Hot girls and super powered right hands, and no Touma to get in the way.
|The right to use my friend as a weapon. That is the sinful crown I shall adorn. I’ve been anxious for this show, and I’m really looking forward to watching and talking about this here on Meta with Fosh each week!|
|From the glowing Fall review, all of you must know that we have been waiting quite patiently for this series to start airing. The anticipation has been addled with lots of snorts from elitists about it failing like Black Rock Shooter or just being a pretty anime. Well, let’s see how this fairs generally but looking at the staff and names behind this, one expects nothing but brilliance.|
|The most anticipated anime of the season, with all the big names to back it up. It’s everything you could ever want from an anime and more, so let’s see how they handled episode one…|
Well Guilty Crown is finally here and it has everyone so excited! I know when I saw the first set of trailers, made me want this series so badly. Now it’s time to start this massive tag team post for episode one with myself, Kyo, Jrow and OC. I hope you enjoy all of our thoughts and comments for this awesome review.
Plot follows a future set in Tokyo in the year 2039 after a terrible outbreak in 2029. We follow Shu, an average student living out his daily life of school and hanging out with friends; until one day he meets a strange girl named Inori who happens to be huge idol and member of a team called the Undertaker. Shu soon discovers more about this girl as he gets drawn into a brand new war and he rushes to save her after she was captured by the local government. While he saves her life she unlocks Shu’s hidden ability of King or “Guilty Crown” after pulling a weapon from Inori’s chest, saving the day for now.
Shu- “Pink haired chicks look amazing on my new iPad 9000.”
We start right off following Inori running away from a few huge mechs after she stole something valuable from them. While all of this is going on, our main character Shu watches Inori singing a lovely song on his super cool tablet on a nearby roof. Unknown to him and everyone else a new war is about to begin. The next day Shu goes through a normal day of school, chatting in his own way with some friends and we get a short history flashback of the outbreak and the after effects it left on Japan, crippling it to take assistance from others and finally coming under the rule of GHQ. Well at least you have one thing going for you dude, friends! Most anime characters have no friends at all, but do you really have to sit in THAT special seat? You know what seat I’m talking about right? The “problem student chair of awesome”.
Careful of Inori’s good looks! She might have another side to her, or she just loves to grin meaningfully?
During Shu’s short lunch break he takes a walk to a nearby building where he does some awesome video editing. I wonder what kind of computer Shu actually uses? It must be some super green machine from the future and maybe powered by all those plants. While he strolls inside he suddenly hears a girl singing! Did I forget to mention Inori has a really amazing singing voice? Well she does! Shu scares the girl by mistake and gets attacked by her tiny robot, but she soon calms down after seeing one of his videos in production, calling it pretty. Inori begins to interest Shu as he tries to talk to her, only to learn she has something valuable to transport to her friends aka the Undertaker. Before Shu can answer any of her questions, a special unit of the local government known as the GHQ arrive in a rush with one thing on their minds: capture Inori and retrieve the Void Genome. Because the GHQ really want her blood for experiments and science related stuff, Shu panics and cries. YES HE CRIED LIKE A BIG BABY, I don’t blame him as the poor guy just lost his pink haired princess!
Shu- “Don’t stare at her boobs, ah damn…too late…”
Guard- “Why does the captain get cool orange glasses?!” Captain- “I get paid more, you fool.”
Robot- “Dude! I do not want a crotch shot of you.” Shu- “Shut it! The girls wanted one right??”
Well, he manages to pull himself together after some self motivation and decides to carry out the rest of Inori’s super secret mission. Until he runs into some unfriendly guys that harass him, but before Shu makes friends with these random dudes, he gets saved by a blond haired guy named Gai. This guy wastes no time and proceeds to beat the living crap out of every one in his way! *Cough*Shizuo*Cough* Gai also brings his own badass theme music to his fights.
Shu- “Uhhhh sorry mister, I don’t want any free candy tonight; maybe tomorrow?”
Gai- “I’ve gloves on and that means I’m super important! Call me a doctor that puts people in hospital.”
Meanwhile the GHQ pretty much slaughter everyone in sight because they are super bored, also this whole scene screamed Code Geass! Inori’s friends arrive and split up to search for Inori. Shu decides to quit being such a huge baby and runs off to find his pink haired friend on his own and discovers her limping away towards two giant GHQ mecha. Yes, that seems like the best way to go, Inori! Walk right to the two giant killer robots so they can finish you off. Shu rushes in and saves her before she gets squashed by the robots. After he saves her life, she helps him unlock his king powers or “guilty crown” abilities, which was triggered by the busted virus vial. With these new powers, Shu pulls out a large sword from her chest and cuts one of the GHQ’s machines in half leaving one amazing explosion. The episode ends shortly after with a shot of our cool dude Shu walking away from an explosion looking like a total badass for a few moments.
Pilot- “Hey, Steve, let’s go out for ice cream after this.” Steve- “I think “ill get cherry sauce on mine.”
Inori- “I seem to be lost, can you two help me?” Shu- “OH GOD, STOP TALKING TO STRANGERS, INORI!”
Shu- “Oh boy look at this killer tattoo! Oh wait did she just say use me?…..fufufufuuu….”
At least take her out on a date first before you pull things out of her….
After Shu was compared to Touma, he killed them all with his new toy.
Extra action fun time
Inori hit the high notes and destroyed her house.
Guard- “Sorry I kicked you but uh… can I have your autograph? My kids are big fans.”
Tsugumi- “Yo, drop the mechanical rice cooker or I’ll kill you.” (Now imagine Azusa saying that)
I can’t wait to see more of this cool looking machine!
Inori and Shu sharing a great bonding moment. (Kyo insert: Get a room, you two~ >.>)
Guilty Crown has been definitely my most anticipated series of this season. All of the production art and the PV trailers had me hungry for this first episode, and the rest of the staff on board provided hope for a great story to go along with sweet, sweet animation. From a production perspective, animation and music are rock solid and is my personal favorite of what I’ve seen. Fate/Zero is also terrific, and I’m not ranking these guys #1 or #2; I’ve just been very high on I.G. for years and really love their designs. Amazing backdrops, awesome key animation and character designs such as the, well, sexy Inori really highlighted the eyecandy that will be Guilty Crown. The opening scene of her fleeing with Futella looked great while accompanied by an insert song right off the bat. We still have yet to be introduced to the mech a component, and even if they aren’t some fancy Star Driver approvoise crap, as long as they look sharp and are effective in making shit blow up, I’ll be pleased. I do want to see Shu start doing more with his power real soon, cause that sword looks so fricken awesome!
The music was great. All the theme music was great, the score was great, and even the rock music during the Gai scene shows some diversity in the OST aside from just “here’s our peaceful/happy/sad tracks”. The Gai scene did feel thrown in just for kicks to show some key animation, and it was very quickly offset by Tsugumi who took Futella away from Shu. And I’m guessing that theme song used during Shu summoning of his weapon is the OP, which really amped up that scene and rivaled F/Z’s summoning in episode 1.
Them sweet productions values are there, but the story will need time to develop. Story-wise, I’m placing hope that things will be fleshed out in time. I’m sure of it, but the first episode wasn’t as strong at setting up as I would’ve wanted it to be. After the opening sequence of Inori escaping, everything else went by so quickly and jumped scene-to-scene that it was like an introduction to the characters, but no bother in telling you their story or even making them intriguing figures; it’s like Majikoi, but that show can get away with it because expectations aren’t too high and the whole episode had an over-the-top rhythm that was kinda fun to be on. That’s where I did like F/Z’s debut more. Right now, I only care about what’s going on with Inori and whatever past it is she seems to have with Shu. As a male lead, Shu’s not looking very trend-breaking which is a little annoying, but if his character can get some good development, I’ll like that a lot and he’ll become a much better character for it.
Oh, the music. I think apart of amazing looking visuals and animation, music is what really captured my ear throughout the episode. I’ve been a fan of ryo for sometime so it’s pretty understandable that I look forward to all his new projects. This is definitely his most ambitious and I loved the placement of it all; OST will be such a bomb! Same goes for animation and character design that literally pops out of the screen. I don’t know the technicalities of 10-bit but if it has any connection to quality enhancement, Guilty Crown has really been a sight for sore eyes. I always have high expectations whenever Production I.G comes out with a new series because they have really kept up with quality and it shows in the most anticipated series of Fall; well, aside Fate/Zero.
Composition wise there was definitely something lacking in this episode. The beginning was really well handled with character introductions, especially that song. Man, this girl’s voice is really breathtaking; though, personally I miss nagi. But later on, a lot of things were unsaid and left on the watchers to figure out for themselves, which is alright in the long run because this is a two-cour series and you can’t always have a Fate/Zero beginning with all expositions in one-go. All characters and their circumstances of how they knows each other would definitely be shown but in parts of flashbacks most probably. I definitely would like to know how Inori knew Shu when they were kids and what actually transpired the “Lost Christmas”.
One thing I liked, the hero didn’t just up and got beat up to save the girl. I’m glad that Shu is not another Touma and can actually get scared and has issues. With Yuki Kaji voicing Shu, I was reminded quite strongly of Sion from No.6 and I can only hope to see lots of character development for our protagonist and the reason of him possessing such a special ability. It was almost as if Inori and Gai transpired for this to happen but we’ll know soon enough the story behind it. Speaking of blonds, he’s another one of those I’ll end up liking just because he’s badass and has awesome BGM to boot (also, Yuuichi Nakamura <3), while Inori becomes the central figure of mystery with her quite manner and sense of resolve. I definitely want to know more about Undertakers and have reason to believe that they are right in fighting the oppressive GHQ. This is definitely is on a good start, unlike the much talked about Blood-C of last season that literally crashed and burned in the end. Hopefully, the pacing is better in the next few episodes and this becomes a promising offering of this season.
Now THAT is how you do a first episode. The concept itself is pretty typical when you boil it down, but Guilty Crown handles it with style. It’s just another boy finds mysterious girl, boy saves girl, and boy gains Physics-defying superpowers set-up, but the execution is stunning. The art is gorgeous, as expected of Production I.G. They’ve got their typical lighting porn going on where they use the placing of lighting to really set the tone of scenes. Not only is it “pretty” but the fight scene with Gai and the Dantalian no Shoka like sword-summoning were fluid and crisp. You know an action scene is well-animated when your mouth is left hanging out like a fish out of water (although, the KICKASS MUSIC may have been another reason why I was so captivated). Everything about this show is mind-blowingly impressive.
This season has been rife with leading males that have no personality. They’re less interesting than your kitchen wallpaper, and about just as deep in terms of character (i.e. not deep at all because wallpaper is 2D, in case you didn’t catch that). Shu is a lead I really latched onto, because although he’s got the that meek personality, he’s relatable. He’s awkward, but not an anti-social dick. He’s compliant, but compassionate enough to try and make things right. Of course if a bunch of guys come in and threaten to kill you, you’re going to let them do what you want. Not only that, but he curled up into a ball for a few minutes before he went to save her. He’s the perfect balance of a normal teenager who, when put in a dire situation, will let out all those repressed feelings and wreck havoc. I can’t say so much for his lady friend just yet (she’s just the off-beat magical…thing. so far) but at the very least, her outfit is pretty sick.
I don’t want to ramble too much about this show, but just know that this is my #1 of the season so far. It has the potential to be the god tier anime of the Fall, if it can keep this up. I’m really curious where things go from here, and what Shu will do with his newfound powers. Will he reject them at first and try to live a normal life for a bit? Part of me wants him to keep his sheepish side a bit longer, and slowly grow into a confident young man. I really can’t stress enough how much I’m anticipating the next episode. If you’re gonna watch any one show this season, make it Guilty Crown!
Whoaaaaa! For a series I was drooling over while waiting, it sure did deliver on everything I wanted! From amazing animation, great looking character designs and one really amazing soundtrack. The only thing I was somewhat disappointed was the story itself. But this was just the first episode and Guilty Crown is scheduled to have twenty-two episodes. I know that seems like a really random number, when most of us are used to twenty-four or twenty-six. I’m sure we will have many flashbacks to cover the plot-holes; I just really hope they get those boring ass flashbacks out of the way early! Not like Sacred Seven because they just failed at that so hard.
Character designs by Redjuice sure look amazing during the action scenes! And that whole fight with Gai and those random thugs? That was so great. Yeah I know we really didn’t get to see much of that actual fight but damn the animation for that whole scene was amazing. And then Gai’s theme music kicked in, really good stuff right there. I can’t wait to hear the other random songs that pop up during the other action scenes for us to enjoy. Mecha designs looked decent too and really reminds me of Code Geass again because the GHQ machines just drive and transform. To non Geass fans, think more of Makoto’s robot from Sacred Seven styled design. I didn’t really like the mecha that saved Inori the first time on the bridge, it looked kind of lame to me.
Now to talk about the main characters! Starting off with Shu who happens to be just another scared main guy getting thrown into war, well I was sort of expecting him to be a mess of emotions because he’s just a “normal” dude who is new to war and fighting. So hopefully Shu does not spend most of his time crying or rocking back and forth after killing people and seeing blood for the first time. And for Inori! It’s easy to tell that her character design is meant to catch the guys’ attention with that outfit of hers and long pink hair, which always look great on some anime girls and she sings too!? Please do not turn out to be another Lacus Cline type. Well it does seem like Inori might not be the brightest person in the brains department, then again she might be a super brilliant character. She only got to sing and say like two to three lines in this first episode; hopefully, she gets to talk a bit more next time. Overall this was a great episode for me! So what did you think of Guilty Crown? Hated it or loved every minute of it?! Do tell us!
Join Shu and his amazing new friends for more action and EPIC SINGING from Inori!