10 CommentsFirst Impressions, Gatchaman Crowds / By Shinmaru /

Gatchaman Crowds 1 – GATCHAMAAAAAAAAN~


If I could transform into robot armor with that disco beat thumping in the background, I would abuse the SHIT out of it. I’d be in a constant state of transforming into Gatchaman and back to normal so that I could immediately transform back.

Oh, Kenji Nakamura. I can always count on you to throw some sort of curveball. I’m not one to keep up with too many conversations, so I don’t know if people expected something this silly, but I dug it. The protagonist seems to be a flash point of controversy from my view, but at least for this one episode, I enjoyed her antics. She comes off to me like if someone wrote their own self-insert Gatchaman fanfic where suddenly WOW I’M TOTALLY THE HERO AND THE BEST AND STUFF, but it’s actually happening instead of being just words on a page, so they’re still in awe of being in this world. And because of that, Hajime spends the episode drawing dumb things in her Very Important Notebook and hugging half-naked girls instead of beating up Rubik’s Cubes.

I could definitely see this act wearing thin as Hajime takes on actual responsibility and whatnot, but for now I laughed heartily at the comedy of this dumb ass teenager getting important responsibilities shoved onto her. Sorry, Serious Alien Who Looks Like Bottom-Biting Bug and Is Voiced by Aya Hirano, but you’re gonna have to deal with this for now. Plus, I like her dumb optimistic touches like shaking her own hand after Joe is like, “lol fuck that” and snubs Hajime.

Anyway, Hajime will probably be amazing and stuff, but I would actually be interested to see her as like one of the Milky Holmes girls: someone who has tremendous aptitude for doing amazing things every one in a while (such that it seems like an accident when something good occurs), but for the most part totally fucks everything up in the most hilarious way. There’s comedic value in being an annoying optimist who can’t do anything right! This would be particularly welcome this season since the word on the street is that the new Milky Holmes anime is fucking garbage. (Why oh why has Milky Holmes been destroyed?!) I have my doubts that the show will proceed in this manner, so it’s just a thought.


If there’s one other part of this episode I really enjoyed it’s that, god damn, Kenji Nakamura can still knock it out of the park when it comes to color. I wasn’t that into Nakamura’s previous anime, Tsuritama, but if there’s one thing I loved to do with each episode it was drinking in the vibrancy of the world and its feast of colors. Gatchaman Crowds isn’t quite at that level yet, but the headquarters is something to behold. Just look at the part above — it looks more like a modern art exhibit than a superhero hangout. Maybe if you’ve been doing this superhero gig for long enough, you get bored with the normal decor and require something a bit more outrageous. There’s no real uniformity to how anyone is dressed, either. Everyone goes about wearing whatever they feel like. Some team!



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  1. Posted July 13, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    I was also a huge fan of Hajime’s antics – it felt like she was treating this setup with the exact amount of reverence the audience is supposed to. “My soul’s in this notebook now? AWESOME!”

    • Posted July 15, 2013 at 3:04 am | Permalink

      That one sure is interesting. It’s a total contrast with girls in Madoka Magica. They went “What? My soul is in this pendant? My current physical body is nothing but a walking corpse now? Bohoooo.” instead.

  2. gedata
    Posted July 13, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    I expected the heroes to resemble the original Gatchaman team, that would’ve been neat. Those suits look like something out of Tiger & Bunny or Karas instead.

    • Someone Else
      Posted July 14, 2013 at 3:34 am | Permalink

      I thought I was the only one who was reminded of T&B with those armors

  3. Posted July 13, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    You were right to skip the new Milky Holmes because Japan apparently doesn’t realize that their actual source material is shit. I couldn’t even finish the first episode (w/o subs too) and it was only 12 minutes long!

  4. Leah
    Posted July 13, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    I noticed a lot of weird animated faces when I watched the episode, in the ending for example and apparently this was made in a rush, that is why we had no trailer as well.
    The main character was goofy, but fun, not too sold on the other characters as of yet, they were very bland. CG is blended in quite nicely, reminds me of Tiger & Bunny.
    I will probably not take this to seriously and watch it for the silliness and the action and the “GATCHAMAAAN!”. Also the panda mascot, I really liked him/her/it.
    Also, I heard they included the harem guy from the source material in the new Milky Holmes anime, is that true? Because that would be terrible.

  5. Jaysus
    Posted July 13, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    I thoroughly enjoyed this, because:

    1) I <3 genki girls
    2) I'm a fountain pen nerd and immediately noticed that she carries around a Lamy
    3) I lol'd at the fact that Hirano Ana actually got a job again

    • Someone Else
      Posted July 14, 2013 at 3:36 am | Permalink

      Genki girls shouldn’t be loved as they usually have nothing but genki energy on their brains (Like Amy from Gargantia) but I like the MC on this one since she’s a new variation

  6. Taka
    Posted July 14, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    I just wanted more scenes of her carrying around that bikini-clad girl like a dakimakura.

  7. Posted July 15, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    As regards Milky Holmes, the issue really is that there have been two different canons created in adapting the source material – in one case, J.C. Staff just went nuts and animated prehensile nipples; in the other, J.C. Staff decided to go with a straightforward adaptation. Unfortunately, the currently running Milky Holmes hails from the crapverse version. Sadface.

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