Preview: Guilty CrownPosted: November 1, 2011
I still don’t have a concrete idea on what to write for NaNoWriMo, but I have a prologue in mind that I like. I also have character ideas that I like. The main thing I’m struggling a bit with is thinking of an overarching plot to connect everything. My first instinct was to go with the standard “oppressive rulers” idea, but so many stories take this route that I want to think up something unique. Or at least a twist on the standard formula.
I know NaNoWriMo is where you’re supposed to just surrender to artistic impulse rather than literary desires, but I’ve never managed to finish a genuine story/novel before, and I want to be able to do so with the 50,000 word count goal of NaNoWriMo motivating me.
If there’s one thing that everybody can agree on, it’s that
Code Geass Guilty Crown looks fantastic. It’s obvious that it has the highest budget this season (though Fate/Zero is probably extremely close), and they aren’t afraid to show it.
However, something that people can’t agree on is whether the show is actually good or not.
For a show that’s airing in the noitaminA slot, Guilty Crown has an extremely heavy shounen vibe to it. I thought the point of noitaminA was to target a different audience, not the same one? It looks like future noitiminA slots are slipping even further from its original goal.
Now, shounen isn’t inherently bad, but there’s a matter of expectations to be applied here, especially with how excited people were getting for the show. In fact, I even wrote something about that in the seasonal impressions post I believe. Let me go grab that…
Original anime, Code Geass writers, Death Note director, etc. Honestly the fact that it’s original, has some of the Code Geass writers, and the director did Death Note doesn’t automatically mean this will be a good show. I mean, come on, Death Note was pretty much already written for him, guys. And just because the writers did Code Geass doesn’t mean every other story they wrote is automatic gold. There are plenty of authors that gained fame for a single work they’ve done, and all their other work is mediocre at best. And I’m not just talking about anime here, it’s the case for novel/book authors, too.
I suppose I’ve been beating around the bush as to giving my actual opinion on the show, though. The problem is I’m still not entirely sure which side of the fence I’m on, because this show can be seen two completely different ways. If you bought into the hype ahead of time, you’re going to be disappointed big time. You’re going to see a rehashed Code Geass with a lot of shounen elements added to it. However, if you approach this show without having bought into or exposed to the hype beforehand, there’s plenty to enjoy about the show.
Honestly, it comes down to a matter of expectations. On the one hand, I really, really don’t think this deserves the (two) noitaminA slot(s) it got. But on the other hand, since I didn’t buy into the hype at all, it allows me to sit back and enjoy the show for what it is.
This is the wild card for me this season. I doubt I’ll have a legitimate opinion one way or the other until the eventual review for when it’s over.