Guilty Crown is another in the long line of anime crafted by Production I.G., a studio known for plenty of anime series and films which have become favourites around the world. Guilty Crown is set in the future although prior to the events in the story the true genesis begins on Christmas. Even in 2029 where a biological outbreak known as the Apocalypse Virus was unleashed. The event known now as Lost Christmas, led Japan to seek international help in order to contain the virus which led to the United Nations creating the GHQ who was successful in their efforts but it ultimately cost Japan their independence. Ten years later the GHQ still occupies the country but there are those who are willing to stand up against them in hopes that they will finally leave and Japan can once again be a free nation.
Funeral Parlor is at the forefront of this effort although they have been dubbed a terrorist organization but the GHQ, the media, and even many of the citizens of Japan. Shu Ouma ends up meeting with the members of the group and it is discovered that he has what is known as The Power of the Kings which allows him to pull items out of people’s bodies. The leader of Funeral Parlor, Gai Tsutsugami convinces Shu to join with them and he pairs him up with Inori Yuzuriha, the lead vocalist of the group Egoist who has also been working alongside Funeral Parlor. Shu beings to learn about his own powers but as he grows the urban warfare soon takes its toll, pushing him away from the freedom fighters leaving him to ponder what the right course of action is.
Guilty Crown is a fantastic edition to high definition. The blu-ray features commentary for Episodes 2 & 4, Guilty Crown 4-Panel theatre, Into the Void: The Creative Vision, Episode Previews, Textless Opening Songs, Textless Ending Songs, U.S. Trailer, Trailers.
The first half of Guilty Crown isn’t too bad and the series ends in just the correct place. At the end of the eleventh episode the series has completed the first half of the story but also has given you enough twists and turns to leave you wondering about the fate of some of the more important characters in the series. It might not be one of the amine that is groundbreaking or leading but it still has the star quality ... bring on part 2!!