Beer and sausages: all part of a balanced breakfast when you’re depressed.
|I got a new phone and it’s completely Gatcha’d out. I have the ringtone Highway made as my text tone, the ending song as my ringtone, and my wallpaper is the same as Hajime’s (another friend sent it to me on twitter). I never realized I liked this show so much until I thought “all my phone needs now is GALAX.”|
The BK Aftermath: Bad Things Happen to Rui as Everyone Else Has Fun
The Gatchaman crew are still recovering from injuries (both physical and mental) but overall are in good shape. They’re ready to tackle Berg Katze. On the other hand, Rui is wrapped up in more bandages than a mummy and can do nothing but watch as GALAX crumbles before him. Even if Berg Katze didn’t steal his body, GALAX is already on the decline. The fact that it put 100 people into a coma is a huge deterrent, obviously. That would be like if Twitter had a 5% chance of causing you to fall unconscious for an indeterminable amount of time. It’s no wonder that everyone is suspicious about using it now. The irony is that Rui indirectly caused these comas by foolishly challenging Berg Katze. His decision has made people lose trust in GALAX, and now he feels terrible. As if it wasn’t bad enough, he has an adorable little girl telling him her dad won’t wake up thanks to GALAX. Personally, I see Berg Katze as being more at fault, but of course Rui is going to take it to heart and feel like crap when he hears this.
It’s depressing just how low Rui has sunk. The last time we saw him in that blue dress, he was strolling around town and listening in on random civilians praising GALAX to the high heavens. Now as he walks around town all he hears are negative comments and insults. He can’t do anything about it either. All he can do about it is breathe heavily over their shoulders and give them disproving glares, lest he reveal his identity. He has no power now – partially because he’s been hidden all this time. While he stayed anonymous for noble reasons (to avoid fame and being glamourized), it has had quite a few negative effects. Not only is he a powerless figure out in public, but it has caused people like Umeda to accuse him of hogging the Crowds power to himself. This isn’t true, but if Berg Katze pulls some strings he can make Rui look like he was hermiting away because he wanted the Crowds power all to himself. As bad as things are for him, it can only get worse now that Berg Katze is equipped with full access to GALAX and X.
Ah, in what ways will BK royally screw over Rui (again) in the upcoming series of episodes? He seems to have something really big up his sleeves, such as the total collapse of GALAX combined with humanity losing faith in itself. That’s the kind of big I imagine. The birth of the Neo Hundred is very ominous. Umeda will probably start with a more strict system of justice (his most extreme examples were killing greedy politicians and criminals) and steadily escalate into pure dictatorship thanks to Berg Katze. Let’s not forget he can easily copy Umeda and then give out false orders afterwards, much like what he did with Rui. Whatever he has planned, he’s got the world in the palm of his hands. Even X has no clue it’s working for a fake, which is a big reminder that Rui’s only “friend” is still just a computer. At least, for now. I have a feeling X may somehow gain sentience, based on how all-powerful computer programs usually tend to progress in anime. But alas, that’s putting the cart before the horse.
Thankfully, not everyone is dancing to Berg Katze’s tune. Although no one has come close to one-upping him, Hajime is making important steps to countering him. I’m not exactly sure why going public helps them instead of making everyone panic and call in scientists to dissect them, but in this cheery little world it’s a good move for them. BK himself is impressed, so it must be more than just a last ditch effort. Even if it doesn’t make too much sense, it was a really cute idea for an episode and I really enjoyed it. I had some Tiger & Bunny flashbacks to where the heroes were so publicly known they had ads for Pepsi emblazoned on their outfits and people bought hero trading cards. It’s just sweet to see heroes take some time off from fighting crime to go and play with toddlers. It was both adorable and effective for taking steps towards defeating Berg Katze – the spoiled child who is doing all of this purely for kicks.
They left with heavy hearts as soon as they realized the transformation sequence contained no nudity
Now that Gatchaman are an official hero force, everyone seems to jump to them as the new go-to guys. But is that right? I don’t feel comfortable with how it was portrayed. It’s like they grew tried of a fad and just jumped to the next one. It didn’t feel like a genuine trust, more like a child abandoning an old toy for the novelty of a freshly unwrapped present. Although the Gatchaman are highly capable, I don’t think the switch of hype towards them is necessarily a good thing. It’s fine for people to rely on heroes. It’s a little narrow-sighted to just focus on one potential solution. I’m still all for a GALAX-Gatchaman-firemen etc. hybrid system that allows for communication between all of these systems to provide the best care given the situation.
The key here has always been communication, and I think that will continue to be the best option. The Gatchaman going public and outright telling humanity about the imminent alien invasion goes…really well. Compare that to Rui refusing to go public, not co-operating with the Gatchaman peeps, and never asking anyone for help. That didn’t exactly turn out all rainbows and sunshine for him now, did it? Admittedly, the positive aspects of communication are exaggerated a bit (still not sure if nonchalently announcing the presence of an evil alien would ever be a good move). But that’s precisely why I feel like this show will end by saying “communication is what keeps us together. As long as we try to connect with each other, no one can hurt us.” Rui will have to get back up on his feet again, because sooner or later his contribution should be important. GALAX x Gatchaman 4EVER~
The BK Aftermath: Somehow Still Okay After Nearly Dying
I’ve covered all the major fallout from BK’s late night assault. He hurt Rui, sent 100 people to the hospital, and sparked the Gatchaman crew to go public in a counter-defense measure. However, he caused a lot of physical damage to Jou (and by extension, Utsutsu) while dealing a bit of a mental blow to Paiman. The one I found myself feeling really bad for was Jou, because he was overflowing with self-loathing, yet was completely ignored. I couldn’t believe they didn’t even respond when he was verbally beating himself up. No one tried to cheer him up or even convince him to come to the preschool. You don’t just ignore someone with suicidal tendencies when they are depressed, and the lack of care was a little frustrating given the gravity of the issue. While none of them may know about his past suicidal phase, it’s still disheartening to see them chatter on like parrots while Jou is moping alone. At least Utsutsu-chan got porridge!
Utsutsu-chan used her energy to heal Jou from the brink of death (or maybe death itself) as well as help Sugane recover. Despite performing these 2 miracles, she is up-and-at-em after some food and rest. Look, the last time I saw someone in an anime reviving someone they lost an arm, a leg, and their little brother’s entire body. Life isn’t cheap. I guess I’m still bothered by the lack of consequence her power seems to have since she’s perpetually lethargic, and there’s not much difference when she expends a lot of energy and when she’s just lounging at home. Energy confusion aside, I was impressed by her resolve to die in order to save people. It’s sweet albeit a little worrying. That statement was followed by an even more worrying statement from OD about sacrificing himself. As time goes on, it becomes more clear that transforming will cost him his life, hence the sad look he gets whenever he makes a happy memory. I’m starting to think that while Hajime is genuinely hyper, OD mostly puts on his enthusiasm for the sake of others. Oh sure, his real personality is quite flamboyant and fun-loving, but he seems to hide his sadness from everyone along with the secret of the immense, self-destructive power he possesses.
As for Paiman…well, no one like Paiman so let’s just not discuss him.
See you next Gatcha time~