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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
[KuroNekoXIII stated that Darker than Black has individuals who have special abilities, Contractors.]
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.
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.
How did Shu acquired the Void Genome?
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.
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).
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According to Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan's November Issue, they stated that Guilty Crown will get its first manga serialization.
Not much info is given in the ANN's article. According to Capsulecomputers, the series will have one chapter per month.
Member of Team Guilty Crown, and my partner is KuroNekoXIII.