Gatchaman Crowds colorfully unique animation.
While previewing anime for the present Summer 2013 Anime Season, Gatchaman Crowds, was one of the anime series that very quickly grabbed my attention besides Free!-Iwatobi Swim Club, Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist, Inu to Hasamiwa Tsukaiyou (Dog and Scissors), and Blood Lad. I mean ,really, the animation really is bizarre yet beautiful. Sure it may not seem much compared to the modern animation fare of today. Yet, you can’t argue the animation is rather colorfully unique.
Gatchaman Crowds Episode 1
Gatchaman Crowds is not afraid to leave most of its audience seriously confused. Right off in the anime series premiere our female main character by the name of Hajime who’s voice is so cute voiced by voice actress Maaya Uchida is recruited by the mysterious Lord J.J. Lord J.J. a central figure of mystery from his appearance to actions is set apart from the other characters. Hajime manifests the NOTE which is a Gachaman warrior’s greatest asset in the fight against an entity only known as MESS. MESS apparently consistently exists and absorbs humans into itself and as of late has become a real problem on Earth.
Even while Gatchaman Crowd’s Episode 1 was rather confusing, at first, not sure what it is but that may just be what makes things interesting. What stands out could be the anime characters. Hajime is one of the ones that will draw interest the most. She is very excited about the smallest things. While Sugane another principal character who is Hajime’s senpai or senior takes things more seriously while Hajime doesn’t. After careful consideration realized this is just the way she happens to be. She is not being irresponsible but just thinking in a bright outlook which obviously seems to rub off on Sugane and also the Gatchamans’ overseer Paiman who happens to be an alien who looks like a small panda.
This gives the anime series a light, care-free feeling despite its sometimes serious undertones. While have covered some of the characters there is still Jo, O.J. and Itsu-tsu. O.J. is a Gatchaman that apparently can’t transform into a real Gatchaman. He’s the first to be welcoming to Hajime. While Jo comes off being distant, you can tell that he’ll play a bigger role in episodes to come. Itsu-tsu remains a much harder mystery to read. But really MESS and a certain red-headed man in the background is much more worrying.
Gatchaman Crowds Episode 2
Hajime’s random attitude while at first alienates Sugane it soon becomes apparent she’s also good for him since she makes him see things in a different light. For example: Sugane hates people who don’t give up their seats when others could use it more. Its seen in Episode 1, but Hajime point out that everyone is just as tired as another person. Just loved how little life lessons and the character development is done. Although what becomes bizarre is that Hajime can be on the same level as Lord J.J. Begging the question if Hajime has some special powers or something. Another thing of note is Hajime seems to want to befriend MESS instead of outright attacking it like the other Gatchaman warriors. But what is more troubling is the strange red-headed man with sharp-teeth that may be related to MESS. There may also be a rogue Gatchaman warrior on the lose!
Gatchaman Episode 2 was even more entertaining than the first. It was utterly amazing to watch. Ok, yes, have to agree it was an episode where we don’t get much answers to our questions but somehow it makes you want to see more. That my friends is what anime should be about.
Gachaman Crowds (12 episodes)
Director: Kenji Nakamura
The story is set in Japan in the early summer of 2015. 180,000 people live in Tachikawa City, the “second metropolis” of the Tokyo area. Among them are “Gatchaman”—warriors who fight in special reinforced suits powered by “NOTE,” the manifestation of special spiritual powers in living beings. A council has scouted a group of individuals with latent powers to protect the Earth from alien criminals. In recent years, the council has assigned Gatchaman warriors to deal with the mysterious entity known as “MESS.”
Animation Produced by: Tatsunoko Production
Daisuke Namikawa as Jō Hibiki
Maaya Uchida as Hajime Ichinose
Ayumu Murase as Rui Ninomiya
Daisuke Hosomi as O.D
Katsuji Mori as J.J. Robinson
Kotori Koiwai as Utsu-tsu
Opening Theme Song
“Crowds” by White Ash
White Ash (vap)’s Opening Theme Song is wonderful! Not sure how many times listened to it lately but maybe a few hours since the series began airing. One of the best anime OP songs have perhaps heard. The animation sequence goes with the theme song nicely.
Ending Theme Song
“Innocent Note” by Hajime Ichinose (Maaya Uchida)
Unlike the OP the Ending Theme Song to Gatchaman Crowds it is more subdued but a good wrap up theme song to the series so far. Very full of emotion!