on 26 October 2014
Guilty Crown is one of the most lazily written, derivative and nonsensical anime series that I've seen in recent times. But, with all of that having been said, it still somehow manages to be consistently unpredictable and entertaining throughout. Sure, every part of this series has been stolen from somewhere else, and granted many of the pieces don't click together very well, but that's part of Guilty Crown's anarchic charm; it really is all over the place, and I defy anyone to predict some of the bizarre turns the story takes later on! Also to the show's credit is the lovely artwork and music, as well as the dub (it's from Production IG, and was released by Funimation, so all of that is a bit of a given.)
If you're an undemanding anime fan who doesn't mind wading through all of the usual clichés for the zillionth time then this series is definitely worth a look - though it really shouldn't be a priority with so many other great shows on the market at the moment. It's fun, but not fantastic.
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on 10 December 2013
As the description states, Guilty Crown is about a boy named Shu who lives in a Japan that has experienced a meteorite crash and the ravaging of the somewhat conspicuously named ''Apocalypse Virus''. Shu has a run in with an internet popstar named Inori, who just so happens to work as a freedom fighter at the weekends, and his world is changed forever as he has a mysterious power thrust upon him, and must decide how he will use that power, for what cause, and what purpose.
From the other reviews, you will find more praise than I will give here, but I just wanted to give a different perspective on this anime. I picked this up elsewhere but soon returned it after watching it. I'll start with the positive aspects of the show. The animation and art of the show is superb, with excellent, fluid fight scenes and vibrant, eye-catching colours that combined with the Blu-ray package is sure to give you a great visual experience, all thanks to the team at Production IG, who also worked on the original Ghost in the Shell, and its tv incarnation, Stand Alone Complex, so you know you are getting quality, and the soundtrack for the show is well done, there are no points where you feel that a track is out of place or not up to standard, so it's always nice when an anime has a good accompanying score. The dub for the show is also competent, some of the voices are grating or don't fit the characters, but it does its job and is not absolutely terrible. From a technical standpoint, this is one of the finest examples of a well produced anime in recent times.
However, there are some glaring negatives that need to be addressed. First, the plot. While at first the plot is quite intriguing enough, and the concept of the King's Right Hand is a great idea, the execution just does not match up. With awkward pacing at times, plot holes, nonsensical twists, and constant Deus Ex Machina all over that just happen along and are not there for convenience whatsoever (wink, wink), the show falls down as it jumps from one episode to the next, stumbling and bumbling like a drunk out on the town. An anime can have great action, and be visually sublime, a good soundtrack only adds to it too, but action is pointless without a cause, and so I found it hard to become invested in the show when watching. An example would be that the King's Right Hand is useless on anyone over the age of 17, which itself is a really convenient figure as Shu is at school surrounded by teenagers, but then it becomes utterly useless anywhere else as it has that age restriction. Following that, all the ways to solve whatever the episode's problem is are always on hand and ready for Shu to just remember about or stumble upon and use, and with that, all tension exits stage left. It seems like all the ideas for the show were thrown in a big pot, mixed, and then served as they settled. Second, the characters. I'll just come out and say it, I hated a lot of the characters. Shu is not as deep or complex a character as say Shinji from Evangelion or Spike from Bebop for example, and that seems to be what they were intending. He is a moody, perplexed, and socially awkward schoolboy, but not in an endearing or empathetic way, and can be infuriating, saying some of the strangest lines of dialogue I've heard, a point I'd make for a lot of the cast actually. Inori is also the Rei doll character, thus has no personality whatsoever, and what little character she does possess, when the plot finds it convenient to show it, changes sometimes on an almost episodic basis, completely throwing you. Gai is the standard cocky hero, who has insecurities and deep seated fears, but anyone who knows cliche archetypes can see through this immediately, and so he is just a boring lead. And third, character development. Which is painful to watch. Of course, the character development is hamfisted and forced into episodes very awkwardly, and leaps from one character to the next, throwing in cliche after cliche, with some poor writing to boot. Things like Shu exclaiming ''Inori is my everything!'' after he's known her for a fortnight at best, and also knowing apparently she shows no interest in him, makes you wonder at times.
But, all that aside, I feel that there was a genuine enthusiasm behind this project from the creators. The way I see it, it's a visually impressive trainwreck of a show, with a nice accompanying soundtrack for said trainwreck. It's not clever, and the plot and characters leave a lot to be desired, but if you don't care about it as a whole, and just want some big, dumb, fun action, if you switch your brain off, you could probably find enjoyment with it. I personally can't however, and this is reflected in this review and score.
Thanks for reading, take a look around about the show and decide for yourself, this is my opinion after all.