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Gatchaman Crowds 7 – You Mean We Can’t Just Hit It With Our Fists?

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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.

gatchaman-crowds-hundred-falling-downIn 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.

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13 Comments

  1. Coolwihp
    Posted August 26, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    The fact that they’re beating around the bush so much leads me to believe they actually will show OD’s Bird.

    Also, Berg’s mockery of Joe was icing on the cake. Yes, this was a cake.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted August 31, 2013 at 6:29 am | Permalink

      A delicious cake

  2. Posted August 26, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    It just hit me when i was watching this episode how similar this series is to “The Dark Knight”.
    They’re both based on superhero shows, They’re both about the need for “heroes” in this day and age, and they both have psychopathic badasses in the form of the Joker and Berg-Katze. Berg-Katze’s conversation with Hajime, with all the riddles and playfully tense tone really highlighted how Hajime and Berg have entirely different minds. Up to now, Hajime’s always represented empathy, and figuring out what everyone else is feeling. A part of that is giving everyone else the benefit of the doubt, always, which she also gives to Berg. Berg, on the other hand, is just straight psychopathic–you can’t understand him. That’s what makes the two really good foils for each other.
    Also, to all the people that were saying Hajime’s just a Mary Sue: YOU’RE WRONG. She clearly “lost” her verbal exchange with Rui, in a very existential sense. So she’s not perfect at everything. Just really idealistic and naive, which surprisingly can get you pretty far in life.

    • Lin
      Posted August 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

      “She clearly “lost” her verbal exchange with Rui, in a very existential sense.”

      I suppose you meant Katze, not Rui…. but anyway, Hajime didn’t lose. She’s still trying to solve the riddle, so the game’s still up.

      And I disagree that Hajime’s just idealistic and naive. She’s pretty pragmatic actually. If she was as naive as you think, she would have taken Katze’s attitude worse than she did, but at the end of the episode you see this is not the case. Even if he doesn’t exactly fit in her world view right now, she’s still trying to find the key to understand him. And she will, because understanding others is her thing, what she does best.

      • Anonymous
        Posted August 27, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

        Do you think her solving formulating an answer to the riddle will actually change anything? To me they just seem so fundamentally different. Take the ‘when is a planet at its brightest?’ question Berg-Katze asked. Even after Berg told her his answer, all Hajime could muster was a disimpassioned ‘is that a fact?’ and at the end of the episode she opens the shades and looks upon the break of dawn, her own answer, and says; ‘it’s pretty’.

        The break of dawn and the world going up in a red blaze are both undoubtedly beautiful but ultimately irreconcilable.

      • Lin
        Posted August 27, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

        Clearly that riddle was treated differently than his early question since he didn’t provide an answer. So yeah, I think it will change something.

        This was just their first meeting. It’s way to early to say Hajime can’t find a point of understanding. We’ll have to wait and see.

      • Posted August 28, 2013 at 7:43 am | Permalink

        My bet on what happens is
        1)Answer to the riddle is “a kiss”
        2)Berg kisses Hajime
        3)Berg goes apeshit
        4)Since Hajime’s identity was exposed, everyone turns on Gatchaman, crowds/X/galax turn on the gatchaman against Rui’s wishes

        Lin, I did mean Berg, not Rui hahaha
        I don’t think that being naive means she has to break down when her “innocence is shattered”, so to speak. She can still be very confident in her way of thinking, even if it is naive. But tbh I don’t really see her as that naive, I should have said “at worst idealistic and naive”. She focuses deeply on empathy and in that sense I think she probably has a more solid understanding of humanity than most.
        She “lost” in the sense that for once, things didn’t go her way, and it has a major bearing on the direction and message of the show, so the notion of her being a Mary Sue is discredited.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted August 31, 2013 at 6:32 am | Permalink

        Just to add my two cents on the Mary Sue angle (since I mentioned it at the beginning of the series): One thing that really defines a Mary Sue (female or male) to me is that the character is always right because they’re just right. Everything goes their way because that is how the world is crafted. Everyone just accepts that this person is the best and pure and just with no complaint. With Hajime, if she’s right, it’s because she seeks the path of rightness. She questions. She makes an effort to dig into the why of things. That effort alone disqualifies her from Mary Sue status, I think, because she’s clearly questioning her own behavior in that effort as well (as seen in her dialogue with Berg-Katze).

  3. Posted August 27, 2013 at 3:11 am | Permalink

    Soooo…. O.D. is Sailor Saturn, huh?

    • Someone Else
      Posted August 27, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

      So far I’ve been liking Burgercat for his unpredictability especially when he was mocking the gatchamans during the fight XD really funny, that VA’s the best lol. Anyways something tells me that Burgercat as an antagonist isn’t going to lose by simply getting beaten up (literally) since so far the show has shown less fight scenes with the gatchamans despite their cool transformations and armors. He also appears overpowered but who knows with? OD’s there

      Meanwhile I never get tired of Hajime questioning the fundamentals of being a hero. She seems to do it alot that it almost feels like she’s breaking the fourth wall and actually talking to the audience lol, not that it’s a bad thing, well at least for me

      • Shinmaru
        Posted August 31, 2013 at 6:33 am | Permalink

        Burgercat is an amazing nickname. I wish I had thought of it myself.

  4. gedata
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Permalink
  5. Stephane Adam
    Posted August 30, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

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