Guilty Crown


Guilty Crown ギルティクラウン, Giruti Kuraun is a 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by Production IG which aired on Fuji TV's noitamina program block from October 20111 The story revolves around Shu Ouma, a high school boy who inadvertently obtains an ability called "Power of the King" that enables him to draw out items called "Voids" from other people He is then thrown into the conflict between a quasi-governmental organization known as the GHQ and a resistance organization called Funeral Parlor which aims to restore Japan's independence from the GHQ In the process, Shu has to deal with the burden his ability puts on his shoulders and the horrific mystery of his past The series incorporates elements of numerous genres, mostly drawing from science fantasy

Two manga adaptations were published by ASCII Media Works and Square Enix A light novel was published by Nitroplus titled Guilty Crown: Princess of Deadpool in April 2012 A spin-off visual novel named Guilty Crown: Lost Christmas was also developed by Nitroplus which came bundled with a 15-minute original video animation OVA named Guilty Crown: Lost Christmas

The series has received polarized critical reaction, with praise going to the series' music and artwork and criticism going to the plot for being jumbled and cliché Some character developments have been well received and the series' second half has been praised for its setting

Contents

  • 1 Synopsis
    • 11 Setting
    • 12 Plot
  • 2 Production
    • 21 Music
  • 3 Release
  • 4 Related media
    • 41 Print
    • 42 Visual novel
  • 5 Reception
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Synopsisedit

See also: List of Guilty Crown characters

Settingedit

Before the events of the main story, on December 24, 2029, a biological hazard known as the Apocalypse Virus brought on by an impact event plunges Japan into a state of chaos This later became known as the Lost Christmas incident Unable to contain the threat, Japan sought international help and the United Nations sent an organization known as the GHQ to their aid The GHQ successfully contained the outbreak and restored a level of order at the cost of Japan's independence Ten years later, a resistance organization known as the Funeral Parlor waged a campaign against the GHQ in order to liberate Japan once more

Plotedit

The story begins when high school student Shu Ouma encounters a wounded girl named Inori Yuzuriha, the vocalist of a popular internet group Egoist, taking refuge at his film club's workshop The GHQ Anti Bodies storm the workshop and arrest her for involvement with the terrorist group Funeral Parlor Shu follows the coordinates of Inori's robot to a drop zone where he meets Gai Tsutsugami, leader of Funeral Parlor, who asks him to safeguard a vial As GHQ begins attacking the Ruppongi area looking for the vial, it shatters as Shu goes to rescue Inori when she becomes threatened by GHQ Endlave mechs The vial contains the Void Genome, a powerful genetic weapon derived from the Apocalypse Virus that grants Shu the "Power of the King", an ability that allows his right hand to extract Voids, weapons of people's psyche given physical form Shu then extracts Inori's Void and destroys the attacking Endlaves

As events progress, Shu falls in love with Inori and reluctantly joins Funeral Parlor During one operation, Inori is taken by a boy named Yuu, who possesses the second Void Genome Shu's repressed memories return to him, revealing his sister Mana had been the first to be infected with the Apocalypse Virus and caused a massive explosion which spread the Apocalypse Virus across Japan: the Lost Christmas Inori was created to hold Mana's soul to create a new race of humans after the Apocalypse Virus annihilates the current human population Gai and Shu work together and Shu manages to stab Mana's stasis pod, knowingly killing Gai in the process

Two weeks since the second outbreak of the Apocalypse Virus, the GHQ seals off the area surrounding Ruppongi in Tokyo, now called Loop 7, leaving a large number of teenagers to take refuge at Tennouzu High School along with Funeral Parlor members Shu, Inori, Ayase and Tsugumi As food and Apocalypse Vaccine supplies run low, Shu is elected the new student council president and eventually becomes a tyrant, after Hare's death Shu and the others eventually break out of Loop 7, though in the process a resurrected Gai appears and severs Shu's right arm, transferring the Void Genome to him

Gai protects Japan from being destroyed by the United Nations in an attempt to stop of the Apocalypse Virus The mastermind behind the events in Japan is an ancient organization known as "Daath" whose purpose was to obtain Shu's power and Inori Inori later lets herself get captured by Daath in order to protect Shu Haruka Ouma, Shu's stepmother, betrays the GHQ and steals the third Void Genome which Shu later injects himself with As events progress, Gai intends to cause the Lost Christmas event on a global scale Funeral Parlor surrounds GHQ Headquarters at Tokyo Bay and attack The Apocalypse Virus begins spreading across the planet from the GHQ Tower

Shu defeats Gai who explains that the only way to stop the Fourth Apocalypse was to let Mana fulfill her destiny of starting it, after which she would finally be able to rest in peace, which is why he aided Daath Gai then dies with Mana as the Virus envelops them both Shu embraces Inori and activates his Void, absorbing everyone's Voids and taking all of the Apocalypse Virus onto himself As he is about to be consumed, Inori sacrifices her own life to the virus, saving Shu With the virus finally eradicated, the GHQ Tower begins crumbling and everyone rushes to escape Some years later, Ayase, Tsugumi, Yahiro, Kanon, Souta and a now blind Shu celebrate Hare's birthday in a rebuilt Tokyo

Productionedit

In the making of the series, the staff wanted to make "the next generation of anime with this show" For this they wanted it to be an original anime rather than an adaptation The staff also wanted it to be a "two-season show" regardless of possible difficulties The basic concept of the show is in a "Japanese style, a Japanese concept, and that is what makes it more original than other shows" When asked about similarities between Shu and Neon Genesis Evangelion's lead Shinji Ikari, the staff answered they are both passive characters although they found Shinji more passive2

When asked what circumstances led to his involvement, Redjuice responded that the production staff's illustrators and animators felt that his concept art exhibited a sense of compatibility with the final product3 While Ryo of Supercell was providing the insert songs for the show, Redjuice himself was not participating in the project as a member of Supercell3 Besides liking Inori, the main heroine of Guilty Crown, Redjuice stated that he had done many drawings of Tsugumi3 The staff had no qualms with the cat-like ears of Tsugumi so Redjuice feels that he has slipped his personal tastes into the series3 Redjuice also likes Kanon although she was not originally written into the scenario3 As Redjuice has not worked with 3D CG much, he was able to learn a lot from the staff at Production IG3

Musicedit

Guilty Crown Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Hiroyuki Sawano
Released January 25, 2012
Genre Soundtrack
Length 75:50
Label Aniplex
Producer Hiroyuki Sawano

The music used in the Guilty Crown anime is composed by Hiroyuki Sawano45 Both the opening and ending themes of Guilty Crown are written by Supercell1 The first opening theme is titled "My Dearest" and is performed by Koeda678 The CD single for "My Dearest" was released on November 23, 20119 The first ending theme is titled "Departures Anata ni Okuru Ai no Uta" Departures ~あなたにおくるアイの歌~, Departures Send your Love Song1 and is performed by Egoist, a fictional band from the series110 The single for "Departures Anata ni Okuru Ai no Uta" was released on November 30, 20119 A 17-year-old artist named Chelly provided the vocals110 Chelly was picked by Ryo of Supercell after an audition of 2,000 candidates110 Chelly also sang the insert songs in Guilty Crown1112 The second opening theme is "The Everlasting Guilty Crown" by Egoist and the second ending theme is "Kokuhaku" 告白, "Confession" by Supercell

All music composed by Hiroyuki Sawano

Releaseedit

Main article: List of Guilty Crown episodes

Guilty Crown was directed by Tetsuro Araki with the series' script supervision being handled by Hiroyuki Yoshino13 and assisted by Ichirō Ōkouchi Jin Hanegaya from Nitroplus will also be assisting with the screenplay1415 The mechanical designs were done by Atsushi Takeuchi and prop designs handled by Yō Moriyama The original character designs were drawn by Redjuice,13 with Hiromi Katō providing the character designs for the anime Yusuke Takeda was the anime's art director The animation production was done by Production IG's Division 6

An Internet radio show named Guilty Crown Radio Council to promote Guilty Crown began airing every other Friday starting on October 7, 201116 The show is hosted by Yūki Kaji, the voice actor of Shu Ouma, and Ai Kayano, the voice actress of Inori Yuzuriha16

New York Anime Festival screened the first two episodes of Guilty Crown on October 15, 201117 The screening of the second episode was a world premiere as the episode did not air in Japan until October 20, 201117 At Anime Weekend Atlanta 2011, Funimation announced that it would simulcast the series in October, followed by a DVD and Blu-ray release in 201218

Related mediaedit

Printedit

A manga adaptation titled Guilty Crown, written by Yōsuke Miyagi and illustrated by Shion Mizuki, was serialized in Square Enix's Monthly Shōnen Gangan between the November 201119 and December 2013 issues Square Enix released seven tankōbon volumes between January 21, 2012 and December 21, 20132021 A second manga titled Guilty Crown: Dancing Endlaves, written by Gan Sunaaku and illustrated by Ryōsuke Fukai, was serialized in ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's Magazine between the July 2012 and May 2014 issues Three volumes were released between January 26, 2013 and May 27, 20142223

A side story novel titled Guilty Crown: Princess of Deadpool was written by Gan Sunaaku from Nitroplus, with illustrations done by a Production IG and Nitroplus collaboration A special version that came along with a special book cover was first sold at Anime Contents Expo 2012 in between March 31 and April 1, while the official release was on April 25 The first chapter was put up for public reading

Visual noveledit

Nitroplus developed a spin-off visual novel named Guilty Crown: Lost Christmas ギルティクラウン ロストクリスマス, Giruti Kuraun Rosuto Kurisumasu15 The visual novel was previously known as Lost X15 The scenario writer for this game is Jin Hanegaya, who also penned Demonbane24 The game focuses on the "Lost Christmas" incident The full version of the game includes a short 10-minute anime

Receptionedit

The series received mixed critical reaction Carl Kimlinger from Anime News Network praised the presentation and described the series' script and characters as cliché while following the trend of presenting a standard anime trope before suddenly shifting the plot sideways25 Kimlinger praised the series' bravery on reinventing its plot but described the plot as jumbled and continued the trend of weak characters and clichés26 Aiden Foote of THEM Anime Reviews agreed with Kimlinger on the presentation and plot27 Foote panned the pacing of the plot and called the characters unsympathetic with back stories that do not add depth to them27 Chris Beveridge from The Fandom Post commented "While it goes big and throws a lot at us, the end result that defines the rest of the season is one that works fantastically well for me because it introduces radical change into the series" He praised Shu's character development as well as the setting chosen for its second half28

DVD Talk's Kyle Mills gave the series more praise, noting that despite small criticism "the 1st 11 episodes of the series are great" He praised the story and setting but criticized the development of certain characters comparing them to "flaws" Gurren Lagann made29 UK Anime Network commented on the series' second half that the series "bites off more than it can chew, and at times the fervent mastication that comes from this leaves certain aspects of its narrative as something of a sloppy mess, but there's still an interesting story being told here and much of it is delivered in an enjoyable fashion thanks to a superb soundtrack, slick action set pieces, and some strong ideas that make good use of the show's cast of characters" Despite criticism, Andy Hanley of UK Anime Network praised the animation as "visually eye-catching"30

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Lanson, Greg September 8, 2011 "New "Guilty Crown" Promotion Video Streamed, Theme Songs Announced" Crunchyroll Retrieved September 21, 2011 
  2. ^ "Interview: Koji Yamamoto, Ryo Ohyama, and George Wada on Guilty Crown" Anime News Network November 28, 2011 Retrieved April 25, 2014 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "10月期ノイタミナ『ギルティクラウン』公開直前! キャラクター原案・redjuice氏も衝撃の「"鬼"すぎる」制作現場" Livedoor September 23, 2011 Retrieved September 24, 2011 
  4. ^ "アニメ『ギルティクラウン』 音楽担当" September 11, 2011 Retrieved September 25, 2011 
  5. ^ "SVWC-7817 | GUILTY CROWN ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK - VGMdb" vgmdbnet Retrieved 2016-11-15 
  6. ^ "Supercell Selects 15-Year-Old Singer for Next Album" Anime News Network September 9, 2011 Retrieved September 25, 2011 
  7. ^ "supercell、新ボーカル決定 ノイタミナ新アニメテーマに" Oricon September 9, 2011 Retrieved September 25, 2011 
  8. ^ "supercell、新ゲスト・ヴォーカリスト&新タイアップ決定" BARKS September 9, 2011 Retrieved September 25, 2011 
  9. ^ a b "ニューシングルのリリースが決定!!! 新ゲストボーカリスト「こゑだ」を迎えた新生supercell第一弾の詳細を発表!" in Japanese September 29, 2011 Retrieved September 29, 2011 
  10. ^ a b c "17-Year-Old Wins Supercell Audition to Sing Guilty Crown Songs" Anime News Network September 8, 2011 Retrieved September 21, 2011 
  11. ^ ギルティクラウン :挿入歌とエンディング曲に17歳の新人歌手を抜てき 2000人から選考 in Japanese September 9, 2011 Retrieved September 21, 2011 
  12. ^ [ギルティクラウン]挿入歌とエンディング曲に17歳の新人歌手を抜てき 2000人から選考 in Japanese Mycom Journal September 9, 2011 Retrieved September 21, 2011 
  13. ^ a b "Death Note Helmer Araki, supercell Involved on New Work" Anime News Network July 7, 2011 Retrieved July 15, 2011 
  14. ^ "アニメ旋風" Nitroplus September 22, 2011 Retrieved September 25, 2011 
  15. ^ a b c Lanson, Greg August 11, 2011 "Nitroplus Announces Guilty Crown Spinoff PC Game Project" Retrieved September 21, 2011 
  16. ^ a b 「ギルティクラウン」ラジオ配信決定! in Japanese Onsen September 26, 2011 Retrieved September 26, 2011 
  17. ^ a b "NY Anime Fest to Host US Premieres of Guilty Crown, Fate/Zero" Anime News Network September 20, 2011 Retrieved September 21, 2011 
  18. ^ "Funimation Adds hack//Quantum, Streams Guilty Crown" Anime News Network October 1, 2011 Retrieved October 1, 2011 
  19. ^ 少年ガンガン 2011年11月号 Shōnen Gangan November 2011 issue in Japanese Tohan Corporation Archived from the original on May 1, 2014 Retrieved September 20, 2015 
  20. ^ ギルティクラウン 1巻 Guilty Crown 1 in Japanese Square Enix Retrieved April 29, 2014 
  21. ^ ギルティクラウン 7巻(完) Guilty Crown 7 end in Japanese Square Enix Retrieved April 29, 2014 
  22. ^ "ギルティクラウン DANCING ENDLAVES01" Guilty Crown Dancing Endlaves 01 in Japanese ASCII Media Works Retrieved April 29, 2014 
  23. ^ "ギルティクラウン DANCING ENDLAVES03" Guilty Crown Dancing Endlaves 03 in Japanese ASCII Media Works Retrieved April 29, 2014 
  24. ^ "Guilty Crown Gets PC Game Spinoff from Nitroplus" Anime News Network August 13, 2011 Retrieved September 24, 2011 
  25. ^ Kamlinger, Carl November 16, 2011 "ANN reviews episodes 1–5" Anime News Network Retrieved July 9, 2013 
  26. ^ Kimlinger, Carl May 12, 2012 "ANN reviews episodes 13–22" Anime News Network Retrieved July 9, 2013 
  27. ^ a b Foote, Aiden "THEM Anime Review" THEM Anime Reviews 40 Retrieved July 9, 2013 
  28. ^ "Guilty Crown: Complete Series Part 2 Blu-ray/DVD Anime Review" Fandom Post Retrieved April 28, 2014 
  29. ^ "Guilty Crown: Complete Series Part 1 Blu-ray" DVDTalk Retrieved April 28, 2014 
  30. ^ "ANIME REVIEW: Guilty Crown - Part 2" UK Anime Network Retrieved April 28, 2014 

External linksedit

  • Official website Japanese
  • Visual novel official website Japanese
  • Side story novel official website Japanese
  • Guilty Crown anime at Anime News Network's encyclopedia


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