I know I planned to write mostly positive things for my 12 days posts, and the title of this one doesn’t sound very positive, but, in a way, this kind of is. This autumn I finally discovered for myself just how terrible Guilty Crown is. This might not seem good, but considering how the majority of the anime fandom also nurses a fond hatred for the show, it enables me to further integrate myself into this fandom!
In fact, the only reason I started GC in the first place was because I wanted to be able to legitimately rant about it to other haters! So naturally, I was quite taken aback to find the first few episodes were pretty good!! The show was set in a dystopian society, one of my favourite kinds of setting, and whilst no characters leaped out at me, I was sufficiently entertained by the excellently animated fight sequences. However, it did not take long for cracks to appear in the show’s originally shiny surface.
Whilst entertaining over a short period of time, awesome fight scenes alone are not enough to carry an entire show, likeable characters are also important- why would you care about the outcome of the fight when you do not care about the characters fighting? I, like most of those who watched Guilty Crown, found it particularly difficult to like Shu and Inori. At points Shu was both needy and full of self-pity, and cruel and too-big-for-his-boots, neither of these being endearing qualities. The show itself even seemed uncertain about whether or not it wanted you to like him- he switched from being Japanese school-boy Hitler to hero once more not even in the space of a single episode! And I was never convinced by Inori’s character. Just why was she so devoted to a boy who’d done no more for her than many of the other characters?
But the worst (and at the same time, best, oddly enough) thing about Guilty Crown was that its story was so dumb. It left numerous plot points hanging, like disgusting gangrenous limbs. For example, why did Funeral Parlour bother rescuing Kido Kenji when he never did anything significantly useful? And other plot points were simply chucked in with little thought or care- what on Earth possessed writers to introduce a secret cult just episodes away from the show’s conclusion? And there are plenty of other examples: tragic rape scenarios, characters that won’t stay dead, and schizo lolis- it was almost as though writers gave other shows a cursory glance, and thought: “Hey, that seems cool, why not include it in this?” without giving the context such plot points were set in a second thought! And whilst I’m still 2 episodes away from completing the show, I trust all your claims that it got even dumber!!
So even though Guilty Crown was an awful, awful show, for the reasons outlined above, I’m still glad I got ‘round to watching it, or most of it, because now we’ve all suffered through this terrible ordeal, now we can all band together against this monstrosity and become a more cohesive group. It’s basic psychology.
It sounds like I haven’t been reading the right articles: this is the first negative post I’ve read on the show. One day I’ll end up watching it, but your article has dampened my enthusiasm enough to place several shows ahead of it. 🙂
Your comment about fight scenes not being enough to carry a show reminds me of Jubei-chan II: Attack of the Siberia Yagyu, which stands as the sole exception to that rule. All that series had going for it was the fight scenes. Oddly enough, these are some of the best fights ever animated, so one can get through the bland characters, stupid plot, and lame attempts at humor knowing that a mesmerizing fight scene is around the corner.
We’ve obviously been hanging in very different circles, my friend. Mostly everyone I know shares my views on this marvelous mess of a show!
Surely if fight scenes were enough, you could simply watch a wrestling match and save yourself plenty of time? : p
I watch anime hoping to be provided with a coherent, interesting story, containing at least a couple of characters I care about, as with any medium attempting to tell a story. If anime, or a book, or a film, does not contain these things, perhaps because it has devoted itself to making its fight scenes awesome, it is hardly a story, and I have wasted my time… But this is just my view
What you say is usually true, but I still persist in thinking Jubei-chan II’s the one exception to that rule. Anyway, if you ever do decide to watch it, I can promise that it’s excellent blogging material. The fun you’ll have ridiculing it makes up for the pain of how bad it is–and you’ll still enjoy the fight scenes. (Wrestling is not fun anymore, according to my brother. Must rely on anime. 🙂 )
Yes it wasn’t the best anime, and i’m not trying to be a fanboy, but this criticism makes it seem like the author didn’t actually pay attention to the anime…”For example, why did Funeral Parlour bother rescuing Kido Kenji when he never did anything significantly useful?” Kenji’s void was able to stop time, aka they used him in the operation to disable the laser satellite (which failed yes but it was still a goal that he was needed in), etc