Guilty Crown Episode 18 – The New Boss
Holy shit, another episode of this show that didn’t completely suck ass through a straw – I honestly can’t believe this happened. A ton of shit still doesn’t make sense and a lot of things still seem really stupid, but I guess I’ll give this show the benefit of the doubt and wait until it’s over to tear into it’s ass about all of the crazy stuff that it leaves unexplained. And once again, why the hell did this need to be twenty two episodes? So much of the first 3/4 of it was completely unnecessary. It was generic, cliched, sloppy, and stupid, but here we are now with this show trying to make an effort to not suck. Why the hell did the first half even need to exist?
First off, what the hell is up with Arisa? I don’t know about anyone else, but to me it seems that she lead a rebellion against Shu just to get into Gai’s pants. The whole time she’s all over Not-Gai like Kallen on Lelouch as if she’s expecting him to marry her or something. Exactly where did this sudden infatuation come from, why is she so vehemently supporting Not-Gai now? I’m calling bullshit if she’s this much into him due to the whole thing on the cruise ship or something stupid like that. She’s never given any reason as to why she is so crazy about him, and how the hell did she even know he was coming back in the first place? She’s really become a cunt for no reason whatsoever in these past few episode. But goddamn, what is up with anything anymore? I mean, Japan’s being bombed, the GHQ is being told to support Not-Gai, he stops the missiles, he has his own secret service with matching uniforms – where the fuck did all of this come from? And I think it’s pretty clear that Not-Gai isn’t really Gai, hell he even says it to Ayase and Tsugumi. But what exactly is he, why is he ruling over the world with a bunch of giant satellites, who’s helping him do this, why does he want Inori? Goddamnit, I want some explanation about this shit!
Damn, there’s so much unanswered and unexplained shit that I can’t really say too much about anything. Like what the hell is Inori? If we work in the Rei angle, she’s probably the clone of Mana or whatever, but why the fuck is that important? She’s obviously losing her grip on her “real” self and turning more and more into whatever she really is, but what exactly is she. Hell, where the hell did he crazy-ass evolved form come from, since when could she do that? That really didn’t make any sense to me. First, she tells Shu that she’s never going to leave him, then ten seconds later is outside digivolving into MetalInori, what the fuck was up with that? That sure as hell was not explained even in the slightest. That whole scene was really unbelievable, because I was simply incapable of sitting there and excepting that this random off-the-wall bullshit was real.
Shu’s really fucked too. I mean, everyone just left him for dead; Neither Tsugumi, Argo, nor Ayase even attempted to locate him, let alone try to save him. Oh, and while we’re on the subject of Tsugumi – Really, show? Really? You’re really trying to sell me on Tsugumi x Daryl? Excuse me, but would you mind going to fuck yourself? Now back to Shu. He’s really fucked; he’s armless, even the people that still kind of liked him have abandoned him, and Inori probably isn’t coming back to him any time soon. Not to mention that it seems like his own mom was the reason behind him getting his arm cut off, even if it was to save him from the power it brings. So I’m kind of looking forward to whatever random plot device they throw in to give Shu the ability to go apeshit on everyone and take his badass revenge. He still doesn’t have his new crystal arm, but it’s coming and hopefully he’ll crush some skulls with it. However, Shu seems to be taking the fact that his arm has been lopped off, he has no power, and he has no friends pretty well. Hell, his morals are still intact enough to stop Inori from giving him a blowjob, because I guess giving blowjobs is evil or something. It’s probably bad writing, but he’s a pretty hardcore good guy to go through all of that stuff and still have the heart to give that kid his food and to still want to help Inori. If he’s really supposed to be a Shinji for the new generation, then he’s doing a hell of a lot better than his predecessor did in handling everything thrown at him.
Even though Shu was supposed to have changed a long time ago, he still seems pretty similar to how he was at the beginning of the show. Well, if it took the death of Asuka for Shinji to snap, maybe Inori’ll do the same for Shu. Even though this episode didn’t suck, it still wasn’t that great, because almost all of it was stuff that has yet to be explained. Not-Gai is now some kind of God-tier world leader, Inori could be badass a new X-men character, Arisa is still a bitch, and plenty of other stuff doesn’t make any sense. This show will have to have one hell of an ending to make up for how awful it was during it’s first half, but if it can just start explaining stuff and stop being sporadically stupid (which is a pretty tall order for this show to fill, I know) Then all my time watching this show might not have been spent in vain. But please either have a really awesome or a really horrible ending, don’t end up somewhere in the middle. I really want to either think that this show wasn’t complete shit, or be able to hate it with the fury of a thousand suns.