Finally has Guilty Crown rid the world of its below average attempt at a sci-fi action series – ending on a note nowhere near where it began, yet remaining as obscure and inconsistent as its been since episode two.
Guy and Shoe continue their babbling as Gai resurrects “Mana”, Shu’s sister that he doesn’t love, at the expense of “Inori”, Shu’s sister with a slightly different hair color and outfit who Shu does love. Mana comes back to life from Inori’s body, which incidentally happens to be her own body – resurrecting from within herself as if she ever went anywhere, and immediately upon receiving a new costume and hair color, Inori, now cosplaying as a character called “Mana” catches sight of Shu and rushes over to him.
However, Shu is not like Gai – he doesn’t have a fetish for onee-chan characters, he actually hates his sister, and so he pushes her away. And with that, Gai becomes enraged – prompting the start of a battle much expected and dull. The fight is incredibly easy to calculate before it happens – main character starts losing, and all the while, his friends also find themselves getting beaten before then being met with a happy ending.
During the fight, Gai begins his pointless plan to turn the Earth into crystallized matter while Shu makes a futile attempt to defeat the super invincible Final Fantasy cosplaying version of Gai. The side-characters are still out of luck, and constant jabber goes on with no significant reasoning behind it – ensuring the situation seems entirely and totally helpless. Then equally as foreseen in advance, Shu magically becomes revitalized with power after going senile and seeing delusions of his lover, his sister under the name “Inori”.
With that, Shu’s sister under the name “Mana” suddenly stops her ballet dance routine which was destroying the world – and the episode subsequently shows how all the side-characters are now winning this fight like the back of their hand in the ever-typical shounen series fashion. Likewise, Shu’s main character status does not go to waste – although Gai was untouchable only a moment ago, now Shu’s set for victory as he powers up like he’s been watching Dragon Ball his entire life.
Shu then lunges forward with his Yahiro blade – and in a manner just as incoherent as this entire episode has been thus far, Shu suddenly has a ghostly Inori hanging off him as he darts towards Gai with his weapon. Shu ends up killing Gai – and immediately thereafter, begins crying about how his friend had to die, almost as if he wasn’t the one who massacred him.
Afterward, Shu meets Gai in some alternate realm – a place where Gai shares his instantly conjured up reasoning behind why he became an antagonist, as if it actually makes any sense or gives closure to his character, which it doesn’t.
If anything, Gai’s self-proclaimed purpose behind his expedition does nothing more than make his character a joke without anyone even needing to intervene and say any further. Out of all the possible options, Gai felt the single way that Shu’s sister can die properly is to bring her back to life himself and have her randomly turn into Inori again before dying a thousandth time as Inori. With that said and done, Shu instantaneously finds himself back in the real world – now holding his arm up in the air as this apparently is a skill to absorb cancer over long distance.
Upon the final moments, we’re shown an “I couldn’t think of anything better”-styled conclusion as the crew of unmemorable characters gather and Shu arrives still as generic as ever.
Guilty Crown was basically this, an introduction with a lot of intensity and impact – there was mystery in that plot points were opened. That was splendid and seemed to be full of twists – however once the series started going up in episode number, but nowhere in story, then a problem arose. Guilty Crown would pass each week, episode by episode, and the story would remain where it was at episode one. The characters were going places and forgot to take the plot with them.
This made for a spectacle so easily predictable every time as instead of thrilling originality related to the main story being displayed, we were shown conventional getaways without any hint of relevance to the central story.
Once Guilty Crown’s staff finally realized they left the story behind in episode one, the producers of the series, Production IG, made a last ditch effort to recover it to the best of their finances, making sure they don’t spend too much on developing a great story, yet still make sure their current one can be profitable with those who haven’t indulged as deeply in anime, or simply aren’t so strict in taste – which is fine if you’re like that, though it doesn’t change the fact that Guilty Crown lacks in quality, presentation, and execution.
It’s not worth watching – though if one finds themselves raging with excitement at latest flashback filler episode of Naruto, they may also enjoy Guilty Crown as it is essentially the same concept, flashbacks and fillers with a hint of pseudo-plot in the finale.