73 CommentsFirst Impressions, Guilty Crown / By Scamp /

Guilty Crown episode 1

It wasn’t perfect. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT EVAR!!!

With my expectations scaled back a few notches, Guilty Crown’s first episode does manage to join the esteemed ranks of “better than bloody Bakuman”, of which only Persona 4 and Future Diary had achieved the rank of so far (although the second episodes of Fate/Zero and Chihayafuru were both improvements). I just wish it wasn’t so derivative.

The Geass comparisons are inevitable and obvious, rather hilariously so when they start referring to the different Japanese districts as numbers again. There’s a little bit more justification behind the occupation of Japan this time around. The country had to accept foreign intervention to recover from a biological weapon attack rather than a Darwinian dictatorship rolling over the country with their giant robots. Mind you, both still have the comically evil villains who cold-heartedly massacre entire neighbourhoods for poorly justified reasons. But it’s not like the political frame to Geass was ever the series strong point. In Geass, the main conflict was with the protagonist’s questionable morals behind repelling the invasion and whether it was his method or his friend’s more peaceful method that was the correct course of action. But where Lelouch is a hugely charismatic, entertainingly flamboyant lead character, Guilty Crown’s protagonist is a generic wimpy teenage boy.

OK, let’s be fair. As I said in my Future Diary post, I’d take a wimpy lead over Yuji Everylead the Bland anytime. I’m the kind of crazy person who loves characters like Shinji from Evangelion, Keitaro from Love Hina or the entire cast of Infinite Ryvius. However there’s a key difference between the approach Future Diary took with its main character and what Guilty Crown did. Both series have wimpy male lead having a girl fall into his metaphorical lap while being given a magical power. But, while Guilty Crown plays with wish fulfillment totally straight, Future Diary pulls the ‘be careful what you wish for’ card and makes both the new girlfriend and the magical power just make his life infinitely worse. I should probably re-iterate that I really did like that first episode of Future Diary.

I did say Guilty Crown was good though, so onto the positive. The animation is glorious, laughing in the face of everything else this season and looking better than even most anime movies do. The character designs are attractive and actually move fluidly. The action scenes are dynamic and hair-prickling-on-the-back-of-the-neck intense. There’s scenery porn everywhere. Even the mecha CGI is decently done, what with them being as shiny as the character designs themselves, the two don’t really clash. The music I’m a little bit torn on, not being a particularly big fan of Supercell at all, and neither am I particularly fond of every single blasted piece of BGM being an insert song. However they were all pulled off fairly well and suited the mood at the time. It all lends to this dramatic atmosphere they’re creating.

But if you’ll allow me to return to the Geass comparisons, there’s one key factor that both these shows have (and Death Note had too, this directors previous flagship project). There’s a self-conviction behind the execution that is infectious. Much like Geass, the show is convinced of its own greatness to the point that you can’t help be swept up in its grandness. The climactic action shot of the episode was genuinely thrilling in a way no other anime this season has been able to capture. Yes, during this scene there’s a little cynical man kicking with his big heavy boots in the back of my mind, pointing out the rather dull wish fulfilment story and hoping this isn’t the extend of character development we ever get to this main character, but I ignored him because damn did it ever look pretty.

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70 Comments

  1. Random
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    This episode is crap.
    The music was totally unattached to the scenes
    The protagonist was absolutely ridiculous.
    The last scene has a strong feeling of Deja vu .

    • anonymoos
      Posted October 14, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

      yeah yeah yeah

      0/10 for trolling

      • Random
        Posted October 15, 2011 at 5:44 am | Permalink

        You think I am trolling?
        Just look at the protagonist’s retarded thought process
        I can’t make any friends—–> My country is invaded
        ——->What can I do to change this
        WTF!!!!!

        The girl was escaping from GHQ, and? Well, she was singing in
        her secret base! The situation is so URGENT!

        GHQ wanted to search for the bottle, and? They tried to blow up
        the holder of the bottle!
        Not to mention cannons in 2030 couldn’t even hit a running human
        within few hundred meters. It missed more than ten meters LOL.

        Remember how protag pulls the sword out of the girl’s chest?
        SO ORIGINAL. I am pretty I’ve seen this 5,6 times already.

      • Repel Lugubrious
        Posted October 16, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

        She wasn’t ‘singing in her secret base’, the bland main character was watching her video-clip via youtube on his futuristic phone while she is fleeing the secret base where she stole the vial containing the bland main character’s superpower-to-be.

        I would have preferred a different approach. But who am I? And why would the director of Death Note even consider listening to me?

        Overal I liked this episode, if only for the music, the promice it has and of course the great animation; but I’m still a little baffled by how utterly unlikeable this Inori girl is. In only one episode I have come to dislike her more than Bleach’s Orihime, Naruto’s Saukura and the entire cast of K-ON. I hope she mans the f’ up soon! She’s the only character in this show I harbor any kind of feelings for, even if those feelings are negative, it’s better than not caring at all… as I still do for the rest of the cast.

      • ペーパー先生
        Posted October 17, 2011 at 4:42 am | Permalink

        貴方たちはファック!!私はギルティクラウンを大好き!

      • Random
        Posted October 17, 2011 at 10:09 am | Permalink

        You still watch K-ON, Bleach and Naruto….
        I think that’s self explanatory

      • mcm38
        Posted October 17, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

        O.O Whats with the Japanese? This is an international blog you know.

      • Posted October 18, 2011 at 3:24 am | Permalink

        @MCM38 All the more reason to use Japanese.

        Though I do have to question the point of it when no one is going to understand, ha.

    • Someone Else
      Posted October 15, 2011 at 7:43 am | Permalink

      Dude, I’m amazed that you saw these things. Now this show looks stupid, but hey pretty art are nice to look at :D

  2. Random
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Oh, and see how you stated ‘he anim­a­tion is glor­i­ous, laugh­ing in the face of everything else this sea­son and look­ing bet­ter than even most anime movies do.’
    The scenes of massacres were not even animated.

    • mcm38
      Posted October 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

      The scene with Gai vs Thugs was enough for me to care less about all the other episodes this season.

      • Fadeway
        Posted October 15, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

        I almost laughed at that one, cheesy music + cheesy statements. Sniper rifle guys appear, thugs are pronounced dead, then..roughed up and fleeing.

        Also didn’t like the blatant fanservice. I like my fanservice as much as the next guy, but come on, C.C. looked awesome without being naked (even if she was walking bondage).

        Comes to think of it, my complaints center almost entirely on the magic girlfriend. When I rewatched CG, the first episode of C.C. being released made sense. I can’t imagine ever making sense of pink girl singing in that random building, when she is supposed to be hiding/hurrying to deliver the item. Also, soldiers ignoring the main while capturing her, not even bringing him in for questioning. And the “pulling stuff out of someone’s chest” scenes I so loathed during Dantalian.

  3. Iby
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    BTW ryo from supersell did only Inori’s songs, all other BGM was done by Sawano Hiroyuki, who also has done OST of Blue Exorcist.

  4. luffyluffy
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    *generic statement about how the 80’s are better than anything*

    • luffyluffy
      Posted October 15, 2011 at 5:50 am | Permalink

      In an actual review, I must admit when the episode was over my reaction was “That was it?”

      whoops

  5. Ryu
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Boy I sure hope this doesn’t end up like that other big, dumb and loud shonen show with a depressive anti-social male lead and a mincing leading lady that Noitamina did! (im talkin about you fractale)

    • mcm38
      Posted October 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

      I mind you this dude isnt anti-social. He has a (what it seems to be) generic childhood friend and some ‘friends’ who’s only purpose in this show seems to be to fill in the background.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      Fractale will hover over Noitamina and sci-fi series in general for a long, long time

    • Ryu
      Posted October 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

      (the joke is sunrise)

  6. Kamui
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    On the contrary, I thought he was BOTH a “Yuji-everylead” and wimpy lead. This guy barely has any personality to begin with! Anyway, you can sympathize with the guy when he’s being a wimp (what can one highschool boy do against big buff military guys with guns?). Hey, I’d do the same if I were in his shoes, he’s just being realistic here goshdarnit! But as the episode wore on, Shu just kinda transformed into a Yuji. Do they have to act brave and save the girl EVERY TIME? But I guess without that, we would’nt have a story. At least the Un-Go characters aren’t bland(as in, keep me interested in their backstories which Un-Go does pretty well).Since this is Noitamina, there’s still hope this evolves from all the cliches and tries something else for once. I don’t even understand why people would compare this to Geass. Geass’ first episode was absolutely engaging, and this is coming from someone who isn’t even a fan.Guilty Crown’s first ep wasn’t. I could’ve just watched the first and last 3 minutes and not miss a thing (nor care).

    And the positives?…at least it has perdy visuals…:)

    Anyway, since this is my first time posting:
    keep up the good work Scamp! You do awesome reviews. They always get a chuckle out of me.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

      Well, they did lead up to the saving girl thing. That was kinda the main point of the whole episode. I’ve got to do something I’ve got to do something I’ve got to etc. It’s still rather generic. I still prefer the Shinji version where both not running away and actually running away cause him more pain. Because I’m an evil person

  7. mcm38
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    At least the singer for the song had a beatifull voice.
    Code Geass first episode>Guilty Crown first episode.

    Tough like Kamui said. I wouldn’t compare this to CG. It only makes this first episode seem like shit. And the most horrendous of all: there is just to much of a main lead personality gap.

    I think everyone should give credit to the amazing fight with Gai and the thugs. Gai (I hope I’m not wrong on his name) totaly rocks! Tough I don’t get why the f*ck he would trust a random weak piece of sh*t main lead with something as important as that stuff.

    • mcm38
      Posted October 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

      Do you know who would fit in this story well? Kazuki Muto. Can you imagine how seriously nice his noble and chivalrious personality would fit in with saving the girl. At least we wouldnt have to rant at the Japanese script writers who always try to make it seem like even a wimply Japanese highschool guy would want to step in front of some huge *ss machines who try to kill a girl he just met a few hours ago.

      • Anna Ki
        Posted October 15, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

        Ahhh, Kazuki Muto. Now imagine Busou Renkin with Guilty Crown’s production values. -face explodes into fabulous butterflies~~-

  8. Nebulous
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    See this is what you get for hyping things up. I was SOOO disappointed. Not that the episode was particularly bad, it just failed to be the direct answer from God that we dearly wished for.

    Oh well.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

      I should stop hyping things up….

      Mind you, Durarara wasn’t damaged by my hyping it up, so eh

  9. Posted October 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Your last paragraph captures my thoughts exactly.

    As for the district numbers, it’s not really a big deal. Tokyo currently has 23 wards, so what the girl was pointing out was that the Odaiba area (which already exists today, and has been reclaimed from the sea) has apparently just become the 24th ward. I guess it’s the anime’s way of telling us we’re in the (not so distant) future.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

      Ah right, cheers for that. The way it was presented did make it sound like they were forced to call it the 24th Ward though

  10. romulus
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    So the main dish of the season has arrived, and 2/3 of the post about it is comparison to Code Geass, which is little wonder seeing how you expected it.

    Saying how wimpy leads are better than bland mass-producted harem leads implies that wimpy leads are unenjoyable by any means. I’m sure you know but all the examples you brought up pull a quite difficult stunt – they incorporate the wimpyness of the main character into the work itself as a key element. Which male hasn’t seen (past) himself in Keitaro? Ryvius pilots/Shinji slowly going mad under the pressure… Or, a newer example may be Future Diary.

    As you have seen, Mr. Antisocial will be dragged along Ms. Yandere as she plays the game. I tell you this: as long as it follows the manga closely, it will be as good as the first ep.

  11. Marow
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    I seem to hear Yuuki Kaiji (protagonist VA) everywhere these days.

    Maybe it’s because I watched Over Drive earlier this year, where he also played the protagonist, and gained notice of his existence. Bad thing is that he sounds the same in all shows from what I have heard.

    • Kiseki
      Posted October 17, 2011 at 4:20 am | Permalink

      Currently in his prime, I suppose.

      He does tend to sound the same in everything. :/ The most variety I’ve heard from him are from Inazuma.

  12. Posted October 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    I really liked the episode. :) I don’t know if I’d like it half as much without those gorgeous production values, but it was very entertaining.

    It kind of has to take itself seriously with a budget like that, but I hope it injects some self-awareness like Code Geass and Death Note did. This is campy, derivative stuff, and the episode played all of its elements very straight.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 15, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

      Death Note and Geass are camp though, while Guilty Crown didn’t feel camp at all. It’s too…gritty? I dunno, but I didn’t sense any camp from the first episode at all

      • Posted October 15, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

        Maybe campy’s the wrong word. I thought some of the scenes were cheesy. For example, Gai’s entrance, while fun and well-animated, was a bit overblown to me. But yeah, the solution would be to tone it down instead of ham it up like the other two shows.

  13. Anna Ki
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    My sole complaint about the wimpy lead is that he’s simply NOT WIMPY ENOUGH. You’re a goddamn normal guy, why the hell are you beating yourself up for not fighting back against armed military men?! The angst comes across as fake and wedged in and utterly excessive.

    But otherwise, hands down best production values of the entire season. Supremely self-confident and oh my god actually competent directing and acting for once -tears of happiness-

    And honestly, I don’t see why everybody’s been bashing on the derivative storyline because every single show of the season has been pretty derivative so far. Even the other Noitamina show. Even Mirai Nikki (I would classify the manga as being around Deadman Wonderland levels of derivativeness). I’m glad that Guilty Crown at least has the decency to be derivative in a such a gorgeous way that you don’t care about the derivativeness. This is a show that actually commits and goes all the way with what it wants to do. It’s a bit like High School of the Dead.

    Of course, there’s always the chance that somebody might pull a Madoka Magica, but eh. HunterXHunter might do it, but with its atrocious directing, acting, and soundtrack, I highly doubt it.

    Also I have no idea what you’re talking about with the supercell music, the opening song was so honest and fragile and authentic and heartbreaking. That entire opening sequence was exquisite, actually.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted October 14, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

      “it’s just like HOTD”

      It’s got the same director, which is pretty ironic that you say that.

      Let’s face it, HOTD is good. Not… good good. But it stated what it wanted to do, and then did it well. What more could you ask for?

      • Anna Ki
        Posted October 15, 2011 at 12:18 am | Permalink

        HOTD and this is like crap done gorgeously VS meh done gorgeously, basically.

        And what with all the other meh and craps this season, the fact that this is the most gorgeous of them all makes it stand out, IMHO.

    • Random
      Posted October 14, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

      GC does not lack prowess in art, music.
      However, are you serious about the directing being competent?
      The pacing was totally off (The plot progessed way too fast with hardly any foreshadowing), the use of music is terrible, why would you play something epic for a fight with street thugs (When your supposed enemy is meant to be a super military organization)?

      • Posted October 15, 2011 at 12:02 am | Permalink

        Good, that you mention the pacing, Random ;) . There was this really strange moment in the first episode when Shuu talks about his social awkwardness and then all of a sudden without any transition goes one to talk about the setting with the plague, foreign control and all.

      • Anna Ki
        Posted October 15, 2011 at 12:22 am | Permalink

        I was talking more about the artistic direction, but eh. The pacing didn’t bother me too much. Maybe I was distracted by the fact that this show actually had good animation for a change.

  14. DarkEnergy
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    I love how when you switch the letters in the abbreviated title GC (Guilty Crown), you get CG (Code Geass).
    So, it looks like God’s gift to Scamp got tossed around in the FedEx delivery station and some crappy leads, random flashback scenes, and inconsistent settings, plots, and music got thrown in.
    I liked the first episode, but it wasn’t nearly as good as I thought it would be. I will keep watching this and I predict it will get much, MUCH better. I can’t wait for the plot twists~*~*
    So Scamp, will you be blogging this series this season?

    • Scamp
      Posted October 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      Not sure yet. My plans pre-season were Guilty Crown and Last Exile, but Future Diary has been calling out to me

      • Kamui
        Posted October 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

        No Scamp. Go for Bakuman.
        Bloody Bakuman.
        BWAHAHAHA!

    • DrSgtPepper
      Posted October 17, 2011 at 5:06 am | Permalink

      I just watched the preview for the second episode. It looks promising.

  15. Posted October 15, 2011 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    I have high expectation from this anime. It’s like the only anime that hasn’t crush my hopes for this year.

  16. Someone Else
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    I’m laughing right now when you said biggest disappointment ever, well so far its all about the art and nice music. The plot doesn’t seem anything new but that’s just me. It’s still the 1st episode and it is promising however with the quality of production they put in here. Lets just hope it doesn’t forget the main point of the show (Which in this case is the plot) unlike Nichijou who forgot comedy is its main point and Sacred seven is…whatever lol

  17. 3242
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    You know what would be a good anime?
    anime lead.
    guy thinks hes courageous
    has a chance to save a girl.
    doesn’t, too scared and realizes he has no courage after all.
    years later, girl is out for his neck.
    ..
    yessss

    • mcm38
      Posted October 15, 2011 at 8:14 am | Permalink

      It would at least be more original than this one. 8D

      • 3242
        Posted October 15, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

        Exactly! :D!

  18. Ryu
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 4:51 am | Permalink

    I’m going to have nightmares about that dress

  19. fable
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    My biggest issue with this is the main character. That main character. God. Why.

  20. Posted October 15, 2011 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    I actually felt the main characters awkwardness wasn’t too bad. I mean, for some reason, it didn’t feel like the creators were making an awkward character that is relatable for us awkward otakus, but rather that the main character had some sort of social disorder like anxiety or something, then again, the pacing did sort of throw ruin that.

    I think whatever there is to be said about animation has already been said, but I totally agree that the show takes itself seriously in an awesome way.

    Also, was it just me, but I detected some Star Wars in there, you know with the whole robot thing, and the key inserted into chest reminds me of Dantalian. :P

    • mcm38
      Posted October 15, 2011 at 8:16 am | Permalink

      Dantalian actualy had a slot on the chest to symbolize the opening of the gate with the keyholder. I have absolutely no idea why the chest is being used here.
      Wow now that I think about it. Dantalian has done some things better than GC.

      • Posted October 15, 2011 at 9:14 am | Permalink

        And about a hundred things worse :P.

        Dantalian could’ve been a rather promising anime, but the adaptation was so poor in so many areas that the end result torpedoed any chance of capitalizing on its own positive qualities. The terrible episodic format ruined the story and characters, the rehashed art design stripped out any style it could have had, amateur composition and colour theory killed the aesthetics, and cheap/lazy animation did the rest. All told, a thoroughly awful waste of an idea that could easily have been worked into a solid series.

      • mcm38
        Posted October 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

        ;P I only said some things.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted October 16, 2011 at 5:33 am | Permalink

        must be only person who liked dantalian whoops

      • Posted October 16, 2011 at 7:09 am | Permalink

        Woah, I liked Dantalian, so given your summary, I guess that means, I will really, really like the manga.

        Yosh, I must try it out sometime. Oh, but wait, it’s originally a light novel, right?

        Hmm, I don’t normally read manga based on light novels, but maybe I will make an exception this time because you seem to like the manga. Thanks. :P

      • mcm38
        Posted October 16, 2011 at 10:07 am | Permalink

        I’m reading the manga, it’s realy nice if you ask me. Only watched half of the anime. Need to pick it up again

  21. Posted October 15, 2011 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    What is with the noitaminA block and dystopian anime these days?

    Fractale, No. 6 and now Guilty Crown. Hopefully this one won’t follow the same route as the other two and have two enjoyable episodes to lull us into a false sense of security before taking a plunge into shit-town.

    With the exception of the idol girl’s song, I actually found the music to be one of the high points of the show, especially during Gai’s fight scene.

    I just really wish this show didn’t do the whole “penetrating the girl’s chest” thing. With Dantalian it was forgivable, since Dalian was pretty useful in her own right. But idol girl is way too laconic, so she ends up being less like a character and more like a plot device for the male character to take advantage of.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 15, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

      Well, the reaching into chest thing does have a point. The idea is that the power is him drawing power out of his friends (or something alone those lines). If they’re your friends, you’d obviously draw it out of their heart.

      • Posted October 15, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

        I await the day where a protagonist in the most dire of straits has to literally draw power out of his friends… by murdering them. Ah, sweet moral dilemmas.

      • Random
        Posted October 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

        EMMMM
        The chest sword thing is a rip off, no need to over interpret

      • Scamp
        Posted October 15, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

        Over interpret? lol sorry for trying to make sense of what I’m watching

      • DrSgtPepper
        Posted October 17, 2011 at 5:08 am | Permalink

        I would watch that

    • Ryu
      Posted October 15, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

      can’t wait for the inevitable scene where she resists being transformed!

  22. DrSgtPepper
    Posted October 17, 2011 at 4:20 am | Permalink

    I think that Shu is less of a wimpy/generic lead than everybody says. I sense a level of self loathing, because he has so little personality. He says he has Quasi-friends, because he really doesn’t have any personal attributes (at least good ones) that others will value. So he tells them what they want to hear, just to have human interaction. The whole “pulling sword from chest” thing is a metaphor for how he has no power himself, and has to rely on others to have any power. He changes character so fast because he hates himself enough to want to make a difference.
    The story does progress a bit fast, however I believe that that is simply because of the amount of episodes that will be released. They needed to focus on the story as much as possible, so they had to cut down the intro.
    I’m still looking forward to the rest of the episodes, after all, you can’t judge a book by its cover!

  23. Posted October 17, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Your taste sucks. The end.

  24. Anonymous
    Posted October 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    The whole “Boy meets mysterious girl and gets involved in whatever she’s caught up with” premise has been done about a thousand times already, nothing original there. It looks like it could be an entertaining show, I suppose. But nothing more than that.

  25. rofl
    Posted October 20, 2011 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    More disappointed in the comments than the show.

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  • By guilty corwn, very integral « 755.45 on October 17, 2011 at 10:23 am

    […] Scamp: I’d take a wimpy lead over Yuji Everylead the Bland any­time. I’m the kind of crazy per­son who loves char­ac­ters like [bad examples]. How­ever there’s a key dif­fer­ence between the approach Future Diary took with its main char­ac­ter and what Guilty Crown did. Both series have wimpy male lead hav­ing a girl fall into his meta­phor­ical lap while being given a magical power. But, while Guilty Crown plays with wish ful­fill­ment totally straight, Future Diary pulls the ‘be care­ful what you wish for’ card and makes both the new girl­friend and the magical power just make his life infin­itely worse. […]

  • […] “With my expect­a­tions scaled back a few notches, Guilty Crown’s first epis­ode does man­age to join the esteemed ranks of “bet­ter than bloody Bak­u­man”, of which only Per­sona 4 and Future Diary had achieved the rank of so far…I just wish it wasn’t so derivative.” – The Cart Driver […]

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