I’ve been putting this post off for too long now. I was so desperate to find something else to write about that I ran off to the cinema. You should probably read those posts instead of this one, because there will be nothing of worth in here. No siree bob, nothing of worth in this episodic post.
Oh well, better get writing
Something to talk about, something to talk about…ah I know! Gai dying. Or not dying, as the case is. But I bet you anything he will die before the halfway point. What this episode seemed to be setting us up for was a classic Death of the Tutor scene, in the vein of Star Wars or Gurren Lagann. I’ve talked about this before in relation to Daughter of 20 Faces, but I’ll repeat for all you new readers who haven’t gone back through my archives. The idea is that a young upstart learns under the guidance of a mentor and develops to a certain degree, but in order to grow out from the shadow of their mentor, the mentor has to leave the scene somehow. The classic way to do this is to simply kill off the mentor.
What this episode of Guilty Crown was essentially doing was making Shu empathise with Gai and the struggles that come with being a leader. In that sense, he now theoretically knows what it takes to become a leader, and he even went as far as to take leadership into his own hands with the scene at the end. However, if he’s going to develop further and become the grand leader the show seems to be suggesting he’ll become, Gai needs to be removed from the picture. There are other ways of doing this, such as turning Gai into the bad guy, but it really doesn’t feel like the show is heading in that direction. This episode made him appear more human than he had done so far, so the only way I can see it going is if they kill Gai off.
That is, if this anime is written well. And good writing hasn’t been in abundance so far in Guilty Crown.
Something else to talk about…how about those grunt guards with Uzis in their hands being incapable of taking out one girl with a pair of pistols who can’t even hold them properly. It might have helped if the grunts, you know, actually pulled the triggers on their guns instead of simply holding them in front of themselves and trying to scare Inori off by yelling really loudly.
Something else, something else…you know what the problem with Un-Go is? It keeps rushing through every mystery it has. I know the mysteries aren’t the main attraction. They’re just supposed to be a framing device to explore the world with. But that’s what all mysteries should be. We’ve simply been brainwashed by the Sherlock Holmes style mysteries where solving the mystery itself is the main attraction. But that doesn’t forgive Un-Go for telling its mystery stories so badly. The world is genuinely interesting and has some really DEEP stuff on show, but when I can’t follow the story, I can’t understand what it is they’re trying to say. This is why episodes 3 and 4 were so damn good. Because they spread out the mystery over 2 episodes. Damn, this has nothing to do with Guilty Crown…
Speaking of anime that aren’t Guilty Crown, I should probably have continued blogging Last Exile instead of Guilty Crown. It’s been getting steadily stronger as they flesh out the political situations on both side. This story is essentially a smaller scale Legend of the Galactic Heroes. On one side we have the young upstart ruthlessly taking over the world with strong military leadership and the annihilation of the corrupt aristocrats. On the other side we have a small rebellion force, entirely founded on one ship, who get by on a combination of foppery, whim, and guerrila warfare.
Inori is actually Shu’s childhood friend! What a thrilling plot twist!
It’s not even like this episode of Guilty Crown was that bad. I simply had no reaction to it, which is almost worse. With all hopes of the series delivering something worthwhile dropped, I can’t even sum up the enthusiasm to criticise the stupid plot twists or wonder whether the glimpses of intelligent writing will turn into something worthwhile down the line. Drop all pre-existing expectations for this series, and all we’ve got here is a dull and formulaic action anime with some rather nice animation. It’s not even a trainwreck anymore, it’s just boring. That, somehow, is incredibly depressing.