Here we go again. Another Tetsuro Araki series. First DeathNote, then Highschool of the Dead, then Attack on Titan and now we’re on to Guilty Crown. Let’s see how this one is going to go...
Guilty Crown is an original 22 episode Action/SciFi/Romance series from director Tetsuro Araki and Production I.G. for the fall 2011 season. Manga, light novel and video game adaptations followed afterwards with the video game Guilty Crown: Lost Christmas the last to be released in July of 2012. As of this review, Guilty Crown has been licensed FUNimation Entertainment (US), Manga Entertainment (UK), and Madman Entertainment (AUS).
High school student Shu Ouma encounters a wounded girl named Inori Yuzuriha, the vocalist of a popular internet group Egoist, taking refuge at his film club's workshop. The GHQ Anti Bodies storm the workshop and arrest her for involvement with the terrorist group Funeral Parlor. Shu follows the coordinates of Inori's robot to a drop zone where he meets Gai Tsutsugami, leader of Funeral Parlor, who asks him to safeguard a vial. As GHQ begins attacking the Ruppongi area looking for the vial, it shatters as Shu goes to rescue Inori when she becomes threatened by GHQ Endlave mechs. The vial contains the Void Genome, a powerful genetic weapon derived from the Apocalypse Virus that grants Shu the "Power of the Kings", an ability that allows his right hand to extract Voids, weapons of people's psyche given physical form.
With Production I.G. being the ones to animate Guilty Crown, no one will be surprised when I say the animation is great! Production I.G. has been gaining really good ground when it comes to animating their series, and Guilty Crown is no different. Everything just looks beautiful, and the fight scenes just flow naturally. There is a little bit of CGI animation hiding in there but it’s not overpowering and it makes the series flow rather well. As for the soundtrack, the big selling point FUNimation used for their release was Supercell, a JPop group. The music from this group along with their other existing act Exoist was rather good and I’ll probably hunt down some songs to listen to. Hiroyuki Swano also took charge of music but more for the rest of the soundtrack instead of insert songs. Aside from the insert tracks, Guilty Crown’s soundtrack has it’s moments of beautiful sounding music and then it’s moments of cliched tracks and sometimes those cliched tracks can be glaringly obvious.
I mentioned quite a bit already about Tetsuro Araki’s involvement with this series, but for what reason? If you’re familiar with his work you may already know that he isn’t that good with his stories. For some reason, his work tends to have story problems. DeathNote’s second half was a mess, Attack on Titan had really long drawn out arcs (though a second season is in the works so I’m not worried), and High School of the Dead is..... well it’s High School of the Dead. Point is, for some reason, for all the dramatic moments and fun characters we meet in his work, the story seems to have some sort of flaw. Where does that leave Guilty Crown? I’d say it’s in a similar situation that DeathNote had. Once it hit a certain part in the series it all started falling downhill. It doesn’t help that I went into this series with little expectations as it is, and instead I just started looking for where it was going to land on its face. The series was already shaky as it was from the beginning, and it got ripped apart at the seams by the end. Not only that, but plot holes and questions will be found by the time you finish this show. Guilty Crown’s story was it’s weak point, that’s for sure.
|.....I know the DeathNote comparison is hard to believe but trust me.|
|Honestly didn't think Solusod could pull it off, but he did!|
|We meet again, 9th... I'm starting to like you Neves...|
|I forgot to mention Josh Grelle is hanging out here too. Just saying.|
When we’ve finished looking into our friend’s hearts, Guilty Crown is exactly what you expect from director Tetsuro Araki. Similarly to DeathNote, Guilty Crown has a moderately good start only to crash and burn by the end. If nothing else, the animation is beautiful, the insert songs were rather memorable, and some of the characters are fun to watch (*cough* Gai *cough cough*). Sadly, though, the series isn’t all that good overall, making the high anticipation almost worthless. It’s still a fun show, despite these flaws, so action fans will enjoy it. But for those who were hoping for something more then an average action series, they will be rather
Next time, we begin a month long adventure with a girl named Saya. Until then, otaku on my friends!
Final Rating - 5/10 This should have been about Gai... Just saying...