Also a perfect metaphor for identity theft, it really IS brilliant.Take the forced kiss and shapeshifting aspects: yeah, too right you'd feel physically violated if hateful, anonymous internet trolls started pretending to be you, or speak for you, or represent you while dragging your name and everything you stand for through the mud!
CROWDS is really clever, you guys...
The execution is truly excellent. Without hyperbole, Berg Katze is one of the best supervillains I've ever seen. It's just that no matter how well you do it the very concept is going to have some... unfortunate implications. But those are really minor when you look at the show as a whole.
All of that being done while juggling with two positive but competing versions of anarchism shown as valid contributions to society as a whole. Because at this point you might as well.It should be pretty clear by now that the 'Crowds' are a direct analogy to 'Anonymous' and other internet movements, and how that power can be directed. It's a really great and surprising theme for an anime and I love it. the fact that the show manages to balance this theme as well as a story about a group of depressed and burnt out superheroes with both themes complimenting and building on each other makes me a little in awe of the storytelling.