Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Action, Assassin
First Aired: Winter 2018, 12 episodes
Summary: Fukuoka is a city that appears peaceful on the surface but is everything except that when you look to the underworld. In Hakata ward there are individuals that form groups of professional killers, detectives, informants, and professional revenge seekers. In case that’s not enough, an individual known as the “killer of professional killers” has shown up to raise hell in the city.
Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens is draws on many of its predecessors to create a unique blend of a show. The ensemble cast of characters coming from various groups and parts of the city reminds me of shows like Durarara and Baccano. It is also based on a real Japanese location like Durarara. The high volume of individuals in the series reminds me of Game of Thrones while the hitman-style underworld reminds me of John Wick. I enjoyed a lot about this series, from the story to the animation to the variety of characters. Both the opening and ending theme were wonderful as well. The opening is Stray by Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets. The ending is Dirty Bullet by TRI4TH, which reminds me of the shows previously mentioned.
You might enjoy this if: You are ready to sit down and pay full attention to a series. This isn’t one that you can pay half attention and still understand what’s happening. You will be lost. Trust me, I know from experience.
You might not like it if: You don’t want to have to worry about getting to know a whole plethora of characters.
Note to the Viewer: Despite being a series focused on hitmen and assassins, the violence in Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens is not as extreme or gratuitous as it could be.
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