JJ has way too much free time.
|Sorry guys, I’ve been really busy. Super busy. Uber busy! My schedule is calming down a bit now that I have some free time, but we’ll see how long that lasts once I start playing Dragon’s Crown. If I’m not working, I’m gaming. Anyways, this week’s episode was a myriad of different events so I’m adopting a category system for this post. I feel like it’ll just work better for everyone instead of me grasping at straws for vaguely relevant segues between paragraphs – at least for this week.|
Berg Katze: the Crossdressing Devourer of Worlds
Once the MESS calmed down and stopped making people disappear, they became less of an issue. For now, they’re on the backburner – simmering obediently until their time has come once again to be the main course. The big mystery in the forefront is Berg Katze, the eccentric alien who takes delight in killing humans. He is the insane bird JJ mentioned a few episodes back, as he has the ability to use Gatchaman powers. Furthermore, he is able to grant the power of “Crowds” to people like Rui. I assume he’s very similar to JJ since the two of them like stuffing their hands into people’s chests and pulling out NOTEs. JJ gives them powers to save the world (uh, I hope) but Berg Katze gives Rui powers just so he can turn those powers against him later.
Giving Rui the power of Crowds says a lot about his style of world domination. He’s completely improvising from the usual “alien invasion” script by avoiding complete annihilation. He opts for “complete humiliation” instead. He doesn’t want to destroy them himself. He wants to be the one who sets up the dominos, lightly taps one, and then watches as they all knock each other down themselves. He gives Rui that power because he knows GALAX can seriously backfire on humanity if he plays his cards right. He can build or deplete trust in GALAX by suddenly causing crazy accidents that not even Rui can stop. I’m not quite sure how he’ll escalate this into destroying Earth, but I’m sure he will. He’s interested in nothing but hurting people and destruction. The fact that he says it will be “all your fault” is just rubbing salt into the wound.
O.D. and Paiman actually know quite a deal about Berg Katze, but they are less than helpful in sharing that information. They don’t even have the energy to put on a poker face when he’s mentioned, instead dropping into a heavy silence. It seems they met Berg Katze before…on their home planet. Paiman’s blind fear of the MESS was probably because he was traumatized from losing his home planet. I guess O.D. is also an alien of sorts, and his home planet did not fare well against the likes of the kissy-monster either. However, there must be something more to so that makes them hesitant to explain things to their fellow Gatchaman crew. Is there some other secret they know and aren’t revealing yet?
And All is Right in the World
Hajime’s reaction to Berg Katze attacking Jou and then blaming the downfall of the entire planet on them is interesting. While everyone else’s kneejerk reaction to go out and kill that slimy bastard, Hajime is left pondering about why he would say something like that. Are they doing something wrong? Is there a way to stop it? Is the alien referring to a specific group of people, like the Gatchaman group? It’s a very Hajime like thing to do. It’s also a very different approach to finding a solution. I’d be more keen on killing the culprit, that’s for sure. Perhaps Hajime will once again find out the truth and figure out an alternative way to solving things, other than outright defeating Berg Katze. As it is now, their powers aren’t working so hot against him.
She uses this optimism once again while talking to Utsutsu-chan. It does something to her, but it’s probably not the effect Hajime wanted. I absolutely despise it when people act cheery to try and make me happy when I’m in a bad mood, so I was partially cringing through her entire speech. I’m actually kind of glad Hajime didn’t magically befriend her instantly though. So far everything she does is so perfect and smart and wonderful. Even if she doesn’t get disappointed like normal people, it’s nice to see even the slightest of road bumps thrown her way. That being said, I bet Utsutsu-chan will come around later on in the future.
Gatchaman Crowds has a lot to take it, especially in the visuals. Sometimes I notice things but feel like there’s no point mentioning them because it would take one line to do so and thus waste some of your time. One of those things was a screencap of Utsutsu-chan cleaning the park up…with 2 of her on screen at once. I figured they’d explain it eventually and WELL, HERE YOU GO. Utsutsu-chan is not quite normal. She can create copies of herself and use them to do multiple things at the same time. That sounds great, right? Well, it appears she also has an ability to either kill things or bring them to life. Also cool, but perhaps a bit dangerous. I’m not sure how powerful this is considering Hajime has touched her multiple times before, but Utsutsu-chan is convinced it makes it hard for her to interact with others. Perhaps why she’s always so “dreamy” is because she’s constantly trying to control multiple copies.
GALAX and Crowds
We go from GALAX being the best thing ever to Rui screaming at the sky in anguish at his powerlessness a few minutes later. I’m surprised they jumped the gun so quickly on Rui’s plans not going smoothly. I would have liked GALAX gaining some more momentum and Rui some more confidence before Berg Katze struck a stinging blow. It was just so cool to see people’s very own souls jump out and help people. Now Rui is going to be so desperate to save everyone that I bet he’ll re-double his efforts and abuse the Crowds ability. He’s the kind of guy who is so obsessed with justice that he’ll cry if he stepped on an ant while pushing someone out of the way from an oncoming train. If he can’t save everyone, he’s not happy.
It’s a noble effort, but it’s quite clear that sort of obsession isn’t the right way to tackle things. GALAX would never outright eliminate human casualties anyways. He shouldn’t take those deaths so personally. Unfortunately, he has Berg Katze taunting him and making him feel personally responsible for signing a deal with the devil. So now he feels like shit because the same being who gave him the power to save people with GALAX is also killing everyone in sight. Rui is in a really interesting position here. He’s got to balance magical powers (similar to the Gatchaman minus the suit, based on his Amnesia Effect ability), the GALAX server, his group of 100 minions and updating the world. It’s a position with only a glimmer of hope in a room of pitch black, and that’s what makes defeat so crushing for him. He’s just so close…but he can’t quite achieve the world he longs for. Ahh, Berg Katze truly is the douchiest of douches.
*sexy saxophone music starts playing*
JJ’s paper bird metaphor this week was a little…alarming. He not only added another bird (who I assume is Berg Katze), but he burned up the red one. The red one is most likely Jou, as his Gatchaman suit is red and on fire. This is not good. Jou is the hottest one there and we just found out he wears glasses. You cannot take that away from me! I don’t see Kenji Nakamura as the type to kill off characters, so I hope we’re safe this time around. The show hasn’t really been 100% about fighting anyways, which is a bit relieving. To be honest, I like the shift of focus away from the fighting and towards GALAX. The continual hinting that people trust GALAX more than the police is a bit too blatant for my liking, but I do enjoy seeing Rui struggle. It’s a really interesting set-up that is less “robots beat up aliens while other stuff happens” and more “oh my god look at this stuff happening also robots.” But I suppose you’ve always got a winner when there are robots fighting aliens. Pacific Rim, anyone?