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「訓練 a preparation」 (Kunren)

In the back of my mind, I knew better than to trust a pretty face and already suspected that Gai might be using Inori to get Shuu to join them, but I’m still kind of disappointed with the cold shoulder that Inori’s giving Shuu all of a sudden. The only thing worse than a tease is a tease with a manipulative ulterior motive, regardless of whether she’s simply following orders or not. There’s always the possibility that this is all an act too — a clever plan to use Shuu’s anger to remove his inhibitions and make him useful to Funeral Parlor, and to pair him up with the other person with an unrequited love, Ayase. I wouldn’t put the former past Gai after he’s proven to be extremely calculating in his plans — plus when Shuu even had a lingering suspicion — though the latter should probably only be perceived as a little bit of service for viewers to ship away with (for now anyway).

Regardless of the intent, Ayase fans will surely be happy with the attention she was given this week, as I for one loved the beat-down she gave Shuu for foolishly taking pity on her because she’s in a wheelchair. After all, the only thing better than an attractive girl in a skin-tight Evangelion plug suit is an attractive girl in a skin-tight plug suit who can kick ass (…voiced by Hanazawa Kana no less). Ayase clearly wins in the personality department as well, as her tsundere tendencies easily trump Inori’s emotionless Ayanami Rei-like demeanor. While Shuu will likely fall for Inori since he’s had a crush on her from the very beginning, the inclusion of Ayase and the encouragement she provides put an interesting wedge in that obvious pairing. Given everything that’s happened, I don’t blame Shuu for being jealous of Gai, especially after misunderstanding that he sleeps with her. I would actually be more disappointed in his character if his innocent feelings turned out to be so fleeting that he would suddenly set his eyes on Ayase, who has probably touched the transmitter in more ways than she ever will with him. Inori hasn’t exactly been devoid of emotions either, so until we get a better idea of the thoughts running through her head, it’s far too early to tell what she thinks of Shuu.

Overshadowed by all the focus on Inori and Ayase was the formal introduction to Funeral Parlor and some of their other key members, Tsukishima Argo (Katsu Anri), Oogumo (Takaguchi Kousuke), Kyou (Fujitou Chika), and Shibungi (Koyasu Takehito), the first of whom looks like he’ll be more of a mentor to Shuu than a Void Weapon source like he was here. Kenji was also reintroduced and seems aware that Shuu is carrying a GHQ transmitter, judging from his accusation that their new member is only pretending to be an ally. What’s interesting is that Ayase’s in the dark about it, even when Kenji clearly implied that Gai isn’t. I gather she’s not the only one though, as the other members looked like they were genuinely impressed by Shuu’s Void Genome when he was faced against seemingly insurmountable odds in a mock battle against Ayase’s Steiner. Again, I wouldn’t put it past Gai that he anticipated a potential betrayal from Shuu and still decided to leave the transmitter with him in order to shape Shuu into the determined resistance fighter he wants him to be. The question is, whether Gai anticipated that GHQ would strike first with their Leucocyte orbital satellite weapon before they could steal it. Odds are yes, since the preview confirms that he survived (not like there was any doubt about that).

In addition to hinting at more of Shuu’s past, we finally had some for Gai as well about his current condition and how Inori reminds him of a certain woman, whom I presume was killed by GHQ. The most telling tidbit comes from the credits, which list the two voices heard in Shuu’s flashback as childhood Shuu (Tsuda Minami) and childhood Gai (Watanabe Akeno). This more or less confirms that they knew one another when they were younger and also suggests that Gai may have purposely entrusted the Void Genome to Shuu.

Random Thoughts:

  • The vocals in Sawano Hiroyuki’s (Ao no Exorcist, Gundam Unicorn) soundtrack provide the most flair to the music in this series.
  • Guesses on who had the honors of stripping Shuu while he was unconscious? a.) Inori, b.) Ayase, c.) Tsugumi, d.) Argo
  • Shuu’s chances with Ayase are pretty low if you ask me, as she was clearly unhappy with what she saw down there.
  • Shuu and a lot of viewers were probably thinking it, so I’ll just say it: “That dress, that accuracy, that softness!
  • Gai just had to be shirtless when he opened the door for his escort Inori.
  • The double entendres in this show will be the end of me. A shy boy like Shuu says he’s just a kid who hasn’t seen anything yet and Ayase — in her sleepwear — tells him it’s okay to look at her now? There was even a suggestive head tilt to seal the deal.
  • Poor Shuu. Inori ignores him in the ending sequence this week so he considers using the transmitter.
  • Full-length images: 01, 08, 10, 14, 23, 34.

    ED Sequence

    ED: 「Departures 〜あなたにおくるアイの歌〜」 (Departures ~Anata ni Okuru Ai no Uta~) by EGOIST


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    End Card

    November 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm
    • November 13, 2011 at 4:54 amThe Moondoggie

      I was thinking: Maybe the Void Genome can pick up the Apocalypse Virus from inflicted people like how Samus does it in Metroids.

    • November 13, 2011 at 10:32 pmGeass

      Random thought, Gai seems to be infected by Apocalypse Virus.

    • November 14, 2011 at 6:20 amsearchingforclouds

      Guilty Crown is the kind of anime that just blows your mind. Hopefully more animes like this show up.

    • November 14, 2011 at 8:17 amalabaster

      I think what Major Segai meant when he told Shuu that they can get Gai wherever he is, is that they would bombard the coordinate where the pen activated with their Leukocyte orbital bombardment system.

    • November 14, 2011 at 8:40 amalabaster

      Also, in the scene where Gai tells Inori how she looks more like a certain woman everyday, that probably pertains to the childhood friend of Shu in his flashbacks who got ravaged by the Apocalypse virus. I would have to agree with Gai on that, in fact when I first saw the flashbacks, I thought that it was Inori. Interesting to find out more about the past link between that girl and Shu and Gai.

    • November 14, 2011 at 2:46 pmBonnie

      I thought the “emotionless girl” character was cool like yuki nagato, ruri hoshino, eureka, mai kawasumi, kanade tachibana, and kotomi ichinose. But if inori was like dita from vandread people would still bash on her because now her personality would be perky and energetic something certain other fans dislike.

    • November 14, 2011 at 4:58 pmdh19440113

      Gai either has kidney failure or HAV positive.

    • November 16, 2011 at 8:47 pmAzureDivinity

      Inori and Gai are two very peculiar characters. I look forward to seeing more of their pasts explained and seeing how this story unfolds.

    • November 18, 2011 at 11:25 amSoraNoKaze

      This episode was awesome. Glad to see Shu officially part of the team.

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