Weekly Report, or Science Class? Guilty Crown Episode #2

Topic started by KuroNekoXIII on Oct. 23, 2011. Last post by KuroNekoXIII 2 years, 10 months ago.
Post by KuroNekoXIII (427 posts) See mini bio Level 14

Overview

Yo! What's up AV? How's life? How's the fall anime season treating you so far?

Now, my main question for you is....have you tried watching Guilty Crown yet? If you answer was no, well I shake my head with disappointment *starts shaking his head as he types this sentence*. If you have checked out the anime, then GREAT! *leaps for joy and bumps his head on the ceiling* .

Now I'd like you to join me here on this thread as we explore the second episode of this series. For those who haven't watched it yet, fear not! Visit last week's weekly report and the "Guilty Crown" franchise page to get a glimpse of the anime. Feel free to comment on anything that comes to your mind (Guilty Crown - related that is :D).

I'd now like to give you a warm welcome to the second edition of my Guilty Crown Weekly Report - Ep 2: Survival of the Fittest. Enjoy!

Plot

King's Power (1st episode)
King's Power (1st episode)
Boom..EXPLOSION! How do you like me now?
Boom..EXPLOSION! How do you like me now?

During the second episode of Guilty Crown, titled "Survival of the Fittest", the story continues from where it left off in the first episode. Shu Ouma , has accidentally acquired a mysterious power from a synethesized genome known as the "Void Genome" . This genome is one of three special genomes which grants it's user phenomenal power. The specific power associated with the Void Genome is called "The King's Power ".

Now with this newly acquired power, what will Shu do? He isn't the same boy he was before. He now has the power to make a difference, and cannot remain as a silent by-stander any longer. Will Shu rebel against GHQ and their inhuman methods towards the Japanese? Will he join "Undertaker", the resistance group against the GHQ?

Neko's Science Corner

Ok, so there are a bunch of terminology introduced during this episode which are based off of biology and genetics. Since I, Neko, am somewhat of a science geek (I am a post-secondary science student), I'll share some of my knowledge with you. Hope it'll clear up the settings for you if science isn't one of your strong subjects.

1. Genome

The genome is the set of all genetic material of an organism.

2. Introns

A nucleotide within a DNA or/and primary RNA transcript* strand that doesn't code for anything. It's still a big mystery why they exist, and there are lots of theories out there. In order for the RNA strand to get modified and leave the nucleus, introns need to be spliced (cut) off of the strand, and the coding nucleotides join together.

*Primary RNA transcript is the first copy of the DNA that is later modified, then leaving the nucleus to act as blueprints for many of the cell's functions. protein synthesis, etc.

3. Survival of the Fittest:

A concept that came to be as a reflection from Charles Darwin's Origin of Species research book. It was first used by a man named Herbert Spencer. The concept is just as the phrase states, those who are the fittest, i.e the strongest, survive in a given environment, while the weak individuals are selected out and perish.

So what Guilty Crown does is that it uses the basics of these terminologies, and expands on it with fictional technologies and ideas. I wont spoil anything, but if you get what these terms are, you'll fully understand the merit of the anime.

Verdict

Good

New OPENING!!!! Wooohoooo! I loved the opening, and will continue loving it. Supercell is the band singing the opening song, with Inori having Supercell's vocalist's singing voice.

Void Genome
Void Genome
Sephirah Genomics
Sephirah Genomics

Lots of explanations occurred during this episode, which made the anime's settings much clearer. Many concepts were introduced, such as Sephirah Genomics, The King's Power, and Void Genome

We were also introduced to all of the members of the resistance group "Undertaker" and their motives. *Side note* The word "undertaker" means the person that takes care of dead bodies, i.e. preparing for their funerals, etc.

Undertaker
Undertaker

Another good point was that there was a calmer version of "Euterpe" by fictional band, EGOIST, sung by Inori at the end of the episode.

Bad

  • Fanservice. That was the major let down of this episode in my opinion. There wasn't a lot, but there were some parts that weren't necessary (focus on girl's butts and chests).
  • We didn't much character history from any of the cast members. I guess I'm hoping for too much so far since we are only two episodes into the series. I guess character histories will be saved for later.

Thanks!

Alrighty guys, that's it for this week's report. I could honestly go on and on, but I'm starting to get sleepy, and I feel that if I let myself blab, I'll go out of control. Thanks a bunch for reading my blog, I really appreciate it! And if you have watched the the series so far, please do not hesitate to post your opinions about it.

I'd also like to remind you that there are many other articles, blogs, guides, and reports that are being created by many Vicers, Be sure to check them out and show them your support! It really gives the people writing them a boost of confidence that drives them to write even more amazing stuff.

Here's just a sample of some amazing works this week:

Missed out on last week's stuff? Check 'em out then!

That's all folks! Thanks again for reading, and hope to see you next week!

Peace out!

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

Member of Team W.I.K.I Nation

Post by MohsinMan99 (1,777 posts) See mini bio Level 21

Woah, this is the same anime I saw a trailer back on AV. And yes, your report definitely helped. To get me into the series! :)

Will comment more after going through the episodes though.

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

@MohsinMan99:

Thanks! I`m glad it helped :D

Sure thing! I`m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the series so far :)

Post by takashichea (12,260 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Awesome! I haven't watched it yet. I just replied to another weekly report of a friend of mine on this wacky website.
I'll be commenting on this even though it's late. 
*Oh, I just linked your weekly report to the Weekly Sket Dance's ep. 29 and Weekly Beelzebub's ep. 38.
Post by KuroNekoXIII (427 posts) See mini bio Level 14

@takashichea:

Thanks! Lol it`s alright, you can comment any time :D

Thanks for the links! I appreciate it!

Post by Superevil225 (6,742 posts) See mini bio Level 17
I looove~ this series!
I agree, the fan service was >.> But it was still a pretty good episode!
Post by KuroNekoXIII (427 posts) See mini bio Level 14

@Superevil225:

Awesome! A new Guilty Crown fan!

The fan service is the only downer, but the good points of the series outweigh the fan service, in my opinion.

Did you notice that Shion's voice actor (from No.6) plays Shu's voice? (had to point it out since your avatar is of Nezumi)

Hope to see you in my 3rd Weekly Report (I'll have it done on Saturday)! :D

Post by Superevil225 (6,742 posts) See mini bio Level 17
@KuroNekoXIII: Yes! I did notice! It made me a little upset. -secretly cried during the final scene of No. 6- SHIIIOOOOOONNNNN~ XD
GC is awesome. I started watching it the Sunday after it came out, but couldn't get around to the second episode until yesterday.
Ooooh! I'm so excited! :D Episode 3 was good! XD
Post by KuroNekoXIII (427 posts) See mini bio Level 14

@Superevil225:

Lol , Aw XD Yea No.6 was pretty good too; it has a similar genre to GC

Sweet! I started watching it when it first came out, and it was by chance since I came across some pics of it on some random anime site.

Thanks! Yup it was! :D

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@Superevil225: @KuroNekoXIII:

Be glad that the breasts are NOT unrealistically huge. The director, Tetsuro Araki, of this show is the director of High School of the Dead. I need to look up the creator.

GOOD

  • Shu became a hero. I spy a romantic relationship between those Shu and Inori. Whatever.
  • Gai is awesome, and the psychotic blonde guy made me hate him. That is good.

BAD

The ending of the show makes me sleepy. I don't mind a sad song with someone walking, but they did not make it more engaging. The twist at the end of the show is pretty generic. I thought the school setting was gone. The show will be more like Code Geass: robots, hostages, and school. (there's more) Like you said in the first report, Shu is a wimpy character. We don't get much wimpy characters in shows, but I just wish he have some balls. That's where the beauty of character evolution comes in.

Bizarre

  • Why does that girl have cat ears? She was playing games. I wonder if Gai would catch her.

I like your science corner feature. I'm a microbiology major, so it was reading bio notes again. Ah, I remember the good times when bio was easy to understand. You got everything down.

Hey Neko: Am I a hypocrite on fanservice? I condemn fanservice on Sket Dance but don't talk about it on Beelzebub. I do mock it on Fairy Tail.

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

@takashichea:

(Sorry for my late reply...I had a pretty busy and long day @_@)

Awesome! You started getting into Guilty Crown!

@takashichea said:

Be glad that the breasts are NOT unrealistically huge.

True to that.

GOOD
  • Shu became a hero. I spy a romantic relationship between those Shu and Inori. Whatever.
  • Gai is awesome, and the psychotic blonde guy made me hate him. That is good.

I spy a potential romantic relationship as well. But I personally think that it'll start off as a tight friendship since both Inori and Shu give off that vibe that they're not really familiar with the friend-making process.

And I agree, Gai is awesome. He's intelligent, and is more confident than he is conceded; which is a good thing. Sometimes overly confident characters tend to have swell heads, but this isnt the case with Gai.

It's good that you hated Daryl, by getting viewers to experience strong emotions means that the producers managed to convey the character really well.

BAD
The ending of the show makes me sleepy. I don't mind a sad song with someone walking, but they did not make it more engaging. The twist at the end of the show is pretty generic. I thought the school setting was gone. The show will be more like Code Geass: robots, hostages, and school. (there's more) Like you said in the first report, Shu is a wimpy character. We don't get much wimpy characters in shows, but I just wish he have some balls. That's where the beauty of character evolution comes in.

I admit dozing off while watching the ending, lol, then I'd skip it since Inori looks like she's walking too slow. Agreed! I need to add the twists at the end themes to my reports :D

I also see that GC will end up becoming the next Code Geass, they're similar in many ways as you said.

I personally see that Shu will definitely undergo lots of character development as the series progresses, just as you said

Bizarre
  • Why does that girl have cat ears? She was playing games. I wonder if Gai would catch her.

True! Well Tsugumi is the youngest of the group (14 years old), and still acts immaturely.

I like your science corner feature. I'm a microbiology major, so it was reading bio notes again. Ah, I remember the good times when bio was easy to understand. You got everything down.

I had to brush up on my first year biology class notes before writing that corner XD Glad that you think I got it down, I tried to make it as understandable as possible to those without a science background.

Hey Neko: Am I a hypocrite on fanservice? I condemn fanservice on Sket Dance but don't talk about it on Beelzebub. I do mock it on Fairy Tail.

Hmm, I'm not sure. Then again, Sket Dance seems like a more kiddish anime series compared to Beelzebub and Fairy Tail. Also since there is less fanservice on Sket Dance compared to Fairy Tail and Beelzebub, which makes it stand out much more. I wouldn't go too far and call it you being a hypocrite :P

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