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GATCHAMAN CROWDS #4 - - Watch & Learn

Blink and you'll miss this!

I was planning on watching this series to Episode #6, but it’s honestly proving to be a chore, only just 2/3rds into it.

This is has to be one of the clumsiest opening arcs I’ve ever come across for this column. Oh, there’s a lot going for it - - beautiful animation, crisp designs, interesting ideas - - but, nevertheless, I can’t name a single character, let alone why I should care about any of them. It’s as if the writing staff simply forgot that the cast needed to be introduced in a coherent way. Why, I’m having a vivid mental image of them just shrugging indifferently over the matter.

Word is, the live-action GATCHAMAN movie ended up being a big bomb in Japan. I haven’t been keeping too close tabs on that flick because it’s going to be a long time before it ever comes stateside, but I can certainly believe that fate befell it. If CROWDS is any indication, this franchise seems to be currently being managed by people who really don’t know what to do with what they've got.

Again, I’m not even a longtime fan, but even I am scratching my head over how a GATCHAMAN series has only featured its heroes in costume for probably five minutes out of around an hour-and-a-half of a screen time. Seriously, the screencap I took above is from a scene that lasts maybe 30 seconds, and it’s the only time anybody could even remotely mistake this for a GATCHAMAN episode. I question why the show’s even been labeled as such, when it’s such an obfuscated attempt at updating the mythos.

Actually, I think the most damning indictment centers on this episode’s cliffhanger - - or lack thereof. It pretty much just ends with a shrug and, boy, is that shrug infectious. I’m really searching for a compelling reason to come back next episode aside from simple completism.

Watch this episode, "Kitsch" here and decide for yourself, then read my write-up on the previous episode here.

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metalsnakezeroon Sept. 12, 2013 at 8:35 a.m.

I think you should stop because the middle part of the series is very low key and only at episode 8 things get real. While I enjoy it, it too clumsy for some to keep interest.

Marshal Victoryon Sept. 12, 2013 at 9:01 a.m.

Well your spot on to the lack of armor/costume .In the series its not as focused yet.Actualy combat is less to.Enuff oddness to it to keep me watching .An a few bloody turns as well.Try to hang in there for 6 if ya can .At 9 things start picking up but i agree the build up is wrong .

This could be a whole thing of focusing on the people an not their powers deal to.Have to say to as much as i liked the first few shows i gota agree .It has alot going for it but it lacks character apeal.Hell the female lead is hated because shes hyper perky.

Tiger & Bunny its not.

Edit: actualy it might be worth it to keep watching an discet where things are wrong plot wise .What parts dont work for you.Maybe judge the epsidoes for overall plot ,animation,character development.etc .

YotaruVegetaon Sept. 12, 2013 at 4:59 p.m.

If you can't make it to 6 episodes, I don't know if I'm even going to be able to make it to 2.

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