Guilty Crown Episode 1 – First Impressions
God, this show has been hyped up beyond belief, but for (somewhat) good reasons. First, it’s directed by Tetsuro Araki, the director of Death Note, so that instantly puts big expectations on this show from the masses. Second, it’s co-written by one of the writers of Code Geass, which isn’t really that much of draw for me, considering the enormous amounts of melodrama in that show. Finally, it’s produced by Production I.G., so no one should be too worried about the visuals.
Guilty Crown is about, as all anime are, a normal high-school boy named Shu Ouma, who leads a very normal quite life. However, unlike most anime, it takes place in a future that is not completely totalitarian (like Ergo Proxy and what-have-you) but rather, the government has taken heavy involvement in the lives of it’s citizens. It’s set in 2039, after a violent virus outbreak ten years before. After this, the country fell into a distraught state, and Japan relied heavily on foreign help as well as intervention by their national government to help the populous. Anyway, Shu has gone through his life feeling somewhat alone, which he attributes to his bad social skills. One day as he returns to his… house, I guess (pretty shitty house though) he finds Inori Yuzuriha, who is apparently the lead singer of the show’s allegory for Supercell. After she says some cliched pseudo-philosophical stuff to him, and talks about the thing she stole in the opening of the show, the fuzz bust in and take her away. While Shu sits there feeling sorry for himself for losing such a hot piece of ass, her mini Tachikoma from Ghost in the Shell shows him a map displaying where he needs to go to take the thing she had. When he gets there, he meets Gai, obviously the leader of their Guerrilla resistance thing. But things can’t stay too good for long, and a bunch of mechs attack. In the midst of all this Inori somehow escapes where she was being held (it didn’t really make it clear why she was so close to them) and makes her way to the warzone. Because it’s dramatic, she stands on a pile of ruble in plain view of two of the mechs, and Shu rushes to save her, because it’s dramatic. Then the show becomes Code Geass and he gets the power to pull swords out of peoples boobs…. okay.
I’m not so sure will live up to it’s absurd expectations, but I still expect it to be pretty good. It’s Production I.G., so badass animation, and badass music by Supercell, which I forgot to mention. I think it was stupid how Gai (and Shu himself) were making such a big deal about him not saving Inori; Christ, if police kicked the door in on my house and told me if I moved they’d shoot me, I think I’d stay still. The fight thing at the end was kind of weird too; it just seemed like the obligatory first episode battle. How did it start so suddenly? where did they want Shu to go? how did Inori get there? The main thing I’m worried about is how shonen-centric it will be. I mean, a nobody boys meets a fine-ass girl, gets super power, saves world, I’ve seen it before. However, IF this show can stay away from all the ho-hum shonen things I know it will probably try to do, I think it has a very good shot at being really great.
Posted on October 13, 2011, in Episodic, First Impression, Guilty Crown and tagged Anime, Code Geass, Death Note, First Impressions, Guilty Crown, Production IG, Review, Supercell. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.