Guilty Crown is rather guilty of a lot of things – unfortunately they’re not all positive, this sixth episode of the series comes not only packed, but bloated with horribly generic action and brotherly love.
We were practically gagging from the remedial sight shown before us bearing the title “Guilty Crown” – the series did indeed have a relatively strong showing for its previous five installments, yet this one is different for the worst, with the most unique and thrilling scene of them all being cyberneko Tsumugi’s elastic strip tease maneuvers. Yet even after we say this, one must keep in mind that a single episode sporting cliché themes in every sense of the word, does not equal a bad series.
This may simply be a stepping stone to much greater things – saving the innovative excellent for later on, or so we hope.
Looking forward and focusing on what the series offers us this round, generic or not, it continues directly where left off prior. An area in which Gai was awaiting with reinforcements was attacked – as cyberneko breaks the news, everyone rushes over to a monitor, communications are once again connected, and quite expectedly, a main character did not die.
Gai is still as alive and arrogant as ever – he returns in a flash and operations roll on. The mercenary crew’s next mission is to attack a base for who knows what reason – Gai mentions there to be a five percent or higher chance of certain casualties, and with that, the star of the show is upset. Shu, being the good guy main character, detests the pre-determined number of deaths – prompting him to refuse his willingness to join in on the operation.
Though of course, someone responds with disagreement – after but a brief quarrel, our impudent main man is defeated by words.
He heads out to enjoy some time alone – not more than a second passes before the deceiving Inori appears beside him, she says some things the series won’t share, keeping it a secretive affair of conventional status. Inori is clearly not all that she seems – in one way or another, whether for a righteous cause, or she’s simply a sadist, she’s lying. About what? We’re not sure, since the series seems to not be willing to share certain discussions with the viewer – however actions do indeed speak louder than words.
Inori acts unusual, and she does much behind the backs of others.
Having been instructed by Inori to “do as she says”, we subsequently see our sorry main character Shu eavesdropping on Gai who is, for whatever senile purpose, emotionally speaking to himself out loud. Afterwards, Shu reveals himself and they exchange several punches of mutual understanding, before making a pact of brotherhood.
As the action finally gets underway, what are we to say – it’s the highly repetitive Rambo kill ‘em all ordeal. The absolute worst segment, laughably idiotic even, is the one of which Inori dual wields pistols – saying something along the lines of “I don’t want to kill you, but I will if I have to”. That was indeed a short spectacle done in a fashion masterfully overused and unsatisfying. If anything, that made us think less of the series as it simply added to the fact that all the “good” characters seem to be invincible.
Making your characters invincible is the epitome of terrible – and Guilty Crown spectacularly does just that in this episode. We were under the assumption this wasn’t a conventional shounen series – however if this episode is any indication for the remainder of what we are to see, than it seems we were wrong.
Ultimately, Shu pulls out a thunderous obscure object from Inori’s chest – using it, he fires lasers at an incoming satellite about to crash, saving Gai in the process, and above all, ending the episode in as lackluster a manner as can be. All the while, forming a three-way bond between Gai, Shu, and Inori – this sort of relationship is something we’ve seen in other series, and it never ends well.
Besides the not so satisfying action, we must again commend the excellent choreographic ability of cyberneko – and with that, we not too eager await the seventh upcoming episode.