|Hana "Hatchin" Morenos|
9 (episode 1-7)
Became a single mother and reunited with Michiko after being separated from her for seven years
Suzuka Ohgo (Japanese)
Hana Morenos, also known as Hatchin, is the daughter of Hiroshi Morenos and an unknown woman.
After Hana's biological mother died while she was still a baby, Hana was taken in by abusive foster parents who constantly degraded and exploited her until Michiko came to her rescue. Hana was hesitant to trust her at first, but they slowly form a deep bond and they end up becoming an unofficial family. She shares the same crossed feathers tattoo as Hiroshi and Michiko on her stomach.
Two years after Hiroshi disappeared (faked his own death), he got involved with an unknown woman which resulted in Hana's birth on April 11th. She got her crossed feathers tattoo done shortly after birth although it is unknown who tattooed her or the reason for it. Hana's mother passed away while Hana was still an infant and she was taken in by the Belenbauza-Yamada family who, despite raising her almost since birth, never accepted her as part of their family.
Hana's foster family were abusive, obnoxious people who only wanted Hana so that they could collect child support money. The family treated Hana as their slave and severly punished her over the smallest mistakes while they spoiled their biological children Maria and Gabriel. Hana suffered heavy emotional and physical torture through the years from her foster siblings, Gabriel Belenbauza Yamada and Maria Belenbauza Yamada, who subjugated her as a lesser being for not being a real member of the family and often forced her to do their own chores such as taking care of their pet cat Blanco, although the entire family always put up a façade as perfect and kind individuals in front of child services and neighbors as well as placing a single photo of Hana with her foster siblings in the living room so that visitors could believe Hana was truly considered part of the family. Hana's foster parents could often scare her into behaving by telling her about the horrible things children who don't have families endure and that she should be grateful for what she had as well as bribing her with hand-me-downs from Maria such as old magazines.
After Michiko escapes the prison, she travels to the town Hana lives in, robs a bank, and disguises herself so the police don't recognize her. She then tries to track down where exactly she is in the town. The day before she goes for Hana, she calls the family and warns them to have her ready for pickup by her mother. Knowing that Hana's mother was dead, Pedro suspects that it is someone who found out about his habit of raising children and collecting child support money, so he plans on stopping the abduction by murdering her with his shotgun. The next day he has his shotgun ready as the family eats breakfast. Hana is given only what looks like milk, while the rest have a wider range of food. She quietly drinks it and then notices the gun in the back. She is then very suspicious. Pedro then tells Joanna to hide Hana while he loads the shotgun.
At that moment, Michiko comes through the window on her bike, shattering the glass (It is uncertain if she bought the bike, but it is likely she stole it). She crashes on the table as the family is in shock. Pedro fires from the living room, but misses each time. Michiko notices Hana after Maria and asks her if she is Hana. She stays quiet, but as Hatchin looks at the woman, she notices the tattoo. Michiko asks Hana if she wants to stay here and they end up leaving with police cars chasing them.
Hatchin was a nickname given to Hana after she stated she didn't like people calling her "Hana". Moments later as Hana is walking away after Michiko asked Hana to show her stomach to see the tattoo she was certain they both had, Michiko started calling out to her saying "Hey! Ha...chin!." Hana questions the "Chin" part but the nickname stayed. The meaning behind the name could be that Michiko tried to disguise calling out the name "Hana" by sneezing, or even the addition of the suffix "-chin", a more cutesy form of the suffix "-chan", generally used for little kids.
Quest to find Hiroshi
During their travels Hana (along with Michiko) meet various people, and by using clues to Hiroshi's whereabouts. Though the duo are not alone, as they even encountering the likes of Satoshi Batista (Hiroshi's childhood friend), and have become entangled in other's dilemma.
In the end Hana had spotted her father Hiroshi in episode 21, (though there was no dialogue between the two until episode 22). Unlike Michiko who embraces him, little Hana had no desire to have anything to do with him. Despite her protest to Michiko that she doesn't need someone like him in her life, she still leaves with him on a small plane, while tearfully looking at Michiko riding off (demanding the pilot to land the plane). Sometime later Hana watches Michiko escorted to jail on TV, while still living with Hiroshi gives her a pass to cross the border, promising to make up for lost time, though he ends up leaving (chasing after some woman, before long). Hana remains unaffected by this, stating that her feelings were never there in the first place.
It's unknown where Hana lived in-between Hiroshi's second absence and her adolescence.
In her late teens, Hana works an 11-hour shift in the kitchen at an eatery, and eventually meets someone. The two have a relationship that lasts 3 months before it was over. Hana ends up having a child as a result of this relationship. She nevertheless is a happy single mother, who spends her off days playing with her son (who she claims to take after "someone she knows"). She receives lots of letters and gifts of showy lingerie (presumably from Michiko) and Hana eventually realizes the gifts are from Michiko and is able to figure out her location through the addresses in the packages and a map. Hana travels to the spot. She eventually gets to a location in the middle of nowhere and spots a vehicle coming her way. It turns out to be Michiko. Hana asks "how far will we go this time?" and the two share a hug.
Hana is stubborn, fussy, pessimistic, and far too mature for a girl her age. At first she was very submissive and shy but after living with Michiko she becomes tougher and brave. She is also a tomboy in both the way she dresses and her mannerisms.
Hana is a petite girl with puffy blonde hair, dark gray eyes and very pale skin. For the first two episodes she has long hair tied in ribbons but until she cuts her pigtails off to look tougher. When she lived with her foster family she wore a light blue overall dress with a light blue short sleeved shirt underneath, brown boots and a cross around her neck but after escaping with Michiko she ditched her girly clothes and became a tomboy. This and her short hair often made people mistake her for a boy. She is nine years old by the start of the series but turns ten in episode 7.
In the epilogue, Hatchin is seventeen, has even shorter hair and wears both feminine and boyish clothes along with a couple of rings and a seashell necklace in one scene. She also has a very thin body.
Hiroshi Morenos is Hana's biological father. Upon running away from her foster family the first time, Hana had an image of him coming out of a truck to pick her up and apologizing for making her wait so long (though she dismissed it as a simple fantasy). Hana initially desired to meet him but later became rather cold towards him after finding out he didn't care about anything other than himself simply from clues about him, though she still left with him under Michiko's orders. Even after their brief time living together and Hiroshi's resolve to make up for lost time, he ends up chasing after another woman and abandoning her before long. However, Hana remained unaffected by this, stating that her feelings were never really there in the first place.
At some point in her late teens, Hana had a son who she is raising as a happy single mother. Hana loves her son very much although she admitted that he was wild and a handful and that the child takes after "someone she knows" (possibly Michiko).
Hana's relationship with Michiko was rather complicated at first, mostly because of their clashing personalities yet over time the two drew closer to one another in their adventures (Michiko dubs her with the name "Hatchin", for the latter's contempt for her original name) and eventually formed a mother-daughter bond. When Michiko left Hana in Hiroshi's custody and declared that she would return to jail to serve out the rest of her sentence at the end of their journey, Hana was deeply saddened that they had to part ways. Years later, after receiving various gifts of lingerie for weeks, a determined Hana used a gigantic map to pinpoint and travel to the location where Michiko would show up. The two could ultimately reunite while embracing one another.
When traveling alone Hana meets a circus girl named Rita who develops a crush on Hana (believing her to be a boy). When Rita realizes Hana is a girl the two became close friends and Rita confided on her that she was trying her best to look like a grown up so that her older male partner, Gino Costa, could love her back but her attempts were fruitless and Hana helped Rita overcome the fact that he was going to leave the circus to be with his pregnant girlfriend and that she should just enjoy her free life and wait for her true love to arrive. When Hana decided she wanted Michiko out of her life she asked Rita if she could join her in the circus, to which she apparently agreed.
Hana lived with Rita a total of twelve days until the Ringmaster Nuno and Michiko Menezes tried to sell her and other children as they had no circus talent until Michiko (Malandro) arrived to rescue her. Once Hana and Michiko washed up in the beach Rita quickly ran up to Hana and expressed relief that she was alright before saying goodbye to her since the circus was closed and she had to leave with the police but reassured Hana that they could see each other again.
It is unknown if Hana and Rita ever saw each other again.
Her relationship with the family can be best summed up as a Cinderella-lifestyle. She was constantly degraded by her adopted siblings, though she did eventually stand up to them, by throwing Gabriel off her back when Maria tries to steam-press her face with an iron, and by beating up Maria after all she was put through. Her foster parents weren't any better, as they only used her for childcare benefits, the father subtly manipulates her into believing that she was fortunate enough to live with his family and that he has saved her from a possible worse fate.
Michiko asked if she would go back to them if they didn't find Hiroshi in time, Hana flat out refused. In the epilogue she never sees or mentions them.
All in all, it was this reason that Hana dreams of someone rescuing her from the abuse.
Satoshi was a childhood friend of her biological father Hiroshi who, like Michiko and Hatchin, tried to find Hiroshi. Satoshi was very rough and impatient with Hana to the point of kicking her when she irritated him while Hana often tried to avoid his presence (if given the chance) and doesn't approve of his actions. Satoshi later died protecting Hana from another criminal.
"From the other side of the road, someone will come and pick me up...there is no chance of that happening"
"Please don't hit me out of desperation!"
"That man brimming with hope, and a strong desire for a family, ended up up running off with another woman before long. Was i hurt, no..i don't think my feelings were ever there in the first place."
"How far shall we go this time.... Michiko?"
"Today is the first day of the new me. I'm psyched and ready to go!"
- Hatchin was born on April, 11 making her zodiac an Aries.
- Hatchin and Pepe Lima were the only characters whose birthdays took place during the series and both died or almost died on the day or the day after (Pepe was shot to death the day after her birthday and Hatchin nearly drowned in an attempt recover her stuff from the River Boys)
- Hana's last name is "Morenos". In Spanish, the word "Moreno" is used to describe someone with a darker skin color without being considered black, or a mixed person who is part black. Adding the "S" at the end makes it plural. Moreno is also a somewhat common last name in many Latin American countries, especially in the Caribbean.
- After Hatchin cuts her hair short she looks almost exactly like her father when he was a child.