I didn’t mind when our young protagonist stuck his hand into a willing girl’s chest, nor did I mind when said young protagonist was unwillingly willing to join the so-called terrorists in their attack on the government, but when our young songstress transferred into the high school of our main man, I thought, “Something new would be nice.”
In my Fall 2011 preview over on Yumestate, I said, “In all honesty, I’m watching this for the gorgeous art and the animation, if the story turns out to be groundbreaking too than that’s just icing on the cake.” Three episodes in, the art, animation (Oooh shiny!), and music is the main reason I’m still watching. Though, I do admit, the cliffhanger at the end of episode three does have me intrigued. How will Shuu get himself out of this one?
I’ll probably get the snot kicked out of me for saying this but I find Inori to be one of the most visually appealing characters in a long time, revealing outfits aside (can’t wait to see if she wears the outfit in the above picture). It’s too bad she’s simply there to boost Shuu’s ego and present him with sharp pointy objects. Is it just me or are female characters never really pushed to their fullest potential in shows like these. It seems like they’re there for the sole purpose of being useful to the useless main guy. Yes, it’s only the third episode but even at this point in time there’s little to make me think otherwise. Though that look she gave at the end of the third episode gives me a bit of hope that she’s not just going to remain the same throughout the entire show.
Why is it that in shows like these we can’t have a mature male hero partnered with a mature female heroine? Is it because there wouldn’t be any conflict without an adolescent school boy? Or would there not be any development if the female wasn’t a complete nuisance or a socially awkward robot?
I’ve found that when shows fail to live up to my expectations, I like to think of a way that might make it better. At first I thought maybe Gai would make an interesting protagonist. At least it would be a break from the wimpyness that plague most young male protagonists, but then I thought Inori’s character would suffer as a result of being paired with take charge male. This might not be the case though. While I agree that watching a couple grow together can be a complete spectacle to watch when done well, focusing on two characters limits the development. With Gai as the main man, Inori would take center stage as the character who would undergo the most development.
It’d actually be quite interesting to see how differently she would grow depending on which male character was supporting her. Though I guess switching the focus to Inori would drastically change the genre Guilty Crown finds itself in. Would that make it better? Who knows. What I do know, though, is that Shuu is not why I’m watching this show.
The thing with generic-ness is that anything has the ability to change the direction of the plot. I’m waiting (maybe in vain) for the one thing that blows my mind and keeps me at the edge of my seat for the rest of Guilty Crown’s run. I may be waiting for some time, but I’ll see it through to the end. Optimism never hurt anyone.
So, I’m curious as to what you would do to change Guilty Crown for the better if you suddenly took hold of the directing reigns starting with the fourth episode. Would you make it a comedy, completely redesign the Shuu’s character, get rid of the fanservice? What would you do with the plot? With the amount of skills at your disposal – the animation power, the awesome musical capabilities of Supercell – the world is at your fingertips. What would you do with it?
- When I first saw this scene in episode one, the first thing that jumped into my head was Wolf’s Rain. Inori’s probably some mutated Human/Flower species. Why else would she be sitting under direct sunlight like it might end up healing her wounds? (Yes, I’m aware why this was really included . . . . for Fanservice!)
- I found Inori’s real life counter-part. She even has the same fashion sense and messy hair. Just check out her album cover. Plunging neckline indeed.