So the final episode ended up being an epilogue after all. I’m pretty upset with myself for forgetting Berg-Katze’s power to copy others…I guess the first season was that long ago for me. I’m also fine with accepting the explanation that the Kuus disappeared because the atmosphere was falling apart. In that sense, I would say that this series wrapped up nicely and I would say this is one of the better endings of this season.
As a whole, I’d say this series was pretty interesting to think about for the most part…although there were admittedly a few points where I lost motivation to continue watching. I’m sure I lacked the social-related knowledge to really appreciate the series, but I got my own thoughts out of seeing it, I guess. Not too much more to say about this final episode since most of it was waiting for Hajime to wake up…I guess it’s worth noting that this should be the last post of the summer season. Time to move on to fall season…
So this week’s episode seemingly ends the Gelsadra “problem”. While it was probably pretty obvious to the anime viewers that the whole fight against Gelsadra was staged, I guess the public found it more believable. With the information given to us at the end of the episode, I’m still not completely sure I understand how everything was faked. The one inconsistency I haven’t been able to figure out yet is how the Kuus disappeared. The injured Hajime suggests that she was the one who was actually being attacked by the Gatchaman, but there’s no reason that the Kuus should have disappeared if she was the one being taken out.
Well, the final episode certainly has me curious…how exactly did they pull it off? Also, will Rizumu try to make a final move in this last episode or will he admit defeat when the trick is revealed? I can honestly see either one happening, but if it’s the latter, then the last episode will probably be without much action…
This episode was actually pretty interesting…it introduced a lot of ideas for me, at least. First off, let’s consider the public. It’s no secret that people tend to shift blame to the easiest target. While it’s simple to blame the Kuus and Gelsadra, the fact that they were willing to turn on Gelsadra, their creator, indicates that they live to serve the public will (yes, I get the whole “atmosphere” thing, but I think that description is lame). It’s always fun to watch people who are unwilling to acknowledge that the blessing that they thought they wanted was really a curse. It’s so easy to throw around words like “unity”, after all.
Another thing I want to postulate is about Tsubasa. I’m assuming the implication from this week’s episode is that the reason that Tsubasa has so much initial trouble transforming into a Gatchaman is the stuff that her great-grandfather was telling her. I guess she was locked by the will of others, so her power wouldn’t respond without her own will. Final speculation: given that the series isn’t close to over and we’re already wiping out Kuus, I’m assuming that Rizumu will make another appearance as a final enemy.
This line from the screenshot must be spoken by someone who has never experienced narcotics…or alcohol. But that aside, the Kuus remain a somewhat interesting thought experiment now that they’ve dialed it up. I think it’s very easy to dismiss them as extreme, but I actually don’t actually see them as that unreasonable. In a sense, the Kuus take standard mob mentality and amp it up to 100. Say what you will about the people depicted in this series…I really think we live in a similar world where argument is seen as a waste of time or beneath people.
I realize I’ve gotten behind in this series. I just haven’t been really motivated to watch it. I’ll keep it around, but I think my coverage of this show will remain sporadic depending on when other series air. That being said, there is one final thought I want to say about this episode. They’re bringing Rizumu back into the scene because of how rampant the Kuus have become…it’s assumed that he will help with calling the Kuus’ actions into question. That being said, is he meant to become an ally or reveal himself as the true enemy all along by taking advantage of people influenced by the Kuu? I could honestly see either option.
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.
Looks like things are starting to take a turn with Gelsadra. I was really surprised at the public reaction to the new option in the voting system of “let Gelsadra decide”. I was personally expecting an abstain button. I’ve been agreeing with Rui for a while now and it’s especially true with this new voting option. Side note: I’m now curious whether the reception would be similar for that kind of “do the thinking for me” button in our current society.
All that aside, though, it looks like any controversy around the new voting option is moot given that there seems to be a new form of enemy approaching. Are they supposed to be negative thoughts given form? Or some manifestation of the population’s herd mentality? Or is it just simple feedback from too many thoughts? Either way, I think it’s interesting that Berg-Katze made Gelsadra sound so malicious with his declaration this week given Gelsadra’s behavior so far. Maybe an unintended consequence of Gelsadra’s intentions? If so, it makes no sense that he wouldn’t have learned by now…
I actually find that smartphone vote from Gelsadra incredibly suspicious. I understand that he wants to demonstrate how much he believes in his strategies by staking his office on the decision, but isn’t the whole thing a little manipulative? If someone has no strong opinion on the policy, you’re basically ensuring their vote just because that person will likely psychologically tend towards keeping the status quo (keeping Gelsadra in office) rather than causing anarchy. Also, I have my own strong opinions on why a purely democratic system doesn’t work…too easy to influence the moderate majority as the vocal minority.
I’m pretty curious how this proposed system from Gelsadra would transpire in our society. I don’t personally know too much about Japanese politics, so I can’t really comment on how effective it would be in their culture. I was actually surprised when I was watching how receptive the politicians seemed to be…most videos I watch of American politicians display a group of people unyielding to any form of reason when it comes to their opinions and the views of their constituents. I’m curious how things end up playing out…will things blow up in Gelsadra’s face? Honestly, that’s the ending I kinda want to see…
I understand that Sugayama needed to be knocked down, but that entire scene with the camera mishap didn’t sit well with me. That being said, I somewhat understand the point that was being made. Before that scene, most people, despite seriously doubting the CROWDS, saw Sugayama as the safer choice because of the incumbency. They were willing to change their opinion, but just needed a trigger, however small. I think it somewhat speaks to the hypocrisy of people trying to maintain a public image.
Anyway, it looks like Rizumu’s plan has succeeded and Gelsadra has taken the prime minister position. Throughout these episodes, I still haven’t become convinced that Gelsadra can properly lead a nation, but I guess we’ll see what happens in the coming episodes. I guess more importantly, it looks like the CROWDS are done for the time being. I’m curious to see how that’s going to get turned around.
Well, it seems like things are starting to get political. I’m a bit worried about Tsubasa and Gel’s idealism in trying to end conflict. I tend to agree with Hajime’s apprehension about Gel’s proposal for a unified world. I understand where he is coming from, though. I suppose if you could read other people’s minds, it would be easy to say that conflict and argument are unneeded. I’ve always thought that debating with someone is the best way to understand their perspective.
Surely Gel is destined to lose this election, right? I mean, it’s possible that he wins it initially, but I can’t imagine that it will last. I feel like the show is walking a dangerous route. With all of that aside, I still don’t fully understand what Rui was trying to accomplish. I get that people are now completely distrustful of the CROWDS, but how would things have been any different if he had let himself die? Did he think that they would focus on the human perpetrator and forgive the CROWDS?
After this week’s episode, I find it hard to look at Rui’s behavior as anything but blind idealism. I really have no idea what he’s expecting right now…that Rizumu will stab him a few times and then decide that he doesn’t like what he’s doing anymore? I’m guessing that most of the other Gatchaman realize this as well, but Tsubasa and Gel are the only ones new enough to act regardless of Rui’s wishes. Plus, don’t they know it’s too early in the series for the main villain to turn? They’re all nuts!
Character death seems out of place for this show, right? I’m assuming Tsubasa is able to save Rui (though he might not see it that way) and maintain Rizumu as a major antagonist for the show. What will be the direction from here, though? A sort of rift between the Gatchaman? Rizumu also mentioned that he intended on increasing casualties to get his point across…I guess that’s also in play.