Guilty Crown Episode 1
New York Anime Festival screened the first two episodes of Guilty Crown on October 15, 2011. The screening of the second episode was a world premiere as the episode did not air in Japan until October 20, 2011. At Anime Weekend Atlanta 2011, Funimation announced that it would simulcast the series in October, followed by a DVD and Blu-ray release in 2012. Guilty Crown was later available on Netflix.
Guilty Crown Episode 1
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 made. 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."
The episode starts with Inori Yuzuriha escaping the "GHQ" building, with the mission of stealing Void Genome. But she ended up being hurt from then Endlave, who were trying retrieve the Void Genome. Ayase Shinomiya helped trying to protect Inori, but she ended up falling in a river due to an explosion caused by the missiles of the "GHQ" Endlave. During the morning, Inori found shelter at Shu's warehouse studio.
The anime aired on Fuji TV's noitaminA program block from October 13, 2011 to March 22, 2012. The first opening theme song from episode 2 to 12 is "My Dearest" by Supercell with vocals by Koeda and the first ending theme song from episode 1 to 12 is Departures Anata ni Okuru Ai no Uta (Departures あなたにおくるアイの歌, lit. "Departures (Send your Love Song)") by Supercell under the name Egoist with vocals by Chelly, the fictional band within the series. The second opening theme song from episode 13 to 22 is "The Everlasting Guilty Crown" by Egoist with vocals by Chelly and the second ending song from episode 13 to 21 is Kokuhaku (告白, lit. "Confession") by Supercell with vocals by Koeda.
Shu, an ordinary high school student meets a well-known internet diva named Inori, who is secretly a rebel trying to free Japan from the hands of foreign invaders known as the GHQ. Their fated meeting is the beginning of a new story about a power that could reverse the tide of war. The singer of Egoist, Inori YuzurihaAfter a pandemic known as the Apocalypse Virus cause anarchy and chaos all over Japan, an international organization known as the GHQ took advantage and conquered them to restore order throughout the land. 10 years have passed since the peace was restored but GHQ still refuses to give Japan back its independence, saying that they no longer possess the power to protect themselves and force them to obey through martial law.This scene reminds me of Aerith's church for some reason.Shu is a high school student who feels lost and different. He tries to get along with others but they misunderstood him most of the time because he thinks differently than the rest.He spends most of his time watching YouTube videos of a band known as Egoist where the lead singer is a beautiful diva by the name of Inori.Nice bareback you got there, Inori.One day, he went to his secret hideout to eat lunch and was shocked to see Inori singing inside. He was watching silently from the background but that tiny bliss ended when he accidentally hits a can of soda, alerting the girl of his presence.Dr. Ginger? Must be Dr. Pepper's long lost cousin.The little insect robot, Funell, springs into action to protect Inori from the stalker but it was all just a misunderstanding. The two had a brief moment of peace to talk before soldiers from the GHQ arrives to the scene. They captured Inori and threatened Shu to shut the hell up and cries about his helplessness afterwards.Honestly speaking, I thought Funell was a lot bigger than this.Funell holds the Void Genome that Inori stole from GHQ and the robot instructs Shu where they must deliver the goods. Unable to save the girl, Shu decided to at least finish her mission and went to the location. It was located in an abandoned area full of thugs and criminals and he was attacked by a group of them. The resistance group "Undertaker" arrives in time to save him and retrieved Funell but the GHQ attacks the site and everything went into chaos.Blindfolds, handcuffs and bandages are now my fetish.A battle ensues between the GHQ and the Undertaker and while everyone was busy killing each other, Inori managed to find an escape route and run away. That freedom didn't last much as the enemy easily spots her running away. Shu saw her being targeted by the enemy units and mustered up all the courage he have to try and save her. This caused the bottle of Void Genome on Shu's pocket to break, granting him powers from the realm of gods.Who is this girl? Related to Inori?The two wakes up inside the void and an image of a girl flashes in front of his eyes. She then grants him the power of the kings, Guilty Crown, the power to use other people as weapons. Inori asks him to "use" her and he complied, pulling out shards of void from her heart and forming into a giant sword. He then proceeded to eliminate the enemies then the episode comes to an end.Introducing the Void technology.Speculation time! The girl he sees during the flashback was probably infected by the Apocalypse Virus as we can see that the shards and crystals are growing out of her body. Both her hair and eye color also seems to be similar to Inori so there's also a possibility that she's related to her in some way. Also, the Void Genome could be a byproduct of the Apocalypse Virus, I don't have anything to back that up though.Next Episode:Phase 02: Survival of the FittestUntil next time. Wait! Before you go, here's some delicious pictures of Inori.img.thumb padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px; width: 0px; height: 0px 041b061a72