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Overview

Hello Vicers, and welcome to the fourth edition of KuroNekoXIII's Guilty Crown Weekly Reports. Takashichea has recently began editing the Guilty Crown wiki pages alongside me; thanks for the help Taka!

If any of you guys and girls are fans of Guilty Crown, and want to make contributions to the Guilty Crown wiki pages by joining both Takashichea and I, just send me a PM (don't worry, I won't bite :P) . We'll be glad to hear from you and get your help with the wiki pages.

Now that we're finished with the announcements, let's get this show on the road!

Plot

The fourth episode continues where the story left off, with Shu being taken away by GHQ officials. While being held prisoner, Shu starts learning more about Funeral Parlor, a.k.a Undertaker and their plans from GHQ Major Segai. Shu becomes even more indecisive about whose side he should be on than he was earlier; and the fact that Gai refuses to answer any of his questions makes matters even more confusing for him.

While Shu's lost in his own sea of thoughts, Undertaker is already on its way to rescue a known murderer that is also held prisoner by GHQ. Seeing that rescuing him is not part of the plan, who should Shu put his faith and trust in?

New Characters

Jun Samukawa
Jun Samukawa
Yahiro Samukawa's younger brother. He is currently being treated under GHQ's care by Sephirah Genomics.
Kenji Kido
Kenji Kido
A prisoner confined by the GHQ, and is known as a mass murderer responsible for the "Sky Tree Bombing".

Verdict

Good

1. We managed to learn more about GHQ, from the perspective of a GHQ official, Major Seiga.

2. We are also given more insight on what the Apocalypse Virus is and it's effects on people.

3. More Undertaker action! We're able to see the strategic and combat abilities of Undertaker. They're not an easy bunch to deal with. I assure you.

Oh Inori, you're finally understanding the feeling of being alone
Oh Inori, you're finally understanding the feeling of being alone

4. We also learn more about Yahiro Samukawa's back story.

5. Inori is displaying a lot of character evolution in this episode. I won't go into too much detail, but let's just say that she's starting to act less like a "tool".

Bad

I actually didn't find any bad points in this episode.....I'm thinking really hard, but I can't find any.

Points of Interest

I think it's interesting to note that the seiyuu (voice actor) for Major Seiga is Nobutoshi Canna, the same seiyuu as Kabuto from Naruto. Both characters have that eerie and messed-up vibe to them.

Ending theme twist, with Shu initially walking by himself with a glum face, then Inori joins him, and leads him. Does this foreshadow something, perhaps?

Trivia

Test time! Think you're a Guilty Crown expert by now? Prove it then, by answering the trivia questions linked on the following pages:

Shu Ouma

Inori Yuzuriha

Undertaker

Guilty Crown

Yahiro Samukawa

Thanks!

First I'd like to thank you readers for popping in and reading this report. It's nice to see you showing interest in the blog posts and reports, and it really pumps us bloggers and reports and drives us to write more. I'd also like to give a special thanks to Takashichea, MohsinMan99, and Superevil225 for always showing their support. It means a lot! :)

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See you later, and peace!

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

Member of Team W.I.K.I Nation

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Overview

Hello again Vicers, and welcome to the third edition of KuroNekoXIII's Guilty Crown Weekly Reports. I'm glad to see that Guilty Crown is finally starting to get more views here on the Vice, and that there are more and more Vicers that are slowly starting to participate in these reports. I really appreciate it guys and girls, and I hope to see and hear more of you in the Guilty Crown forums and wiki pages.

Now without further ado, I present to you Guilty Crown's Ep 3 Weekly Report - Void Sampling.

Plot

The third episode of Guilty Crown starts where it finished off in the second episode, with Inori joining Shu's class as his new classmate. Not only that, but she also moves into his apartment and now lives with him. Shu, who doesn't understand why Inori is with him every step he takes, receives an explanation from Gai Tsutsugami. Gai tells Shu that there was one witness that saw and identified Shu during the Undertaker's attack in Roppongi; and that witness happens to go to Shu's school.

It is now Inori and Shu's job to search through the student body for the witness, needing to extract the students' Voids to find out which one of them is the witness.

New Characters

Kanon Kusama
Kanon Kusama
Shu Ouma's classmate, and she is the student representative of class 2 - A.
Major Segai
Major Segai
Little is known about this character. All that was mentioned about him is that he will now be in charge of all Funeral Parlor - related matters, and that he is known for taking his job very seriously.

Verdict

Good

Shu's classroom and classmates
Shu's classroom and classmates
Photo of Shu and his Mother
Photo of Shu and his Mother

1. We finally get a break from the "running for out lives" , "guns and explosions" , and "fight fight fight" themes that have been predominate in the first two episodes of this series. Now we can sit back and watch more mundane anime themes that we can all relate too, and that would be "school-life" and "life as a teen".

2. We also learn a bit more about Shu's school social standing, as well as his family life. We are also further acquainted with Shu's classmates that were introduced during the first episode of Guilty Crown, Yahiro Samukawa, and Souta Tamadate.

Enjoy your music while you still can Souta
Enjoy your music while you still can Souta

3. Finally, we get a little more humor! I've been itching for humor in Guilty Crown to lighten the mood a little, and we finally get a little of that. The funny moments were mainly during the Void-searching process, and how some of the Voids were very random. Also, the voice actor for Souta Tamadate, Daisuke Sakaguchi, is known for taking roles of funny characters, and character-relief roles. Examples include Youhei Sunohara from Clannad, Shinpachi Shimura from Gintama,and Tadayasu Sawaki from Moyashimon. So that makes Souta's character, in particular, one of the more pleasant ones to see and watch.

4. We also learn a little more about Voids and their extraction.

5. It also seems that Shu and Inori have undergone small character evolution during this episode.

Bad

Pros and Cons of Living with a Girl
Pros and Cons of Living with a Girl

1. The only bad thing that I found during this episode was that it had the anime cliche where the main female protagonist ends up living with the main male protagonist. I think that pushed it a little.....Inori could've moved into the apartment next door, right?

Miscellaneous

This episode taught me to look between eyebrows when I want to avoid making eye contact, yet want to still look like I'm looking at the person. Its a pretty neat trick, and it'll come in handy since I do get a little nervous while having long eye-contact with someone not close to me.

During the ending theme, the last scene was of Shu bowing to the student representative, Kanon (the reason would be clear after watching the episode)

Recent Wiki Edits

I've been spending lots of time this past week on working on editing the Guilty Crown franchises, and their corresponding characters, concepts, and objects pages. If you want a better picture on the series and it's background, check out these wiki pages to get a better feel of the series. Note that they haven't been fully updated yet, but I think it'll give you a good heads up on the series' background.

Franchise

Concepts

Objects

Characters

Thanks!

And that's all from me folks! Hope you enjoyed this weekly report as much as I did writing it!

Hope to see you again next week!

Now don't forget to check out this week's weekly reports:

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See you later, and peace!

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

Member of Team W.I.K.I Nation

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Overview

Hello fellow Vicers! Welcome to this not-really-a-weekly-report report article on and older Sket Dance episode - epsiode 9: Enta Will Do It! My team mate, Takashichea, was the one who suggested the idea of me writing a report on this episode, since it is one of the notably funny episodes. Personally, I'm glad to write this report, since I've been writing Weekly Reports for the Guilty Crown series, and its a pretty action-packed, and serious anime compared to Sket Dance. So this 'll be a sorta breather type report.

Now let's get this show on the road!

Plot

**Beware of mild episode spoilers**

Enta Hinohara, a manga artist, came over to Kaimei High School to interview the students in order to gain inspiration for a potential manga series. Bossun is overly thrilled by the idea that a mangaka is interviewing him, and is desperate to make a good impression. His goal is to become a model for the main character that Enta is working on, and that in turn would make him popular. But everything goes down the drain when Enta describes Bossun as way too "boring" and "plain".

How will Bossun get Enta's attention? And why did Chuu-san's cola turn Bossun into a kid? Watch the episode to find out!

Verdict

Good

During the Enta's quest to find interesting character inspirations, we get a summary of how unique the characters of Sket Dance are, notably Bossun, Switch and Hime, all of which have vibrant characteristics, behaviours, personalities and habits.

We are introduced to Bossun's complex of trying to prove to others that he is worthy of being the main character. It'd pretty funny how hard he tries, then gets shut down.

We also learn that Hime has strong motherly instincts, and is very doting when it comes to children. It's even funnier since Bossun rejects her doting and obsessive attitude and snaps every time she goes overboard. Switch is also amused by Bossun getting ticked off, and he goes along with Hime.

Hime&squot;s dose of "Li&squot;l Bossun Cuteness"
Hime's dose of "Li'l Bossun Cuteness"
There is no escape from Hime
There is no escape from Hime
Hime dying to dress up Bossun
Hime dying to dress up Bossun
Picture! Picture!
Picture! Picture!
Sket Family- Moustache Dad, Doting Mom, and Angry Child + Pelocan Doll
Sket Family- Moustache Dad, Doting Mom, and Angry Child + Pelocan Doll

The addition of many dramatic scenes that were obviously included for humorous purposes make the episode funny as well.

Bad

I actually didn't find anything bad during this episode, it was all very good in my opinion :D

Bizarre

The mangaka in this episode had a VERY similar name to the actual mangaka who made Sket Dance. The actual mangaka has the name of Kenta Shinohara, whereas the mangaka in the anime had the first letters of the first and surname taken off, giving him the name Enta Hinohara

Anime References

There was a Dragonball Z reference in this episode when Enta was asking for Bossun's abilities. These references were:

1. Charging up Ki

2. Kamehameha

Thanks!

Aaaand that's a wrap folks! I'd love to continue writing, but then that'll just end up with me writing an entire essay on the episode. Hope you enjoyed this "not-really-a-weekly-report" report, and hope to see around my other reports and the reports of all the other amazing reporters and bloggers here on the Vice.

Now don't forget to check out this week's weekly reports:

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See you later, and peace!

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

Member of Team W.I.K.I Nation

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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

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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

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