I’m pretty much rooting for Berg-Katze at this point.
- If O.D. spreads his wings and “everything disappears” as Utsutsu says, I still don’t think it would be enough to shut Hajime up. But I can always hope.
- I give credit to Oono and Nakamura for acknowledging on-screen that Hajime is incredibly annoying – that might have been my biggest laugh of the series.
- I can only say it so many times, but Miyano Mamoru really is eating the role of Berg-Katze for breakfast. He’s coming close to single-handedly keeping the series watchable at this point.
- In comparing Gatchaman to Tsuritama, it’s hard to escape the idea that going for earnestness as the dominant tone of a series is really high-risk. If it comes off as contrived in any way, you end up with Crowds.
- What really strikes me about this series is how astonishingly sloppy and half-assed the writing is. With the exception of Rui and Jou, we basically have no character arcs (and Rui’s is pretty formulaic). No one every does anything for reasons that are earned over time – shit just happens and we’re supposed to accept it. The villain is evil, the hero is never wrong, and JJ sits there playing with scissors and writing greeting cards. But we’re given no good reason to care about any of it.
- Paired with the sloppy and half-assed visuals – which made an unwelcome return this week – the impression is that this was a series that was rushed from the start of the writing process (it plays like a first draft that was never edited) and never recovered. Given the lack of pre-airing information, it seems likely that pre-production time was considerably less than normal.
- At this point I desperately long to see O.D. finally stop vamping and reveal his true powers, because it appears as if it would be a giant reset button. And at this point, I really want to see this deck reshuffled – if it so happens to be a cool development in its own right, so much the better.