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[[caption-width-right:295:Michiko & Hatchin]]

->''"Someone is going to come for me. It's what I've wished for all this time. On the morning of March 17th, a person came.''

->''The only problem...I have no idea who she is!"''

Hana Morenos is nine, miserable, and abused by her foster parents and step-siblings. She does all the chores, puts up with bullying and beatings, and daydreams about getting away.

...Enter [[SpicyLatina Michiko Malandro]], who recently escaped from Diamandra, a hellish high-security prison, and literally crashes into Hana's life on a scooter. With nothing in common but a man who may be dead named Hiroshi, who's Michiko's former lover and possibly Hana's father, the two embark on a wild trip through the countryside. Traveling through a [[SouthOfTheBorder South America/Brazil]] pastiche where everyone has Japanese given names, they encounter gangs, are pursued by the police, and [[OddCouple learn to appreciate each other]]--just a little bit.

The show, released in 2008, was produced by studio Creator/{{Manglobe}}; it marked Sayo Yamamoto's directing debut, which she followed with 2012's ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine''. Coincidentally or not, legendary director ShinichiroWatanabe handled the music direction for both series.

Several episodes were done in conjunction with Creator/StudioBones[[note]]Episode 3[[/note]], Creator/StudioGainax[[note]]Episode 8[[/note]], and Creator/{{Xebec}}[[note]]Episodes 7 & 9[[/note]]. {{Funimation}} has licensed the show alongside ''The Woman Called Fujiko Mine'' and both are available for viewing on {{Hulu}}. It will be released in the US in September 2013.
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!!Tropes:

* AbusiveParents: Or abusive step family, in Hana's case.
* AbsoluteCleavage: Michiko, frequently.
* AscendedToCarnivorism: Episode 6 briefly features a fighting bull [[{{Cannibal}} gobbling a steak]] made from an ex-bull.
* AerithAndBob: Michiko, Hiroshi -- Maria, Pedro... Also, Hatchin's actual name is "Hana", which can be both Japanese and Western.
** Subverted due to Brazil having the highest concentration of Japanese people in a single country. Besides Japan, of course.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Averted -- Michiko is established as being from [[SouthOfTheBorder fictional Brazil]].
* [[AmbiguouslyGay Ambiguously Lesbian]]: It's implied that Atsuko may have romantic feelings for Michiko, [[DatingCatwoman despite being tasked with bringing her in]]. In one particular episode, Michiko implies that as a child, [[TooKinkyToTorture Atsuko would become aroused whenever Michiko would beat her up]].
* AnachronismStew: Vehicles from the seventies, TV broadcasts with an eighties-nineties style, every building and infrastructure looking run-down... it's a bit difficult to figure a proper time period.
* AnimeAccentAbsence: Averted, since some characters have vaguely Latin-American accents.
** A character in the third episode also has a vaguely Chinese accent.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: In the finale, Hana checks a country map that looks like a mix of Brazil and Mexico.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Shinsuke]] and to some degree [[spoiler: Satoshi]].
* [[spoiler:[[BabiesEverAfter Baby Ever After]]]]: During the DistantFinale [[spoiler: we find out Hatchin got knocked up by a man who ditched her after three months]]. She seems happy with [[spoiler: her son]] though.
* BadassAndChildDuo: A rare female version.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: In the bullfight episode.
* BareYourMidriff: Michiko likes to show off her tattoo that way.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Hana is androgynous enough to look like a boy.
* BilingualBonus: Malandro means "Scoundrel" in Portuguese.
** Morenos means "blacks" or "dark-haired ones" in Spanish.
* BikerBabe: Michiko is this with a scooter.
* {{Bishounen}}: Hiroshi.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted, since Michiko gets beaten up quite often.
* BerserkButton: Don't call Atsuko "Jambo" if you don't want to get hurt.
* BewareTheNiceOnes / TheDogBitesBack: Hatchin has suffered her foster family's abuse for a fair chunk of her life. It took her face being nearly ''ironed'' and then being literally kicked out of the house by Maria for her to snap and pummel the crap out of her.
* BoobsOfSteel: Michiko's well-endowed, and takes (and gives) punches with the best of them. Other characters tend to be armed with guns.
* BookEnds: The cooking of omelettes.
* BrandX
* CampGay: Ivan.
* CircusBrat: Rita.
* ConspicuousCG: Surprisingly '''''not''''' used for the cars. Moving backgrounds on the other hand...
* ContrivedCoincidence: Quite a few moments, usually involving Michiko spotting Hatchin.
* CooldownHug: Michiko does this to Hatchin after the latter goes through a painful, first heartbreak.
* CrapsackWorld
* [[spoiler:DaddyDidntShow]]
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Atsuko. Pepe Lima is also a more downplayed version.
* DeadlyGame: Shinsuke's plan to meet up with Michiko and Davi is have them trolley jump their way to an unknown locale while avoiding gunfire.
* DoYouThinkICantFeel?: Hatchin to Maria as she finally snaps at her.
* DistantFinale
* DrunkOnMilk: Hatchin at one point drinks some juice, which makes her very drunk. Michiko lampshades it when she realizes this. Falls into FridgeBrilliance and FridgeHorror when you realize that due to the neglect Hatchin has never had juice or sugar and her body can't handle it.
-->'''Michiko:''' You're ridiculous. You're drunk on juice.
* EasyAmnesia: Lenine appears to suffer from that one.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Michiko loves to call Atsuko "Jambo" (a Portuguese word for a dark-skinned person) to annoy her.
* EnfantTerrible: It's not so much that Gabriel and Maria are terrible. It's more the fact they're even more sadistically psychotic than their parents.
* ExtremeDoormat: Hana to her abusive foster family.
* TheFagin: Rico.
* {{Flashback}}: Lots of them.
* FosteringForProfit: Hatchin's foster parents, full stop.
* FreakOut: [[spoiler: Hatchin]] in Episode 7, combined shortly after with TookALevelInBadass.
* FreeRangeChildren: Hatchin goes off by herself and is left alone by Michiko constantly. The same can be said for all the other children who are encountered, as they are mainly seen without adults. [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in that they rarely do this for enjoyment, but rather out of necessity.
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: Most depicted kids are quite adult in their reasoning.
* {{Gangsterland}}: Although in this case it's a stand-in for Brazil, not the USA.
* GlamorousSingleMother: Played with Michiko. She does love Hatchin, but her lifestyle does put the girl's life in danger.
** [[spoiler: Played straight with Hatchin and her daughter.]]
* GratuitousEnglish
* HeterosexualLifePartners: {{Implied}} to have been the relationship between a Michiko and Atsuko.
** In a mother-daughter sense, Michiko and Hatchin gradually, but surely become this.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Pepe Lima is instead a [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Stripper With A Heart Of Gold]]
* {{Honorifics}}: Which are apparently very important in Latin America.
* IdiotHero: Michiko, sort of. She isn't the brightest bulb in the box, but she makes up for it with lots of bravado and street smarts.
* ImportantHaircut: Hatchin hacks off her GirlishPigtails pretty shortly after joining up with Michiko.
* IntrepidReporter: Daniela Carneiro. Yes, he's a ''guy''. He is extremely obnoxious, but [[spoiler:turns out to be right about the circus]].
* IWasQuiteALooker: Michiko Menezes.
* {{Jerkass}}: [[spoiler: The father of his and Hatchin's son. He left after three months. Doesn't even bother to even visit his own kid.]]
* JerkassHasAPoint: The reporter who [[spoiler: was trying to frame the circus for child abuse turned out to be startlingly close to the truth; they were selling off any kids who didn't prove to be useful.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: [[spoiler:Hiroshi.]]
* LittleMissBadass: Hatchin all the way.
* LooksLikeCesare: Shinsuke.
* MementoMacGuffin: Hatchin's tattoo on her stomach, which is similar to Michiko's.
* MultiethnicName: Endemic in the series, with the two title characters as the most obvious examples. Most names seem to fit the Japanese First Name + Portuguese/Spanish Last Name pattern.
* MuggedForDisguise: In one episode, Michiko mugs a matador for his outfit in order to rescue Hatchin.
* NameAndName
* NoNameGiven: [[spoiler: Hatchin's birth mother.]]
** [[spoiler: Hatchin's baby son.]]
** [[spoiler: Going with the above, who was the father?!]]
* NoseBleed: Michiko gets one when she feels that she is close to Hiroshi.
** And Hatchin gets one in the {{distant finale}}, when she figures out that [[spoiler:Michiko is heading in her direction]].
** Hiroshi gets one too in episode 5. Although he got one naturally after being hit on his nose, he gets another when Michiko is close to him.
* NowThatsUsingYourTeeth: Michiko, combining it with a {{crowning moment of awesome}}.
* NunTooHoly: Hatchin's foster father is a greedy S.O.B. He only took her in for the child support and was more than happy to kill her for insurance money when Michiko took her.
* OddCouple: Michiko and Hatchin. Really.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: The above-mentioned tattoos.
* ParentalAbandonment: Hatchin, but also Michiko when she was a kid.
* ParentalFavoritism: Hatchin's step-parents idolize their own kids and mistreat her. A ''lot''.
* PluckyGirl: Michiko. Try to stop her. Just ''try''.
* PrecociousCrush: One episode is about Hatchin making a friend suffering from a Precocious Crush.
* PsychoForHire: [[LooksLikeCesare Shinsuke]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Michiko--a statuesque woman who works at the circus, not the title character--treats the kids who wind up working for her relatively well and doesn't take any crap from a crooked journalist who wants to make her look bad in order to get a scoop. [[spoiler: Subverted when you find out she's selling the kids who aren't useful.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Hatchin is the Blue and Michiko is the Red.
* RoofHopping: On a ''motor scooter'', no less.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: Hatchin is considerably more rational and observant than the hot-headed, impulsive Michiko.
* ShoutOut: The library from episode 15 is full of copies of the Vincent Law book from ''ErgoProxy'', another Manglobe production.
* SickEpisode: Episode 12. Michiko collapses while driving her scooter, and then tries to shrug off her fever by claiming she just has a very "hot body". The rest of the episode is about Hatchin taking care of her.
* SlasherSmile: Satoshi.
* SmokingIsCool
* SoftWater
* SouthOfTheBorder
* SpicyLatina: Michiko.
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler: Shinsuke becomes this to Satoshi.]]
* StatuesqueStunner: The vast majority of grown women and teen girls are drawn this way, with the exception of a few portly ladies here and there.
* SternChase
* StockholmSyndrome: In a more cynical view, this might be what causes Hatchin to bond with Michiko. Then again, ''anything'' would have been better than Hatchin's life with her foster family.
* {{Stripperific}}: Most anything Michiko wears, which might not be the smartest move when you're on the run and want to avert attention.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Hatchin is the small, female version of her dad, Hiroshi.
* SunglassesAtNight: Michiko and Atsuko.
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Atsuko.
* TakeMyHand
* TeenageWasteland[=/=]KidsAreCruel: Brazil, for the most part, is crowded with gangs that are made up of or led by children.
* TerribleArtist: Michiko, and how! Just like [[OnePiece Luffy]], she doesn't even realize she can't draw at all.
* [[TitleCharacter Title Characters]]
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Michiko and Hatchin can switch between these at time.
* TranquillizerDart: Subverted. Michiko appears to be very resilient when hit by a dart from a tranquilizer gun. Twice.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour
* TryNotToDie: Used almost ad verbatim.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Most of Michiko's and Hatchin's wear is likely stolen. Atsuko also comes in several outfits.
* VillainProtagonist: Michiko.
* WackyParentSeriousChild: Michiko is the adult and is prone to violence, tantrums, and getting into fights, Hatchin is more calm, takes care of the former when she's drunk and/or sick, and tries to use peaceful negotiations.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Several characters, but most importantly [[spoiler:the old dude in episode 14 who was set on a job to assassinate Michiko. He is never mentioned again even though he took Michiko with his car.]]
** [[spoiler: Hiroshi, who doesn't seem so important in the end, although he was the main plot and thus the reason why Michiko and Hatchin do all the stuff in the series in the first place. He doesn't seem to give a shit about Hatchin, just takes her with him and Hatchin tells us in the narration that he ran off with another woman.[[note]]TruthInTelevision -- some deadbeat dads act exactly like Hiroshi.[[/note]]]]
** [[spoiler:The tattoos]] never get an explanation.
** Just who is [[spoiler: Hatchin's mother]]?
** Let's face it, the ending [[spoiler: really leaves a lot of threads loose and a lot of questions unanswered]]
* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[spoiler:Bebel]] in episode 17.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: Michiko.
* WickedStepmother
* WitchDoctor: "Deus" is something between this and a {{phony psychic}}.
* WithMyHandsTied: Combined with the above mentioned {{crowning moment of awesome}}.
* XMeetsY: This series is a combination of three B's. [[Anime/CowboyBebop Bebop]], Manga/BlackLagoon, and UsefulNotes/{{Brazil}} (the country, not [[Film/{{Brazil}} the completely unrelated movie]]).
** Michiko is [[Anime/CowboyBebop Faye]] meets [[Anime/SamuraiChamploo Mugen]].
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