Guilty Crown – Special
「軌跡 reassortment」 (Kiseki)
For a one-hour recap special that added absolutely nothing new from a story standpoint — not even from the small amounts of narration — this felt like a pilot episode more than anything else. Viewing it as such, I dare say it was a pretty darn good one too because it cut out all the irksome developments and simply focused on all the stuff that makes Guilty Crown good. At the same time, it kind made me wonder if this is the anime that the producers had in mind, but for whatever reason, didn’t quite turn out the way they had envisioned. What’s interesting to note is that half of this compilation was dedicated to episodes one and two alone. This may have been because they laid most of the foundation for the story, but it did coincide with how I still feel they’re the best ones to date. The second half succinctly summarized the remaining nine episodes, having taken out most of the disagreeable developments surrounding Shuu.
Now here’s the surprising bit: It was a lot easier to accept Shuu’s actions from being told he was troubled about helping Funeral Parlor and using his friends as weapons than actually seeing it happen in the show, suggesting that something’s up with the screenplay itself. It’s almost as if there’s a huge disparity between the story the writers wanted to tell and the one they ended up telling. Some subtle differences in the delivery here made it seem like I was watching a different series at times — and a better one at that. The music was a lot more prominent and really helped emphasize the emotions behind the scenes that I could actually get behind for a change. Hopefully this compilation is a sign of better things to come in the second half of the series, especially now that the story’s picked up in a big way with Keidou resonating “the rock that started it all”.
* There was no new footage, but I used this opportunity to take screen caps of various scenes that didn’t make it into the final batch of images for each episode, often because there was another image that looked very similar and I felt was better.
* Also, there’s no episode this week. Episode 12 will air in the usual time slot next Thursday.
Creditless 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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