Gatchaman Crowds Heroes' G-Suits & Powers Revealed
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Hajime Ichinose (Born: November 25 | Age: 16 years old | Height: 155 cm)
Hajime has the "Designer NOTE" power — the ability to design anything imaginable and make it a reality. Every part of Hajime's suit conceals special weapons inspired by scissors and other stationery items.
The main character of the story, Hajime is an 11th grader attending a high school in Tachikawa City. A powerful and energetic girl with an artistic spirit, she is a little bit strange in a good way. She has a passion for stationery goods, and gets extremely excited when it comes to different models of pens and scissors. She is put under the responsibility of Sugane, but usually goes against him and acts on her own. However, she greatly affects the world and her team members when she does something that results in something that has never been seen in Gatchaman activities in the past.
Sugane Tachibana (Born: August 2 | Blood Type: O | Height: 175 cm)
Sugane possesses the "Inifinite Range NOTE" power to manipulate time and space during battles. His G-suit draws influences from armored warriors, ninja, and mystical beasts with scales. He wields the "molecular-vibration tuning fork sword Shipū" for dealing with enemies at close range, as well as concealed weapons and the "unlimited sword Arashi" for finishing moves against enemies at any range.
Sugane is a samurai boy with an old-fashioned personality and speech who has spent five years on the G Team. Due to his personality, he holds justice and his duties very strongly, and is at first baffled by Hajime, who makes him believe in things he had once not thought possible. When he first met her, he did not even think of her as a woman, but as they continued to work together, he began to understand and admire her, and even began to hold feelings of love for her.
Joe Hibiki (Born: March 29 | Blood Type: B | Height: 187 cm)
Joe has the "Firebomb NOTE" — the ability to freely manipulate flames. His G-suit releases vapors all over his body for cooling when he is emitting flames. He fights with flame shuriken, volleys of fireballs from both arms, and other forms of flame attacks. He can even fly by emitting flames from his hands and feet.
Joe is a Tokyo University graduate who felt despair and nothingness toward the human race, and also felt the limits of the world after 10 years of being on the G Team. However, after meeting Hajime, he gained back his passion for living, and became serious about his work. He is usually running the "Living Safety Department" in the town hall, where he is transformed into a clean, well-kempt, handsome man. However, in the evening, he lets down his hair, puts away his glasses, and smokes, changing his personality entirely. He calls Hajime "little lady," and himself "old man." Although he keeps his distance from Hajime, he actually is very interested in her.
France's Japan Expo unveiled not only the G-suit designs, but also the anime's opening sequence by Kamikaze Douga on its last day on Sunday. The Mainichi Shimbun paper's Mantan Web site posted more images from the opening sequence.
The story is set in Japan in the early summer of 2015. 180,000 people live in Tachikawa City, the "second metropolis" of the Tokyo area. Among them are "Gatchaman" — warriors who fight in special reinforced suits powered by "NOTE," the manifestation of special spiritual powers in living beings. A council has scouted a group of individuals with latent powers to protect Earth from alien criminals. In recent years, the council has assigned Gatchaman warriors to deal with the mysterious entity known as "MESS."
Kenji Nakamura (Mononoke, tsuritama) will be directing off scripts from Toshiya Ono (Suite Precure, tsuritama) at Tatsunoko Productions. Illustrator Kinoko did the original character designs for the characters, while Koji Nakakita (Wandaba Style, Jūsō Kikō Dancouga Nova) did the mecha such as Hajime, Sugane, and Joe's G-suit designs. In addition, Kenji Andou (Tiger & Bunny) is designing the G-suits for the other characters.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web
Images © Tatsunoko Productions/Gatchaman Crowds Production Committee