Fall season draws closer, which means I will probably start reviewing airing shows soon, meaning more frequent posts. Look forward to it. For now, let’s review Code Geass. This review might be slightly biased because this is hands down my favorite anime of all time. Let’s start with the basics. First off, we’re in a society with mostly modern technology, but with one twist, the Knightmare Frame. The Knightmare is basically a mecha, used by police forces as well as the military. In this society, the world is mostly controlled by three major powers, the Chinese Federation, the European Union, and the Holy Empire of Britannia. The story of this series is set soon after Britannia conquers Japan, then a neutral country. Japan is easily overwhelmed by the Knightmares, since it is Britannian technology, and loses its name, being renamed Area 11. This creates a sort of hierarchy in Japan, where the Japanese are treated poorly and the Britannians are living large. Enter our protagonist, Lelouch Lamperouge. Lelouch is a brilliant student at Ashford Academy, a private school, but he’s lazy and tends to skip class a lot with his friend Rivalz to gamble on chess, his specialty. One day, while they’re out, Lelouch is caught up in a terrorist uprising and meets a strange girl named C.C., who grants him the power of Geass. This power allows him to command anyone to do whatever he wants them to do, but only once per person and only with direct eye contact. It turns out Lelouch is a Britannian prince, who hates his father, so he uses the power of Geass to try and overthrow Britannia and discover who is responsible for the death of his mother. However, things turn out to be much more complicated than he expects. Part of the Britannian military is his best friend, Suzaku Kururugi, who is actually Japanese. An amazing story, with so many mysteries. Although some of the mysteries are never answered, which can be annoying, I feel like they do a good job of augmenting the story. Also, the episodes have so many cliffhangers that keep you watching.
Story: Score 10/10
I love all of the characters of this show. Lelouch, the genius manipulator, and Suzaku, the skilled soldier and athlete, are trying so hard to kill one another, but neither knows who the other is. We even have C.C., the mysterious source of Lelouch’s Geass, who is just as comical as she is mysterious. We also have Kallen Kouzuki, the half Japanese, half Britannian terrorist who follows Lelouch, not knowing that he’s actually one of her classmates, and countless more. They all have their pasts and reasons to fight.
Characters: Score 10/10
The animation of this series is what you would expect from Sunrise. With how they do Gundam, they have no problem making the mech fights absolutely stunning. As a friend of mine pointed out once, the Geass animation for Lelouch is a little redundant, but that never bothered me. Also, the musical track for this series was truly impressing, full of energy for fights, playful songs for school events or casual school life, and emotional songs for the truly tragic scenes in this show.
Animation: Score 10/10
Music: Score 10/10
With all the mushy shows that I’ve been reviewing, I thought it would be a good idea to do a review of a show that’s more on the action side. That being said, there are some seriously tragic scenes in this show, so prepare to be brought to tears as well. The second season is just as good as, maybe even better than the first season.
Final Score: 10/10