Tossing away any chance of success, Guilty Crown takes a plunge into despair – not necessarily in that the story has become that awful, although it actually has, yet the hero has gone pointlessly senile to worsen things.
Most of the episode is fruitless filler material with an “unforeseen revelation” at the end – a turn of events all so bland, one can hardly be bothered one way or the other.
Shu neither agrees with nor shoots down Yahiro’s proposal of ranking everyone based on the power of their Void. He merely dawdles on the idea – concurring with anyone who asks him about it, regardless of their stance, and does this for a hefty portion of the episode until his inability to come to a definitive choice becomes the point of plot interest.
As for his own position on the matter, he remains indecisive – thinking that it could perhaps be an unfair form of discrimination, yet at the same time, the situation is of course not getting better as days go by, meaning they have no choice but to take some sort of action which will ensure their most valuable assets, in this case being those with the most powerful Voids, survive. He knows this – however he simply cannot bring himself to accept the Void ranking, nor deny it for that matter.
His annoying loudmouthed friend is clearly quite upset over the idea and hoping that Shu doesn’t pass it as he realizes his Void is worthless as it can’t do much more than open cans. Certainly it would seem greedy for him to feel that way simply as he alone would be at disadvantage, yet it is a survival situation – and expectedly, everyone will want the best for themselves, on the brink of death or not. Shu assures his friend that he will not pass the ranking – however his friend continues to get arrogantly worked up.
All the while, whilst some worry about issues Shu will decide on, and Shu himself is concerned over what option to select in regards to those problems, others are concerned with Shu himself. The busty and indeed beautiful Menjou Hare is completely swamped in thought over Shu’s current state – as usual, trying to consider a variety of Shu related topics all at once, ranging from how he feels, whether he’s in a romantic relationship with Inori, if he’s feeling fine, if he’s X, Y, or etc.
Her obsession with our cowardly wimp of a main character has been fruitless thus far, yet as the cyberneko Tsumugi encourages her to share her feelings with him – shortly thereafter does she actually do so, even though unintentionally.
One might have noticed Hare receiving an oddly large amount of screentime – and sure enough does this come with good reason as soon seen.
The weaklings with useless Voids all gather and head out idiotically across the city, randomly in search of an antidote without any actual idea of where to find it or what it looks like. However one need not pick at the small details of Guilty Crown as shortly will it give us a grand spectacle to criticize in constructive fashion.
Shu heads out to halt the idiots, and in the process of doing so, they’re all attacked by the GHQ – which quickly then leads to the third “heartfelt” death of a “significant” character, Hare and Shu take a hit from an explosive projectile, injuring them both severely. Staring at her love about to pass away before her eyes, all whilst seeing the light herself, Hare uses the remaining ounce of energy she has to save Shu through usage of her Void.
Now before going further, we have to mention this scene is plain atrocious. Hare never had any meaningful build up – we could care less about the fact that she died because she was never given a reason to live to begin with. She was no more than a spare character tossed in for the sake of complicating Shu’s siscon romance – and similarly, she ends up rotting away as worthlessly as was her role in the anime. It felt as if she were impulsively killed off as she had no shining moment within the anime beside the single scene many episodes ago when she unveils her enormous breasts.
It’s insulting for Production IG to even include this scene as if it actually had value to the plot.
And Shu is still an incompetent imbecile as well – seeing the girl he ignored the entire series finally lifeless beside him and then wither away in his arms, he breaks down momentarily before going into the generic hysteria induced rage against the world mode where he wants to blame all his problems on other people and act tough because he proved unable to protect a girl who he neglected to her death.
The irony of it all is that her emotions still go wasted as Shu has yet to recognize them well past her lifespan – she died saving him, and rather than become heroic, he merely adds an attitude problem atop his current status of whiny teenager.
Production IG failed massively here, more so than they’ve done already, as it is not a “shocking plot twist” nor a “turning point” to see Hare’s death, the intended climax of the episode, as Hare never had substance in the story from the start.
Shu remains on the wrong path. He went from cowardly, to arrogant and crude – it’s as if he found himself heading in the wrong direction to the East, turned around, passed right by the proper road the North when he was briefly gaining confidence, and went the other direction to the West, which also happens to be incorrect. An utter fail.
We’re not looking forward to the next episode for anything more than to ridicule it.