An anime of sex for power, Guilty Crown, returns inciting tears in its viewers – not out of touching story or happiness, but rather tragedy, not in story however, yet tragedy in that the anime is just that bad.
Nobody really cares about whether or not an anime has rehashed elements in it. They just don’t, because that’s not what matters to them. Never has, never will – and that’s really great in the case of Guilty Crown as it boasts a river full of them.
Yet moving along, what is important to them you might ask? Fair question, and one that can be summed up with a simple, one-word answer: Execution.
Really, we mean it. It’s all about how you come across to people and connect with them in a way that doesn’t have them feeling utterly bored or downright betrayed (Here’s looking at you, Zexcs). Take an unbelievably generic anime with virtually nothing unique to its name, put it in the hands of the right person(s) (Here’s looking at you, White Fox), and I will almost guarantee you to a spellbinding experience that will keep you glued to your seat from beginning to end.
By stark contrast however, you’ve the anime that tries so hard to be something fresh and new that the execution is near dead in the water from the get-go. And so we come to Guilty Crown, whose latest episode has us asking… why?
The latest trend in a downwards spiral of self-deriding disappointment and naivety finds our now one-armed protagonist screaming in pain, while Gai – whom we can only presume to be some brainwashed puppet of the uninteresting puppet masters, whose goals are… what again? – sports his new white-haired arrogance and Void powers by shooting down an attacking fighter plane with a freakin’ missile. Never been one for subtlety, has he?
Naturally Arisa – you remember, that long-haired chick who sold her once virgin body to some loser for some info – is all over Gai, ready to jump him at the slightest incentive. Does he seem to give even the slightest crap about her in response? …I don’t really need to say it, do I?
On to larger matters however, when last we left Japan it was in quite dire straits, the rest of the world ready to lay the literal smack-down on our favorite country and wipe it from the face of the Earth. But wherever will we get our anime and manga fix if that happens!?
Ah, not to worry though. Gai, in his newly and self-proclaimed position as King, lays down the law with world leaders far and wide by telling them not to interfere with him. And they… obey him like good subjects should? We’ll touch more on that later.
But onto our fav… er, well, Crown’s premiere couple, Shu and Inori. Still in shock over losing his arm, Shu is basically a hapless rag doll with his pink-haired reincarnate sister tending to his every need, even if he doesn’t want it. And Inori, realizing herself little to no match for the ghostly Mana’s incessant brocon infatuation, can only wait in horror as she’s being taken over little by little.
Before that can happen though, she sacrifices herself to Gai’s awaiting grasp so that Shu – who they weren’t after anyway – can escape. And so after a not so horrific crystal-endowed transformation that Inori can magically control on the very first try, she’s naturally captured after only a single blow from Gai. Now sure, she could’ve tried to put up an actual fight against her former comrade, but such an engaging encounter is best left for Shu who, in the quickest self-rehabilitation we’ve ever seen, is once again sporting a look of determination on his face, ready to bring it on to his former friend.
End story, and it really is the end to all things Guilty Crown, like it or hate it. Anyone who’s been watching up ’till now has a general grasp of where things are going and how it will end.
But, again we can’t help but ask the question… why? Crown has placed so much obvious effort to try and differentiate itself as an anime that it has unintentionally isolated itself from the very viewers it should be trying to appeal to, instead relying on its animation and supposed momentum to carry itself through.
And so we come full circle to once more emphasize that near all-important element in anime: Execution. You can’t win people over without it, period – a lesson that one of the finer anime this season most gratefully understands.