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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 family. 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 Morenos, 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 Creator/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]] Creator/FUNimation has licensed the show alongside ''The Woman Called Fujiko Mine'' and both are available for viewing on Creator/{{Hulu}}. It was released in the U.S. in September 2013. The show also joined Creator/AdultSwim's Creator/{{Toonami}} block on June 20, 2015.
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!!Tropes:

* AbusiveParents: Or abusive foster 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. This is subverted due to Brazil having the highest concentration of Japanese people in a single country. Besides Japan, of course.
* AllJustADream: It turns out that the scene where Hatchin [[spoiler:fought back against her abusive foster siblings was this.]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: It's heavily 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 1970s, TV broadcasts with an '80s/'90s style, and every building and infrastructure looks run-down. It's a bit difficult to figure a proper time period.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: [[spoiler: At the very end of the DistantFinale, Hatchin reunites with Michiko and they begin another journey. After reuniting, the former asks "How far are we going to go this time?"]]
* AnimeAccentAbsence:
** Averted, since some characters have vaguely Latin American accents.
** A character in the third episode also has a vaguely Chinese accent.
** Dub-wise, for some reason, Michiko speaks with something of a New-Yorkish sort of accent.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: In the finale, Hana checks a country map that looks like a mix of Brazil and Mexico.
* ArtisticLicenseReligion / AnimeCatholicism: Hana's foster father, Pedro, seems to be a catholic priest and he has a wife and children. In real life, catholic priests can't marry or have children for many theological and canonical reasons.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Shinsuke]] and, to some degree, [[spoiler: Satoshi]].
* AttractiveBentGender: A young girl name Rita once referred to Hatchin as her boyfriend, and almost kissed Hatchin, when the latter was wearing more masculine clothing.
* BabiesEverAfter: During the DistantFinale, [[spoiler: it is revealed that Hatchin got knocked up by a man who ditched her after three months]]. She seems happy with [[spoiler: her son]] though.
* BadassAdorable: Hana is a cute young girl but she has her moments. For example, she knocked two adults unconscious by kicking the fat Michiko lady on her face.
* BadassAndChildDuo: A rare female version.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: In the bullfight episode.
* BarefootPoverty: Hatchin briefly does a self-imposed version of this in "Like a Frantic Pinball," when she refuses to wear a pair of stolen shoes until she can properly pay for them.
* BareYourMidriff: Michiko likes to show off her tattoo this way.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted, since Michiko gets beaten up quite often.
* BerserkButton: Don't call Atsuko "Jambo" if you don't want to get hurt.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: 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.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Hana is androgynous enough to look like a boy.
* BikerBabe: Michiko is this with a scooter.
* BilingualBonus:
** Malandro means "scoundrel" in Portuguese.
** Moreno's means "blacks" or "dark-haired ones" in Spanish.
* {{Bishounen}}: Hiroshi.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The series ends with Hiroshi running off with another woman, and Hatchin's husband abandoning her, leaving her to raise her infant son alone. However, Hatchin doesn't seem too bothered about it. At least at the end, Michiko is either released from prison or escapes again, and reunites with Hatchin.]]
* 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.
* CircusEpisode: There is a two-parter episode where a circus girl [[SweetOnPollyOliver mistakes Hatchin for a boy and falls for her]]. Even after Hatchin reveals her gender, they become friends and she stays with Rita. In the second episode, it turns out the circus was really smuggling children and selling them as slaves. Luckily Michiko comes along and [[BigDamnHeroes saves Hatchin]]. Afterwards, Rita and Hatchin part ways.
* 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: Diamandra is an ''incredibly'' unforgivable country. Most people tend to live in squalor or rely on crime and violence to make ends meet, children are hurt and taken advantage of like it's normal, and the average citizen tends to be a Jerkass, or much, much worse. Sometimes it feels like Michiko and Hatchin's journey is more of a 22 episode lesson in HumansAreBastards.
* DaddyDidntShow:
** Michiko and Hatchin spends the entire series looking for Hiroshi. After they [[spoiler:finally find him, he claims that he wants to be a part of Hatchin's life. It's revealed that sometime after Hiroshi and Hatchin left together, he ran off with another woman.]]
** The father of [[spoiler:Hatchin's baby]] abandoned them after three months.
* 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.
* DidYouThinkICantFeel: Hatchin does this to Maria when she finally snaps at her.
* DistantFinale: Episode 22 takes place during this time period.
* 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: The only reason Hatchin's foster parents took her in. Getting a free slave was just a side benefit.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Hatchin's adoptive family is a quartet of bespectacled bastards.
* 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 son.]]
* GratuitousEnglish
* GroinAttack: Used rather liberally by Michiko whenever male law officials are taking her on (i.e. pretty much every officer in the show who's not Atsuko). Though to be fair, she only tends to use it as a [[CombatPragmatist pragmatic defense tactic]] ([[TruthInTelevision which it is]]), rather than just to be malicious.
* HeterosexualLifePartners:
** {{Implied}} to have been the relationship between Michiko and Atsuko.
** In a mother-daughter sense, Michiko and Hatchin gradually, but surely become this.
* {{Honorifics}}: Which are apparently very important in Latin America.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Pepe Lima is actually a stripper with a heart of gold.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Despite several clues that [[spoiler: Hiroshi is not the thoughtful and good person she thinks he is, Michiko still believes he's still in love with her]]. Most of the other characters see right through him. Satoshi is also guilty of this concerning [[spoiler:Hiroshi.]] Even Hatchin, [[spoiler:who's never met Hiroshi up to that point, is able to get his personality better than his former best friend]].
* 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 daughter. 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.
* MeaningfulName: A common translation for Michiko's name is "child of the road." She and Hatchin spend the series on the run.
* MementoMacGuffin: Hatchin's tattoo on her stomach, which is similar to Michiko's.
* MsFanservice: Michiko, she often wears clothes that show off a lot of her skin and not to mention the many moments of her shirtless.
* 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.]]
** Hatchin's [[spoiler:baby son.]] Futhermore, the identity of [[spoiler:the father isn't revealed.]]
* NoseBleed:
** Michiko gets one when she feels that she is close to Hiroshi.
** 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 foster parents idolize their own kids and mistreat her. A ''lot''.
* ParentalSubstitute: Michiko becomes a mother/CoolAunt figure for Hatchin. [[spoiler:Even after being reunited with her birth father, Hatchin prefers to be with Michiko.]]
* 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: This is subverted when it's revealed that 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 ''Anime/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.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Sits firmly on [[HumansAreBastards one end]] and seems reluctant to budge. The setting is so unpleasant, it can be hard to watch.
* SmokingIsCool: There is plenty of smoking featured in the series.
* SoftWater: Michiko [[spoiler:safely lands in the sea after falling out a hot air balloon. This is after she has been tranquilized twice.]]
* SouthOfTheBorder: The overall vibe of the series.
* SpicyLatina: Michiko.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The show has become Toonami's successor to ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. It's also acting as this to ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', now that said show's [[Anime/SpaceDandy other successor]] has stopped airing.
* 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: Michiko does this to Hatchin several times in the series.
* 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 [[Manga/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: Little kids casually owning guns and using said guns is commonplace.
* TryNotToDie: Used almost ad verbatim.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Most of Michiko's and Hatchin's wear is likely stolen. Atsuko also comes in several outfits.
* TheUnReveal: The significance of Michiko and Hatchin's [[spoiler:tattoos]] isn't revealed.
* 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:Jair, the old man in episode 14 who attempted to assassinate Michiko. He is never mentioned again even though he last seen taking Michiko to her destination after calling for a truce.]]
** [[spoiler: Hiroshi, who doesn't seem so important in the end, although he was the main plot point 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. After they leave together, Hatchin reveals that at some point, he ran off with another woman.[[note]]This is TruthInTelevision as some deadbeat dads act exactly like Hiroshi.[[/note]]]]
** Just who is [[spoiler: Hatchin's mother]]?
* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[spoiler:Bebel]] in episode 17.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: Michiko.
* WickedStepmother: Hatchin's foster mother.
* 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]].
** It's also ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'' meets ''Film/ThelmaAndLouise''.
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