Gatchaman Crowds – 09

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Hmm, something seems different…New haircut?

Things are beginning to reach a fever pitch now. The city is struck with reckless acts of terrorism, destruction, Berg Katze manipulating the entire world and worst of all…I had to go back to school. Homework! It’s so, so terrible. But seriously, BK puts some intense pressure on planet Earth and it’s a wonder the Gatchaman group can stay so calm in the face of such a threat.

I feel like this post is going to turn into more of a damage report than anything. Let’s tally up all the chaos Berg Katze has caused, shall we? For starters, he’s disguised himself as Rui and completely taken over GALAX. Using the computing power of X, he gives Crowds to a group called the “Neo Hundred” and makes Umeda their leader. That frees him from any direct responsibility for their actions. All he does is give some people this amazing power that can be used in any way you could imagine. He technically can’t be blamed for the fact that they choose to use that to tear through buildings like it’s a wet napkin.

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It’s frustrating, but he’s staggeringly competent when it comes to turning humanity on itself without being the one to actually do all the damage firsthand. That doesn’t make him any more of a good person, but it doesn’t make humans look too good either. His evil plans are effectively pointing out some major weaknesses in the way people think and society functions – things that already existed long before he came here. He’s just taking advantage of them, and shoving it all in our faces as if to say “ah, aren’t humans so silly?”. Nowso more than ever, I’m beginning to see just what a big opponent they’re up against.

To fan the fire, Berg Katze decides that 100 people is not enough. Instead of hand-picking the best individuals with the purest of hearts, he goes for Rui’s blacklist. He then gives this incredibly life-changing power to every single person Rui personally rejected as a sad excuse of a human being. With one simple command, he just “uploads” the power to them. No magic, no flashing lights, just a simple message in neat black letters illuminated on their handheld screen. I love how the transfer of power was as understated as sending an e-mail, as if to remind us that you can instantly change lives with the power of the internet. It only takes a few seconds too. Just look at how easy it was for him to completely mess up Rui’s life and the state of their city just by taking over GALAX. When Hajime said not to rely on GALAX too much, I doubt she meant this…but it’s happening in a much more sinister way. Rui, you trusted GALAX with too much power and now it is capable of destroying the world. You should have made another friend other than X.

On the other hand, I still suspect that X might gain sentience and boot Berg-Katze out of the system. The fact it notices a difference in his speech patterns and mannerisms says enough about X’s intelligence. Even if it’s not quite “sentience,” it could still shut him out by recognizing his patterns as being totally off. When you use your credit card erratically in different countries, it’s shut off because they assume it was identity theft. The same could happen here. But this is anime, so I wouldn’t be surprised if (as Hajime predicted…and she’s always right) X somehow helps Rui and recognizes him as its only friend. Since all the power lies in GALAX…that also means all the power lies in X. Therefore X might actually be the one who sets things right, or at least helps as a buffer against all of the shit Berg Katze is doing.

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wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

From starting a revolution to making his own “youtube” comments to spark hate, Berg Katze is using all of the social media resources he can to destroy the world. It’s silly when you stop to think about it, but it’s working swimmingly so I guess I have to slap that grin off my face before he blows up an entire country using Twitter. He’s also not as hilarious as Hajime and her friends hosting a Gatchannel youtube/nico nico douga live stream to give people information about the situation. It’s an excellent idea to tell people what’s going on so they don’t panic, don’t get me wrong. But it’s also not a proper countermeasure against Berg Katze quite yet. They’re still warming up for something, and I’m eager to see just what they’re going to do to actually kill Berg Katze or get him off their planet. I doubt the final showdown will be yet another social media battle of who has more likes, followers, or positive comments. It will have to come down to fists soon, but for now the way the two of them are using social media to battle it out is a very refreshing change of pace from the norm.

The power social media has in society interests me. Berg Katze is obviously being a giant troll and fabricating comments, spreading rumours, and doing all sorts of things. He’s used all of this to single-handedly start a revolution. Hajime is using it for good, and slowly earning a set of loyal followers and believers. I feel like this will be a good first step to somehow getting a leg-up on Berg Katze…and it will be fabulous once it happens. But for all the importance social media has and for the way it reaches so many people so effortlessly – it can be very weak. Destroying the influence of social media is very easy, you see. All you have to do is turn it off. I love how the two messages were combined in this episode. Although the whole episode is a heated showdown through the internet with the entire planet at stake, Hajime and Rui can easily ignore it by shutting it off. So although it is a powerful and sometimes central aspect of our lives, it is also very possible to cut it out in certain ways so we are not entirely dependent on it. Hajime knows the right balance of embracing it and knowing just when to step away from the screen.

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I’m still relatively new to the wonders of twitter and youtube so I can’t say I’m all that tuned in to that sort of thing. Still, it’s an interesting subject to me and I liked the overall message. What started off as a pure superhero show has branched off into a myriad of interesting concepts. I wasn’t sure if GALAX would be properly fleshed out, but it seems like it has become the main focus of the show. I can’t wait to see what the finale has in store for us. Berg Katze has the upperhand for now, but the Gatchaman crew are only getting stronger.Paiman is about 5% less of a dickhead, Sugane has grown up to the point where he is comfortable telling JJ he won’t follow orders, and Rui has joined their forces. Not only that, but Rui has stopped wearing girl clothes! Okay, so maybe short shorts isn’t that big of an upgrade in manliness, but he’s making progress! OD also makes them a force to be reckoned with his powers. Although his powers also entail destroying the entire world, so that’s not so great. I really want to see his fabulous transformation though! OD, spread your wings for us!

The only member not being a team player is Jou, who is basically just doing his day job and ignoring everything else. He still has his NOTE so he should technically be able to fight. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have his pride any more. Oh Jou, how you make me worry…

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NEXT WEEK: how blogging sites like Metanorn can change the world. Err, don’t ask me how.

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77 Responses to “Gatchaman Crowds – 09”

  1. skylion says:

    Well, I could just turn Metanorn off, any time I wanted too.

    Good observations, OC. I think this has been a good mediation about the power of social networks if they could just scale up the proportions. That’s the keen thing about science fiction; we can scale it up however much or little we like. If we keep within the context of the Metaphor, what would OD’s power’s really be. The ultimate off switch!

    • Sumairii says:

      One does not simply turn Metanorn off.

    • Overcooled says:

      Yeah, I really like when sci-fi takes concepts or technology our society is already steeped in and then goes “…what if?” with these pre-existing things until they’re almost completely different. Super neat. Unfortunately it seems instead of just turning off one thing, he’s turning off the entire human race. :B

      • skylion says:

        I would argue he is turning of the bits and pieces we keep either in idle or in hibernation (depending on the person). If he is turning anything off, it’s a sense of patience…

      • skylion says:

        Spammy is a Sunday Monster. He got that one, and I will edit it here:

        …turning of on…

  2. HannoX says:

    Sugane telling off JJ was a great moment. Hajime has definitely effected him. I have a feeling JJ was actually waiting for something like that. I love how this show is developing–it certainly isn’t your typical super-heroes vs alien villain show.

    Now that Hajime has solved the riddle and Rui is out of his funk and joined the Gatchaman and X is getting suspicious of BK, things should start moving now. Can’t wait to see what comes next! Go Gatchaman! Go Hajime!

    • Highway says:

      Go Bird!

    • Irenesharda says:

      Would it be bad to say, I’m rooting for Berg-Katze? At this point, I’d actually rather see the world burn, the Gatchaman and Rui brought to their knees, and only OD and BK left alive as the land around them smolders. :)

      • BlackBriar says:

        Do you have any idea how shocked I was reading that, Irenesharda? Why wasn’t there any support of this kind when Sotoba was going through genocide at the hands of the “bad guys” in Shiki? *sob*

        • Irenesharda says:

          Well, see here’s the difference.
          1) BK is a villain I can love to hate, you know he’s wrong, but he’s such an awesome villain that you don’t want him to be killed off.
          The Shiki are instead villains that I simply hated. I had little to no sympathy for them, they didn’t have the charisma or delightful evilness to make me enjoy them as characters. By the end, I just wanted them all to die for how despicable they were.

          2) I can take or leave a majority of the Gatchaman, and the way they think everything is going to turn out alright at the end and hold no gravity to their situation, just makes me want something to go wrong. These are good guys I actually want to fail.
          In Shiki, I could feel compassion and care for the humans of Sotaba who were being killed off simply because they were food and they were in the way. I liked Ozaki and Yuki and I could feel for their plight. The story made me want care and for them to win.

          So, yeah, you can blame Hajime and her happy-go-lucky followers on this one. I would be perfectly happy if every one of those birds crashed and burned…well, except OD and Joe, I still like them. :)

          • Overcooled says:

            Even I side more with the shiki than BK (although I too was pro-humans when watching Shiki). But I get your reasoning. Shiki are just laypeople with sharp teeth doing what they can to survive. BK is a flamboyant, crossdressing alien with superhuman intelligence.

            But yikes, you really want the good guys to die lol. I’d rather BK finally gets one-upped because I’d love to see his reaction to having the tables turned.

          • BlackBriar says:

            I’m the polar opposite on the subject. I’m sympathetic toward the Shiki (Even after three years, I’m still pro-Shiki/Anti-Ozaki) while I’m waiting for Berg Katze to get his rear handed to him. To my eyes, the Shiki, being tormented souls, just wanted a place for themselves without the constant need to hide and settling in a closed off village in the mountains was the ideal place. They did what they did because of their rising confidence of securing a permanent residence.

            Personally, I never liked Toshio (Too idealistic) and Natsuno (Too much of a cold hearted bastard to everyone before trouble ensued) and excluding a few humans, didn’t really care for the general population. Growing tired with the cliché outcome of the humans getting away at the last minute, I wanted a story where the humans didn’t win since it would have been a change of pace. And by nature, the humans are their food. It would have been weird if they didn’t attack them. That’s why Seishin didn’t see it as a problem for them to attack humans while at the same time humans live off animals. It’s following the food chain so there’s hardly any villainy in it. Wasn’t evil so much as it was finding a next meal and increasing the population.

            The methods Toshio used were so barbaric that I wouldn’t lift a finger to help him. What he did to his wife and Chizuru made me utterly pissed at him. Yes, the villagers were trying to save their own lives, but they became cruel, emotionless and obnoxious animals, more so than the vampires themselves. I read some comments while the show was airing and those moments were the turning points which even made the human supporters turn on the villagers and back the Shiki’s hope for survival.

            Berg Katze on the other hand has my permission to die for being a first class fruitcake. He’s utterly evil so there’s no room for sympathy because his motives are simply for all out chaos and destruction.

            • skylion says:

              He is starting to remind me of Marvel Comic’s Galactus. A force of the universe that test’s a planets evolutionary survival. If, BK comes along and let’s your destroy yourself, you only have yourself to blame, or other such cosmic gibberish…

      • zztop says:

        You’re a scary lady you know that? :)

        • BlackBriar says:

          Hahaha!! I’m shaking in my boots that she’d willingly root for a villain with no redeeming qualities what-so-ever.

  3. Irenesharda says:

    I don’t know, this episode just didn’t do it for me. It kind of became how I felt way back in episode 1, where things just seemed too simple and too black and white. This show often has been uneven at times in it’s plot and characters, but for the most part, I’m glad I didn’t drop it at the beginning and gave it a chance.

    However, I have to say, that episodes like this don’t help.

    First off, forget JJ, Hajime is the god-like being here. That girl is never wrong, seems to know everything, has little to no flaws, and always, ALWAYS knows the right thing to say. To say she irks me, would be an understatement. As for everyone else, they’re all her little followers, so a lot of times it seems that whatever character they may have had, just gets overshadowed by hers.

    The x-CROWDS members who had simply disagreed with Rui’s idealistic and highly naive motivations in favor of more realistic approaches or who simply had a different opinion, have now suddenly been turned into cold-blooded killers and terrorists? Really? Really…okay Gatchaman, thanks for taking even more grey area and simply making it once again black and white.

    I am really here only for BK at this point, much of the time he’s the only thing I find of interest in this show. He’s so over the top and wonderfully evil. However, even at this point, they seem to be trying to dilute his character as well, by insinuating that the reason he went crazy and left Gatchaman was because of JJ and his “absent-leadership”? Well…that’s just cliche. A bad guy who turned bad because he didn’t like how the good guys did things…real original.

    And then there is the Gatchaman’s rejection of JJ, which I thought was plain silly (yeah, the guy came to this measly little planet, gave you your darn powers, gave you the means of how to use them, and attempts to help you using his gift of prophecy….I’m sure he doesn’t care. Sigh.) and just makes JJ even more of a throwaway character who has had almost no character development this whole time.

    I don’t know, I just…I guess this episode simply disappointed me considering the previous episodes and I feel as if it took a step backwards rather than forwards.

    This felt like one of the weakest episodes in a long time. I give it a 5.5/10.

    • Overcooled says:

      I think the big black and white thing here is just that Hajime is always right. I kind of like that because no one expects it from her, so her advice is rarely taken to heart. She’s grown on me a lot. The only thing I don’t like about her is that sometimes the way she talks just gets a bit too weird. No one talks like that in real life all the time.

      I think the people BK recruited were all the rejected CROWDS users…as in people Rui never gave the power to in the first place. That’s why they’re more prone to violence under the leadership of someone as aggressive as Umeda. It’s still a VERY extreme route, but I don’t mind them exaggerating it since people can get power-hungry. They may say one thing, but go totally mad when given the power. Umeda sounded reasonable before, but now he’s desperate to provide for his daughter and he’s got all the freedom he wants.

      As for JJ…He has been disappointingly absent. I’m sad he’s been so damned useless. I think Sugane’s rejection was more to say they will act without his orders than being ungrateful. Still, I’m also sad he hasn’t done anything aside from cut out birds.

      Ouch, a harsh rating lol

  4. Foshizzel says:

    Interesting episode, but damn it I am waiting for the epic final battle to start up and on a side note I can really tell that Mamoru Miyano is probably having an amazing time voicing the goofy main villain! I think he is doing a fantastic job <3

    Other than that I have to agree with Irenesharda

    This felt like one of the weakest episodes in a long time. I give it a 5.5/10.

    • Overcooled says:

      Mamoru Miyano always does a stellar job. He mimicked Jou, Rui and even Hajime and it’s been spot on each time. So good!

      Wow, another harsh rating. I’m really digging the social media battles but I guess that’s not for everyone.

  5. Highway says:

    I liked it, cause I like Hajime (this season seems to show that if Irenesharda dislikes a character I’ll probably like them, and vice versa :) ).

    I liked Hajime’s mixing it up and going for the popular and public message. Lots of times, bad things happen because bad people spread FUD. I always believe having information out there is better than keeping it secret. Of course, I also assume most people are generally self-interested (always true) and generally rational (much less frequently true). But when true information is not out there, any information will be seized upon by the public. Even if some people don’t believe the true information, it’s better to have it out there competing with the lies.

    • Irenesharda says:

      Oh come on, there has to be some character that we both like? Hmmm…..no wait, let me think….hmmm…….well, so I can’t think of any at this moment! It doesn’t mean….oh who cares. 😛

      I actually have a friend that we are opposites in nearly everything so whenever we go shopping together, I will show her an outfit and if she likes it, then it’s a no go, and if she hates it, then I’m definitely getting it, and vice versa for her.

      Anyway, already said my piece about this episode. But this opposites thing might work out well in terms of seeing whether I would like a future certain show or not. I can already tell how you felt about the newest Free! episode. Let me give you a clue: I liked it. 😀

      • Highway says:

        I liked the episode. I just don’t like Rin.

        I should also stop watching Free! and Brothers Conflict one right after the other, because Rei starts infecting Ukyo…

        • Irenesharda says:

          Well, we really don’t have that long to go. I like Free! more than Brothers Conflict, but both have their quirks.

          There’s really no character I don’t like in Free. While Rin is my favorite, I like each character for their quirks and characters. I think the only one I can safely say I “don’t like” is Rin’s underclassman roommate, and I can’t even remember his name. I just find him a little boring and annoying. Unlike BroCon where there’s quite a few characters I don’t like, Free! barely has one.

          • Highway says:

            His name is Aiichiro, and he’s by far the worst character in the show (nearly a groveling BL sycophant to Rin). Really, he’s terrible. And his association with Rin doesn’t help Rin at all.

            • Irenesharda says:

              He’s a tagalong who can’t seem to take the hint that Rin is really just tolerating him. And honestly, Rin is being nicer than a lot of other people I know, who wouldn’t hesitate to tell the little gut to go away and leave them alone.

        • Irenesharda says:

          You know, weirdly I just discovered that Rin and BK were voiced by the same seiyuu, which is interesting since both are my favorite character in their perspective series. (I usually can’t recognize Japanese seiyuu as well as I can Western VAs. I’m just starting to notice similarities and names.)

          Now, all I can think of is having both redheads switching voices. Now that would be different. o_0

      • skylion says:

        So Highway and Ireneshada go dress shopping…should be more interesting than the skylion/BB kurfluffle…

        • Highway says:

          I don’t go dress shopping with anyone, not even my wife (who’s not interested in dress shopping).

        • BlackBriar says:

          Huh? I’m sorry, have we met? I’ve already accepted Ireneshada as a long lost partner when the vampire animes come out next season seeing that she’s into them as much as I am. So I can’t seem to recall what you’re talking about. Hahahaha!!!

          • skylion says:

            My LOLi Armies will destroy all they stand against!

            I’m, sorry, did you say something?

    • BlackBriar says:

      (this season seems to show that if Irenesharda dislikes a character I’ll probably like them, and vice versa ).

      Looks like a lot of yin and yang stuff is going this season, be it anime or people. Fantasista Doll and Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou, Highway and Irenesharda. Am I missing anything else? 😉

      • skylion says:

        The four BLV’s making a complete and utter defection to rest beneath my expansive wings? Had to happen some day….

  6. HannoX says:

    Spammy, return my comment!

  7. BlackBriar says:

    “The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.”
    ― Eric Schmidt

    “The flaw in being civilized is that it permit’s the uncivilized among us to perpetrate horrific crimes against us in the name of freedom and equality.
    ― M.J. Croan, Right Hand Up to God: No More Will Die

    “Power changes everything till it is difficult to say who are the heroes and who the villains.”
    ― Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

    “Power was my weakness and my temptation.”
    ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    This episode shows how little people are willing to think for themselves when they hear a rumor. A couple of negative information and they mindlessly accept it. A monkey could responsible for the GALAX users going comatose and they’d believe it. Poor Rui.

    Katze’s plan is working out because he’s manipulating human nature by picking a weak minded human easily influenced by power and fame and used him to spread the influence. If people weren’t so easily tempted with things that seem to make situations easier, he wouldn’t have gotten this far. Not to mention the use of the internet is one huge double edged sword. I guess that what he meant by it’s all their fault.

    Good thing Hajime is there with a clear head to sort things out. Since she came along, she’s basically the un-official of Gatchaman and everything she does is right on the mark. Using Rui’s apology is definitely going to shake things up. What I want to know is how she plans to deal with Berg Katze.

    • skylion says:

      …arts and crafts…or maybe the MESS will make a return?

      • HannoX says:

        I hadn’t thought about the MESS, but they have been dropped, haven’t they? Maybe they should return for the finale. I think Hajime solving BK’s riddle is going to be key to beating him.

      • Irenesharda says:

        Yeah, what exactly were the MESS there for? We haven’t seen them in forever, and they’ve completely dropped out of the plot.

        • HannoX says:

          Well, if the MESS don’t return and play a role in beating BK, I suppose their purpose was to show us that Hajime’s sideways thinking could solve problems no one else could. And her solving of that problem served notice that she’s the hero of the show, not just some airheaded character included for laughs.

          • Overcooled says:

            I’ve been just WAITING for those little rubix cube aliens to make another appearance. If they don’t then having them in the first place was a dumb idea. They could have shown Hajime’s personality in other ways other than involving a throwaway alien race to later be ignored for BK.

        • BlackBriar says:

          I think the MESS were just a product Berg Katze was testing out to toy with people and realizes he no longer needs. If anything is dropped by the bad guy, it will be an obligation to be dropped by the story itself.

  8. zztop says:

    The Kasumigaseki district, as mentioned in this ep, is the location of the HQs of numerous Japanese ministry departments and is thus the hub of Japan’s bureaucracy.
    The Neo Hundreds’destruction of the buildings and the Diet(Parliament) building would effectively cripple the Japanese government and hopefully plunge Japan into chaos, exactly as Berg wants.

    • Overcooled says:

      Ah, so it’s a real place then? Cool!

      They’re certainly succeeding in the chaos department. Even if they targeted random buildings to scare people, it would work. The fact they’re specifically going after the most important symbols of law and order just makes the blow that much worse.

  9. Japaninspired says:

    Yay! This episode was such a blast and so much fun to watch.
    I loved that Hajime decided to make a Gatchannel and with all that in her room. I think it’s the perfect place to make a channel, so colorful and all.
    Thought still I’m worried about everything that’s happening. And it seems that we only have 3 episodes left *sob*.
    I have a feeling that after “Gatcha~” ends, I’ll rewatch the whole anime in one day, just because how awesome it is.
    Really hope the last fight will be a blast. Can’t wait, can’t wait.

    “how blogging sites like Metanorn can change the world”- you’ve said it right. At least you’ve changed MY world.
    I’ve found a place where I can freely talk about the things that I like. Metanorn is filled with so much wonderful people, I already love you guys so much! Hope that Metanorn will exist forever.

    • Overcooled says:

      Yesssss I really liked it too. The madness from BK and the Neo 100 was balanced out by the Gatchannel segment. It was so cute. I imagine things will get very serious for the finale, and we’ll get a physical fight of some kind. There should be juuuust enough episodes to wrap everything up. Hopefully.

      Awww, you flatter me and all the writers here~ and thank YOU for commenting. I’ve come to recognize your name now whenever I see you’ve left a comment hehe.

      • Japaninspired says:

        Oh, guess you’re right, it might be serious. Though it will be really Gatcha-like if Hajime does something really unexpected to save the planet.

        By the way, if someone listened to the whole OST cd and read the names of the songs, there should be a scene Show ▼

        I didn’t think my comment would be read by others from the Meta Team, now I feel kind of embarrassed. O////O
        But I’m really happy to hear that!
        Yeah, checking Metanorn every morning has become something like a routine to me.

        • Highway says:

          Heh, I read just about every comment on the site. So it’s more likely than not that it’ll be read. I think we all love getting comments on our posts.

          And just so you know, if your comment is caught in the spam filter, it’s still there, so you don’t have to retype it or anything. If the site refreshes and it doesn’t show up, it’s there, we just need to save it (and that gets done multiple times a day). It can be a bit frustrating, but it’ll get there. :)

          • BlackBriar says:

            This is out of nowhere but after a while, after becoming a blogger, do you expect a comment from a couple of known commenters on Metanorn?

            • Highway says:

              For me it’s still a ‘put it up and hope for comments’. I mean, after a couple episodics of a show, you know what the audience of a show is, and what they generally want to talk about, and whether they’re going to comment.

              Possibly boring “pull back the veil stuff” in spoiler tag to not make the page longer if people aren’t interested: Show ▼

            • Overcooled says:

              Yeah, most comments are regulars for whoever is watching the show. Sometimes I won’t “see” certain people for a season if I’m not blogging something they’re watching. Every now and then someone new pops up too.

              And I’m totally with Highway about comments. Although we all write for the love of writing, we also really really like discussing the topics we’ve covered (or missed!) from an episode. Discussion just makes it that much better since everyone has different opinions and specialties. Anyone who says “you shouldn’t care about comments” doesn’t realize it’s not a popularity thing, but a I WANT TO TALK TO PEOPLE ABOUT ANIME thing.

            • skylion says:

              There is no one that writes that doesn’t want it read and commented on. It’s in our nature. That being said, I agree with OC in that writing about what you love is a joy, and having the capacity to share that is sweet icing on the cake.

          • Japaninspired says:

            Every comment? Wow, it must be really tiring to read each.

            Oh, ok.
            Yeah, it gets a bit, especially if it’s a long comment that took some time to type.

            • BlackBriar says:

              It’s frustrating knowing you’re typing a long comment when you know there’s a huge chance it’s going to fall to the spam monster.

    • BlackBriar says:

      I agree with you completely!! Metanorn’s great isn’t it? This may be out of the way for saying this but you should get a Gravatar. That way it will be easier to identify you. Here’s the link to the site for you to create one.

      • Japaninspired says:

        Yup, Metanorn is awesome!

        Oh, thank you for the link! This might sound strange, but I actually thought that all the people with avatars are bloggers from websites. Now I feel stupid.

        • BlackBriar says:

          No problem. Just helping out a fellow commenter. And no problem on the assumption. We all make mistakes. When I first started commenting here, I couldn’t tell who were the commenters from the bloggers until I started looking at the top 15 commentator list. That and the blogger’s names are highlighted with a link to Metanorn itself.

        • Highway says:

          Nope, avatars are just for fun (and expression). Even the links for names aren’t anything special, just people who put in a site address for the comment form.

      • Japaninspired says:

        Thank you so much for the link!

        I don’t know what I’ll do if spammy eats my reply to you the 3rd time

    • skylion says:

      There’s lots of places to hang out in the anime blog sphere, this one is the best.

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