I’ve been excited for this one all week. The confrontation has occurred, Hajime has kind of rubbed Rui’s nose in his own hypocrisy, and no hope of an alliance is in sight. Is Rui actually gonna take off his damn makeup and be honest with them? Not likely – he’s obviously very proud and he seems somewhat incapable of seeing other perspectives. Is it war, then? Possibly, though I don’t know what that would do theme-wise. Either way, I think we’re at the breaking point.
0:02 – Nice shot . I bet this’ll be a cheery episode
0:11 – Another really nice one . This show occasionally has animation issues, but its direction and aesthetic are extremely solid
1:07 – Rui’s losing it.
2:01 – The only other intelligent Gatchaman . He’s a good influence on these kids
4:19 – Simple trick with the lighting here , but it works nicely.
Not sure why I’m on a visual kick this week. The show has kind of set its thematic pieces in place, I guess – we know Hajime and Rui’s philosophies quite well at this point, so all that’s left is to let some dominoes fall
4:27 – Accidental pause reveals another fantastic Hajime face
5:18 – Bleh. Another too-much-information moment from Pai. Annoying to see in a show that so often assumes the viewer actually has a brain
6:52 – HOW REAL IS THIS GETTING
7:49 – This escalated quickly
8:58 – NOT THE TIME FOR A MONOLOGUE
10:19 – Hurray for leadership
11:29 – Awesome shot
11:41 – Rui has no trouble deciding. But that has its own pitfalls
God, I love how mixed this show’s feelings are on all its ideas. Well, except for Hajime’s uber-person-hood, I guess
12:21 – Rui’s no fool. He knew it was hypocritical, but was willing to use any means to establish a world where things like Crowds hopefully wouldn’t be necessary. Another great shot
12:42 – It’s nice having Sugane be the one who makes a connection with Rui, not Hajime. They can talk on equal ground, whereas Hajime stands above everyone, even if she is well-meaning in her lecturing
13:18 – I like Berg Katz mockingly reflecting all of Joe’s melodramatic move names. Just grinding in how old-fashioned and irrelevant this style of hero is, which works both for his character and for this show’s goals
13:42 – Oh god we got the first meeting flashback. Joe’s been throwing out death flag after death flag all show, but that’s probably the last straw
Incidentally, is there actually a respectable term for “death flag”?
14:24 – So apparently OD’s real goddamn powerful. And also an unstable risk, or something. Guess that ominous moment in the OP is relevant
14:48 – Even Pai’s suit has stubby little legs
17:32 – Dear lord . Also, didn’t want to pause it at the time, but I liked how Berg Katz was mocking him for only doing what he could as an individual human being, as opposed to being the kind of hero the show itself is so sceptical about
18:03 – Might not work this time, Hajime. Some people just want to watch the world burn
18:14 – Her favorite question.
19:31 – They’re conveying barely attached to this reality pretty well
19:42 – Something she can’t understand. That reoccuring “everyone having fun” thing points to a common humanity that Katz lacks. Hajime’s shocked for the first time
20:40 – Rui, asking for help and advice?
21:35 – Really hammering on that “bright future”/”when is the world brightest” thing today – starting with Utsutsu’s conversion, ending here
Sooo, is Joe dead? He seemed pretty dead, but Utsutsu’s powers are pretty broken, so I dunno. Somehow I don’t think that episode-ending tea party would be appropriate if Sugane’s mentor had bit the bullet.
Anyway, sweet episode. Shit finally hits the fan, and I’m happy to see them finally turning towards Berg Katz. I like how pretty much everyone’s view of both human nature and the power of social media has been examined and discarded by the halfway point, and I’m interested to see what Rui does going forward. I particularly like how Rui finally got his act together this episode – Hajime’s accusations last time didn’t force him further into his own self-delusion, but instead made him resolve to actually attack his own hypocrisy. And when his powers were broken, he freely admitted his rhetoric had been hypocritical all along.
Bunch of other random interesting stuff. All the Gatchamen got some development, and Pai straight up abandoned his subordinates. I hope that results in some changes in their structure – Utsutsu and Sugane almost certainly have far more faith in Hajime than Pai, and even if Hajime’s willing to let this slip, I doubt Sugane will.
This show is full of fun surprises, and at this point I just want to marathon the damn thing out. Watching shows as they air really sucks sometimes.
-edit- Just realized that Pai’s early jealousy about OD being good at managing them plays well into this episode’s mini-arc of tearing down his leadership ability. So that’s actually nice, in retrospect.