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This will serve as a quick recap/review for the first 3 episode of Guilty Crown's second season. This first paragraph has spoilers in it. Episode 13 starts 2 weeks after the end of the first season's grand finally. Much of Japan, particularly Tokyo, is under quarantine after the "Terrorist" (GHQ in reality) used a weapons grade version of the pandemic in an attempt to wipe out the Japanese. The kids of Tennouzu High School along with Ayase and Tsugumi (in school uniforms) are trapped in there school inside one of the quarantine zones. They are cut off from the rest of the world, but optimistic there situation is temporary. For now, the kids get airlifted food and vaccines, but this stops by episode 14. Tensions run high in the school, as the wheelchair bound Ayase almost gets sexually assaulted by some of the boys, and proves she is defenceless against anyone who isn't a pussy like Shu. The assault is halted by Tsugumi's "Missile Kick" and she also hits poor Shu who is also trying to halt the boy's assault simply by telling them to stop what there doing to Ayase. We come to find out that Ayase took Gia's death the hardest and that in putting her in an Enlave, Gia gave Ayase her legs. Shu can now pull voids out of people without knocking them out, and his friends can now see and even use there own voids. When they get done with them, they conveniently return back into the chest of the void's owner, just by letting go of them. The kids decide that to alleviate the tension in school and give moral a boost, they are going to have a festival. Inori agrees to do a concert the first night of the festival and everyone has a good time, at least while the sun is out. It seems the party the kids are throwing has attracted the attention of local hoodlums, who decide the best way to remind these high school kids of the dire predicament of those inside the quarantine zone are in, by using a old Enlave and Humvee, is to go in and shoot the school up. They time the attack for just prior to Inori's concert, and we get to learn what Ayase's void is. The episode ends with the funnest moments in the whole series, and now, Shu's secret is out. Episode 14 opens with the news that the supplies airlifted to the school have ended, and the situation for the kids have grown truly grim. Inori gets trapped by some boys in one of the empty school buildings and they try to get fresh with her. We then get a reminder that Inori, though sweet and artistic, is a fighter, packs heat, and the boys who went after her won't be trying that (or anything else) ever again. As a plot convenience, a device gets left behind by the attackers that can measure the void power of each individual. Inoir's void is, of course, off the chart. This information is used later to prioritize the students for what little of the vaccine remains. A rumor floats around that by handing in the remnants of Undertaker, the kids will be let free. This lands Ayase and Tsugumi in hot water as no one can remember a girl in a wheelchair and one that wares cat ears all the time ever attended there school (duh). The kids of the school learn first hand this is a bad idea, and that approaching the red line that marks the quarantine zone is instant death, and come to realize no one is getting out of the school alive. Fortunately, no one is killed for real as we find out what Tsugumi's void is and how she uses it. Chairman Segai (known as Major Segai in season 1, before he overthrew the officers and chairman who where above him) is firmly in charge of GHQ, and is going ahead with his plan to exterminate the Japanese. He starts by daily shrinking the quarantine zones with movable walls and has his Enlaves shoot anyone near the red line that marks the boundary of the quarantine zone. The kids notice the red line getting closer and know there time is running out. Arisa's leadership ability is called into question as some of the students of Tennouzu High School call for a no confidence vote in order to unseat her as student body president. In the end, the kids realize Shu, with his power, is there only hope for survival and elect him the new student body president. Episode 15 is the most action packed of all three as Shu decides he rather be popular than a effective leader. This results in some of the students with low power voids, including Hare, who is still in love with Shu, decide to leave the school and strike out on there own. Shu moves to stop them but it's too late. The rest of the Undertakers chase after Shu. Caught out in the open, Hare comes into the sights of an Enlave. Shu tries to save her and they both get shot. Hare uses her void to heal Shu, which is her last act in life. After Hare dies in his arms, Shu runs over to Inori and has to fight her to get to her void. He pulls the Guilty Crown from her chest, and its no more Mr. Nice Guy Shu as he coldly destroys every Enlave he can find. He decides that rather than be popular, he wants to be king, and an effective leader. For the first time in 15 episodes, Shu acts like an man.
The one thing I don't like about the second season is critical. After spending the first season building up a slowly developing love story between Shu and Inori, that story has been non-existent in the second season. The only love sceen so far was one between Shu and Hare, and it was an odd one to say the least. In it, Hare, while clutching Shu's face to her bossism, in one of Shu's patent girly emo moments, proclaimed her love for him is still very strong in her heart. This was during episode 15, the same one where, while trying to pull Inori's void, Shu forced her down as she tried to fight him off. It looked like a rape sceen more than anything else, and Inori has never before resisted Shu, even encouraged him, to pull her void, especially with GHQ Enlaves all around, trying to kill them. It was bazaar.
I still like this series, highly recomend it, but I ask you (if you follow this series), where is the love?