I had to scale back my expectations for Guilty Crown after episode 1. Instead of anticipating the greatest anime ever, I now had to hope that it would add some depth to the already impressive presentation. Episode 2 looked at these new levels of expectation and decided the best method was to destroy all hope of quality whatsoever. Good job Guilty Crown!
Episode 2 kicks off in the same fashion as episode 1. Boy single-handedly destroying multiple giant robots with his awesome sword with lots of flashy effects. Except this time we get some added fanservice in the shape of, well, all three female characters in the entire anime. Inori’s outfit was always revealing, but we got ourselves a facefull of ass in this episode. Our software princess here had her enthusiastic bum button push while wearing the test plug suit from Evangelion 2.0. Even the wheelchair bound character got herself a customary boob jiggle after she slumped from the non-cockpit. Isn’t the whole point of plugsuits is so stuff won’t jiggle around so much? Fanservice is hardly something worth complaining about though. It does feel a bit out-of-place in something as straight-faced as Guilty Crown usually is, but I like boobs and bums, even in cartoon form, so I don’t have much of an issue here.
We get introduced to a new character on the side of the antibodies. He seems like a pretty nice fellow. Maybe we’ll see some of the opposing sides views on the state of affairs. A more balanced approach to the conflict in this series by giving us the idealist within the opposing factio-
Maybe not then. He’s just a complete psycho murdering machine with a scary personality twist. OK cool, we get it Guilty Crown. The antibodies forces are evil. Really evil. They hire psychos like this blondie to fight for them. Maybe that means the other commander will appear in a better light next to him…oh wait, never mind. Murder everyone, women and children included? Well, at least someone thinks of the children in this country. Well, maybe the rank and file military soldiers within their army aren’t so keen on murdering innocent civilians and are just following orders… oh wait, never mind. Holding guns up to people and pulling more psychotic faces, even the rank and file people? OK great, we get it. They’re evil. You can stop now Guilty Crow-oh what’s this? Another survival of the fittest speech? The downtrodden should stay down there and die like the scum they are? I think Guilty Crown wants us to think they’re evil, don’t you?
Speaking of that Darwinian speech delivered by the baldy guy, didn’t that sound vaguely similar to the exact same booming speech given by Fluffy from Code Geass? At least Geass established from the start that the main conflict here was not whether overthrowing the Brittanian Empire was the right thing to do, but what was the ideal method. Guilty Crown’s main conflict is whether the main character can overcome his crippling inability to do absolutely anything. Thrilling conflict indeed. But wait, what’s this? A King’s Power? Or a Power of a King? Or Kings in general? You know, a Power of Kings? At least ‘Undertaker’ is a sufficient enough deviation from ‘Black Knights’ I guess. Please stop producing a lame Geass knock off Mr.Writer. I loved you work on Geass more than most people, but I can assure you that the political setting was not the thing that drew in such a massive audience.
Apparently Gai was able to predict, amongst other things, exactly where the psycho robot pilot would be when they attacked so Shu being nearby when the time called for it. And Shu would have enough time to charge over there, smash open the container and pull the weapon out of his chest. I was under the impression that the character had to open up to Shu for him to pull the weapon out. What was the point of his interactions with Inori in the first place then? Oh, and you know what else Gai was able to predict? That the very weapon Shu would pull out would be a gun that could deflect lasers. And that he would shoot this gun at the exact right moment to defend him from a heap of giant lasers. If just one person shot a metal bullet then the whole plan would have failed. Or if Shu had gone for the wrong trailer and picked a person who instead produced an awesome electric guitar. Gai would be dead, but there would be some more exciting music instead of the bloody jpop that keeps playing.
Use me Shu, and draw the phallic symbol out of my bare chest. This is a metaphor for consensual sex. In which case, the scene straight after this one where you pull the weapon from the psycho pilots chest is a metaphor for gay rape while someone in unconscious.
Future Diary’s second episode had a lot of stupid, logic-defying plot holes too, but I have much less of a problem with that because it has this campy sense of self-awareness to it all. Apart from the occasional fanservice nods, Guilty Crown plays it all straight-faced. When a character somehow sets up a schoolyard full of anti-personal mines in Future Diary, its feels like the show is just trying to up the crazy ante, logic be damned. When an entire platoon of giant robots set off after one truck, leaving the rest of their force exposed, and yet not firing a single bullet towards this truck, it just stinks of Guilty Crown being stupid. Future Diary at least sticks to its themes. What minimal depth I had gotten from the first episode of Guilty Crown has already been thrown out the window.