Guilty Crown (2011– )
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After the outbreak of the unidentified virus "Lost Christmas" in 2029, Japan has been under the control of a multi-nation organization called GHQ. Ohma Shu is a 17 year old boy who has a ... See full summary »

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Yûki Kaji ...
 Shu Ouma (22 episodes, 2011-2012)
Ai Kayano ...
 Inori Yuzuriha / ... (22 episodes, 2011-2012)
Austin Tindle ...
 Shu Ouma (22 episodes, 2011-2012)
Kana Hanazawa ...
 Ayase Shinomiya / ... (21 episodes, 2011-2012)
Ayana Taketatsu ...
 Tsugumi (20 episodes, 2011-2012)
Kazuhiko Inoue ...
 Shuichiro Keido (19 episodes, 2011-2012)
Yûichi Nakamura ...
 Gai Tsutsugami (18 episodes, 2011-2012)
Daisuke Sakaguchi ...
 Souta Tamadate (18 episodes, 2011-2012)
Yuya Murakami ...
 Soldier / ... (17 episodes, 2011-2012)
Anri Katsu ...
 Arugo Tsukishima (16 episodes, 2011-2012)
Nobutoshi Kanna ...
 Segai Waltz Makoto (15 episodes, 2011-2012)
Takahiro Mizushima ...
 Yahiro Samukawa (14 episodes, 2011-2012)
Takehito Koyasu ...
 Shibungi (14 episodes, 2011-2012)
Minako Kotobuki ...
 Kanon Kusama (14 episodes, 2011-2012)
Naoya Nosaka ...
 Rowan / ... (14 episodes, 2011-2012)
Aya Endo ...
 Arisa Kuhoin (13 episodes, 2011-2012)
Chika Fujimura ...
 Haruka Ouma (13 episodes, 2011-2012)
Koki Uchiyama ...
 Daryl Yan (13 episodes, 2011-2012)
Kosuke Takaguchi ...
 Oogumo / ... (13 episodes, 2011-2012)
Yu Shimamura ...
 Hare Menjou (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
Tsuguo Mogami ...
 Dan Eagleman / ... (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
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After the outbreak of the unidentified virus "Lost Christmas" in 2029, Japan has been under the control of a multi-nation organization called GHQ. Ohma Shu is a 17 year old boy who has a psychic power in his right hand. He can use the power "Ability of King" to extract tools or weapons from his friends. He has been avoiding making trouble for others but his life changes when he meets a girl Yuzuriha Inori, a member of a resistance guerrilla group called "Funeral Parlor", whose members pilot mecha weapons to fight against the government. Written by ANN

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The very definition of a guilty pleasure
21 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had extremely high hopes for Guilty Crown when it was first announced. The story sounded promising, especially considering the presence of the Code Geass screen-writers, the art was easy on they eyes, and it had the vibe of a classic in the making. I finished it a few days ago and came away from the show with mixed feelings. Guilty Crown has proved to be a very divisive show, suffering some of the most hatred I have seen inflicted upon a show in a long time, a view that I partially agree with, but not to the extent that many do. Now that it has finished airing, I've decided to write about my thoughts on the series as a review.

Guilty Crown revolves around Ouma Shu, a socially withdrawn high-school student, who lives in a world where Japan is under the tight-fisted control of an oppressive military organization named GHQ due to an outbreak of a deadly virus ten years previously. Shu soon gains a genetic power derived from the "Void Genome" which allows him to create weapons and tools from the hearts of other people. Shu is recruited by a mysterious girl named Inori into a freedom fighting force known as Undertaker and he soon sets out to stop the GHQ.

It's not the most original story idea in the world, but its a workable concept in the hands of a skilled writer. The issue that arises is the show's obsession with becoming another mega-popular genre-spanning epic in the vein of Code Geass. Two of Code Geass's scriptwriters penned the series and its painfully obvious. Similar to Code Geass, Guilty Crown is a Frankenstein of genres, slamming together everything from romance to mecha in an attempt to appeal to a wide audience. This strategy worked for Geass, GC doesn't pull it off with quite the same level of grace. The show relies heavily on stereotypical anime clichés for its characters and story and the plot shamelessly rips off other better series such as but not limited to Code Geass on numerous occasions.

Through all of this, GC still manages to be a fun ride despite the chronic lack of inspiration. The main gimmick of weapons derived from the hearts of companions is a novel idea and helps create many exciting fight sequences. The action scenes rank as by far the best part of the series. The fight choreography is well-done and sets up some heart-pounding action sequences involving everything from standard shoot-outs to mecha duels.

Despite an initially strong start, GC starts staggering several episodes in under the excessive use of clichés. The plot starts running out of steam at an alarming rate and defaults to standard boring anime high school antics. However, things do pick up towards the halfway point. The show's story actually becomes somewhat unpredictable in the latter half of the series, leading up to a rushed but reasonably satisfying ending.

The characters are a mixed bag. Shu isn't the worst protagonist ever, but there aren't many reasons to empathize with him in the first half of the series. Many criticize Shu for being a weak-willed character, however I didn't find him to be that unlikable for all his flaws. Shu's character evolves somewhat as the series progresses and he eventually gains some backbone as things progress. The varied cast of characters that make up Undertaker and Shu's school friends is hit and miss. Some of the characters are likable, others not so much. The one thing that ties them all together is a sharp lack of decent character development. The antagonists aren't that much out of the ordinary, but are fun to root against. Special note must be given to the character of Inori, who ranks as one of the most flat and uninteresting characters I have seen in any work of fiction. Her character is little more than an emotionless piece of eye-candy that exists solely to pander. I can't help but feel GC would have vastly benefited from a more likable female lead. Overall, the cast of characters isn't that bad, but suffer from a lack of charisma and character development.

The art is, in a word, gorgeous. Production I.G spared no expense in the animation and the result is awe-inspiring to look upon. Detail fills everything from the backgrounds to the characters themselves. The coloring is particularly pleasing to the eye. The fight sequences are many times a wonder to behold thanks to the detailed and fluid animation. Its quite obvious that a lot of talent went into the production of the show. Its such a shame that the story can't match up to the exceptional production values.

Guilty Crown fares very well in the sound department. The opening and ending songs are pretty catchy. The background music is absolutely superb. Certain scenes in the series are elevated from mediocrity to greatness simply because of how fitting the music is. I would say that the music in many scenes, such as in the last episode, are of movie quality. The quality of the voice acting is very good even though many times the script doesn't do the the performer's talents justice.

In the end, your enjoyment of this show will depend on whether you can look past the gaping issues with the story and just enjoy it for the well-produced sloppy fun it is. If Guilty Crown would've had better script-writers, it is very possible it would have turned into a modern classic, but as it is now, GC merely ranks as a technically superb example of failed potential. For all the problems, I felt that my time with the show was time well-spent and I had a lot of fun along the way. If you don't care about poor writing and just want a slickly animated and fairly entertaining way to spend twenty-two episodes, Guilty Crown is your show; more discerning viewers will want to look elsewhere.


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