Guilty Crown 04

Guilty Crown

Why won’t they just make Gai the main character already?!

Ok, Guilty Crown, while entertaining, was definitely not known for good, consistent writing and this week’s episode just painfully makes it so obvious. I’d say pretty much the entire first half of the episode was horrible. First with the Hisoka-wannabe guy trying too hard to appear crazy while not doing so, then Shu for digging the grave for himself every time the Hisoka-wannabe asks him shit. Then came the entire “hey we helped you useless people out, so you owe it to us” justification he used to try to bring Shu over to his side… and Shu actually took the bait. Well I guess one could say Shu was being prudent and took out an insurance policy… but dude, you just admonished them for shooting innocent people and the next thing you do is to take their offer to betray the other side fighting them? Sigh.

Well, when the fighting started, it was actually a lot better, but still… it could have been better choreographed. For instance, when Shu pulls out Kido’s Void, a mecha is about to punch him so he aims it at the mecha and for the next 15 seconds…. it slowly charges up. In the meantime, the mecha is frozen. Like what? It just waits for the damn thing to charge up before going for the kill? Hurr. And Inori’s sword is seriously overpowered. Guess I can say the same about her too, since she just did a bloody jump up like 50 floors or something? Starting to think she’s not quite human herself.

Next I wonder what they are going to do with the classmates too. I mean, he’s pretty much been identified as a terror suspect and got detained in front of pretty much his entire class. Probably just gonna pull out a bullshit excuse two episodes later to get him back to school. At least next week’s episode will be spent learning more about the rest of the Undertakers.

Finally one niggling question…

Guilty Crown

…why does Hisoka-wannabe have a idol-style photo of Tsugumi only? No, really. It’s like Tsugumi posed for the damn thing herself, LOL.

20 Comments

  1. SuzushinaYuriko Said,

    November 4, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

    It’s funny how everyone thought the first three episodes were horrible and you liked them a lot, but the fourth episode was the best one so far and you’ve started criticizing it.

    I thought this episode was excellent. The Endlaves are useless and Inori’s sword is overpowered, yeah, but there’s virtually no blatant fanservice this time ruining the mood and I thought Shu’s uncertainty on which side to follow was great. I don’t think Inori is quite a normal human either – she’s probably part cyborg or something.

  2. omo Said,

    November 4, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

    What SuzushinaYuriko Said. PLUS! PLUS! the one blatant fanservice of Tsugumi shot gets criticized!

    Actually I’m kind of with you bro in terms of the fanservice. There are a couple shots in this episode that would make great fanservice but they framed it in srsbzns plot things. Like the scene when Inori jumps up and dodged tons of bullets it was really cool fanservice in a way but I can’t help but to think how strange it was for her to run in like that, and why she couldn’t just dodge the bullets from episode 1 that way w.

  3. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    November 4, 2011 @ 11:08 pm

    I don’t actually use fanservice as a benchmark for quality, you know. Yes, I do enjoy all the Inori fanservice, but it isn’t that central to the show that it makes or breaks the episode.

    I’ve already outlined why I didn’t like the episode, up in the post. The lack of Inori fanservice just makes it more unbearable. I watched this episode first in the morning and then later with subs… still didn’t make it better so yeah.

    Also about Tsugumi’s picture.. I mean seriously lol, she’s posing for the pic. The rest aren’t even looking at the camera, but only she is. Does she have some special ability to detect whenever anyone’s taking pictures of her so she’ll automatically pose for it?

    The only other reason I can think of is the Undertakers funding their equips by selling the girls’ photos or something. I guess that would pay for quite a bit of the MLRS trucks they used this week and last last week ( ゚∀゚)アハハ八八ノヽノヽノヽノ \ / \/ \

  4. Silver Said,

    November 4, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

    I dont see any problems with Shu though. He currently does not know who to trust so for now he is going to observe and see for himself.

  5. Nanatsuya Said,

    November 4, 2011 @ 11:48 pm

    Well, if Inori is a Net Idol, then why can’t Tsugumi be one too? Seems like a great way to fund a para-military rebel force to me…

    Imagine the Rebel Alliance putting out pictures of Princess Leia in the slave girl bikini to fund the Battle of Endor. A-wings don’t build themselves…

  6. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    November 4, 2011 @ 11:55 pm

    I admit, if they started selling gravure albums of Tsugumi and Inori, I would buy it.

    Even if the money is being channeled to buying WMD’s.

  7. Dakkar Said,

    November 5, 2011 @ 1:55 am

    Kuro, are you still trying to make sense of this show? It’s probably as futile as trying to understands what’s going on in Horizon. Almost as if both series were done by Sunrise. I pretty much switched to the mode I was watching the later part of CG2 in and try to enjoy the fabulous, the only problem is that Shuu is nowhere near Lulu…

  8. Dakkar Said,

    November 5, 2011 @ 2:11 am

    Oh, and reading Divine’s walls of text on GC’s episodes adds to the hilarity. Just the first sentence managed to crack me up, so it tops most comedy anime of late. And here I thought he’s got better…

  9. Xellos^_- Said,

    November 5, 2011 @ 2:29 am

    @Dakkar, Horizon actually makes plenty of sense, the anime has finally gotten to the main storyline. If rewatch ep1-3, most of the stuff that didn;’t make sense before are starting to clear up.

    @kuro, where are the post for Horizon 4 & 5? I hope you haven’t drop it, the shit have just hit fan in ep5.

  10. Golgo14th Said,

    November 5, 2011 @ 4:42 am

    To be honest, I think a lot of people tend to lose their suspension of disbelief far too easily and suddenly want to selectively apply double standards of realism or “having to make perfect sense” only to certain shows they dislike or criticize, when every single animated production is really meant to be nothing more than fictional entertainment. This goes all the way from Golgo 13 to Cowboy Bebop to yes, Guilty Crown.

    Rather than “turning your brain off” I think it’s a matter of not missing the point.

  11. Silver Said,

    November 5, 2011 @ 6:00 am

    @ Golgo14th
    I agree. I’m really surprised at the thread in AnimeSuki where they’re bashing Guilty Crown to the sky and a lot of stuff is about… realism…

    Also about those photos lol! I wonder about that too. Tsugumi looks like she’s posing and also the photo with Gai, Ayase, and the other two guys (forgot their names) had their picture as if someone were right next to them. Either the I.G. uhh did not think about that or they meant that someone is leaking information out. Remember even in the videos where Gai was publicly announcing his group, only he had his face exposed. Here all these photos have him and the others shown.

  12. Dakkar Said,

    November 5, 2011 @ 6:08 am

    @Xellos^_-
    I won’t deny that just five episodes in things start to make some sense, but, truth be told, for the general audience not familiar with the novels and simply watching the anime without reading all the side materials, it’s a mess. I can tell from the personal experience :) What’s more, it hasn’t delivered anything to make me care so far, with the main selling point of the show being the fact that nothing airs on Wednesdays.
    Seriously, if the only character names I can immediately recall are Horizon and Honda (if they had Toyota character, I would probably remember that name as well), it’s not a good sign. The premise looks unusual, but not really breathtaking, and, what’s more, the setting is yet to be properly described. Yes, we know more than we did while watching the first episode, but if Sunrise expects people to rewatch the preceding episodes to appreciate them, and perhaps more than once, then they sure are optimistic.
    First couple of episodes were random fun, so it could pass as fanservice action-comedy with some promise in the plot department, but lately it tries to do too many things at once. It’s not as interesting as Kara no Kyoukai (fifth movie wasn’t kind to a first time viewer either), characterization is barely present, the setting introduction is brushed over, yet we already have global political changes (with little idea of political structure), blood spilling (with description of techniques and weapons thrown in in the middle of the fight while we still have no clear idea about the technology used in the setting) and characters undergoing some personal drama (what were their names again?).
    I’m kind of curious about shows ratings, because the last thing it needs now are budget cuts, which are likely to strike the second season if Sunrise doesn’t work some magic.

  13. feal87 Said,

    November 5, 2011 @ 6:18 am

    Agreed, that Tsugumi photo was definitely weird in there…:P

  14. Silver Said,

    November 5, 2011 @ 6:25 am

    @ Dakkar
    Apparently the show is doing actually really well. That’s the only name you remembered? I remember Honda, Horizon, Torii, Masazumi, Bertoni, Tenzou, Margot & Marga, Kimi, Suzu, Azuma, Kenji, Nenji, Tomo, Makiko, Ta-chan (lol!), Kazuno, Futayo, … that’s all I can think of for now. The problem with the names is with you and that does not mean it is with everyone although at the same time this show is more for Japanese people so names are harder to remember when the cast is large like this with variety of names. Horizizon however is a show you need to put more thinking into to enjoy and the first 3 episode are the introduction. I’m assuming they will tell us more later but for now the real plot is starting.

  15. Silver Said,

    November 5, 2011 @ 6:27 am

    @ feal87
    Hehe yeah no kidding. But don’t you want a bigger version of that? I sure do! And I’m thinking Kurogane too!

  16. Dakkar Said,

    November 5, 2011 @ 6:54 am

    @Silver
    Well, looks like you (and a lot of other people if ratings are to be trusted) care about the show much more than I do :) My approach is rather practical – the amount of attention I pay to the show is proportional to how rewarding it appears to end up being. But I also consider anime to be the lightest form of entertainment good for resting your head save for very few shows, so your mileage might differ…

  17. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    November 5, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    I’m not sure why the “realism” argument is being brought up here. I’m not having a problem with the setting of a guy with a virus infection suddenly being able to materialize weapons from people’s bodies.

    My bone of contention with the episode here is how writing totally went in to the shit spectrum. Shu acted like an idiot. The Hisoka-wannabe is just desperately trying to act crazy, but still not getting it. And the entire interrogation was just meh. Should have put in random Inori fanservice and I wouldn’t have complained.

    And really, I just had to poke fun of Tsugumi’s photo, because c’mon, how can you NOT notice that inconsistency!

  18. Silver Said,

    November 5, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    I only bringing “realism” into here not because of you. It was merely a comment about the thread at AnimeSuki.

    Shu acted like an idiot. I disagree. Hisoka-wannabe (I like that) is trying to act crazy? I disagree. I don’t even see how he’s trying to act crazy.

    Tsugumi’s photo. Yeah totally agree.

  19. Giovanni Said,

    November 5, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    I’m not one to criticize…I’m like to see myself as a guy with extremely shallow standards. When I saw GC’s trailer I immediately thought to myself “this is going to sweet!” and “Spiritual successor to Code Geass? I think I’ll give it a try!”; however, during the first episode I met up with some problems…

    …most of them Shu related.

    As a main character he just rubbed me off the wrong way, and right now I’m still a little iffy about him…I sometimes blame my initial expectations but nevertheless I’m going to give him a shot and watch this show to the end-maybe he’ll grow on me in time. But right now…

    He’s just a wimp with a god’s luck.

    (Also, who else noticed that Gai, Tsugumi, and Ayase are Kyousuke, Kirino, and Kuroneko respectively?)

  20. ewok40k Said,

    November 5, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

    well, Gai hiding in plain sight is so overpowered… different hairstyle and pair of glasses make him able to enter enemy’s most secure prison, LOL
    worst security failure since certain princess escaped the Death Star security block XYZ-1234 (ok, number could be different…)
    to add insult to injury, enemy interrogator virtuoso shoots his own sniper who could just end the series with headshot to main character – plot armor of infinity minus one!
    again, this ranks up with “no signs of life onboard, no reason to waste energy on that escape pod” in the idiot balls hall of fame…
    all this means it is intended to be “no questions asked” adventure… so sit back and enjoy the fireworks and fanservice instead of trying to analyze why characters act this way or another or what authors want to convey

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