When I was in fifth grade, I wished to cut my hair cut pixie-length short. Upon plopping down in the gigantic chair at the salon, my stylist asked me what I wanted from her. I unsuccessfully tried to explain it. After a few moments, I asked for a piece of paper and quickly drew a head with the hairstyle that I wanted. It took far less time than explaining, and my amused stylist went to work, chopping at least a foot off of my current hair length. Had I continued my description, it would have taken far longer to tell her what I wanted. In fact, speaking is my least successful method of communicating with others.
I adored Hajime Ichinose, of Gatchaman Crowds, from the moment she appeared, lovingly caressing her collection of planners before taking the newest out on a rooftop lunch date. She was weird, wonderful, and expressive, regardless of whether she was enjoying lunch alone, or cuddling with notebooks in class in front of bemused classmates. More importantly, she communicated most successfully with others through gestures and actions, in spite of her vague and simple wording. For example, in episode two, she attempts to describe to fellow G-Crew member Sugune Tachibana her ideal world. It goes something like this:
Her words above are hardly descriptive, but typical for Hajime’s character throughout the series. When speaking, there was a lilting vocal syncopation in her sentences, and her speech was always accompanied by wild gesticulation, regardless of who she was speaking to. Personally, I resonated with Hajime’s character because of her inability to communicate outside of hand gestures and colorful art collages. I loved that this specific type of person had been placed in a leading role, and more importantly, that her actions drove the plot of the series, where other properties – in addition to their audiences, and to some extent, even viewers of Gatchaman Crowds – would have inevitably relegated her to quirky sidekick, or whimsical idiot.
Thank you, Gatchaman Crowds, for Hajime Ichinose, and her role within your series. I loved visiting her world.