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
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…
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
Inori, the girl that Shu likes, moves in with him without his knowledge. Talk about lucky…
Sudfest #4: Super jumping abilities
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
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
In a training exercise, Shu wins by drawing out a bystander’s void, not knowing what it does.
Sudfest #7: I see everything
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
I’m sure trucks can jump like that in real life. Why bother building a fence in the first place?
Sudfest #9: Impeccable timing
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
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
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
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
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
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?