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Guilty Crown: Complete Series Part 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

4.5 out of 5 stars 102 customer reviews

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Shu's entire world was shattered after a meteorite crashed into Japan, unleashing the lethal Apocalypse Virus. The chaos and anarchy born of the outbreak cost Shu his family and reduced him to a timid, fearful shell of the boy he'd once been. His life took another unexpected turn after a chance encounter with the stunning pop star, Inori. This mysterious beauty introduced Shu to the King's Right Hand: a genetic mutation that allows him to reach into hearts of mortals and turn them into weapons.

Shu finds himself caught in the crossfire between those who desperately seek his newfound strength. On one side lurks a clandestine government agency, and on the other, Inori and the spirited band of rebels known as Funeral Parlor. The choice is Shu's to make - and the world is his to change.

This limited edition contains episodes 1-11, two 108 page full-color artbooks
filled with concept art, character designs, creator notes, and other exclusive illustrations.

Guilty Crown (2011) takes place in 2039, ten years after the Apocalypse Virus devastated much of Japan. To restore order and save the remaining population, Japan was placed under the administration of the international entity GHQ. After a decade of increasingly brutal rule, the underground cell Funeral Parlor has begun to fight the GHQ forces. Alienated high school student Shu Ouma is drawn into the conflict when he meets Inori, a beautiful singer and rebel. Shu possesses the mysterious Power of the Kings, which enables him to draw Voids from people's chests--powerful devices that can destroy incoming missiles, slash attacking mecha, and negate gravity. Gai, the leader of Funeral Parlor, uses Shu's formidable talents to thwart the machinations of the sadistic GHQ leaders. An elaborate and obviously expensive series, Guilty Crown features flashy CG special effects that range from flamboyant explosions to shots of the Virus turning people into clusters of amethyst crystals. Like Eden of the East and [C]-Control, Guilty Crown reflects the impotence many young Japanese feel in a long-stagnant economy. But the choppy story seems to have been cobbled together out of pieces of other anime series. Gai and his misfit gang recall Holland and the crew of the Gekkostate in Eureka Seven; drawing a magical weapon from a partner's body is taken from Revolutionary Girl Utena. Shu's hard-drinking mother seems modeled on Misato in Evangelion, but the way she paws him has disturbing overtones. A nasty streak of xenophobia runs through the story: the GHQ and many of its obviously American officers have imposed their rule on Japan, and treat the Japanese people with a mixture of contempt and sadism. Since its debut as a TV series, Guilty Crown has been adapted to a manga series and novelizations. (Rated TV-14: violence, violence against women, torture, grotesque imagery, brief nudity, risqué and toilet humor, alcohol use, ethnic stereotypes) --Charles Solomon

(1. Genesis, 2. Survival of the Fittest, 3. Void-Sampling, 4. Flux, 5. Preparation, 6. Leukocytes, 7. Temptation, 8. Courtship Behavior, 9. Prey, 10. Retraction, 11. Resonance)

Special Features

  • Episode 2 commentary
  • Episode 4 commentary
  • Guilty Crown 4-panel theater
  • Into the Void: The Creative Vision
  • Episode previews
  • Textless opening songs
  • Textless ending songs
  • U.S. trailer

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Alexis Tipton, Austin Tindle, Micah Solusod, Monica Rial, Emily Neves
    • Directors: Tetsuro Araki
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Color, Limited Edition, Widescreen
    • Language: English, Japanese
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
    • Number of discs: 4
    • Rated: Unrated
    • Studio: Funimation
    • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2013
    • Run Time: 250 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00CU6WAO6
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,133 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Guilty Crown: Complete Series Part 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo)" on IMDb

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    Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
    I'm not sure if there is a Manga regarding this show or any other sort of Media, my review for this is based only on the actual Anime, for that is all I have seen.

    That being said I find people are being a bit on harsh on the reviews, at least in my opinion. To be honest the plot is doing nothing new. A military organization is trying to wipe out Japan and it's up to the resistance to fight back and keep Japan out of the clutches of this organization. It's not something new but the way the fights, the plot, and the characters are presented seemed fresh and new to me, for the most part I very much found myself enjoying the series.

    The stand out here for me was the music and art. If you are a huge fan of soundtracks this is one you may not want to miss. The show does a wonderful job of setting the mood, from sad moments to some of the most epic fights the show can offer. And when it comes to over the top fights this show is not hurting at all, it has enough action to suit almost anyone needs.

    When it comes to the characters themselves I found myself connection with quite a few and feeling their pain when the plot turned against them. A couple of reviews I have seen said, the characters seemed almost "robotic" or they changed to follow the plot. Personally I didn't see any of that at all. Sure the characters change throughout the show but it's because of traumatic events that affect them, I can't recall a single time where they changed their personality without some reason at all.

    Overall I found myself enjoying this show, it's something I will watch again and I always find myself listening to the Soundtrack. I don't think this is one that should be missed. Take the show for what it is, and I think you will enjoy it.
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    I watched this show all the way through and found it quite enjoyable for a number of reasons. 1) the artwork is stellar and not just for the characters but the environments, tech, and the Void abilities. 2) The sound track is awesome, Ryo (SuperCell) had a hand in it so that's a major bonus for me.

    What I dislike about this show is the main character, Shu. He's too weak of a character to be playing this main role, in my opinion, but does a good enough job to soldier on and be apart of the 'group' so to speak. He shows some growth as he progresses through into the second half of the series but towards the end he gets a major overhaul in personality and I'm just not sure what to make of it. Also, the latter half of the second part to the series gets a little sloppy with the story and I felt like the ending was lacking.

    In the end, would I buy this show despite my list of faults for it? Yeah, I would.
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    Format: Blu-ray
    First of all, I want to say that personally, I really enjoyed this show.

    I'm not sure what put people off because they all agree the first part of the show was great but the 2nd was not. I wanted to know what the fuss was about so I watched it and I must say where was the problem?? The 2nd part was more depressing but I stilled enjoyed it. In the end, I just thought people do not like watching depressing things or from what I'm hearing are upset for the mild religious context in the anime?? I really would say if you're going to argue or are easily offended about religious context like every parent does in school, do not watch this anime period.

    I digress but moving on.

    Personally, I recommend this anime to anyone especially if you enjoyed Code Geass, you will like this anime. Is it better than Code Geass? No. But I liked Guilty Crown in its own way. To add on, The first opening (My Dearest by Supercell) is by far one of my favorite anime openings I have seen period.
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    Format: Blu-ray
    Great animation. Good story. Likeable characters. Guilty Crown is worth a purchase or at least a viewing. If you want to sample the show before buying, I believe FUNimation still offers it for free streaming, so try before you buy. Hulu is also offering it for free streaming as well.

    Animation is done by Production IG and looks really, really good.

    The story goes that Shu gets caught up in a shadow organization trying to right the wrongs of the Japanese government. He winds up with a genetic enhancement that he was supposed to deliver to the shadow organization (called Funeral Parlor). This power allows him to pull weapons (and some defensive items) out of whomever seems to be around at the moment of need. Funeral Parlor is fighting to stop those running GHQ (a temporary government overseeing Japan after Japan was infected with a killer virus) from destroying the population of not just Japan, but all of the earth.


    I only watched the Blu Ray and spot checked the DVD. The Blu Ray is AVC encoded and was originally animated in 2011/2012, so was created digitally. The animation is smooth, the bit rate is high and there are no video blemishes to be seen. The DVD quality is MPEG video and looks really good for a DVD.

    There isn't anything amazing about the encode or the show itself that would lend this to being an Anime to showcase your awesome home theater system, but it's rock solid regardless.


    You have two options. You can watch in 5.1 Dolby TrueHD in English or Dolby TrueHD in stereo for the Japanese language track. The English track uses the 5.1 sound stage nicely, and doesn't overpower you with effects all over the place all the time. The acting is OK as well, so that's a plus.
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    I personally liked all of the dubbed voices, especially Gai's. Shu's was a little annoying, but that'show it was in Japanese and, frankly, that's just his character.

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