Genre Tags: Action, Adventure
Synopsis: Under the unrelenting heat of the South American sun, hardened criminal Michiko Malandro breaks out of a high security prison for the fourth time in search of a man from her past. Michiko finds a clue in the form of Hana Morenos, a young girl trapped under the fists of her abusive foster family. In her powerlessness, Hana fantasizes about the day when she is finally whisked away from her captors by her very own Prince Charming. Little does she know that her fated prince would turn out to be the buxom and husky convict who charges in atop a stolen motorbike, claiming to be her mother.
The unlikely duo chase down their dreams in the sun-drenched land of Diamandra, navigating through the cacophony of betrayal, poverty, and child exploitation rings hiding in plain sight. However, wind of Michiko’s manhunt soon reaches the ears of criminal syndicate Monstro Preto, and a storm of gang warfare begins brewing over the horizon…
Plot Rating: 8/10
Character Development Rating: 9/10
Progression Rating: 8/10
Animation Rating: 8/10
Conclusion Rating: 9/10
Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8.4/10
*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with
Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 10/10
*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.
Should You Watch: If you want an anime with diverse characters, strong colored women and a bittersweet, crazy plot, then absolutely.
General Comments: So, this anime was completely off my radar, hence why I’m just seeing it now despite it airing in 2008. I picked it up by chance from a gif on twitter depicting a bad@ss woman of color in an anime. I immediately decided to watch it and instantly fell in love. The two leads were wonderful, having very strong and independent personalities that really shown through. However, the supporting vast was equally as unique and interesting, to the point I found myself liking the bad guys just the same. Then again, this show makes you wonder if there are any “good guys” at all. I’d rather just say everyone is appropriately human. Despite the superb character development, I was very impressed with the setting and how they were able to portray the Brazilian culture really well, while not being shaming. It was simply the harsh reality.
The true selling point of this anime though, was certainly the bond between Hana and her “kidnapper”. Things get off to a rocky start, and the two leads certainly don’t take to each other right away, but watching them bond and come to care for each other like family while on a shared mission to find the ghost in their pasts, that was beautiful. However, considering the gritty nature of the show, it wasn’t all sunshine and butterflies, with some scenes getting downright tragic, dark and utterly heartbreaking. I experienced a wide range of emotions throughout the series, which isn’t easy to pull off. The ending was the most bitter bit, but the final minute was the sweet. They may have had a shared goal at the start, but by the end that goal was gone with the wind like the insignificant thought it was and it no longer mattered. What this story was actually about was the journey shared by Mitchiko and Hana and how they were changed by their interactions with many others and each other and how they found an eternal bond of love and devotion of the purest kind. So, I absolutely recommend this anime for mature audiences who enjoy gritty, heartwarming stories.
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