Written by Zamboni
Hand Shakers opens with a fast paced cosmic like battle sequence that is filled with explosions, bright flashes, and of course more cosmic confusion. Between the smoke and rubble you see a boy running tightly holding the hand of a helpless mystical looking girl guiding her through the maelstrom outbreak. In his other hand is some form of a mechanized like sword that is both impressive but also a perplexing choice of weaponry. Eventually you hear a soft, timid voice of a character that seems just as confused about what is transpiring as the viewers of this first episode. As the intro scene closes out, the resilient but bewildered boy asks the question that is on everyone’s mind since landing eyes on the title of this idiosyncratic anime. What is a Hand Shaker?
Hand Shakers follows the story of a Mechanical, Mr. Fix It, young genius named Tazuna. Tazuna’s character comes off as a quiet and untroubled personality that only finds solace in fixing what is considered by many to be the unfixable. The initial scene after the intro illustrates this perfectly as Tazuna is seen adrift in his own tranquil world fixing one his fellow student’s radio player. There is also another scene that solidifies Tazuna’s talents as he is seen working away under the hood of an automobile.
The Anime does have a slower start until you are introduced to the characters of Makihara and Koyori. Makihara at first glance adds a bit of excitement and upbeat nature to the show that seems missing since the intro. His eccentric and loud personality is clearly a jolt that this first episode sorely needed. Koyori pretty much plays a rudimental role next to Tazuna in this episode as the joining of the two hands is her main role as we know so far. Antagonists Break and Bind’s masochistic relationship and unrelenting chains give us a taste of what the battle sequences may look like for this anime. All in all this comes off as an anime that you would have to lug through initial episodes to get in to. It has my attention now… but the question is for how long?