Guilty Crown was one of the animes I watched when I was a newbie to anime. The show wasn’t particularly good. It had its flaws and inconsistencies. Despite that, I didn’t enjoy the show less because of those factors. I just wasn’t that familiar with anime back then.
I haven’t seen many anime when I picked up Guilty Crown. Of course the ‘not many’ is a subjective number. I don’t want to count the anime I’ve seen in my childhood days, because of my lack of understanding of the medium. Guilty Crown was an anime I picked up when I was new to anime as an adult. Before I started watching Guilty Crown, I was a bit biased. The character designer was Redjuice, which is one of my favorite artists.
Being a fan of the character designer, I was still pretty positive about the series. The visuals were impressive and the soundtrack was a league of its own. I was so hyped by the music, that I wanted to see more after the first episode.
With the growing popularity of the series, grew the hatred. A lot of negativity reign over Guilty Crown. The plot lacked profoundness, the characters were eye candy and plot devices. I couldn’t recognize myself in those opinions. This was because I didn’t know the many used traits that were present in many anime before Guilty Crown.
Now I’ve seen a decent amount of series to recognize an anime on its flaws. The use of adorable characters, the heavy action to cover up plot and the use of certain types of characters to make sure the story progresses. Now I know the tricks. I look at it with knowledge from previous anime, with a more polished opinion.
When an anime does something different, dares to play with visuals and storytelling, it becomes biblical. Despite that, anime should be watched for enjoyment. If we enjoyed it, there is no reason to break it down to its core and rate it as a flawed product. Purists might argue that this is incorrect and a series should only be rated positively, when it did something that shook the market. Still we must not forget why we watch anime in the first place, because we like it.