Posts Tagged Guilty Crown
Though the writing in Guilty Crown dependably stays somewhere between atrocious and horrific, there are still aspects of this anime that create some genuine enjoyment for me. This episode did well to magnify two of these elements to even greater degrees and thus, are worthy of comment and admiration this week. One of these features is that Guilty Crown is usually entertaining, especially when spectacular action sequences dazzle with visual eye candy, vigorous energy, and hilarious circumstances. The other is the generally likable (and attractive) cast of minor characters, specifically Haruka and Ayase this episode.
While I could choose any topic or idea from this episode and rail against it in the form of an angry hellstorm of fire, I’ll select something specific and discuss it with a positive opinion. Now, the material from which to use is quite limited due to the sheer chaos that was this episode but regardless of the quantity of selectable material, you can look no further than to Inori’s transformation to monster Inori or crystal Inori or whatever for the subject for today’s post. Yes, let’s explore this topic in a positive manner.
The midway point in a season is about the fairest time to evaluate an anime since each show has had ample time to introduce its characters, establish its story, differentiate itself from the rest, and show enough to allow us to form proper judgment. Each show has had time to work out its kinks and oddities, too, as well as reveal its true self after spectacular or sluggish beginnings. Now that the Winter Anime season is well past its midway point, it’s time to take a moment and see how the anime we love and watch this season are performing and how they compare to each other.
Ever wonder why Guilty Crown feels so random all the time? Things seem to happen rather haphazardly, like the story is comprised entirely of separate and disjointed ideas. There is a general absence of explanations or logic behind each event and it feels like they were strung together with little care to transitioning between each. And while many of the ideas are fine on their own, they don’t necessarily match well with each other, especially when you try to connect recent episodes with more distant ones. What remains is a disorganized story that is confused on its direction. What could have caused such a calamity to happen?
Everyone should be considered a failure for allowing the current events in Guilty Crown to transpire. This totalitarian dictatorship developed through the pressure of the students during the miniature revolution, Shu’s lack of confidence and resolve, Yahiro’s hateful advice, and the fact no one ever tried to influence Shu or anyone in a positive way. The result of everyone’s combined efforts has created an autocratic society founded on fear, prejudice, and inequality.
Shu’s character development feels a bit like an unstable rollercoaster. Not only have we seen his progress go through ups and downs and venture all over the place but at times it feels very unsure of itself like it isn’t certain it wants to do the things it does or how it goes about implementing such developments. At first, you could understand where Shu was going as a character. Now, after the past few episodes or so, it has become muddled and irrational leaving Shu’s character to lose any established identity and causing him to suffer as a result.
Never would’ve thought that killing off my favorite character in any anime would actually help improve the show. But even since the first half of Guilty Crown ended, with Gai’s death among other tidbits, Guilty Crown has shown steady signs of improvement and had produced two respectable episodes since that point. Can’t believe I’m saying this but removing the best character from Guilty Crown has enriched this show significantly.