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July 2, 2012

Anime Review: Guilty Crown

So, some guys decided to take ideas from other anime and mash it into one action-packed series and what do we get? Guilty Crown. Does it work out? Relatively, depending if you like the idea of ideas being reused throughout the anime.

Guilty CrownSynopsis:

The story takes place in Tokyo in 2039, after the outbreak of the "Apocalypse Virus" during what became known as the "Lost Christmas" of 2029. Since then, Japan has been under the control of the multinational organization called GHQ. 

Ouma Shu is a 17 year-old boy who mistakenly obtains a rare and great power. He can use this power, "The Right Hand of the King," to extract "voids," or tools/weapons that are the manifestations of peoples' hearts. 

He has been rather shy since a childhood tragedy, but both his personality and life change forever when he meets a girl named Yuzuriha Inori, a member of the rebel group called "Funeral Parlor," whose members seek the restoration of self-government in Japan via the ousting of GHQ.

Review:

There have been plenty of mixed reactions regarding this anime. My reaction has been mostly positive to the presentation of the story. Firstly, lets talk about what happens. We got this rampant virus infecting people and disrupting society. Sounds pretty generic already. It gets even better. We got this average guy which is portrayed as a "nobody" that accidentally obtains a rare and great power called the Void. This scenario has probably been reused many times. Anyhow, he joins a rebel group going against the government. Along the way, he learns more about the virus, more about himself, and more about the people around him. Even though it may sound rather generic and cliche, the anime was still enjoyable to watch. I would say that the story is linear, reused, and quite predictable if you analyse the story completely. Some characters in the story randomly changes side and have the most childish dialogue there is. Thus the story was really easy to understand and had pretty much no major plot twists at all.

The art was just simply wonderful and spectacular. Fight scenes were battle animations were fluid and highly detailed. The characters looked rather generic and probably reused from other anime. Aside for that, the mechas in the anime were also highly detailed. Overall presentation was superb.

I think the creators solely focused on the art department so the sound in the anime was pretty average. The theme songs took some time to get used to and some tunes felt out of place in context with what was being shown on screen. Regardless of music positioning, I quite liked soundtrack that varies between rock music and orchestral pop. Voice acting was also average. Most characters had voice actors that were unknown so the characters lacked some needed "personality" in the anime.

The characters were a mixed bag. The character developments from the anime felt heavily borrowed from Code Geass and Mirai Nikki. The main character, Shu, is comparable to Lelouch. He starts of as a wimp and slowly becomes more sociable and decisive. There was also a turning point where he completely changes his personality from being a kind person to an arrogant one. Inori is comparable to Mirai Nikki's Yuno. She has pink long hair, becomes a monster, and has a slight yandere attitude. She also has a split personality which is revealed later in the series. As for the other characters, perhaps it more like Angel Beats! where students of the school carry weapons and fight off the opposition.

Whether you liked this idea of a mash-up of awesome anime into one, Guilty Crown has entertained me from start to finish. Each episode is fast-paced, action-packed, and just simply well animated. I didn't mind Shu's personality at all which kind of reflects my own otaku personality. For me, the anime was engaging, fun, laughable, and adrenaline-rushing.

STORY: 8
If you can disregard some floppy story developments and random character changes, you will enjoy this anime a lot for its action.

ART: 9
Simply amazingly animated. Backgrounds and characters had fine detail on them.

SOUND: 7
The theme songs took some time to get used to. The singing was a bit off-tune but was bearable. Some music felt out of place in various scenes also voice acting was decent.

CHARACTER: 8
The characters felt a bit generic and reused from other anime. Plenty of anime references if you look closely.

ENJOYMENT: 9
I loved the action, the emotion, and the adrenaline rush from the epic battles. The Voids were also unique and entertaining to watch.

OVERALL: 8
It was fun and engaging for me. Even though the story was rather generic and linear I still enjoyed the cliche moments.

PSotD - Capsule

Title: Capsule
Artist: Mix Speaker's Inc.
Year: 2012
Notes: An insert song for the anime Daily Lives of High School Boys
I really like how the voices of the band's two vocalists harmonize and mix well together.


DDL: From AnimeMp3.

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