Guilty Crown Episode 19 – Back in the Saddle
Thank you NicoNico, for finally getting this back up and running, because I hate wasting my time downloading this show. Damn, Shu is really one lucky son of a bitch isn’t he? His arm gets cut off, and he somehow doesn’t bleed out. He’s able to sneak into a heavily guarded Team Gai camp and kidnap someone without anyone noticing. And to top it all of he walks into a destroyed and burning building and has the very thing he needs literally land at his feet. Now if he can just get some tail before all of this is over and he dies Lelouch-style he’ll be all set.
But let’s talk about Shu for a second. In the past few episodes the show has tried to paint him as some corrupt power hungry ruler who’s taking advantage of his followers for his own gains. But even during those times, his personality was completely split from a dick to a stressed leader with no indication as to why he was behaving so differently. Remember when he supposedly “turned evil” when he learned that destroying a persons Void could kill them? Did he ever use it to kill anyone? No he didn’t. Other than Shu treating the students like they were part of some concentration camp, that was the only thing the show did to try to convince the audience that he was now “evil” or “power hungry”. The only problem is: he hasn’t done anything sense to corroborate that vision of him. Nowhere else in the entire series has Shu done anything that someone would consider evil.
Even now, when his fucking arm is cut off and he’s trapped in a military occupied city, he’s still the nice and understanding Shu that he’s been throughout the whole series. Anybody else in the world would have killed Arisa the second he got her away from everyone, but not Shu, he just wants to find Inori and his mom. He still, after all the shit he’s been through, wants to help everybody, and is even willing to die to do it. So I ask: why try to make him seem evil before? He’s obviously not some totalitarian dictator who loves being in power or something like that, so why did you need to make him like that for those few moments? It would have been much easier to have Shu reluctantly continue to use Voids because they were the students only chance to escape, and then have to students revolt against him because they found out that if their Void breaks, they die. The show didn’t need to make it seem like he deserved what he was getting, because he was never really anything like that. I don’t think Shu is evil, I just think that the writers of this show suck and they were trying too hard to make Shu seem like he was corrupted with those few scenes. Then, the second he gets betrayed – something which would make anyone else in the world (especially someone who’s supposedly power-hungry) angry and bitter – they go back to his original kindhearted character and personality. The writers of this show can’t be older than eight, I swear to God.
Now, let’s talk about Shu’s mom for a just a second. Well, she’s not really his mom, which serves absolutely no purpose in the story, but whatever. Fuck that dumbass bitch. A couple of episodes ago, she said something that alluded to the fact that she wanted Shu’s arm to get cut off because he wouldn’t have to bear to power of the Void Genome. And now, here comes the bitch with a new vial of the shit saying she wants Shu to use it, but is afraid that it’ll kill him. So why was she glad that he lost his power in the first place if she needs someone to use it now? Because she’s an idiot? Maybe so. Because this show has shitty writing? I think I’ll go with that one.
You know, I haven’t really talked about him too much before, but Segai was actually a pretty good villain, probably too good for this show. He isn’t some overly flamboyant evil to the nth degree villain like you’d expect from a show like this; instead, he’s actually pretty laid back and reflective. He isn’t the highest ranking person in the hierarchy either but he still doesn’t give a shit; he knows what he wants (whatever that may be) and he knows how he’s going to get it. I think he’s kind of like this show version of The Joker in a way. But are you really telling me that all of his evil shit he did was just to see the Void Genome or something? Come on, that really screws up a good villain, are you really just going to have all of his secrecy and planning end on him getting killed by Shu while driving a gas tanker?
Shu get’s his new crystal arm in this episode too, which is apparently his Void. Okay, so… his Void is an arm? I’d make some kind of masturbation joke, but that’s not all his arm does. It also absorbs everything around it or something of that nature, which includes the Crystal Virus Cancer stuff. Anyway, Shu’s back and he’s ready to kick Gai’s ass and save his girl. It seems that I was wrong about Gai himself, apparently, this is the “Real” Gai and he just used funeral Parlor to do what he wants. Okay, that makes no sense either, but once again, I’ll give this show time to explain itself. Sure, creating and entire clandestine organization to fight the government doesn’t really have anything to do with taking over the world with cancer, but I’ve heard of weirder schemes. I guess he wants to use Inori/Mana to use her virus to take over the world or something like that, but what exactly is he now? What the hell was Mana for that matter, just some crazy wincest virus-filled psycho-bitch? Please explain yourself, show. I don’t have much respect for you, but I’d still like to know what in the hell you’re trying to do.