Guilty Crown: No Cockpit, No Problem?

Guilty Crown episode 2 answers one of my questions from last week: The pilots do receive feedback from their mech’s damage.

You might wonder, “what’s the point? They’ll get hurt (and possibly die) all the same.” This fresh concept sits well with me (remote-controlled mechs with dangers for the controllers), because it kinda makes sense. A cockpit would take up space, weight, and valuable electronics. If there’s an emergency ejection mechanism (as all good real robots should have), it would mean more problems. A lot could go wrong, even after one has safely ejected from their mech. What about retrieving the cockpit? For a rebel force like Gai’s Funeral Parlor, losing capable pilots would be a headache. There’s a reason why Tsugumi was closely monitoring Ayase while she was fighting.

On the other hand, if the pilots don’t receive feedback from their mechs, then there wouldn’t be that big of a thrill in the action. Being humans, we do crave for that human element in our fighting, anyway.

The other important thing in this episode is the pilot in the wheelchair, Ayase Shinomiya. Aside from being a fanservice magnet, I’m pretty intrigued with her role in the show. Obviously she has the hots for rebel leader Gai, and it seems that she’s one of the few pilots of the organization, if not the only one. I find it poetic that she’s piloting mechs despite her condition, as if controlling a robot is the only way she could feel the use of her legs, if only by proxy. That, combined with her infatuation with Gai (who looks untrustworthy to me, through and through), gives me the feeling that it’s all going to end in tragedy for her.

Did I mention that she’s voiced by Kana Hanazawa, who’s deviating from her usual shtick? At least Ayase’s much more competent than the last HanaKana pilot I know (Cleo from Broken Blade).

I’ll stay tuned.

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15 Responses to Guilty Crown: No Cockpit, No Problem?

  1. animekritik says:

    Makes sense. Wiring the mecha to the pilot forces the pilot to act responsibly and not push the mecha beyond the boundaries of what it’s capable of (which would end up wrecking it). The closer the mecha and the pilot are, the more effective the combined weapon will be.

    Gai is evil. I’m sure of it. And this show is going so quickly I won’t be surprised if the lead finds out that Gai is evil by episode 5.

    • Stormshrug says:

      I suspect this is going to be a fairly grey-and-grey (if not black-and-black) morality universe, where the main protagonist is torn between manipulative extremists (Gai) and repressive authoritarian regimes.

      Everyone keeps talking about how they want to see physical suffering (and fanservice), but I want to see Mr. Unmemorable Main Character forced to deal with the painful ideological and philosophical catch-22s that arise from his involvement in this Evil vs Evil conflict.

    • schneider says:

      It might make sense for Gai to be some kind of Holland Novak type of person, though he treats Inori rather badly. I don’t want to predict anything yet.

  2. Look at all that fanservice.

    I’m not in love with the remote piloting thing they got going on, despite not having to have a cockpit in the actual mecha making perfect sense. It feels like the feedback risk is forced just to retain that element of danger (and to make the pilot writhe and contort sexily in a skin-tight jumpsuit which makes no sense at all to keep wearing).

    Basically the mecha are an extended funnel/psycommu setup. Haman doesn’t get hurt if you BEAM CONFUSE her funnels, but she does get offended when you underestimate her Qubeley.

    • otou-san says:

      I’m with you here — if there weren’t an audience to watch the action (slash- sexy contortions) and feel the danger, what is the value in endangering a remote pilot? You lose the ability to send fighters in who might be giant chickenshits but great strategists. Grab a video gamer off his couch, and voila, you could have the next Amuro. But not if you put him in a tight feedback suit and send him into virtual danger.

      And to top it off, you have this system of instant feedback, yet you require a human (who’s busy playing Bejeweled) with her human reaction times to bail out the pilot when said pilot’s in real danger. I’m just not feeling it as a really viable thing.

  3. >I find it poetic that she’s piloting mechs despite her condition, as if controlling a robot is the only way she could feel the use of her legs, if only by proxy.

    Knightmare of Nunally, Rideback, etc.

  4. Ryan A says:

    I’m not a huge mecha fan, but I know I’m not a fan of the feedback/sync, even though it was well-used in Evangelion. To quote GL:

    It feels like the feedback risk is forced just to retain that element of danger

    Pretty much. I never understood the idea of feedback for mech pilots outside the synchronization in Evangelion; that made sense. Why would anyone develop a system where the [remote] pilots were affected? That is so backwards, esp when there doesn’t seem to be some advantage to the synchronization (e.g. Avatar was okay).

    and to make the pilot writhe and contort sexily in a skin-tight jumpsuit which makes no sense at all to keep wearing

    Okay, I can deal with this…. in high-definition.

  5. kluxorious says:

    Ayase reminds me of that dude from James Cameron’s Avatar. Wasn’t he on a wheel chair too? Kinda same concept but instead of mecha, he’s piloting some big alien biological creature.

  6. JELEINEN says:

    You’d think they’d figure out some sort of fuse or circuit breaker if feedback is a danger.

    • Stormshrug says:

      Well, they kind of did, given that What’sherloli with the cat ears triggered a “disconnect button” right before Wheelchair Cleo got the worst of it. But if you mean an automated system to do that, yes, that would make sense. However, we’re already talking about giant bipedal robots. “Practicality” already eloped with “cost-effectiveness,” and they aren’t planning on coming back from the impromptu honeymoon any time soon.

    • aq1018@gmail.com says:

      If (feedback_level > danger_level) {
      break_circuit;
      }

      There, just add this patch to the OS….

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