Posted by psgels on 2 September 2013 with categories: Gatchaman Crowds

So far, Gatchaman Crowds has been… interesting. Things are getting action-packed now and to me, they’ve delivered. I quite enjoyed these three episodes.

Episode 06: here Hajime really showed that she’s different from the usual ditzy female, in that she does everything consciously, with a clear purpose behind it. At the start of the series, I worried that she might get too annoying, but for me she didn’t, and this was one of the biggest reasons for that. She’s also doing another very interesting thing here: she completely disregards any sort of bias. If someone sounds like it could be fishy, she doesn’t care. She just does it, and somehow this show manages to stay away from the usual themes about naivety. She’s basically telling the rest of the cast to lighten up.

Rui has a very good point that the focus lies way too much with single heroes, and I can get behind trying to want to create a world in which everyone is a hero. But if there are people with special powers, then why not make use of that by cooperating? The villain wanting to update the world is a common trope that is used often, and therefore really needs to put in something special to stand out. This one isn’t quite there yet, but she’s on her way. There are definitely some fresh parts about her.

In episode 07 she starts acting like this big hypocrite when she deletes those three members who made jokes about dropping out, which goes completely against what she’s trying to do… Lots of hints for character-development on her side. That indeed gets used really well in the subsequent awesome action scene. Holy crap that is well directed! I still don’t get Pai Pai and JJ in this series though. What is their role? What’s their point? Why is the former so fidgety, and why is the latter not doing anything? Though Paipai’s transformation was great.

Episode 08 had the characters reveal themselves in front of kindergarteners in the midst of dubstep. I have to hand it to the creators that that was creative. The same goes for how they used that one former member of GALAX who rightfully believes that Rui screwed up. However, I do feel like his character is overreacting. Overall that is one of the big flaws of this series: characters have this tendency to overreact (yes, REact, I don’t mind the over the top acting, but characters end up drawing conclusions a little too biasedly).
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

10 Responses

  1. Durga says:

    Rui is male, he’s a crossdresser. I feel like pointing that out?

  2. ekkko says:

    Rui’s been dressed and acting like a female for 100% of the screen time so far, which means that she’s not a cross-dresser, but a transvestite. And normally you refer to a transgender person by their gender of choice, not their original sex…

    • mirabelle says:

      No he hasn’t, he’s been seen dressed as a guy in most of the episodes and even in the opening.

      Besides, ut’s not a real human being so who cares about what he “wants” to be refered to.

    • passerby says:

      Has Rui really been acting feminine, though? Rui’s definitely dressed like a girl for a lot of the time, but the way he sits at home, how he doesn’t bother changing his voice — he strikes me more as a crossdresser than trans.

    • Jay says:

      Supplementary materials for the show confirm that Rui’s a guy who just likes to dress up as a girl because he thinks it’s cute. So he is really just a cross dresser rather than trans.

  3. ekkko says:

    umm… it seems to me that you ppl misunderstand “acting as a female” as “acting feminine/girly”.
    that’s not the point, nor is it if she’s dressed as a guy in the intro or in the supplementary materials (lol)…

    and as for this:
    “Besides, ut’s not a real human being so who cares about what he “wants” to be refered to.”

    would you care to remember what this exchange began for in the first place?

    • Jay says:

      No, you misunderstand badly. I’m not saying that the supplementary materials are pictures which show Rui dressed as a boy and that’s why I’m saying he’s a boy who cross-dresses. I’m saying that the supplementary material say outright, in text, that Rui is a boy who has a cross-dressing habit. His gender is given as male on the official website, and he is a confirmed cross-dresser. He’s not a trans woman.

      Magazine quote: “Rui, much like the protagonist Hajime, likes pretty and cute things, and his reason for enjoying crossdressing is just “because it’s cute.”

      • ekkko says:

        lol the POINT is that, neither me or psgels have read whatever magazine you have in mind, so from what there’s to SEE in the series, his use of the “she” pronoun is completely justified and that’s what I’ve been saying in my messages above.
        it is irrelevant what the original design decision for making Rui like that was…

        • mirabelle says:

          Well what we see in the series is a boy who, when he goes out in the street dresses up as a.girl but when he’s at home he dresses up as a boy and acts like a boy.

          Therefore he’s not a girl or a transgender person, he’s a guy who likes to put on makeup and girly clothes sometimes, which does not warrant the use if “she”. And the supplementary material confirms it.

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  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 01:07 AM)
    @WyattX Ergo Proxy is sort of like that. It starts out really dark and the most light-hearted episodes come later on in the series. But it’s by no means a straight trajectory from dark to light. I for one am a sucker for shows that start out light and get dark and am glad it is trending right now. This has been a breakout season for that type of show.
  • WyattX
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 07:34 PM)
    Just watch it for how fracking trashy it is. “It’s so bad, it’s good” is a huge understatement. Go through the series in order for the full effect you’ll get when you watch the OVAs. Just pure gold.
  • WyattX
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 07:23 PM)
    I recommend you watch Princess Lover then watch the OVAs. The series itself is relatively normal (although crap) but the OVA are hentai. You get to see the hilarious jump from non-h to hentai as the main character turns into a hungry sex addict and tries to get into the heroine’s pants every five seconds when he HAD acted like a gentleman the entire series. LOL
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 01:02 PM)
    Generally later on when alot of comedies need to wrap things up they try to force in a plot so they can get some kind of ending. I know, agree its generally terrible, some of the drama later in toradora for example made me want to detusk a walrus in frustration.
  • WyattX
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 09:27 AM)
    What is it with light comedies trying to turn melodramatic as the series gets stretched out? What if we did the reverse? Let’s say theoretically that it happened to Tsubasa Chronicle. It would start out melodramatic as usual, then devolve into a simple, light slapstick comedy and forget about the story. People would lose their minds.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 07:44 AM)
    Here I take a second look at time of eve/eve no jiken: http://emma-hime.deviantart.com/art/Review-Time-of-eve-496663893
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 03:06 AM)
    I’m not sure whether to watch the sequel or not.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 03:04 AM)
    @Aidan: I try to avoid watching films where I can.
    Although you’ve got me to look back on my own review of guardians of the galaxy, the words I use in it don’t reflect the 4 out of 5 I gave it .
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 03:04 AM)
    Started to notice pretty big plot holes too. like Gamora went to open the door to baddys chamber. But after opening it she shoots a hole in the roof and jumps straight into the bad guys chamber. So if you can get in that way then why did you send the others in a roundabout route instead of just blowing up the roof and getting there that way?
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 02:49 AM)
    The comedy tends to only work once and it’s pretty weak. Like the “You are making me kick grass!” line. It’s not particularly funny, only random. The villain is just bland as hell. The characters are charming but not particularly deep.
    It’s a decent popcorn flick. But I am actually having second thoughts on getting it on DVD.

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