Guilty Crown is a noitamina anime and I had high expectations for it. I had high expectations not only because it's a noitamina anime, but also because it was in the hands of the staff of Death Note and Code Geass. Unfortunately, Guilty Crown is no where near the standard set by Death Note and Code Geass. But well... though it totally didn't meet up to expectations, it wasn't half bad... I guess (trying not to be too harsh).
Story: (7/10) – Fairly Good
The story takes place in Tokyo in 2039. After the outbreak of the
unidentified virus "Lost Christmas" in 2029, Japan has been under the
control of a multinational organization called GHQ. Ouma Shu is a
17-year-old boy who gains 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 named Yuzuriha Inori, a member of a
resistance guerrilla group called "Undertaker", whose members pilot mecha weapons to fight against the
The idea behind the story is pretty good but the execution is lackluster. There are quite a few twists in the story but they are no surprises at all. In fact, some are quite cliche.
Character: (5/10) – Poor
I don't think I've ever given such a low score for "character" but I think Guilty Crown deserves it. In Guilty Crown, there are more dis-likable characters than likable characters. In fact, I find none of the characters likable.
Also, I seriously hate weak, wimpy and cowardly main characters. No matter how strong they become, I can't bring myself to like such characters. In Guilty Crown, the main character, Shuu is one such character. Not only is he weak, wimpy and cowardly, his main motivation to become strong is because of a girl (super lame in my opinion). Same goes for the main antagonist, Gai. He's pretty cool and strong but his motivation is also a girl! =.=
Art/Animation: (9/10) – Very Good
One if the redeeming points of Guilty Crown is the art and animation. The quality of the animation is really top-notch and character designs are pretty cool too.
Music: (8/10) – Good
Another redeeming point of Guilty Crown is the music. The 2 songs played throughout the series are quite nice, even though I was expecting more songs to be played.
Enjoyment: (6/10) – Fair
The animation is good and the story is average, but the characters make the series not very enjoyable to watch.
Overall: (7/10) – Fairly Good
If the characters were more appealing (personality wise) and the story was more well thought out, I would most likely have enjoyed this series a little more.
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