Gatchaman Crowds

The Disappearance of Hajime Ichinose

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In early elementary school, during an election year, I begged my parents to tell me who they voted for. They refused. Every election following, I asked them who they voted for. Every year they refused to tell me.

To this day, even as an adult, I still have no idea who they vote for.

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Opening the Social Media Pandora’s Box: Rui Ninomiya and Rhythm Suzuki

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“I did give them power, a hundred capable GALAXters I chose. But we’ll update the world without relying on that power!”

– Rui Ninomiya, Gatchaman Crowds, Episode 3

For someone who is now labelled an optimist who believes in the good of others, Rui Ninomiya was, and remains, quite the opposite.

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MESSy Thoughts at Gatchaman Crowds’ End

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“They all love other people having a tough time! I mean, who can listen to people going on and on about how happy they are? You can listen to them sobbing for hours though!”

-Berg Katze, Gatchaman Crowds, episode 12

People certainly are disgusting aren’t they? They go on and on about their children, marriages, university grades on social media constantly. It’s as if they’re rubbing how good they have it in our faces, taunting us.

Or at least, that’s what Berg Katze would say.

Hajime Ichinose, on the other hand, would find complete and utter joy in what others would have to share. Where Berg would declare such updates to be meaningless and self-centered, Hajime would delight in the fact that people had allowed her, and others, to be privy to their happiness.

Which would you choose? Are you a Hajime, or a Berg?

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Uninstall your life you n00blord.

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I’d like to introduce you to someone. His name is James Ramsay, and he’s six years old. All he wants, in this immediate moment, is to go on a sailing trip to a nearby lighthouse. He thinks happily of the possibility of going the next day as he cuts out pictures from magazines, while his mother reassures him that they will be able to go. Then his father cuts in, saying that the weather will most likely not permit the trip. James immediately feels flashes of murderous rage towards his father, and imagines stabbing him with the scissors that he holds in his hands.

A natural, logical reaction, right?

I’ll let you in on a little secret. When I see people stopping in a rotary when they have the right of way, it makes me want to throw things. When my neighbors neglected to fully shovel out their parking spots following a snowstorm, allowing large piles of ice to build up in their now un-parkable spaces while they took my fully-shoveled spot, I wanted to shovel ice onto their cars, or throw snow at them. But did I actually do these things? No. Just as James Ramsay does not stab his father with scissors, and just as I did not throw things at my neighbors, we all make choices like this each and every day, allowing the first visceral reaction to crash over us like a wave before proceeding forward and, hopefully, leaving most of it behind.

However, interesting things occur when one removes that logical filter that keeps us from raging at, throwing things at, or generally being horrid to others. It is here, where Gatchaman Crowds‘ Berg Katze makes his home, in our “black hearts.”

It is also here where communication on the internet takes place.

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The world your word is we are not alone…in our confusion over the Gatchaman Crowds opening song lyrics.

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Earlier this season, in a feverish spurt of writing, I quoted what I knew of the lyrics to the opening song of Gatchaman Crowds, “Crowds,” by White Ash. They were in tune with the themes that Gatchaman Crowds had addressed thus far, and I presumed that the official lyrics would be very similar, albeit with a few changes. Those lyrics are quoted below:

The words you wove is, “We are not alone.”
Instead of retreating in fear, go! Together like birds,
I have to fight them and go to the distance.
Towards the grinding sound
You go there, we fly there,
The words you wove is, “We are not alone.”
Weak yet strong, we are all ourselves in this world.
I have to fight them and go to the distance.
These feelings free me,
You go there, where they call,
go! The crowds are calling my name.

I later found out, upon the official release, that these lyrics were utterly wrong. In fact, not only were they completely wrong, but the entirety of the official song lyrics listed sounded more like the made-up words of “Jabberwocky” than anything intelligible . My tongue firmly in cheek, I suggested that the lyrics were a clever addition to the series’ thematic focus on communication, or lack thereof.

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