Some people have complained that Guilty Crown failed to live up to their expectations. Well that’s their fault for having any to begin with, right? Okay, so the plot and characters are anywhere from laughable to generic, but it’s pretty, at least. Though there is something that just seems a little… off about it, so far. Can’t quite put my finger on it.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not fanservice I dislike; far from it. I love fanservice, but couldn’t they be a bit more egalitarian with it? You’ve got like three sexy dudes, so why not let them take off a shirt or two? Fun fact: noitaminA is (in theory) aimed at an older female audience. Yet that demographic is pretty thoroughly dismissed from the fun bits. All you’ve got are your looks, Guilty Crown, you can’t afford to be picky about this.
Remember Star Driver? That aired about a year ago, and while it may not have been perfect it at least knew how to pander to both sides of the audience. I have yet to see its like since, in that regard. Shows like Kimi to Boku are great and all, but fanservice aimed at women (and gay men) shouldn’t be relegated to niche shows that are so easily dismissed as “gay”. (Ugh, do not get me started on the use of that word in the aniblogosphere.)
KimiBoku and Guilty Crown aren’t all that dissimilar, really. Both are built on cliche after cliche with hardly an innovation in sight, and as such both tend to ring just a little bit hollow. At this point I could not name a character from either. I still like them, though. Guilty Crown has its visuals and soundtrack, and KimiBoku has moe boys. I just kinda wish they’d overlap, a little.
(Here is where we deliberately ignore UraBoku because UGH.)