Guilty Crown: The Complete Series ReviewJason Leyanna
Guilty Crown was produced by Production I.G and was released in Japan in 2011. The dubbed version with brought to the United States by Funimation. The anime series was directed by TetsurÅ Araki, who also directed Death Note. We received a retail copy of the Limited Edition version for review. Iâ€™ll give an overview of the story, tell about the great music, give my opinions on the story and the localization, before coming to a conclusion.
Japan is in chaos after the Apocalypse Virus spreads after Lost Christmas on December 24, 2029. Shu Ouma is the main character in the series. Shu meets Inori Yuzuriha, lead singer of Egoist. Shu eventually joins Funeral Parlor, a group of resistance against the government. Shu, Inori, and the rest of Funeral Parlor must band together to fight for the people and help those affected by the Apocalypse Virus. The current government has given up on the majority of the population as potentially contaminated and is also trying to stop Funeral Parlor. Shu has the ability to access other peopleâ€™s Voids and remove items so that he can use them to enhance his fighting capabilities. Every person has different Void based on the type of person they are. Can Shu Ouma help to save the world from the latest destruction from the Apocalypse Virus? Time will tellâ€¦
Guilty Crown included great music from Supercell for the opening and ending songs, as well as, intermixed in various episodes. The songs were so good that I decided to purchase a CD by Supercell. The other music used in the anime was composed by Hiroyuki Sawano and added to the various tones of the series. One of the best parts of Guilty Crown - and a personal favorite of mine - was the music.
The story overall was good and intriguing. The first half of the series was wonderful. There was a frustrating and unnecessary plot twist midway, but the show mostly redeems itself by the end of the series. The characters and drama keeps things interesting, while also including a decent amount of action.
Funimation did a great job of localizing this series for North America. The voice cast was excellent as usual and included: Austin Tindle (Shu Ouma), Alexis Tipton (Inori Yuzuriha) and Micah Solusod (Gai Tsutsugami). The artwork is beautiful and is highly detailed on the Blu-ray version of the series. The DVD version still looks almost as good.
Guilty Crown is a good series and includes amazing visual art and music, great voice acting, and a fairly decent plot. Despite some frustrations with the plot-line mid-way, I would definitely recommend this anime to others. The Blu-ray and the DVD versions are a good choice. The Limited Edition includes a small art book and a sleeve to slip both Blu-ray/DVD cases into. You can also find some of the episodes in their sub-titled form on Hulu Plus (as of the writing of this review) to help decide if youâ€™d like to buy the dubbed version. Guilty Crown gets a thumbs up from me.
Disclosure: We are provided copies of games from the game companies for some games that we review.