Guilty Crown – 17
「革命 exodus」 (Kakumei)
Well if there’s one thing about Guilty Crown that never disappoints, it would be its ability to surprise. Granted, that’s largely because I can’t see where the writers are going with a story that has a severe identity crisis, but hey, I can’t say I’m opposed to the idea that we have a new antihero protagonist and a new heroine to go with him. I jest of course, though I do have to question the necessity of Arisa’s bed favors with Nanba (voiced by Sakaguchi Shuuhei and deserves a proper mention now), other than the obvious objectification of her body for viewers to fantasize about. While it did fit within the context of the story given her traumatic encounter with “Inori” and not having anyone she could turn to, I just couldn’t help but see it as a blatant “sex grab” considering the “subjectively dire” state of the series itself. Whatever the case, seeing Arisa fall from being the supportive ex-president to the ringleader behind the coup d’état did bring about the situation that I was hoping to see, where the students got fed up with Shuu and told him to go to hell with his arrogant king crap.
Admittedly, I was even getting somewhat annoyed by how Shuu was so full of himself, after hearing him try to comfort Inori by saying he’s the king, and then later scream out about his power of kings when Gai came strolling in all white-haired and red-eyed and put Shuu in his place by cutting off his arm. “My arm!!!” I can understand. “My power of kings!!!” on the other hand made me want to kick Shuu over if he didn’t fall over himself. I can’t say I feel much of any sympathy for him, even though it’s pretty clear that Shuuichirou, Yuu, and Gai are up to no good either and will probably seize control of the Leukocyte satellite weaponry and turn on the United Nations (judging from the preview). The writers have just made it so hard to like any of the characters in this series, simply because there’s no consistency behind their behavior. Just take Yahiro for example, who was all on Shuu’s case last time about how he has no choice but to hide that fact that people die when their Void is destroyed, and then tell him here that he’s getting too carried away. Somehow Yahiro then gets kicked to the curb and is potentially the character to start supporting? Yeah… I’m not getting on that bandwagon. Even Tsugumi’s rubbed me the wrong way, leaving only Argo and Ayase as my last two glimmers of hope. I sometimes wonder if the producers themselves are undecided about whom to develop into a character that everyone can get behind and in the process have left us with no one — no one that’s alive anymore anyway (*sniff*).
As for the plot twist involving Gai’s return, I’m fairly apprehensive on getting too worked up about anything at this point and mainly taking a wait-and-see approach on whether the series can redeem itself in some way, so aside from some decent shock value that dwindled fairly quickly, I’ll reserve judgement on everything else until I see where it leads us. I can’t really see Shuu regaining his power now that Gai’s finally taken it (rather conveniently at that), so I’d be really surprised if the writers are ballsy enough to write him off as the main protagonist from hereon in. Otherwise, I’m more or less expecting Shuu and Inori to dig their way out of their rut and back into the main spotlight later on to heavily impact the ending in some way. For now, I will say that I’m liking an evil Gai and an evil Arisa much more than an evil Shuu, simply because I do feel somewhat sympathetic toward them. The same goes for Souta, whom I agree did nothing by turning on Shuu.
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