Ayase- “Quiet! This takes total concentration…Oh damn my nose itches…”
|Another week, another episode of Shu getting bullied like there’s no tomorrow. Even when you can pull giant swords out of people’s chest, you’re still a loser if you ain’t got that bishie swag. The world of animu is a cruel, cruel place.|
|More Guilty Crown headed your way! That last episode was still amazing and made me want my own gravity gun… err, I mean super extreme bubble gun of jelly? Bring on something awesome, Shu!This week plot follows Gai showing Shu the main headquarters and he tells everyone that they will include Shu in future missions thanks to his void powers. Gai also places Ayase in charge of training Shu as she helps him get used to things; Ayase puts Shu in a fake battle against her mecha testing his skills. They also have three days to steal a high powered laser called the Leucocyte that the GHQ currently have.|
Gai- “Please welcome, Shu” Everyone- “BOO!! GO AWAY YOU SUCK!” Shu- “I hate everyone…”
We start the episode with Gai taking Shu back to the Undertakers headquarters. He introduces Shu to the rest of the team and informs them that he will be taking part in their missions from now on. Oh boy, Shu, aren’t you excited to make some new friends? Gai also drops another bomb on his team about the next mission lined up and this time they plan on taking something called a Leucocyte. This odd sounding object happens to be one big ass orbital laser, just when you thought weapons couldn’t get any bigger in Guilty Crown.
Gai- “Why is everyone always messing up my computer?! I want to play Skyrim…”
After that cool story from Gai about the new mission plans, he tells Ayase she’s in charge of training Shu for combat and teaching him the ropes around the base. Naturally she accepts these orders but has little hope for her new training partner. Shu walks over to Ayase and plays I feel sorry for the girl in the wheelchair card, but Ayase quickly deals with him after she shakes his hand and throws him to the ground helping him take a nap for a few hours. He finally wakes up and Ayase gets an eyeful of Shu! Seriously who removed his clothes in the first place? At least this was reversed walk in on the male character getting dressed… Ayase also finds Shu’s pen aka that super transmitter thingy and uses it as his reward if he can survive the game she has planned.
Shu- “Well hey there, moe girl…” Ayase- “PREPARE TO DIE!!”
Shu needed a nice long floor nap.
The next few scenes follow Shu meeting some special members of Undertakers as Ayase puts him through various activities testing his skills with knives, firearms, and a bit of physical work. After a full day of pushing himself, Shu finds Inori singing alone and he decides to ask her how she feels about him. Sadly she tells him the truth that she never had feelings for him and it was all Gai’s idea from the start to gain his trust through Inori. After hearing those words from her it makes him very depressed, to make matters worse Shu watches her walk right into Gai’s bedroom crushing his heart again.
Shu- “Oh this looks so real, nice paint job.” Arugo- “Uh sure kid, that knife is totally fake.”
I just loved the look of this shot, really nice details and THAT SKY!
It’s alright, Shu! At least you have your imaginary friends.
Shu runs away after witnessing how close Inori is to Gai and runs right into Ayase knocking her from the chair and landing on the ground near her. Seriously how fast was Shu even running? Anyway after nearly seeing some boobage from Ayase, they have a chat about why Gai is so awesome to everyone. The next day Ayase prepares the final test for Shu, a game of paintball versus her mecha. I guess they saw Gundam AGE recently? While this game is going on, Gai in the meantime is dealing with the mission to steal the Leucocyte.
Ayase-“I was trying to sneak into Gai’s bedroom!” Shu-“Don’t you mean roll?” Ayase-“I will run your ass over!”
Arugo- “Ah man I wanted to finish my soda first, jerk!”
Ayase-“Oh no…not another…bubble attack… please help me…”
Moe girls and super technology are deadly combos.
Shu eventually wins against Ayase after he pulls a void weapon from Arugo. This new weapon creates a massive black bubble to tempary blind Ayase’s machine allowing Shu to win the match. Before they can throw a party over his big win, Tsugumi arrives to tell them some horrible news involving Gai’s mission. They learn the area was completely destroyed by the Leucocyte making everyone think Gai was killed in the attack.
Shu- “So, what are we watching guys? Oh cool that area got so owned!”
Shu- “Why is everyone pointing their guns at me? Guys?”
Ayase is so deadly yet damn sexy!
Tsugumi is monitoring the Hnnnnggg levels and finding them disturbingly high.
I think your Star Trek side is showing.
Gai-“Why aren’t you wearing that nurse cosplay?” Inori-“You are a strange man…”
Shu- “So does that chair has four wheel drive?” Ayase- “I don’t know, let’s test it on your face.”
This episode is really a mixed bag, teetering on awesome one minute and mind-numbingly stupid the next. Let’s start with the good. I like that Shu is still keeping the pen on him in case he needs to make a quick escape. Although he’s working with Funeral Parlour, he doesn’t exactly feel like a member of the family yet. It’s good that he’s still resisting, because it’s not exactly an opportunity most people would jump at. Risking your life every day against a ruthless power that runs Japan? Not fun. I appreciate that glimmer of distrust that’s still in his eyes, because it makes a lot more sense than a protagonist who is all gungho and jumping at any chance to punch people in their face. Although, he could turn down the lashing out at Gai down juuussst a little bit. He’s doing what he can (and he’s secretly sick! I have so much respect for Gai!) and Shu still has to hate him just because he’s a good leader. That’s just being overly sensitive as opposed to looking out for your life and being cautious, and that tends to be irritating after a while.
Inori drifted farther away from Shu this episode. Thank goodness. Robot girl told him that all of her affectionate actions were just ploys to get him to be obedient. A scene I loved, until I realized that she was lying. Gai may have told her that, but Inori obviously ended up becoming extremely attached to Shu in the process. Otherwise, why would all of her inner thoughts revolve around Shu? Why does she spend half of her time alone muttering his name under her breath and sighing heavily? If she was just trying to trick him, she could badmouth him in her alone time, but her strong feelings for him persist. I’ll be curious to see how the two interact in the later episodes.
Okay, now for the bad. Ecchi jokes. Just when things start looking good, they have to throw in some tsundere shit to keep those crazzzzzy otaku happy.Ayase is a cool, independent characters who shouldn’t be reduced to slapping people due to indecent exposure. I really digged her wheelchair takedown of Shu in their first introduction because it showed off how fierce she was, and that you shouldn’t look down on someone just because they’re in a wheelchair. At the same time she’s kind (in her own way) to Shu when she sees him suffering, and gives him a little pep talk. If only Inori had an iota of her spunk. *sighs*
Well, this was an interesting episode. We finally got to learn the truth behind the relationship between Inori and Shu, part of me already figured it wasn’t anything real between them. You can see it easily based on how she was acting around Shu; especially during the firing range scene and her line of don’t get close to me. And then he saw Inori walk into Gai’s bedroom! Talk about adding fuel to the fire, but this is just one giant misunderstanding after all. It does open a few more doors and countless questions about Gai and Inori. Like what’s wrong with Gai and who does Inori remind him of?! I wonder if Inori looks like a friend of Gai? Either way I hope we learn some more about that soon.
And finally we got to see Ayase come into play with this episode. She is one of my favorite girls so far, next to Tsugumi of course. Now I have seen a few blogs comment on the whole girl beats up the main guy as an overused scene. To a certain point they are right and it is extremely common in anime but Ayase had to put Shu in his place after looking down on her or feeling sorry for being on a wheelchair. That subject hits kind of close to me often; people look at someone like that and think I SHOULD feel sorry for them. But in Ayase’s case this is a chance to show off her other strengths besides having a disability. I did like how Shu and Ayase sort of bonded near the end, so I can’t hate Shu forever.
And now for Gai, it’s easy to tell why he is popular with everyone; after all he is a strong leader and has great style in clothes? Well I did see a preview of the next episode so I have an idea what to expect. We should prepare ourselves for the random character themed episodes, like Tsumugi themed episode and why she is so damn moe! Hopefully those episodes don’t turn into Shu sitting in a corner crying for being alone forever and ever.
Fantastic group shot of the girls this week.
The quest to find the missing Gai! Hopefully he isn’t laying in pieces all over the beach.