Do you know an anime that takes place in Brazil? Would you like to see anime references in Brazil? Today we’re going to talk about that and the anime Michiko and Hatchin.
Michiko and Hatchin. (ミチコとハッチン) is an anime series written by Takashi Ujita, produced by the Manglobe studio and directed by Sayo Yamamoto [...]. The story takes place in a fictional country called Diamandra, which has not only culture and landscapes quite similar to those of Brazil, but also the geographical division and the monetary unit ” (Wikipedia)
Well, as you can see in the Wikipedia text, the anime takes place in a fictional country, but it looks a lot like Brazil. If you pay attention to the anime, you will see that some things (posters, letters, etc.) are written in Portuguese, not Japanese. Another thing is also the background music, which is in Portuguese (with a Brazilian accent)!
Another thing is that people's names are also in Portuguese (eg Michiko Trickster, Hana “Hatchin” Morenos), which makes it much more like a Brazilian scenario. Remember that this anime is directed by the same director of Cowboy Bebop.
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The anime's story begins when inmate Michiko Malandro escapes from prison. After that, we can follow the story of Hatchin Morenos. Hatchin (or Hana) lived as an adopted daughter, where she experienced domestic violence both from the adoptive parents (Father Pedro and his wife, Joana) and from the brothers (Gabriel and Maria). They are part of the “Blenbauza Yamada” family. One day, Hatchin rebels against the brothers and then Michiko comes to rescue Hatchin. The two come with a snake tattoo, so they start to trust each other. Now, the two go in search of Hatchin's father, Hiroshi Morenos.
References to Brazil in Anime
This is one of the only anime that takes place in Brazil, but there are some mentions in several animes, as in Golden Time we found girls dancing samba and wearing carnival costumes. Some sports anime like Capitan Tsubasa makes references to Brazil.
The character Aldebaran of Taurus of Knights of the Zodiac it is also a great reference to Brazil. Already the anime Hayate no Gotoku he made several references to Brazil, mentioning a train line that connects Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo, coffee farms and the Amazon rainforest. Unfortunately Brazil is only remembered in anime and manga when it comes to football, the Amazon rainforest, samba and violence.
Pokemon also makes a great reference to Brazil, where Mewtwo was created from a creature found in Amazon rainforest. In Rozen Maiden there is a poster of Ayrton Senna in the main character's room. In Gundam 00 a powerful Mobile Suit was developed in Brazil, do you believe that? In Cowboy Bebop we have reference to a poet and music myth Tom Jobim, in addition to Brazilian names like Antônio and Carlos.
There must probably be other references that went unnoticed, do you remember any? Comment here!