Crowds: Insight (2015/Season Two/Sentai Blu-ray Set)
C+ Sound: B+ Japanese/B English Extras: C Episodes: B+
can't keep a good Gatchaman down. After saving the world, Gatchaman
introduces CROWDS technology, an app that allows people CROWDS avatar
to help or aid others. Then 'Red CROWDS' appear and commit acts of
violence and crime. As team Gatchaman get a new member Tsubasa, an
alien comes to earth with the power to make everyone's
feelings/thoughts appear as an emoji above their heads. But not
everyone is happy with aliens or their technology, will it bring more
peace ...or just more disasters?
Gatchaman Crowds: Insight - Season Two (2015), The Gatchaman
just got a new member to their squad, the spunky head strong Tsubasa.
An alien comes to visit Earth to bring peace and happiness by
allowing everyone to see how each other feels. Along with CROWDS
technology, they are able to control avatars through their phone apps
to help make a better world, but an evil organization VAPE feels like
humans aren't ready and instead choose to abuse their new abilities
by committing crimes and through terror and fear to cause humans to
hate and despise Gatchaman. Through social media, they fuel paranoia
and hate and use Gatchaman's technology against themselves.
was a crazy anime mixed with old fashion heroes with new age social
media. It basically asks should people depend on heroes? Or should
they depend on government? In the end, it is not the tools or
methods are evil, but the heart of the person who makes acts evil or
not. Regardless of advancement or technology, there will always be
problems and people should question themselves when to act and when
following social 'norm' or popular opinions aren't always correct.
This is the second season of the Crowds revival show, but you
can read more about the original series from the mid-1970s (severely
redone as sold as Battle Of The Planets on the U.S. market)
and its 1990s revival at this link...
well as the 1978 theatrical film at this link...
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is good for what it is,
consistent throughout in that regard, but it is overly simple and
soft, seems to be playing against color as if to say the original
series was too colorful (a tired cliche and stereotype) and results
in disappointing playback. The DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) 2.0 Stereo
lossless sound is here in an English dub and better Japanese version
with Pro-Logic-like surrounds that are more like it. Extras include
clean opening and closing animations and trailers.
- The Prime Minister is attacked by VAPE and is rescued by Gatchaman.
Point - Tsubasa becomes the new Gatchaman. The alien Gelsadra
crash lands on Earth.
- Suzuki the mastermind behind VAPE uses the Red CROWS to cause panic
in the city.
- Suzuki continues to threaten the people and end up seriously
hurting Rui, but in the end is caught by the Gatchaman.
- Suzuki is behind bars as Rui recovers. Gelsadra decides to enter
the Prime Minister election to help create a more peaceful society.
Effect - As Gelsadra has the ability to see and absorb people
feelings and thoughts, he quickly becomes more popular and easily
wins the election.
- Gelsadra continues to work and make the government more efficient,
he gets rid of politicians and introduces the smartphone voting
system instead... and gets the CROWDS system revoked.
- Gelsadra slowly gets ill when the people can't come to unity. All
the Gatchaman expect Tsubasa realizes that humans are slowing losing
free will. Tsubasa decides to leave Gatchaman. Strange creatures
creatures start appearing.
- The strange creatures now know as Kuu-sama begin to populate the
Earth. While they come from Gelsadra (but really are the will of
mankind) and soon become socially accepted when they first appear as
docile and amiable.
- While the Kuu-samas seem peaceful and friendly they become violent
when anyone doesn't conform with the rest of society. Gatchaman
becomes negatively advertise in social media and becomes outcasted.
Tsubasa begins to understand why people can't all think the same.
Suzuki escapes from prison.
- Suzuki's prediction of the world slowly come true. Tsubasa returns
home to realize how wrong she was.
- As the Kuu-samas continue to increase people begin to realize their
mistake and what a military state society is. They believe the
answer to all their problems is have to Gatchaman kill Gelsadra in
front of the whole world through social media.
- Gatchaman reveals they faked the assassination of Gelsadra and
explains the danger of absolute communism, and that people should
rethink and think for themselves. Gelsadra is allowed to stay on
Earth. Hajime recovers from all the damage caused to her during the
attack and awakens a few months later.