Guilty Crown Episode 17 – Never Mind, He’s Good
Jesus bastardizing Christ, is it possible? A good episode? It seems almost impossible, but I think it really did just happen – I actually watched a good episode of Guilty Crown. Now, it wasn’t great, as I still don’t really understand any of the characters motivations and about 80% of what’s happened in this show hasn’t been explained, but for what this show has put out so far this is like episode 3 of Madoka Magica. Let me just say, this is what the entire series should have been. The whole first half of the series was completely pointless, as it was little more than Shu and Gai running around and blowing shit up with Funeral Parlor. The whole series should have been like this; a Lord of the Flies type of survival story mixed in with some classic “the end justifies the means” elements. But still, the characters motivations really don’t make too much sense.
So what happened after Shu discovered that he could kill people by destroying their Voids and laughed manically at the end of last episode? Absolutely nothing. He didn’t kill Argo, he didn’t behave any different – nothing. So why give us that bullshit cliffhanger that had him turning all super villain on us? It’s still really unclear as to why Shu is acting like such a dick, primarily because the show is giving conflicting answers. Shu states to Inori and during an inner monologue that he’s acting the way he is to save everyone. Now, if that’s the case, explain why you lost your shit when you found out you could kill people, Shu. Explain why you’re acting like such an asshole, be a real leader, take some notes from Rider why don’t you? Anyway, Shu’s beliefs and motives are still hella confusing, but maybe it’s because he flip flops so much. He’s never really the same person with anybody, which is pretty normal, but him being all “I’m going to fucking kill you if you don’t do what I want motherfucker!!!” and then running to Inori in their flower sex garden and saying “I’m such an asshole, why am I doing this?” is just retarded.
Shu also wises up and realizes “Hey, there is absolutely no reason for Yahiro to like me” and finally calls him out in. Like I said last week, Shu thinks that Yahiro has been manipulating him because he’s easily impressionable (and he very much is that) and calls out all of the shit that Yahiro has pulled on him throughout the series. At least Yahiro doesn’t bullshit him like he’s been doing the entire time and admits that he doesn’t really like him and he just wants everyone to survive, and even calls Shu out on being such a dick earlier. But wait, that doesn’t make sense at all, because Yahiro has always pushed the order and organization that they’ve created, why would he go all soft now? Goddamn, characters just don’t make sense these days. Anyway, the students are all planning their evacuation soon, but in the meantime, Arisa, who somehow actually wasn’t killed by Inori/Mana, gets the information to lead a revolt by having sex with that guy with those stupid glasses.
We have the big standard action scene with Shu once again claiming that he only want’s to save everyone, the ghost endlaves are destroyed and everyone is free to leave the wall… but not quite. Apparently people don’t like being rescued and decide to turn on Shu. It was fairly obvious that something like that was coming, but still it’s a pretty cool scene, even if it’s supposed to piss you off. But seriously, fuck all of these people. That guy you want to kill just saved every one of your sorry asses and you want to kill him because he’s been mean to you? Go fuck yourselves – it’s over, you’re free, what the fuck do you care, do you really resent the man who saved you that badly that you want to fucking murder him? Sure, he might’ve been a dick sometimes, but you assholes wanted him to be your leader, and he did save everybody he possibly could. Look, I’ve watched Evangelion, I know that people are assholes, but where does this logic stem from? Maybe it has to do with the Lord of the Flies environment of no consequences or something, but still, it seems kind of far fetched that everyone (even his secret service I’m assuming) wants to kill him, or at the very least leave in in the quarantine zone to die. Hell, even Argo was out there. What the fuck was his problem?! Shu could have very easily killed him but he didn’t, him wanting to attack Shu doesn’t make any sense. This show really seems to kind of overemphasize things that would probably happen in a situation like this, so maybe I’m just overlooking the big picture of this particular scene.
Obviously the Void death thing could play into these people’s motive, but how else did they thing they were going to get out? It’s not like dieing is a very far off concept in this situation either, what with this giant Wall of Death constantly moving towards you. I get that they’d definitely be pissed that something like that was kept form them, but that’s like a soldier being pissed of that he’ll die if his head gets shot. You’re in danger, you could die, it’s not like that’s something new to you is it? Either way, what other option do you have with a bunch of mechs and a deadly virus looming over you at all times? I don’t think guns would do much good in a situation like that. Of course Arisa is a fucking cunt for organizing this shit. Is this just because he upstaged he, or is does she really think he’s that horrible of a person? Surely someone in a leadership position like her would understand the stress he must have and the choices he’s had to make.
Well, while you’re wondering why everyone in this show is such a dick, we actually get some continuity from the last episode and Gai swoops down from the sky breaking up all of the soon-to-be-murderers. After all of the former Funeral Parlor members remind us who he is, he somehow stabs Inori with her Void, jumps down into the crater with Shu, greets him, and then…
He cuts off his fucking arm. Damn, now that really fucking sucks, and it was his writing arm too. But really, I’d be lying if I said expected that to happen. It’s also pretty violent considering how safe this show has been so far. Then Gai absorbs Shu’s Void-grabbing power into himself and Shu freaks out over his arm, which is rather justifiable. So now, maybe the show will rip of Star Wars and Shu will get a cool robot hand and matching glove to go with it. Maybe it’s just me, but the whole last act of this episode seems to be made to bring back everybody’s sympathy for Shu and make us see that he really wasn’t that evil. After all, it’s pretty hard to hate a guy who was just turned on by the people he led to safety and got his fucking arm cut off. Where the hell is this show going now? I couldn’t tell you in a million years.
I don’t really know what to make of this show now. It’s been so terrible and laughable for so long, I’ve having a hard time believing that this episode was actually decent. Of course even though the revolt was kind of cool, and Shu getting his fucking arm cut off was badass, this show is still so ridiculous that it doesn’t really make it seem worth the effort. I mean, Shu now has no arm, no power to draw out Voids, everyone has turned against him, Inori has been stabbed, and Gai is back to do… something. I really hope that this show can still pull out a decent ending, which seems impossible with it’s track record and all of that crazy unexplained bullshit in episode 12, but I guess anything’s possible if this show can have a decent episode after this long of sucking.