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Retraction is an anime episode of Guilty Crown that was released on 12/15/2011
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The fully twisted episode. Reviewed by lordbane666 on Dec. 18, 2011. lordbane666 has written 29 reviews. His/her last review was for Burn Up W. 16 out of 18 users recommend his reviews. 1 out of 1 user found this review helpful.

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If you have been following the "Guilty Crown" series, which in my humble opinion is panning out to be the best anime of the year, episode 10 is a major game changer. Of the nine episodes we have seen so far, all have had twisted endings. This episode is twisted from it's inception onwards. As it opens, we join Undertaker as they try to retrieve a fragment of the meteorite that fell on Lost Christmas 10 year prior as it's being transported over the road. Shu is about to pull the Guilty Crown from Inori but stops himself. He looks at her and sees the virus consume her, in a vivid premonition. Shu runs off, and the mission is aborted. We then see the mystery pink haired girl again, in a flashback-dream of Shu, could she be his sister, and was she lost to the pandemic (I know I'm wrong about this but who cares)? Shu's premonitions, vision of the future, where he sees some of the people in front of him get killed by the pandemic continue, and become overwhelming. Thereafter, he avoids Inori, staying away from his home and school, he quits the Undertakers, and Gia symbolically shoots him, proclaiming Shu dead in his eyes. Shu returns home as Inori is leaving, for good. She trys to hand him a song she did, just for him, but he slaps it out of her hand, once again seeing her ravaged by the pandemic, and calls her a monster. Inori then walks out of Shu's house, and his life. Gai reveals that he started the resistance for the love of a woman, and Inori, for the first time, reviles she might have genuine feelings for Shu. As I said before, the series so far had a plot twist in each episode at the end, but this one topped them all. It seams that GHQ has developed a weapon version of the pandemic, one that kills instantly, and made it's troops immune to it. They broadcast the virus over Tokyo Tower, and the extermination of the Japanese commences, all for "the good of mankind". In the meantime, Gai and his forces try one more time to retrieve the meteorite fragment, which has been put on a plane for shipment out of the country, or so they think. The plane they board is a trap, and when Gai and his troops reach the cockpit, find out they don't have any control over the aircraft. Gai then gets a message on the planes display, sent by Major Segai of GHQ, "Congratulations, Gai Tsutsugami You Are in Heaven". Undertaker manages to gain control of the aircraft before it takes off, and crash it into the airport's terminal, just in time to get hit by the virus being radiated from Tokyo Tower. Shu meanwhile commits himself to Hare romantically, only to be rejected by her with a slap in the face. She tells him that she had seen him use his new power, pull the scissors from Yahiro and destroy a GHQ Endlave. Though she felt bad for him at the time, she can see now he is a changed man, not the one she loved.

First, I'd like to say about the series so far, my one major complaint, about the "spartan dialog" seamed to go away about episode 4. I do however, have a problem with a pair of redundant characters, who with the exception of one episode, have no real roll in the story, but manage to make cameo appearances in every episode while adding nothing to the plot. The first is Ayase, the young lady in a wheelchair who trained Shu when he entered Undertaker. It seams her only role in the story to to give Shu hell when she isn't in her Endlave. This episode was no exception, and all she for the 4 seconds she appeared in this episode did was give Shu shit for dropping out of Undertaker for 2 seconds, her other 2 seconds in the episode showed her siting in her Endlave, doing nothing. I also have a problem with the Tsugumi character, who managed a appear for a full second in this episode, doing what she does 90% of the time, namly while wearing a full catsuit, dance around inside a holographic sphere safely underground while phoning in her contribution to the battle everyone else risks there life in. Though I can see a reason to show "rank and file" members of the resistance, I don't know why the writers of this series can't work them into the story better. This is the only weakness I see in what is otherwise a fine work of anime, already quite popular and destine to become a classic!

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