectations and appreciate the illogical funniness. Forget about last season, forget about Moral, forget about Art’s personality alteration, just forget about it all. And that will make for less bothered watching ^^

I can’t end this review without at least bringing up the seiyuu who made this episode worth watching. And this episode, notable mention goes to *drumroll* Junjun. Why? That whistle at 20:22. Yes, that was all it took! His amazingness did not stop there of course, because he did get more than a couple of lines in towards the end of the episode, which were delivered brilliantly. Agony, grit, desperation, perseverance, appreciation and cheekiness – wow did he manage to put all that across in those final few lines. To think this might be one of the last times we actually hear Junjun as Birthday, makes it all the more gasp inducing. It seems Birthday is suffering a relapse. So whether he lives or dies before the series comes to an end is very much a mystery. Please Birthday, get better! Here’s hoping Ratio finds the guy with the Healing (Chiyuu? Since 治癒chi yu) Minimum pronto.

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