Daath-“Hey…I dare you to pull my finger…oh wait you died, my bad…”
|I remember once I promised Fosh that “one day” I would “tag with him on Guilty Crown” because I wasn’t feeling up to it when GC’s first episode was aired. I guess that “one day” is finally here! Now let’s see whether this episode can actually redeem this series.|
|We’re baaaack! Did you miss us? Or at least, did you miss Guilty Crown? If you didn’t miss any of the aforementioned, I’m not quite sure why you’re here…Get out. D:|
|Oh hey look Guilty Crown is back from taking Christmas and new years, so did anyone rock back and forth from lack of Guilty Crown? Hopefully you didn’t lose too much sleep over it. So what can we expect from this episode?! I expect more screaming and Void summoning, I am joined by Anaaga and as usual the always fun OC for this review of episode twelve.
Plot follows Shu holding Gai after he took a hit from evil “eyebrows” Aka the Daath grave keeper or Darth Grave Keeper which ever you like more…but that is the strangest name so far in Guilty Crown! So Shu chases Daath through a void portal where he plans to sacrifice Inori to wake up Mana. Before he can save Inori, he gets hit with a flashback bomb. This takes us on a trip to the past with Shu, Gai and the real Inori aka Mana. After those flashbacks Shu returns and save the day; however, in the end he lost more than he gained.
Daath-“Be right back, stealing your girl.” Shu-“NOOOOO!! I WILL MISS THOSE BOOBS!”
After three weeks of running around with new winter anime, it is time to start Guilty Crown! We jump right into the episode with Shu catching Gai as he got sliced up by evil eyebrows who has one of the best names ever: Daath Grave Keeper…I am not pulling your leg! That is really his name. Before Daath can run away with Inori, he suddenly remembers something important about Gai because he is actually a friend from Shu’s past. Gai mentioned someone named Mana, who’s Shu’s sister that looks just like Inori. Shu chases after Daath before the void portal closes and he gets smacked by a horrible flashback bomb forcing him to remember the past.
Shuuichirou-“Yeah…I need you to get back to the office and write a report on kool-aid filled swimming pools.”
Segai-“Worst….day….of…my….life! We are so not BFFS ANYMORE, Shuuichirou!”
In the mean time, Shuuichirou prepares himself to enter the “arena” to meet up with Daath. They plan to sacrifice Inori to awaken Mana for their world take over. Shuuichirou throws Segai out of his plans and moves on without him; so much for being best friends forever huh, Segai? While Segai plans revenge, Shu relives his childhood with his sister Mana. She looked cute back then but she has another side to her…During the flashback we learn Shu and Mana found Gai washed up on the beach *Cough* Star Driver *Cough* and they give him a new name: Triton…However things slowly begin to fall apart for the three of them after Mana gets infected by the void cancer.
Congrats, you are now a man, Gai!
Mana-“We are going to do more than just kiss…” Gai- “OH BOY! Wait…why do you have a knife?!”
Shu wakes up and finds Inori tied up and about to marry Shuuichirou to obtain full control over Inori/Mana’s void power, damn old man is into the young girls, huh? Before Shu can simply run up to stop the ceremony, he is cut off by Mana’s powers namely sharp ass vines with massive eyeballs attached to them…wow…freaky! Eventually Gai arrives with Ayase to help Shu save the world, but he needs to remember a key moment from the past as in who triggered Mana to explode? Well, we can blame Shu, after he pushed Mana away calling her a monster…GOOD JOB, SHU…But Mana was turning into a Yandere girl complete with glowing eyes.
Shu-“Damn it, I was going to tie Inori up and get married! You stole my idea.”
Gai-“Ignore the evil eyes that want to kill you and have a flashback.” Shu-“Nooooooooooo!! I HATE FLASHBACKS!”
Helpful tips from your yandere sister….
Who doesn’t love a pink haired Yandere!? Shu pulls out a new void weapon from Gai and the two of them rush past Shuuichirou to interrupt the wedding, and Daath gets rid of Shuuichirou for failing. Gai charges in to stop Mana from waking up until he gets stabbed by Mana’s vine attack…unable to move, Gai tells Shu to kill him along with Mana! Shu agrees and runs in to finish them both off. The episode comes to a tear jerking end after Shu saves Inori and cries over losing Gai and Mana forever…
Gai-“You thinking what I am thinking?” Shu-“Yes, but where do we find ice cream at a time like this?”
Shuuichirou-“Sigh, I wish I had a kick ass sword like you…”
Gai-“No you can’t have my office since I died…do not touch my stuff! I SWEAR…”
Damn you final exams! Even a blown up city can not stop them…
Extra Crown powers
Normal Mana! Is so cuteeeooooooo!
Sexy Mana? Wait what is going on here??
Mana-“Do you think I am still sexy? Blood lipstick….hooray!!”
Gai- “Runing down the hall with that ketchup bottle, not a good idea…ouch…”
Twelve episodes, Guilty Crown. Twelve episodes I keep up with you, wishing that at least there’s one episode that can make me like this show. Unfortunately, not a single one did. GC has almost everything that can make it into a great show. The animation is undeniably amazing, and I’m probably not the only one who thinks that way. The BGMs are not as great as the OP and ED songs, but they are definitely acceptable. Then why, GC? Why do your plot sucks SO BAD?
So many things baffle me in this episode. I can understand of Mana appearing out of nowhere as Shu’s sister (not related) because that has been hinted by Shu’s flashing flashbacks (I find that two words funny), but Gai as Shu’s best friend? Not even a hint, not even flashbacks of a third person; BANG suddenly Gai is Shu’s old best friend. It’s like telling the whole world that Ash is actually an ex-member of the Team Rockets for the sake of silly mindfuck! But this can’t be compared to silliness around Mana. So, Mana is the first person who had the Apocalypse Disease, and somehow that disease makes her sexually challenged! She wants to do her adopted brother! Out of everything, it has to be about making babies? And the whole “new race” thingy? WHAT. THE. HELL. Man, don’t even get me started on that marriage thing. Suddenly everybody is just sexually eager here.
Now, Mana’s supposed to be dead right? And Inori is supposed to be nothing more than a body that’s going to be used for Mana’s not-so-lost lost soul? Then WHO IS INORI!? Who’s controlling Inori if it’s not Mana’s sould!? WHY IS THE BODY MOVING BY ITSELF!? I even watched the episode again just to check about Inori. I don’t know whether it’s because I’m stupid or not, but someone needs to explain to me about what Inori actually is. Oh, you think that’s the end? Let’s not forget how Gai was able to use HIS OWN VOID instead of being unconscious when his void was released! Seriously, this part is too much. It’s been applied for eleven episodes that one will be unconscious if his void is released. That’s practically a law in the GC world. Then miraculously, Gai didn’t lose his consciousness when that happened to him? Even Shu being in his whole “new king mode” is not an excuse for this. Or how Shu was holding Gai’s hand when he released Gai’s void. No, Gai wasn’t supposed to be conscious. No excuse.
With Gai being dead, I don’t think I can continue watching this show. It had its chance to redeem itself, and it blew that chance. Instead of polishing the story, this whole flashback and marriage sheeyat just made it worse. Everything is just so stupid, silly, and bizarre now to the point where I can’t stand it anymore. Sorry Guilty Crown, but I’m dropping you. TTYN sex doll Inori and Ouma Shu.
Do you remember the ending of Fractale? It had loose threads that were never leading up to anything in the first place, so out of left field they decided to throw a bunch of garbage at us and hope for the best. It was like the more cool and edgy concepts such as sacrifice, cloning and rape they could fit in, the more likely their chance of viewers liking at least one thing would increase. Instead, it was a wreck. This episode of Guilty Crown feels the same way. I’ll give GC the credit for actually setting down some good groundwork before coming to this point as well as ample foreshadowing. Things lead up to this point in a coherent manner. However, what’s happening now is just…insane. Way too much is happening all at once, to the point where I had to double check that this wasn’t the last episode, despite knowing that this was a 2-cour show.
The marriage in order to release the virus on the world was just plain weird. Why would you want to do that? The only reason I can think of is that this guy is one of those thoughtless villains who just wants to make people suffer for no reason. He is a villain because he is a villain. Uggh. I much prefer the chap with oddly-shaped eyebrows. He is a bit more chaotic in his evil-doing, and much less predictable and stiff. I’m glad they didn’t go and kill him off. I mean, they can’t go and have everyone die, especially with Gai gone. I expected that he’d die eventually, so I’m not shocked or angry…I’m mostly just curious what Shu will do on his own. Yep, I’m still watching this show. It’s a decent show it just…has some issues with storytelling and subtlety. This episode is probably the worst one I’ve seen so far, so right now I’m a bit fed up.
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at Inori the same way again. She’s just a vessel, but she was still created to be a sort of “middle man” for them to interact with Mana…meaning that I find her love for Shu to be terrifying. Another reason this episode made me frustrated is that I can’t stand incest. Mana not only liked Shu, but was so forceful about it that I just wanted to cry and fast forward to a part without her in it. It’s like how some people can’t stand gore…my kryptonite is incest. T.T Mana, I hope you are gone forever. I was enjoying the childhood flashback a lot and the implications it had for Gai’s character growth and the two of them being best friends until you ruined everyttthinnggggg. GOOD RIDDANCE!
So after waiting three weeks for more Guilty Crown did we really miss it? I will admit there was a part of me going where is Guilty Crown? Will I get my daily dose of OH MA SHOE?! The answer is yes! Well he was in Aquarion EVOL…The biggest WTF moment for me was the flashback! For the selected few that saw Sacred Seven, they know that series had lots of random WTF flashbacks so this episode was half flashback and half progression. So I have to ask, is there a correct way to do a successful flashback? They probably should have got this out of the way earlier! But I did enjoy watching evil Inori aka Ouma Mana. I really liked her amazing glowing eyes, they were so good! Speaking of Mana, we had another character with a crazy name with Daath or Darth Grave Keeper? Ahahaha what are they smoking when they make up these names? I can only guess they played a lot of Star Wars…
So back to Mana for a bit, what is she really and what is her role in the overall story? I think she is the whole origin of the void cancer caused by her emotions towards Gai and Shu from the past? Either way Shu’s reaction to her “evil” side calling her a monster was the final push to cause Mana to explode. Still that event must have been pushed far into Shu’s mind to make him forget. Seriously what is with main characters in anime that forget stuff like that?! Do all of them get hit over the head with a bag of bricks before the first episode airs? Oh well…I suppose it works great for Guilty Crown and several other shows like this just to build up random “drama” and make us feel bad for them.
Speaking of feeling bad! Damn this episode made me feel so bad for Shu…because he just remembered Gai and Mana and then he had to kill them both!? DAMN…I admit I was like ouch…I really feel bad for Shu right now…at least he saved Inori right?! Even though we have no idea what she really is. So what happens next? Gai is dead and Daath is still alive somewhere. I would love to see episode thirteen or fourteen begin with a huge time skip into the future; as in Shu and Inori are older and both lead the remaining members of the funeral parlor? Because we still have ten or so episodes to go! This would have been a perfect ending to a short series…Let me know what your ideas are for the next few episodes.
Redjuice was fired; time for a new style change…
Shu goes back to school with Ayase, Tsugumi and special guest Daryl?! Stay tuned or face palm for life.