Gatchaman Crowds insight #00 — Silence the Dissenters, Darling

June 19th, 2015


It’s ironic because it’s oblivious.

This was a pre-air special kind of deal on Hulu. 12 minutes long, although if you remove the recap and credit roll, it’s more like 7. Actual broadcast begins in a couple weeks.


You know, if you want to just make a wacky, silly cartoonish affair where they solve mysteries with the Harlem Globetrotters, that’s perfectly fine. With Hajime popping up save the not-president aboard not-Airforce One from not-Crowds and the not-president just going “Oh you wacky people and your assassination plots on my life masterminded by a couple guys on park benches and some random girl at home using social media. Good grief, more aliens,” not to mention the evil clown now living inside Hajime getting kicked away in a Team Rocket blasts off again schtick, one might almost forget the bundle of angst that the first season was… or how the clown was a sadistic serial killer. Lord knows the writers certainly forgot the serial killer part. Oh yeah, and if you missed the DVD version of the first series, it retconned the ending and Hajime ate the clown.

I’m pretty sure it will remain strictly oblivious though, and not just for how it has taken what it previously set up as a serious murderer and turning it into utter slapstick. The antagonists of this little vignette were people who hate social media super powers, and the way they express this, aside from trying to assassinate the not-president and wearing silly masks, is grafitti. Which a father and daughter then use their Twitter superpowers to clean up at the end while tut tutting those ne’er do well who’d dare not be as into the glory of community service and society as them. “That’s right, darling. When people disagree and express themselves nonviolently, it’s our civic duty to squelch that right out.” It’s a good thing there was an attempted assassination, because Banksy makes a very poor supervillain.

And then, of course, Hajime portals off to go watch some alien crash land because it mistook a frisbee triangle for a spaceship.


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6 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Dave Baranyi says:

    All that really matters is that Hajime’s chest is as big as it was in the last series…

  • Chipp says:

    What’s up with these masks BTW, are they cosplaying Tokyo Ghoul or something?

  • jingoi says:

    I still don’t get this: hajime kissed katze, absorbed him into her tits then he turned into a ribbon.