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Guilty Crown - "flux" - Episode 4 Recap

Betrayed by his “friend,” Shu finds himself in GHQ’s custody and at the
mercy of Major Segai. He is alone and unsure of whom he should trust
after learning that Gai has hatched a plan to free a supposed mass
murderer by the name of Kenji Kido. Going against Gai’s orders for the
first time, Inori takes it upon herself to save Shu and throws herself
in harm’s way. While Shu isn’t sure if he should side with the GHQ or
Funeral Parlor, he does know that he cares for Inori and makes it his
priority to protect her.

Last weeks ending proved to be quite
shocking and suspenseful. Moments before Shu was betrayed it seemed as
though he and Yahiro had reached an understanding and Yahiro wouldn’t
turn Shu in. It was careless of Shu to trust Yahiro, so I was pleasantly
surprised when it turned out that Shu’s naiveté put him in a lot of trouble.
Like Shu, I was both confused and enraged by Yahiro’s actions.
Later in the episode we learn that Yahiro sold out Shu for the sake of
his younger brother Jun, who is an Apocalypse virus patient that has
reached stage four. As a result half of his body is encased in a crystal-like
substance, and he appears to be in a coma of sorts. The situation gives a
sympathetic take to Yahiro’s situation, but frankly I still think the
guy is a jerk. I can understand the desperation, but to sell out your
friend is pretty low. At the very least this development makes Yahiro
more than a bratty drug addict, so I can respect that.

Major
Segai is proving to be an effective and creepy villain. When Shu is
detained Segai assumes the role of the “good cop”, trying to nicely
coax Shu into revealing information regarding Funeral Parlor. After a
few minutes with Shu, he immediately comes to the conclusion that he is a
member of the terrorist group. Still distraught over the betrayal, Shu
fails to deliver any concrete information so Segai decides to show him
the nicer side of GHQ – like how they care for virus victims like Jun. He
also mentions that Funeral Parlor will be launching an attack on a
tower holding a former comrade (Kenji) that they wish to save. Segai refers to this person as a murderer, and Shu is suddenly put in a position where
he doesn’t know who to trust. Segai is a thoughtful interrogator,
playing to his victim’s emotions and manipulating them. He realizes Shu
is unsure of his position with Funeral Parlor and uses that to his
benefit. It is an interesting dilemma for Shu, one that will
probably surface later in the season and throw a wrench in
Gai’s plans. At this point, I find myself in the same position as Shu.
While I don’t trust GHQ at all, Gai is a mysterious individual that
could easily have his own selfish motives.

Aside from Shu being
arrested and whatnot, the rest of the episode focused on Funeral
Parlor’s attack on the GHQ base. In Gai’s
show-off fashion, he decides to announce the attack on public television
a day before. As if that wasn’t arrogant enough, he decides to play the
role of Shu’s lawyer in order to get in the GHQ base and inform Shu of
his role in the plan. GHQ is an uptight organization, so I was taken aback when Gai seemed to get in so easily. It came off as lazy writing,
but for the episode to move forward it needed to happen. Instead of
obediently agreeing with the plan Gai has put together though, Shu shows
resistance and Gai immediately wonders what he has been told. The plan begins, but things don’t go as planned when Inori decides to save Shu
herself. This prompts Shu to go and save Inori, kicking off a game of who will find who first. Eventually Shu finds himself
following Gai’s plan and extracting Kenji Kido’s void, a gun
that can change gravity. With this tool Shu is able to reach Inori and
extract her void, turning the tide of the battle and ensuring their
escape.

After nearly an entire episode where Shu was depressed
and unsure of himself, it was refreshing at the end when he decided to
do everything in his power to reach Inori and save her. Say what you
will about it being too sudden, but pretty girls and hormones can do
that to a guy. Though it is a given that the music is amazing in Guilty
Crown,
I have to say that I absolutely love the theme that plays when Shu
takes Inori’s void. It’s so badass and fits perfectly with Shu’s
fighting and change in demeanor. Despite her lack of development, Inori’s role in this
episode was a step up from last week and she ultimately brings out the
best of Shu. All in all this episode was a return to form for Guilty Crown; it was a display of everything I find enjoyable about it, and in general I find myself really enjoying the action
bits in the show. If you aren’t on board by now, I’m not
sure if this show is for you.

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