Guilty Crown’s return after a several week grace period from its horrid story is one which escalates the series, or rather, tunnels it into the questionable depths of siscon whilst all else remains incomprehensible.
The series previously left off with an explosive outbreak overtaking the city – little did we realize at the time this was in fact intended to foreshadow the demise of the plot in a fashion all so similar, imploding upon itself as it expands with air, a seemingly impulsive story which just progressively grows worse as it continues along, completely lacking of significant substance or reason for being. One could watch this entire episode intently and have it finish without catching any sort of serious development at all – feeling as if an empty 20 minutes have just went by.
These wispy 20 minutes do nothing more than show us a succession of obscure flashbacks which fail to do much but expose to us that the series’ pink haired heroine who is currently in captivity, Inori, is an artificial being formed from our cowardly main character’s expired elder sister. Shu stared at Gai whilst the two wasted time conversing as Inori was being kidnapped, as seen last episode, until Shu suddenly recalls Gai to be someone from his past – a fellow he formerly found close enough to call his “best friend”.
After realizing that Inori’s abductor is getting tired of waiting for the main character to finish his chat, Shu is then reminded by Gai to go save Inori – thus finally allowing Inori’s kidnapper to make a suspenseful escape.
As he does so, Shu tagged along somehow – entering an arcane nether-realm immersed in red where Inori is going to be “proposed to” for marriage and turned into her original identity, Shu’s sister. Yet Shu’s not accepting of this – making an attempt to battle back, only to be defeated like the weak and incompetent main character he is, though he need worry not as Gai arrives gallantly to the rescue, almost as if he was never in pain at all only a few minutes ago from being blasted at point blank range with magical laser weaponry.
Thus a generic fight goes on while Shu idles idiotically in the center of it all – trying to remember his past as it has abruptly become critical to the story according to Gai. Conveniently, Shu then begins to remember it all – the aforementioned facts of Gai having been his “best friend”, as well as how they met. However that is merely fodder for the second item of dire importance he comes to recall, an incident in which his older sister’s scheme of having intercourse with him fails – ultimately resulting in the tragic event known as Lost Christmas.
Now having recalled his childhood, action breaks out as Shu strives to save Inori – however, seemingly killing Gai in the process, as per Gai’s own will, as Gai wished to die in such an overly dramatic manner for no clear reason, leaving the episode to conclude with Shu and a rescued Inori crying at the loss of their blonde haired friend.
While it is expanding, Guilty Crown’s plot is being filled with nothing more than air – it’s like a balloon on the verge of bursting from being filled with so much of nothing. A total of 12 episodes in at this point and what has one come to learn or see accomplished within this series?
Shu has a sadist sister who wanted an incestual relationship with him, failed, and brought about a destructive viral infection – and then, the one who Shu devotedly looked up to as he had no dreams or aspirations of his own has died, now effectively leaving him an individual without any personal motivation or determination, save for ensuring the well-being of this artificial organism crafted from his now deceased sister.
The plot is a complete mess – yet at least this episode set the stage for fresh opportunity, allowing the series to go whatever direction it wants from now on without worrying about Gai’s, or rescuing Inori’s.