Gatchaman Crowds‘ eighth episode was my personal favorite offering thus far, as it begins to weave previously solitary threads of the series together.
“Maybe they think about things a little too seriously. Perhaps there’s some pain they’re carrying around inside. They’re not good at making their feelings known to others and are somewhat troubled. They can’t find suitable means to express themselves, and bounce back and forth between feelings of pride and inadequacy. That might very well be me. It might be you.”
-Haruki Murakami, “Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche”
I begin with this quote from “Underground”, which I have also quoted while speaking of Mawaru Penguindrum in the past, not because I think Gatchaman Crowds is directly referencing this book, but because the quote is pertinent to a running theme of both series.
How do we deal with both the good, and the bad, in other people? More specifically, how can we continue to see the good when there is seemingly so much bad?
A reliable constant in Japanese school children or young adults fighting off the forces of evil is the necessity to transform into something else. Something that is not quite one’s self, but also an extension of one’s self, escaping the certainty that one won’t be able to do something and entering the powerful realm of possibility that one can.