Age Rating: 14 and up
Rating: 8 out of 10
Episode Count: 12
Genre: Sci-fi, Comedy, Adventure
Format: English Dubbed
Official Synopsis: "Down-on-his-luck Robby Yarge is about to go from deep trouble to deep space! After a second encounter with Hatchi Kita ends with him on the run, Robby decides to make for Isekandar, a planet that promises happiness. But when he finds Hatchi stowed away on his ship, the two will make the journey across the stars together! Can these total opposites survive a trek through space?"
It’s a road trip… in space! Wow, well that was the easiest review I’ve ever written. Let’s go solve world hunger with all that time we saved deciphering the inner workings of this series and waxing philosophical on them! Kidding, sort of. In all seriousness though, RobiHachi is probably one of the most straight forward anime I’ve ever watched. It’s not that it’s one dimensional necessarily, as its story does reveal certain facets of its characters pasts, it’s just, how can I say this without insulting a series I love for its superficial story, shallow morals, cynical world view, and snarky characters? With RobiHachi, what you see is what you get, but in the best way possible.
It’s not hiding any psychologically profound pearls of wisdom, out to impart any inspirational insights, or leave you with any life changing realizations. RobiHachi lives a streamlined life (Hit it! “Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities, forget about your worry and your strife!”), with a single all consuming goal… take the audience on the intergalactic journey of a life time.
Ordinarily a story so simple that it can be summed up in a singular succinct sentence (Dang, my assonance game is on today!) would end up getting boring after the first two episodes, but not RobiHachi. Considering we’re a few hundred years off from intergalactic tourism, I’m fairly certain that even if I had the opportunity to travel to the furthest reaches of space, my journey wouldn’t turn out even half as entertaining as Robi and Hachi’s.
Actually, upgrade that. Journeying to the icy, soul sucking vacuum we call outer space would be the opposite of a fun vacation. Forget reaching altitude, I get motion sickness just riding in the back seat of the car. Survival would be the main, not to mention, the only, activity on the roster. There’s nothing to do once you’re there, aside from slip into depression as you asses how small and insignificant you are in the grand scheme of the universe. And don’t even get me started on the food situation. I’ve eaten rations… they are not the gourmet meal plan I expect when I’m on vacation.
In comparison to the abysmal travel plan our galaxy offers to space setters, RobiHachi’s world is a boulevard of unbroken dreams. A landscape of psychedelic vistas, endless tourist traps, unforeseeable adventures, and unforgettable locals all provided RobiHachi with the road trip itinerary of the millennia. It didn’t need a whole lot of flash, or even substance for that matter, to make it a story worth watching. It had all the makings of an amazing journey right off the bat, with a complementary cast of compelling characters. Sharing everything from palpable unspoken chemistry and witty banter, to aggravated insults and bro-mantic bonding time, Robi and Hatchi’s relationship is really what gave this series legs.
Spackle whatever plot holes you may find with an array of flippantly fun side stories, throw in a love crazed debt collector hot on your tail for good measure, and finish it all off with the most abruptly enjoyable ending in the history of space—that’s RabiHatchi. This series lives by the credence that the journey is in fact the destination. Is it simple? Heck yeah! Simply entertaining as all get out.