Gatchaman / Collection 8 : 4 of 5
I can't believe that this epic anime series is almost over - there's only one more Gatchaman collection to go! I really enjoyed this set of episodes, since the plots seem to be getting more dramatic leading up to what I hope to be a spectacular finale. The biggest edge-of-your-seat action occurs when Galactor actually succeeds in a full-scale attack on the Crescent Coral Base, eventually leaving the Science Ninja Team homeless! This story takes a few episodes to complete, and each one was full of excitement. The Berg Katse mystery is almost revealed, too - I actually don't know what the big secret is, but I'm pretty sure he's a shape-shifter of some kind (I know I could dig up the answer somewhere, but it's more fun waiting to find out!). There are plenty of emotional episodes in this set, too - Ken is getting more and more discouraged with life in general since Galactor always comes back, and Jinpei has a cute first-love romance (with a surprising accidental shower peeking scene), but realizes that as long as he's a Science Ninja, there's no room for anyone in his life (poor Jinpei). The coolest mecha this time around could be the giant crayfish (giant claws!), or possibly the line of cop cars that form into a huge Mothra-looking caterpillar. Overall, this was an amazing set, and all of the episodes flew by - I can't wait to get my hands on Collection 9 (but then I will be sad when it's over)!