Guilty Crown – 14
「攪乱 election」 (Kakuran)
As much as I love Hare, she does say the darndest things. Shuu can be a king? Come on Hare, you’re just playing right? Right!?
Apparently Hare wasn’t playing, as the ongoing effort to make Shuu the bearer of the “guilty crown” has made him the new student council president of Tennouzu First High School — and not the new leader of Funeral Parlor like myself and many others were expecting. It’s an interesting turn of events given that the fate of Funeral Parlor is still in question, and it places Shuu in an situation that he can sort of handle. Rather than dealing with the Anti Bodies, he’s faced with the same gang of high school punks who think they’re all that because one of them has a gun, and has to quell the frantic mob mentality that they started by bullying Arisa and trying to strip Ayase and Tsugumi (those bastards). Relatively speaking, this undertaking isn’t nearly as demanding as taking on an armed organization that’s usurped control of the entire country, Void Genome or not. However, the direction things are headed with Shuu rallying the student body like they’re his personal army is a different matter, as I already get the feeling we’re in store for a fairytale resolution where Shuu empowers all of them with their Void Weapons so that they can fight back against the Anti Bodies’ oppression.
The way Yahiro categorized all the students according to their Void potential suggests as much anyway, and I wouldn’t put it past Segai that he purposely left them the “Genome Resonance Gauge” to help “cultivate” Shuu’s power. After all, Segai’s already shown his personal fascination in Voids once before — and killed one of their own men in the process — so I already get the impression that he doesn’t care about what happens to GHQ or Japan one way or another. The number of lives that are lost on either side are probably of little to no concern for him, as he’s likely pulling the strings in the background for his own interest. From the look of things, he sent out a rumor to cause campus-wide panic and distress — a Demagogy strategy — primarily to see how Shuu and everyone would react. For me, that fueled further suspicion that the Keidou Shuuichirou whom he’s working with now is nothing but a facade, likely created by Yuu/Daath, seeing as Shuuichirou had given Segai the Void data and cut him out of future activities, and that he was presumably killed by Yuu when Shuu and Gai stopped him from reviving Mana. That data could have very well been used to create the Genome Resonance Gauge, plus the unmanned Endlave “Ghost Unit” that he’s commanding now. While it’s mostly speculation at this point, I’m curious to see if my suspicion is correct since the possibility occurred to me well before Tsugumi whipped out her magical girl-like doll-making Hand Scanner and showed just how easy it would be to fool everyone.
Amidst all that, the most notable tidbits that I took away are 1.) how Haruka is likely being forced into developing the Ghost Unit, 2.) how Daryl is still in the dark about Segai’s intentions and may pull a Heel Face Turn before the series is over, and most importantly 3.) how Inori can become a heartless killing machine with a flick of a switch and even lie to Shuu about it. The former two I’m not too concerned about as I suspect they’ll work their way into the story as we go on, but the last one about Inori is a bit of an eye-opener, raising questions as to whether she’s simply indiscriminate toward anyone who’s hostile to her or if something happened to her during the twisted wedding ceremony/ritual. The way that scene was depicted — particularly the part where she lied to Shuu — is definitely foreshadowing things to come; however, I honestly don’t know what to make of it at the moment. At the very least, I would expect Shuu to voice his disapproval over how easily Inori can take lives, but I really don’t think he can afford to be at odds with his most powerful trump card, especially when the preview is so ominous.
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