Gatchaman Crowds Insight – 11

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As ‘Lil Gel-san chills at Gatcha HQ with Sugayama, the reunited Gatchamen do battle with the Kuu-sama…to no avail. While easy to defeat, the damn things keep coming, which makes sense, as they’re the granular embodiment of the collective atmosphere. Hajime stops fighting and determines they’ll need to try different tactics to get rid of it. But first, she and several other Gatchamen go on the Milione Show to receive the public’s blessing via smartphone vote. (OD also gets to meet his knockoff, DD).

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As soon as the public votes 84% to leave things to the Gatchamen, the Kuu-sama immediately cease their attacks and aggressive, and switch to fawning admiration for the Gatchamen. Such is the shifted mood of the people. But they’re still hanging around, to which Berg-Katze and Suzuki independently agree the only answer is to kill Gelsadra. So the Gatchamen deploy and start fighting him head-on.

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As we saw in his battle against Joe, Gel is one tough customer, but against the concerted forces of the Gatchamen he is eventually worn down. Only they’re not interested merely in wearing him down. In fact, the G-men make it a point to pummel Gel-san as mercilessly as possible, all while the public watches on streaming media. The Kuu-sama celebrate Gel-san’s imminent defeat, but then…the atmosphere starts to change again.

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People start to pity Gel-san’s treatment, and believe the G-men might be going a bit too far in taking him out. These peoples’ Kuu-samas pop like balloons one by one. Tsubasa tries to stop Sugane from a coup-de-grace, but after all the other assembled G-men salute, he fires off his attack anyway, which teleports through Tsubasa and slices Gel-san in half. Curiously absent in all of this is Hajime.

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The reason for her absence becomes clear a short time later, once the atmosphere has calmed and peace returned to the nation: she wasn’t absent. Utsutsu borrows the life force of her fellow G-men to heal a Sleeping Beauty-esque Hajime, while Tsubasa goes on the air to apologize to the people for deceiving them: Gel-san isn’t dead. They managed to get around the fact that only killing him could calm the atmosphere by “killing” a fake Gel-san, who Hajime posed as for the purposes of the operation.

Hajime understood that the atmosphere everyone had a hand in creating was far tougher opponent than Gel-san or the Kuu-sama, and defeating it would require more than brawn. They needed to convince the people that they were delivering swift and terrible justice to their fallen alien prime minister, and only when he was in smoldering pieces did they start to find such justice distasteful and prefer to move on to other things. I for one just hope Hajime didn’t have to pay for this victory with her own life.

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Author: magicalchurlsukui

Preston Yamazuka is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

2 thoughts on “Gatchaman Crowds Insight – 11”

  1. So if the atmosphere felt that the G-team was going too far, why didn’t the Kuu-sama run and try to stop it? Perhaps because it happened too fast and opinion was still wavering and too uncertain? Because Kuu-sama aren’t Crowds?

    I also think the vote for letting the G-team handle it made everyone doubt themselves and lead to the dispelling of the atmosphere/Kuu-sama, otherwise they would have just moved on to something else bright and shiny.

    1. I think it’s more of a matter of public opinion transitioning from support to the G-team to discomfort with the extent of their assault on Gel.

      Also, the Kuu-sama aren’t the embodiment of will like Crowds, so once they’re at a certain state, they are beyond the immediate control of the people who made them.

      In other words, even in the plugged-in modern society, there’s a small but crucial lag that benefitted the G-team during Hajime’s gambit. Opinion wavered to the extent no one was as “one” anymore, causing the Kuu-sama to pop.

      However this ends, I’ve really enjoyed the Gatchaman franchise’s penchant for giving abstract human concepts like will, atmosphere, and heroism physical form (Crowds, Kuu-sama, and Gatchaman, respectively), in all three cases due to extraterrestrial influence (Berg, Gel, Paiman).

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