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Sudden Manifestations in Guilty Crown Part 1

February 26, 2012 By: Nopy Category: Anime

I have a confession to make: I like Guilty Crown. My reasons for liking it aren’t what you should like a show for. Just like a good B-rated movie, Guilty Crown tries so hard and has so many cliches that it’s hard not to laugh at it. One of my favourite aspects of Guilty Crown is something I like to call the sudden manifestation, which I will now refer to as ‘sudfest’ (calling it SM seemed dirty, and sudfest sounds like a beer festival, which describes Guilty Crown pretty well).

So what exactly is a sudfest? To put it simply, it is any object, person, or law that suddenly appears or manifests without any prior evidence of its existence, usually proving to be useful to the main character(s) or advances the story. Sudfests are required in many works of fiction, for example, the spider that gave Peter Parker his powers in Spiderman, but Guilty Crown goes way too far by using sudfests almost everywhere. Below is a list of the sudfests I was able to find up to episode 10.

Note: there are spoilers in this post.

Sudfest #1: Find some thugs so I can make a cool entrance

Episode: 1

In the first episode, as Shu goes to deliver some secret weapon in Inori’s place, he runs into a group of thugs. All of a sudden, several spotlights turn on and an awesomely cool dude appears out of nowhere and does a cool pose on stage. He then proceeds to beat the crap out of the thugs, saving Shu’s life. Seriously, bad guys, spotlights, and a stage? Attention-whore much?

Sudfest #2: I was an ordinary teenage boy until…

Episode: 1

This one is forgiveable since it happens in nearly every superhero series. Just as Shu is about to get shot dead, he gains the power of voids and proceeds to destroy his enemies with ease. Too bad not everyone gets awesome superpowers when they’re about to get killed.

Sudfest #3: Cute girl win

Episode: 3

Inori, the girl that Shu likes, moves in with him without his knowledge. Talk about lucky…

Sudfest #4: Super jumping abilities

Episode: 4

Shu gets captured due to his own stupidity early on, and Inori goes to rescue him alone, leaping 20 stories into the air in the process. There is no mention of her having superhuman abilities.

Sudfest #5: Unknown void saves the day 1

Episode: 4

During Shu’s escape, he draws out another prisoner’s void, not knowing what it does. It turns out to be an anti-gravity gun, which helps disables the enemies and saves Inori from becoming a pancake. I guess super jumping abilities doesn’t mean you get super landing abilities too.

Sudfest #6: Unknown void saves the day 2

Episode: 5

In a training exercise, Shu wins by drawing out a bystander’s void, not knowing what it does.

Sudfest #7: I see everything

Episode: 5

When news comes that “Point Delta” was just fired upon by a Leukocyte, they somehow have a live feed of the damage even though everything has been destroyed.

Sudfest #8: Flying trucks

Episode: 6

I’m sure trucks can jump like that in real life. Why bother building a fence in the first place?

Sudfest #9: Impeccable timing

Episode: 6

As a satellite is falling to the Earth, it will coincidently pass into the line of fire of another satellite and Gai has the remote control to fire it.

Sudfest #10: My gun is bigger than yours

Episode: 6

To prevent Gai from blasting everything to bits, Shu pulls out a huge ass gun and blows up both satellites. Problem solved.

Sudfest #11: My name is Dan

Episode: 7

A pointless side character is introduced in this episode as part of the military. He serves no purpose other than to poke fun at Americans and waste resources.

Sudfest #12: Ghosts still need access cards too

Episode: 8

Keido breaks into a military installation using Shu’s father’s access card. Shu’s father has been dead for several years, so either some idiots messed up and forgot to revoke his access, or Keido had already hacked into the system and wanted to use the access card for fun. Either way, he just walks in and out like it’s no one’s business.

Sudfest #13: Super hacking abilities

Episode: 9

Jun is able to take over a giant robot by coming into contact with it because he’s infected with the apocalypse virus. Now why didn’t everyone just do that when they were being “cleansed”?

Sudfest #14: Everyone loves the Tokyo Tower

Episode: 10

So apparently Tokyo Tower has this big generator thingy that spreads the Apocalypse Virus across the city and no one noticed it until now.

What do you guys think of random things just popping up in the story without any background information? Do they make the story cooler and more interesting by bringing in more unknowns, or is it just some writers trying to take the easy way out?

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22 Comments to “Sudden Manifestations in Guilty Crown Part 1”

  1. Just as how you can’t say that all sudfests are bad, not all sudfests are detrimental to a show (and I think it goes without saying that not all are good). Like pretty much everything in anime (tsundere characters come to mind), they’re good if they’re executed well. Unlike tsundere characters, I think it’s much harder to write out a list of guidelines of how to make a good sudfest.

    • You’re right, execution plays a big part in how well something like a sudfest is received. I think one of the things that needs to be considered is a clue to its existence. If Spiderman suddenly came to save Shu, I’m sure everyone would be totally lost.

  2. I have a confession to make : I almost like Guilty Crown.

    That being said I’d rather have bad sudfests than badly written predictable anime.
    Because at least with sudfests, no matter what they are and how bad they are, at least I’m surprised.
    Somehow, Guilty Crown manages to do both at once. So, strangely enough, these sudfests are actually making that anime worth watching to me.

    (Oh and about SM, I happen to be hopeless but, there are at least two instances of SM references being made in the show.)
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    • I get what you’re saying, it’s predictable in that it follows the same basic outline as most shounen series, but there are so many sudfests that you really can’t predict those.

      I don’t recall seeing any SM scenes >.>

      • Then I take it as a good sign! You’re not too perverted yet.

        So, first, there was that serial killer, Kido I think, first time they showed him on screen he was wearing bondage gear in a dungeon like cell, then, at every single one of his scenes he was wearing a collar.
        The second is at some point in the anime I don’t even remember when, Gai was going on about how Shu must submit to him or something like that.
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  3. Dan lol.. He’s one funny guy indeed. I stopped temporarily watching GC at episode 12, and will probably marathon the rest just as soon as they are completed.
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  4. I like Guilty Crown too, but I have a bigger confession to make in that I enjoy it while taking it seriously. Sure, it has a lot of cliches and “sudfests” as you say, but I don’t think it’s that bad in terms of general story and characters as people have been making it out to be. But then again, I’m easy to please when it comes to anime, especially when the animation is nice, so…

    I don’t have a problem with sudfests as long as they’re not too “out there” and far removed from the atmosphere of the series. If I accept the fact that the entertainment value of the show comes from such sudfests, like in Guilty Crown, it’s usually alright with me.
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    • I hear so many people complain about Guilty Crown that I don’t see many who say they like it other than for the sudfests, kudos to you.

      While the sudfests aren’t too out there in terms of believability (in the Guilty Crown world), it’s the sheer number of them that surprises me. A series will usually have a handful, like a side character coming out of nowhere to save the hero, but every episode of Guilty Crown seems to have some surprising thing happen. That’s what I find amusing about the series.

  5. I like Guilty Crown, but at the same time I really hate it sometimes.

    I don’t dislike sudden manifestations in general, just when it feels overused
    In Guilty Crown are just too many of them, there are just too many lucky, sometimes unlucky coincidences. It makes the plot unpredictable, but in case of this anime, the plot itself feels a little incoherent with these random events everywhere.

    Well, Sudfest 5 and 10 were very cool :D
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    • I felt the same way at first, but after a while I got used to it and the series just grew on me. Most of the sudfests are pretty dumb, but a few of them are good, like the ones you mentioned.

  6. I’m sorry to say, but I dropped this episode like a sack of rocks after the first season (up to episode 11) ended. It just wasn’t doing it for me. Although I did enjoy how stupid the plot can be at times, I’m glad I stopped watching there. Reading the summary for episode 12 alone made me angry.

    I’m far too emotionally invested in anime, haha…

  7. Despite my normally rather good taste in anime, I like GC too. However, they really f*cked up in the last few episodes. Come on, the frist season doesnt even come into the same realm of randomness. Oh, a dead person is back alive and does weird stuff to the main character, another main char just goes into beserkmode herself and kills off about anyone in her way.

    The only things that keep me going are Inoris voice and her songs xD

    • I know, coming back to life is just lame, and I bet Shu’s sister will do the same pretty soon. Either that or Inori is actually a clone of her.

  8. I can’t help but notice these little things sometimes. Could it be that original works have a lot more of these studfests?
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  9. You just listed all the most embarassing scene of the series. Nice job…:D
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  10. Little things go noticed XD
    1.) Kid’s name has the characters of Ou, as in king if I;m not mistaken and
    2.) If Ouma Shu reversed his ways, he’ll be a demon like how he was in the past episodes. Ou-ma, Ma-ou. Wow coincidence?

    And the writer of Guilty Crown is also the headwriter for Gundam Seed, Code Geass a bunch of stuff that looks familiar XD

    • That’s pretty interesting, I never thought what his family name would be backwards. With his arm missing though, I don’t think he’ll be the king of anything again.


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