Guilty Crown – 05 Review
Shuu is a jerk and he has no qualms about using every possible opportunity to tell everyone that…
Guilty Crown 05: Cheating Is Also Appropriate Now
Shuu continues to disregard any notion of politeness or taking a hint when needed. As the girl in the wheelchair tries to make a fighter out of him everybody quickly realizes that Shuu is a failure in every sense of the word. Spending a whole episode failing at everything, I guess, everybody was pretty happy to hear how Shuu actually passed the final test – by cheating. And still everyone’s impressed. Because actually nobody could’ve passed that test which I think is very telling in terms of what secretly everyone wanted to happen. But he cheated and he won. And Shuu gets sentimental realizing that betraying these people might be not the gentleman-way of handling trust and loyalty.
Shuu enters the terrorist’s hideout still unsure what to do with the device the evil wacko from last episode gave him. Gai explains to everone that he has a plan and has it pretty much all covered. There are 145 alternative plans and everybod needs to know all of them. Because Gai only wants supermen and superwomen on his team. And he tells Two-Wheels to train Shuu because right now he’s a complete loser. After training for some days everybody agrees – that Shuu will never be anything else but that actually. But still they set up a final test which nobody ever passed. Of course Shuu is about to lose, not because of the odds, though, but because he’s doing everything wrong that he could possibly do wrong (so it’s just like his normal life actually…!). But then he has the brilliant idea to – cheat! He runs to this dude and draws a Void out of him – which apparently is the kind of Void useful in his particular situation (how convenient!). Using the Void he passes the test and everybody applauds him reluctantly. Only Two-Wheels is all honey and soap telling him that it’s okay to cheat since using Voids is just the kind of shit Shuu would do.
On another note Gai is in trouble… Meh, actually, not really… but you should pretend to be surprised when it’s revealed in the next episode.
So… basically nobody likes you, Shuu… I know, tough shit but you can at least try to not be such an asshole all the time, can’t you?!
I have to admit: Shuu is a jerk. I don’t know how this show will ever convince me to root for this idiot. First he’s rude – and then he whines about people not liking him. But in the next minute he pities himself for being so rude in the beginning. That’s the kind of dialogue-progression that just calls for someone to tell him to shut up. And I know because I think that all the time when he opens his mouth. Especially this episode which is centered around Shuu getting emotionally involved with the terrorists.
It’s again one of the bad episodes, I have to say. It made a new mistake, I would say and that’s being utterly boring. This episode was a textbook-episode of just doing what every series in this situation would do without adding any substance to the whole thing. This episode sleepwalks through Shuu’s development telling you in a tired bored voice: Here’s the joke, here’s the emotional moment, here’s the awkward romance moment, here’s the jealousy-scene and so on. There’s no effort of any kind to be seen here. This is the passionless generic ‘Been there, done that’-approach. Guilty Crown isn’t doing itself much of a favour by being so generic that it’s not only becoming predictable to anime-fans but becomes boring for everyone.
Disappointment is probably the only reaction Shuu will ever get from his audience…
I already mentioned how Shuu again (!) took the cake for ‘worst character of this show’ easily by being such an asshole about everything. I understand when a character is sort-of anti-social and shy and all that… but Shuu is nuts! Really, that guy is insanely anti-social! He might have Aspergers Syndrome or some shit like that because he isn’t Rain Man (that’s Inori) but his social awkwardness borders on simply incapability to show empathy in any way. In this episode Shuu does everything wrong and hearing him talk shows you an atrocious lesson of how nobody should behave. The rest of the characters reacted accordingly to Shuu of course although my reaction would’ve been harsher at the end of the day because he has no redeeming value. He sucks at everything – except Void-related stuff.
And that’s how this episode has its decisive moment when Shuu is confronted by Steiner (the super-Mecha the terrorists own strangely). Okay, I have to admit that I had trouble understanding the logic of this scene. They get a new recruit like Shuu who sucks at everything – and his final test is doing something nobody has ever done before? This makes no frigging sense! He can’t succeed! And ignoring this point for a moment, if he has to succeed in this scene: Wouldn’t it be better that he’s doing it without his Void-abilities? I mean, the way this episode ends is telling you that Shuu is bad at everything – except Voids. And those are pretty much randomly generated. Shuu has no idea that he can draw stuff out of some teenager which will prove to be useful. Naturally he does exactly that in this fight, though, which bothered me also because I couldn’t believe that this guy who he got it from was 17. And we saw him talking to Shuu earlier about this but there wasn’t any hint that Shuu knew which Void he had, right? He spontaneously decided in the battle to give it a try. This is some really crappy storytelling Guilty Crown is doing here and I can’t say that I’m happy about it.
Another important point was that the terrorists have a plan – which also has a special name. It’s not any plan, it’s the Leucocytes-plan (go to Wikipedia if you want to know what those are, in short they are the good guys killing bad guys in your blood and they are really brutal)! And this plan involves everybody learning 145 alternative plans for all kinds of scenarios (perhaps they should wait a few years to finish preparing for all 145 possibilities). Okay, that’s of course the kind of exaggeration that’s simply hilarious because nobody would call that a plan. No one can think of 145 possible plans at once which are what will become necessary when they start executing this Leucocytes-Plan. I also doubt that 145 really are all the possibilities that could happen in reality. Besides there’s the old rule that no plan survives contact with the enemy and this plan smells of a good lack of improvisation. And it’s really hilarious to see exactly that happen in this episode. They don’t really waste time telling you how idiotic the notion of such a plan is.
Gai is in danger – or something. Of course we know that he’s not dead and the next episode may start with Gai trying to look cool while wasting the audience’s time with his long-winded explanations for why he’s not dead. At this point I don’t give a shit about stuff like that. I already know how this series treats its logic and it was made pretty clear that the series explains things when it wants to and only in a way that’s convenient for the story.
The fifth episode in one word: boring. This episode that wants to deal with Shuu becoming a terrorist and becoming an accepted member of the Funeral Parlor is simply ridiculous. Shuu’s unlikeable personality make all the dialogues of his a pain to watch. The rest of the cast are a gathering of generic one-note-characters. Only Inori is worse than all of them together. This episode actually made me hate the series even more. So I hope the series picks up again its action-story next episode and doesn’t dwell on Shuu too much from now on. He’s a jerk and I don’t care about him. But he’s the main-character which means that the story’s focus on Shuu was a stupid decision.