I know right Ayase? Where is the other OH MA SHOE?!
|You know you’ve hit the halfway point when the OP and ED songs change. I’m really liking the new OP – it’s hectic, but it’s a bit more my style than “My Dearest” was. The new OP animation is an improvement too! As for the ED…yeah, I’m not really the patient type so I just close the video player at that point. But, uh, I’m sure it’s good!|
|So has everyone had enough time to cope with Gai’s death?! I wonder if there will be any dramatic changes to the story!? I wouldn’t hold my breath too much…But I already know half of the fans will tune in this week just to see the brand new opening! Hopefully you decide to stay for the rest of the series, but if you don’t that is perfectly fine…anyway time to knock out another review of Guilty Crown.Two weeks have passed since Gai’s death. Shu, Inori, Ayase and Tsugumi return to school to throw a random festival to cheer people up. However a random group of terrorists decide to crash the festival leaving Shu to team up with Ayase to save the day. So prepare yourself for super school festival, complete with neko maids.|
Ayase-“It’s not like I want to crash my chair into you or anything…”
So two weeks have passed since Gai died and Shu blew everything up. The city residents are in depressed mode thanks to the second attempt at starting another Lost Christmas. That has left people scattered all over and a few of them have no idea where their loved ones are, even Shu has problems reaching his mother. Thankfully the school opened their doors to take a few people in, even Ayase and Tsugumi start going to Shu’s school because they really have no place to go since the funeral parlor members have all gone missing.
Tsugumi-“YOU THERE! GIVE ME ALL YOUR COOKIES…NOW!”
Since everyone is back at school, what will they do now? Wait for it…THROW A CULTURAL FESTIVAL! HOORAY GUYS! Yes it is festival time in the world of Guilty Crown complete with animal themed cafés with Tsugumi cosplaying as an adorable neko maid. There were no haunted houses in this episode but they did manage to get Inori to sing one of her amazing songs…err… the same SONG SHE ALWAYS SINGS after every battle. Sadly Ayase has not been in a joyful mood lately, because Gai’s death has hit her the hardest; after all she was in love with him. Ayase just feels terrible about Gai and ultimately blames herself for not saving his life; she does snap at Shu after she saw how happy he was…
Hare-“Dude…we should draw each other!.” Kanon-“This is a horrible drawing of me!”
Tsugumi-“I will sell you this girl for three hundred dollars an hour.” Kanon-“I am worth more than that…!”
Meanwhile Segai is still around plotting and doing evil science stuff and this time he sent his very own spy aka Daryl to infiltrate the school and keep a close eye on Shu. Clearly wearing just glasses can confuse everyone, right? Daryl has a short run in with Tsugumi after she makes him carry some boxes. New ship guys Tsugumi and Daryl; I fully support them. Anyway Segai hired some special terrorists after giving them a new hummer and a shiney new mecha to play with; these special people decide to attack the festival.
Tsugumi and Daryl? Next best Guilty Crown couple?! I THINK SO.
Shu-“Oh look I see my other shoe over there. Thanks, Ayase.”
This surprise attack forces Shu to push Ayase to safety, but she would rather stay and fight the good fight. Shu decides to help her out and manages to pull out her void weapon. Her void is somewhat similar to a striker unit from Strike Witches because it attaches to her legs and allows her to fly. While Ayase distracts the other attackers, Shu pulls out his I-win-all-with-my-void-sword-of-awesome, saving the day. After the random battle, Inori sings her song and Tsugumi finds a random news broadcast about the recent “attacks” on the city. Shu stares in shock as he sees Shuuichirou standing on screen as he talks about sealing off the area with a massive wall. The episode ends with OH MA SHOE’s shocked expression as the walls surround the area.
Ayase’s strike witch cosplay needs work! You got to lose that skirt.
Ayase-“Dude…this is so cheesy…” Shu-“Mmmmm I like cheese…wait what?”
Shu-“SON OF A B! I THOUGHT YOU DIED…”
Hare-“Soooooo, can I do something cool next time?” Shu-“…” Ayase-“….” Tsugumi-“….”
Yahiro-“….OH GOD WHY DID YOU SHIP ME WITH HIM?! I WANTED SHU…”
Dat neko maid service
Daryl-“Next time I will stab you with that candy apple.”
A smile fits you so much better Ayase.
Fosh’s first waifu! Ayase why are you so awesome?!
Anything is good after what happened last week u.u But seriously, I really enjoyed this episode. It focused more on character’s emotions than trying to work on the story, which is one of the domains that GC seems to be able to handle for the most part. It was specifically good because it wasn’t Shu whining as per usual. I was actually quite taken aback by how well he handled Gai’s death. No tears, no PTSD, no screaming and rocking back and forth…he suddenly regained all of his clarity. It was nice! Maybe he really is undergoing development! I really can’t tell sometimes…But forget Shu, because this is my chance to finally get to talk about someone other than a man who is named after footwear. I’m talking about Ayase.
Ayase loved Gai, so of course she’s going to be distraught by his death. The way she reacted to it wasn’t just by breaking down like Shu usually does. Instead, it brought out her deepest insecurities about herself. It didn’t just make her sad, it made her reflect upon her life and what type of meaning she had without Gai to guide her. Her pride wasn’t just pure tsundere-ish either – it was much more complex than that. I do find it a bit odd that Tsugumi just left her once she started talking about sad things. Is Tsugumi unable to deal with tragedy? Is she just covering everything up with a smile? In my experiences with people, it’s always the super genki ones that are hiding some deep issues…But I won’t read too much into things for now, since she IS just a cute cat-ear girl. Back to Ayase, within the episode she went from feeling useless to finally finding a purpose. I find it a little bit convenient that her Void was a pair of SHINY NEW LEGS, and it might have been nice if they showed she still had a purpose…while still being wheelchair-bound. I know they’re not TRYING to say that “hey, you can’t ever make a difference unless you’re out of a wheelchair and in some sort of mecha” but it seemed like a bit of a cheap way to make her realize her own self-worth. Your self-worth isn’t always determined by specific, concrete actions like saving people – it’s much more abstract than that. Then again, a badass wheelchair chick is certainly a step forward. And mannn, she is bad. ass. I loved that action scene! Finally, some good fights!
I have no comment on that ridiculous last episode, but GC seems like it’s been put on a good path now. They could still screw things up, but I like the lock-down set-up. After playing Devil Survivor over the winter break, I really got a feel for being a desperate survivor stuck in quarantine for unfair reasons. It’s a tense situation – much more so than just a pure evil organization who is evil for the sake of being evil. Now they have to escape and deal with all the rebel groups (such as the Philantrophists…who may or may not have been completely wiped out as of this episode…). The citizens will start to panic, things will get chaotic…there’s a lot of room for interesting development. Furthermore, Shu’s power is better now. I guess he’s awakening to being a “King” now, which is kind of…CONVENIENT…but it’s good overall. I mean, having people pass out all the time was so troublesome. Having limp fleshbags on the battlefield is a horrible liability. It’s amazing no one got destroyed while waiting for Shu to finish using their Voids to do whatever. This also means some of the minor characters can also look cool and do flashy things, not just Shu! Well, minus Inori, who can’t seem to muster up enough energy to even speak above a whisper. =_= Useless vessel girl…Why is she still here, again?
Well…that was certainly an odd trip after the dramatic events in episode twelve. I knew they were going back to school eventually, but seriously, two weeks after Lost Christmas part two? Honestly, I was not shocked or surprised to see that happen…it could have been a lot worse. Just imagine them doing an entire beach complete with fan service after episode twelve? I can bet people would stop the video and delete it right there. I almost forgot, they threw that festival to cheer up the students and other people taking refuge at the school. Most of us have seen our fair share of festival themed episodes in every anime, hell even Sacred Seven managed to throw one at us complete with a monster running around the school…
Even if the story in this episode failed, at least the Tsugumi fans will be pleased. I hope you enjoyed this episode Skylion, I think the producers heard your comments with the lack of Tsugumi service as we got an adorable neko maid cosplay. Now for Ayase’s character you could say this was her episode, we saw her mope around depressed after Gai’s death. I really felt so bad for her because she just felt like killing herself… Poor Ayase, I think she needed a hug. I loved her line about Gai giving her legs again after her accident; even though I know she gained her new legs through piloting a mecha. After she got her new legs I was like WHOA THIS IS AWESOME and man was it ever cool to see her flying around! I wouldn’t mind a pair of those myself…I probably would crash into trees and buildings.
So, there are a few odd questions for me. So, Shu leveled up his void powers and this allows him to actually let people use their own voids? Yahiro got to hold his sword thing and Ayase used her new robot legs. So does this mean anyone with a strong willpower can call upon their inner void? I would think so. Ayase seemed really desperate to help her friends and it triggered her desire and boom we have fresh new void weapons for everyone to use. And finally the wall-of-death, which screams Darker than Black, I guess old man Shuuichirou was only knocked out by Daath? Well, it looks like Segai might have a job again unless he switches sides? Either way we have a key villain again.
Shu-“Whoa! I LOOK FABULIOUS.” Inori-“I hope this top stays on….”
Next week, panic sets in as the wall comes up trapping everyone and Shuuichirou begins to form a new plan to take over the world.