studio : Production I.G
director : Tetsuro Araki
serial run : October 14, 2011 - ongoing
episode count : 22
hime's priority rank : 01
zange's priority rank : 01
okay so last summer we at +ophanium had very dismal reaction towards production i.g's latest effort on reviving the blood franchise in the form of blood c, despite the latter being the series to which we've been looking forward to the most prior to its airing last season. this season however, the studio seems adamant enough to once again dominate the air [ and presumably the market with its dvd / blu-ray releases / exports afterwards ] with another seemingly well polished [ +critically acclaimed, according to our team's standard ] series; suitably befitting of a noitamina production indeed.
among the things to take note of is the participation of ryo and redjuice [ both of supercell fame ] each on their respective role within the guilty crown production team; marking another positive appearance by the supercell team into the anime industry that once saw huke's ambitious breakout into the mainstream with his black rock shooter franchise [ of which we really, really liked regardless of the extreme backlash by those who resented it for its over-hype-ness and suggested 'lack of originality and yet-another-moe-pandering content' ]. +best not to forget the director himself of whom once directed black lagoon, death note and highschool of the dead; thus plenty of action is highly guaranteed, definitely.
anyway, the first episode took off with a highly impressive start absolutely thanks to the magnificent insert song [ of highly epic value ] 'euterpe' [ by the fictional band egoist, fronted by the female lead yuzuriha inori ] which excellently sets forth the [ grim and nihilistic ] mood, atmosphere and overall outlook at the plot and story with its finely crafted lyrics - coupled with 'bangs' that slightly reminded us of ga-rei zero years then. also, aside from being closely related with code geass in plot / story, we as well noticed a closer parallel between this series with both shining hearts x wind and dantalian no shaka in concept.
p/s : assuming that the female lead is an utahime herself, we were kind of wondering if this series will eventually grow to become another macross ? well we'll see to that, in time |3