Fuck the haters yo, it's a beautiful anime with beautiful OST. Seriously listen to it (view comments at own discretion) [link]
I wont try and spoil it for anyone who's watched, but let me just tell you all the reason it is not a carbon copy of Code Geass.
Was it made by the same producers? Yes it was. But one thing this anime has OVER Code Geass is
1) animation quality-
Code Geass's animation quality is...typical of most animes. Nothing special, annoying clamp anatomy (you know what I'm talking about) everyone looks the same, etc etc.
Guilty Crown in terms of animation has a lot going for it. There was obviously a more then enough generous budget for it, which also supplied some of the most beautiful music my ears have laid vulnerable to.
2) Revolution For Japan
- I feel like thats basically where the similarity starts...and where it ends. In Code Geass the story basically is Brittian has taken over Japan(?) and its basically like in a war of sorts I guess. But theres a rebellion in place and Lelouch becomes apart of it.
Guilty crown, is similarly, takes the perspective of mostly the rebellion. The rebellion though being something similar to an IRS sort of position, but it's for a cancer eliminating faculty. Basically Japan has no government anymore, just the QCD, which is governed by scientists and other country officials to take control over Japan in it's pitiful state. The problem is, there is a lot of...conspiracy sort of problems, abuse of power, and the like, in which at any time they can consider somebody to have the disease and their dead. No questions asked. Nobody stops them. Anyone who crosses them is a dead man. Thus a rebellion is made to take back Japan.
- Lelouch, pretty much is badass from the very beginning. You see he's very intelligent, getting bitches, an absolute pimp in everyway. He accepts his fate rather quickly, and is very decisive in his planning. From beginning to end, Lelouch is a tactical manipulative bastard, and kickass. Nothing changes, throughout all of this.
Shu, on the otherhand... He starts out as a socially awckward teenager. He doesn't consider anyone a close friend, he doesn't like being the center of attention, he's very self-centered, and he doesn't like violence or to get in anybodys way. He just basically wants to stay in his little bubble and not have to really deal with anyone on a grand scale.
And then, this all happens, and he's forced into having to grow up, in a span of a week or two, he already changes. He becomes more confident, when he once had horribly low self esteem. He becomes a bit more bold, and he stops worrying about keeping himself safe, and starts to think of others.
And it gets better, he changes...a lot, throughout the show.
Basically, he goes through many stages in the show questioning his old beliefs, there is a point where you'll be watching and you'll be like, "Who the hell is the character? He's not the Shu I knew." but by the last few episodes, Shu becomes the best he ever has. The story, inevitably forces him to grow up, and be a better person.
When I started out watching this, I thought I was going to hate him Shu. I thought he was gonna be like Shinji(?) From evangelion and be a whiny crybaby butthole. Turns out, he's actually not that whiny or that much of a crybaby, and in fact, the times he DOES cry is, oh I dunno, when something HORRIBLE HAPPENS? Like when people DIE. Otherwise, he manages to keep his cool a reasonable amount of the time. Are characters not given the right to mourn or be surprised? There is a part where he becomes pretty mopey I guess you could say, but he's not being sullen and mopey and going around doing nothing, he DOES SHIT while still being sad. He is STILL being high-functional while still being emotionally unstable. He doesn't let his emotions stop him from doing what he needs to do.
So what's the problem?
Now is Guilty Crown the best anime ever? No, not at all, in fact, I hated
the ending. It was.... unnecessary. It reminded me too much of one of the Fatal Frame endings, and it just made me sad. But it did it's job I guess, and the anime taught a lot of morals and such...And all of the characters were...human. There's one character, who's name I wont say, who basically goes from being a respectable high-class person to...a pitiful shell for an unrequited love. They basically break them, and anything respectable about them. I actually felt really bad for them, even though most people despise them.
Do I recommend this anime?YES
It's 23 episodes long, and unlike a lot of anime, I wasn't dragging my feet to watch it. I wanted to watch the next episode immediately, I could not of dealt waiting a week for each new episode.
If you've got a day to spare, definitely give this show a try. You just might like it. ♥