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!