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 Ling, a crossdressing male hitman in the employ of one such company begins getting fed up with his lack of jobs and pay.
The three main characters of Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens all have excellent design and shining personalities, however, only Xianming Ling got a legitimate backstory. The main protagonist and his rival were by far the most interesting of the bunch and even after the final episode we still don’t know much about them or how they came to be. Even with excellent pacing it’s hard to properly develop characters in a show that is only twelve episodes in length. Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens did nothing to help itself by wasting two of the last four episodes with side action that added absolutely nothing to the story. Had the studio used this time to further develop either Banba or Saruwatari the show could’ve earned itself at least an average score in this category. In addition to the poor character development, the MC’s rival, Saruwatari, was introduced with a clear purpose that never really went anywhere throughout the show. While he was actually one of the more entertaining characters, he left without doing anything significant and really could’ve been left out of the show all together.
Theres not much here to talk about in all honesty. Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens’ production quality is run of the mill for a shounen in 2018. The animation of the action scenes was crisp and the more lax scenes had just enough detail to please the average viewer.
It would be an understatement to say that Satelight studios’ Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens had potential. The premise behind the show and the interesting universe full of assassins are enough to carry its viewers through episode twelve despite the many issues it faces. Even with it’s problems I would be quite excited for a reboot as long as the story and characters get properly fleshed out. Everything considered, Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens is an excellent and fun idea turned mediocre show with a slew of problems. Only put it on your list if you’re an anime vet scrounging the bottom of the barrell.
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