Japanese: ガッチャマン クラウズ
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 13, 2013 to Sep 28, 2013
25 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisThe story is set in Japan in the early summer of 2015. 180,000 people live in Tachikawa City, the "second metropolis" of the Tokyo area. Among them are "Gatchaman"—warriors who fight in special reinforced suits powered by "NOTE," the manifestation of special spiritual powers in living beings. A council has scouted a group of individuals with latent powers to protect Earth from alien criminals. In recent years, the council has assigned Gatchaman warriors to deal with the mysterious entity known as "MESS."
Related AnimeOther: Kagaku Ninja-Tai Gatchaman
Sequel: Gatchaman Crowds 2nd Season
Characters & Voice Actors
Where there's trouble, we need a hero, someone who we can depend on to ensure the public's safety. Who better than Gatchaman?
Don't be fooled by just the title. Gatchaman does exist and in the near future, they are legendary heroes who stands in with the crowds to protect the public. They're not just heroes but beings with supernatural abilities that allows them to fend off threats and criminals. In any city, there's crime. Luckily, Gatchaman is there to put it to end. They're not just wannabees but people who are capable of making a difference.
Gatchaman Crowds is an anime series produced by Tatsunoko Production. It is actually a reboot of the original series. Directed by Kenji Nakamura (C: Control, The Big O, Tsuritama) makes its hot summer debut as one series that can be stunningly entertaining. I'm not referring to just the action or its style of execution. Rather, Gatchaman Crowds takes on the hero theme and presents it in a way that is extravagant for viewers whom are into a distinctive series of recent years.
Adapting a series based on heroes isn't entirely new to the anime industry. At the same though, it's not a hugely popular trend. In recent years, series such as Tiger & Bunny and Star Driver have followed such a pattern. In these series, characters become heroes of justice and vows to protect what they treasure. The part where Gatchaman Crowds shine though is that the main action character happens to be a girl. Usually, we are more used to seeing a guy playing the knight in shining armor. However, here we have a girl named Hajime who is infused with hyperactive energy. Instead of being a helpless girl in distress who needs a knight in shining armor, she becomes the sword the knight holds itself. With her super outgoing personality, Hajime Ichinose is the mascot as well as the girl that can make a difference. There are many times though where we see her more of a normal girl with that hyperactive personality. She is like the professor of energy because the many things he does puts viewers at awe of her attentiveness. There's is also a puzzling factor regarding the way she speaks that sometimes comes out as riddles. In a way, viewers might not 100% understand her purpose or way of what she is trying to convey. But hey, that's the fun part.
Of course, Hajime isn't the only character in the show with all the power. If that was the case, her responsibility would be greater than anyone can imagine. Luckily, she does have allies as part of the Gatchaman Crew (aka the G-Crew). These include a variety of characters including Sugane Tachibana, Joe Hibiki, O.D., Utsu-tsu, and Pai-man. Despite his rather peculiar appearance, Pai-man acts as the leader although his appearances makes him a bit weak as compared to the others. Needless to say though, he is capable of leading and is able to unify the group together to take on dangerous criminals, beings with supernatural abilities that threatens the existence of others.
Out of all the characters, we can see that there are a lot of interactions between the various members of the G-Crew. In particular, Hajime and Utsu-tsu has a peculiar relationship as they exist on almost entirely opposite of each others' personalities. Hajime is the energetic girl while Utsu-tsu is the stoic one. She often murmurs the phrase, “I'm dreamy” as if she is setting herself away from reality. However, Hajime at many times brings her closer to reality itself through their relationship.
Other characters in the show also makes prominence, in particular Rui Ninomiya, a cross-dresser with beliefs of his own. In his mind, there's a need to improve and perhaps even change the world for the better. This in a way puts him on the opposite side of Gatchaman as his beliefs leads up the suggestion that Gatchaman would be nonexistent in a world of future. In many ways, he thinks that people would not solve problems on their own but rather become overreliant on Gatchaman. At the same time, there's no doubt that Rui needs help of his own especially when confronted with a dangerous criminal.
The criminals in Gatchaman are distinctive and looks peculiar. There's no surprise that some of these designs might be familiar for those who have seen Kenji's Nakamura's other directed works such as [C]. But besides that point, one particular villain in the show is shrouded in mystery not only by the way he kills but also his way to create a new world – destruction.
Because Gatchaman Crowds is set in a futuristic world (2015), expect some high level technology to come on the screen. Perhaps the most interesting of existing technology that exists in the Gatchaman world would be the GALAX. This interesting tool is a useful piece of technology for communication especially when trouble arises and there's a need for help. And who are you going to call help for in a city of dangerous criminals? Gatchaman of course!
The show also offers plentiful chances for action. Most often, this involves Gatchaman dealing with folks causing trouble and disturbing the peace of the public. Other times though, Gatchaman stands as a symbol of hope and peace. Rui does seem to agree with this but there are many who still looks up to Gatchaman. The action itself is solid with fast pacing moment and characters performing inhuman feats. More than ever though, we can tell that Gatchaman are not just your every day average superheroes. They are packed with explosiveness beyond just those catchy transformation sequences. Additionally, the team itself consists of a group that specializes in all sorts of skills when a trouble arises.
All entertainment factors aside, Gatchaman Crowds suffers somewhat in explaining itself through their origins. There's a certain lack of degree in character backgrounds with minimal flashbacks or character exploration. Additionally, there's confusion that arises occasionally regarding the purpose of our superheroes. Most of them seems to follow a moral of doing the right thing and helping the public. Then of course there's Hajime where some people will like her or others will find her a bit annoying for taking up most of the screen time. In many episodes, she explodes with energy and cheerfulness that contradicts the dangers of what the city faces. In fact, superheroes are supposed to take their jobs seriously and Hajime rarely has a serious expression on her face. In this perspective, viewers might not take her character or involvement in the plot itself very seriously. There's also a lack of diversity in terms of the villains that might lessen viewers' interests occasionally. Finally, the conclusion of this series might give some confusion to viewers with questions that needs legitimate answers. After watching this series, I had to scratch my head quite a few times asking myself various questions.
Gatchaman Crowds crafts its character artistically with their character designs. Hajime looks like a normal girl but her transformation can be described by more than just fascinating. There are the battles with CG elements added in that could have mixed results depending on your preferences. The futuristic setting also looks consistent where viewers can tell that its technology is beyond our times. Otherwise, Pai-man's character design makes him look less menacing as compared to the rest. Also, expect some a little of 'fan service' from Utsu-utu especially when she is wearing nothing but a bikini like outfit out in the open.
The soundtrack department makes sense. The OP song "Crowds" by White Ash plays on a heroic like orchestra with rock like beats. We get to see the majority of the characters in the opening sequences as well including a prominent villain of the show. Hajime herself sings the ED song and fits her style just right. Speaking of which, I give Maaya Uchida praise of her role as Hajime. Her voice mannerism fits Hajime's character quite well as a girl made of energy. OST wise, the show also makes sense through its insert with its action scenes, comedy sequences, and some of the more emotional small talks.
If science fiction is a genre you're into, Gatchaman Crowds should no doubt be on your PTW. I'm not talking about a science fiction where aliens drops from the sky and starts an invasion against humanity. Instead, I'm talking about a science fiction with heroes like you've never seen before. Hajime is one of those characters where you may end up liking or hating her. Other superheroes in the show or rather Gatchaman can also be fun to get used to. Superhero theme shows aren't very common to make it on the screen in recent years but for this show, it definitely is more than just uncommon. It's unique. It's explosive. And it's that damn awesome. read more
It's about time I set off and write a review for this anime.
Gatchaman Crowds is one of the rare anime this season that caught my attention not so much for what it's about, but the vibrant colors and interesting art-style, so when I began watching this, I honestly didn't know what to expect. I like to think of Gatchaman as the Mecha Power Rangers.
(Although I guess the Power Rangers did have there own giant mecha)
The story is rather simple and straight to the point, a group fights everyday for the sake of defending Earth and our faithful MC was chosen to be part of this group, otherwise known as Gatchaman. It doesn't really stray from the standard formula so many stories have set up, good guys come together versus a bad guy, conflicts arise, climax, solution and boom finish. I'd say what makes this different is the small twists in the setting, with the use and mix of special powers and technology, which we all use everyday, playing a large role in the overall plot. Unfortunately, there are times where you will ask yourself questions and the anime will not give you the answers to them, leaving you to research it yourself, this may be because it's only a 12 episode show, but who knows? The story does try and set itself apart, but in order to carry it over to become something great requires characters that can do so and whether they do that or not? We'll touch up on later.
So this is actually a big part of what had me begin watching it. The anime uses bright vibrant colors, the animation is smooth, you'll find the action scenes to be exciting and all mixed with a unique art-style and is really eye-catching and pretty well-done.
The BGM used along with SFX were of great quality and matched perfectly with the scenarios whether the mood would call for something serious or even some lighthearted silliness, they managed to set the mood to just that. I especially enjoyed that they created a Gatchaman song, letting you know that our heroes were on the move whenever you heard the "Gatchamaaaannn~~" chanting in the back.
Here's the big one, which we've put off my judgement of the story for.
So right off the bat we're introduced to Hajime and the rest of the Gatchaman crew early on along with our main antagonist and other characters that will be with us for the majority of the show. If you're expecting depth and deep development with our characters, I'm sad to inform you that you won't see it. While there is character development it is rather small and to be honest, I don't know whether to say that the guys who developed the characters are geniuses or not because I've never been fooled like that in awhile. The characters and especially main antagonist felt strong and rather dynamic, but in the end, you'll realize that almost all the characters are actually shockingly static. In fact, most of the characters don't change and the way you see them to start off is pretty much how they'll stay. There are small attempts at getting us to learn about them through even some flashbacks, but they don't hold any real meaning aside for that moment in the episode, which was quite disappointing. Even the malicious antagonist whom I thought was a fantastic opponent, turned out to be nothing more but just what he was advertised as, with nothing deep to him. That's why I can't help but think that the creators are a genius in a way, while they're static, you may not even notice it until you reach the end.
Now before you put a stake through me, hear me out, like I said there is small character development. They do attempt to add a bit more to our characters through the MC, Hajime, but it really isn't enough to flesh out the characters and with only 12 episodes, they didn't have much time to do so. It's unfortunate, but in this case I believe that they were trying to keep the plot their primary focus with characters as a secondary.
While I did have a lot to say on the story and characters, I thoroughly enjoyed the show. The action and interactions with the characters kept me excited and it really was just a good show to kickback and watch.
Overall, Gatchaman Crowds is far from perfect, but is actually a decent watch. The action, music and animation just blend well together and even though there are negatives to it, they can be partially overlooked just so you can have a fun time watching it although I can say that there are people who will enjoy it, but some who definitely won't so I can't say I'd recommend to anyone. If you're not too picky about characters, looking for action and a quick anime to watch then come join the party, the Earth needs your help!
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The high tech community in both of these beautifully animated shows remind me of one another. The cell phone based social networking center is an all new way to communicate with people and eliminate modern day necessities. Both shows are very futuristic in a sense.
There's a sort of the same feelings between both Summer Wars and Gatchaman Crowds. Their worlds are equipped with high technology but also with a sophisticated community.
Both series has some fluid action along with dialogue that inspires humor and entertainment. Character interactions are also fun to watch with both a mixture of comedy and emotions. There's also drama going on here and there dealing with the events going on in both anime.
The two series present a community organized around a huge social network; being this hacked, citizens will have to face the spreading chaos.
Gatchaman Crowds = GALAX
Summer Wars = OZ
have the same social networking sites that is useful to human kind.
These animes are sort of similar by the fact that you can have this kind of app thing installed into your phone which can help each other in our daily lives.
While Summer Wars is a movie, and Gatchaman Crowds is a 12 episode anime, they both have lots of action, from the fighting scenes to the unique art.
Both involve people with special abilities and secret organizations going after evil elements. Both have characters with very optimistic and artistic personalities. Both have the same action genre and the art of both anime are a bit too fancy.
One has an extra supernatural, comedy genre and a yaoi element in it, while the other has sci-fi and school as its extra genre. One has an extra ecchi element, while one doesn't. The MC in one anime is boy who's more like a damsel-in-distress, while the other anime also stars a boy but he however, can kick ass.
In terms of similairites, both Karneval and Gatchaman Crowds involves an organization who has a goal of protecting its people. These individuals belonging to the organization are skilled users who are able to use supernatural abilities to fight off foes. Thus, expect action in both series.
Among other things, both series employs a mysterious like vibe with the antagonists and backgrounds. Then, there's the main protagonists who seems to be cheerful although they are often curious about the world around them.
Both involves secret organization whose mission is to go after evil entities, except one is gay while the other seems to be cool.
The same intense action and mystery genre, where it involves a secret organization that dedicated in fighting evil and members with special capabilities. The differences are; one has an extra supernatural genre while the other has sci-fi, the protagonists in one anime are up against and evil organization, while the other one are only up against one very powerful alien.
Opening Theme"Crowds" by WHITE ASH
Ending Theme"INNOCENT NOTE" by Hajime Ichinose (CV: Maaya Uchida)
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