There are a ton of legitimate gripes that people have with Gatchaman CROWDS, most of which have to do with Hajime being almost unbearably jovial 24/7. She’s both the series’ greatest asset, and the biggest obstacle that stands between enjoying what the show has to offer. Also, some people dropped it because of recurring speech patterns (and possibly some legitimate problems, but c’mon, it’s Scamp). Still, from start to finish, CROWDS is inseparable from Hajime, and her overbearingly cheerful facade dominates the show like a furious typhoon of manic stationery lust.
It’s weird, then, that the moment where Hajime’s impact is felt the most is when she doesn’t get the chance to append –ssu to every sentence. Instead, we get half an episode of recap where the other characters narrate their interactions with her, while the show plays an array of related scenes from previous episodes. It’s a way of characterization as simple as it is effective. To actually hear the characters explain how Hajime changed their lives goes a long way toward making her feel more like an essential part of the CROWDS universe, rather than an outsider who exists solely to point out the incongruity between traditional hero synopses and the modern world. I wasn’t too fond of it when I watched, but the more that I think back, the more that it works. It probably wasn’t preferable to matching the narration with actual content, but it actually accomplishes something with its allotted time that wouldn’t have been done otherwise.
Admittedly, it wasn’t necessary for CROWDS to summarize old content from different perspectives; it already did a good job at showing Hajime’s impact on the characters’ reasoning, through dozens of small moments. Having all the ducks lined up in a row just let me appreciate all the good work that CROWDS did toward changing its characters. I can’t say that I’d support future uses of narrative through recap, since it is pretty fucking lazy, but just this once it was a nice gimmick that worked nicely, and that has to count for something.