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: