Weekly "Guilty Crown" Report: Series Premiere Edition: Genisis

Topic started by KuroNekoXIII on Oct. 16, 2011. Last post by takashichea 2 years, 10 months ago.
Post by KuroNekoXIII (427 posts) See mini bio Level 14

Overview

Hello Vice! Hope you're all doing well. I kind of decided to start this Weekly report purely on a whim; mainly because I'm running away from my school work, and because I'm super caffeinated and can't go to sleep (it's 3 a.m here and I still haven't figured out if I'm shaking because I'm cold or if its because of the HUGE amount of coffee I drank).

(EDIT: Just realized I misspelled "Genesis" for the title of the blogpost.....whoops! I really need to sleep XD)

Alright! So without further ado, I present to you the first Guilty Crown Weekly Report - Series Premiere Edition; Episode 1: Genesis (発生 - "Hassei" ) Enjoy!

Plot

Japan, 2039 - Night Urban scape
Japan, 2039 - Night Urban scape
Japan, 2039
Japan, 2039

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.

Characters Introduced

Here's a list of the main characters that were introduced during the pilot episode.

Shu Ouma
Shu Ouma
The protagonist of the series. He is a 17-year-old second year high school student who is part of the school's modern image and video research club.
Inori Yuzuriha
Inori Yuzuriha
She is the 16-year-old vocalist of the a popular band called Egoist. She also seems to have a connection with an anti-government group.
Gai Tsutsugami
Gai Tsutsugami
A strong young man who is against the government's regime. He is well-known for his strength and is both revered and feared by many.

Verdict

The Good

1) The first thing that drew me in was the genre. I have an obsession with both sci-fi and post-apocalyptic genres. They're so mind-boggling and I find that you can take in a lot of valuable lessons from the plot lines and characters. Being a big Code Geass fan myself, I've been on a constant search for an anime that would have a similar approach to it, and I think Guilty Crown might hit the target. We'll have to wait and see.

2) What also drew me in was the art. Let's face it, when the appearance of the characters and settings are well done, it'll instantly grab the person who is watching's attention. I actually came across Guilty Crown after seeing it's ads on some random anime webpage; and it was the style that hooked me. RedJuice Graphics. are the animators of this series, if you are interested in checking out their website, follow the link.

Come on Shu! Man up!
Come on Shu! Man up!

3) Melodic opening song - The anime opens with Inori Yuzuriha's singing voice; which, in my opinion, was more captivating than her rather clad outfit.

4) The main character, Shu, is pretty whimpy for a main character. Its a change that we dont really see since most of the shonen anime out there have steadfast heroes that don't seem to get fazed easily.

5) Finally, the best part of the entire episode (in my opinion) was the EPIC fight scene with Gai Tsutsugami. Who woulda thought a pretty boy like him would have that in him, eh?

You'd never guess that this screenshot was taken after an intense fight, would ya? Looks like a perfect image to be considered as one of America's Next Top Models.
You'd never guess that this screenshot was taken after an intense fight, would ya? Looks like a perfect image to be considered as one of America's Next Top Models.

The Bad

1) Maybe it's just me, but I think Inori Yuzuriha's outfit is a little too skimpy perhaps.......(?)

2) Another point is that I found that Inori seemed a little too helpless. I dont wanna get too into it, but I don't like it when anime convey women as "tools" to get power.

Conclusion

Well that's all I have to say about the Guilty Crown season premiere. I'm pumped to see the rest, and I hope you guys are too. If you have any comments or questions regarding this episode, post them here. Or if you just wanna voice your opinions, go right ahead! It'll be great to get your opinions and generate a discussion :D

Thanks!

Thanks for checking out this article! I really appreciate it :)

I'd also strongly suggest you guys and gals to check out the other Weekly Reports out there. There are many amazing reports being done by many of the Vice's editors and bloggers. Be sure to check them out and comment!

Aaaand that's a wrap folks! I'm starting to feel the crash that accompanies every caffeine high. Hope to see you in next week's Guilty Crown Weekly Report: Ep 2 - "Survival of the Fittest".

Peace!

- KuroNekoXIII (KuroNeko, Neko. Call me whichever you want :D )

Member of Team W.I.K.I Nation

Post by takashichea (11,968 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@KuroNekoXIII:

Good job, Neko!

I haven't watched Guilty Crown yet. I made time to try Superevil225's series, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. I'll try to support you guys by watching them.

Love how you introduced the series to a newbie. I understand what it is about.

I'd also strongly suggest you guys and gals to check out the other Weekly Reports out there. There are many amazing reports being done by many of the Vice's editors and bloggers. Be sure to check them out and comment!

Aaaand that's a wrap folks! I'm starting to feel the crash that accompanies every caffeine high. Hope to see you in next week's Guilty Crown Weekly Report: Ep 2 - "Survival of the Fittest".

Peace!

I really love how you get the community involved. Anime Vice needs people like you.

I try out Guilty Crown on Sunday after my little community service at LA CareNow event on Saturday. (If I do this stuff, I'll be watching like 3 anime shows for wiki work and 3 for weekly reports) Talk about being insane. I'll be sure to comment on your thread. I promise!

Keep going! When you have enough experience, you can do a beginner guide. I'm having a writer's block again with Rave Master. I'm not confident enough. You got the funny and the charisma.

Good luck!

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

@takashichea:

Thanks Taka! :D

The pilot episode was pretty good in my opinion. I just hope it stays that way, since series sometimes get worse as they go.

Yea, I tried to give a brief intro to the series since it isnt based on a manga. Glad you thought i introduced it well! :D

@takashichea said:

I try out Guilty Crown on Sunday after my little community service at LA CareNow event on Saturday. (If I do this stuff, I'll be watching like 3 anime shows for wiki work and 3 for weekly reports) Talk about being insane. I'll be sure to comment on your thread. I promise!

Thanks again! I'll be sure to comment on your works as well! And good luck with all of your reports!

@takashichea said:

I really love how you get the community involved. Anime Vice needs people like you.

Keep going! When you have enough experience, you can do a beginner guide. I'm having a writer's block again with Rave Master. I'm not confident enough. You got the funny and the charisma.

Good luck!

I really appreciate it dude! It's really thanks to your reports and edits, they're like my guides :D

Post by takashichea (11,968 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Yeah! I finally watched the first episode of Guilty Crown!
Shu reminds me of Takashi from High School of the Dead since both shows are directed by Tetsuro Araki.  The good thing is that Shu doesn't have Takashi's personality. Did not like Takashi at all. (Ironically, his name is my name)

2) Another point is that I found that Inori seemed a little too helpless. I dont wanna get too into it, but I don't like it when anime convey women as "tools" to get power.


Yeah... When Inori tells Shu to "use her," Shu and Inori are in promiscuous positions. She arches her back to allow Shu to plunge his hand into her bare chest. 
That sounds awesome. (sarcastic tone) I know Shu doesn't want that, but the show makes it seem that he is using her. 
I'll be watching some. If you need a hand (since you are working on two ongoing series), I'll be glad to help you.   

Team Work

I was helping Anna on her favorite shows, ShadowKnight508 on his dirty shows (My mind feel so violated), and MohsinMan99's Gintama. It be unfair to see my teammate working on a series alone. I need to get a Hulu account to get the images since Crunchyroll does not have the show. I need to figure out how to get the Funimation watermark out.
I like the show now. 
Post by MohsinMan99 (1,777 posts) See mini bio Level 21

Don't you worry Kuro, once I'm free I'll be helping you out with this with pics and stuff (well, if you need it that is). I just started the second episode today!

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

@takashichea:

I actually didn't watch High School of the Dead, so I can't really make that connection with the two characters, however, looking at the art, I noticed that the characters do somewhat look the same (especially the hair design and the the highlights)

Yeah... When Inori tells Shu to "use her," Shu and Inori are in promiscuous positions. She arches her back to allow Shu to plunge his hand into her bare chest.
That sounds awesome. (sarcastic tone) I know Shu doesn't want that, but the show makes it seem that he is using her.

Agreed. I didn't go into much detail about it in my report because I didn't want to force my opinion on the readers, but what you said is exactly how I felt after watching the episode. Who knows, perhaps Inori will also go through character evolution where she doesn't see herself as a mere "tool".

@takashichea: @MohsinMan99:

Thanks a bunch you two! I'd really appreciate it if you can lend me a hand :D Just give me a heads up on what you're doing or willing to do, so I wont be stepping on your toes with Wiki edits.

Thanks again!

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

@takashichea:

I need to figure out how to get the Funimation watermark out.

I actually found videos online where its fansubbed and they use the raw video of the series. Those dont have water marks, and if their in HD then their screenshots can be used as the pictures.

Post by takashichea (11,968 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@KuroNekoXIII:

Thanks. Please PM me that link.

You don't need to go into depth about the tool thing. It was hard to comment on stuff in this blog because you did a fine job on covering everything. I had to think what to comment or bring something new to the discussion.

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