Nearly a decade has passed since the fateful day that Japan was overtaken by the Britannia Empire. Japan, now a land that has suffered countless casualties, is stripped of its honor and renamed as Area 11. With the use of Knightmare Frames (big ass-kicking machines), the Britannia Empire continues to demoralize the “Elevens”. Every now and then, there are a few sparks of rebellion from the Elevens who have had enough. However, they are but only a tiny nuisance to the Britannia Empire. But…
One genius, Lelouch, stands up to this seemingly impossible task once he gains a power by making a contract with a certain woman. Will his intelligence, new found power, and extreme hatred for Britannia be enough to help him over throw this oppressive country?
Action, Drama, Mecha, Military, Science Fiction, Comedy
Code Geass (1st season) aired from October 05, 2006 to July 28, 2007.
25 Episodes for Season 1. Season 2 is currently being produced. Season 2 is said to air early or late spring in 2008.
Code Geass is a well thought out anime that grabs the viewer’s interests with the very first episode. Unlike many other series, Code Geass goes at a very decent pace; where one can still catch on with what’s happening, and at the same time be entertained and enticed to watch more. The story develops around a young boy named Lelouch who uses a new found power he gains to fight for power and a so called “justice”. At times however, the “plot twists” tend to get a bit annoying. The producers seemed to have wanted everything to be too “perfect/cool” and have forgotten to make it a bit more “realistic” (then again, this is just an anime).
Lelouch is on the left, and the woman on the right is the one that gave him his power (you’ll know what it is after watching the first episode)
“I will give you power, if you grant my wish. You will be a human, but something more than a human at the same time…you will be a king”.
The style of the art and animation is truly something to take into consideration. The smooth flow of the animation and the clear crisp colors are a little bonus that make this anime even more enjoyable than it already is. Unlike most other anime that contain mecha, Code Geass sticks with the fluid animation and even does an awe-inspiring job on the “Knightmare Frames”.
The OP, EP, and background music are unique and fit Code Geass extremely well. The background music does not get repetitive and has a strange charismatic power (I can’t get the tunes out of my head!!). Kudos to the composer J.
Character Development: 9.5/10
The producers did a fabulous job in giving the viewers a chance to look deep into each of the character’s pasts to get a better understanding in the motives behind their actions. What I find most interesting, is how the producers are able to make us feel either sympathy or hatred for each character. At times, I just want to completely tear Lelouch up…at others, I almost feel that he is just misunderstood and truly “just” (although the way he carries out certain plans are a bit maniacal). However, there are just a few characters that are so annoying and useless that they brought down this rating to a 9.5.
Overall: A spanking 9.5/10!!!
This is without doubt on my top 3 list of all time favorites. While being a “non-mecha fan”, this anime has really changed my views on the Mecha genre. Ultimately, the well thought out plot, fast paced story line, and the bits of comedy here and there form a memorable masterpiece that will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more.
With this godly power, I command you to watch this anime!
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