A year has passed since the "Tachikawa Incident" in summer 2015. CROWDS, the system that turns the mentality of humans into physical form that Berg Katze gave to Rui Ninomiya after extracting his NOTE, has spread among the public. Prime Minister Sugayama backs the plan, but not everyone agrees with his policy. A mysterious organization attacks Sugayama's vehicle, marking the start of a series of new conflicts.
My god. What a ride. Gatchaman CROWDS: Insight is everything you come to expect from the original season and so much more. An analysis of what makes a hero, what defines heroism, the thoughts of the many and the dangers of groupthink all backed by some sweet untz-untz and some great characters.
STORY - 10
Gatchaman Crowds: Insight is the continued story of the Gatchaman, continuing after the events of the original season. An alien named Gelsandra drops from the sky next to the house of the newly appointed Gatchaman, Tsubasa Misudachi. This alien is said to have brought World Peace to several other planets, and from there we are introduced to many things, including Red CROWDS units, near death battles, and the power of the atmosphere itself.
Akin to the first season, it moves somewhat slowly and tends to focus far more on the interactions between members of the Gatchaman, but in my opinion this is a great choice. Far too few shows focus on the things superheroes need to consider when doing their job, and Gatchaman CROWDS has done this very well two seasons in a row.
ART - 8
The art quality at some points can dip below the high quality of the original series. The show still retains the quirky art style that tends to focus on things looking very pastel, very pillowy. Backgrounds are, for the most part, very lovely. However, at some points we get somewhat poor CGI, especially near the end. The Gatchaman themselves still look really good for being CGI, but some other things tend to stand out for the wrong reason. I also love how this show uses circles and ovals to shade things, giving it a sleek yet comforting look.
SOUND - 9
Taku Iwasaki strikes again with another head-banging smash hit of an OST. Just like the original series, the soundtrack is very electronic, very dance-oriented. Calming music still makes you feel warm and fuzzy, and many songs still retain the signature long-held "Gatchamaaaaaan~" that you can't help but sing along to as the beats pound and the action jumps up.
The only problem I have with this show is that, at some points, the OST can be played at... Unfitting moments. Similarly to the original season, while the soundtrack is amazing, I felt that sometimes songs played at points where they stood out too much. Simple talking can be backed by heavy dance music, which kind of got me to raise an eyebrow at times. However, these times are rare and the soundtrack is still just as stellar as ever.
CHARACTER - 10
My God, this was a tough decision. While the show tends to heavily focus on the characters themselves, instead of the action that would normally pepper a superhero show such as this, I didn't expect this to be such a hard decision. I expected to put this a grade lower, due to how much I find the new character Tsubasa to be somewhat bland. I don't really see much in her and she pretty uninteresting as a character and especially as one of the protagonists.
However, she shares just as much screentime as the characters we came to love last season. Painman, OD, Hajime, and everyone else returns, along with the fun and flamboyant return of Berg-Katze. Because he is trapped inside of Hajime's body, we get plenty of words from him and it's all a treat. The way he interacts with Hajime is hilarious and makes the show all the more enjoyable.
The new character, Gelsandra, is also quite enjoyable. Well, not at first. However, later on when more important things happen, Gelsandra's mere existence brings up questionable moral issues and discussions that the show wonderfully brings up. The character is well-written, but I can't say much without giving away some major spoilers, so I will simply leave it at that.
So, overall, I couldn't give this category a 9. The return of such wonderful characters and the addition of more (I didn't even get into the genius of Suzuki, another new character), I had to elevate this bit to a fantastic 10/10 rating.
ENJOYMENT - 9
While I felt it had a tad bit of a lull near the halfway point of the series, the beginning and the end really pick up everything that the original series had going for it as well as adding a lot more commentary on several things having to do with modern society and things that are both helpful and somewhat scary to think about.
The enjoyable soundtrack, along with the interesting way the show revolves around superheroes and the (mostly) quite enjoyable cast makes the show quite lovely to sit through, even though at some times it can sometimes feel like it's stalling for time.
OVERALL - 9
This anime is gold. Not quite platinum, but it's got a polished sheen that makes it quite lovely to look at. The art is great, the story is compelling and interesting, the soundtrack is fantastic and the cast is mostly quite memorable and enjoyable. I just wish more fitting songs were picked for a few of these moments and that maybe we could have gotten a more interesting new protagonist.
It's a treat to come back to the characters you watch grow from the first season and see them grow further, and some of whom need to grow even further. Let's hope for a Season 3, now, guys.read more
Now that the series is finished completely, I think it's time to write a review while the ending is still fresh on my mind. Just a quick note: this is my first time writing a review on MAL and English is not my first language, so excuse my poor mistakes and grammar.
Either way, let's go!
Story - 7
As a few others noticed, the second season took a rather different route than the first - Gatchaman Crowds had more of the "heroes fight the bad guys" kinda thing going on while Gatchaman Crowds Insight had more of a "people debate on whether to do one thing or another and the heroes step in from time to time". While it didn't really ruin the whole show for me, others, who might be expecting more or less the same thing after the first season could be disappointed, at least a little.
Art - 10.
I couldn't give less than 10 on this one. The animation was really nice to look at, the art style was amazing, and the CG NOTE forms were incredible (unlike some other CGs i've seen). Honestly if not for the story, the show would be worth the watch for the art alone.
Sound - 10
A bit unsure on how to rate this one, because to me the music was incredible. The OP is one of the catchiest I've heard in a while - WHITE ASH (the artist who performed the OP in the first season) did a splendid job.
Character - 6
While the characters were enjoyable (both design and personality wise) and quite believable, after watching the first season (which had one of the best character developments in my opinion), this seasons characters were a bit disappointing. There was some development, but it wasn't as big as in the first season.
Enjoyment - 9
As i said, this show could be enjoyed even without getting too deep into the story, thanks to the amazing animation and music. The comedy was still there, action could be found at times - it's a fun series to marathon (even with the rather emotion-wrecking end). Having enjoyed the first season, i was hyped for the new one, and had a blast watching it with it's flaws and whatnot.
Overall - 8
In the end, the show has it's pros and cons. To me it was really emotional ride - the action and the suspense were still there, which made it so much more enjoyable to me. If you're looking for a light anime with some thrill from time to time, I believe that Gatchaman Crowds is just the one.read more
2nd season of gatchaman Crowds, something like that what happened when with the ignorance of society exceeds the limits.
Without spoilers, the anime is a bit slow at first, a lot off story and much conversation, probably this is necessary because we need understand the story. After this, goes the action and the fights without censorship. Within this history shows us the great problems of today's society and what happens when people make mistakes when making decisions...enough people should see this anime before voting... (Nos estáis llevando a la ruina)
Good, but the Cg in punctual situations of the anime should be improved
I really up the volume to maximum with the BSO. It is a nice job. Although some tracks was recycled of the first season, really shine and makes you want to download the BSO
This second season have a two new character. The white hair is a little predictable. Eternal hatred that damn trap. The alien was good, I liked this guy. And the really hero is Hajime again.
Although I think the first season was better that had many highlights was going to give up one 10.No first I thought that the second season would only be focused on Tsubasa (which was a bit) but continued with the same characters and is Hajime with her way. This season expect much of it even though some things have annoyed me kept liking.
I do not think anything has changed, I have to complain about style taste that has this use of two colors.
To be honest I did not like much of Tsubasa, she has a geito a bit like the Hajime but not captivated me like Hajime, but then enjoyed a little more of it. Others Gatchaman remain the same only I had the impression that they were far away, in the first season I felt they were more friends but the last episode and in some small pieces saw that they were the same.
I really enjoyed watching this 2nd season was really a surprise to have another and apparently not think it will have a third liked but as it turned out was one of the best animes I watched this season.read more
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