Episode 09 -
Well, uhh, I guess this episode at least tried to create a relatively good conflict. But it sure was confusing; the situation with Yahiro and his younger brother’s Apocalypse infection started simple enough, but devolved into some strange overdramatic situation where Yahiro’s younger brother was asking Shu to kill him. I do see how this episode was trying to draw sympathy for Yahiro and his younger brother, but they just haven’t had enough character development in order for me to really care for the two brothers. If anything, the overdramatic music and the confusing climax to the conflict killed my impressions of this episode.
However, this episode did bring up a few points of interest, mainly about the nature of the “voids”, as well as a few hints at what Gai and Inori are up to. The most interesting point to note here is how the voids that Shu extracts out of people, and the infection that Yahiro’s brother had, both emitted a very similar signature. In other words, the nature of these seemingly different substances are actually the same, which makes me wonder if the infection is actually an improper manifestation of the voids that Shu pulls out. This could mean that this infection was man-made, where the release of the prototype to the void genome that Shu used is what caused all of this ruckus. Then again, this is just my speculation, and I have no idea how correct it is.
What I do have confidence in saying, though, is about another aspect to the infection. Yahiro’s brother stated that the infection “let him see the voids of people”. And of course, the only other person we know who can see these voids is Gai. In other words, perhaps Gai is a survivor of the infection, or maybe something even more mysterious. His curious connection with Inori does make his existence even more puzzling. And what’s up with Inori’s comments about a song? Do songs have some strange ability in this show (makes me think of Macross all over again).
But yea, aside from some interesting little hints to the nature of the void genome, Guilty Crown continues to perform poorly in creating a compelling plot. The story continues to feel like filler, and we are still getting virtually no character development for the main cast. I really hope the series starts to pull itself together, or else I’ll just drop this show. On the plus side, it seems that Shu did gain some confidence somehow, but after this week’s death, Shu will probably revert back to his wimpy self. Sigh, just when it seems like he might’ve finally gotten his act together, he blows it.
Overall Enjoyment: 3.0/5
Screenshots are later in the post.