For a long time, Guilty Crown has been on everyone’s radar. It was certain that Guilty Crown, helmed by the same guy who brought us anime classics like Death Note and Attack on Titan, would be a series that we could get into and enjoy. Unfortunately, the more we watched, the less interested we became in the series.
Guilty Crown is a 2011 Japanese anime television series directed by Production I.G that premiered on Fuji TV’s noitamina block on October 13, 2011. The plot centres around Shu Ouma, a high school student who gains the “Power of the King,” which allows him to take forth objects known as “Voids” from other people.
He is soon thrust into a fight between the GHQ, a quasi-governmental group, and Funeral Parlor, a rebel movement that seeks to reclaim Japan’s independence from the GHQ. Shu must deal with the load his talent places on his shoulders as well as the awful mystery of his history during this process.
What’s There in Guilty Crown?
Shu Ouma, a high school student in Tokyo’s Roppongi neighbourhood, meets Inori Yuzuriha, the vocalist of the popular online band Egoist, who is seeking sanctuary at his film club’s studio. The Anti Bodies of GHQ attack the workshop and arrest her for her participation with the Funeral Parlor. Shu follows Inori’s robot’s coordinates to a drop zone, where he meets Gai Tsutsugami, the commander of the Funeral Parlor, who requests him to protect a vial.
Shu rushes to rescue Inori as she is attacked by GHQ Endlave mechs while the Anti-Bodies attack the Roppongi neighbourhood in search of the vial, which shatters. The Void Genome, a formidable genetic weapon produced from the Apocalypse Virus, offers Shu the “Power of the King,” allowing him to extract Voids, psyche-based weaponry given physical shape, using his right hand. Shu then removes and destroys Inori’s Void.
Shu falls in love with Inori, who has a remarkable resemblance to his late sister, Mana, after opting to join Funeral Parlor. However, after killing a classmate’s younger brother on one of his missions, he flees the gang. Funeral Parlor tries to take the meteorite that sparked the Apocalypse Virus outbreak from GHQ while Shu is away.
Gai and his soldiers are caught in the crossfire as the Anti-Bodies slaughter their numbers with a “genetic resonance” broadcast that spreads the Virus throughout Tokyo. In the midst of the pandemonium, Shichir Keido, the Anti-Bodies’ commander, seizes control of the GHQ and sets his sights on eradicating the remains of Funeral Parlor.
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What’s So Interesting About Guilty Crown
The crew aimed to create “the future generation of anime with this program” during the production of the series. They wanted it to be an original animation rather than a remake for this. Regardless all the hurdles, the team intended it to be a “two-season show.” The show’s main premise is in “Japanese style, a Japanese notion, and that is what distinguishes it from other shows.”
When asked if Shu and Shinji Ikari, the protagonist of Neon Genesis Evangelion, had any parallels, the staff said that they are both passive characters, albeit they believe Shinji is more passive.
When asked why he was involved, Redjuice explained that the production team’s artists and animators thought his concept work was compatible with the final result. While Supercell’s Ryo provided the show’s insert tracks, Redjuice did not participate in the production as a member of Supercell. Apart from adoring Inori, the main heroine of Guilty Crown, Redjuice said that he has drawn Tsugumi several times.
The team had no objections to Tsugumi’s cat-like ears, so Redjuice believes he has sneaked his own preferences into the series. Redjuice likes Kanon, despite the fact that she was not initially included in the scenario. Because Redjuice had little experience with 3D CG, he was able to learn a lot from the Production I.G. crew.
Guilty Crown was directed by Tetsuro Araki, with Hiroyuki Yoshino and Ichiro Kouchi handling the series’ script supervision. Nitroplus’ Jin Hanegaya will also be contributing with the writing. Atsushi Takeuchi was in charge of the mechanical designs, while Y Moriyama was in charge of the prop designs. Redjuice created the original character designs, with Hiromi Kat contributing the anime character designs. The anime’s art director was Yusuke Takeda. Division 6 of Production I.G. was in charge of the animation.
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The series garnered a mixed response from critics. The series’ daring in reworking its premise was praised by Carl Kimlinger of Anime News Network, although the plot was criticised as muddled and maintained the tendency of poor characters and clichés. THEM Anime Reviews’ Aiden Foote agreed with Kimlinger on the presentation and narrative, but noted that the characters are unlikable and have shallow backstories.