Guilty Crown Episode 20 – Exposition Before the Storm
Hmmm… trying to bring about the end of the human race for its own good, where have I heard that before? Oh yeah, the Human Instrumentality Project. Look, I’m not trying to nitpick things here, and I understand that there’s nothing new under the sun, but it’s just too similar to not point it out. However, I don’t think this show will have the balls to have an ending like Evangelion, so as long as it doesn’t completely rip off the ending, I won’t harp on it too much. But speaking of Evangeloin, did anyone else find this episode very reminiscent of the flashback episode in Evangelion that showed Gendo and Yui’s lives as scientists before they had Shinji? Once again, I’m not trying to find things to say this show is ripping off, but with all the other Evangelion-esqe things in this show, that really stood out to me.
Now, good God there was a lot of exposition in this episode. Basically, Gai is trying to start the Human Instrumentality Project, because he’s a crazy Evangelion fan. He also gives them Shu’s father’s diary, because he feels bad about how confusing this whole thing has been up until now. It appears Gai, who was adopted by Keidou, was actually a potential mate of Mana, who got the virus by getting cut with a meteorite, to bring about the Fourth Impact. So Gai is Keidou’s “son”, Keidou is Haruka’s sister, Haruka married Shu’s dad – Keidou’s best friend – after Shu’s real mom died from the Virus after birthing Shu. Jesus, are we writing a sci-fi soap opera here guys? My best guess would be that the writer they hired to do this episode was some middle-aged female Evangelion fanatic.
So let me try to make sense out of some of this. Mana got the virus form getting cut by the meteorite, that was pretty clear. But in the flashback in this episode, she looks the same age as she did in the flashback in episode twelve when Shu is about twelve or so, but but in this episode, he hasn’t even been born yet. Also, what the hell were they talking about when they said Shu was gathering the parts of Mana that were spread around into people’s voids, when the fuck did they ever say anything about that? A lot of people said that the government was manipulating Shu into getting him to do what they wanted him to do, but I don’t get how he was collecting Void Shards so Inori can become a full demon, I mean, a full bringer of the apocalypse.
So would someone please explain this to me, what the hell is Mana? I know that she’s the holder of the virus, and that She’s pretty much the Rei to this show’s Lilith, but where did she come from and why does she not age? Did the virus stop her growth or something? Dammit, please explain yourself, show, I really want to know what you’re trying to do here, I’m really trying to give you the benefit of the doubt and tell me what’s going on. I know you’re trying and you did an pretty good job at explaining some of what’s been going on, and I guess a big exposition dump is better than being left in the dark about everything until the last millisecond of the show. But was all this crazy stuff that happened in these past nineteen episodes worth this? Was it worth some sub-par ripoff of Evangelion?
And now we’re going in to the final showdown of the series. I honestly can’t see anything other than Shu saving everyone and sacrificing himself happening here. I mean, he’s already pretty much said that he’s willing to absorb everyone’s cancer to save their lives and was willing to fight Gai without his void powers, so I don’t think he has any qualms about biting the dust. And also, he’s not going to kill everyone else in the process, he’s going to end up giving their Voids back at the last second, because he’s somehow now some uber heightened morals Mr. Good Guy. What exactly made him want to reconcile with Souta anyway? They both tried to kill each other, so I don’t think that they’d really have too much of a friendship left to brag about. But hey, I guess if the plot calls for it.