Let’s try to get through this Guilty Crown post without comparing the show unfavourably to Code Geass, or making a reference to how damn pretty it looks.
Welp, guess I better end the post here then.
OK really, honest episodic post this time. Guilty Crown has an awful habit of getting my hopes up with something clever, only to shoot itself in the foot straight after. The shtick they had with the wheelchair girl knocking down Shu was neat. If I may compare Guilty Crown to Geass for a second (it’s a favourable comparison rather than unfavourable, so I’m allowed to), Nunally’s wheelchair bound form was there simply as another element to make her appear as this unbelievably fragile being that needed protecting. This time though, the wheelchair user is a kickass action girl, mocking the idiot who looked down on her. That’s neat and a clever little reversal of stereotypes. It’s not glossed over that she’s in a wheelchair, but she still acts and is treated like she’s a regular member of the force.
So I guess, since she’s meant to be portrayed as a regular anime girl, then obviously she has to do some horribly cliche activities too, right? You know, I might have appreciated the show if, when she walked in on Shu, Shu was the one to squeel “ecchi!” and slap her across the face. But no, it was the girl who did the squeeling. How on earth did she manage to reach him with her hand to slap him anyway? Shu was standing in the middle of the room while she was still outside the door. She would have had to wheel herself into the room, slap Shu, then reverse out again. Also she called him a pervert because he recognised a woman had boobs. HAHAHA ISN’T THAT HILARIOUS!!! Please stop doing that anime…
A scene I liked was the one where Inori revealed she had no interest in Shu at all and was only acting subservient because Gai told her to. It had been bugging me constantly over the past 4 episodes why she would express even the slightest interest in Shu. It was a pretty awful case of excessive wish-fulfilment. Here’s a beautiful idol girl who, for no apparent reason, is attached to you and asks you to use her in whatever way you wish. It was getting to the point that I was starting to believe the theories that she was a robot or something, with no personality of her own. Turns out it was all just an act, and Shu’s fantasy girl that he gave up his life for was all a lie. Instead she’s sleeping with the handsome courageous man down the hall.
Except she’s not. Of course she’s not, because that would make her a slut and taint her pure body and the sales numbers of the next DVD would be cut down by half overnight. They have learned from the last debacle with Ano Hana that even pretending like the poster girl was impure, even if you refute that fact in the very next episode, gives otaku a full week to cancel their Blue Ray box sets orders. Instead she’s just helping Gai recover from some tragic illness. Probably as a result of the biological weapons, to add an extra layer of tragedy to the whole thing. Gai is fighting against the very people who could save his life. Which…actually sounds like a cool twist on his character, when I put it like that.
I suppose the question now is ‘why does Shu stay with these guys?’. He’s lost his reasoning of there being a cute subservient girl there. Is it because he agrees with their motives? Of course not, we’ve barely got any of Gai’s reasoning behind the fighting. Well, apart from the obvious point that the bad guys are full of murdering psychopaths and oh dear not this problem again. I guess it’s because Shu has found a place where he’s actually considered useful. Not through any choice of his own, I must point out. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Although I suppose in order to be in the right place at the right time, he did have to go after Inori in the first place. This story is really about Shu gaining more confidence and learning to stand up for himself, which I guess we’re achieving? It’s certainly a step in the right direction to remove the flimsy excuse of a girl who likes him for no apparent reason. You are a horrific wimp Shu, with no redeeming qualities, and the only way anybody is going to like you is if you grow a pair.