Posts Tagged Brain On
Today, December 20th, marks the 1 year anniversary of my anime blog. And since it’s in the middle of the 12 Days of Anime, let’s double up this anniversary with an appropriately themed 12 Days post. The topic for today is about something central to the beginning of my anime blog and something I learned over the course of this year. My whole system of classifying anime through the tags of Brain On/Brain Off never really made sense, caught on, or was used by others. You could even say: it was never a good idea.
So do we just forget about the whole plot in the first half of Guilty Crown now since we’ve got a new story now? Well, after this episode, I think I’ll do just that but not before I take a step back and recount what the first half of Guilty Crown was able to accomplish.
The most unfamiliar component of Guilty Crown thus far has been the underdeveloped setting. The anime is situated in the years following the Apocalypse Virus (Apoc Virus) epidemic, an event that devastated Japan and which lead to the current timeline in which the GHQ governs the recovering nation, the Funeral Parlor retaliates against their oppression, and Voids are the physical manifestations of people’s hearts. But the series has done little to clarify these crucial matters that structure the world and the plot of this anime, and that has left us in the dark regarding many issues with the setting. Fortunately, episode 9 provides some answers on these issues in addition to expanding on essential matters like the Apoc Virus and its relationship with Voids.
Ah, the pirates have returned to continue their piracy. Now’s about the best chance for me to ask a question that I’ve kept reserved since the first episode: how exactly does piracy work in this world?
Of all the people in Funeral Parlor, it’s clear that Inori has, without a doubt, the worst job of all of them. Think about it for a sec. Whenever she’s not endangering her life on another abstruse mission of Gai’s, she’s busy needing to keep Shu happy so that he (well, mainly his Void ability) will actively participate in their missions. Everyone else has it much easier, much safer, and much more enjoyable. When looking at it that way, you can’t help but feel sorry for Inori.