Michiko & Hatchin is a Japanese animated series produced by studio Manglobe and directed by Sayo Yamamoto, a storyboarder and episode director on Samurai Champloo, Ergo Proxy, and Eureka Seven. The story takes place in a fictional country with cultural traces from South American countries, mostly Brazil. The music is composed by the Brazilian musician Alexandre Kassin and produced by Shinichirō Watanabe.
Michiko is a stunning escaped convict with lethal looks and a deadly disrespect for the lawmen trying to hunt her down. Hatchin is a hapless orphan pushed to the breaking point by the sadistic spawn of her fiendish foster parents. On their own, these ladies are nothing more than a Yin searching for its Yang, but when fate – in the form of a mysterious man from their past – brings them together, the world better watch out! With the future dead ahead and the police hot on their heels, Michiko and Hatchin burn rubber through exotic locales where danger lurks around every corner. It’s two against the world in this sun-soaked, Latin-tinged tale of partners in crime who won’t stop running till they chase down a dream.
Michiko Malandro — An independent woman who has just recently escaped one of the most heavily guarded prisons in existence for at least the fourth time. Michiko rescues Hana from her abusive foster parents and claims to know her father, who, according to her, was a good man and "made her fall in love with him right away". Both she and Hana embark on a journey to find him while on the run from the law, as well. They become a bickering pair, but soon come to realize how much they truly need each other.
Hana "Hatchin" Morenos — A young girl who previously lived with abusive foster parents. She was the victim of abuse both by the adults and their two other children, living in an abusive household until Michiko came to her rescue. She is hesitant to trust the woman, but they share the same tattoo on their stomachs. Unlike Michiko, Hana is much more levelheaded and serious, often functioning as the voice of reason of the two. Despite Michiko often putting her in danger due to her destructive habits and her sometimes irrational plans, Hana grows to care deeply for her. After finding Hiroshi, Hana leaves with him to start a new life while Michiko resigns herself to prison, promising Hana that they will be together again someday. Hiroshi once again leaves Hana shortly after their reunion to pursue another woman, leaving Hana to fend for herself. In the series' epilogue, Hana is now a young woman with an infant son, living a relatively happy life. She has been sent various packages from an unknown source, eventually realizing that it was Michiko sending them to her. She traces the source of the packages' routes, discovering that Michiko will be arriving outside her hometown soon. The two embrace, ending the series.
Hiroshi Morenos — Hana's father, and Michiko's love from the past. Despite being officially considered dead, Michiko believes that he is alive, and rescues Hatchin in order to find clues about his whereabouts. He shares same tattoo as both Michiko and Hatchin, except on his left shoulder. Hana finally finds him at the end of the series, and Michiko asks that he take care of Hana while she is in prison, assuring him that Hana will bring him happiness. He and Hana depart via airplane for another region of the country to begin their lives anew. However, Hana reveals in the epilogue that he eventually found another woman and ran off on her.
Atsuko Jackson — She lived in the same orphanage as Michiko, and seems to have a score to settle with her. She is now a cop and was responsible for Michiko's arrest 12 years before the main plot. Michiko likes to call her "Jambo" (a Portuguese word for both some syzygium fruit and to refer to a dark or brown-skinned person), in order to get her angry. She seems to have mixed feelings for Michiko and is sometimes seen helping her out of a bad situation. At the end of the series, she works out a deal with Michiko; let Hana and Hiroshi leave peacefully to start a new life and she will allow Atsuko to take her into custody herself, thus restoring her police career. She agrees to this and is last seen escorting Michiko to prison.
Satoshi Batista — An old friend of Hiroshi's, who assumed control of the crime syndicate "Monstro Preto" ("Black Monster"), while Michiko was behind bars. He and Hiroshi have been friends since they were children, and Hiroshi once saved his life from the original leaders of Monstro once it was discovered that Satoshi plotted to take control of the gang. Throughout the series, he is shown to be harsh, brutal and vicious, rarely showing mercy to those that have interfered with his plans. He hates Michiko, feeling that she is part of the reason that Hiroshi left and "betrayed" his friendship; much like her, he too is determined to track down Hiroshi. Near the end of the series, he is cornered by a street gang that he was shaking down for information on Hiroshi. Once they had severely wounded him, the gang members killed him at close range.
Shinsuke Saci Rodriguez — One of Satoshi's henchmen with a vicious and sadistic temper. Prior to the events of the series, he and Satoshi were close friends. He attempts to take control of Monstro by having Satoshi killed, but his betrayal is discovered leading to conflict between the two for the remainder of the series. After a violent showdown in which Satoshi kills most of Shinsuke's men, Satoshi kills him by drowning him in a bucket of water.
|Character||English Voice Actor||Japanese Voice Actor|
|Michiko Malandro||Monica Rial||Yōko Maki|
|Hana "Hatchin" Morenos||Jād Saxton||Suzuka Ohgo|
|Hiroshi Morenos||Christopher Bevins||Kanji Tsuda|
|Atsuko Jackson||Sametria Ewunes||Maki Sakai|
|Satoshi Batista||Akron Watson||Masaki Miura|
|Shinsuke Saci Rodriguez||Scott Freeman||Jun Murakami|
|Ricardo Solo||Brandon Potter||Ken Mitsuishi|
|Antonio||Aaron Dismuke||Shun Miyazato|
|Lúcio Damão||Aaron Roberts||Keiji Fujiwara|
|Bebel Feng-Yi||Alexis Tipton||Minami Tamura|
|Gabriel Belenbauza Yamada||Alison Viktorin||Shouma Yashiro|
|Anastácia||Anastasia Munoz||Gara Takashima|
|Young Satoshi Batista||Anastasia Munoz||Masahiro Jingu|
|Andréa Vale||Anthony Bowling||Teruyuki Furukawa|
|Ivan Hime||Antimere Robinson||Takashi Yamanaka|
|Romeu Manabe||Apphia Yu||Yūtarō Honjō|
|João Marni||Ari Ross||Umeji Sasaki|
|Masão||Austin Tindle||Yūto Uemura|
|Ben||Ben Phillips||Katsuhiko Kawamoto|
|Davi Nativa||Bob Carter||Gambino Kobayashi|
|Mister||Bradley Campbell||Hiroshi Naka|
|Rita Ozzetti||Brina Palencia||Sayaka Yoshino|
|Lulu Lima||Brittney Karbowski||Megumi Yamaguchi|
|Wen||Bryan Massey||Takeshi Watabe|
|Pepe Lima||Caitlin Glass||Shie Kohinata|
|Pogo||Charlie Campbell||Hiroomi Sugino|
|Tito Ducha||Charlie Campbell||Daichi Endō|
|Nuno||Chris Cason||Yō Kitazawa|
|Edward Ho||Christopher Smith||Yōsuke Akimoto|
|Bruno||Chuck Huber||Yukiya Kitamura|
|Elis||Clarine Harp||Yurika Hino|
|Cinara||Colleen Clinkenbeard||Kaori Yamagata|
|Juninho||Corey Cleary-Stoner||Kazuya Nakai|
|Gonzales||Cris George||Shun Miyazato|
|TV Newsman||Cris George||Takahiro Kawachi|
|Joana Belenbauza Yamada||Cynthia Cranz||Eri Fuse|
|Feliciano||Eric Vale||Jūrōta Kosugi|
|Rocco Borges||Greg Silva||Toru Kusano|
|Marisa||Haley Esposito||Mayu Iino|
|Daniela Carneiro, Jr.||Ian Sinclair||Kōichi Yamadera|
|Gino Costa||J. Michael Tatum||Masami Iwasaki|
|Young Hiroshi Morenos||Jād Saxton||Kaito Arai|
|Sasha||Jamie Marchi||Risa Shimizu|
|Yuri||Jeff Johnson||Eiji Mayashita|
|Lam Yin||Jeremy Inman||Reiji Nakagawa|
|Vasily Nabokov||Jerry Jewell||Tomekichi Himuka|
|Jair||Jerry Russell||Motomu Kiyokawa|
|Akasha||Jessica Cavanagh||Rica Fukami|
|Liliana||Jessica Cavanagh||Mariko Akashi|
|Marco||Jim Johnson||Nobuyuki Kobushi|
|Miguel||Joel McDonald||Yukitoshi Tokumoto|
|Nei Feng-Yi||John Burgmeier||Hideyuki Tanaka|
|Madam Michiko||Josh Grelle||Kujira|
|Rico||Justin Cook||Tetsushi Tanaka|
|José||Kenny Green||Takashi Nagasako|
|Deus||Kent Williams||Yoshiyuki Kaneko|
|Pidan||Kyle Phillips||Hiroshi Shimozaki|
|Joaquim Sanchez||Lara Woodhull||Shugo Ando|
|Zélia Bastos||Laurie Steele||Taiko Shinbashi|
|Maria Belenbauza Yamada||Leah Clark||Megumi Ikeda|
|Fortune Teller||Linda Young||Ikuko Tani|
|Vanessa Lee||Lindsay Seidel||Yuriko Yoshitaka|
|Interviewer||Lydia Mackay||Junko Shimeno|
|Renê Manabe||Lydia Mackay||Yuriko Yamaguchi|
|Gérson||Maeghan Albach||Kotaro Ohori|
|Natália Peres||Maeghan Albach||Airi Sakuno|
|Toni Kaká||Mark Orvik||Tsuyoshi Koyama|
|Blackie||Maxey Whitehead||Takuya Kaihoko|
|Jin||Mike McFarland||Teruaki Ogawa|
|Julio||Patric Carroll||Shinichiro Miki|
|Father Pedro Belenbauza Yamada||Philip Weber||Takeshi Wakamatsu|
|Seiji Manabe||R Bruce Elliott||Fumihiko Tachiki|
|Police Captain||Richard Epcar||Jin Urayama|
|Kiril Čapek||Robert McCollum||Kendo Kobayashi|
|Zoe Vasconcelos||Sarah Sullivan||Masako Katsuki|
|Lenine||Sean Michael Teague||Kenshō Ono|
|Amado||Sonny Strait||Ryūsuke Ōbayashi|
|Peixe||Tyson Rinehart||Masanori Takeda|
|Inn Auntie||Wendy Powell||Atsuko Mine|
|Chas||Z. Charles Bolton||Ryo Nakaizawa|
|Color||Season||Episodes||Toonami Season Premiere||Toonami Season Finale|
|1||22||June 20, 2015||December 12, 2015|
The entire series has been released on Blu Ray and DVD in North America by Funimation.
The series premiered in Japan on Fuji TV from October 15, 2008 to March 18, 2009. The series has been licensed by Funimation in North America and made its North American television debut, with subtitles, on November 22, 2013 on the Funimation Channel. The series' English dub premiered on Adult Swim's Toonami block from June 20, 2015 to December 12, 2015.
- Japan (Fuji TV) — October 15, 2008 - March 18, 2009
- Italy (MTV) — February 10, 2009 - 2009
- United States (Funimation Channel) — November 22, 2013 - 2015
- United States (Adult Swim) — June 20, 2015 - December 12, 2015
Toonami Broadcast History
The series' English dub premiered on Adult Swim's Toonami block on June 20, 2015, replacing InuYasha: The Final Act in the 1:00 AM time slot. On October 3, 2015 Michiko & Hatchin was moved to the 1:30 AM time slot. The series ended its run on Toonami on December 12, 2015 and, after the annual holiday marathons, it was replaced in the lineup by Samurai Champloo.
- Toonami (United States) — June 20, 2015 - December 12, 2015
Michiko & Hatchin only had one marathon appearance during its run on Toonami, the Michiko & Hatchin Marathon.
- "MICHIKO & HATCHIN JOIN TOONAMI-SCHEDULE CHANGE 06.20 ". toonami.tumblr.com. June 9, 2015. http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/121120840405/michiko-hatchin-join-toonami-schedule-change. Retrieved on June 9, 2015.
- "Michiko to Hatchin Promotional Movie Streamed ". animenewsnetwork.com. September 19, 2008. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-09-19/michiko-to-hatchin-promotional-movie-streamed. Retrieved on June 5, 2017.
- "Funimation Adds Blood-C Film, more Ikki Tousen, Michiko & Hatchin ". animenewsnetwork.com. June 30, 2012. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-06-30/funimation-adds-blood-c-film-more-ikki-tousen-michiko-to-hatchin. Retrieved on May 31, 2015.
- Camerino, Francesca (January 26, 2009). "Michiko e Hatchin: l'anime arriva su Mtv ". tvblog.it. http://www.tvblog.it/post/12336/michiko-e-hatchin-arriva-su-mtv. Retrieved on June 5, 2017.
- "DragonCon 2015 Announcements ". toonami.tumblr.com. September 5, 2015. http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/128435383738/if-you-missed-the-toonami-panel-at-dragon-con. Retrieved on October 30, 2015.
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