In this world, a small percentage of the population has superpowers, and these people are called Minimum Holders. The series follows a group of detectives, who are all Minimum Holders, and their adventures as they take cases throughout Yokohama City. Meanwhile, the Yokohama police are completely puzzled trying to solve the case of a Serial Killer who targets only Minimum Holders...Hamatora is a mixed-media project by creator/Naz. It has a manga by Yukino Kitajima and Yūki Kodama published in Weekly Young Jump magazine starting in November 13 2013, an anime airing from January 9 as part of the Winter 2014 lineup, and a 3DS video game called Hamatora: Look at Smoking World is set to be released in summer of 2014.Also available: a character list.
The tropes in this series include:
Above Good and Evil: Moral shows signs of being one. He sees it not as good and evil, but as weak and strong. The strong do the crimes and the reason for the strong getting punishment is because the weak are jealous the strong could even do the crime in the first place.
The Ace: Nice, who graduated from Facultas with the highest grades in the school's history, and is so great that his existence and Minimum are kept a secret.
Also Murasaki, who scored the second highest at Facultas.
Aerith and Bob: You've got names like Hajime and Murasaki alongside Ratio, Birthday, Art, and Nice.
Anti-Climax: Expect the most exciting, tense scenes to end in the most mundane way possible. For example, Episode 10 ending in Nice finally meeting Moral, and at the beginning of 11... he takes him to Nowhere Cafe.
Big Eater: Hajime. Koneko even says it's rare for her to share her food with anybody she's just met.
Bolivian Army Ending: Moral is defeated, and Art is alive, everything seems well... and then as Nice is looking at Moral, Art points his gun at Nice's head. Fade to black, gunshot, credits.
Brain in a Jar: A huge room with hundreds of them, taken from people with Minimum powers.
Break Them by Talking: Moral to poor Art in Episode 3, to the point he lost his usual composture and grabbed him by the collar.
Broken Pedestal: Theo goes into a Heroic BSOD when he finds out his beloved teacher, who was supposedly supporting him throughout the bullying he was receiving, was the one inciting the bullies in the first place.
The Casanova: Murasaki's client's deceased father was revealed to be sleeping with a number of women.
Episode 7 features a man who has slept with a number of idols, and isn't shy about it at all.
Evolving Credits: The opening theme had three different animation sequences, and the third one remains for the rest of the show. On the other hand, the first version of the ending theme was covered in Engrishspoilers. Doubles as a Bilingual Bonus.
Expy: The first chapter of the manga, Nice's client looks just like Fuyumi. The character designs were done by Blood Lad's mangaka.
Moral will remind to more than one Psycho-Pass viewer of the Big Bad Shogo Makishima not only for their physical similarities but also their roles as philosophers and criminals.
Genre Savvy: Nice is quite a rare protagonist considering his young age and role in the series. He can understand Moral's personality without even knowing him. In the manga he even comes up with brilliant tactics when fighting.
Good Cop/Bad Cop: Ratio and Birthday pull this in Episode 6, with Ratio as the Good Cop and Birthday as the Bad Cop (in a hilariously over the top way). It works, except for what happened during "the Bad Cop leaves" part.
Hyperlink Story: The three separate jobs in episode 1, turned out to be all related.
Every episode is like this. Throw-away gags, random background characters and the like will probably converge in the case solution at the end.
Hypocrite: Played for Laughs in Episode 5. A woman hires Nice and Murasaki to track down her boyfriend, whom she suspects to be cheating on her. She expresses her utter disgust at the idea of him "touching her with the same hands he touches other women". He was part of her harem, mind you.
I Just Want to Be Special: Moral suspects that Art deep down wants a Minimum as well, having gone to Facultas Academy but never developed one. Based on how Art reacts, he might not be entirely wrong
The villains of the first two episode are this as well. Wanting Minimums so much to use Moral's drugs. The first episode villain went so to say Minimum Holders are beyond humanity.
Episode 7 manages to be even worse. The episode ends with Moral killing Art in the cruelest way possible, complete with an accoustic version of the ending theme playing in the background. Cut to the next episode's preview, with all the characters cheerfully and loudly talking about going to the beach.
Episode 8 goes back and forth between Hilarity Ensues and the aftermath of the previous episode.
Mundane Utility: So far both Nice and Birthday have used their minimum for everyday things. Which include
Nice using his super speed to get to the front of the line for a sandwich. As well as using it to catch food that Hajime dropped (after he blatantly states he would not use his minimum for something mundane).
Birthday tried to use his Minimum as well as Ratio's to pretend to be a fortune teller. Much to the latter's annoyance.
My Beloved Smother: Hamatora's client in the third episode is a mother that is focused on making sure that children are not given anything that might "hinder their development".
Horribly Deconstructed, her actions made her son feel like she thought he was a loser as he didn't have a Minimum.
Super Empowering: Moral's goal. Not that bad, if it didn't include killing off Minimum holders and using their brains to do it. With the added side effect if your body isn't suited for one, you become a Hulk like monster
Weirdness Magnet: The cases the Hamatora deals with are far from simple, or normal to begin with.
What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Some of the Minimums are kinda worthless. Episode 2 really shows some of these powers. One of Theo's bullies had the ability to speed up time. Not as cool as you would think, his power was to use a stop watch to speed up a timer. It only sped up the time by a few minutes at best each time he used the power
Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: When one of the bullies that torment Theo shows up again, he uses a time bomb to blow up a school, and is speeding it up with his Minimum. He even screams, with his power, he can use a time bomb as a grenade. Nice just quips why doesn't he just uses a grenade