Michiko e Hatchin or Michiko to Hatchin is a 2008 anime series that takes place in fictionalized Brazilian/Latin American setting, and the heart of it is the relationship between Michiko Malandro and Hana Morenos, a woman and a little girl on the run together.
Michiko breaks out of prison and crashes into Hana’s abusive foster home on a moped, rescues the young girl and they set out on a mission to find Hana’s father, Hiroshi, who was Michiko’s ex-lover. On the way, they are pursued by Atsuko Jackson, a cop who has a complicated past and an even more complicated relationship/rivalry with Michiko. Hana and Michiko have to deal with scams, attempts on their lives by paid professionals, gangsters and their own clashing personalities during their journey.
Michiko e Hatchin at its core is about two women against the world, taking it on together. It’s true that Michiko states that her goal is to reunite with her lover, but let’s just say her motivation is more complex. The idea that Michiko is just bringing Hana along as a bargaining chip so she can get back with Hiroshi is bough up as a point of conflict a lot in the series, but it’s explored well -not really a spoiler to say Michiko cares about Hana in her own way.
What’s more, it’s clear from the beginning that Hana herself isn’t really as interested in seeing her Dad, and this only intensifies as the series goes on and she becomes less and less impressed with her Dad- she sticks with Michiko because she loves her and this is the first adult she’s met who actually genuinely cares about her. Hana and Michiko have a complicated and nuanced relationship- everything’s not sunshine and flowers. They fight a lot because Michiko’s reckless, tenacious nature can clash with Hana’s caution and sensitivity. Hana suffers from her previous abuse and abandonment issues, so she is especially prone to acting out when Michiko leaves her for any period, and gets incredibly jealous when Michiko has dalliances with men- meanwhile Michiko has had a hard life and therefore is not equipped to be the perfect guardian- she can be unintentionally neglectful and has a short fuse that can manifest in some bad stuff.
The Great Feminist Manga and Anime List: Michiko e Hatchin