Hey – I have pics this time!
If nothing else, Gatchaman Crowds has managed to get a new format out of me.
- Not as strong as last week. More Hajime, less Berg-Katze and Jou. Coincidence?
- It’s ironic, but it seems as though either the budget or production schedule has evened out, because the last two episodes have actually looked professional.
- Although the vamping gets old fast and borders on offensive at times, O.D. is still becoming an interesting character. He’s officially admitted he’s “half-human” – though it seems the others knew that – and I like it when he gets morose and the posturing drops off him like a snake shedding its skin. Plus a preschooler said he was the strongest Gatchaman, and we know they’re never wrong.
- Whatever else you say about it, at least Gatchaman Crowds doesn’t have Buddy the Gorilla or blackface. That counts for something.
- Berg-Katze – and Mamoru Miyano – remain the best thing about the show. Even when he’s in quiet mode, Miyano plays B-K like a bomb that’s about to explode. I like O.D.’s description of him (quickly retracted) as a “spoiled child”. Almost as if he’d known B-K since both of them were children.
- Still feel nothing for Hajime. I refuse to get into the quicksand of debating her character, because I get enough “You hate Haijme you’re a poopyhead!!!” comments as it is, but for me she still plays as a pure plot device, the most important manifestation of the lazy writing in this show that undermines much of its enormous potential.