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Guilty Crown episode 7 *dropped*

I’m done.

What’s funny is this was probably the best episode of Guilty Crown so far. Sure, that’s not saying much, but credit where credit is due. They simply embraced the stupidly evil parts of the villains by making them act like themselves around each other. Plus there was something so inherently silly yet enjoyable about the fireworks display to a backing track of Swan Lake (if only because it reminded me of that one episode of Cowboy Bebop). I’d even give props to Gai for being such a playboy. I couldn’t help be impressed at the sheer audacity of his chat up lines.

That said, it’s still Guilty Crown, and it still can’t tell it’s bloody story without being stupid. So how exactly did Gai know she’s be on that ship and have the right weapon? Did he just plan on someone on the ship having the right weapon? What if all he got was a ship full of fridges? My biggest gripe comes from Shu suddenly having a group of friends through no apparent effort of his own. If this is meant to be a story of how he gained some balls, then why are good things happening to him when he’s doing nothing to deserve these changes. He learned how to be a soldier, only to ignore his training and use the power that just so happened to fall into his lap. If he had gone and talked to those kids himself, or explained himself to the class on his lonesome, then it would have counted as development. But no, instead another girl had to baby him through the process. If you’re going to have a story about a loser male lead, the fine. He has to develop though, otherwise he remains as bland and dull as ever before.

I could go on, but it’s the same issues I’ve been repeating with every episode. Inori is a nothing character with no personality. Most of the shoddy politics and battle decisions can be explained away with the response “because the villains are stupidly evil”. It’s still a shoddy rip-off of Code Geass and the one thing that made it different, having the male lead be a wimp, has been grossly mishandled. It’s just not a good show, and I’m running dry on new stuff to say. I could have covered anything else, from Un-Go to Bear-sona to Last Exile to Fate/Zero. But no, I picked Guilty Crown. I haven’t dropped an anime from episodic blogging since Letter Bee (Arakawa II doesn’t count because there was no sequel), but I’m bored with Guilty Crown. So, with that said:


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  1. Posted November 26, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    No biggie. You can always pick up another show in its stead, and I recommend either Un-Go or Fate/Zero.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 26, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

      Nah, my schedule over december will be packed with the 12 days of christmas anyway. I’ll just keep with future diary and pick up one show from the winter season

      • Aeroblip
        Posted November 27, 2011 at 12:34 am | Permalink

        Nisemonogatari? Please?

      • Someone Else
        Posted November 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

        Don’t pick sequels to write, pick a new good one instead

  2. Nebulous
    Posted November 26, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Do they have a different director every episode because the show yo-yos way too hard. We had that wierd thing about Inori where one episode she in love with him (internal monolougue) and the next episode she doesn’t give 2 shits about him and is just following orders and stringing him along. Generally though the show has been quite serious and had some sober moments. Then we had this episode which was a fantastical trainwreck. “Lets take surface to air missiles and just lay them on their side!” – The director KNEW it was retarded. The whole scene with his “mother”, the director KNEW it was stupid fanservice. The MISSILES blowing up and looking like FIREWORKS was especially retarded and the director KNEW.

    So Why God, WHY.

    • Iby
      Posted November 27, 2011 at 6:03 am | Permalink

      BTW it’s not a direction, it’s scriptwriters. All previos episodes were written by Yoshino Hiroyuki, but this 7th episode was written by Ookouchi Ichirou.

    • Posted November 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

      Having different directors for different episodes are actually pretty common. The lead director didn’t change tho.

      • Scamp
        Posted November 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

        ^ what he said. Sometimes anime give episodic directors more control to set his own pace on the anime. Kaiba did this

  3. Posted November 26, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    It’s the Nutcracker, not Swan Lake.

  4. Posted November 26, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    Despite the dropping, I actually enjoyed this episode, too. There’s still the bit of stupidity that rankles me, but like you, I enjoyed Gai being audacious and everything on the ship. I was enjoying myself so much that the contrivances didn’t even occur to me, which is what a good, dumb thriller should do.

    Thaaaaaaaaaaat said, I certainly can’t fault you for dropping it.

    • Posted November 26, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

      Also, I can’t truly hate something with a character by the name of Mr. Dan Eagleman.

      • Scamp
        Posted November 27, 2011 at 12:02 am | Permalink

        That is a pretty awesome name

  5. Karry
    Posted November 26, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Took you long enough.

  6. Ty-chama
    Posted November 26, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    I admire you for sticking to your guns as long as you did my man!Thank goodness for Mirai Nikki…

  7. Posted November 26, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    I would love to see a post about that sequel that doesn’t exist.

  8. Flawfinder
    Posted November 26, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, this episode was enjoyably stupid, but it’s such a shame that that’s the only real enjoyment you get out of this show.

  9. Posted November 26, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    >Dropping anime

    It occurred to me during this episode that, despite how easy it is to hang shit on Shu, Inori is a much, much worse character. Shu is at least somewhat consistent. He’s a plodder, and all his choices and behaviours revolve around that. But what the hell is Inori? Is she a helpless moeblob that needs to be protected? Is she a badass gansta shooter? Is she there to manipulate Shu into staying with the Undertakers? Or to make him feel bad that he was so easily manipulated? Is she just the source of that badass sword void or useful to the Undertakers in her own right? The answer, I’d say, is that she’s whatever the plot needs her to be at the time.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 26, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

      Are you seriously trying to criticise people for stopping watching anime they don’t like? Like, really?

  10. Mr.Durrr
    Posted November 27, 2011 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    Remember when Scamp hyped this show to hell and back a while back?


    • mcm38
      Posted November 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Permalink


  11. Suzushina Yuriko
    Posted November 27, 2011 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    I can’t blame you for dropping this, really, but I’m going to miss watching you suffer from watching this show every week, as mean as that sounds.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

      Maybe I should just turn into a hater blog or something…

  12. Posted November 27, 2011 at 3:02 am | Permalink

    I feel as if I dropped this show centuries ago. Has it only been 7 episodes?! Wow.

  13. Maximillian
    Posted November 27, 2011 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    I’m definitely losing interest fast and shouldn’t stick around, but I might still watch out of morbid curisioty. Which I suppose is the very definition of a trainwreck, at least in the literal sense.

    Unfortunately, this “best” episode of Gulity Crown is just about the equivalent of a bad or mediocre episode of Code Geass R2, except that given the lack of “good” episodes beforehand I see little or no reason to care what all these people are doing. Even when Geass did stupid things, I never found myself so bored.

  14. Redcrimson
    Posted November 27, 2011 at 4:51 am | Permalink

    Not gonna lie, I’m gonna miss you ragging on Guilty Crown. But I totally understand why you’re dropping it. I think the only reason I’ll continue to watch it is because I work Thursdays and it kills 20 mins. I find it funny that the show is a lot like Inori herself. It looks pretty and sounds great, but is just bland and soulless and maybe a little retarded.

  15. TheVoid
    Posted November 27, 2011 at 5:57 am | Permalink

    This was honestly the one episode that I truly enjoyed of Guilty Crown so far. It’s probably because of Dan Eagleman and I like the villains despite them being cliche stupid evil villains.

    • Posted November 27, 2011 at 7:05 am | Permalink

      Was going to type a full comment but then saw this and it said what I was thinking.

      Looking forward to the 12 days of Christmas posts

    • Scamp
      Posted November 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

      I liked Dan Eagleman too. I’d like it if they took a Sunred route and made the show about the villains trying to do villain stuff but keep sucking

  16. HomuHomu
    Posted November 27, 2011 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    So… See you again next week?

  17. Sarif Fice
    Posted November 27, 2011 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    I wish you had done Penguindrum. It has been very enjoyable and I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

    • Posted November 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

      (Shameless plug)
      He’s been talking about Penguindrum for the last couple of weeks on Bakacast.

  18. Posted November 27, 2011 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    The camel’s back broke, the humps deflated, and the guy on top of the camel began blowing chunks way back in episode 2 when they introduced Daddy’s Little Asshole.

  19. seansky
    Posted November 27, 2011 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Well, i know everyone is entitled to their own preference, and i kinda like guilty crown. It is one of the best this season for me. tbh none of the plot-lacking that u had been voicing since ep 1 appear to me as such, as in everything makes good sense to me, just in different perspective as u reasoned it ( happened when i was watching steins gate as well). Maybe is just how westerners and asian train of thoughts differ. I respect your choice to stop it tho, if a show is un-enjoyable to one self, it should be dropped.

    • ペーパー先生
      Posted November 28, 2011 at 12:56 am | Permalink

      I felt that way at first, but after a while I just stopped being interested. Oh, wait, it hasn’t been a while, it’s been seven bloody episodes! I just can’t pay attention any more.

  20. Posted November 27, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Damnit, I was depending on you to help me feel better about looking forward to the show in the first place!

    Anyway, I thought that this was pretty much a filler-kind of episode. A couple of characters are introduced but will probably never have a real role in the future, a few things happened but never made a difference in the main storyline, and no character development (although that’s normal).

  21. Guest
    Posted November 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    As an American I wish I was as awesome as Japan makes us out to be whenever they set out to parody us; I guess I just need more guts.

    Dan Eagleman, I salute you! And, honestly: I can see dropping this after this episode and can’t fault you for it, but personally this is the kind of episode I wish GC’d run with from the beginning.

    Is this series going to wind up being anime’s Waterworld or Ishtar?

    • Scamp
      Posted November 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Permalink


    • ペーパー先生
      Posted November 28, 2011 at 1:01 am | Permalink

      Americans are thought of like that, because they can’t keep their personal and professional personalities apart. I for one thought that Mishitaa Dan was hilarious, mostly because it is so true.

    • Posted November 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      Hey, at least Americans are portrayed. Poor Canadians like me don’t even get a proper stereotype to be mildly offended by.

      I mean seriously, what does it take to be made fun of in foreign entertainment these days?

      • Scamp
        Posted November 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

        Hetalia had a Canadian character. Admittedly nobody remembered who he was :P

  22. mcm38
    Posted November 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Wow, I dropped one episode before you. I’m still less bearing.

  23. Posted November 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    There’s just one thing you need to know.
    Gai can see peoples voids.
    That explains why the ep was what it was.

  24. ma
    Posted November 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    See ?
    I was right.
    It’s just Shitty Crown and you should blog Last Exile : Fam instead of it.

  25. Erif
    Posted November 27, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    I should probably drop this too, but I’ll likely watch this to the end, even though I’m disliking it greatly. I’m going to miss you blogging this. :/

    Fate/Zero? Please?

  26. Posted November 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Six words:



    • Scamp
      Posted November 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

      Un-Go is at least Noitamina-esque, and it’s even sometimes pretty good

  27. KBKarma
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    Wow. I’ve missed every episode bar the first, and was planning on catching up. This is not really giving me any incentive; after all, I just caught up on Fam, and enjoyed it a lot, and I’m catching up on Penguindrum tomorrow (… later today?). I’ll give a few more episodes a go, and might drop it after that.

  28. ペーパー先生
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Has anyone else noticed that the animation has been getting progressively worse!? I mean, at the beginning, they just threw everything they had into the composition. Maybe just to distract from the boring as shit storyline, but it was still pretty! Now it’s just slightly above average animation, with gradients in their hair! They didn’t even bother making anything move in Arisa’s flashback scene! In the end, theirs just nothing that makes this anime stand out.

  29. Azalius
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    On a rate of 1 to Fractale, how would you ran this anime?

    • ペーパー先生
      Posted November 28, 2011 at 1:03 am | Permalink

      I would ran it 7

    • Posted November 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      I’d give it a round High School of The Dead, or maybe a To Aru and a half on if we’re talking a particularly cynical day.

      The writing can be powerfully stupid, but at least it’s not really boring or excessively generic (your mileage may vary, but I mean in comparison to the usual design-by-committee anime series with absolutely no soul like C3, Dragon Crisis, Boku wa Tomodachi, Mayo Chiki, etc.). It reminds me a bit of Deadman Wonderland, only even less aware of its own ridiculousness.

      The real pain in Guilty Crown is not that it’s especially bad, but that after all that promise it’s so much less than it should have been.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

      About a 5/10

  30. Posted November 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    So, write a post about Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge. Because you love it.

    • mcm38
      Posted November 28, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

      He should write about recent anime producing. Like how the hell did the Death Note creator make Guilty Crown. Or why are there still pedobait anime airing? Why are there so many morons in the anime industry?
      That would make a good essay on the cartoon industry.

  31. 3242
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    The sense of foreboding I get before some shows is never wrong!
    ..so far
    But really, this show never interested me from the synopsis, art, music, trailer, teaser, etc. etc.
    Which is where the sense of foreboding great badness came from.

  32. yepperoni
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    So, does this mean you have more time to write about Last Exile?

  33. Acorn444
    Posted May 17, 2014 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    The anime I found wasn’t bad, and btw, Gai can see people’s voids, so he knew what the girl’s void was a shield… However the guy who wrote guilty crown must have been sadistic, cos… dat endin’, just. Wow.

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