It’s because I don’t care how wrong I am about it. That’s the short answer.
All these are true:
I still watch it because IT’S ANIME, FROM JAPAN.
I hate it because IT’S ANIME, FROM JAPAN.
It’s in love with tropes I extremely dislike, namely the not really that perverted too-pure-pure-boy otaku with a good heart wuss-ass who gets to do awesome things because he has hax and related shit. I like complex, flawed, characters who are full of fail. But I like them with a spine (relatively speaking). Here’s a short list of leads I’d rather watch over Ouma Shu (in no particular order):
- Shinn Asuka
- Kira Yamato
- Kururugi Suzaku
- Setsuna F. Seiei
- Barnaby Brooks, Jr.
- The One, The Only Judau Fuckin’ Ashta
If you are familiar with half the characters on this list, you know how much concentrated fail and suck is here… enough suckage to collapse a cluster of galaxies.
So how come I can endure watching 100 episodes of Kira Yamato which, if you think about it, also means enduring 50 episodes of Shinn Asuka and have trouble with a few episodes of Ouma Shu? Bias, pretty much.
The “I’m not that perverted and I would never really grope anyone this is just 4th-wall self-insert shit” just really, really pisses me off. I was willing to look past so much about Fractale, after all I’m not some kind of cock who only watches “good” shows seriously and only watches “terribad” shows ironically. I genuinely like bad stuff because they’re anime because I’m a silly anime fanboy. Fractale kept shoving that shit up in my face that I hate it more than any other show I’ve seen this year. Yeah. Fuck Fractale.
So when Guilty Crown started putting this kind of fanservice front and center, my pores of hate gaped open and took in all this putrid rottenness and jacked it straight into my dark, hater heart. Me? A hater? Sure. Here is a list of shows I will shit on if it had an Ouma Shu as the lead:
- Super Dimension Fortress Macross
- Mobile Suit Z Gundam
- Legend of the Galactic Heroes
- Cowboy Bebop
- Revolutionary Girl Utena
- Hell, every fucking show on this list. Yeah, which means I prefer to watch an anime with Ikari Shinji in it any day of the week.
But does this mean I’ll stop watching those shows? No. I’ll just hate on them, because that’s what a hater does. I’ll keep watching to hate because I love to hate. Fractale I dropped because I couldn’t hate anymore, I stopped caring. Guilty Crown, I still care about it. Episodes four and five made me care about it. So I hate on.
It’s much harder to make a character like Gai stand out and be more interesting if Shu was also strong and interesting like him. Maybe the narrative involves Shu “coming of age” and becoming awesome…
Then the battles will become better constructed, integrating more of the roller-mecha that’s the winning design story in 2011. More variety of voids will come into play and used in interesting ways just like the gravity bubbles in episode four. The fanservice that doesn’t include Shu in the same scene will continue. Plot twists!
But I’m almost certain the show will fuck me over with a final “throwaway” scene where Inori or whomever chick accidentally brushes up against Shu-chan, they both blush, and “YOU PERVERTS” etc etc. Oh holy fuck it’s too late to drop this shit.
ANIME, FROM JAPAN.