This is probably how I would react if I could see live comments on the screen as I streamed something.
This episode does a nice job of making the prime minister sympathetic. I feel like this will be me in like 20 or 30 years trying to connect with some crazy technology that has passed me by. There’s so much weird shit you can do with technology; it’s probably overwhelming for a politician who has likely made his way through the system connecting with people in all the traditional ways. (Or maybe that sort of thing works a bit differently in Japan? It seems like their politicians mug for votes as much as American politicians, but I suppose I don’t know for sure.) The “HEY GET OFF
TUMBLR YOUR DUMB ANIME BLOG YOUR ASS AND VOTE” definitely feels like more Nakamura speaking through the characters, but whatever. Politicians have probably felt like yelling at their constituents just as much as the voters want to yell at politicians.
I do wonder, though, how these people can continue to use GALAX to rally against Berg-Katze. Bergy still has some measure of control in the system, given that the app can be altered to give the CROWDS to any old person who touches that big, inviting X button. Yet Berg doesn’t have total control, given that X is finally able to recognize that Berg isn’t Rui and logs Berg out of the system. (No more going to Rui’s Twitter and/or Facebook accounts and posting racist screeds!) GALAX is definitely useful — and probably still needed, given how many people are running around — for communicating with people, but if Berg can keep using, then it’s definitely going to be trouble to some extent. I imagine a decent part of the finale will be figuring out how to counteract Berg’s access to GALAX and the CROWDS. How that will happen, well … *shrug*
So, uh, the recap. I didn’t want to bring this up right off the bat, because I didn’t want the conversation dominated by it, but it’s worth mentioning, at least. Recaps don’t really make me mad these days. I mostly feel a bit disappointed when I see them. From what I understand, studios resort to recaps mainly when they need some breathing room to get work done. I’m by no means an expert, but I’ve read just enough about the anime industry to realize that actually working in it is fucking hard as hell. I am not privy to behind the scenes stuff, so it’s useless for me to speculate, but at least from what we’ve seen onscreen, Gatchaman Crowds has been a bumpy production from an animation standpoint. I’ve mostly enjoyed looking at it since Nakamura’s shows are so wonderfully colorful, but yeah. Whatever’s going on, we got a recap taking up more than half of the show’s penultimate episode.
The creators definitely tried to make the best of it. There are ways to make recaps relatively painless; to me, the best ones give a different, interesting point of view on what’s happened. I recently rewatched Revolutionary Girl Utena‘s second recap episode, which is all about Tsuwabuki’s thoughts on Nanami. Then you have nuttier stuff like Excel Saga‘s wacky game/variety show recap or Martian Successor Nadesico being meta squared with its recap episode. Gatchaman Crowds is a bit more straightforward. It fulfills the most basic requirement of the recap episode — recap events. It also recaps how various characters feel about Hajime and how they’ve grown. It’s OK, but it’s really nothing that isn’t already apparent by watching the series and paying attention.
So hey. Disappointing, but I hope the crew is able to rally and deliver a solid finale. Whatever problems there have been, I’ve consistently been interesting in what Gatchaman Crowds has had to say and in its feeling and heart. It deserves to go out on a good note.