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Hamtaro Vol. 4 - A Ham Ham Christmas
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Review by Alexander Lucard
 

Obviously I’m not reviewing these in order as I wanted Volume 5 on Valentine’s Day since it was you know…a Valentine themed DVD. By now you know I love these little hamsters, their adorable adventures, the catchy music and the Hamster Dancing. Out of the five volumes I’ve watched (#6 to go and then we’re done. SAD FACE GOES HERE), this was probably my least favorite simply because the first two episodes weren’t as good to me as the usual Hamtaro fare.

First up is, “Jingle the Wanderer.” Hamtaro thinks he is going to an Amusement park when he stows away in Laura’s purse, but nope, he’s going to Laura’s father’s workplace because he left a disc at home that is very important. Ooh. Floppy disks. Remember those? Oxnard and Penelope join him after they are attacked by a crow, but then Oxnard loses his damn seed and the disk falls out of Laura purse along with the other two hamsters. Now quite lost, Hamtaro and his friends are helped out by Jingle, the scat talking Jack Kerouac of the hamster world. All four find the disc and get it back to Laura and then Jingle offically becomes a ham-ham friend. Hurrah.

“Merry Christmas” is an odd one. All the pet hamsters love Christmas but Boss and Snoozer don’t because they are field hamsters and as such Santa never visits them. This is an odd parable to being Jewish, Muslim, or some other religion at Christmas as all the other hamsters try to convert the heathen field hamsters by making him believe that Santa will come this time because they are now friends with all the pet hamsters. It’s eerily creepy, or it would be if this was made by Americans. As the Japanese pretty much believe Christianity is for penisheads and they routinely make products about Satan being the good gye or humans over throwing the Christian God for being a right prat, I can live with this episode. After all, for them Christmas is just about exchanging presents without any Jesus filled over tones.

Eventually the ham-hams manage to make an awesome Christmas for Snoozer and Boss and everyone is happy happy.

Finally we have “The Snowball Fight” which is basically “Merry Christmas” in reverse. All the pet hamsters are scared of snow and the cold, but the field or wild hamsters are used to and love it. Boss introduces his friends to snowman building, snow angels, and eventually snowball fights. The latter occurs because Stan and Boss decide to have a “Who has the bigger dick” contest in front of the ladies and force the ham-hams into choosing sides. The Snowball fight occurs, but it ends with everyone acting as a team and have a toboggan ride. Everyone’s a winner. YAY!

This is the weirdest collection by far, and none of the episodes were up to the usual level of Hamtaro awesomness. Still, it’s the last readily available volume as five and six are exceedingly rare. Thank you Viz. Thank you for being dicks.

Is It Worth Getting If you’re a Hamtaro completist.
Rating: 5/10