…and I’m done.
I don’t know exactly how we got from a mixed-but-still-promising opener to the tedious slog of these past four episodes - - maybe there was just enough style in the animation to distract me from how middling the show actually was from the beginning - - but I’m fed up with writing the same critique every few days. The show just isn’t going to get better.
To focus on the good stuff, there’s a lot of (very) raw material here from some other, better show to hopefully scoop up and execute properly at a later date. Again, the notion of crowdsourcing heroism is pretty fertile, and I also like the design of the anthropomorphic icons (I guess that’s the best way to describe the creature in the cap above? He looks like one of the little ghost-like Wazers that pop up when I’m following directions my GPS).
We also get the ‘terrible knowledge’ monologue that’s pretty much requisite of any anime dealing with bigger ideas - - except, in this case, I believe it’s one of the aforementioned Wazers instead of an ominous sphinx. It actually does offer something meaty to chew on in regard to the economics of altruism. It’s just too little, too late, and we’re well past the “it gets good” cut-off.
Honestly, this has just motivated me to go check out the original GATCHAMAN show instead. I don’t care if it isn’t available for streaming online - - I’ll find it, somehow. I get the feeling that what once might’ve seemed quaint and old fashioned will now seem far more confident and full of blood than the listless, anemic excuse for heroics that I’ve just been slogging through here.
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