Director: Kenji Nakamura
Anime News Network Overview: The story takes place in the early summer of 2015 and is set in the city of Tachikawa, Japan. The city is populated by people known as Gatchaman, who are warriors that fight in special reinforced suits that are powered by the manifestation of spiritual powers of living beings called NOTE. Enter Hajime Ichinose, a 16 year old energetic high school girl who is obsessed with collecting day planners and stationary. She is chosen to become a Gatchaman and tasked with the duty of fighting a mysterious alien life form known as MESS.
A Gatchaman Crowds Anime Review
Gatchaman Crowds Episode Count: 12 episodes
Animation Production: Tatsunoko Production
Daisuke Namikawa –Jō Hibiki
Maaya Uchida –Hajime Ichinose
Ryota Ohsaka –Sugune Tachibana
Aya Hirano –Paiman
Ayumu Murase –Rui Ninomiya
Daisuke Hosomi –O.D
Katsuji Mori –J.J. Robinson
Koji Yusa –Kōichi Umeda
Kotori Koiwai –Utsu-tsu
Mamoru Miyano –Berg Katze
Sakura Tange –President X
Gatchaman Crowds was a series that drew me in for the most unique and beautiful animation I had ever seen. The story background seemed mildly interesting but really the animation did it for me in deciding to watch when first began the series. Still Gatchaman Crowds held some surprises in regard to attractive story and characters and their character development.
Gatchaman Crowds centers on some aliens and more so humans who live on Earth in the distant future who are approached by Lord JJ who gifts them with a special power which turns them into Gatchaman. As Gatchaman they must protect the Earth from a strange mass only known as MESS that makes humans disappear. It is not until the introduction of Hajime that we see the Gatchaman begin to think differently in their approach to fighting MESS. They always kept toward the shadows until she came along. Hajime changes a lot of things and she frees them from their doubts. She doesn’t just inspire the Gatchaman but Rui, a boy genius, who is a major player who clashes with the Gatchaman at some point.
The characters are actually a big draw to the series specifically Hajime. She is bizarre in personality. She is hilarious but in a way that is rather bubbly and happy-go-lucky. Then there is Sugane who is such a serious guy but it is quite interesting to see how Hajime alters his views of the world. Rui who mentioned before is a cross-dressing boy but also a smart guy who develops a program and major worldwide social media that is called GALAX. The first few episodes are devoted to developing his story.
The voice acting is pretty high quality for Gatchaman Crowds. Sugane is voiced by Ryota Ohsaka the voice actor who voices Haruto Tokishima in Valvrave the Liberator (Kakumeiki Valvrave) which has recently been such a popular series. Hajime is voiced by Maaya Uchida who has such an upbeat and memorable voice. Maaya also happens to sing the Ending Theme Song for Gatchaman Crowds. The singing happens to be good, by the way. All other characters are pretty great too.
The animation in Gatchaman Crowds is produced by Tatsunoko Production. The CGI effects can be seen in the robot fighting scenes which burst with beautiful color. The general animation when seeing the anime characters is something that stands out with a touch of realism. There is just so much skill you can tell it took in producing animation like this.
The only real issue encountered with the series was that toward the end many of the resolutions seemed implausible and rushed. The cause of it being perhaps the creators of Gatchaman Crowds may be planning for a Season 2.
Gatchaman Crowds began strong. Conclusion-wise not so much. The conclusion to Gatchaman Crowds needs a continuation to smooth things over. Still overall the anime series broke with the mold anime series has had in the past. A shining future for anime series seems clearer more than ever.
Recommendation Level: Phenomenal anime series. Very Highly Recommended.
So-So. Probably should be passed up.
Good anime series. Well recommended.
Phenomenal anime series. Very Highly Recommended.
“Crowds” by White Ash
“Innocent Note” by Hajime Ichinose
Reason for rushed conclusion to Gatchaman Crowds?