The Faith and Peace of Gai Tsutsugami

One of the most divisive series of the fall is Guilty Crown.  On our site, Goldy’s comments on the series have been mostly positive; others haven’t been so kind to the show.  But regardless of one’s feelings, it’s no stretch to say the show features three main characters which are memorable – the weak-willed lead, Shu Ouma; the mysterious and unemotional sex symbol, Inori Yuzuriha; and the strong, practical leader of the Funeral Parlor, Gai Tsutsugami.  While first two are the types I might want to be friends with, it is the last that I find most compelling.

Guilty Crown Gai
Art by カナ

Gai is bold and uncompromising.  He demands and receives complete obedience from the members of Funeral Parlor, maybe demonstrated most emphatically through the young girl who follows him to her death in episodes five and six.  But also throughout, we see Shu as the only one defying Gai; otherwise, the rest of Funeral Parlor not only listens to Gai, but approaches his plans with a strange calmness, even in the face of danger and death.

This seemingly contradictory joining of peace with possible pain is perhaps more plausible upon further inspection.  One text, in particular, stresses the outcome of peace when one has faith.  In the biblical passage about the “armor of God” (Ephesians 6:10-18), Paul mentions the sandals or boots of the gospel of peace.  The gospel message – belief in Jesus as Savior – brings us peace, not only internally, but between us and God.  The Bibles describes us as God’s enemies, but Christ’s sacrifice is the terms of the peace settlement that makes us right with Him.  Similarly, faith in Gai brings the Funeral Parlor members a peace internally as they trust their everything in their leader; it remains yet to be seen if a similar sacrifice will happen to bring the team peace with GHQ or some other entity.

I’ll end this post with the words penned by Horatio Spafford, written after he lost all of his children, four daughters, in a shipwreck.  Better than I ever could, it tells of the peace one has when he or she places faith in one who won’t let you down:

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

TWWK

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2 thoughts on “The Faith and Peace of Gai Tsutsugami

  1. I have yet to watch this series but your post gives me more motivation to check it out. I am concerned about a weak-willed lead; never been a fan of those type of characters. They seem to be pervasive in anime but the idea of faith and peace is of interest.

    1. Thanks for the comments. I will mention that the theme I examined is not really prominent – I thought of it well after watching an episode. As for the weak-willed lead…yeah, the one in this series has been commented on extensively, in a negative manner.

      But the show sure is stylish…

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