"𝒲𝒽𝓎 𝒹𝑜𝑒𝓈 𝓂𝒶𝓃𝓀𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒽𝒶𝓋𝑒 𝓉𝑜 𝒽𝓊𝓇𝓉 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒻𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉 𝒶𝑔𝒶𝒾𝓃𝓈𝓉 𝑒𝒶𝒸𝒽 𝑜𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓇?" - Yuzuriha, Inori (EGOIST)
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Guilty Crown is a mess of an anime, everyone knows that. I found the premise interesting but the execution was far to bland and horrible that ruined everything it stood for. The characters, to me, were the saving grace of this disgrace. Shu the cute and troubled protagonist has an indecisive personality but he's able to have some badass moments. Inori has a gorgeous, I said gorgeous design but lacked what many people would call a 'personality'. Guy and the Undertakers were a nice rebelious group each
one with their own appealing aspects, Ayase and Tsugumi specially.
The art feels like a watered down version of the anime's. Redjuice's design never disapointed me. Everyone is good looking and charming and they all look distinct from one another.
This manga adapts the first 13 episodes of the anime so instead of the infamous ending that rendered Guilty Crown its bad reputation rather we have a alternate happy ending but unfortunetaly Shu's much acclaimed caracter development is rendered to non-existent and that disapointed me.
TL;DR: Anime (7/10) > Manga (6/10)
Story - 4/10
Character - 8/10
Art - 9/10
Enjoyment - 6/10
Overall - 6/10
Similar recommendations for those looking for stories centered around moral dilemmas. government oppresion with a strong female lead:
Black Bullet, Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch, Final Fantasy XIII/-2/Lightning Returns, Ergo Proxy, Koukaku Kidoutai: the Ghost in the Shell, Kanshikan Tsunemori Akane and No.6.