Guilty Crown

Plot: Lost Christmas. This was the day that the Apocalypse Virus spread across Japan. To restore order, an international organization called GHQ instated martial law throughout the country. An organization known as Funeral Parlor (or the Undertakers, depending on the translation) soon rises to liberate Japan from the grip of GHQ. After meeting Inori Yuzuriha, the lead singer of the famous Egoist -- and also a member of Funeral Parlor -- a teen named Shu Ouma finds himself at the center of the conflict when he gains the mysterious power to materialize VOIDs, weapons made from people's hearts... (A-/B+)

Characters: A-

Art & Animation: A+

Voice Acting: A

Music: Slightly overbearing at times (A-)

Objectionable Content: Blood, suggestive themes, profanity

Other: At first, this series can't make up its mind what it wants to be. Take Elemental Gelade with some Geass thrown into the mix -- really, a mish-mash of lots of things we've seen before -- and you have Guilty Crown. It settles in a bit later and finally starts finding itself, but it still has a lot of Code Geass flavor. It's really the characters and the amazing visuals that drive this anime.

Overall Score: B

Recommendation: 2/5

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