Gatchaman Crowds is based on the 1972 anime series, Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. The series is set in 2015 in the city of Tachikawa, Japan. There are a select few people who are Gatchaman, warriors who fight in reinforced suits that are powered by NOTE; the NOTE is the manifestation of the spiritual power of living beings.
During the first episode, a 16-year-old high school girl named Hajime Ichinose becomes the newest Gatchaman. Unfortunately, she’s a bit ditzy and has an obsession with stationery and planners. She is partnered with Sugane, a boy who goes to her school.
Episode two picks up right where the first episode left off, with Sugane and Hajime battling with a MESS in their reinforced suits. Hajime ends up interfering and allowing the MESS to escape, which angers Sugane.
Sugane takes Hajime to the apartment complex where the Gatchaman rent the 13th floor, and it turns out she’s moving into an apartment there; in fact, her things have been delivered. I have to question how she was able to move that quickly and easily. If she was living with a family, she couldn’t have told them she was a Gatchaman, because they’re supposed to keep that a secret. And if she wasn’t able to tell them that, how would she have convinced them to let her move out on her own? Does she not have a family? I found this particular section of the episode a little hard to believe.
Later, Hajime shows Sugane her GALAX, which is a virtual world on her phone that appears to be becoming popular in the city. Hajime arranges a GALAX get-together at the train station and drags Sugane along. During this trip, Sugane learns Hajime has arranged GALAX get-togethers so members could make collages to send to people in disaster zones. I have to admit that this finally gave Hajime a little more to her character than simply being ditzy, but it wasn’t enough to like her enough as a character to really care about this series.
Later in the episode, the Gatchaman are sent out to find more MESS, and Sugane and Hajime are paired up again. They find a MESS, and the end of the battle has a surprising ending. Right at the end of the episode, something happens that gives an impression there’s more to GALAX than there appears on the surface.
While I will admit that episode two of Gatchaman Crowds was better than the first episode, it really didn’t improve enough to make me want to follow the series on a weekly basis. Like I mentioned earlier, Hajime’s sudden relocation to the apartment felt rather unrealistic, and this affected my enjoyment of the rest of the episode. And to be honest, I thought the majority of this episode felt rather “fluffy” and wasn’t terribly interesting.
And with that, I’m giving Gatchaman Crowds a one-way ticket to Dropville.
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