Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

Title:Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens
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Notables: Animation - Satelight
KAJI Yuuki
ONO Daisuke
Rumor has it that in the Hakata district of Fukuoka, nearly one of every thirty people is a hitman. You can get anyone you want killed, provided you have the money. Hitmen operate at every level, including via thinly veiled corporations like 'Red Rum'. There's even supposed to be a 'hitmen hitman', who specializes in assassinating other hitmen.

12 episodes
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3484#628]
(Two episodes watched):

Well, this show initially struck me as sort of interesting, but there are so many different factions (and the character designs are relatively simple, so it's hard to keep track of them all) that I feared I did not understand where things stood well enough. It's almost like there are no good guys, since almost everyone is a hitman; or maybe there are no bad guys, for the same reason. There is one non-hitman, the detective; and I was curious what sort of deal the cross-dressing hitman was about to propose to him at the very end of the episode. But this show didn't exactly thrill me, so episode two would need to be a lot of fun in order to recruit me as a viewer. Episode two gave me the impression that this was an OK but by no means outstanding show. The villains are generic scumbags, and it's hard to draw who's right and who's wrong conclusions from squabbles among professional assassins. What, again, are the two protagonists fighting for? It looks like a matter of revenge after an acquaintance of the cross-dresser guy is murdered. But I didn't see why the detective would want to have anything to do with such a grudge--for one thing, he had never heard of this person before. The show has a discordant mix of sadistic crimes successfully carried out and attempted murders for which the villains get little more than a slap on the wrist--presumably to demonstrate how much better the good guys are than the bad ones, since they are relatively merciful. But it felt confusing. It seemed like a lot of brainpower would have to be invested in this show in order to keep track of who's who and how things stand between the many factions, and the signs were that the rewards might not be worth it.

Last updated Thursday, April 05 2018. Created Friday, January 19 2018.

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