Ashita no Anime

Anime of Tomorrow

Guilty Crown Ep. 1

Initial impression – powerful

Autumn 2011 to winter 2012 (22 episodes) (more info)

Right away, the first thing Guilty Crown presents to its viewers with a wonderful music masterpiece.  I have not heard anime music this good since Angel Beats! ended.  After that, the rest of the first episode is followed up by just enough background to give me a sense of the setting.  Then, the lead hero is introduced as a believable, relatable high school student.  It finishes with an action sequence that doesn’t hog the spotlight when compared to Guilty Crown’s other cool elements and injects enough intrigue into the plot to leave me salivating for more.  The balance of focus in just this one episode leads me to believe that this is going to be the-must-watch anime for autumn 2011.  Or at the very least, I’m seeing some serious potential for this competitor to give Fate/Zero a run for its money.

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