How can anyone sleep with that annoying red glow?!
|Great. Every time I type Shu, I imagine Fosh screaming OH MA SHOE! into my ear, like some sort of phantom lingering around me. I’ve been cursed! Cursed, I tell you!|
|More school drama headed our way this week! HOORAY! Are you excited? Alright maybe you are not jumping out of your seats…but anyway it is now time to find out what OH MA SHOE and his void friends are up to this week.This week Shu becomes school president, while Yahiro prepares the void ranking system. Shouta feels left out after he learns about his actual void rank, which causes a certain void-aid girl to suffer in the end.|
Shu-“Ooooh wow, I love the pictures…” Yahiro-“Yeah, I know you can’t read too well, so pictures will help.”
Back to school time again for this episode, or should I say more like stuck at school forever? Shu is now the official class president and Yahiro is really pushing the new void rank system. He even takes pictures of each void during the examination placing certain users on the short list, aka YOUR VOID IS USELESS please try again next later. A few students are on board for the void ranks, but Shouta feels it is just discrimination! True Shouta, it really is… Do you remember your void? Yeah…don’t remind me about the fail behind that weapon.
Tsugumi-“Remember, kids, eat your veggies and you can grow up to have cool voids!”
Hare, Ayase and Tsugumi started their own web series, called epic bath time.
Shouta later joins Shu to state his issues with the unfair void ranks and they yell like two idiots on the roof together, shouting out their true feelings…bromance time for the ladies? Maybe we have another possible shipping war for Shouta? You tell me what you think about that. After the bromance moments on the roof, Shu returns to the student council room and finds out the final results of Yahiro’s work. He discovers that Shouta rank places him at the bottom of the list, which also means Shouta pretty much gets the last of any vaccines, while the higher ranks get first dibs on the vaccine.
Shouta-“Dude, I dare you to jump off the roof…” Shu-“Wait a minute…are you trying to take my spot as King?”
Hare’s ultimate attack, the boob hold of death.
Poor old Shouta feels THAT IS WRONG BRO and he forms a small band with other low ranked void users and proceeds to lead this fail team to fight the big bad GHQ. Shouta’s plan to ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWER fails after Shu tries to stop them from getting killed and he brings Hare along, because every great team needs a moe healer girl to save their ass from dying. Before Shu can take the fail team back to school, Daryl and a few of his friends arrive to stop them. During the battle Hare gets pulled to the side to repair a car that Shouta found. Darly spots her magical mechanic skills and blows the car up. Hare takes a huge hit along with Shu who attempted to save her from the explosion; sadly his attempt to save her left him practically dead to the world.
Pilot-“The same thing we do every week! We try to kill you and your friends, DUH…”
Shu-“OH MY GOD! YOUR VOIDS REALLY DO SUCK! WHAT IS THAT– A JUICER?”
After Hare wakes up, she finds Shu lying front of her dead and she notices her void-aid is looking quite beaten up…So, she heals Shu’s body first and starts to bleed all over the place! Damn it, Hare, you need to heal yourself first! Her attempt to heal Shu gets cut off thanks to a passing helicopter that finished off her void-aid power and her body slowly gets covered in void crystals. Shu wakes up and stares in shock as Hare slowly crystallizes and shatters into pieces while he holds her, which causes him to enter KILL THEM ALL BERSERKER MODE!
Shu-“I WILL LICK THESE JOLLY RANCHERS OFF YOUR FACE! JUST HANG IN THERE, HARE…!”
Inori-“DAMN! You could have just freaking asked…for the sword.”
Shu-“Now I’ve lost it…” Steve-“I know I can kill! Wait what? Nooooooooo!!”
While in this new Berserker mode, Shu basically forces Inori to the ground and rips out his one shot kill sword and proceeds to destroy every GHQ machine he sees. After that he takes out some aggression on Shouta beating the snot out of him. Shu puts all the blame on Shouta’s shoulders for Hare’s death as the others watch him beat Shouta up…The episode ends shortly after Shu proclaims he will now become the true King, and this means the void rank system is officially a go. So prepare yourself for THE NEW KING OH MA SHOE or will his new nickname be OH MA Hitler…?!
Shu-“THIS FRIENDSHIP IS OVER, BRO.” Shouta-“What? I can’t hear you over the emo background music.”
OH MA HITLER MODE ACTIVATE.
World of Guilty craft has arrived, better buff your moe catgirl now!
Ayase-“I have discovered the world of yuri…I think.”
Segai-“Well hello again ladies…did you miss me?”
Ayase-“This is totally safe right?” Tsugumi-“Yahiro, speed bump ahead, floor it.”
Could that have been any more dramatic? Explosions! Screaming to the heavens! Long speeches! Love confessions! Guilty Crown reminds me more and more of a Hollywood action flick each week. It’s got a huge budget for the explosions and action, and that’s the main focus. The story is secondary, it’s a bit all over the place, and it tries too hard to match the intensity of the action. But hey…at least it’s oozing style! The same can be said about this episode (and almost any episode of the show). I love the action, and I actually enjoyed part of the drama. GC came SO CLOSE to nailing it this week, but once again, it overshot the mark by making things too dramatic. Hare’s confession was nicely timed to make us feel like they were actually going somewhere…until she had to shove his face into her bosom. So close, Guilty Crown. So very close to be classy. There’s also the fact that Shu knows full well about Hare’s crush, seeing as he tried to take advantage of her earlier on the series. Hare’s death was also well-done with the flashback about the book she liked and how she used all of her strength to heal him…until they dragged out her death. My empathy only lasts for so long before a switch is flicked and I’m chanting “Die faster” in my mind over and over. That’s probably just me, but I hate when death sequences are drawn-out. AGAIN, SO CLOSE, GC!
Souta is one of the only characters I consistently like from week to week. He’s eager to please, but without the same level of subservience of Shu. Souta will not hesitate to go out and try to secure a vaccine for the survivors. Okay, so he probably should have gotten a group with Voids slightly more menacing than a goddamned comb, but he’s endearing in that sense. He even apologized for Inori’s death profusely while Shu punched the daylights out of him. That really made it clear Shu wasn’t in a one-time berserk mode. It’s permanent. Shu has been changing rapidly since the halfway point, and in the last episode I was convinced he was going to finally be a great leader. NOPE, HE NEEDS MORE MENTAL TRAUMA! MORE! Now he’s on some crooked path where he rips Voids out of people forcefully and kills mechs with a newfound bloodlust. I wish they didn’t change Shu so often and suddenly though. Character development isn’t just making characters change because horrible things happen to them…
Ignoring Shu for a second, it’s interesting to see that most of Funeral Parlour is alive and well. We’ve seen little glimpses here and there of them in various hiding places, all scattered around. One of them was even playing chess with Segai to try and bargain with him. I’ll be curious to see who wins that match. My guess is that they’re all going to reunite and follow Shu’s orders..perhaps when he’s a little more sane. At this point, even Daryl is nicer than he is. At least he cares about Tsugumi for some odd reason. I guess no one ever gave him a candy apple before? Food really does make everything better.
Whoa… Just what the hell was this whole episode even about?! I guess this was the true route for Shu’s rise to power and take over the world or the school? After Hare’s death…what is he going to do now? I am not really big on history, but there are a few of us on the OH MA SHOE becoming a “Hitler” train type, especially with the very selective void rank system in place. Sure I can see why he is angry with Hare freaking dying in his arms and Shouta is left with all the blame, but was it really his fault? Or can we say Shu is partially to blame as well? Either way I fully expect to see all the-world-is-dead-to-me side of Shu next week.
There was one moment that made me cringe and it was the scene where Shu pushed Inori to the ground and forced her to give him her void sword…Whoa that sounds dirty… But still DAMN, SHU! Even though I hate Inori sooooo much you could see how scared the poor girl was thanks to his actions. And of course Shu punching the life out of Shouta like that…anger issues Mr. Shu, or was he in the right for doing that to his friend?
While there are plenty of bad moments involving Shu this week but random bath scene for the win?! Hare, Ayase and Tsugumi in the bath together…Sadly there was no OH LET ME GROPE your chest scenes involving the girls. And that bastard Shu got some up close and personal hugging from Hare too. However there were lots of death flags triggered in both of those scenes. Oh Hare…why did you have to up and die on us? Besides being the only Healer…you were so nice all the time and so wasted on OH MA SHOE! Bah rest in peace…or pieces? Sorry I am horrible! Either way I will miss her happy attitude even though Shu had his eyes set on Inori the whole time…
Daryl-“Remember kids, read OR I WILL KICK YOUR GRANDMA!”
Shu rounds up the weaker voids and wears Gai’s jacket. He dons new armbands for his super secret club of war.