Hajime Ichinose’s ordinary life is in for a change when a transcendent being named J.J Robinson hands her a small book called NOTE—a device which transforms her into one of the Gatchaman, the legendary protectors of Tachikawa City. Stressing that the existence of their group must remain a secret, fellow Gatchaman Sugane Tachibana takes Hajime to their base of operations, where Paiman, the panda-like alien leader of the Gatchaman, reveals their purpose: to eliminate aliens that pose a danger to humanity. These existential threats, called MESS, are becoming increasingly dangerous, destroying everything they touch. Now it’s up to the Gatchaman and their new recruit to stop them before the world is engulfed in chaos. – My Anime List
Based on 22 review scores:
Gatchaman Crowds is an unique series. It takes a well established franchise, crosses it with a powerhouse of a fictional social app and watches what happens. It’s quite interesting to see two different forms of heroism clash, when the old school knights in shining armour are shown to be far more restricted in their practice than the civilian masses. That being said, Crowds also explores the fragility that can arise from placing all of your trust in something…as well as the strength that can arise from placing your trust in everything. See? Interesting. Admittedly however, the series kinda feels a little rushed towards the end and rounds off with a stinger that just sort of…happens. It just puts a dampener on the progress of the story and comes across as rather unsatisfying. Which is unfortunate. The G Crew’s reminiscence of Hajime in the penultimate episode also feel a little too long, taking up half of the runtime. So essentially, Gatchaman Crowds is a good series that suffers from an oddly paced conclusion and one big question that’ll leave you pretty darn confused. Though, even with all that considered, it was still one heck of an enjoyable experience. Gatcha!
Gatchaman Crowds has changed my personal outlook on certain things and I’m incredibly attached to this series. That’s why it’s one of my favorite anime and why it’s the first anime I’m reviewing. It’s such a precious series to me that I want to share it with others.
This is a beautiful series that captures the essence of the original Gatchaman franchise while creating something entirely new, modern and hip. The sleek animation, eye-popping visual style, and wonderful characters make Gatchaman Crowds on Blu-ray easy to recommend.
Crowds would be a fun/exciting action show even if played straight, but they decided to take the extra effort just to make it something special.
Anime News Network
Gatchaman Crowds boasts a rejuvenated take on the superteam genre, blending good old fashioned superheroics and themes of alienation and technology plucked right from today’s culture.
My Anime List
If science fiction is a genre you’re into, Gatchaman Crowds should no doubt be on your PTW. I’m not talking about a science fiction where aliens drops from the sky and starts an invasion against humanity. Instead, I’m talking about a science fiction with heroes like you’ve never seen before. Hajime is one of those characters where you may end up liking or hating her. Other superheroes in the show or rather Gatchaman can also be fun to get used to. Superhero theme shows aren’t very common to make it on the screen in recent years but for this show, it definitely is more than just uncommon. It’s unique. It’s explosive. And it’s that damn awesome.
Despite what is a good base for a nice anime and a nice level of technical achievement the characters and story are sold short. The show leaves too many unanswered questions and is overall an unsatisfying experience.
Overall, I would still say that Gatchaman Crowds is one of the biggest suprises Summer Anime 2013 had to offer. What looked like just another superhero show turned out to be much more. It became a thorough look into heroism, technology, humanity and its nature, and modern society. Barring the ending, I highly recommended this show to anyone who is interested in watching something about people who not only fight monsters they see, but also those within.
I really wanted to like Gatchaman Crowds. I wanted to love this show, and there is a part of me that really wanted Animatsu to hit one straight out of the park with their first anime release. But that’s not the main reason. It’s nostalgia that’s driving my wishful enthusiasm, my love for the original Battle of the Planets demanding an update that lived up to my long faded memories. Gatchaman Crowds almost does it. Certainly there are elements in the show that speak strongly of the original, little nods and references, even when compared to the reworked and westernised Battle of the Planets that spark nostalgic memories. Also, Gatchaman Crowds has a very strong, compelling and above all fascinating premise driving the story. But what ultimately disappoints is that in its execution, Gatchaman Crowds is too much like most of the other anime being made today, both in terms of character, and in its style.
So when all is said and done, I think I can safely say I really liked Gatchaman Crowds. It’s certainly not a show for everyone, its eccentric nature and strange art-style might be off-putting to some people, but if you want a little break from the norm, there’s no reason not to give it a try. It just has a way of capturing you with its charm, what with the 80’s pop music and Hajime’s face always having smile on it as she delivers some kind of motivational speech to her teammates or knits them yarn frogs as presents. And hey, if you give it a try and find it too cheesy and stupid, try looking a little deeper into it, it might just surprise you. With that though, I must bring this review to an end, bid you all goodbye, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day; I need to go spell-check this review and such. See you later.
The Otaku Judge
I enjoyed the show enough to marathon it in a couple of sittings, but a number of flaws prevent me from awarding it a higher score. Firstly, for a superhero adventure, I was a tad disappointed by the lack of action on offer. Most of the fighting is reserved for the tail end of the story, were the Gatchamen tussle with hordes of easily dispatched enemies. When the heroes do decide to dispense justice I discovered that their power armour is rendered in CG. I got a very Tiger & Bunny vibe from the action sequences, which isn’t a good thing as I personally find 2D characters mixed with three-dimensional avatars to be a little jarring.
The annoying main character and the slow progression of the story.
The Nihon Review
Unless you can appreciate the wild mishmash of psychedelic Power Rangers fighting tentacle cubes with the antagonist trying to create Facebook to revolutionize the world with a protagonist so hyper that she makes Suzumiya Haruhi look like Ayanami Rei, Gatchaman Crowds actually offers very little in the way of actual enjoyment. While this concoction might seem cool, the anime is very much an acquired taste that requires the viewer to down the bitter with the sweet.
I tried to like this show, I really did, there are some good moments in it, there is some good action in it, but there just isn’t a very good story and that’s the most important part for me. If you want to just shut off your brain for 12 episodes and watch the pretty colors, that’s fine I guess, but I want something deeper and more cohesive.
Gatchaman Crowds unfortunately isn’t it.
The People’s Movies
Once the feeling of stupidity from the pretty colors wears off, you will realize it is all crap done for giggles. It feels like a social study done by drunken college students, who gave up half-way through completion and let a 5 year old kid to fill the rest with crayon doodles.