Anime: Michiko to Hatchin
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 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 South America/Brazil
pastiche where everyone has Japanese given names, they encounter gangs, are pursued by the police, and learn to appreciate each other
—just a little bit.
The show, released in 2008, was produced by studio Manglobe
; it marked Sayo Yamamoto's directing debut, which she followed with 2012's Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine
. Coincidentally or not, legendary director Shinichiro Watanabe
handled the music direction for both series.
Several episodes were done in conjunction with Studio Bonesnote
, Studio Gainaxnote
, and Xebecnote
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.