In the year 2029, an alien pandemic spreads all over the Japan after a devastating meteor crash, driving the country into total chaos. An international organization by the name GHQ enters Japan, putting it in a state of martial law, and implanting the idea that they cannot do anything to protect themselves without their aid.
10 years pass, and we now see the world of "Guilty Crown" through the eyes of Shu Ouma, an average 17-year-old teenager who lives a normal life. However, his normal life style is soon shattered after his chance encounter with Inori Yuzuriha, who eventually involves him with the anti-government group she is a part of.
"Euterpe" by fictional band, EGOIST (ep 1)
It is night time in the city of Tokyo, Japan in the year 2039, and a young brown-haired teenager is seen standing at his balcony, watching a music video on a media player.
In the meantime, the same vocalist seen in the video is currently running away with a tiny robot, as a group of soldiers and mechs chase after her. As the girl runs, somebody is heard communicating to her through the earpiece she has placed on her ear. The masculine voice asks her if she secured the “key”, referring to the cylindrical vial she’s carrying. The girl gives him an affirmative response, and he then tells her that he’ll guide her out.
The pursuing mechs catch up to the girl, and shoot at her. The vocalist is badly injured, yet continues running while securing the vail. She then opens Funnell, the robot accompanying her, and places the vial inside it, telling it to take the vial to Gai. At that time, a mech manages to lock on to the girl and shoots her, however, another mech appears, protecting the vocalist. The pilot of the mech tells the vocalist that she’ll cover for her , so she needs to take the vial to Gai. The vocalist follows her orders, however, as she runs away a massive explosion occurs, making her fall off the bridge she was standing on and falling into the water running below.
In the morning, the brown-haired teenager that was watching the music video is seen riding the subway. A girl named Hare calls out to him, and his name is revealed to be Shu. While Shu was reading on his media player, he notices from the window that there were a lot of soldier officials in the area. Hare then tells him that there was a “terrorist” attack the day before in Odaiba, now known as “Ward 24”.
As the students began to take their seats during home room, two of Shu’s classmates, Souta and Yahiro, approach him. Shu tells them both that he is still not finished working on the video that he was supposed to finish for a competition. Souta tells Shu that that wasn’t the reason why he wanted to talk to him. Shu still assured him that he’ll get the video done. Souta was about to tell Shu something but then Yahiro steps in, and tells Souta that its alright, and that they’re counting on him. All the students take their seats and Shu overhears Hare saying that she feels bad for Souta. Shu didn’t understand why she’d say that, and tells her that he’s trying to be as perceptive as possible. Hare then responds by telling Shu that he isn’t succeeding, and he’s too dense.
Shu begins thinking to himself and about his own personality. He admits that his mind is out of step with those around him, and that he is never sure what to say to others. That is the reason why he hides his nervousness and goes along with what his friends say; calling his friendship “pseudo-friendship”. Shu then begins to explain Japan’s current political situation. He calls Japan a “quasi-independent” nation.
10 years ago, the Apocalypse Virus pandemic spread all over Japan and wreaked havoc throughout its entirety. After the pandemic, Japan became reliant on international aids, and it still does; causing its own foundations to barely be held together. The international association that has now taken over the Japanese government is known as GHQ. Shu then questions himself whether or not it’s alright to be so powerless and if there is anything he can do.
Lost in his own thoughts, Shu heads out to an abandoned building where he works on his video projects so he can eat his lunch. Suddenly, a singing voice grabs his attention, and he notices that the vocalist of the online band he’s been watching was in the building. He stared at her with a dumbfounded expression, and notices that she hurt her upper arm. He takes a step closer to her, and accidently steps on a can. The girl hears him and stops singing. Funnell shoots out a metal wire at Shu, which wraps around his leg, and trips him. Shu begins to explain himself, but the vocalist backed away from him, and she accidentally bumps into the computer with his video edits. His video begins to play, with a clip of birds flying up into the sky. Shu tells her that it is a clip from his hometown and that he isn’t finished yet. The girl tells him that the video is very pretty. Suddenly, the girl’s stomach growls and Shu offers her some of his lunch.
After eating, the girl sings “London Bridge is Falling Down” to herself, and Shu awkwardly starts to ask her if she is actually Inori Yuzuriha, the vocalist of the online band. EGOIST. She doesn’t reply, and Shu then asks her why she’s here and why she’s injured. Inori then tells him that they need to take “this thing” to Gai (referring to the vial in Funnell). She then holds out a Batoka Gorge figure made with a string, and she asks Shu to take it, telling him that he may be able to do it if he tries, but he’ll never be able to if he doesn’t. She then asks him if he’s a coward. Shu suddenly gets a series of flashbacks which he doesn’t understand.
When he snaps out of it, GHQ officials storm into the building, and Inori begins starts to run away, but they catch her. The officials ask Shu if he’s a student and tell him that Inori is a criminal. They then tell him that if he had any connection with her, they’ll consider him an accomplice. Shu gets scared as they point their guns towards him and takes cover. The officials then leave, dragging Inori with them. Shu remains in the building, ashamed of how much of a coward he is, yet, relieved that it was all over. Suddenly, Funnell reveals a digital map of the place where it needs to go to give Gai the vail. Shu decides to do something unlike him so that he wouldn’t hate himself, and he heads out to the location Funnell showed him.
In the meantime, the Supreme Commander of GHQ is seen talking to Koudou Shuuichirou, a member of Sephirah Genomics, asking him about the stolen Void Genome (the stolen vial). Shuuichirou tells him that the informations is 3A classified information, and he cannot share it. However, he tells them that his Anti Bodies have already caught the culprit (referring to Inori), and that he dispatched a squadron to Roppongi to deal with the `terrorists`.
Inori is then seen being interrogated by the Anti Bodies who have taken her earlier, warning her that if she doesn’t tell them where the vial was, they will purge every single resident in the neighborhood. Inori remains silent, despite being threatened and having a blade put to her face. Seeing that she won`t talk, Guin, the major of the Anti Bodies gives his squadron the authority to kill the residents.
Shu is then seen wandering, while carrying Funnell. Suddenly a bunch of thugs show up, asking him whether or not Funnell can cook rice. Shu responds with a hesitant voice, telling them that he doesn’t know. The thug then punches him, telling him to hand over Funnell. Shu refuses, and apologizes. At that moment, several beam lights turn on, and someone approaches them. The man was young, with long blond hair, and he provokes the thugs by calling them “deceased fellows”. Some of the thugs begin to murmur to each other in fear, while calling the man “Gai”. The thug that wanted to take Funnell then pulls out a blade and dashes towards Gai. He then effortlessly beats him up along with other thugs, while others run away. Shu watches with amazement as Gai takes the thugs single-handedly. A girl who accompanied Gai then shows up, taking Funnell away from Shu. It is later revealed that her name is Tsugumi.
Gai happens to know Shu’s name, and he asks him what happened to Inori. Shu doesn’t reply and avoids Gai’s eyes. Gai then asks Shu if he just abandoned her, and Shu doesn’t reply. Suddenly an explosion grabs their attention, and one of Gai’s followers tell Gai that the GHQ officials are invading, killing everyone they see. Gai tells Shu to run away and protect the vial this time.
Amidst the chaos, the vehicle that Inori was held captive in topples over, and opens; allowing her to escape. Inori then makes it out; however, she is surrounded by enemy mechs. Shu sees Inori, and dashes her way to save her. As Shu leaps towards Inori and takes her in his arms, the vial which was in his chest pocket slips out, and was accidently shot by the enemy. The Void Genome is released, and Shu is infected by it.
Shu finds himself in an unusual white setting, along with Inori. A symbol appears on Shu’s right hand, and Inori tells Shu to use her. Inori’s upper chest begins to glow, and Shu starts seeing another series of peculiar flashbacks. One of the people in the flashbacks was a pink-haired girl, who held the same Botaka Gorge string figure as Inori. A voice begins talking to Shu telling him to take it this time, the guilty crown that gives shape through the bond between hearts. The flashbacks end with the pink-haired girl standing in the snow, with a smiling face.
Shu’s eyes flash open, now more serious and red in color. He then pulls out a sword from Inori, and blocks the missiles shot from the enemy using a defense circle generated from the sword. Shu then uses the sword and slashes the attacking mech, destroying it.
"Departures: Anata ni Okuru Ai no Uta" by the fictional band Egoist
|Inori Yuzuriha ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Shu Ouma ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Gai Tsutsugami ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Hare Menjou ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Funnell ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Tsugumi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Ayase Shinomiya ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Souta Tamadate ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Yahiro Samukawa ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Guin ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Keido Shuuichirou ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Arugo ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Haruka Ouma ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Major General Yan ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Redjuice Graphics||Concept Artist||Redjuice Graphics is a company that is in charge of the character design and CG for Guilty Crown franchise. This is listed as a person because on Animenewsnetwork, they are credited for the original character design for Guilty Crown.|
|Tetsuro Araki||Director||Tetsuro Araki is a Japanese anime director who's famous for directing Death Note and Highschool of the Dead.|
|Ichiro Okochi||Series Composition||Ichirō Ōkouchi is a novelist and screenplay writer. He wrote the screnplay for the anime series Code Geass, Code Geass R2, and Eureka Seven.|
|Hiroyuki Yoshino (screenwriter)||Series Composition||The creator of Seikon no Qwaser who is also a screenwriter for Sunrise Studio.|
|Hiromi Kato||Character Artist/Designer|
|Yusuke Takeda||Art Director||Art Director for Occult Academy, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and 009-1|
|Ryo||Music||The founding member of Supercell who provides the music and lyrics for the group.|
|Hiroyuki Sawano||Music||He's the musician in Guilty Crown, Blue Exorcist, and more.|
|Satoshi Kadowaki||Animation Director|
|Mika Kobayashi||Insert Song Performance: "βios/BIOS"|
|EGOTIST||OP Song: "Euterpe"|