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Guilty Crown’s cycle of trust issues

ANIME, DISCUSSIONS – After listening to the opening theme song for the anime series, Guilty Crown, which is My Dearest by the Japanese band supercell, I couldn’t help but get interested in this show. The visuals and lyrics of the song felt tied to the story of the show and I had to know what was the whole deal.

After viewing the series until it’s eighth episode, I was having one dilemma in my mind: who were the actual bad guys?

The show reminded me of how Tokyo Ghoul started wherein the main character was too innocent and kind for his own good leading to his own downfall. Shu Ouma, the main character for this series, meets Inori who makes him question his passive lifestyle. As Inori bled in front of him, she asked this question as she showed him strings which she formed: “Will you take it?

Shu Ouma was conflicted – why is she here? I should help but is it worth it? Do I resort to being a passive individual or stand up for this girl?

He cowered in fear as authorities took away Inori for being a terrorist which he hates himself for. Shu was in a position to do something and yet did nothing. However, Inori left her robot assistant and gave Shu the chance to decide: was he going to help her bring this object to a person named Gai? If so, what then?

In hopes of redeeming himself, he went off with the object that Inori was supposed to deliver into the slums of the city where he gets saved from thugs by Gai, the rebellion group’s leader.

This is when the trust issues come in.

Gai tells off Shu to get the object to safety and help him out as a full-on battle between rebels and government authorities ensue. Our main character assists Inori in an attempt to redeem himself but something unexpected happened. The object which he was holding on to was actually a serum to inject genes into him that would bestow the ability to wield Voids: objects that reflect people’s hearts and emotions.

Inori allows him to use her void and finishes off the government troops. This is when the trust issues come in.

Who is Gai? What is his purpose? What does he intend to achieve with his rebellion group? Should he trust him?

As the show goes on, we realize that Gai uses Inori to delude Shu that she holds him in high regard by saying similar lines such as “I am yours,” and so on. This gets me upset for Shu: was he nothing but a pawn in Gai’s plans?

I was also disappointed with how Inori was involved as I was rooting for her. Is she a complete tool? What is her deal? Does she care for Shu and anyone or does she just care about Gai – the person who saved her from whatever hell she experienced before?

When Shu returns to his normal life, he is told off by one of his friends and was seen by him to being a rebel himself (which he actually isn’t, yet). Once again, Shu falls into a troubling decision: should he eliminate his friend as Inori tells him to or should he believe in their friendship and have this risk of being arrested by authorities if his friend reports him?

Shu chooses the latter but ends up getting arrested. Much to his realization that he is too naive and kind to others – not aware of his own safety.

As Shu spends his time in prison, the warden in-charge of him starts deluding him as well. The guy justifies the government’s way of abusing people – much to Shu’s displeasure but it does seem reasonable. He is given freedom and an option to reveal Gai’s location should he join the rebellion group.

As Shu trains to become part of the rebellion group, he learns more of the people in the group and Gai’s relationship to Inori. Again, he was deluded that Inori had any sort of affection towards him. He concludes that women always fall for the handsome and cool looking guys and succumbs to self-loathing.

This show shows a wonderful application of trust which comes into play with characters interacting with each other. Shu, our main character, is very naive and dense and thus he is prone to manipulation.

I feel both bad and irritated for Shu’s inability to discern what individuals should he trust and how to stand up for himself.

I felt a little bit of hate for Gai for being so manipulative, Inori being Gai’s tool to win over Shu, and every character being a pawn to some higher entity. It’s just such a confusing setup but a show of exceptional writing used in the anime series Guilty Crown.

I will be talking more about this after I finish the series.

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