Guilty Crown Review
“Why do people fight, hurting one another?”
As of recent years, among all the overrated anime, Guilty Crown may perhaps be one of the most over-hyped series yet.
After the “Lost Christmas” virus outbreak, Japan had been under control of GHQ, a military force backed by the United Nations which helped Japan in maintaining the virus outbreak. The main story focuses on Ouma Shu, a high-school student who got dragged into a war between the “Undertakers”, a group of terrorists, who are fighting against the government. Shu has a strange ability called the “Powers of Kings”, where he can extract tools or weapons from the hearts of other people, which are more commonly known as “voids”.
Guilty Crown may sounds interesting at first, but their storytelling dampens on the overall potential of the show. The anime’s main problem story-wise can be easily summed as unoriginal and unorganized. The anime is filled with numerous cliches and the plot is one big jumbling mess. The writing is really bad, as if the creators are just doing whatever they want with the plot as the show went on. This problem is present until to the very end, resulting in awkward and unnatural plot twists, due to silly reasons or logic behind some character’s actions.
Because of bad writing, I had been watching the whole show at face value, even when there were drama, tears and even death, I watch all of them with a poker face. I can’t feel anything, due to aforementioned issues. Of cause, this is still somewhat okay, but even the characters are horrible.
The whole shows focuses on Ouma Shu, a seemingly bland male lead at first who only desires an ordinary life. While his character development to a more matured and decisive lead would had been better with a more flowed pacing, the creators messed it up. Latter part of the series, he looks like a complete imitation of Lelouch from Code Geass, a very bad imitation at that. I would had pitied and sympathize his role, but again, with the unstable pacing, I just watch him running about with a poker face once more.
The other characters are no better, Inori, for one, is incredibly dull and serves nothing more but just a plot device. Arugo at one point mentioned that Inori had been reduced to nothing more but Shu’s servant, or something along those lines, and he’s completely right. Gai, on the other hand, “plays” leader at one point, and “plays” the bad guys in the latter part of the show, again, with a pretty illogical and dumb reason which the creators probably just came up with as soon as they arrive at that particular scene. The rest of the supporting cast doesn’t even look that appealing too, or perhaps Tsugumi’s waving her ass around while hacking may be the saving grace as characters go by.. wait, whut? I almost got blinded and was about to judge Guilty Crown in a biased manner, whew.
The true saving grace for Guilty Crown, may be the sights and sounds. The visuals are nothing of cause, compared to the likes of Nisemonogatari or Black Rock Shooter, but on it’s own, it is already a sight to see, literally. The backgrounds are astonishingly detailed, and gives a post-apocalypse atmosphere, which the show is obviously going for. Animations are damn smooth too, which results in great action sequences.
The music is nice, though some English tracks can be heard from time to time, not to say they are bad, but they doesn’t quite match with Guilty Crown. The openings and ending tracks are amazing though, and both Koede and Chelly, who sang most of the opening/ending tracks, are awesome singers. Of cause, any songs which are involved by supercell one way or the other will never disappoint for sure.
Guilty Crown had a huge marketing budget, and was given a 22-episodes timeslot. They had more then enough episodes to create a more organized storyline. As of now though, Guilty Crown’s plot and characters are just a huge blatant rip-off from other popular titles, creating an anime far more cliche one had never thought of. That is actually okay, if Guilty Crown had a decent execution, even a typical plot element can be great, but Guilty Crown falls short at it’s way of presenting it’s storylines.
Overall, Guilty Crown is disappointing, and it’s best not to expect too much from this show, despite the hype over it. I heard Nitroplus is going to adapt a Guilty Crown spin-off visual novel, well, here’s hoping Nitroplus will do the anime some good, some way or the other…