|It took a long time, but my most anticipated show of the season is finally here! I’ve been waiting for Gatchaman to spring its colourful trap and completely bowl me over. I have no knowledge of the previous Gatchaman (do any of you?) but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this immensely.|
|GATCHAAMAAAAAAAN! I’m sure, I’m not the only who got increasingly hyped up as the episode progressed. There was no let-up or slowing down as events occurred one after the other in complete harmony to reach other. Nakamura does it again? Well, with that ｷ ﾀ━━━━━━(ﾟ∀ﾟ)━━━━━━ !!!!! ending by none other than a trappy, shark-teethed Mamoru Miyano, nothing can go wrong. Seriously, I dare you to disagree with me.|
Secret base from Gatchaman compared to Irabu’s office in Kuuchuu Buranko
Overcooled // If you couldn’t tell by my consistent usage of Irabu icons, I’m a big Kenji Nakamura fan. He’s the guy who directed Kuuchuu Buranko, Mononoke, and Tsuritama. He may have had a few not-so-great creations such as C and Karas, but his overall track record has been really good. I usually don’t give a damn who directs what I’m watching, but he’s a special case. You can always tell when he’s he’s dabbled in something because he has a very distinct style. He’s the King Midas of colours. Every show he touches instantly turns into a gorgeous rainbow of vibrant colours. Gatchaman Crowds may not have the same AAA budget as Free! or Shingeki no Kyojin, but it has such a keen sense of style that is looks amazing nonetheless. Somehow he’s able to have an entire spectrum of colours on-screen at once without looking like an ugly pile of technicolour vomit.
His use of colour and visual metaphors work together to create his signature, whacky style. Most of his works tend to be…offbeat. His characters are usually freaks and his stories are usually just as freaky. Gatchaman harnesses that whackiness to create something goofy and exciting. I’m sure there will be hints of more mature themes sprinkled in there, but all in all this seems more like a Tsuritama than a Mononoke. Nothing is meant to be taken seriously. This show aims to be a fun, superhero show to get your blood pumping and I feel like it succeeds. GATCHAAAA!
Hajime mashite, Hajime
Kyokai // There are so many MC tropes out there but our heroine branches out to cross lines of being a kawaii-otaku loudmouth with her continuous prattle, topping it with her heavy Japanese accent and melony bosom. You just can’t ignore her, even if you try. Like any other eccentric-Nakamura character, she blows across your screen (a la Haru in Tsuritama), and demands your attention. She’s too carefree for her own good but you can’t deny her being cuter than a button. Though, we can compare the cuteness levels between her and DFC-chan later but I ended up liking her taking things as they come rather cowering behind someone else.
As OC has already gushed over Nakamura, I’m not going to bore you with my accolades but it seems we have another winner. Imagine a studio working since ’68! Tatsunoko Production has my respect for continuing their Gatchaman franchise and evolving it properly through the years. I mean, even Man of Steel has shed his extra red underwear so could you really expect the new Gatchaman to have a dated spandex look with semi-covered helmet? Nope.jpg! It’s all about flaunting your CGI and we have a familiar dude taking care of them, Kenji Andou who was involved in Tiger & Bunny but we have a long list for CG and design credits for this so let me spare you the long names. Also, if your ears already perked up at the BGM and theme songs like me, let me tell you the good news, Taku Iwasaki (C, Ben-to, Jormungand, JoJo (Part 2)) will be entertaining us for this one. Don’t even get me started on the seiyuu cast, which includes many popular bijins and bishies (hasn’t it been a while we heard Aya Hirano in an interesting role?) of the industry. So, overall, this has been a sight for sore eyes. I can’t wait to find how Gatchaman continue to fight against MESS and how the red-haired trap would play in all the hoopla.
I was actually expecting something more serious, but I’m still pleased with Gatchaman Crowds. It packs a punch, leaves an impression, and makes you have a good time. Like most of Kenji Nakamura’s work, it’s not a polished masterpiece, but it has so much zany energy that it’s impossible to ignore. Hajime may be a polarizing subject, but I personally liked her. That level of energy actually lifted my spirits alongside her. She was so excited for every little revelation about her new notebook that I couldn’t help but be sucked in. She made me feel like I should be happy and excited as well. I won’t deny that sometimes it reaches a fever pitch and I just want to duct tape her v-shaped mouth shut. However, she was ultimately a joy to watch and surprisingly intelligent. The other characters look great, but I’m still not sure what to make of them yet.
Gatchaman Crowds is a simple beast: it’s about highschoolers transforming and beating up bad guys. It’s all the bells and whistles that make it shine. There’s still a fairly strong base under there, but I feel like the visuals, the music, and all the boundless energy it radiates is the real appeal of the show. The notebook and those flashy mecha suits are rather interesting though. I wonder if the notebook will be used for anything other than panda sketches and brief mission notes. It’s a bit of a frantic show, but I love it and can’t wait for more.
Hang around for next week’s episode!