Occasionally, a circumstance surrounding a series can be as interesting, or talked about, as events within the series itself. The one I’m about to speak of is not on the same scale as the Aku no Hana rotoscoping discussions – if one is able to call them that – but nonetheless, is the one that interested me the most.
Gatchaman Crowds was a series that captivated my attention this year for numerous reasons and its focus on communication, or our inability to communicate properly with one another, was certainly one of them. Early in the series’ run, I wrote about Hajime Ichinose and her oft-misunderstood methods of communicating with others and, as an opening to that post, I quoted the lyrics of Gatchaman Crowds‘ opening song, “Crowds,” by White Ash.
At least, that is what I thought I was quoting.
Upon the release of the White Ash single, “Crowds,” the official lyrics of the single were made apparent. Much confusion followed from Gatchaman Crowds fans, as the words strung together were complete nonsense, with lines such as, “Unders heavenly on the clone it,” and my personal favorite, “Write the mean destroy baby rat.” Once my initial, bewildered feelings had subsided, I came to embrace the idea that the lyrics of “Crowds” were another – albeit completely unintentional – way of showing communication. Resonance could still be found in the song, regardless of the nonsensical lyrics.
I managed to coerce anime-watching compatriots, and a few unlucky coworkers, to take their best shot at telling me what the lyrics were, and they didn’t disappoint. It was a fun project for me, and hopefully they don’t hate me too much for it. In celebration, below is my rendition of “Crowds” with my favorite set of lyrics received from none other than Shinmaru at The Cart Driver. Listen at your own risk.