Just wanted to get this off my head so here goes. No spoilers ahead, so safe to read even for those that haven't seen it.
It's been 3 years since it came out. Guilty Crown. That was the last AAA series that showed superior capability of being the next best thing. Now, there are a lot of shows in recent years that many have found to be good, and even masterpieces. Most of them, I dare say, were more AA indie pieces if I may put them into a category. AAA by my designation, is a series with a relatively high budget, generally action based premise, high visual quality, good OP/EDs and with much hype.
Guilty Crown being one of those.
But the problem lies there as well, that I can't help but be constantly reminded by how that golden egg of an anime failed so hard. It was literally THE anime I was awaiting. Hell, the first few episodes were phenomenal beyond speech. And the OST and Inori, OH GOD, brilliant stuff.
And so here I am, 3 years later, listening to My Dearest, Departures and more from the OST and there in front of me, is the constant reminder of what the series could have been.
The series sold well, no doubt about that. But its ranking wasn't anywhere in the top 3 for the budget spent on the series, and not to mention that its rankings slipped heavilly after the airing finished ( which is bad news). With such large backers, its no wonder that AAA anime have been a rare occurance lately when you consider its sales performance relative to others. Moe, ecchi and fan service anime cost way less to make, and sold comparably with some even over taking Guilty Crown constantly at every turn.
2006 is often cited as the golden year of anime. It was the year in which the highest number of anime were airing AND the year with the most amount of original anime productions. Its slowly picking back up but nowadays, a lot of the action pieces on themes and plot have been replaced with fanservice, moe, and ecchi abound.
I really hope animes days aren't numbered for viewers that want something more, that want the Hollywood experience. But my hopes aren't high right now.
Many AA+ (I can't consider them AAA) series that are action based are comming out and turning out to either be crappy in execution, or targeted towards teenagers or 30 year old Japanese men, OR towards more casual viewers. Captain Earth being an example of the later and Gargantia being the former.
Can't a man get a nice action series once a while? Seriously. Please new mecha anime. Don't fail me this season.
This review is long as hell and awesome as hell. Seriously.
I must agree that in the end, Dan Eagleman(WTF name) may have been the best character lol
Edited by bowei006 - 7/4/14 at 10:34pm