Guilty Crown Episode 22 – Final
The final episode of a series that deals with a totalitarian oppression of the people and an evil horrendous scheme to destroy all of mankind for the sake of it’s own greater should probably end in either an awesome epic battle of good versus evil or the ultimate realization that fighting against the destruction of the human race is an utterly pointless venture, as we are simply prone to self destruction. Guilty Crown, however, ends in… neither of those.
But at least this episode finally admitted, “Yes, we’re ripping off End of Evangelion because we can’t write anything by ourselves that’s actually worth a damn. I mean, the whole “People will be joined together in the memory of the crystal” thing? Does that remind anyone of the sea of LCL? How about, all those magic purple moon beams turning people into crystal? Kind of resembled the giant Rei going around and turning everyone into LCL, if you ask me. However, while Evangelion’s ending was amazing – in a sick and bleak sort of way – Guilty Crown’s was just a standard kind of abstract ending that didn’t really make a whole lot of sense, but people will accept it because everything turned out okay for everyone. It seems that anime fans often treat any ending where someone dies, but other characters live on as the ideal type of ending. Just think about Madoka Magica, or Code Geass; a vast majority of anime fans like these endings because they aren’t too bleak, but it still isn’t the classic perfect fairy tale ending that people come to expect. Everyone’s happy and rich somehow, and even good ol’ Shu managed to make it out in one piece. Well, not really.
But how in the hell did Shu make it out okay? And for that matter, why is he suddenly blind for no reason? That was really out of fucking left field. But even more so than that, I really want to know exactly what the hell happened at the end. When Gai and Shu went to the magic Da’ath purgatory, Gai said that Mana’s destruction of humanity was inevitable, and if she was stopped she would simply be brought back again and again until she fulfilled her purpose. So he decided to be her death partner because he wanted Shu to stop him or something. To me, that doesn’t really make any sense, because if her cycle will never stop until she does what she was meant to do, how would it make any difference if Shu out of all people tried to stop her. Perhaps it has something to do with her vessel taking on human qualities that she shouldn’t have possessed and broke the cycle with the power of love, or whatever, but that’s only speculation, because the show doesn’t like explaining things too well. But what was that whole thing with him absorbing everyone’s Voids and Inori dispersing for no reason? I probably just haven’t been paying attention as well as I should have been.
Ever since early on in the series, the show has been on a tirade of bad storytelling and writing, and it continues on even until the end. People, if you want to know how not to write something, look no further than the story of Guilty Crown. for the first twelve episodes, the series was some big action sci-fi show with rebels trying to take on ‘the man’ and save the people. Then it turned into some crazy ass mind-fuck fest with so much random unexplained bullshit that you’d think it was preaching a new religion. Next it was an actually kind of decent claustrophobic struggle for power thriller type-thing. And finally we had more mind-fuck with a side of more random unexplained bullshit. Now, I don’t have a problem with movies of shows switching it up and changing it’s focus as the story continues, once again – Evangelion, but it still has to make sense in the context of the story. You can’t just sporadically jump to a different type of show that doesn’t mesh with the overall plot of the show. That would be like if in the middle of Fight Club, Edward Norton and Brad Pitt went on some random thirty minuet side story of starting their own soap business. But really, there’s so much stuff in this show that didn’t make sense that it would take me three hours just to put down all of the stuff that I can think of off the top of my head.
Finally, for a last episode, I thought this was a pretty weak attempt. Either way, Shu or Inori was going to die, and although I picked Shu as the most likely candidate, that doesn’t mean that I was surprised by Inori “dying” or whatever happened to her. And even then, I didn’t really feel too much of anything about it, maybe because she’s been such a boring brain-dead sex symbol for pretty much the entire show and I didn’t buy into the notion that she actually “loved” Shu. Shu was also a standard boring and weak protagonist. I, personally, don’t have any problem with this type of protagonist, but Shu went from a complete pussy, to a pussy with a magic hand, to some tyrannic overlord, and from where most people would have turned into a revenge seeking psychopath, into a perfect good guy again. To me it wasn’t believable at all, but hey, this is Guily Crown, the show that spent 98% of their budget on the animation and music then got the janitors in their studio to write the story for them, so it’s safe to say that most of the people who worked on this show weren’t thinking clearly.