Hare looking so flat today! WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU!?
|Things sure are hectic this week in Guilty Crown! If you ever wanted a really bad summarization for this episode it would be: “everything happens.” Okay, now read a proper summary from Fosh to get a sense for what the hell went down.|
|Guess who just caught up with this anime again! Me!!! So yeah, I’m joining Fosh for this episode of Guilty Crown! …And it looks like I’m just in time to watch Shu go on another one of his self pity trips…. joy.|
|Another week of awesome anime and that means more Guilty Crown for us to talk about or hate on whatever you choose to do. So are you ready for Christmas? Do you have your presents ordered and tree decorated? Good, if not WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! Before you go shopping thou we have a treat for you this week, a triple tag team with OC and Kara! Enjoy the review. Plot this week picks up with a traumatized Shu after he killed Jun last week, during a mission with the funeral parlor Shu freaks out and ends up screwing up the mission. After that Hare begins to stay beside Shu after he flips out at school; in the meantime Gai and the other Funeral Parlor members continue without Shu until they fall into a trap set up by Sengai and the Anti-bodies.|
Arugo-“OH SHIT FIREBALL BEHIND ME! Oh cool look a quarter.”
Starting off with oh ma shoe dealing with some personal issues after he killed Jun last week, he joins the Funeral parlor on a new mission but he ends up screwing things up. Because he can’t shake the image of Jun getting killed over and over in his mind and it takes a toll on his ability to draw out Inori’s void weapon. After messing things up Shu avoids going to his house and hides out in his computer editing lair, we all need a place to hide but I would want a real bed. Coming to his aid is Hare this week she ends up staying close just to comfort him, but that doesn’t help him much as he flips out after he has a freaky day dream about the students getting infected with the void cancer.
Shu-“OH MY GOD BOOBS! WHOA!!” Inori-“…..why do I feel uncomfortable now…”
Shu-“I am just a simple oh ma shoe…no body likes me…”
Before Shu goes home he gets a short visit from Ayase and Gai, the two of them quickly learn he wants to quit the Funeral Parlor, Gai uses his gun to scare Shu and he walks away leaving Shu to sit alone and cry. Shu returns home and runs into Inori and he calls her a monster! Whoa what a jerk move I think someone needs to take some crazy pills or take a damn nap. While Shu takes a time out Gai has a talk with Arisa’s grandfather as he plans his next mission, this time Gai wants to steal the void stone back from the Anti bodies which is currently held by Yan-Shoushou.
Inori gets her heart broken by Shu, I guess he is not a true fan of her music?
Gai-“What do I fight for? Love of course…sorry Arisa I like older girls.”
Shortly afterwords Gai had to beat the old man with his own cane…
Ayase-“It’s not like I wanted you on my team anyway!” Gai-“Can I test my new gun on you? Thanks Shu.”
Gai decides to rage quit on Shu and proceeds with the mission, while the Funeral Parlor prepares to make their move Haruka has a chat with Shuuichirou who is currently being held captive. He mentions a few things about Inori and Shu, Haruka learns that Shu has the void genome inside of him. D’aww a touching family reunion we have here, now where is that cake? Oh right I forgot Shuuichirou is actually quite EVIL. Gai and his team arrive on the base and they try to highjack one of the military planes, but they soon discover the plane is empty and Segai set up a cleaver trap screwing things up for Gai.
Dan-“Lets kick some ass today Scarface! WOO!!” Segai-“Hmm what? You want to sit on your ass all day?”
Gai-“The Anti-bodies have hired ghosts to pilot! KILL THEM!” Arugo-“……..” Oogumo-“……..”
Gai-“I would be so angry right now if I knew how to freaking read….DAMN IT!”
Segai-“Stop this ride! I WANT OFF….oh wait this is fun weeeeeeeeeee!”
Unknown to Yan-Shoushou there is a bit of betrayal going on in the background, as the Anti-bodies take something called Vaccine D. Shortly after taking their drugs, the Anti-bodies begin to turn on the others thanks to Segai activating a special song that caused the void stone to suddenly activate. Shuuichirou reveals he wants the song to cause another outbreak of Void cancer so he can clean the world! While this new song is playing it causes Gai to have an outbreak of void crystals. The song also has an effect on Inori causing her to hold her head saying not again as she starts to see people get killed by the song.
Funeral Parlor members are having the worst day ever!
All hail the giant purple ghost Inori in the sky! Poor girl needs a hug…
Inori rocking a new look this week, which suit shows more skin? This one easily!
Time for your daily dose of my little hacker can’t be this cute.
Full body shot of Inori’s white suit, very cool looking style.
Mustache power is the new spiral power yo!
I had a bad feeling that after Shu started to gain an ounce of confidence, it would be dashed away by killing Jun. He’s not only having vivid flashbacks of that moment, but he’s having nightmares about his past as well. The whole point was to build him up and then quickly shatter him, except he never really came very far from his usual, mousey self. He took two steps forwards from the beginning of the series, and then ran about a mile in the other direction. The mental scarring has become so severe that he’s started to make really bad decisions. Not just one, stupid mistake per episode…but a whole slew of dumb things within the span of a few minutes of air time. I want to say “it’s because he has PTSD! Cut him some slack!” but he should at least have enough decency not to force himelf on some girl who is trying to help him. He’s gone way off the deep end, and there is no reason to feel sorry for him. What good is a main character you can’t relate to or feel empathy towards? Or at least some feeling aside from making me sigh and roll my eyes.
I don’t hate Shu, but I’m frustrated with him. I know killing Jun took a huge toll on him – it would on anyone. However, understanding someone’s pain and being annoyed by how they handle it are two separate things. We’re still barely halfway through the series, and Shu is already like this. Can things be turned around? I get the feeling Shu will once again do something drastic and stupid to help Funeral Parlour, and end up working for them once again before the series is over. Maybe even in the next episode. It makes you wonder why Inori (and apparently some other girl in the past, according to Gai’s “so you chose him too…” line) would fall for such a guy. She seems incapable of showing even mild interest, and yet she loves him. She shows a sad smile and actually cries when Shu snaps at her. That’s the most emotion I’ve ever seen her show, and Shu is the only one who gets to see it.
Shu making some very, very unfortunate decisions and mistakes aside, I actually quite liked this episode. Yes, it was basically every dramatic twist (if you can call them twists) compacted into 22 minutes or so. Yes, it had Daryl being sad for a split second again for no reason. Yes, it was confusing. BUT, it was entertaining. Turn off your brains when you watch GC and you’ll like it a lot more. Stop thinking about the show we all thought it would be, and watch it as it is. It’s a lot more fun that way…at least for me. Segai’s sudden plan to accelerate the growth of the Apocalypse Virus to kill off everyone combined with trapping Gai and company in an airplane was unexpectedly brilliant. I had lowered my guard around him since he had failed to be a real threat so many times, but he’s really done it now. We’re halfway through and he’s about to wipe a huge amount of people. This is episode TEN out of TWENTY TWO. It feels like the second last episode, with the mention of alternate personalities, genetic resonance songs, the release of that stone-stealing guy, and Haruka learning about her son’s shady actions of late. I have no idea where this show is going, but I want to see what happens!
SIGH. Shu went through all of that character development just to fall into the trap of being a whiny useless protagonist again. I realize that he went through something fairly traumatizing, but COME ON. Didn’t we have enough of this in the first episodes? Plus he was a complete ass to Inori AND Hare. I wanted to slap the kid within an inch of his life and thank god Hare had the balls to do it for me. I like her better now for it. Though I still have no idea why she fell for him in the first place. …In fact, the same goes for Inori. Assuming that she DOES like him, I can only ask ‘why?’ I mean, I can see why Shu has a thing for Inori since she saved him a couple dozen times, boosted his pitiful self esteem and such, but what has Shu ever done for Inori other than occasionally reach for her chest? …….. Moving on.
Noooo! Gai!!!! I had guessed that Gai had pop rock virus (damn it Fosh, I can’t remember the real name for the disease anymore lolol), but to see it in action is pretty depressing. Gai can’t die! He’s the only source of awesome male lead that this show has!! …Unless they plan to pull a Gurren Lagann with this. Then I guess I’m okay with Gai dying as long as Shu pulls his head out of his ass for more than 10 minute intervals every 5 or so episodes. If you haven’t guessed already, I’m not exactly fond of Shu’s character at the moment. Fortunately, Inori looks like she finally found her personality… kind of. If anything, she’s connected to Shu’s sister in some way from the looks of things. The only question is how and why. It also looks like Gai somehow knows Shu’s sister. Or at least someone else who chose Shu over him. Why anyone would want to do that is WAAAAAY beyond me though.
Which leads into the whole tower/song/wtf is this?! thing going on at the moment. Why would it awaken something inside Inori? Why is everyone suddenly dissolving into purple crystals? Why do I keep confusing all of the old men in this show for one another?! That being said, lol for Daryl’s foreveralone.jpeg moment finding his dad making out with the secretary (at least that’s who I assume that woman is. Hell, that’s who I assume all affairs are with. It’s always the secretary.) in the elevator. The kid just needs some love! …Or a good punch to the face. Either or. Anyways, from the sounds of it, Haruka already knows about Shu’s void power. Could she have had a part in creating it? And what exactly is the whole Lost Christmas thing? So many questions!
OH MA SHOE! What are you doing!? Calling Inori a monster and breaking her song? Well I will say Shu does have a major problem on his hands. Killing Jun really placed a huge toll on his mind causing him to freak out in school, I already saw this coming because the end of episode nine he was showing signs of mental trauma. While most tend to hate Shu this week I would share in half of that, not just calling Inori a monster but he tried to take advantage of Hare just because she is a close “replacement” for Inori. Damn that was really screwed upon his part; thankfully Hare is a brilliant girl and gave Shu a good slap. Not that the slap is going to be a cure all for his mental problems but hey that is a good start right?
I found myself sort of cheering on Segai and the Anti-bodies! I guess we know who the true villain is now right Mr Shuuichirou! So another anime with the popular theme of my dad is really evil and my life sucks right now. But that is fine with me for a while there I think we all wanted to finally learn who the Funeral parlor should fight, it was also nice to learn why Gai is fighting! And that was for loveeeeee. So we can see Inori is really important to Gai! Not just for her unique blood, but she reminds him of someone he once loved or still loves. I could totally see Arisa’s heart suddenly blowing up after he made that comment about why he fights, poor Arisa…
I agree with OC on this! This episode feels out of place to me! It feels like this should have been episode nineteen? Not ten! The whole release of another void outbreak seems kind of drastic. Then again this episode might help people get back into why we enjoy Guilty Crown! We need more freaking action and less crying from Shu. Speaking of Shu! That Inori look-a-like calling him brother seems really interesting but I still want to know what Inori really is. Maybe she has a split personality locked inside a cloned body? One thing is certain she might have originally caused the outbreak with the first Lost Christmas.
Amazing artwork this week! Look at all the water effects.
Shu snaps out of it with the help of his friends as they plan a rescue mission to save the day…