Anime Review/Rant 1.2 Guilty Crown

Anime Review/Rant 1.2 Guilty Crown

Warning this review will contain strong language.

 

 

Also if you a fan of Guilty Crown and can’t take other peoples opinion then don’t read this review

 

There was a time in fall 11 when I was super hyped for Guilty Crown because I finished Code Geass during my earlier days of anime and I was looking for anime that are similar o Code Geass. Then I watched Guilty Crown as it was airing weekly from start to finish and I liked it because I thought it has great character development a great story amazing visuals and a awesome OST

So I gave a 8 or 9/10 and it was in my top 15 favourite anime of all time but that set score decayed overtime and dropped to about a 6 and it was no longer in my top 30 but I still thought it was a decent fun show whatever.

Then in winter 16 I decided to re-watch guilty crown for the 8th time and I liked it first but knew that it was a bad series. Then one season later I stared noticing more problems than I was way more problems after I started more anime that are actually really terrible and I found similarities. I think the final nail of the coffin is when I saw similarities to Mirai Nikk, Akame Ga Kill, and the second half’s of Golden Time and Shigatsu and I was like ” Yeah this show is fucking trash.

Now I don’t Guilty Crown is good at all and I think Guilty Crown is one the worst things that anime has ever produced.

 

Guilty Crown is a perfect example of amazing visuals and a beautiful ost wasted on a painfully horrendous story with abysmal writing and characters that made me slam my head on a freaking wall.

 

Guilty Crown was directed by Tetsurou Araki and it consists of 22 episodes airing from Oct 14, 2011 too Mar 23, 2012.

With that all said let’s dive in.

Story.

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The story of guilty crown is set in Tokyo in the year 2039. A decade has passed since the outbreak known as the  “Apocalypse Virus” killed thousands of people and brought Japan to its knees from that disaster that is called Lost Christmas

Since that time Japan has lost its independence, and has become a martial state governed by an international organisation known as GHQ.

The story really begins with a pink girl and a robot attempting to escape to from a futuristic-looking facility, but security forces injure and corner her until she falls off a bridge. The next morning we are introduced to Shu who is a anti-social in high school who is a fan of the pop-group called Egoist whose lead singer just happens too be a waif-like girl with pink hair.

 

And from there the show literally goes downhill in the worst imaginable way.

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You see unlike SAO where it had potential to be amazing but the second half completely ruined the show. Well Guilty Crown went downhill at the first episode because not only it’s a Code Geass ripoff but they way they handed the story was just awful from start to finish.

 

This show tries to include many genres like action, mecha, drama, sci fi, and romance but it ultimately fails because they are so poorly written that in the end some of these genres feel unnecessarily. BTW the romance of Shu and Inori is easily the worse romance I have ever encountered because not only the romance itself is poorly written but the characters have no chemistry with each other whatsoever

 

Also this show manages to rip off some of my favourites animes like Code Geass, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Utena with the story and characters but Guilty Crown didn’t try shit to make the story and characters unique.

 

One more thing that am going to mention is the second half is easily the worst second half of anime period because the story literately shit itself more than the althem arc of Sword Art Online.

I wont go any more detail on the second half because I want you to experience the second half for yourselves.

 

Overall the story is just broken beyond repair.

1/10

 

Characters.

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You thought the story was broken well the character are even worse because I have never seen such a broken and poorly written character cast in my life and I thought Akame ga Kill and Sword Art Online had a horrendous character cast.

 

First we have Shu who for me is easily one of the worst characters in fiction period.

Shu is anit-social whiny high school kid who spends the entire first half whining like a bitch and hitting on a emotionless doll named Inori. Not to mention has no fucking character development whatsoever.

One more thing that I want to close this off is that second half he literary goes full retard mode both psychically and mentally.

Personally I think Shu is a worse than Kirito because in the terms of writing because least Kirito has a personally despite him being over powered and having a harem at the end. Shu is a retard Shinji clone with no substance.

Then we have Inori who also suffers from poor character development and any sort of characterisation. Inori is a C.C/Rei knockoff expect the writers didn’t even fucking try because half of the series she’s literally just a sex object for the horny teenagers.

No offence.

Overall Inori is a horrendous charterer and a bad fan-service character on top of that.

Lastly we have Gai who is surprisingly a decent character because unlike Shu he’s actually decently handled in this show. Sure he’s a poor mans Kamina/Lelouch but compare to the other characters he was actually decent.

 

The side characters besides from one are just horrendous and really poorly handed. I don’t really to go much depth to them.

 

The only side character that I like is Tsugumi because she is a great hacker a decent fan-service character unlike Inori where half of the series she was just sex object and she’s actually entertaining.

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In general this character cast is just abysmal.

Gai and Tsugaumi need to be in a better anime because I personally think those characters had the potential to be good but instead they decided to focus on the miss characters like Shu and Inori which they are horrible.

1/10

Art/Animation.

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Now visually Guilty Crown looks amazing and it’s easily the main highlight of show with nice scenery from the city and locations that Guilty Crown has to offer.

The animation is straight right up beautiful to look at and its easily one of the best animated anime from production I.G because the animation was so nice, smooth and crisp you just cannot criticise the animation of guilty crown really.

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One more thing the fan-service is some of the most childish of fan-service I have ever seen in anime.

This shit might as well have an ecchi tag on it.

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8/10

Sound.

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The OST is also great and it easily one of the best things about because most of the tracks are just wonderful to listen.

My favourite track is βios because it was just fucking amazing. Hell is one of my favourite anime tracks in anime.

I don’t know why they decided to put this amazing track in a broken show like Guilty Crown.

 

Opening 1 My Dearlist is easily my favourite anime opening from a bad anime because visually is looks amazing and the song itself sounded beautiful.

The second op was meh but still enjoyable to listen.

 

The ending themes were okay and they were nothing special.

The dub of Guilty Crown is mediocre and it was not great as people say it is.

It’s a okay dub nothing more nothing less.

 

Overall the OST and opening 1 are just wonderful to listen while ending themes were mediocre

9/10

 

Enjoyment.

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The only piece of got enjoyment that I got in this shit is watching this train-wreck with friends because if I watch this by myself the show will give me strong PTSD of how offensively poorly written these character are as well with the art/animation trolling with you of how amazing it looks.

Also I personally found Tsugumi to be entertaining character it was easily the main highlight of the show besides from the visuals and OST even tho she didn’t do much in the show.

4/10

 

 

Final Thoughts.

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Guilty Crown is one perfect example of having great visuals and OST don’t make a good anime.

It’s has a horrendous story with second half being the worst second half I have ever seen in anime, cringe-worthy characters, good art/animation that trolls the audience, a great OST and a mediocre dub.

Out of all the anime that I seen Guilty Crown is easily the biggest train-wreck I seen and yes it’s a bigger train-wreck than Akame Ga Kill and Sword Art Online combined.

Even tho I gave high scores to my art/animation and sound selection it don’t really matter because having great visuals and OST don’t mean fucking shit if you story and characters are horrendous

If you think that great visuals and OST make a good anime then am sorry but you need to watch better anime.

 

I strongly recommend you to avoid this show because besides from the great visuals and OST everything else is just broken

 

I was going to give Guilty Crown a 2/10 but after witnessing the horrible story, abysmal characters and not to mention the second half is broken beyond believe in the terms of writing and direction I changed the score completely.

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It’s been a while since I give this score to a anime but I give Guilty Crown a 1/10 (Train-wreck the animation.)

Guitly Crown is one of the worst anime I have ever seen in my life and its up par with Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Mirai Nikki and Black Bullet.

It’s such a shame that see shit like Guilty Crown and Akame Ga Kill are rated higher than some of my favourites animes like Escaflowne, Inazuma Eleven, Shakugan No Shana and Selector WIXOSS series

That proves how bad the MAL rating system is.

Anime recommendations

Code Geass

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Revolutionary Girl Utena

Raildex

Towa no Quon 

Eureka Seven

Gurren Lagann

Anyway this was Shawn aka TheCodeTrigeer and I will see you guys next time.

Now I should get back to Dennou Coil (DUB) greatness

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Anime Review 1.1 Shakugan No Shana Series: Burning Eyed Shana.

Anime Review 1.1 Shakugan No Shana Series: Burning Eyed Shana.

 

Shakugan no Shana (Burning-Eyed Shana) also known simply as Shana  is a Japanese light novel series written by Yashichiro Takahashi with illustrations by Noizi ItoASCII Media Works published 26 novels from November 2002 to November 2012 under their Dengeki Bunko imprint.

In fall of 2005 Shakguan No Shana received an anime adaptation and it spawning 3 seasons that aired in different years, 1 movie and a OVA called Shakugan no Shana S. It was produced by J.C.Staff and directed by Takashi Watanabe who is also directed one of my favourite series called Slayers.

Now what do I think about Shakugan no Shana?

Well I first I hated the series but after a short while I decided to re-watch s1 as well as watching s2 and s3 for the first time and well.

Shakguan No Shana went from being one of most overrated anime series to one of my favourite series in a blink of a eye because it contains great action, a good love triangle a story that gets better as the series progresses, wonderful art/animation and the main theme that Shana presents.

So why is Shakugan No Shana so good you may ask? Well we are going to find out in the course of this review.

Hello Everyone Shawn/TheCodeTrigger and today I will be reviewing all three seasons of Shakugan no Shana and the OVA series called Shakugan no Shana S.

 

Story.

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The story begins with Yuji who is your average boy who just graduated into high school. One day as he was going home he comes across a scarlet sealed area where everyone except him is frozen in time and on top of that there’s monsters named Tomogara. On top of that the Tomogara are stealing souls from human body and now they are after Yuji soul. Hope is almost lost until a female flame haze comes in and save Yuji as well as defeating the Toomgara. After that the flame haze tells Yuki that he now a torch. A leftover of someone who has already been eaten by the Tomogara. Usually that you will only have a few days to live at most before disappearing completely but inside Yuki he has a mysterious and unique item that is called Reiji Maigo which every day at midnight he gets his existence replenished. So together with the flame haze which Yuji named Shana they set off to fight Tomogara together to protect the city.

The first 2 seasons of Shakugan no Shana features a lot action, slice of life and a bit of romance which manages to blend well for the most part. I liked to romance and slice bits of the show because they are well in my opinion and they give character development to most characters in like before Shana was just cold hearted tsundere but thanks to slice of life elements she becomes more humane character instead of being that rough main character. The action was just wonderful of J.C staff because there were well directed and the fights can get really intents at times.

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Now I have to admit the first half of S2 is easily the weakest of the trilogy. It’s not bad by any means but compare to everything else in the trilogy it stick out like a sour thumb of being meh. Unlike most people I actually like the first half because I got to see the great character interactions with each other while they do bunch of slice of life stuff. Then again we have the love triangle hat shouldn’t really happen at all and the one who brought this love triangle is the character that I hate the most. We get to her later.

 

The second half of S2 in my opinion is the best of the trilogy because J.C staff managed to show the potenal of series perfectly by giving us great villains, Yuji finally becomes a great male lead and he finally got real character development.

The only problems that I had with the first two seasons is the second villains of S1 which had some messed up insets with each other and the one girl which I will mention in the character section.

Shana S is just more Shana fun for the most part.

The first 2 episode are filler but highly enjoyable filler because of the character interactions were spot on.

The last two episodes are heavily character driven because they explore Shana as a character before she met Yuji. Plus those 2 episodes don’t have any action.

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Finally we have Shana final.

This was the season where Shana fans were heavily divided.

I seen people who Shana final was the shit or people who thought Shana Final was the worst thing that J.C staff has ever done.

Where do I stand on this? I liked but at the same time I thought it was kinda rushed.

I can see why people hate this because that made that set character into a villain ruining the character development that they had with that set character but for me I found set character becoming a villain was a good move because in my opinion its adds more to the show.

Compare to Shana S1 and S2 Shana final is more action pack and very emotional to the eyes.

The ending of Shana final was good in my opinion because it closes the series in a great way.

The only real complaints that I had with Shana final is not Yuji becoming a different person but is almost all of the new characters that appear in Shana final hardly get any character development whatsoever and it’s really a shame because I liked some of these new characters but they hardly get any back-story or mutations’ of why they taking part of the war.

Besides that I liked Shana Final.

One more that I like to mention is the theme of Shana. You see Shakguan No Shana deals with the theme evolution and the show manages to portray that theme properly because throughout the series you will see characters constantly evolving to become better people.

 

Overall I really like the story of all seasons of Shakugan no Shana.

9/10

Characters.

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The characters of Shakgan no Shana start off generic but as the series progresses they all evolve to great characters.

I first hated Yuji because he stared off a generic protagonist but over the course the series I found him to a well written male lead because he well developed and actually has a personally unlike most generic male leads.

One more thing I will mention Yuji becomes a different person on Shana III and the things he does in Shana is just mind blowing.

Overall Yuji was a good character in my eyes.

Shana is a really good character in my opinion.

Sure she starts off as a rough tsundere but as the series progresses she becomes more of a humane character that can fit with her peers really well. Also by the time you get to Shana final her signs of her Tsunderism are completely gone and she finally evolve to become a light hearted badass who loves Yuji.

This is how you write a tsundere guys.

Overall I adore Shana.

The rest of the characters are also good for the most part for example I really like the other characters ranging from the badass and mother figure to Shana Wilhelmina, the comic relief and also badass Margery, the rough but chilled Keisaku to the emotionless villain Hecate. In almost any show that I liked there is always that one or two character that I don’t like. In Shana case that character is Yoshida. She is a definition of a bad character because not only she’s annoying but she messes up the relationship of Shana and Yuji by adding a unnecessarily love triangle in the first half of S2. I don’t fully hate her as much as other people do but I she was that character that I heavily dislike.

Also I like to mention that some of the villains in s1 were not great they are .Not offensively bad like Yoshida but compare to the villains in the second season and final they are rather forgettable.

Overall besides from Yoshida this character cast was great.

9/10

Art/Animation.

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Like with the characters the art/animation continuously evolves as the series progress.

The art style of the first half of S1 feels kinda generic and outdated in a lot of areas but the second half of s1 the art/animation general improves for the better. Shana Final has some of the best art/animation I seen from a J.C Staff because you can clearly tell that they really effort on the characters designs to the backgrounds of the locations.

Not to mention Shana hair on S3 is beautifully animated.

Overall the art/animation is really good.

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9.5/10

Sound.

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The OST of Shana is just wonderful listen because it has both the action and romance music that are very memorable plus the show knows to use appropriate songs on each scene.

By the time of this review the Shakugan no Shana ost is one of my favourite OSTs in anime.

 

All of the openings were good but noting can top Shana III Final opening 1 Light My Fire” by KOTOKO because it’s sounds legendary and it’s more hype for the show. Not to mention it’s one of my favourite anime openings of all time.

The endings are good but nowhere near as good as the openings in my opinion. The only endings themes that I adore are Shana 2 Ending 2 Sociometry” by KOTOKO and Shana 3 Final Ending 1 I’ll believe” by ALTIMA.

 

Now I only have seen Shakugan no Shana dubbed and I thought it was great dub.

Unlike Familiar of Zero you can tell they put effort of the dub because the voice acting for almost all of the characters were great. Unlike Slayers where two voice actors have to be changed as that series progresses everyone character a new voice actor in by the beginning of Shana Second. I personally enjoyed the new voice actors because I think they did a good job with the roles.

Overall the ost was just masterpiece. The openings, endings and the dub was great.

Enjoyment.

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I really enjoyed the story from the action pack s1, the clam slice of life first half of s2, the more interesting second half of s2 to the wonderful war setting that is Shana 3 final because each season is very different from each other’s and its works really well in my opinion.

I personally enjoyed all of the seasons because of the character cast evolving every season to become better like for example I use to wrote off Yuji is a generic MC but after seeing Final he became a better and more interesting character.

Same goes with Shana because I was worried that Shana will became a another Lousie from The Familiar of Zero but in the end not only she’s a well written tsundere with amazing character development she’s one of the best female leads I have ever seen in a long while.

 

Final Thoughts.

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Shakguan no Shana has been a wonderful ride for me.

It’s a great story that gets better written as the series progresses, the charterers are great and fun to watch, the art/animation just wonderful especially in S3 the ost is amazing and easily one of my favourite anime OST and the dub is great.

Shakugan no Shana has currently maintain a spot in my top 20 favourite anime series.

It’s a much watch anyone who is looking for a fast pace action anime with some good slice of life bits.

I give Shakugan No Shana these presenting scores for each season below.

S1 9/10

S2 9/10

Shana S 9/10

S3 8.5/10

My overall score a 9/10 (This series has been one hell of a fun and romantic ride)

My Anime Recommendations

Toradora

Slayers (for more Takashi Watanabe greatness)

RailDex

Bleach

Kaze no Stigma

Soul Eater

Shaman King.

Anyway this was TheCodeTrigger and I will see you guys next time.

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