Episode 16 -
Ugh, Thursdays really aren’t turning out to be a good day of anime for me. As I had feared, this episode took Shu’s personality, and radically changed it from his personality from last week. The shift is far too extreme, which is pretty much an indicator of poor writing on the creator’s part. To be fair, Shu having a darker personality and outlook is more interesting to watch (especially with Inori showing signs of becoming exactly like Mana). What really made me despise this episode was the one thing that I had feared might happen; the revival of Tsutsugami Gai.
If you can get over the extreme personality changes in both Shu and Inori, this episode was actually somewhat interesting. The situation unfolding probably closely resembles something very close to anarchy, with the cast desperately banding together for a last ditch attempt to prepare against the impending chaos. This show has taken a much darker tone and atmosphere, one that I actually kind of appreciate when you consider the situation.
But that’s where my admiration for this episode ends. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those that like Shu and Inori’s extreme personality changes. The transition was far too fast, and there’s no way that a single death, no matter how important, could create such a drastic change in personality and outlook. Shu’s treatment of other characters is far too different for to be believable, which really killed any good impressions I had left for this show. I was originally thrilled that the show was going to actually try and develop Shu as a leader. It’s a shame that it probably won’t happen.
On top of that, the storywriters were really lazy and decided that reviving Tsutsugami Gai would be a good way to spice up the show. Not only does reviving him completely destroy the significance of his death a few episodes ago, but provides an extremely forced way of inciting a major conflict in the future. Exactly what the heck is the point in reviving him at this stage in the story?
In the end, this is probably the first episode that has genuinely gotten me to debate about dropping Guilty Crown. The writing is atrocious, laughable at best. Any form of sensible character development pretty much no longer exists. The plot is being twisted around with no solid rationale in mind. So yea, Guilty Crown has officially turned into a trainwreck in my book. And this is coming from a guy who didn’t really mind the craziness of Code Geass R2.
Overall Enjoyment: 2.1/5
Screenshots are later in the post.