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I'd like to preface this by saying I have only seen episode 1 of the "Guilty Crown" series so far. There are 3 episodes available with more on the way. This so impressed me I had to write a review.
The story takes place in the year 2039, in the city of Tokyo, Japan. A virus known as the Apocalypse Pandemic has been ravaging the country for the past ten years. Now, as a "Quasi Independent" nation, Japan over relies on outside help to steam the pandemic. Martial Law is in effect, and a group known as the Whitecoats (a derogatory term for there real name, GHQ) are charged with keeping law and order as they try to contain the pandemic, and they are brutal. There is a homegrown resistance movement within the city, and the Whitecoats consider them terrorist, and will stop at nothing to wipe them out, regardless of how many innocent people they have to kill while doing so.
The first player we see is a young lady named Inori, and she is trying to get her hands on something the Whitecoats hold dear, something in a long grey cylinder, and after she swipes it, is forced to run for her life as they come after her in mechas, with guns and bombs a blazing. She gives the cylinder to her robotic companion and then accepts her fate.
We then next meet a young man, a high school student named Shu Ouma, who lives an ordinary life, but this is about to change, drastically. He runs into Inori in a restricted area he is using to work on a school project. After the two meet, he gets a strange premonition, but has no time to explore it as the Whitecoats show up, looking for Inori. She gives Shu the mystery cylinder before they are seen by the Whitecoats, with instructions to give it to someone named Gai, who we come to find out is the leader of the resistance movement (I found out in the next episode, there name is Funeral Pallor) and one hell of a fighter, then she is caught and dragged off to prison. Fortunately, the Whitecoats leave Shu alone (with a few threats) as well as her robotic companion, who directs Shu to where Gai is in the city. Shu decides to follow directions, and his life is about to change forever, and the resistance is about to get a powerful weapon to use in there fight against the Whitecoats, a massive sword know as the "Guilty Crown" .
The first thing that impressed me was the artwork, it was spectacular. The opening scene was of Tokyo at night, with a searchlight coming from Tokyo Tower and the camera slowly moving back. It was rich in color and detail, and was like looking at a three dimensional image of the city, with out the 3D glasses. This art stile was constant throughout the episode, with the exception of the template background people, and mental images (that where done in a more traditional anime stile). I was blown away by the vibrant, highly detailed stile of anime art used for this episode. The way this series started off was with a double bang. The first bang was the opening song, done by Sony Music. And as a scantily clad (feather boa bikini) young lady was singing, another image of the same person, both Inori (who was in a different outfit, that wasn't much more than a one piece bathing suit) was in the process of stealing something (we latter find out what) and running for her life as mechas try to blow her up. All I could think of while watching this explosive action and listening to the music was "wow, what a great way to start off a series!" Moreover, the action/battle scenes, and there was no shortage of them, where highly detailed and well choreographed. I can only hope this level of action keeps up throughout the series. And, thank God, it isn't a Harem!
The only things I did not like about the opening episode to this series was the jail bait fan service. Do we really need to see someone so young showing so much skin or have Shu reach into her body though her chest to get the sword? The dialog as well, was less than impressive, sometimes confusing or under done. Both of these in themselves would not be a deal breaker for me, and given the rest I have listed, I really look forwards to the rest of this series, but it did cost it half a star as I rated it.
PS. Since I have wrote this, I have seen the two remaining episodes available and await the others. The action dies down and a real story begins about episode 3. The spartan dialog seams to be a mainstay of this series, though they do seam to get at least most of a message though. This really stands in the way when they try to explain what "Voids" are (I went though it twice and only have a general understanding of what they are). Also, there seams to be a consistency with providing a plot twisting cliffhanger at the end of each episode, for those of us who like that sort of thing. I can't wait to see the rest of this series, it's shaping up to be that good. I just wish the dialog gets better.I will write a review of the whole series once I have seen every episode.