Notes on Gatchaman Crowds’ Ending

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The production issues have certainly caught up with Gatchaman Crowds but let’s work out what happened in this ending.

On Gamification

So in the end, O.D helps out to retrieve Rui’s NOTE so Rui can finally give everyone Crowds and initiate the whole ‘gamification’ aspect of the series. O.D remarks that we are an immature species, as such we haven’t reached our full potential and that’s what makes us important and worth fighting for. As long as the human race exists, it will continuously evolve until we can define what is truly ‘right’.

Until then Rui arrives at the solution of rewarding points to CROWDS users who take part in the Tachikawa game. Why? Because it gives the people of Tachikawa a sense of purpose that provides them happiness in the form of ‘points’ or ‘goals’ without the unnecessary violence.

Earlier parts of the series always seemed to hint that Rui was actively trying to change that, but as we move on to the conclusion it becomes apparent that he embraces that side of humanity whose actions are still conditioned by our desires and wants. By giving people the power and the incentive to do good, everyone manages to neutralize the Crowds with the least amount of casualties. 

We should never be afraid of our own power, nor should we misuse it. Using your your talent to bring out the best in you and other people is a message Gatchaman Crowds has always aimed to deliver and everything comes full circle in the finale.

On JJ

The series was never subtle with placing JJ in the role of a ‘god’. He’s a necessary existence but keeps his distance and prefers to watch over human beings and the Gatchaman team. This isn’t because he doesn’t care, but rather because he recognizes that the human will is autonomous. Berg Katze defines the Gatchaman as simply being birds caged by J.J but it’s quite the opposite. They possessed the freedom but were all too hung up with the idea that only a superior being can set things right and give them orders. As Paiman said, he clung to J.J so that he could hide behind J.J’s orders and deny responsibility.

On Hajime and Berg Katze

O.D doesn’t kill Katze and presumably dies. Katze recovers from his injuries and meets up with Hajime.

I’ve always seen Hajime as a character who’d rather not use violence as a means to resolve conflict, but the scene where Hajime promises not to kill Katze made me realize that Hajime herself might’ve thought that perhaps eliminating Katze would’ve been a better course of action, but chooses not to do it because it goes against what she stands for.

Heroes exist because villains exist. Hajime doesn’t simply risk her will and her beliefs by becoming one with Berg Katze. She risks her own identity, the very foundations of what makes Hajime Ichinose.

I think this is also the series’ way of showing that Hajime and Katze represent two sides of the same coin, one who chooses to believe in the goodness of mankind and one who chooses to believe in the evil inherent in mankind. Both sides in humanity exist and the best we can do is to subdue the side that brings out the worst in us.

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4 Comments

  1. I held this series so dearly. The ending was quite disappointing though on multiple levels and felt so very rushed when it could have taken at least 15′ from the previous ep and instead of a false death flag recap give more time to resolve everything.

    Your post at least clarifies the haziness of my last night’s watch.

    • Rumors have it that this isn’t even the completed cut, whether or not it’s true is something that remains to be seen. I didn’t find the ending disappointing at all, although this might be because I thought the ending wrapped up things thematically.

  2. Great write-up, been meaning to do my own write-up of the series and why I felt the ending was suitable for such a fantastic series. I love its open-ended nature and how it sticks closely to the themes and points set up by the show throughout the 12 episodes it had. Production issues or not, I could not ask for more out of Gatchaman CROWDS, it gave me more than it ever had to.

  3. Yellow is the initial color of Hajime’s ribbon..
    I just noticed at end of the last of episode that the color changed..
    Did Katze became Hajime’s ribbon..? >_<

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