English: Gatchaman Crowds
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
Alternative version: Gatchaman Crowds: Embrace
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
Beginnings are important. They set the tone for the experience and color the audience's feelings on a work. If done successfully, a medium series can seem better than it is and vice versa. As important as they are, can these first impressions be trumped by the series itself? Most of the time, I'd say 'not really' but Gatchaman Crowds is a glowing exception to that rule. Here we go! (Bird, go!)
The story of Crowds starts off like the beginning of a lot of super hero shows: a random passerby gets thrown into a conflict that they know almost nothing about and are expected to help their allies triumph over evil (in this case, aliens).The protagonist in this case is Hajime, a quirky girl would loves her stationary. Faster than you can transform into a superpowered hero of justice, Hajime is recruited for the secret group known as the Gatchaman. Despite her enthusiasm, though, her allies are not particularly thrilled to have her around and poor Sugane is chosen to be her guide in all things Gatcha!
While this may be a show about heroes, the way the topic is approached isn't through the Saturday Morning Villain of the Week formula. Instead, the story primarily kicks action to the side and focuses on the rest of Tachikawa city as they enjoy a new social media app called Galax. With this app, people from across the city can meet up, do community service, seek counseling advice, the whole nine yards. Its like Facebook only it contributes to society (I'm kidding, don't hurt me...)! Part of the charm of the show is investigating just how important Galax is to these people's lives and how technology and online communication can shape a society. Needless to say, Galax is a defining feature of the series.
Sadly, in investigating this new app, the story has an extremely slow start as the characters are more or less goofing off the first quarter of the series. Now, looking back, there actually was some value to Sugane and Hajime's running around school to save everyone from drinking spoiled milk, but at the time, I was a bit...well, unimpressed. It was during this time that the comedy was falling flat, there was no real action to speak of and a villain wasn't even introduced. It takes Crowds a long time to set up. I can't say the first four episodes are skippable, but the show certainly had pacing issues.
That being said, once episode five kicks off, the entertainment value of the series is like rolling down a snow covered hill that's getting more and more vertical, snowballing at a rapid clip. Characters begin to get fleshed out. Action becomes more frequent. Galax is more significant and complex. Heroes and their place in society begin to pop up in intense conversations. A crazy villain also appears. Finally, stuff is happening and soon you just can't get enough...until episode 12.
The final episode was like an emergency brake on the momentum. Obviously, spoilers aren't welcome in this review, but I'll just say this: loose ends galore. Its evident that the ending was rushed, to the point where you just don't even know anymore. If there was some exposition, it wouldn't seem as bad, but no such thing exists in the episode. A poor ending indeed.
The series has a very interesting, very vibrant art direction. It uses differing colors for hair style and what looks like paper cutout figures for Galax avatars. The designs for the Crowds is also otherworldly, lending to almost psychotropic imagery. Characters designs are fresh, albeit some of them are gender-questionable. Opinions regarding these designs, however, are a matter of personal taste (I personally found nothing wrong with them). Animations as a whole are solid and the opening/ending looks good as well. There are some occasionally dips in quality, usually when Pai-man is on screen, but such dips are very few. Overall, a unique art direction and solid animation are present throughout the series.
Another good category, the music in Crowds is pretty nicely balanced. The opening and ending are preppy and catchy and the voice acting is very good. Hajime can sound annoying at first, but as her character grows on you, her voice does too. O.D and Katze have...distinct voices that were unsettling at first, but once again, it because of their unorthodox characters.They aren't cons to sound quality, just unexpected surprises of the show. The voice actors for these characters appropriate. On the BGM front, there are some tunes that match the world perfectly and the OST anything but generic. While its not really the kind of OST that I would listen to on my free time, I couldn't help but sing along when a track (I don't know its name) would say "GATCHA-MAN!".
The protagonist, Hajime, starts of as a weird subset of the the ditzy female archetype but her positive, quirky perspective toward life and her enthusiasm for community service makes her a different kind of bird then her more genre grounded counterparts of others series. As O.D says about 3/4s of the series, she's the "sun" of the Gatchaman. She may seem like an idiot, but she asks good questions about the nature of heroes, such as why can't heroes reveal their identities or work with law enforcement. While she starts off extremely annoying, she grows on the viewers.
Other characters seem like stereotypes for the first half the series, but later come into their own as the story continues. While some don't break out their tropes entirely, the main cast does indeed develop. Characters like Rui especially are challenged by their ideals and the ideals of others, allowing their own internal struggles to shine. The villain, while freaky in his own right, seems really Joker-esque and does not have much to define himself from similar villains. He does, however, have an interesting relationship with the protagonist, as they talk to each other like playmates. Their exchanges, while not tense, are entertaining at least. The characters, in a nutshell, are late bloomers.
Gatchaman Crowds starts off at a slug pace. It's characters seemed uninteresting, the art direction was weird and it's fundamentals of action and comedy were lacking. However, giving it some time will enable to the series to grow as the world becomes more fleshed out. Characters grow, action intensifies and it just seems keep exanding. Needless to the say, the latter parts of the series are better.
It doesn't reinvent the hero genre, but it's fit to be a solid entry on any fan's Anime List. With a unique art style, nice presentation and a good story to tell, this anime makes a nice attempt at sticking out from the Crowd.
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.
- Online community connecting others which has the opportunity to both hurt and help
- Premise that everyone has the ability to be a hero
- Large group of characters organized into fighting against the main bad guy by using talents that each possess
- Stunning visuals and color
- Few but amazing fight scenes
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.
The heroes in both series are similar in design and "creation to protect the public."
- Stunning visuals and colors
- A main character who helps others realize what the meaning of a true hero is
- Super powers aren't kept a secret and both explore how this affects society
Can't say you didn't see this comparison coming. the transformed gatchaman looks so much like the suits in tiger & bunny. They both have a catchy battle theme song with light comedy and some fierce fight scenes
The powered suits in both anime are very similar (a little TOO similar), and both deal with the concept of heroes and if they are necessary. They also feature a world that's very high-tech (and not impossibly so) and involves current technology like cars, etc. They have interesting and different approaches to heroes, their burdens and effects on society, and, in a way, how technology can be a hero or a villain.
There's a similar feeling revolved around both series. For instance, the main characters possesses supernatural abilities in order to fight off their adversaries. These also involves transformations that enhances their powers. Among other things, there is comedy and drama. Seemingly, both series also takes place in a futuristic like setting.
Opening Theme"Crowds" by WHITE ASH
Ending Theme"INNOCENT NOTE" by Hajime Ichinose (CV: Maaya Uchida)
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