Guilty Crown: Cage

Guilty Crown

“Do you think I can shoulder everyone’s lives and not feel any of the weight?
I don’t want to be indifferent. I want to be worthy of everyone’s feelings.”

Hey minna,
back with everything that makes me whole and another episode of the Fall 2011 thriller, Guilty Crown.  With GHQ’s Leucocyte Constellation Weapon nearing completion, Gai is the sole survivor of their test fire, and announces Undertaker’s immediate actions to take it out before it can become fully operational.  Upon completion, this array of orbit-based space lasers will be able to have a 24 lock on Japan, with the intent of eliminating the Japanese people.

Critical to the plan to remove the Leucocyte Constellation’s control mainframe, Shu decides he doesn’t want to shoulder the responsibility of everyone lives.  Shu, claiming to have the members of Undertaker’s lives in mind, isn’t exactly making friends. Kenji (who I really like now) spells it out simply for Shu, if only he’d take the hint. Later, after Inori helps Shu get close to Gai without him knowing, Shu learns that Gai isn’t just being indifferent to the risks, he knows what’s at stake, and wants to be worthy of carrying the responsibility.  Everyone in Undertaker joined knowing they’d put their lives on the line, why should any one spoiled brat decide he doesn’t want to do because he’s scared of hurting people who are already willing to die for the cause? Shu, seemingly, takes another step toward “getting it” and decides to help with Gai’s operation to take out the Leucocyte weapon.

(Random side note: after noticing that my computer isn’t thinking “leucocyte” is misspelled, as is common with fictional terms, I looked it up.  Leucocyte: a colorless cell that circulates in the blood and body fluids and is involved in counteracting foreign substances and disease.  Makes sense considering it seems that GHQ thinks of the Japanese as a disease to be eradicated, even more fitting for the weapon they’re trying to use to destroy them.)

Moving on to Undertaker’s daring operation to disable the leucocyte weapon array, Gai amasses forces outside the GHQ base to distract them from his covert infiltration with Shu, Kenji, and Inori.  Shu, still wimping out when it comes to serious stuff, like killing people, gets told by Kenji (who I’m REALLY starting to like) that he should start getting over it and just used to killing people. Adding yet more insult, Inori proceeds to stand guard over the control chamber, tapping every guard stupid enough to think they have a chance.

Using Kenji’s gravity-nulling void to remove the core without touching it, Shu takes aim to fulfill his part of the plan.  At least until Daryl Yan (remember him? from the first battle? :3 ) is switched to an Endleave inside the base, poised to take out Shu and Gai before they can get a chance to remove the core.  Gai makes short work of him (again with the superhuman-seeming abilities), but, unfortunately, Yan’s “instincts” shot up the core and screwed the attitude controls of one of the satellites, which is now on a collision course with Tokyo.

Gai’s plan to stop the falling space debris is quite unexpected, using Shu’s tracker pen given by Segai (that Gai knew about the whole time!!), he’ll use another Leucocyte satellite to shoot down the crashing one, but at the sacrifice of whomever triggers the pen to give the targeting satellite coordinates, which will cross paths with the falling satellite. Showing he’s at least 100x the man Shu is, Gai stands tall on the face of the control array, ready to give a target for the second satellite.  Or so he would, if it weren’t for Inori and Shu’s new ability, which (I think) is combining voids. Mixing Kenji’s gravity void with Inori’s sword produces a beam weapon of epic proportions, capable of taking out both the falling unit and it’s companion in orbit. Japan is saved, and now Shu and Gai are bestest buddies, yeah! happy ending…

Or is it? I feel like the next few episodes should show the GHQ really concerned that a terrorist group essentially has a walking weapon of mass destruction (who also happens to be whiny, spoiled child).  And while the story is a little hacky, it was thrilling nonetheless, so, in the confines of the time the series has, I can overlook the seemingly overly-fast paced plot.  But the GHQ grows ever more mysterious, I’m extremely eager to hear the whole story behind their overtaking of Japan.

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

(Afterthought: why is it that I seem to be one of the few that has anything good to say about Guilty Crown? Barring a few flaws, so far, I’d rate it a 7/10 for epicness. Or maybe I’m not too picky with my action series and I love the idea of voids.)

Btw, 100th post!!! :3 Just felt like mentioning it…


13 thoughts on “Guilty Crown: Cage

  1. Nice job on 100th. Now for 100 more.
    I think you may be right about everyone hating on Guilty Crown. It’s so easy to do and pretty fun. I do like Guilty Crown but there is so many thing wrong with the plot i find it hard to not.

    Finding information like the stuff about leucocyte you found is always nice. Good job.

    Feels like the next episode will start some kind of new plot. Here’s hoping Shu mans up a bit more in the next few episodes.

    • Thanks a bunch, here’s for a hundred more! :3
      (It was sheer luck that I stumbled on that piece of information, though it does redeem the writers a bit to take an obscure word and totally epitomize it like that)
      Maybe I’m more optimistic than I thought, and I want to find the good in the series, but if the plot took a better turn (or, at least, better written), that would be preferred.

  2. I’m not sure why there is so much haters when it comes to Guilty Crown. They are haters. So haters gonna hate anyway -__-. But so far I like it. This episode is awesome. There is nothing wrong about the episode. Everything is done pretty well. The plot though, could have been better.

    Nice info about the leucocyte. For an easier term of what it is I prefer calling it white blood cells.
    Congratz on the 100 post btw 😀

  3. Only thing that peek my interest was the mysterious woman that appear for a split second when Shu was materializing the sword. Other than that, nothing too horribly interesting for me. It is getting their, but still not developing as I imagined. Or maybe I am hoping for things to happen too soon, lol.

    Congrats on #100

    • I’m curious about that girl that appeared too…was that Inori? or someone else?
      i’m hoping, when the series reaches an end, that we’ll be satisfied, in retrospect, with how Guilty Crown turns out, it has the potential to be something worth remembering, but, at the same time, there ARE flaws…

  4. Congrats on 100th post
    It’s easy to hate a series with a feeble main character
    not saying i hate it, things are getting interesting

    • Thanks :3
      Agreed, a whiney or otherwise annoying main cast member can ruin a series, but at least other characters are willing to tell it to his face. Maybe soon Shu will take the hint…

  5. I’m surprised to hear about the negative sentiment surrounding Guilty Crown. I don’t think it deserves it, to be honest.

    Guilty Crown has great production values, good character designs, decent direction and it seems to be adhering relatively well to continuity.

    Guilty Crown may not necessarily be an anime classic in the making but it certainly isn’t horribly unwatchable.

    I agree with the general opinion that Oma Shu can be annoying but I understand that he’s supposed to be that way. From a storytelling standpoint, a character is only compelling if they’re able to undergo growth and development as the story progresses.

    The key factor is how well the writers for Guilty Crown handle Shu’s development. If they do it right, most viewers should come out liking Shu (or at the very least, not outright hating him) by the end of the series.

    But we’re up to episode 8, and unless Guilty Crown is getting a second season, so it’s really coming down to the wire with regards to Shu’s character development.

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