Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

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Code Geass - Hangyaku no Lelouch - Mecha, Supernatural, Action, Drama (May contain bloody violence, bad language & mild nudity) ...

On August 10th of the Common Era, the Holy Empire of Britannia invaded Japan. In order to take the mainland, the Britannian forces mobilized the first of the Knightmare Frames; a new humanoid powered armour. The Japanese defences fell one after another, before the might of Project Knightmare. Japan became a territory of the Empire and was stripped of its freedom, rights, and even its name. Area 11 was the new designated name given to the defeated Japan. Lelouch Lamperouge is a castaway prince of Britannia who has gain the power known as Geass, the power of absolute obedience. With this new found power Lelouch is determined to destroy the Holy Empire of Britannia, to avenge the death of his mother and to create a world where his sister Nunally, can live peacefully. ____________________
Season One Opening Theme: #1: "COLORS" by FLOW (eps 1-12) #2: "Kaidoku Funou" by Jinn (eps 13-23) #3: "Hitomi no Tsubasa" by Access (eps 24-25) Ending Theme: #1: "Yuukyou Seishunka" by Ali Project (eps 1-12) #2: "Mosaic Kakera" by SunSet Swish (eps 13-23) #3: "COLORS" by FLOW (ep 24) #4: "Innocent Days" by Hitomi (ep 25) ____________________
Season Two Opening Theme: #1: "O2" by ORANGE RANGE (eps 1-12) #2: "WORLD END" by FLOW (eps 13-25) Ending Theme: #1: "Shiawase Neiro" by ORANGE RANGE (eps 1-12) #2: "Waga Routashi Aku no Hana" by ALI PROJECT (eps 13-25)moreless
Jun Fukuyama

Jun Fukuyama

Lelouch Lamperouge / Zero

Johnny Yong Bosch

Johnny Yong Bosch

Lelouch Lamperouge / Zero (Eng)

Takahiro Sakurai

Takahiro Sakurai

Suzaku Kururugi

Yuri Lowenthal

Yuri Lowenthal

Suzaku Kurugi (Eng)

Ami Koshimizu

Ami Koshimizu

Kallen Stadtfeld

Karen Strassman

Karen Strassman

Kallen Stadtfeld (Eng)

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  • A teenage rebellious leader for an Empire.

    10
    "Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion" is more than just another anime series; in fact, I don't consider myself an anime type; I admire the masterful films from Hayo Myazaki and I've seen a few series' (Attack on Titan now being a runner up).

    This is a series that begins with true ambition and allows us to rely on it all the way through; for an animated series it makes you stay watching, episode by episode, 23 minutes long, you'll end up wasting your day watching it. (Which isn't a bad thing)

    "Code Geass" is an exploring gem because it does something rather extrordinary and that is being a compelling story and never losing its focus. This is one of the great series', being recognized greatly now than it was when the Japanese release 2006 and American release of 2008.



    To follow up its detailed plot; during the Common Era (the beginning of all this madness happens in 2010 but mind that), the Holy Britanian Empire (Britain) invaded Japan. For a greater power, the Britannian forces created the 'Knightmare', a soldier/transformer like machine that has a great affect in combat in the control of soldiers and the rebellions. The dictatorship of Britania on Japan grows and Japan loses its name to 'Area 11' a somewhat hollocaust. This lasts for another 8 years leading to 2018 and a murky future with uncaring rulers, a rebellious group of justice, corrupted leaders and alter egos.



    The Britannian family is the center of this harrowing tale. And the son of an evil ruler has become the chosen one to break the ongoing family rulership and code. This is Lelouch Lamperouge, one of the most involving characters ever. Lelouch is half Japanese and Britannian; his history is what leads him to become what maybe a great symbol for the world. He simply does not act first for the rights of Japan but for revenge and protection of his little, paralyzed/blinded sister Nunnanly. Both lost their mother, who was brutally massacred by her husband's own people; this shattering moment caused Nunnanly to go blind and scar Lelouch forever, with the question to why his father, the Empreror, did nothing to avenge or even acknowlede their mother's death.



    We soon meet the Empreror Charles, who we know less of till the final episodes of R2 (season two). He is powerful, and has a legacy of many children who all have their desires, needs and their actions that could greatly affect their perception and their true service to the war. But Lelouch is not like the rest of his siblings; he is in hiding, at a school that serves at least 4 lower floors and 7 upper, a school that seems almost as affective as Hogwarts. He enlists as a low key student with good friends, yet he is given a rare power called Geass from a crucial character known as C2, who lives immoral with Geass and needs Lelouch to go against the empire to fulfill both their destinies.



    The story plays out fair for both its compelling seasons; Lelouch becomes the inspiration for the rebellion group known as The Black Knights, who fight for Japan. Their co-leader, Kallen, is also a high school girl who finds deeper meaning with Lelouch. Who gives himself the infamous title 'Zero', the man who will change the world.

    Zero brings war uprising, avoids the emotions to proceed his duty and obtain what he wants. What makes Zero/Lelouch special is we truly never actually know what he wants, we think we do, and even he, isn't sure till he is in a state of decision for a crucial moment.



    Other than Lelouch, we have another intruging character, Suzaku Kururugi. A long time friend of Lelouch, who has a dark past involving murdering his aggressive and evil father. He did it to prevent a world of warfare, because he feared something greater than just war and it has followed him his whole life, trying to find redemption. The story mixes with the idea that Lelouch and Suzaku are best friends and will become enemies as they both serve a different purpose. Lelouch destined to bring down Britania and kill those who try to stop him and control the world. Suzaku becomes a royal knight for Britania, but is good, and only tries to serve till he reaches a greater rank and end war. But he must stop Zero (till he discovers Zero is Lelouch of course).



    This comes along so greatly because the series allows us to care about these characters. Even more importantly do we care about the supporting cast, even the villains play a great role into context and aren't even as 'villainous' or 'evil' as they appear to be or as they must. Some Britannians switch sides, some Japanese learn to accept an enemy as a friend or as a lover. While even those, who aren't in this war and live as middle class, become more than just a 'regular' or even serve themselves their own shinning moment.



    One of the great affects this series has is the exhilirating battle scenes. And what astounding affect they have; I felt as if I were in a dual between these Knightmares. Almost every episode contains a good ten minute battle that thrills. One of the more groundbreaking is one between Zero's army and the next Prince Schnizzle's army; from their monitors they control their frontiers and army like a game of chess.



    Most anime fans complain about different language dubs. I'll admit, I didn't watch this show in Japanese, I've seen at least three episodes in Japanese. The English dub serves into a great affect though, sure there are some moments when the voices do allow one to cringe or even laugh at a serious note.

    But the performances are top notch, and they make some of the great scenes emotionally powerful.



    I like "Code Geass" for many reasons. I like the twists and turns of the plot that sometimes make you wish it didn't happen. Because there are a lot of twists that could make one easily tear down. I even enjoyed the side humor the show offers, the quiet and subtle moments involving Lelouch and his crush, Shirley. And Suzaku and his cat. This show never fully goes dramatic, never loses its edge, it has fun moments, creative action sequences that soar, and an emotinal rank that deserves its tears and applause.



    The roles of C2 and another enemy, V2 are outstanding because as immorals; they manage to obtain a wise and likable character; the choices they've made from their long ago pasts and their uses for their instruments to escape (Lelouch and Charles) place them as the most curious.

    Their history with Geass is also very interesting because they still stay the same age due to it. Lelouch possesses a rare Geass that controls anyone to twist their will and follow his command (which makes his revolutionary movement easier). His foes, involving a change at heart warrior, Jerromiah has one that can prevent any Geass or even the deranged Mao, who could read anyone's thoughts. Charles too, can erase memories.



    The series has strong female characters; Cornellia (one of Lelouch's half blood sisters) and the simple princess, Euphie (who has a turning point that is both devestating and weirdly horrifying). Kallen and Shirley too, who seem to be the closest of Lelouch's romantic interests that never loses the interest. There are a variety of great characters; I enjoyed the mad scientists Lloyd, and the members of the Black Knights, their strong and willing fighter Ogie. Lelouch's friends from school, Phoenia (another strong femal role) who has a touching love story with Ogie. And the heartbreaking role of Rolo; a boy who possesses a Geass very rare, slowing time. He becomes a necessity for anyone against Lelouch by R2 and being naive he is fooled by Lelouch, yet he serves him because he looks up to him as 'big brother', this is a wonderful character.



    Which makes Lelouch a hero. By the end, you come to realize why he is the real hero. He makes rare and important decisions that affects his persona as Lelouch, not as Zero. Like many heroes with a journey, Lelouch loses loved ones, isn't that wise at first, but by the middle does he learn and becomes brilliant in doing what he does. He is quick in thought and plans before he acts and commands. By all this, you wonder, just what isn't Lelouch capable of doing. This is a character that would've or could've been the least interesting, but because of the writing, direction, creation and the excellent performance; Lelouch is a character that deserves the praise and the respect. His final move considers a lot of thought and ends with a meaning that grows bigger and bigger.



    R1 & R2 of "Code Geass" is masterfully crafted. A poigant and enduring piece of entertainment that deserves to viewed many times because it is so good. It's final five minutes leaves with an ending so perfect and even inevitable. This is a show that deserves to be watched and should be watched. It exceeds in every aspect a series must and most never do.



    Lelouch is Zero or is Zero Lelouch? Or could they both be a symbol for the goodness of a purified world?moreless
  • Definitely a must-see!

    10
    Although I've watched many other fantastic series since then, Code Geass still takes it's place as my favorite anime of all time, even despite some of its faults.



    Plot:

    While many still find similarities to the plot of Code Geass and Death Note (teenage boy gets a supernatural power and strives to change the world with it), they are in fact, extremely different. While I won't get into depth of what exact events set these two series apart, I can safely say, Code Geass is actually very unique. While it may begin on the same line as other shows, it manages to feel completely new.

    Furthermore, while others may say the twists seem a tad too spontaneous, I actually enjoyed them, enjoyably taken by surprise with each and every twist and turn this series provided. Overall, I believe the plot was excellent, despite there being some slow parts every now and then.



    Characters:

    Now, the main cast of this series was absolutely brilliant. They were extremely developed, and even felt real to me. The character who really took me by surprise, though, was actually Lelouch. I admit it. In the beginning of the series I was thinking, "Oh great. Another genius character with almost no faults, that we're forced to sympathize with." Boy, was I wrong. In only a few episodes in, I realized that Lelouch actually proved to be the most human character of all. He DOES has faults and he even feels guilt. He will have you constantly battling with yourself, deciding whether he's the hero of the series, or the villain. He's not perfect, and he's arguably not a good person, but yet, he's still able to sympathize with someone who killed a person dear to him. He makes mistakes just like a real person, and that's what really makes him such an intriguing character. Although I never exactly liked his best friend, Suzaku, he was undoubtedly a great character as well (for many of the same reasons).

    Now...I didn't really feel the same way for the side characters. Some seemed a bit undeveloped, a little...common? The other members of the student council, which Lelouch served as Vice President in, came across as a bit bland and underdeveloped. His friend, Rivalz, was a bit annoying, and never was developed further than being one of Lelouch's school (filler) buddies. And Nina seemed be just another smart girl character with glasses. Although she was one of the only student council members (with an exception being Shirley) to later gain some attention in the series, she was still, in my opinion, overall unlikable. But still, side characters are side characters for a reason, and they never really take anything away from the overall experience.



    Acting:

    The sub AND dub of this series is absolutely superb. There was never a moment where the acting was grating, and it was always extremely believable. I watched the first parts of the show in sub, only to give the dub a chance for a little while. I was not disappointed and switched over almost instantly (though the acting is amazing in the sub, as well). Two thumbs up for acting!



    Although I love almost everything about this series, there WERE a few things which tended to annoy me. Kallen, who was a strong and tough female character, felt almost ruined to me because of all the fanservice revolving around her. I don't need so many butt and boob shots, no thank you. But I can't complain too much, because the fanservice in this series can be ignored, unlike some other series...like HOTD.



    One thing is for sure, this anime manages to be action-filled, emotional, and funny all at the same time. It has a few dashes of romance, and if you're like me, it'll even make you cry. Multiple times. It has great characters, excellent acting, and a great plot. Code Geass is definitely a must-see for any anime fan.

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  • I loved it and that's a lot given that I hate anime with mechas

    8.0
    Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion is certainly one of the more famous anime out there and it deserves such fame, at least in my opinion. The series is set in an alternate universe where the "Holy Empire of Britannia" (basically, the erstwhile British Empire in a more futuristic setting) has conquered Japan and renamed it "Area 11" with the Japanese renamed "elevens". This use of numbers is basically to promote racism and enforce Britannian superiority over the colonies. In this world, following a seires of events, a teenager named Lelouch receives a power known as "Geass" from a mysterious lady named "C.C". The Geass gives him the power of complete control over anyone exposed to it. Using this newfound power, Lelouch stirs up a rebellion against the empire and seeks to create world peace. Of course, this series has both good qualities and flaws. I'll enumerate both. First, good qualities:



    1. Plot: The anime boasts a meticulously woven plot that rarely lets up with several twists adding to the "surprise" element.



    2.Characters: Along with great plot, it also boasts great characters. You can sympathise with each and every single one of them but as far as I'm concerned, Lelouch is the best of them all. He is a genius yet he is not perfect and can act implusively and make mistakes. You can relate completely to him and his cause yet sometimes you even question it. Of course, the icing on the cake comes at the very end of the series when he dies to create world peace. My second favourite would be Schneizel. 3. Themes: It portrays war exactly as it is: unpleasant. Every new battle is a learning experience for Lelouch. In addition to this central theme, there are many little intellectual conversations about the definition of sin, peace, the nature of humanity etc.(I particularly loved Charles' debut speech about the inequality of humans). Now, I will enumerate what, according to me, are its flaws



    1. While R1 was good, I felt R2 was too rushed. The imperial family members besides Lelouch, Nunnally,Clovis(to an extent), Schneizel, Cornelia and Euphemia seemed interchangeable and insignificant. I would've wanted them to contribute something of significance.



    2. There were some inconsistencies,specifically in the lineage of the Britannian empire. Through R1 and the beginning of R2, Charles is the 16th emperor of Britannia while in the end, he was the 98th one. 3. The final revelation with Nunnally and Guilford surviving FLEIJA: no explanation is given to this except that "Schneizel saved them" I admit Schneizel is talented but he's only human. I doubt tests would've given him a complete knowledge of the bomb's power and even then, how did he get them to safety? They could've given some kind of flashback like how Suzaku captured Lelouch. Anyways,in conclusion, while it does have its flaws, this is one of the best anime that I have seen and I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes this genre.moreless
  • A boy named Lelouch seeks to change the world using his mysterious power Geass.

    9.0
    I must say Code Geass is one of the better animes that I have watched. I loved all the characters, the plot, and of course all the fighting sequenses. All of the characters would good and had great mannerisms, though some could be annoying at times but were understandable. This is also only on of the few animes that I actually enjoy listening to the American voice actors(there are famous ones in this series too). The plot was really good as well. I have seem on a few sites how people thought that R2 had lesser of a plot but I guess they are not smart enough to follow it. Even the episodes that I think were included just to increase the number of episodes were very well made(i.e. the Mao series). And of course to Nighmare fight scenes were insanely badA.

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    Even though I have given the show alot of praise the reason I am giving it a nine and not a ten is the way the show ended. The ending seemed weird to me and I have mixed feelings about it. Though I understand the reason Lelouch chooses to die in the end I was disappointed in the fact that the anime had to end like this, though it does fit Lelouch's personality. Anyway Code Geass is a good anime but really only for a one time watch though. I probably will not watch it again due to the ending.moreless
  • Easily one of the best and most influential anime shows you will ever see.

    9.0
    The story is set in a world where the Holy Britanian Empire has conquered most of the world and any non-Britanians live as second class citizens. The story follows a young man called Lelouch who lives in area 11 (formerly called Japan). He was formerly a Britanian prince but following his mother's death he was exiled and has been forced to live in secret hiding his true identity. He understandably hates the Britanian Empire and longs to oppose them. One day a chance meeting with a strange girl gives him the power of Geass - a power which gives him the ability to issue an absolute command to anyone and it must be obeyed. With this power and his own keen intellect and brilliant tactical mind Lelouch become Zero and starts the order of the black knights to end the Britanian empire and his father once and for all.



    This show has some of the best fight scenes and cleverest tactics you will ever see. The main caracter is truly original - neither good nor bad. The supporting cast is also amazing and every single character is well rounded and fully developed. This is a brilliant anime and one of my personal favourites.moreless
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