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Anime Feature: Hakata Tonkatsu Ramens

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During the holiday break, I decided to drown myself in a lot of shows and movies. One of them was Hakata Tonkatsu Ramens.

This anime had been on my plan to watch list ever since I watched its first episode a few years ago when it aired.

And, in fairness, this anime didn’t disappoint.

Although the city of Fukuoka might look relatively peaceful at first glance, in actuality it houses a thriving mixture of dangerous individuals such as killers, detectives, and professional revenge seekers right beneath its surface. Among their number is Zenji Banba, a laidback and observant detective who is investigating the work of other hitmen companies in the area. However, Banba might not be the only one with a bone to pick with these organizations, as Xianming Lin, a crossdressing male hitman in the employ of one such company begins getting fed up with his lack of jobs and pay.

One day, after Lin’s current target commits suicide before the hitman could reach him, his company refuses to pay him even half the amount they were originally supposed to for the assassination. Frustrated, Lin requests another mission and is offered the job of taking out Banba, whom his organization believes has been interfering with their business. However, when Banba arrives at his home and finds the hitman inside, Lin surprisingly doesn’t even attempt to kill him. Instead, he offers the detective another option: to join him and form a team. With the offer on the table, exactly how will Banba respond, and just what plans does Lin have in store for the underground world of Fukuoka? (MAL)

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Watching Hakata Tonkatsu Ramens was one hell of a ride. From its premise to its likable characters to the violence, it was everything I didn’t know I needed.

I miss watching this kind of anime, definitely my cup of tea.

To help you guys get an idea of what Hakata Tonkatsu Ramens is, the anime reminds me of the popular Baccano, the hardcore Black Lagoon, the underrated Jormungand, and the wasted gem Gangsta. This is just my opinion, but I think this anime was able to pick the good points of all of the animes I mentioned and create this one.

However, I am not saying this anime is a masterpiece. It still lacked a lot of stuff, but so far, the series was solidly written.

For the premise, the anime was set in the Fukuoka prefect, where most of the hitmen and killers were residing. The series follows the everyday life of a hitman, and how crazy their life is. I dunno if this kind of lifestyle has a hint of reality, but damn, I would admit their life is quite a rollercoaster if they really exist.

I mean, bruh, organizations of killers and hitmen? Damn.

The story mainly follows 2 guys, Lin and Banba.

I have a love-hate relationship with Lin. I really really like him as a character and his development all throughout the series was remarkable to watch. I am not just comfortable seeing him cross-dress all the time. Yes, he is a beautiful human being and he has the right to dress up as he pleases. But I guess, I just felt uncomfortable seeing him always in a uniform and heels. I mean, the heels didn’t help him when he tried to escape. Personally, I am not comfortable wearing the stuff he wears, and for him to wear it all the time, uuuggghhhh, so uncomfortable.

Don’t mind me.

For Banba, oh man, Best boy. He is so chill and amazing. I think the only flaw I could see from him is the fact that he doesn’t have a flaw. It would have been better if he wasn’t that perfect too much.

As for the other characters, all of them are so likable. Each one of them is distinct and has a unique personality, very memorable. Even some of the antagonists were also really interesting.

I think the most random thing that I really like from the anime was part of the story narrative was the inclusion of baseball. When it was first introduced, I thought it would just become a passing time thing, but nope, its inclusion turned out to be important and as a fan of the sport, I am quite happy.

I had been spitting too much positive stuff about the anime, now for the negative points.

The animation was mediocre. From its character designs to the background art, everything is bland. The animation, especially during the fight scenes was okay at best, but it wasn’t amazing. I do like how the violence was done all throughout the series.

The OST of this anime totally reminds me of Gangsta. The mood and feel are the same and I really like it.

Overall, this anime was solid. It sucks that visually, it’s not really attractive and nothing special, but the story makes up for it. I know that this was a (light) novel adaptation, watching the anime makes me want to check out the source material and know more about the happenings in Hakata.

This anime is definitely recommended to people who like violence and dry comedy. Also, if you guys are a fan of the animes I mentioned above, then this anime is for you.

This has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading.

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