So the creatures from the end of the last episode end up seeming docile, but reveal themselves to be true to their creepy appearance at the end of this episode. Not surprisingly (due to their origin), they seem to share Gelsadra’s goal for unifying the world, but it seems they do it more forcefully through a form of brainwash. A simple hug shouldn’t be enough to cause so much comfort for people, so it’s obvious that these “Kuu” are forcing people to join in with Gelsadra’s intentions.
Now that the Kuu have revealed a malicious intent, it’s probably time for stuff to start breaking down. I actually find the potential idea for the next battle quite interesting. The Gatchaman will not be fighting some overt evil, but rather fighting the complacency of humanity when it comes to living a life of comfort. I’m sure if I were in that situation, I’d probably be reacting similarly to Umeda (who was consumed at the end)…those things creep me out.