No. We can’t just hit it with our fists.
Poor Joe Joe. I think everyone knew that no matter the level of his bravado, trying to beat up Berg Katze just would not fly. Poor guy didn’t get the memo when Hajime ran around questioning all the most basic tenets of the Gatchaman. Sugane fared even worse — he didn’t even get to jump into the fray. And Rui found out that using powers granted to you against the very person who gave you those powers in the first place is always a bad idea. Supervillains are almost always the most prepared to deal with that kind of backstabbing.
But, really, the scene that best displays the futility of attempting to physically assault Berg Katze is Pai-Pai getting all pumped up and brave, transforming into that crazy panda Gatchaman tank and then chickening out at the last second when he realizes that, oh shit, he’s going to fight a being that has catalyzed the destruction of numerous worlds. Scary! Poor Pai-Pai. You’re just the comic symbol of one of Gatchaman Crowds‘ foremost points.
Hajime’s talk with Berg-Katze is really the most striking part of the episode, however, because it really underpins just how dire the situation is. The show’s MO has been communication and attempts to understand one another and the situations we’re in, and that’s what Hajime does with Berg Katze. Why is this all happening? What’s the purpose? Is there more to come? Hajime seeks answers, and what she gets strikes her deep to the core, such that a deep sadness wells up in her. Is it any wonder that it’s Utsutsu and her healing warmth that Hajime goes to after speaking with Berg-Katze? (Well, never mind that Utsutsu is the only one who is both around and conscious at the time.) But, yes, the world is quite fucked at the moment — Rui’s revolution has unraveled, and Bergles isn’t anywhere close to fulfilled when it comes to causing all sorts of destruction in the world. (I can relate, because I’ve been playing a lot of Saints Row IV lately. Destroying stuff is way too much fun.)
Then again, with the way Berg-Katze phrases it, Bergy probably positions itself more as a nudger rather than a full-fledged origin of destruction. “It’s already happening” doesn’t mean that Berg-Katze is in the midst of a plan; rather, it means that humanity has been fucking up the world in some way even before Berg-Katze showed up and started kissing people left and right. Bergs just helps people on the path to the big red blaze.
In an episode with many standout scenes, I loved this classic scene of the Hundred all going down to Berg-Katze’s attack. You usually get a scene like this as the culmination of a complex plot hatched by the main villain; the strings are gathered and then pulled, and those on the other side are the unfortunate victims. To me, this type of large-scale, wide-ranged massacre being executed with such ease is also a strong indicator of Berg-Katze’s destructive ability. Again, this entire episode is all about why it’s a bad idea to take on Berg-Katze with the conventional “FISTS = MIGHT” wisdom. (For that, of course, we have shows like G Gundam, which everybody should watch.)
Also, I’m wondering if we’ll go the entire series without seeing O.D.’s ability. My guess is that we will, because all the hints so far have indicated that his power is so strong that it can wipe out an entire world, which obviously would mean that it’s not to be used unless the most dire situation possible has presented itself. Clearly that would go against the entire point of the series, so Hajime will find some way to prevail before O.D. has to step in and wreck the Earth to wipe Berg-Katze out once and for all.