Gatchaman Crowds is rather unorthodox. It’s a “sequel” of sorts from a power rangers type show from the 70’s from what I gather (I haven’t seen it). But instead of being your standard superhero show, Gatchaman Crowds focuses on the power of social media, the “Crowds,” and the differences between the power of the individual hero and the power of the crowds. It raises some interesting questions that I’ve never seen other series explore, and for all its sparkle and goofiness, takes a rather pessimistic stance on human nature.
What I love most about the show is its style. It’s bright, cheerful and goofy. This is largely due to Hajime’s character. For those who haven’t seen the show, she’s a high school girl who is ridiculously optimistic, unbound by anything, including her own inhibitions, who is thrust into the role of a Gatchaman. Many people watching Gatchaman Crowds couldn’t stand her. But I think she’s great. Possibly the best character of the past year. She is the anti-Eren.
Another big complaint I’ve heard is that the ending sucked because it left things unresolved and didn’t provide closure to everything. Of course it didn’t provide closure to everything. That’s the entire point. Use your imagination, people.
- Storytelling – A – Funky story, interesting themes.
- Voice – A – Hajime makes the show. Very unique.
- Characters – A – Hajime is awesome.
- Attention Grab – A – Marathoned the entire thing in one night. Always surprised when an episode ended.
- Production – A – Gorgeous. Unique style. Everyone has stripes in their hair.
- Overall – A-
Recommendations – Mawaru Penguindrum, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Tiger and Bunny
9 thoughts on “Gatchaman Crowds Review — A-”
The characters deserve an “A” just because of Hajime?
Well, the rest were awesome too.
Well, I was genuinely pissed off by the ending, at first. How come Berg-Katze become Hajime’s pet. Won’t he simply start another plan to ruin humanity? Won’t he travel to another planet instead?
But. Everything makes sense when some bloggers make assumption that, this whole show was a reflect to the internet. Berg Katze was just some troll. A big troll. In the end, he was ignored by the internet users after our main characters revealed his true nature. He was one step behind because he was too busy getting into a flaming war with some gay. LOL.
Haha pretty much. Totally a troll.
About the end: they released ep 13 on bds (so called ova/director’s cut of ep 12) which has ~15 minutes of additional footage, and it explains most of the things rushed tv ending has not. I highly recommend watching it if you still haven’t~
Oh, didn’t realize that. Will see if I can find it, so far haven’t had any luck.