Ahhh yes, let us sunbathe in the WHITE HOT FLAMES OF GATCHAMAN FURY
|If for some reason you clicked through the jump and haven’t watched the episode yet, let me provide you with some advice. You can just skip the first half of the episode, because it is just a big recap of all the character development that has been going on. It’s an interesting change from recapping purely the events from a neutral perspective, but that doesn’t make it any less of a rehash. The only new info here is that OD is hella old. It’s probably too late for most of you to get that lost time back, but at least I tried (sort of) to warn you.|
The recap was lame not because it was poorly done, but simply because I just can’t stand to sit through the same thing twice. Once you get over that (nothing a little fast forwarding can’t fix for those of you not blogging it and therefore not obliged to watch every single second) then the second half is smooth sailing. But really, I have no clue why they had time for a 10-minute recap considering the show is only 12 episodes long. I guess that means we won’t have a rushed ending. My assumption is they had so much extra time that they decided to pad the length with some insight from the Gatcha crew. I’m a little bummed that this episode is so short (in terms of new content) but ah well..what can you do? At least they didn’t try and squish a FULL EPISODE OF RECAPPING in there.
BK cares about the little things…like using his “tail” as a stylish obi for his yukata dress.
Recaps aside, oh man, things are really moving along now. Berg Katze loses some of his high ground and seemingly regains it within milliseconds. By losing control over X, I thought he would be permanently barred from tinkering with GALAX since only Rui has admin privileges. Instead of being set back, he manages to gain an even bigger advantage by transferring the CROWDS ability to everyone with enough dexterity and tenacity to push a button. He really is a genius. Now he can pit the humans against each other and hope they tear each other to shreds. Without a proper understanding of their powers, they could be sending hundreds of thousands of other people into comas. Since they think they’re just attacking a bulbous, TV-headed gremlin, they don’t realize another person is connected to it. There’s also the danger of these new users having a selfish streak and joining the riot. Furthermore, with all of this chaos, now GALAX can’t keep track of which CROWDS avatars should be attacked. It’s really the worst case scenario, since tons of people are gonna push the buttons and try to be heroes.
The best part about this sudden turn of events is that it immediately follows a heart-pumping, feel-good rise to the top. The Gatchaman are churning out cubes, people are getting free smart phones, X returns, and the Prime Minister even has a surprisingly touching change of heart. Just when everything is going right, Berg Katze ruins it. He totally takes advantage of Suga-yan’s sudden rise to fame by sending out a fake message telling people to use CROWDS. The drama is further emphasized by Rui, who screams at the top of his lungs when he realizes what is happening. Having Rui in the cast is an excellent way to balance out Hajime’s perpetual cheerfulness. Hajime would likely have reacted – at most – with a look of shock and a dumbfounded “ehhhhhHHHHH?!”. Rui is just dripping with angst and drama, so he’s always the one who cries to the heavens in the middle of a road to really let us know just how far up shit creek without a paddle we really are. I’m finally feeling the weight behind Berg Katze’s evil schemes.
So although Rui befriending X again may not really have solved all the world’s problems, it was still a cute reunion. It’s sweet the way he tells Hajime he managed to get his “friend” back. Even though Rui has made a whole new host of Gatcha-buddies, he still hasn’t forgotten X. I kind of missed X’s adorable voice sweetly asking people to help others as well. It was also the perfect set-up for getting the Prime Minister back in gear to do something only he could do. Sure, BK screwed it all up moments later, but at least Suga-yan is no longer sulking. I really loved his Gatchannel segment where he progressively gets more and more angry as he reads the live comments on his streaming video. There’s no such thing as bad press, right? It was a quick and effective way to turn the Prime Minister around from a guy who did nothing and got no feedback to someone reacting to millions of live commentors and suddenly feeling empowered. You can tell he’s a good guy, but he got burnt out by never seeing his actions have any effect on his surroundings at a scale he could really understand or feel.
There was nice contrast between the fighting (which suddenly became more intense and satisfying compared to last week’s kiddie fest. Jou’s phoenix explosion that blasted at least a few blocks in each direction was particularly brutal) and Berg Katze pulling an ace out of his sleeve at the last second. It’s a good cliffhanger to end on before the finale. Now, let’s see if OD pulls a Madoka and transforms in the last episode to save the world in a flurry of pink sparkles.
They look more prepared for a rave party than saving the world, but we’ll find out next week!