Guilty Crown News: New York Comic Con and Manga Adaptation

Topic started by takashichea on Nov. 25, 2011. Last post by KuroNekoXIII 2 years, 8 months ago.
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Overview

In this news article, Kuro and I will cover what the New York Comic Con Panel got from the staff of Guilty Crown: Koji Yamato of Fuji TV, George Wada of Production I.G, and Ryo Oyama of Aniplex. In the second half of the blog, we will cover updates of Guilty Crown's manga adaptation.

Plot

For those who do not know Guilty Crown, my partner Kuro wrote this on the franchise's page.

After the spread of the "Apocalypse Virus" in Japan in the year 2029, the country has been placed in an emergency state. Since the spread of the virus, the Japanese government lost all of its foundations, and the reign of the international organization known as GHQ began ruling the country. Now Japan is in a state of martial law, which is enforced by the GHQ, and is considered a "quasi-independent" nation.

10 years pass, and we see the story 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, known as Funeral Parlor, or Undertaker.

Guilty Crown Panel

Source: Guilty Crown ANN by Todd Ciolek October 16, 2011

**I will reorganize and summarize the information from Todd's article to make it easier to read. Be sure to read his original article.

Shu and Inori

First, the three producers talk about the original concept of Shu and Inori.

According to Wada, he states that the story is based on how Shu and Gai foiled each other. While Shu is a timid and average high school student, Gai is the charismatic, handsome, and respected rebel leader of the Funeral Parlor.

Yamatmoto stated that the inspiration for Inori is the hot trend in Japan where young teenagers revered online divas. Plus, Wada explain that her egotist outfit is inspired by a band called Egotist which is popular among teenagers.

For both Shu and Inori, the producers link them with the story of a boy who meets an unusal girl.

Minor Characters

Oyama stated that her outfit should be recognizable to Neon Evangelion fans because of her body-hugging tights. Oyama and the producers asked Redjuice Graphics to make Ayase sexy with this suit.

Wada informed the audience that Funnel might be the most important character and that his gender is male. Also, Funnel's design is similar to Gundam's Haro and the Ghost in the Shell's Tachikomas.

Influences

  • Code Geass - Due to Ichiro Okochi's involvement in Code Geass, the mechs have some connection. Yamamoto stated that the settings are quite different because Guilty Crown had a more modern setting.
  • Eden of the East - According to Wada, the creators saw Eden of the East, so they asked I.G Productions to make Guilty Crown like Eden of the East
  • Ghost in the Shell - Same as Eden of the East
  • Death Note - Wada stated that Tetsuro Araki's work in Death Note inspired the music in Guilty Crown.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist -Oyama states that he wanted to make a conflict between those who have special powes and those who don't. This is reflected in Fullmetal Alchemist's homunculi. Furthermore, Oyama stated that he was also inspired by X-Men's conflicts between humans and mutants.
  • Darker Than Black - Oyada worked in that show, but there is no info on its influences (in the article).

[KuroNekoXIII stated that Darker than Black has individuals who have special abilities, Contractors.]

Questions from the Audience

  • Why is it shorter than a typical anime broadcast?

Yamamoto state that this is because of Fuji TV's broadcasting timeslot issues. He inform the audience that they would like to have a sequel series, a movie, or an OVA, and he kindly ask the audience to support the series for Guilty Crown's future.

  • Why does Guilty Crown mean?

According Oyama, the "crown" comes from the central theme of this show, "Who will become the next generation's kings?" Furthermore, he explains that the growth of Genom makes guilty feelings and how Shu feels guilty using his friends as weapons due his power to take out Voids from his friends. This is where the "guilty" part comes in. When a fan asks about how Shu will feel if he pulls out a Void from a stranger, Oyama stated that they will find out in episode 3.

Unanswered Questions

How did Shu acquired the Void Genome?

Anime Vice's Questions for Guilty Crown's Staff

I did this for the New York Comic Con's interview with Hiro Mashima blog on Anime Vice. It's nice to hear from fans of Guilty Crown to voice comments or questions that they still have. I'll start it off.

Taka's Questions

  • Since Ayase is inspired by Neon Genesis Evangelion, what character from that show is your favorites?
  • What characteristics of Eden of the East and Ghost in the Shell does the creators and the producers aspired to replicate in Guilty Crown? How will they distinguish their work from those influences?
  • What singer is the inspiration for Inori's character?

I looked up possible Japanese females who match the words Egotist and Idol: Yui Aragaki (a famous actress and seiyuu), Reiko Nakane (head of a fashion store called Egotist), and Eiguchi Aimi of AKB48 band (Eiguchi is computerized model, so she isn't a real woman).

  • Will there be other countries outside of Japan have some involvement in the story?

Be sure to comment.

KuroNekoXIII's Questions

  • Was the Leukocyte inspired by the actual Quasi-Zenith Satellite System that Japan is working on? If so, how is the Leukocyte similar and/or different than it?
  • Why did you choose Redjuice to create the character designs of the anime?

Other Sources

None.

Guilty Crown Gets a Manga Adaptation

According to Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan's November Issue, they stated that Guilty Crown will get its first manga serialization.

Staff

  • Shion Midzuki - illustrator
  • Yousuke Miyagi - writer

Not much info is given in the ANN's article. According to Capsulecomputers, the series will have one chapter per month.

Sources

Takashichea

Member of Team Guilty Crown, and my partner is KuroNekoXIII.

Post by Superevil225 (6,742 posts) See mini bio Level 17
MANNNNGAAAAAAA
-dies-
 SO EXCITED.
Great report!!! <3
Post by takashichea (11,700 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Superevil225:

Me, too. Well, all I did was rearrange and summarized the article from Todd's article and tried not to put any commentary.

What questions do you have for Guilty Crown?

Edit:

The credit should go to Todd who wrote the original article.

Post by Superevil225 (6,742 posts) See mini bio Level 17
@takashichea: Hmmmm I don't really think I have any. >.>
But good re-arranging skills!
Post by KuroNekoXIII (427 posts) See mini bio Level 14

@takashichea:

Amazing news article Taka! You managed to convey the important points in a nice concise way.

Why is it shorter than a typical anime broadcast?

Totally agree that the broadcast is too short. According to ANN, it's only 11 episodes. Will they manage to end the series in a way it wouldnt be too rushed? If there were any way the audience can vote, I'd definitely vote for the series to have a sequel, or at least a decent movie with an epic finale.

  • Code Geass
  • - Due to Ichiro Okochi's involvement in Code Geass, the mechs have some connection. Yamamoto stated that the settings are quite different because Guilty Crown had a more modern setting.
  • Eden of the East
  • - According to Wada, the creators saw Eden of the East, so they asked I.G Productions to make Guilty Crown like Eden of the East
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
  • -Oyama states that he wanted to make a conflict between those who have special powes and those who don't. This is reflected in Fullmetal Alchemist's homunculi. Furthermore, Oyama stated that he was also inspired by X-Men's conflicts between humans and mutants.
  • Darker Than Black
  • - Oyada worked in that show, but there is no info on its influences (in the article).

I've watched code geass, Eden of the East, FMA, and DTB. I agree that GC has a lot of similarities to CG (mainly due to the governmental resistances in both animes and the weird powers associated with the main characters). I also see the similarities between it and DTB and Eden of the East. But when it comes to FMA, I dont see it. I guess I dont since the setting of FMA is in a parallel universe to Earth, and is set in the 1900s; whereas GC is set in the near future.

I had no idea about the different robots Tsugumi made. I like the green one the best, lol it looks like a robotic Pokemon XD

As for questions, the main one that comes to my mind currently is this one:

  • Was the Leukocyte inspired by the actual Quasi-Zenith Satellite System that Japan is working on? If so, how is the Leukocyte similar and/or different than it?
  • Why did you choose Redjuice to create the character designs of the anime?
Post by InfiniteGeass (527 posts) See mini bio Level 12

Nice post. I really enjoyed it.

Post by takashichea (11,700 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@KuroNekoXIII:

I added your questions to the post and your Darker Than Black statement. When I looked at the influences, the article did not have High School of the Dead on it. They only mention Tetsuro Araki's work in Death Note. Like I mentioned earlier on your weekly reports, Shu's hair style is like Takashi Komuro. Your questions are way better than mine.

Why did you choose Redjuice to create the character designs of the anime?

I'm thinking that Redjuice has a lot of skill in CG in their art. It took me a while to think some good questions. All I thought was what famous idol in Japan did the producers based Inori on.

@Superevil225:

Did you see how Shu looks like Takashi? The only difference is their personalities and views on using their friends.

@InfiniteGeass:

Thanks! You should check out my partner Kuro's weekly reports if you haven't read them yet. His latest one is Leukocytes (ep. 6).

Edit: The name of this show had a deep meaning which I really liked.

Post by KuroNekoXIII (427 posts) See mini bio Level 14

@takashichea:

Now that you mention it, I'm surprised they haven't mentioned the similarities between High School of the Dead and GC. I haven't watched it, but seeing that Tetsuro Araki worked on it, there could be a big chance that that series did influence GC in some sort of way. Also, after you pointed out the similarities between Shu's and Takashi's appearances.

As for questions, yours are good as well! I like how you mention a variety of anime; that would definitely generate deep answers :D As for the famous idol, that is an original question. It would be cool to see who inspired Inori's character ^^

I'm thinking that Redjuice has a lot of skill in CG in their art.

Good point. The reason why I ask is because I enjoy making digital art, and I was curious what producers look for in CG artists and their work. And for the Leukocyte question, it popped up randomly when I was researching for my weekly report :P

Post by Superevil225 (6,742 posts) See mini bio Level 17
@takashichea: I did! It's so cool to see those similarities. XD
Post by takashichea (11,700 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Superevil225: @KuroNekoXIII: @InfiniteGeass:

Interview: Koji Yamamoto, Ryo Ohyama, and George Wada on Guilty Crown

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork by David Cabrera Nov. 28, 2011

Overview: Basically, David Cabrera had an interview with the 3 producers after the world premiere of Guilty Crown's first 2 episodes. For altercations to the original article, I added two sets of images for the comparisons, a sound track cover, and relink some words back to Anime Vice's wiki pages. What do you guys think?

Cabrera: The first thing I heard about this show is that it's running in the Noitamina block. I was a little surprised because it's different from the kind of fare that (usually) runs in Noitamina, and I'd like to know from the producers: what is the demographic for Guilty Crown?

Yamamoto: The block was originally one show only, but Fuji TV expanded it to one hour, and eventually they were trying to create a more widely-accepted title. So Guilty Crown is one of the titles that's being created to do that.

Ohyama: We're stressing action and plot: a cutting-edge TV show. The first show we took this approach with was Shiki, and that was the beginning of that.

Wada: One of the most important things is that we wanted to do an original series. So, from a studio's point of view, we wanted to create the next generation of anime with this show. With Ghost in the Shell, the main audience is twenties to thirties, but with Guilty Crown we're going for a younger audience.

My Dearest Supercell
My Dearest Supercell

Along those lines, I noticed that redjuice does the character designs and Ryo does the music. They're both very popular, not so much in established animation but in the net community, and I was wondering whose idea it was to get them for the show.

Yamamoto: It was the whole staff, including Mr. Araki (director). We felt that he (redjuice) had great potential to do very well and have a wide appeal with people.

Ohyama: After redjuice signed on as designer, since he's part of supercell, Ryo also signed on. ()

Ah, so they came as a set. I know that the show is scheduled for two seasons, and a two-season show is [considered] risky. Did you see a two-season series like Guilty Crown as a risk in terms of length?

Yamamoto: There is, of course, a very big risk to doing a two-season show, and to doing something original. But if we go for one season, it'll just begin and end. So for this show, and from now on, we want to do more two-season shows.

I noticed while watching the show that it has a lot of ideas that are very specifically Japanese, such as foreign independence and national pride in general. How do you think this is going to play with a foreign audience? Do you think they'll still be able to connect?

Yamamoto: The basic concept of the show is in a Japanese style, a Japanese concept, and that is what makes it more original than other shows. So as a worldwide show, the Japanese element is very important.

On that same note, but lately there have been a lot of articles about the “herbivore” male, or “passive youth”. I was reminded of this sort of personality when I saw the hero in the show. I wanted to ask you personally, do you think of this hero as a “herbivore male”?

(A comparison to Evangelion's Shinji Ikari came up when this question was being interpreted)

Ohyama: Shu is one of the main characters, but there's also one more main character – Gai - and they're completely opposite types of people. As for Ikari Shinji, that's a show from 1995, and Shinji is more passive. They're both in their own world and they don't come out from that world. So Shu is kind of a 2011 version of Shinji: he has more of a--

[the group breaks into laughter]

He has friends, but he doesn't have connections with them yet. The relationships are skin-deep. That's more of a 2011 type, nowadays, of a 17-year-old boy. So that's the difference between Shu and Shinji.

When I watched the first episode of the show I immediately went online to see what the fan reaction was, and there was a huge amount of comparison to Code Geass. The shows share a writer, but my question is: going forward with Guilty Crown, how you plan on differentiating yourselves from Geass to the fans?

All: Where are you seeing this?

The plot outline, the districts, Japan being undermined, and the boy meeting a girl who grants him power.

Yamamoto: We're not trying to be like Geass. We didn't plan to take anything from it for this show. Actually, as for the setting, Code Geass is quite apart from, way beyond modern Japan. But for Guilty Crown, the situation is more natural. So we're not trying to do a similar plot. Of course, there are some similarities.

Thank you all so much.

All: Thank you.

Thanks to Aniplex and Funimation for setting up this opportunity.

Post by KuroNekoXIII (427 posts) See mini bio Level 14

@takashichea:

Sweet update! Lol they answered my Redjuice question XD This article was very informative, thanks for sharing!

I found it kind of weird that the producers found it odd that viewers would make the connection between Code Geass and Guilty Crown.

So I guess it`s safe to assume they`re aiming for GC to have 2 seasons, huh? :P

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