My mind is racing A MILE A MINUTE processing 'Crowds Insight #8. Sorry that these ideas are so unformed. LMK if you got interpretations of your own.
• 'Crowds Insight is a meditation on technologically enhanced politics; that much is obvious. Gelsadra is a metaphor for technologically streamlined direct democracy, or in a broader sense, a bureaucracy so omnipotent, it requires almost no political action on part of its citizens. It simply aggregates opinion and enacts majority rule; a subtle tyranny of its own.
• "Let Gelsadra handle it" is its sinister logical endpoint. It is the total destruction of political thought, discourse & participation.
• Gelsadra has trouble inhaling people's political opinions, possibly because there are no legitimate political thoughts left after the introduction of "Let Gelsadra handle it". Without political thoughts to feed him, he no longer functions as an avatar of collective will. Or maybe he enacts the only will that remains...
• Gelsadra regurgitates these feelings back to their source. In those that are receptive (colored red; those that prefer to "let Gelsadra handle it") are born these tricolor minions. They lull the populace into a politically ignorant blissful dream of "becoming one". Even Japan's two major ideological leaders, the unneeded Gelsadra & Rui, give into the gentle embrace. The skeptical minority is seen as a nuisance and is forcibly subsumed by the creatures.
In a sense, the tricolor minions represent a dystopian endpoint. Gelsadra as a political system is now replaced by pure, indifferent bliss.
• "The thing that bugs me is they know our names."
• "The scarlet angel will transform, and in time, gentle beasts will appear. Their names are many." ("It's the last line I don't get.")
• Katze's multi-part riddle: "What's everybody's favorite thing that goes in easy, but is difficult to get out?" [...] "It's only when you have your favorite things that the party starts." [...] "The answer to my riddle is definitely my favorite thing, but that Gel-Gel guy likes it 20,000 times more than I."
If I recall correctly, Katze's riddle in 'Crowds S1 was that the suffering of others is what people find "fun"; that people default to trolling in the absence of consequences. I don't know how to connect that to Gelsadra and his tricolor minions though.
Hajime's rebuttal to Berg-Katze is that community-building is "fun" (and together they represent the simultaneous promise & peril of internet culture). However Hajime's outlook is nuanced enough not to assume that community-building equates to flattening the world, ideologically. There is a vibrancy that comes from a diversity of opinion. This is where Hajime & Tsubasa/Gelsadra differ.