Gatchaman Crowds (Rewatch) – Episode 12 (Director’s Cut) Notes

And we’re back to episodic content, being done with the essays until the time comes for my Gatchaman Crowds Insight editorial, on the 29th. But now, back to episodic content. Starting with the Director’s Cut ending, which was always intended to be the original ending of the show. Though I love the series so much, I hadn’t actually watched it until concluding my rewatch, so I was quite excited to finally watch it, as the first three letters of the notes might convey.

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Thoughts and Notes:

1) All About the Game:

Gatchaman Crowds anime episode 12 (OVA) - Saving the world through gamification

Saving the world? Pssh, it’s all about points! Gamification, man!

OMG. Time to watch this for the first time. The original ending, and perhaps extended even more since they had some more time to work on it. My first new Gatchaman Crowds content since the show aired!

Ah, right, first half is the content I’ve watched. The full episode in its proper order, ok.

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Gatchaman Crowds Rewatch – Episodes 9-12 Notes

Note, the following are notes from my rewatch, and as such, might contain spoilers for the entirety of the first season! Not fit for reading as you watch the episodes for the first time. This post should’ve gone up, but between power-outs and me being incredibly tired all week long (back to school! And work too), I just couldn’t get it out. The first editorial is expected later today! I also shuffled the dates some to allow an editorial every other day, see you soon.

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Episode 9:

Gatchaman Crowds anime episode 9 - Ichinose Hajime noting life is unexpected

Link to the original 2013 write-up on episode 9.

Hajime knew Rui is a boy from the get-go, regardless of the dress.

Sugane realizes he can’t really see past others’ masks, unlike Hajime.

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Gatchaman Crowds Rewatch – Episode 8 Notes

Note, the following are notes from my rewatch, and as such, might contain spoilers for the entirety of the first season! Not fit for reading as you watch the episodes for the first time. Like yesterday, I had much to say about this episode, thus only one episode this time around.

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Thoughts and Notes:

Link to the original 2013 write-up on episode 8.

Pai-Pai, “I’m the worst!” Self-recrimination, he knows he failed. Hard.

He even knows he’s not a leader. He always knew, but did his best, to try and keep them safe. That’s a form of leadership as well, even if he’s not up to the task.

Gatchaman Crowds anime episode 8 - Ichinose Hajime noting people having fun won't stop doing what they're doing

“Don’t blame yourself. Everyone knows well enough that you are no leader, Pai-Pai.” Yeah, even Sugane didn’t say anything about Hajime walking over Pai-Pai, just over common sense.

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Gatchaman Crowds Rewatch – Episode 7 Notes

Note, the following are notes from my rewatch, and as such, might contain spoilers for the entirety of the first season! Not fit for reading as you watch the episodes for the first time. Had a lot to say about this episode, thus only one episode this time around.

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Thoughts and Notes:

Link to the original 2013 write-up on episode 7.

Ah yes, the “Why didn’t you delete the information? It hurts when people say bad things about you,” and this is Utsutsu, who is hurt by how she sees herself as seen by others, who lets it define her distance from them. And Hajime’s answer, which is not “you shouldn’t let others affect you,” but saying that she will focus on what she finds fun. As she keeps saying, people won’t stop doing what they don’t find fun – people who dox her do it because it’s fun for them, and deleting the information won’t really fix that. And she won’t think of that because it’s not where her fun is.

Gatchaman Crowds anime episode 7 - Miya Utsutsu and Ichinose Hajime on fearing what's said about you

Is it a bit simplistic? It is, but this is a place where the show’s trying to give us a moral. Not, “You shouldn’t care because it doesn’t matter,” but “focus on what you enjoy.” And Hajime focuses on the fun she had with Hajime, today, now, rather than fearing the future.

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Gatchaman Crowds Rewatch – Episodes 4-6 Notes

Note, the following are notes from my rewatch, and as such, might contain spoilers for the entirety of the first season! Not fit for reading as you watch the episodes for the first time.

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Episode 4:

Gatchaman Crowds anime episode 4 - Putting our trust in GALAX

Like religious converts.

Link to the original 2013 write-up on episode 4.

Right, saving people in order to convert them, and he does sound like a religious convert, or of a marketing scheme.

“Have faith and wait.” Waiting passively for someone else to act. Then again, their options are limited.

“Galax won’t abandon us!” as if speaking of a god, or a dear friend.

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Gatchaman Crowds Rewatch – Episodes 1-3 Notes

Note, the following are notes from my rewatch, and as such, might contain spoilers for the entirety of the first season! Not fit for reading as you watch the episodes for the first time.

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Episode 1:

Gatchaman Crowds anime episode 1 - Not heroes

The sign in the background.

“It’s not heroes who keep the world up to date, it’s us.” The responsibility of the common man, and that heroes are an outdated concept.

Sugane getting that person up, he’s doing what GALAX does, by his own volition, rather than match people up externally. So, the program replaces responsibility/becomes the hero?

The classmates who never really show up after the milk incident, heh.

Hungry, lying right next to food, too busy for that. Too busy daydreaming.

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3-Gatsu no Lion Episode 1 – Oppressive Success

Presentation:

This is a Studio Shaft show, more specifically, it is credited with Shinbo’s name, so many “Shaftisms/Shinoisms” are on display here, such as a head-tilt, a print on a dress that is perfectly aligned regardless of the contours of clothes,rails and a city under construction, amongst others.

3-gatsu no Lion anime / March Comes in Like a Lion anime / Sangatsu no Lion anime Episode 1 - Black and white Kiriyama Rei

The real point here is that a lot of thought went into the construction of scenes here. Some of it is “just” stylistic touches, but some of it has meaning. Such as this sequence, where Rei travels to the Shogi Club, and he’s absolutely dwarfed by the architecture, he gets swallowed up by the environment. A lot of it has to do with pacing, which I’ll discuss soon enough.

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