Guilty Crown gives the word “horrible” a run for its money, yet Redjuice’s artwork is the exact opposite of the term – the sixth Blu-ray volume’s cover illustration is above spectacular, despite the weak subject matter.
A less than elegant character is portrayed here superbly – and all thanks to Redjuice.
There’s an essence of symmetry – yet each half of the artwork is quite different despite the the similarities. Two contrasting variants of pink dominate each amazing portion of the illustration – and interesting is how pink not only stands against itself here, but the background as well. It’s not often, or ever, one will see pink being used in a composition with such a serious and dark tone as this.
This image isn’t dark in the sense of bloody murder – yet it is a sort of brute reality. Aside from the two pink complexions of female, which seem more delicate, one can clearly see all else to be quite grunge and industrial – murky steel colors, greys and blacks, with an overall shadow which hardly touches the composition when it comes to the background. Indeed, a darker floor, with a brighter roof or sky, indicates a solid ground of assurance – giving an overall good vibe, yet there’s a significant detail which keeps that from being fully true here.
Inori is not smiling – the one who is cheerfully grinning is her counterpart, and it’s possibly not in the most friendliest of feelings, but perhaps, out of a hint of spite or the likes. In any case however, Inori feels as if a prisoner – this is a single setting, with two people sitting right beside one another, and while the environment leaves one grinning, the other looks as if they’d accept death without a care. A harsh contrast to showcase what one world can mean for another.
Redjuice’s style prevails here gorgeously – yet it is quite unfortunate the source of this illustration isn’t a series worth similar praise, and in fact, is actually highly deserving of ridicule. Indeed, this is quite sad an artwork in more ways than one.