Mar 23, 2012

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Guilty Crown episode 22

Not bad, absolutely not bad at all. It has been a very long time since I enjoyed Guilty Crown this much, but it’s too bad that it was the final episode. The ending was very touching and it’s certainly not something that will be forgotten soon. So all in all I think it’s a success. The show’s ratings have been fluctuating a lot, but they have always been above average.  I guess that’s because it turned out to be a pretty good anime, congrats!

The final battle was indeed at hand. It was between Shu, Gai and Mana. Now, Mana, being the very definitely of evil, started her little apocalypse as soon as she “woke up”. I’m not sure how many people died before Shu managed to finish things, but there must’ve been several hundreds, or perhaps even thousands that lost their lives.

The battle itself was pretty intense. A lot of emotions clouded Shu’s judgement at first. He needed to remember why he was fighting in the first place, and it took Inori to remind him of that. He found Inori’s hidden message just in time, because otherwise things would’ve gotten very ugly. I didn’t want to see Gai die, but I was glad to see him go. He’s always been more of an eyesore to me.

After that, Shu decided to shoulder everyone’s burden by absorbing all of their ‘cancer’. It isn’t actually cancer, but what else could we call something that turns a human’s body into crystals? Anyway, it was very noble of him, especially when he was completely willing to sacrifice himself to save all those lives. There was not a second where he hesitated to sacrifice himself, now that’s what I call a hero!

I still don’t entirely get this, but it seems to me like Mana, the evil villain of the show, got defeated a little bit too easily. Hell, I didn’t even realize that she was defeated until I saw the credits. It was really strange, but alright, I’ll go with the flow. I just wanted to see a little bit more of that, you know, especially after they made such a big fuss about her awakening.

There’s only one thing that I’m a little disappointed about… I wanted to see Inori-chan again! I really hoped that Shu would find a way to spare her life, a way for Inori to regain control over her own body. But no, it seems that poor Inori-chan is really gone for good. I realized that when I saw that building collapse. I knew immediately that Inori wouldn’t return. Still, I’m glad that Shu, despite his history of strange mood swings, made it out alive, even though he probably was planning on killing himself to save the others. I guess Inori-chan just wouldn’t allow it.

The show was pretty good. There were times where I lost a bit of interest in it. Like when Shu kept changing his mind and all, but I’m really glad that I held in there. Both the story and the artwork turned out to be really good, so I have no regrets here. To those who have been following my Guilty Crown posts; thanks for hanging in there, hehe.

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Mar 16, 2012

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Guilty Crown episode 21

Ugh… What the hell? I just finished watching this week’s episode of Guilty Crown and I noticed that I actually enjoyed most of it. That’s what’s wrong with this show; people just don’t know who to like and who to dislike. But it’s not so bad now, now that we know who the real bad guys are.

The time has come for the final battle to take place, a battle that doesn’t just decide the fate of the show’s main character, but the fate of each and every living thing on the planet. I was reluctant to admit it, but I guess Shu really has grown during these last couple of episodes. He no longer hesitates when making a decision, he no longer questions people’s motives, no… He just acts on behalf of his own sense of justice. That’s what I would like to see from the start, not that bad and good again bullsh*t. Make a choice and stick with it, no matter what people say or do.

Meanwhile Gai finally set things in motion for Inori’s death. Seems like a terrible way to go; being devoured by evil that’s about to destroy life on the planet. Inori didn’t struggle much though, she was just happy that she, thanks to Gai, managed to meet Shu and fall in love. I guess she never thought that she would ever fall in love with anyone, you know, being ‘special’ and all. It’s really sad when you think about it. I think she had very few happy moments, seeing as she’s probably been fighting that monster inside of her from the very beginning. That’s a heavy burden to carry, especially for a young girl.

Also, the fight between Shu and that little blonde brat didn’t make us any wiser. Sure, we saw just how twisted that guy was, using his followers like mere tools and all, but we didn’t get to see whether Shu really defeated him or not. Shu fired some kind of energy blast at him, causing him to stop fighting and disappear. What kind of conclusion is that? At least tell us if he’s dead or not. I think that’s pretty important information at this point.

Anyway, I digress… It all comes down to this: I liked this week’s episode. Sure, there were some things that I would’ve rather seen and/or not seen, but that is beyond my control. I only voice my opinion on the matter. I would like to end this poist by saying one final thing; Inori, from what we’ve seen, appears to have been devoured by Mana. Fine, but didn’t Mana live inside Inori all this time? By that logic, wouldn’t that mean that Inori now lives inside Mana? There is a possibility for Shu to reverse that transformation if that’s true, I hope.

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Mar 10, 2012

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Guilty Crown episode 20

Now this is what I call a surprise. It’s been some time now since I enjoyed watching Guilty Crown as much as I did now. This week’s episode was full of surprises. It was rather nice to get to know more about Shu’s parents and whatnot. I just hope that they can keep it up until the end, because that could leave me with a pretty good impression of the show in general.

It seems that Koudou and Kurosu were good friends back in the day. Both of them were scientists and both of them were working on all sorts of projects regarding that strange virus. I still don’t fully understand the situation between Koudou and Kurosu in which they grew apart. To me it just seems that Koudou was simply hungry for power and knowledge. Kurosu was hungry for knowledge too, but for the right reasons. He just wanted to get to know more about that virus in order to help humanity. He never wanted an army of Void users. No, that was all Koudou’s work. Including this whole Gai situation, it’s all Koudou’s doing.

Still, this week’s episode wasn’t all that depressing. Some of it was pretty funny, like that scene where Shu’s parents were, ahem, getting to know one another a little bit better. I don’t think that that was the turning point for Koudou though. It was when that blond kid showed up, telling them everything about this virus. He even told them about Mana and Shu, and how they’re conntected together. That’s how Gai came into the picture. They were just trying to find an “Adam” for Mana, their “Eve”. I just don’t see the point though. Why initiate another “Lost Christmas” attack on a worldwide-scale? Absolutely no good can come of it.

It’s all up to Shu now. He has the ability to keep everyone’s Void with him, no matter where he goes. However, if he were to die than so will they. It’s a double edged sword, but their options have pretty much run out by now. I’m not going to root for him though. I did that last time, after which he turned into a monster, just like Gai. No more rooting from me, buddy.

We’ll see what happens. Shu has a few more days until the apocalypse. He will have to save Inori from being taken over by Mana, defeat Gai and defend himself against Koudou and probably that mysterious blond kid. It’s not going to be easy for him. He’s just going to have to pull through this with whatever support he can get. Can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m actually looking forward to next week’s episode!

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Mar 3, 2012

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Guilty Crown episode 19

Ah, here’s my weekly dose of corruption and betrayal. It’s funny, really funny… Shu becomes the hero again and suddenly the show’s rating skyrocket up again. I say it here and now; I don’t have any faith in that boy. His attitude keeps changing more than he changes his underwear, I bet.

The episode itself was pretty amusing, I’ll give ‘em that. I have come to think that Gai has been evil all along. He always had an affinity for power. I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out that he survived due to him coming across a bit of power. Fact is; the man is corrupt, evil and hungry for more and more power. It’s only a matter of time before all that power backfires on him. Not just that, he has also made a lot of new enemies. The funny thing about power is, is that there’s always someone waiting around the corner that’s stronger than you. I’m sure that he’s going to find out the hard way.

Meanwhile Shu’s mother was fleeing for her life after having escaped the facility with the last vial of the Void Genom. She planned on finding someone to give it to, hoping he/she would become strong enough to defeat Gai and Koudou. However, giving it to Shu wasn’t the smartest thing. Injecting him with that for the second time could prove to be very lethal, which is why she wanted to give it to Ayase-chan. Ayase was willing to carry this burden that they call the Void Genom. It’s too bad that Makoto didn’t want her to possess those powers, after which he and his men opened fire in order to prevent her from getting injected. He has always been a strange man, ever since he first appeared.

You’d think that he would want those powers for himself, but no… He wanted Shu to have it. That’s why he didn’t put a fight when Shu showed up to inject himself with the last vial of Void Genom. Things are about to get a little bit more chaotic, especially now that Shu has got Void powers again. However, his powers are not the same as before. Sure, he can draw out people’s Voids, but he takes on their burdens as well. He used Souta’s Void, amonst several others. By doing that he took on all of his burdens, including the cancer he had before Shu took it over. That is quite the new ability he has, my god…

Don’t get me wrong; Guilty Crown is a very good anime, but for me it’s not the type of anime that I would look forward to all week, unlike Inu x Boku SS and High School DxD. But that’s just my taste of course, as everyone has his or her own taste. It is something we all have to respect, one way or the other.

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Feb 25, 2012

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Guilty Crown episode 18

Here we go again with all the mayhem, betrayal and confusing twists. I had hoped for a reasonable explanation as to what Gai is doing, but I guess that will have to wait. It’s not that the story has suddenly become chaotic, oh no. I’m just having trouble with the fact that they’re constantly switches bad guys. First it was the Anti-bodies, then Shu, and now it’s Gai’s turn.

Gai’s powers seemed a little bit different than Shu’s, despite having taken Shu’s powers. Gai doesn’t need to make physical contact in order to draw out a person’s Void, because he can take them from a distance. I’m not sure that this was his plan all along, or if Koudou is somehow behind it all. I wouldn’t be surprised anymore. That other Void user could’ve healed Gai, brainwashed him and control him for all I know. The first two options seem reasonable, but I doubt that I’m right with the third. Gai simply knows too much about the current situation to be controlled by anyone.

The chaos just wouldn’t end. The whole world was silent as Gai told them to mind their own business. He destroyed an entire fleet to make sure that every other nation stays out of this. You know, he can control that power pretty darn well, for a guy who’s never had such powers. Which is why I suggested possibility number three earlier.

Old man Okina, Arisa’s grandfather, was sick and tired of sitting on the side-lines. He decided to take matters in to his own hands by visiting his granddaughter. That psychotic slut deserves death, which is why I got all the angrier when she ended up killing her grandfather instead. The old man should’ve taken her life, not the other way around.

Meanwhile Gai was trying to get a hold of Inori. He wanted her alive, no matter what. I now understand why. I think Inori is the source of that strange crystal virus, because that would explain why her song could cure people from it. Also, she can harvest similar powers in order to attack her enemies. It’s strange, but she really does love Shu. She was willing to sacrifice herself just to ensure his survival.

The only thing I see coming now is a conflict between Gai, Inori and Arisa. Gai wants Inori, despite the fact that he sees her as a monster. Inori wants Shu. Arisa wants Gai, but is bothered by the fact that he wants Inori. Sigh… I guess we’ll have to see what happens next week in Guilty Crown.

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Feb 18, 2012

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Guilty Crown episode 17

Sigh… Does anyone still enjoy Guilty Crown? I sure don’t. I also see that the show seems to have dropped in ratings. It used to have an eight+, but now it doesn’t even have an eight. The show has become irritating, dull, predictable and unnecessarily complicated. Hell, I’m not sure I’m going to continue with my Guilty Crown posts for much longer.

The story continues as Shu falls only deeper into the rabbit hole. I’m not planning to sit around and wait to see where that’ll take him. He needs to change, soon! This episode truly brought out the worst in me, as I had no fun watching it. It seems that all of the students are getting fed up with Shu, and their patience to remain silent is running out. He may have the power to draw out Voids, but what use is that when he has nobody around?

Anyway, poor Arisa-chan seems to have been broken as well. Inori’s attempt to take her life must’ve left a really big impact. She is scared, confused and does no longer see things clearly. At one point she started using her body in order to get what she wants. How damaged must a person be to sleep around with people like that? I understand that they’re in the middle of a war, but come on… sleeping with your fellow students in order to gain a little bit of information about their leader? Sick.

Shu must’ve noticed that the students were getting fed up with it all, which is probably why he decided to finally march out in order to escape from that forsaken city. He gave out his last commands as their leader in order to reach the control tower to take out the enemy’s machines. Destroy the control tower and you destroy the machines. Things were still going according to his “plan” at this point, but that soon changed when they actually managed, with great sacrifice I might add, to defeat their enemy. Even though the actual enemy isn’t actually the defeated, but oh well…

However, things soon took a turn for the worse as the students aimed their guns at Shu. It seems that Arisa has been planning to overthrow Shu all this time, regaining her old position by doing so. This was to be expected, he definitely had it coming. Still, I didn’t expect a brainwashed Gai, who we all thought was dead, to show up during their little coup d’état. I never would’ve imagined him to be alive, let alone to show up at such a time to chop off Shu’s right hand in order to take his powers.

Like I said; the show has becoming unnecessarily complicated and difficult to watch. I would’ve dropped the show right away, if it weren’t for the fact that I hate giving up halfway. I don’t see a way for Shu to recover from this. He lost his powers, his friends and nobody has the ability to restore a person’s hand, let alone his power to draw out Voids. Well, maybe his mother has that ability, but I have very little faith in that woman.

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Feb 10, 2012

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Guilty Crown episode 16

Alright, I’m afraid that I’ll have to keep this post short and simple. It’s not because I lack the time, it’s merely because I lack the motivation. Needless to say that I did not enjoy this week’s episode of Guilty Crown as much as previous episodes, otherwise I would’ve been a bit more cheerful about it. It’s not like I didn’t see it coming, we all knew that Shu changed during last week’s episode.

Yes… Shu changed alright. He changed into a monster that ranks people based on their Void’s power. Those weak with Voids are treated as slaves and are used to do all the dirty work. I can’t believe that I actually thought that this method could actually work, damn that Yahiro for ever bringing it up! It also feels like Yahiro is pulling some of the strings, you know… “The man behind the man” type of situation. At least that’s what it seems like to me.

Things got even worse when Arugo, an old Funeral Parlor member, showed up to bring back Arisa home under the request of Okina, her grandfather. Things escalated when Arugo spoke back to Shu and ignored his orders. Sure, Shu didn’t kill him, but he did lock him up behind bars.

Shu ruled with an iron fist, the same fist that still ended up being the death of many innocent students. Okay, so he didn’t kill them personally, but he was playing with their lives by letting that virus do its thing. Eventually it went too far, causing one of the students to die due to the virus. He saw it happen right before his very eyes, and it seemed like the old Shu was returning, but no such luck. Shu remained the same tyrant that we’ve come to know and hate.

Things will only go downhill from here if he doesn’t quickly change back to his usual self. People will die eventually, be it because of a virus or natural causes, it doesn’t matter in a time of war. However, Shu is not used to all of this, which is why he snapped. He even threatened to discipline Ayase-chan, one of his closest friends and one of my favourite characters on this show.

I doubt that I’ll ever enjoy this show as much as I did before for as long as Shu stays like this. Still, things are about to happen as his enemies are planning to unleash something else. And worst of all; his mother is still involved. God only knows how he’ll react to that. Either way; I think we can expect a few more dramatic episodes by the looks of it.

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Feb 3, 2012

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Guilty Crown episode 15

Finally! Been looking forward to the new Guilty Crown episode all week, but what I found was not so nice. The episode was good, but what happened was not. I sat on the edge of my seat during this episode, which doesn’t happen all too often.

The story continues as Yahiro tried to convince Shu to prioritize the students from strongest to weakest. Shu wasn’t sure what to do with this idea. He kept saying that it sounded too discriminating. I agree that it’s a little bit discriminating, but in times of war there’s no need for weak and useless “weapons”. If you want to defeat the best, you got to use to best. Too bad Shu doesn’t share my vision.

Time passes as word about the ranking system spreads, causing the weaker students to panic. A small group, led by Souta, came to Shu, asking him if he would draw out there Voids so that they could practice to become stronger. He understood why they asked it, but it’s reckless to let inexperienced students use their Voids unsupervised. Still, Shu ended up trusting them.

Yeah… they wanted to practice… not! Those fools didn’t want to practice at all, because they left the school to find the abandoned hospital in order to retrieve some vaccines. Shu found out that they lied to him and he went after them right away. Things quickly turned for the worst when the Anti-Bodies found them and started their head-on attack. They couldn’t do much else but run away whilst the stronger ones covered them. This is where things went horribly wrong, you see; Hare, who was trying to repair a car, ended up getting wounded when that car blew up. Shu tried to save her by jumping in front of her during the blast.

You’d expect these two to be just fine, right? However, Hare decided to use the last minutes she had in this world to heal Shu with the use of her Void. She managed to save his life at the cost of her own. Shu was shocked and ended up going berserk. He walked up to Inori, forcibly drew out her Void and attacked every single Anti-Body soldier in sight. That bit was awesome. Shu completely changed that very moment. The death of Hare was too much for him to handle, it seems to have changed him into some heartless monster. That’s kind of tragic when you think about it, because he got this far because of his personality.

This week’s episode was truly tragic, but sacrifices have to be made in time of war, that’s just unavoidable. Also; the good always die young, right? I’m not sure I want to see next week’s episode, not after how Shu changed, but I have no choice, as I’m completely hooked. Oh god!

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