Episode 02 -
It looks like I’ll have to seriously re-adjust my expectations for this series. As of now, the one standout category for Guilty Crown is it’s production quality. The animation quality maintained it’s high standards from last week, and looked absolutely gorgeous. The story, on the other hand, does still feel a bit lackluster. That being said, overall this is a definitely improvement from last week; the story felt more coherent, and the action flowed well for the most part. There are some glaring plot holes though, which don’t quite bode well for the future.
The interesting little twist here is how, if you want to do Code Geass comparisons, Guilty crown also does have it’s charismatic-somewhat-Lelouch-like character. Unlike Code geass though, rather than tell the story from the perspective of such a leader, we are told the story from the perspective of the wimpy guy named Shu. He’s practically an underling, aka a character who almost seems like a side-character (except that he isn’t). This does bring in room for a lot of character growth for Shu, where over the course of this entire conflict we’ll probably see him grow up quite a bit. However, his very apathetic stance is still disappointing to see in a main character. Nevertheless, I’m pretty sure he’s going to be dragged into one heck of a mess, and will need to seriously toughen up to get through it all.
And indeed, with Shu holding a ridiculously powerful skill from the Void genome, Gai and the resistance better drag Shu into any messes they get involved in. His ability will definitely be a crucial tool in future endeavors, and we’ve already seen part of just how useful the Void ability actually is. What I found rather notable is how Shu can use his ability on anybody, so he can get weapons from people other than Inori. Shu extracts the crazy reflector weapon out of that crazy blonde-haired pilot, all against the pilot’s will too. The idea of being to extract out a super-weapon from anybody at a moment’s notice is truly a powerful asset; it’s a complete shame that someone as unmotivated as Shu got his hands on it.
The action in this episode, for the most part, was pretty intense, especially the bits with Shu throwing his ability into the mix to create that crazy reflector shield thingy. Another thing that Guilty crown definitely has potential for is some awesome action sequences, especially after the ones from this week. Stunningly good animation and action isn’t exactly a bad combination, after all.
There are, admittingly, a ton of cliches to this series as of now. There is the typical main character Shu, the seemingly personality-less Inori, and the very unimaginative villains. Then there’s some notable plot holes like why Gai didn’t take away the Genome from Shu back in episode one if it was really meant to be his, and how Gai managed to plan out extracting a weapon from the blonde dude and know exactly what the said new weapon would be capable of. And how in the world can Inori transfer into Shu’s school when she’s a wanted fugitive? Maybe I just wasn’t paying attention during the episode or something, because those are some major plot holes. Nonetheless, Guilty Crown promises to be a beautifully animated, action-packed series, all with a solid setting and a cast of characters that have a lot of room for improvement. I can’t say I’m thrilled about this series yet, but it’s not particularly bad either.
Overall Enjoyment: 3.8/5
P.S. I did note how fantastic the visual quality for this series is, but I can’t help but point it out again. The details put into this show are incredible, where everything from Tsugumi’s 3D interface, to the invisibility cloaks, and even simple little details in the background, are all beautifully drawn and animated. The animation during action sequences is buttery smooth as well; you could just see the increase in the frame rate. The story might be generic as of now, but it’s still a wonder to watch each episode unfold.
Screenshots and OP theme are later in the post.
OP01 – My Dearest by supercell, performed by Koeda