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Gatchaman Crowds 6 – Hey, you, with the awesome powers. Yeah, you. Stop doing that.


Hajime knows Rui has something to hide, because only someone with a hidden plan would ape Gendo Ikari. It’s so obvious! I also love Rui paying basically zero attention to Sugane until he actually needs to be addressed regarding Rui’s vision of the world. Poor Sugane. He should have known Rui wouldn’t give a shit about someone who isn’t brazen enough to discard all anonymity. Never mind that Rui is basically in disguise, as well. At least there is a face to be seen! It’s almost adorable how Sugane tries so hard to look tough and intimidating at this meeting.

But as Hajime points out, Sugane’s not the only person trying to look all cool at this meeting — even a lunkhead like me knows that when Hajime mentions Rui’s “makeup,” she actually means that air of bullshit pretense Rui’s putting on. Hajime doesn’t need to hide anything; she definitely seems disappointed that someone like Rui would need to hide behind anything. The very act of hiding calls Rui’s claims into question. The ideal is a world where everyone fits into a slot and helps each other without needing any sort of motivator. But wouldn’t such a world require an enormous amount of trust in humanity? Rui doesn’t really have that trust — the words say one thing, and the actions say another. Hajime sniffs that out in a hurry, whereas Sugane seems to have a vague unease that causes him to lean in Hajime’s direction.

That all said, I doubt Rui ever expected the Gatchaman to step down so easily. This is more a test of resolve. Are these people worth cooperating with/using in some way? Or are they just going to back down in a hurry when confronted with Rui’s words? I’m not sure if “lol fuck that” was the expected response, though. Probably something more along the lines of Sugane’s protests was more expected. I do wonder what Rui’s response will be. Actively fighting against the Gatchaman and/or denouncing them would seem to go against Rui’s overall goal, and I’m not sure how far that would go, anyway, considering the sudden explosion of popularity for the Gatchaman. Plus, the Gatchaman crew has a face in Hajime, while no such face exists in the public consciousness for GALAX. Obviously, that means Gatchaman > GALAX.


As a purely fun scene, I really enjoyed Hajime and Utsutsu escaping with the help of GALAX. Hajime’s firm belief that GALAX will help them escape the situation no matter what makes this all the more delightful to watch. Only in Hajime’s world does stealthily sneaking out of building translate to “I’m going to stroll in the middle of this room because WHATEVER.” Hajime gives zero fucks. My sole problem with the scene is that it does not go on longer and with increasingly ludicrous disguises. That whole scenario is ripe for comedy gold.

Ah, well, I can at least rest happy that it provided this gem:



As for other stuff, I kind of feel for Pai-Pai. Poor little guy just needs a rock of some sort so that he can be a little more comfortable in charge. He just doesn’t have the confidence to make those big decisions on his own. I feel ya, buddy. Unfortunately, he’s just going to go on being confused and unsure of himself because Hajime gives no shits about tradition. Get swept up in the tide or be confused for life, little panda alien! It would be a lot easier for Pai-Pai if he realized the power revealing his identity would grant the Gatchaman folks — they’d have an adorable mascot character! Everyone would instantly love them, and they’d be able to do what they want. Someone should totally suggest that to him, if only to see his reaction.

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  1. DarkEnergy
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    I loved this episode. FINALLY they meet and talk face-to-face. Also, where was crazy red-hair dude this episode?

    Fuck Pai-Pai. I do feel a bit sympathetic for him and he just wants everything to work together like it’s supposed to. But THE WORLD DOESN’T WORK THAT WAY and he’s proven that he has little to no control over what the Gatchaman actually do. Pai-Pai is my least favorite character and Sugane is second least favorite. Pai-Pai is more like an exposition-dumping figurehead for what a boss of the Gatchaman is supposed to be like.

    I’m very doubtful, but I hope we get to see some good writing in upcoming episodes for what Rui’s true plans are and how it interfere’s with the core beliefs of the Gatchaman.

  2. DarkEnergy
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    Also, why does Utsutsu-chan keep saying “I’m dreamy”? I really like it as a kawaii catchphrase as it could have several different layers of meaning. But, I find it hard to believe that not a single person would ask about this odd behavior.

    • Rin
      Posted August 19, 2013 at 5:15 am | Permalink

      What she says is “utsuutsu shimasu” (note the two “u” in “utsuu…”), which means “I’m gloomy”. Crunchyroll mistook the word “utsuutsu” for “utsutsu”, hence the translation “I’m dreamy”.

      Basically they messed up.

      As to why she keeps saying “I’m gloomy”. Well, at first it’s because that’s how she feels. Now she probably keeps saying it out of habit.

      • DarkEnergy
        Posted August 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

        Ok I see. Thanks for clearing that up. Dang it, Crunchy, you’re supposed to be better than this…

      • Posted August 20, 2013 at 11:34 am | Permalink

        I’ve taken to watching the fansubs as a result of this, and was pleasantly suprised to see Hajime is “hella” from Northern California in certain translations. She certainly subscribes to the #yoloswag420baylife approach to life the region popularized, so I’d say it’s a fair translation

  3. Posted August 19, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    This episode lays bare Rui’s hypocrisy in no uncertain terms. For all his appeals to a higher ideal of a society of complete equality, he still unconsciously clings to his status, power, and anonymity when addressing the Gatchamen. In contrast, Hajime can be taken wholly at face value, and believes in the goodness of others the most, which is perhaps the sole necessary quality needed to create the society Rui envisions. People like her may be called naive, but she ultimately flips the script and shows by comparison how the petty hangups of other characters like Rui, Sugane, and Pai-Pai are.

    • Posted August 20, 2013 at 11:26 am | Permalink

      His? He? Rui is a male?
      Wow I missed that entirely
      But yea, his hypocrisy in capitalistically creating an anarcho-communistic society was evident from the beginning
      1) Galax is proprietary and closed-source. Without GPL(et al) and allowing the source code to be viewed/modified, you still own the damn thing. You’re a leader.
      2) “The Hundred” are privileged over the masses
      This kind of thinking is what allows the populace of western countries to justify continued nuclear armament “FOR DEMOCRACY!”. Maintaining exclusive control over a power “for good” is just regime change, not an actual decentralization of the power structure. Idealistically executing a “revolution” under such a premise is just plain silly. At least Lelouch was honest in his intentions

      • Shinmaru
        Posted August 20, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, it’s particularly funny to hear Rui talk trash about dependency on the Gatchaman, since the Hundred and CROWDS is basically that but spread over a slightly wider net.

      • Raymondjram
        Posted August 25, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

        Yes, Rui is male. There is a short scene when he is changing his clothes and there is a shot of his bare (breastless) chest.

  4. Phobes
    Posted August 20, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Haha, they totally did the same thing in Durarara, except somehow this time it feels more authentic. Somehow having a magic AI supercomputer compelling the drones to do their designated tasks is more realistic than otherwise.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted August 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, the version of this in Durarara is mostly unrealistic because in reality, people would just get into dumb Internet fights with each other rather than respond to calls for help.

  5. Raymondjram
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    I sense here that you need a “leader” or a “hero” to move and motivate people some way, either for good or bad. History proves this. GALAX has its AI to contact all its users. Gatchaman works in secret, and we see how it doesn’t work well. I believe that Gatchaman should be a public figure and lead the people to do good. GALAX is an artifical substitute for a “leader’. This is why one of the “hundred” wanted Riu to use GALAX to get rid of the bad human leaders.

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