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.
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