YMMV / Gatchaman Crowds

  • Awesome Music: It's Taku Iwasaki, so the entire OST qualifies, but Gatchaman ~ In the name of Love, Music goes on and Unbeatable Network really stand out.
  • Base Breaker: From the first episode itself, Hajime Ichinose was either adored for her loud attitude and considered the high point of the show, or she was alternatively considered to be obnoxious and criticized as one of the weaker parts.
    • On the other hand, episode 2 has shown more of her caring and friendly aspects (even going so far as to befriend a MESS), which has won over some of her detractors. The more cynical among her haters, however, point towards this as evidence of her being a Canon Sue.
  • Contested Sequel: Either Insight is a good, necessary sequel that expands on the previous characters and their new selves from the end of Crowds and has an excellent new set of characters, plot, and social commentary, or it's an unneeded sequel that stomps all over the characters and their development (especially regarding Rui, who is already controversial thanks to the less-than-graceful treatment of his gender situation, inside the fanbase), has a boring plot and uninteresting new commentary and characters, and in general fails to live up to the amazing standard of the first season.
  • Ear Worm
    • The background music during the gatchamen's transformation sequences.
    • The opening theme, "Crowds", is also rather catchy, as well as the second season's "Insight".
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Alan Kokubun, a Bit Character whose only role in the first season was being Joe's bartender friend, became so popular with Japanese fans that he began showing up in official art and merchandise despite barely having any screen time or lines. The sequel even gives him a somewhat bigger role in the story when he becomes the first victim of assimilation by the Kuu-sama for not blindly accepting them and following the crowd. Not so much for the western fans though, where he's pretty unknown for the most part.
  • Internet Backdraft: Rui's gender is an issue that fans must tread carefully on in discussion and debate, with there being clashing views over whether to interpret them as a transgender woman, genderqueer, or as a crossdressing male. Although the creative team behind the anime refer to the character as a "boy", this has not been helpful to the situation and has only caused further friction.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Due in large part to Rui being widely considered to be genderqueer, O.D. being outright gay, and Berg-Katze appearing to be genderqueer or non-binary; there's also homoerotic subtext between both male and female pairings. The second season seems to be continuing this trend with more subtle hints of homoeroticism scattered under the heavy political and social commentary.
  • Love It or Hate It: The general reactions to the series can be summed up either way.
  • Love to Hate: Berg-Katze, thanks to Mamoru Miyano's incredibly hammy performance.
  • Memetic Loser: Rizumu is more-often-than-not made the butt of some kind of joke and near-universally ridiculed in the fandom despite his in-series status as a smug yet efficient and cruel villain.
  • Memetic Mutation
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    • GATCHAMAAAAAAAAAAAAN~note 
  • More Popular Spin Off: The show was undoubtedly an attempt to cash-in on the live-action film adaptation of the original Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, which premiered around the middle of this show's run in August 2013. The movie got poor reviews and was considered a flop, while this show has signs of becoming a Cult Classic... and got a second season!
  • Nightmare Fuel: For an anime starring Hajime, one of the most upbeat characters ever, there are a lot of very disturbing parts to it.
    • Berg Katze's eyes.
    • Joe getting his NOTE ripped out by Katze.
    • O.D.'s and Rui's fights against Katze, reducing them both to bloody messes.
    • The episode 12 director's cut shows Hajime sealing Katze, and it is a very long and disturbing scene, thanks to Hajime's pained moaning and squirming.
    • The seventh episode of insight has the low-key creepiness of Gelsadra's increasingly cult-like supporters, then caps the episode with Gelsadra, whose stomach has swollen to enormous sizes, vomiting the emotions he's gathered, with the freed emotions mutating into drooling, eyeless monsters that parrot his catchphrase and strike his signature pose.
    • The Kuu-samas that appear from the emotions in Episode 8. They look and act cute and cuddly, but all of that changes at the end of the episode when one of them devours a man.
    • In Episode 12 of Insight, the fight with fake Gelsadra is shown in detail from Tsubasa's point-of-view, which shows Hajime receiving a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from all her comrades, complete with Hajime being bloodied and battered, along with her pained moaning and screaming.
  • Purity Sue: Hajime Ichinose.
    • Mary Sue traits: #1: She single-handedly proved that the Gatchmen's long standing intergalactic policy of remaining hidden from the public was a counterproductive security measure on earth. #2: OD spent half an episode gushing over how wonderful Hajime was, mentioning that the greatest thing JJ ever did was let Hajime be a Gatchman, and then stating it was an honor to live long enough to encounter someone like her.
    • Failures: #1: She has trouble seeing Berg Katze regardless of whether or not he was trying to be invisible despite her best attempts and as far as the plot goes, it didn't really matter. (Minor Failure) #2: She couldn't talk Berg Katze out of his plan to destroy the world despite trying her hardest. (Major Failure) #3: Inability to quickly, consistently, and properly convey her thoughts to her fellow teammates, thus wasting time, energy, and damaging the team's dynamics. (Major Failure)
      • Major Failure #3 is addressed in the Gatchaman Crowds Animation Note Art Book. Not a failing: it's part of her personality. She wants others to think for themselves and reason everything out in their own way (Insight makes this more obvious), because she strongly believes that everything will naturally fall into place and turn out okay. Hajime doesn't force a person to change, because she feels they will willing come around once an understanding of the overall situation occurs to them... this even applies to Berg-Katze, who just needs more time in her option (but is too dangerous to let run around because he kills and destroys too easily, thus her temporary solution of imprisonment of him within her until the time is right).
    • Results: Possible Justified Purity Sue (first example). Even though the Gatchamen thought Berg-Katze was unstoppable Hajime managed to beat them by making the world a better place so it would be immune to their influence and she becomes the "caretaker" of a sealed Berg-Katze. All her decisions, no matter how outlandish or inappropriate they seemed, have positive outcomes that no one else ever thought of except her and OD's gushing over Hajime's positive influence on the team would make her a minor Canon Sue.
    • And in Insight, further draws that into question as her Cloud Cuckoolander tendencies clash with the more classically heroic Tsubasa. Insight is a deconstruction of the "burning hero" that's cliché in Japanese anime. Hajime is still in the right; it's Tsubasa who's being blind of the dangerous path she's following. The fact that Hajime already has the same "insight" that Tsubasa's cherished grandfather possess, at such a young age, emphasizes how much Hajime is special. That and the gray emoticon they share.
    • Hajime is emotionally unbreakable. No amount of stress or emotional pressure can cause mental damage or a severe negative reaction, which is THE instrumental factor to defeat Berg-Katze (who's greatest power is creating emotional reactions that cause a person to chain react with consecutive bad actions). Berg never stood a chance, since his mode of operandi was useless against her. The only other being Berg could never emotional breakdown was JJ (this is Word of God thanks to the Gatchaman Crowds Animation Note Art Book). She also quickly determined the root cause of all the problems in the first and (ongoing) second season way before anyone else does. Because she prefers to wait out and see before taking immediate action — in hopes that she's wrong and because she respects another's person's ideas, even when she doesn't morally agree with them — Hajime doesn't stop them when she first sees it. However once she starts taking an active hand, things will fall into place for her victory. She's also the person most likely to figure out whatever JJ's Cryptically Unhelpful Answer and/or Meaningless Meaningful Words actually mean before the rest of the team does. Sometimes she notices something is going wrong before JJ makes a note of it (or at least, the anime shows moments where Hajime is already questioning things before JJ has to tell the other Gatchamen that trouble is coming).
  • The Scrappy: You'd be hard-pressed to find a fan who actually, genuinely likes Rizumu, thanks to his belittling and tormenting of fan favourite Rui.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks
    • The most vocal reaction before it even aired. Classic Gatchaman fans were not very happy once it was revealed that the anime would have a completely new cast of characters and an entirely different setting compared to the original. Most criticism and controversy appears to come from the birdstyles being gone, the entire origin over the team's powers and the "Gatchaman" concept being overhauled, and the existence of a camp gay transvestite on the team. Otherwise, the In-Name-Only nature of the show and the team not being the original Science Ninja Team helped sour the reception.
    • Kicked Up to Eleven when the new suit designs were revealed. The classic fans are even less happy that the suits appear to be more akin to the Powered Armor seen in Tiger & Bunny...
    • Some classic fans were also annoyed by the overhaul done to Katze, in which he was a former Gatchaman and alien. Although, the new Katze also has his fair share of fans.
  • Ugly Cute: The Kuu-samas from Insight.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion
    • Rui Ninomiya is described as a boy in NTV's English press release, and has a male voice actor, but other translations of articles referred to the character as a woman. Needless to say, Rui's androgynous appearance and crossdressing habits lead to quite some confusion with fans, especially due to the fact that they don't react in the slightest to being called different genders or pronouns.
    • Gelsadra's child form in Insight. Due to his voice actor being Kana Hanazawa and his androgynous appearance, many fans assumed he was female at first even when his true form appeared to be fairly masculine, as well as various characters addressing him with either "-chan" or "-kun" to further confuse things. The fourth episode reveals he is male, however, when he ages himself up into the appearance of a young man in order to run for prime minister, with the official website referring to his younger form as a boy and his older form as a man. Becomes even more of a confusion when you find out that the original Gel Sadra had a masculine voice and appearance but was still female (at least in the original Japanese version).
    • OD and Berg-Katze, who have been labelled as both male and non-binary. Not helped by both characters' androgynous appearances (Berg-Katze's becomes more traditionally masculine in Insight thanks to their new haircut) yet masculine voices, and somewhat ambiguous sexualities.
  • The Woobie: Rui, starting around the time they get beaten up by Katze, lose control of the GALAX system to Katze, and start having frequent Heroic BSODs. Unfortunately, Insight doesn't let up on this, with Rui being stabbed repeatedly by Rizumu while having their ideals challenged and belittled, only three episodes in.
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