Gatchaman Crowds – Episode 5

  • Aw, no cat.
  • Still kinda disappointed by Gelsadra becoming a dude. I guess an alien who gives people what they want would assume the form of the patriarchy though.
  • Seriously, I see nothing about who expresses their wants the loudest or in a disingenuous way. It seems to be taken at face value that people want what’s good for themselves and others.
  • Yes, vote Paiman.
  • Duh, of course people want the status quo.
  • One person can’t help everyone, though. That’s half the point of why I dug the original CROWDS, despite its flaws. Giving everyone the chance to be heroes is kind of refreshing.
  • Why is this delving into politics. Its flaws become that much more apparent.
  • What did Gelsadra do to that child.
  • Aw, Paiman. Don’t try so hard to be liked.
  • Is this trying to talk about call-out culture or whatever? People dislike politicians who say one thing and do another, because they can’t trust them to make good on their promises.
  • One person cannot end institutionalised strife.
  • Maybe police the CROWDS then? Better than prioritising people’s immediate feelings.
  • ONLY slander and character defamation? Good grief.
  • I… what even is this show trying to say.

gatchamancrowds5This show seems to be actively criticising the message it put forward previously, but it hasn’t addressed the actual flaws in execution.


Gatchaman Crowds – Episode 4

  • 2:6:2
  • Wait, if this is all about marketing… is Gel’s power stored in the cloud?
  • Isn’t conflict sometimes necessary? It’s less that it’s necessary and more that it’s impossible to eliminate.
  • Life is important, though. Hm.
  • Meanwhile Paiman’s like “she learned it from watching you”.
  • But the blue crowds did rise up before. There’s no guarantee it won’t happen again.
  • Wait, suddenly the Gatchamen are calling the CROWDS dangerous?
  • That emotion sucking thing is super creepy.
  • Again, what people want is not always what’s good for them.
  • I like that TV guy is cynical and sensationalises stuff.
  • Just announce a referendum.
  • Anyway, he’ll obviously lose.
  • Hm.
  • There’s something off about all this, but I can’t tell what will be addressed and what won’t.
  • Please say they all vote for a cat named pooplord whiskerhitler
  • No age or nationality restrictions.
  • Also, did they just say there could actually be a cat PM.
  • Gelsadra just grew up.
  • Wait, Geldsadra is a boy. That sucks.

gci4I’m really curious about where this is going and whether the show will be able to pull it off gracefully.

Gatchaman Crowds – Episode 3

  • I’m not sure I like that one dude. He’s so… binary. Demonises perfectly reasonable people.
  • So amusement is yellow for sure.
  • Aren’t Gatchamen celebrities?
  • Aw, Pai-man.
  • Hahaha, I like that people can hear Berg-Katze talking from her boobs.
  • Violent pacifists is oxymoronic, not interesting.
  • Oh my god! It’s addressing benign trolling.
  • I think ideals are important, but reality always gets in the way. Not sure whether this show really gets that.
  • Not just red crowds, but red emotions.
  • The red crowds have organisation, the blue ones are just people trying to help.
  • I can’t tell whether that one Gatchaman is betraying them or not. Giving the newbie shit about not transforming is kinda sad.
  • Wow.
  • This is addressing that some people were left out of Rui’s idealism.
  • I think CROWDS work, but they need regulation. It’s an oligarchy pretending to be a democracy. It needs clearly defined rules, not just taking their power away without a word.
  • So this guy is actually evil. That’s disappointing.
  • Rui’s ideals and principles are about people helping each other. Helping them is falling in line with their ideas.
  • See, anger is her transformation trigger.
  • Gelsadra realises that people don’t always want what’s in their best interests, right?

I can’t tell whether this show is acknowledging its problems or trying to sweep them away.

Gatchaman Crowds Insight – Episode 2

  • The title this week is “penetration”, which I’m hoping isn’t innuendo.
  • I love how pretty this show is.
  • Hajime also uses “boku”, which wouldn’t be important except for the weird genderfluidity of this show.
  • The OP is great, as usual.
  • Hm. There’s something strange about teaching old people to vote with smartphones, and giving them out.
  • No war or poverty? That’s my limit for optimism. Systemic issues will never go away completely unless they have some kind of amnesiac power. Even the Gatchaman power can only erase specific¬† short-term events.
  • Pai-Pai has a daycare?
  • Hm. This VAPE look isn’t that in-depth.
  • How are there not benign but neutral crowds just screwing around?
  • VAPE has a leader? That’s no fun. I was hoping their lack of a leader would ultimately be their downfall.
  • This PR stuff is suuuuper weird.
  • Hm. This really is the anti-Incredibles. It talks about giving powers to “apes”.
  • There is something weird about suggesting the bad guy is the one who doubts humanity, though. People are capable of both good and bad things, in equal measure. They contain multitudes. Splitting them off into good and bad helps no one.
  • What do the colour-feelings represent? Yellow seems to be fear, maybe?
  • Tsubasa seems to have trouble transforming.
  • Aw, green hippo.
  • What are those skull masks, good grief.
  • Why do they say “yack”?
  • Hajime cheerfully punches out Berg-katze without listening to him.
  • “civil war”
  • Hm. Alien Gel girl seems to hate dissent. That’s worrying.
  • Why does she want to hurt the red dudes?
  • ? They’re shutting down CROWDS accounts?
  • Hajime is still a manic pixie dream girl. It seems strange, when she’s no longer the newcomer stirring up the world. I thought the whole thing was that she and Berg-Katze would become something different together, but not much has changed.
  • Gel and Tsubasa are a cute ship.
  • “You can’t shoulder the weight of peace.” Maybe this is going to mature a little.
  • Wait, if Rui shut down their accounts, can they still vote?
  • Hm. She’s not comfortable in the public eye.
  • 89% and “it feels like a game”

This show is really fucking messy so far. It seems to be operating from some ideas that are strange and unrealistic. Optimism about human nature is fine when it’s a goal to work towards, but less so when it’s the status quo threatened by “evil” dissatisfied people.

Also, brands are not anyone’s friends. I get that this smartphone utopia isn’t capitalist, but there’s something really alien about that being the case.

Summer 2015 Impressions

Some short opinions upon watching first episodes. Updated rather than making six different posts about future stuff.

  • Actually, I Am – Wacky comedy hijinks. Something about secrets and vampires and it all seemed very rote. Might become good, but I doubt it.
  • Aoharu x Machinegun – Someone pointed out that it was an Ouran ripoff, and it looks like it. I also think it wasted an opportunity to have watergun fights where the guys soak each other until they’re dripping wet. I mean, if you’re going for the fujoshi bait, you might as well go all the way.
  • Castle Town Dandelion – It’s charming and girl-focused, with a setup that’s promising by not being too exposition-heavy. Could go either way, though I don’t know if the supernatural royalty games will keep my interest.
  • Chaos Dragon – I wondered how anyone would adapt an RPG with such long and disparate backstories. Turns out, their answer was just to mush it all together and hope the names would carry it through. It’s an absolute mess, but interesting.
  • Charlotte – I was barely following along, but I tried to keep up with it… right up until giant-eyed little sister introduced herself with a cute squeal. Sorry, not my thing.
  • Classroom*Crisis – I didn’t hate it? It felt a lot like Ass Class, though, in that it might drag on without much to say.
  • Gangsta – The character designs are cool, and it looks like it could be interesting. The only woman being literally referred to as a trophy didn’t inspire confidence, though.
  • Gatchaman Crowds Insight – I like this show because its flaw is in thinking everyone has the potential to be a superhero. Being a superhero involves being more of an ideal than a person, so everyone being a superhero involves an idealised version of humanity. Honestly, it doesn’t bother me, because at least it’s trying to encourage empathy and helping others. I’d rather that message and ignoring underprivileged people than a message that exploits and shames them. And who knows, maybe the VAPE will be handled more delicately. I think “Hajime is a Mary Sue/Manic Pixie Dream Girl” comments are pretty sexist, though.
  • GATE – I’m sure this is good, but my eyes glazed over at the mention of Otaku. It’s not even a fun hatewatch.
  • God Eater – It’s slow, ugly, and takes itself seriously while being kind of boring.
  • Himouto Umaru Chan – I got creepy vibes. Rational or not, too grossed out for this one.
  • Monster Musume – I’m so fascinated and amused by how weird this is. Do people actually want to bang monsters? It has so many disturbing ideas, but I just couldn’t look away.
  • Overlord – It really didn’t grab me, since if I wanted to play an RPG, I’d just play an RPG. I hope someone eventually dubs the guy’s lines over with Skeletor clips.
  • Prison School – Another skeevy show that’s so over the top that I’m fascinated. They literally make one guy lick her boots, and the objectification montages are so shameless.
  • Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace – I like mysteries, and this seems deliberately slow for effect. I’m curious to see more, because I get the feeling it’s saving its resources.
  • Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers – Another one where I think it’s my fault that I lost interest. There was just so much exposition, even if some of it had pretty imagery.
  • School Live! – The doggy is cute? I might watch another episode out of curiosity, just to see how it deals with the later development once it’s part of the show.
  • Seiyu’s Life – This is way too perky for a job that seems really cutthroat and depressing. They also started with her thighs and panned upwards, so I’ll wait to hear that it’s wonderful or something before I look at it again.
  • SHIMONETA – This show is basically for anyone who laughed at the bad language in South Park. It is so very dumb, and societies with this kind of censorship do not work that way. It’s basically an excuse to have some kind of ignorance fetish and swear a lot (with asterisks in the subs, which does dilute its message a little). I’m probably going to hatewatch it like I did with Otaku Teacher.
  • Sky Wizards Academy – I’ve seen so many toothless shows about fighting magic girls, and this seems like more of the same. Sigh.
  • Snow White with the Red Hair – I love the symbolism in this, though I’m not sure it’s entirely intentional. It’s also fantasy without too much exposition at once.
  • Ushio and Tora – This is the kind of insufferable 90s comedy I think of when I hear “anime”. I’d rather watch one of the ones in my extensive backlog, because at least those come with recommendations.

Stuff I’m following (rule of three): Castle Town Dandelion, Classroom*Crisis, Gangsta, Gatchacrowds Insight, Ranpo Kitan, Snow White with the Red Hair

Stuff I’m hatewatching: Chaos Dragon, Monster Musume, Prison School, School Live!, Shimoneta

Wake me if there’s a fire: Actually I Am, Aoharu x Machinegun, Charlotte, GATE, God Eater, Himouto, Overlord, Rokka, Seiyu’s Life, Sky Wizards’ Academy, Ushio and Tora