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OP1.5 Sequence

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OP: 「My Dearest」 by supercell

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「檻 leukocytes」 (Ori)
“Cage”

I haven’t been as harsh on Guilty Crown as some viewers who may or may not be trying to find faults with it simply because it’s popular, but that doesn’t mean I’m not looking at it objectively either. If there’s something that I find irksome, you can be rest assured that I’ll bring it up, much like in this sixth episode where I felt there was a serious discontinuity in the characters’ behavior from the previous week. I’m not one to dwell on plot devices that can be explained in future episodes, but I do value the immediate believability of characters’ behavior. While I don’t expect to agree with all their decisions, I do expect to be able see where they’re coming from. Shuu’s sudden turnaround in support of Gai felt terribly lacking in that regard, as did the events leading up to that where Inori approached Shuu to give him an opportunity to understand Gai better. Inori conveniently forgetting that she told Shuu to stay away from her and doing whatever she can to get him to help Gai rubbed me the wrong way. Also, her willingness to try and convince Shuu conveniently made light of the cold shoulder that she gave him last time. It would’ve made much more sense if someone like Ayase stepped in instead, because this has done nothing but contradict Inori’s behavior, even if I were to still believe that she only distanced herself because she actually cares about Shuu and doesn’t want to manipulate him.

The other inconsistency comes from Shuu himself, who returned the cold-shoulder favor by addressing Inori with honorifics, only to wind up apologizing for troubling her. I figured he would have hardened his emotions after learning that she manipulated him, but he continued on with the self-pity approach instead. The only positive thing I took away was Inori telling him to stop talking like that, but only because I feel that Shuu doesn’t owe Gai or Inori a damn thing. As far as Shuu should be concerned, they rescued him to use him — that’s it. Until he’s given indication to believe otherwise, I don’t see any reason why he should feel sorry about not taking part in their operation. I could chalk it up to his kindness — a willingness to trust again so soon after being betrayed — but that’s really stretching it when he still has the wrong idea about Inori’s relationship with Gai. What’s more, Gai purposely used that to provoke Shuu into punching him for the death of Kyou, yet Shuu for whatever reason still feels sorry for Gai and decides to support him in his cause. From Gai’s confession to whom he believed was Inori and the way he called Shuu an idiot, it sounded like he had already resigned to the idea that Shuu wouldn’t willing cooperate with him anymore, which is why I find it even more jarring that Shuu magically fixed the situation by deciding to help. That completely negated the positive impression he left me with when he didn’t accept Funeral Parlor’s original invitation to join them. This was ultimately my main gripe with this episode. All the time spent establishing the characters and their personalities was largely disregarded, leading to what I strongly felt were inconsistencies in their behavior. I really wanted to give the writers the benefit of the doubt, but it was hard to when I found myself inexplicably “rediscovering” all the characters.

I tried to take the operation to stop the Leucocyte Quazi-Zenith Satellite System at face value, but was unfortunately met with a lot of head-scratching developments along the way. The first goes all the way back to the first episode, and involves how Endlaves transmit pain back to the pilot. What seemed like a sensory overload from getting bumped is now getting a bit out of hand with how specific the pain is experienced. It makes me wonder whose bright idea it was to transmit pain back in the first place. Sure it adds a degree of danger to the pilot, but does so in what’s arguably the technologically dumbest way possible. If the way Gai took out Daryl’s Endlave was any indication, even handguns can hurt the pilot. The second is concerning the elaborate system used to control the satellites. From a security standpoint, the inability for outsiders to touch the cores in the “float cage” may be ingenious, but I’d hardly consider it a great system if damage to it can result in one of the satellites falling from orbit. Evidently, whoever designed this didn’t really care to put some fail safes for that scenario. To make matters worse, the satellite that falls is conveniently headed toward Tokyo, adding a rather convenient layer of suspense. (I facepalmed a bit when Tsugumi said it.) The third involves the combined Void Weapon created from Kenji and Inori, which just sort of happened and saved the day. I normally wouldn’t mind a sudden development like this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t get any explanation in this case, given how little focus the combination was given. The last is the need to wait for the satellites to align before Shuu fired his new Void Weapon. I already had some doubts about the satellites lining up where Gai just so happened to be, but at least it made sense how he was going to sacrifice himself to destroy the falling one. With Shuu shooting it down, there wasn’t any need to destroy the one in orbit too. One could argue that it was Funeral Parlor’s way of achieving their original goal, but I really don’t think that was the immediate concern when they were all going to die.

Amidst all my qualms with this episode, there were still some positives to take away, like Inori’s outfit, Inori’s outfit, Inori’s outfit, and Inori’s gangster-style dual-wielding. In all seriousness, it was the continuity to episodes prior with Gai knowing all along that Shuu had the GHQ transmitter on him and that it would signal an attack from the Leucocyte to wipe them out. I had suspected as much, so it was nice to see something foreseeable actually happen. There was also the sight of the girl who resembles Inori, which sort of jogged Shuu’s childhood memories with Gai. I anticipate that their past will serve as the major overarching plot, so it was good to see it get some attention here. The same goes for the foreshadowing surrounding Shuuichirou and “Cocytus”, where we were introduced to a new character named Yuu (Nishigaki Yuka). I’m looking forward to seeing where that’s headed, so hopefully this episode was just a one-off from trying to fit too much material in one showing — as suggested by how the scenes extended into the credits — and things improve from hereon in. Next time, we finally see the introduction of the student council president, Kuhouin Arisa (Endou Aya).

* Full-length images: 13, 22, 32.
* Supercell released a PV for the opening theme “My Dearest”, which surprisingly, features the actual members for what I believe is the first time ever. Up until now, their faces were never been revealed. No Nagi though, as the vocalist is 15-year-old Koeda. See below.

Watch supercell’s “My Dearest” PV: Streaming ▼

 

ED Sequence & End Card

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Preview

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November 18, 2011 at 12:20 am
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