In the moment, you can never compare a leader of people with a dictator,
for in the moment, the true fears and risks facing a people are never certain.
A government powered by fear has no legitimacy,
but a people in fear require its security.
Back with the 16th episode of newly epic Fall 2011/Winter 2012 series, Guilty Crown. Shu has become king of the school, as vaccines become scarce, the red line walls close in, and violent looting takes hold of the sealed city. Ruling by voids, for voids, the school grounds resemble a military dictatorship as Argo gets airdropped in by Arisa’s grandfather to retrieve her to potentially receive aid from other asian nations. Argo watches in disgust as students ranked lower because of their voids are risking their lives with exposure to the Apocalypse Virus and still going out to salvage for vaccines and ammunition. Students are already contracting the virus and become cancerous, but they are still working, as Shu puts it, for the “safety and benefit of all the students”.
Shu believes that Hare shouldn’t be allowed to die in vain, and he balances the tyranny with the belief that he can lead the students out of Tokyo and to safety. Yahiro leads the effort to collect refugees within the walls with exceptional void power, and put them to use within Shu’s kingdom. Sparked on by the fear of a new genomic weapon from the GHQ, the students grudgingly follow Shu’s leadership, and follow rules, despite the hardship.
After refusing to let Souta die while scavenging a sunken transport ship, Argo is held behind bars in the school for disobeying Shu’s orders. Inori seems to accept Shu’s rule and way of leading, which is honestly throwing me for a loop. But Shu’s police state seems to be moving closer to an escape from the 7th loop, meanwhile, the GHQ cronies who didn’t actually die, seem to be up to schemes of their own. Including Shu’s own mother, there’s a plan to soon bring the hammer down on Shu while he “reaches his potential”. Something regarding the shards of Mana and what looked like a clone or something of Gai seem to lie in store, as well as an armada amassing in the Pacific.
Could this be a Code Geass finale-esque face-off between Shu’s Void State and the GHQ? And how does this organization of Asian nations mentioned by Arisa’s grandfather play into it? I never thought I’d say this, but I’m scared of what Shu may do next. He’s already sacrificing low rank void holders to exposure of the Apocalypse Virus, and has accepted the power, as well as the risk, of the void’s frailty. Once a person’s void is broken or damaged, the holder is immediately ravaged by the Apocalypse Virus. A twin-edged sword, the voids. A source of great power, and a one-step weakpoint as well. And what of Inori? She doesn’t exactly seem so innocent after killing Arisa in cold blood…it’s like she knows something we don’t, or maybe she really is committed to helping Shu fulfill his people to rescue the students…
Until next time,
**On a random note, this makes the 600th episode I’ve added to my anime collection that I’ve logged into my iTunes library**