Shu-“Gee thanks, just what I always wanted…”
|Another week, another episode of Guilty Crown – the series everyone had crazy expectations for only for it to turn out average. Exams are coming up, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have time to watch anime! There is always time for aniblogging during those study breaks when I can’t cram any more info about real life leukocytes (not cannons!) into my head.|
|Hello there readers! Welcome back to another Guilty crown review, I have to say time sure has flown by for the fall season and soon it will be winter and of course Christmas which still seems really crazy. Anyway sit back and enjoy the review with me and OC, maybe this week will be somewhat entertaining? We can always hope right? Story this week we follow Shu and a few of his friends along with Inori going on a beach for a trip; that happens to be paid for by the Kuhouin group. While the others enjoy some time together Gai tells Shu to use his friend Souta, Gai needs Shu to use Souta’s void weapon aka a giant camera; this weapon allows you to open any door just by taking a photo.|
Gai watches you eat your lunch. Shu-“Dude why are you watching me eat?”
Starting things off yes we have a beach themed episode and you know what that means anime fans FAN-SERVICE-SUPER-TIME! Oh and Shu’s mother running around her house in outfit from the previous episode. But back to the real story with Shu and his classmates, they got to leave the school and enjoy some fun in the sun. Unknown to them Gai has a secret mission for Shu and Inori, this mission is to use Souta’s void to break into a nearby base and steal something valuable. Thank you Guilty Crown for teaching the kids cameras can be used to break into government bases to take important things…
Shu-“Whoa! There really are other girls in this series…”
Looking good there Inori, to bad we didn’t get to see more…
Inori in deep thought, probably thinking about magical girls and unicorns…
After a few service scenes like Hare chasing down Shu to use her breasts as a weapon to distract Shu from eyeballing Inori’s bikini. Shu leaves his friends to visit the grave of his father, a famous scientist who originally studied the Apocalypse Virus. Gai tells Shu he needs to come up with a plan to lure Souta out in the open so he can take the void from him, Shu decides to use Souta’s feelings for Inori after taking Gai’s advice. I have to say wow! What a terrible move to pull on Souta or should we just blame Gai for suggesting it? Either way god damn Shu…
Gai-“Oh yeah record that beach volley ball scene, we will make millions!” Shu-“We need new hobbies…”
Girl on girl or guy on guy? Guilty Crown is for everyone!
After successfully getting Souta alone with Inori, Shu rushes in ripping the void right out of him after hearing his friend about to confess his feelings to Inori. You know he probably could have waited like five seconds to do that. Shortly after getting his new toy everyone appears out of nowhere just to make fun of Shu because he happed to shout Inori is my! And the team couldn’t help but laugh at him; I would have done the same if I was there. With the new camera void Gai, Inori and Shu break into the base and discover the thing Gai wanted was already stolen by someone named Yu Shimamura t aka the leader of the GHQ antibodies.
Inori-“I remember when we used to do that…sigh…”
Ayase and Tsugumi the best stealth team ever!
Super cool old man with a gun versus moe blob girl with a gun…who wins?!
Your super moon rock is in another high security castle please try again.
A few hours later Souta wakes up from his long nap and has shouting match against Shu! Earlier in the episode Shu told Souta he had no feelings about Inori. Man was he ever wrong, Shu actually does like Inori and lied to his friend about it. The two guys finally become bros once again after Shu told the truth. The episode ends shortly after with Shu asking Inori a question about what voids really are Shu feels he reaches into their “hearts” I think it is more like reaching into their souls? But I am not sure if Guilty crown is looking for a deeper meaning behind his powers or they are just trolling us for a few laughs?
Hare is hiding some of her own weapons in that top.
No tops were removed on this episode so good work Shu! You survived the beach episode.
This was a nice moment between Ayase and Tsugumi.
Poor Daryl forever alone, that or he killed all his friends.
I admit Inori was cute in this scene her eyes! They trap you.
A beach episode, oh dear. I don’t mind blatant fanservice, as long as it’s not the only thing on the screen for me to look at. If they are killing zombies or drawing blood, they could be naked for all I care. But just showing characters in pretty swimsuits for the sake of making guys drool obviously isn’t going to impress a lady very much. I’m glad that there was more substance than just swimsuits, although the story-telling in this show is as clunky as ever. First of all, Shu’s friend Souta got some development! It’s a bit weird that he’d still want to be friends with Shu after the whole charging in with a battlecry during his heart-felt confession to Inori. We’re supposed to believe that under that reckless personality is actually the type of person who cares about people and wants to get to know them better. It’s a nice thought, but it just comes out of nowhere. Since when has he ever shown the inclination to get to know people and understand than in that one line of dialogue at the end?
Anyways, I actually like Souta. I liked that he he wanted to confess to Inori and try to impress her, while Shu was in emotional turmoil. The whole scene was great until the other members of Funeral Parlour started to make fun of him. From there, things got back into the more action-based stuff, which Guilty Crown has no problem pulling off with style. It was over pretty fast, but it was fast-paced and a bit tense once they realized what they needed was already stolen. There’s a lot going on now, although I find the majority of it very hard to decipher with the amount of stuff they threw in this episode. There’s Gai’s reaction to hearing that Haruka is Shu’s mom, the appearance of Shu’s dad’s access pass, learning more about Shu’s father…drama, drama, drama and I have no idea where any of it is going. Let’s also not forget no one showing up for Daryl’s birthday, which was incredibly random.
All in all, it was a weird episode that jumped from one place to the next without warning. At least they managed to tie it up neatly at the end with Souta and Shu making peace with each other, and Shu’s questioning of what Voids are. If someone’s Void changes with the person over time, then it explains why Inori suddenly gave Shu a giant laser that one time. I wonder if anyone else’s Void will suddenly change as Shu meets new people and they start to interact. It would be a cool way to really drive home a character’s development by having them embody a different type of weapon, so I hope it’s used well in the future. Furthermore, taking out Voids looks like it’s painful so it should have SOME negative effect, no? They really need to do more research on this before they run about sticking their hands into everyone’s torso…
Hohoho beach episodes! You live in every anime possible, hell even Ben-to had a swimsuit episode! Anyway the fan-service wasn’t so bad this time around. I am sure there are a select few out there that would have wanted to get a better view of Inori’s bikini. I will be honest here Inori was alright this time around and she had a few cute moments. And what about that bath scene? Damn! That was nice and Inori’s quiet “no” was great, it looks like Inori appeals to guys and girls? Either that or Kanon is secretly into girls too. Now to wait for the fan art of that scene to come out, trust me there are artists out there at work as I speak.
Fan-service aside for a moment Gai’s and Shu’s plan to use Inori as bait was kind of low I mean damn Souta really likes Inori while Shu is such a bad liar and bad friend. But hey I can’t hate on Shu to much because it was part of the mission since Gai and Shu are apparently “bros for life”. We did get some back story behind Shu’s father and the Apocalypse Virus that led to the famous Last Christmas event, I wonder if Shu’s father is to blame for setting everything into motion? For some reason I can picture his dad using Shu as an “experiment” back when he was a child. That would explain why Shu can use this new void power! But yeah that is just my random thoughts.
There were a few random moments made me laugh like Ayase and Tsugumi together and her maid uniform, I couldn’t help but grin after hearing Tsugumi’s new laugh towards Ayase! Now just picture Azusa from K-ON! Doing that laugh you seriously will laugh. Other than that moment I enjoyed watching Hare go after Shu, you can tell she really likes him a lot. Or maybe it was the fact he was in that GHQ prison? Some girls love those bad boy types. For once Gai was left with a failed mission so high five to Yu Shimamura, speaking of Gai for a moment it seems like Arisa has fallen in love with him, I bet that was his goal from the very start after meeting with her…
Swimsuit overload! Sorry OC hopefully something better happens with more plot.
Next week it looks like Shu is going to help his friend Yahiro and his brother, who still looks like a chick to me.