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Guilty Crown episode 3

I was all prepared to carry on my weekly ritual of laughing at Guilty Crown. OK, so this weekly ritual has been going on for an entire week, as I was quite partial towards the opening episode, but episode 2 was so astonishingly atrocious that I failed to see how the series could possibly be anything other than the work of a bunch of jaded twats, convinced they could trot out some rip-off of a previous popular title and call it a night.

Which puts me in an embarrassing position because…umm, I quite liked this episode.

First thing this episode did was fix up a bunch of plot holes from the last episode. The most important point it cleared up was why Gai knew he would be safe from the lasers. He can see what weapon the Power of Kings…sorry, the Kings Power (don’t know how I could have gotten those mixed up) will provide from each person. This also provides a solid reason why he wanted the weapon in the first place. The power becomes rather useless when the weapon you could be drawing ends up being nothing other than a fridge. My first thought upon seeing this was “oh gee, isn’t it convenient that the one person he ended up drawing the weapon from turned out to provide him with a massive badass sword”. But thinking about it for a sec, of course Gai would team up with people whom he could draw powerful weapons out of.

This is also why Inori asked for the weapon to be drawn out of her when she was with Shu. She knew she would provide a powerful weapon that would help them survive because Gai told her. If you extend this logically, that’s why the other people are there and why they are so loyal to Gai. Gai told them they were special. Use me Gai, because my heart can give you power and me meaning. It’s a bit creepy to think about, but Gai is presented as being not entirely admirable. I read on some forum somewhere that he’s Guilty Crown’s version of Lelouch. A morally ambiguous revolutionary leader. They just need to focus a bit more on the ‘morally ambiguous’ side and we’re in more solid ground.

Guilty Crown is pretty. Really pretty. I know this will be said with every episode, but somehow switching to schoolyard comedy just highlighted that even further. School life romcom series tend to be a bit less ambitious than, say, rip roaring mecha political thrillers. So the contrast between the production values your standard anime and Guilty Crown stand out even more. Schoolyard scenes that have BGM that isn’t just irritating boops and pops? Some effort put into stuff like shading? Holy crap does it ever look gorgeous.

The scenes themselves are kinda retarded, sure, but what they have added is the slightly camp jokey aspect that Guilty Crown needed. OK, the boob grabbage scene was bleh, but the main character charging across town, drawing bizarre weapons out of his classmates was great fun, taking the power to the logical extreme. I would never have thought that swapping from warzone to classroom would have resulted in this much of a jump in quality, but taking the focus out of the warzone stopped the series from making so many retarded plot twists and out-of-place fanservice.There’s still fanservice, but it actually feels like it should be here for a change.

Not that the episode was amazing or anything. There’s still plenty to complain about. Guilty Crown seem to be pushing this idea that the main story is Shu getting over his wimpyness. The Kings Power is meant to be a metaphor for this, making him get over his emotional insecurity and look people in the eyes for once. However, if that is meant to be a metaphor for making friends, then ‘making friends’ is to rape your way to their heart so they have no memory of the event. Riiiight, cheers for that image Guilty Crown. Also Inori moving into Shu’s house and undressing made me roll my eyes so hard I think they swapped places. The whole series still has this awkward wish-fulfillment going on. But hey, compared to the severe levels of retardation that was episode 2, this was practically Berserk in comparison.

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41 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    The ending of this episode was so predictable it hurt. The show might look pretty and have nice music, but beyond that there’s nothing interesting going on whatsoever.

  2. DarkEnergy
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Years from now, I imagine these school kids going through therapy when they remember some crazy guy charging at them right before they black out.

    Also, there’s the lingering question of why Gai let Shu have the magical vial thing in the first place. Can they make more of this stuff? Will everybody have “void-sampling” powers? People change over time, so does that mean their “voids” will change as well? Can Shu pull weapons out of himself?

    Furthermore, why is Inori so ditzy?

    • luffyluffy
      Posted October 28, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

      all beauty and no brains perhaps

    • Kiseki
      Posted October 29, 2011 at 3:33 am | Permalink

      He never did? Inori made Shuu use it when she wasn’t supposed to? Unless you’re talking about the scenes before that… && I think they said there was only three Void Genomes, and this one was stolen.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 29, 2011 at 11:45 am | Permalink

      I guess Gai didn’t have a clue how to use the weapon? I can’t quite remember the details of the first episode, so did Gai know from the start that Shu had the weapon?

      • Kiseki
        Posted October 30, 2011 at 6:50 am | Permalink

        No, the Void Genome thing was supposed to be for Gai to use, but Inori somehow opened the test tube and gave the power to Shuu…?

        Before that, Gai only wanted Shuu to deliver it, but if I remember correctly an explosion occurred which separated them and he told Shuu to protect it…

        Not sure if I’m right though.

      • mcm38
        Posted October 30, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

        You’re right. Fun thing is they weren’t realy seperated by that explosion. Gai with his skills should’ve been able to easily pas those ruins and get the tube from Shuu and tell him to gtfo. But Gai can’t do that because he’s not a lame whimpy lead.

    • Ryu
      Posted October 30, 2011 at 5:56 am | Permalink

      Inori is so ditzy because the target audience’s suspension disbelief would distend if she wasn’t

  3. fathomlessblue
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    I have absolutely nothing postive to say on this show, and this is coming from someone who defended the first two episodes Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai for christ’s sake!

    • stupid commenter
      Posted October 29, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

      it looks pretty…?

    • Mr. Anon
      Posted October 29, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

      Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai is brilliant. It’s probably been a few seasons since there was a show I’ve laughed at this much.

  4. Redcrimson
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    This show is pretty much Code Geass with Lelouch and C.C. replaced with Shinji and Rei, except with everything interesting about those two shows taken out.

    Also I don’t know if the whole “You can only pull crap out of people’s hearts if they’re under the age of 18″ is a clever commentary on the soul-crushing nature of the post-highschool Japanese work enviroment or just because otaku’s think sticking your hand into middle-aged womens’ chests is gross.

    • mcm38
      Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

      under 17 years old*

  5. mcm38
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    I do agree with the change of pace because of the switch from warzone-school life.
    They did have some nice angles. Kinda reminded me of Steins Gate. No I was joking.

    At any rate, this episode was probably the best cause it covered some negatives of the previous episodes, Scamp is right here.

    But Scamp I realy need to ask you, don’t you think it’s weird for the drugdealing-fake-personality-classmate-friend was being a total retard by selling out Shu? I mean it doesn’t make sense for him to betray Shu who’s got connections to the Funeral Parlor (or whatever they’re called). It’d only put himself in danger, because he is aware the Funeral Parlor know his identity. So if Shu were to be caught he should know that the FP would get him back for that.
    Again some unrational plot, but I should shut up now since GC might again cover the holes in the plot in the coming weeks.

    Also I’m not gonna waste my time on telling how genericly fall-on-lap heroine she is.

    Btw, ‘cheers’ I loved it. Reminded me of my Irish classmates here.

    • ペーパー先生
      Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

      To be fair, he is a druggie. They’re not exactly known for their brightness.

      • mcm38
        Posted October 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

        He was clever enough to fake his personality and promise.

      • stupid commenter
        Posted October 31, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

        druggies aren’t know for their sincerity either.

  6. Flawfinder
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    What is your opinion on the drugged-up friend, as you never mentioned him? And I’m glad you like this episode, as I could not stand it. I just kept on asking, “where is the character depth?” the entire…three episodes of this series.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 29, 2011 at 11:48 am | Permalink

      I found it a bit weird when he suddenly agreed to keep Shu’s secret after Shu dragged the weapon out of him. That didn’t strike me as particularly good bonding material. But then he betrayed him and all was right with the world.

  7. romulus
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    This anime… we have seen it all before.

    Worked in other animes (shot-out/copying):
    -rebels in black uniform announce resistance on video
    -foreign control of Japan using mechas&soilders
    -my feelings are hurt, dont ignore me world! (wimpyness on Ikari Shinji level)
    -boxes with girls stuff in your room (borked even when Asuka did it)
    -girl drops in your room, asks for food (Index-shot-out so annoying)
    -memory loss due to mystical power shocking the brain (hello Geass)

    Commonplaces also in 70% of animes
    -magical girlfriend attached to you
    -transfer student gets attention
    -some jerk got angry about his own idea (she looks unreal, like a doll/CG)
    – 50% of that bloody fanservice
    -parents not coming home
    -no one over 17 shall play a key role
    -a VERY shitty metaphor for making friends

    Actual worthwhile content
    -how it looks like&a few interesting angles
    -the other 50% of that bloody fanservice
    -scene when traitor-kun lent the horror movie
    -scene of pulling out various shite from people
    -scene of Inori teaching Shu how to look them in the eyebrow
    -wimpyness of protagonist

    tl;dr
    All in all, the fixed problems brought about even more problems. What I watched was a Code Geass-ish setup in the Code Geass world with Evangelion-ish ovetones and a HUUUUUGE pile of genericness. Only a few scenes were enjoyable and the overall visuals.
    However, the sheer difference between how ep2 was shit and how ep3 was shit makes me carry on. This anime is versatile, they maybe just hold back their capacity.

  8. Posted October 29, 2011 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    Say, Scamp, what will you do if the writers are intentionally making it start all generic and stereotypical and then start pulling some strings, turn the story a bit darker and more serious until it finally becomes something original and worthwhile and celebrated? Kinda like the creators are doing a bait and switch, laughing at us for counting all the clichés and thinking “OH, THESE WRITERS” knowing that the ending will be a bombshell. Not that I think that’ll happen (personally, I think the story will stay pretty boring throughout) but what do you think your reaction would be if that turned out to be true?

    • Redcrimson
      Posted October 29, 2011 at 5:40 am | Permalink

      Didn’t work for Blood-C, I don’t see it working for Guilty Crown. The thing is, in order to pull of Evangelion or Madoka levels of subversion you sorta need competent writing. Which I really don’t see any evidence of here. It’s just phoned in “The same… but different!” thing that anime has been doing for years. Unless we find out that Gai was the one who released the virus that destroyed Japan or whatever and literally wants the power to be king, I don’t think anything this show can do will shock me in any way.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 29, 2011 at 11:51 am | Permalink

      What he said. Being deliberately shit is still shit

  9. Gunslinger
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    I dont think i’ll ever watch guilty crown but i was hoping to read another funny post of you thrashing it :(

    • Scamp
      Posted October 29, 2011 at 11:53 am | Permalink

      Well sorry for liking something for a change

  10. Posted October 29, 2011 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Best moment of the episode! Void refrigerator! That moment made me laugh so much, but I think most people are probably going to drop this series after this episode….ah well I still enjoy it! That and blogging it…

  11. Gunslinger
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Dont worry mate there’s always the next episode :)

  12. Marow
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Gai would be OP if he had Kings Power.

    • mcm38
      Posted October 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

      No, the special power is always reserved for the lame generic male lead. And it’s always offered to him in a pack with a ditzy cute magical girlfriend and a new life in which he gets to be the hero and defeat the big bad guys and all other girls fall for him for no apparent reason and he suddenly creates a harem, etc.

      And you know what, I don’t think we’re gonna get a change to this bleargh formula any time soon.

      • Marow
        Posted October 29, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

        I meant that Gai could see the Voids for some reason yet to be explained. See them and be able to use them? Woah

      • mcm38
        Posted October 30, 2011 at 12:05 am | Permalink

        I know, I’m just being sarcastic at how he would never get the Kings Power, just cause he’s not a lame whimpy lead.

      • Posted October 30, 2011 at 1:30 am | Permalink

        Oh, yeah, how did I miss that

  13. Guest
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    I can’t bring myself to hate this yet but I was never expecting to love it. It’s not great, but it’s not coming across as such an epic failure either. I’m still pulling for the “bait and switch” someone suggested above (but not counting on it).

    The main thing I’m failing to see is how they could possibly work in all that many more school scenes without totally jumping the shark. The only scenario I can see that’d make sense is if Mr. Guilty Crown gets orders from GHQ to drop contact with the rebels, go back to school, and just forget about everything that’s happened. Even that’s only good for maybe one-two more episodes, b/c we can only have so many “I’m so reluctant to pick a side” moments before we jump the shark that way instead.

    Other than that looming obstacle this show seems like it should be fine — generic, but fine — but somehow it seems like there’s a bunch of small things going wrong as it goes from “outline” to “execution”.

    • Guest
      Posted October 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

      To add: there’s the hint of something at least somewhat original in this show.

      Basically it seems like Gai is very media-savvy and Inori is about the last person you’d think would become a net idol.

      It *could* be that Gai was originally planning to make himself and Inori into the figureheads of the revolution: he’s charismatic and kicks ass, she’s beautiful and her songs will capture the peoples’ hearts and minds.

      That kind of public relations and media-savvy angle would put an interesting twist on things, especially now that Shu has the void genome.

      Too soon to know if the show will go that way or not.

      • Scamp
        Posted October 31, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

        That actually works. Similar to (dare I say it) Code Geass and how Lelouch would ham it up as much as he could as Zero because he knew a more dramatic figure would capture more peoples imagination. Gai plans to take over the world using the Japanese peoples strange affection for bland personality-less idols

  14. Ryu
    Posted October 30, 2011 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    Why did they make Inori an idol

    why

    • Kiseki
      Posted October 30, 2011 at 6:53 am | Permalink

      because supercell

  15. Shogun
    Posted October 30, 2011 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    All proper criticisms have been summed up, but this episode has also raised questions in my mind about the extent of his power. Such as…

    Can our bland male lead effectively kill a person by simply not returning their void? Or would their bodies be somehow self-preserving, if cataleptic?

    Can he pull several voids out from different subjects without having to return the previous one first?

    If he had that power, could he totally screw with people’s… soul or minds or whatever, by replacing the wrong void in another person?

    Like Marow said, how the hell can Gai see a person’s void anyways? Has he, perhaps, been infected with a different type of Genome? I can see some diligent writing tying this in with Japan’s outbreak of the Apocalypse virus if so…

    • Scamp
      Posted October 31, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

      There’s something almost creepily romantic about that. Take out someones heart and keep it by your side in a holster so they can always be with you

      • Shogun
        Posted October 31, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

        Hm.

        Cross over with Future Diary? The Yandere Genome leading to a homoerotic twist between Gai and Shu with a Bad End?

        At least then we’d have some decent Character Dynamics.

  16. Posted October 30, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    all beauty and no brain perhaps fit this show so well

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