First/Final Impressions on Guilty Crown
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I absolutely adored Guilty Crown from the first 12 episodes it was one of my favourite Anime's at that time however it felt like the story lost its pacing dramatically after
. I understood what the author was trying to do with Shu, however I felt that he went too emo later on which dragged for a while and then he suddenly changes back to this hero
which was too quick of a change all of a sudden as it didn't really build up for me as it was done within an episode. They could've aired some more episodes to gradually build up to that moment when he
.I also couldn't really keep up with the narrative after episode 12 as the narrative went a bit linear and didn't explain some things as to why certain stuff occurred. Overall after you watch the first 12 episode I still suggest you watch the rest to get to the conclusion of the plot, and I believe that it looked a bit rushed in places where an explanation was needed to make it clear to the audience with a few more episodes.

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Sigh... where do I start?!?

Guilty Crown a 22 episode anime with 17 of them being a let down.

First Impressions:
Great!
Episode 1, was executed very well, I think it was one of the best boy meets girl premises ever, very natural.
The natural introduction of the protagonist and the heroine really sold the series in particular the first episode *at the time* to me, it wasn't some girl falling from the sky and landing on the protagonist, this really established the premise of what was going to happen.

The ending for the first episode really left the viewer wanting more which leads to episode two.

Episode 2, had a good closure for the introduction it ended many questions left by the first episode. A clear flow from both episodes lead to a overall very good start.

Then at the end of the second episode the cliche "girl transferring in" yes, it is a bit stupid; however the flow of the series needed a calm character and reinforce the bases of the story which is episode 3.

Episode 3, this is where you truly begin to connect with the characters and the audience will either like or dislike the protagonist, generally a connecting with the protagonist is really needed to keep a series strong, with Guilty Crown (GC) you don't get that connection with Shu (protagonist).

The series starts to weaken after the connection with the main cast, where the story is throwing random shit at you.

So here we have, Shu is forced into an organization yeah... it happens not a major event, he isn't accepted into the kinship of the "group"
does something gets accepted w/e standard story development

Episode insert random beach scene with the girls in bikinis.
Okay??? this was literally jarring to the story only the at the end did it actually have story development to introduce 1 person's void sigh......

Now you get to the point where basis isn't clear established but the audience knows that there are the good guys fighting the bad guys and Shu is the savior since he has the power he develops the friendship (again) with Gai and they hit it off.

I failed to mention that Shu is against everything Gai, so I thought I mention it here so you know wtf I'm talking about. So Shu is an emotional train wreck *will get back to this thought at the TL;DR* and the first half of GC is him trying to establish himself.

Back to previous rant

So Shu and Gai hit it off and it is bad, there wasn't actual story development till the last 4 episodes, and from the moment Shu and Gai are friends nothing really happens, rather shit happen(s/ed) and it just happened, there wasn't a reason for why it happened.

During this happening phase there was a Lord of the Flies phase which could of saves or salvaged the series but it didn't happen. There is a cause, and that is the virus so overall what I'm conveying is "what is this virus" how did all of this come to be.

I'm going to skip ahead and just talk about the ending, as most of you know I'm pulling all this out of my ass since the series was that bad I, I can't remember much of what actually happened because nothing really happened in the middle of the series.

So the ending yeah, it left more question than answers you get closure for the series but in a way that you're not satisfied with it.

EDIT: gf crunchyroll login lose half my post >.>

TL;DR

Shu didn't have a pair of balls, always trying to put his face between Inori's chest, and when he finally grew a pair of balls with 3 episodes left, the story was beyond recoverable in which the ending didn't really help try to salvage the series what-so-ever.

EDIT: Who reported this?

Ask yourself "person who reported" who is going to take the time to search for the original thread write something that has bases of first and final impressions and actually have someone read it?

BTW the search function for this site is atrocious, hell it is shit.
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Thank you for the Essay lol and I do agree with how it Shu wasn't a character that the audience couldn't really relate to at all and the series left more questions at the end, making it frustrating for us to wonder. Also I did check the thread for this but all it was, was a discussion thread of series and as I looked over it. It looked very cluttered and I couldn't really see many posts discussing peoples thoughts on the series overall, and I wanted to see peoples first impressions compared to their last impressions as both of them did contrast considering how well the series started and to how it ended.
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The anime overall was ok. It was not off the top. It was pretty much a overhyped series that didn't meet the hype. On paper you could see why it was so hyped, music by ryo with the OP and ED performed by supercell, animated by Production I.G., directed by Tetsurou Aki (Death Note), charcter designs by redjuice, produced by Ishikawa Mitsuhisa (Ghost in the Shell), series composed by Okouchi Ichiro (Code Geass). A lot of big names were used in this production. I can say it was a spectacle as I loved the animation though it dipped at times, the BGM kept me coming back and fit the scenes well, and the mix of veteran VAs as well as some upcoming VAs.

I did like the anime. I expected more from it but I didn't deliver consistently to take it over the top. Could have been better but it was still a decent anime over all.

Now I'll sit back and wait for the OVA and maybe will give it another chance if a second season is announced.
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Style over substance is how I can best describe this show. It looked pretty, it had great music, but in terms of characters and plot it fell short. AnimeKami's summary points that out very well.

A few things I'd like to add:
- A show will suffer if you don't like the main characters. If you are so annoyed with them that you don't care if they live or die, then there isn't much incentive to root for them, right? Nor to continue watching.

- If foreshadowing isn't used, then things feel like there were just thrown together. As AnimeKami put it: "the story is throwing random shit at you." Case in point: the secret society angle. It was pointless and unnecessary.
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deadpanditto wrote:

Style over substance is how I can best describe this show. It looked pretty, it had great music, but in terms of characters and plot it fell short. AnimeKami's summary points that out very well.

A few things I'd like to add:
- A show will suffer if you don't like the main characters. If you are so annoyed with them that you don't care if they live or die, then there isn't much incentive to root for them, right? Nor to continue watching.

- If foreshadowing isn't used, then things feel like there were just thrown together. As AnimeKami put it: "the story is throwing random shit at you." Case in point: the secret society angle. It was pointless and unnecessary.


I agree with this. My initial impressions on the first two episodes made me think it would be a good anime but from episode three and on I felt it just got worse and worse. Shu is one of the worst if not the worst main character I've ever seen in an anime and I was rooting for him to die by the end. The plot just got stupid after episode 12 and the revival of Gai was a terrible plot point.
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Posted 4/17/12

Tashfinz wrote:



Thank you for the Essay lol and I do agree with how it Shu wasn't a character that the audience couldn't really relate to at all and the series left more questions at the end, making it frustrating for us to wonder. Also I did check the thread for this but all it was, was a discussion thread of series and as I looked over it. It looked very cluttered and I couldn't really see many posts discussing peoples thoughts on the series overall, and I wanted to see peoples first impressions compared to their last impressions as both of them did contrast considering how well the series started and to how it ended.


I do very much so like my rants and me talking. I can go on and point out the entire faults the anime but since I know many people won't read longer things than above I decided not to

tbh i think the tl;dr really summarized the entire series well

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Posted 4/17/12
Not perfect, but I liked it. It was what it was and that was ok with me.
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Episode 1 impression: This Anime RULES!!! CANT WAIT FOR NEXT EPISODE.
Episode 5 impression: Holy S--t this is starting to piss me off.
Episode 7+ impression: *yawn* someone wake me when its over.
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I don't disagree with @AnimeKami's comments or description. I think the series could have been reworked and the whole secret society angle throughout entirely without a second thought. The virus itself could have been a large enough threat/antagonistic force for the series to play off of. When the secret society angle was introduced, I had a "well here we go again" moment and almost dropped the series.

But I also think some viewers are angry because of the ending. It wasn't the sunshine and bunnies happy ending that some wished for.

Honestly, I watched every ep and afterwards, I can't say it was a waste of time, but I certainly won't watch it again.
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i thought it was an amazing anime filled with love, hate, action, and a good story that had you with mixed feelings. in the beginning i was really enjoying it, and soon progressed to start to dislike Shu but an amazing comeback near the end made this one of my favorite animes and will soon rewatch again.
Posted 4/23/12
Episode 1 and 2 are awesome the rest..
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