Anime: Michiko to Hatchin

aka: Michiko And 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 . FUNimation has licensed the show alongside The Woman Called Fujiko Mine and both are available for viewing on Hulu. It was released in the US in September 2013. The show is also joining the Toonami block starting June 20th, 2015.

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Alternative Title(s):

Michiko And Hatchin, Michiko E Hatchin, Michiko To Hatchin