Name: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Genre: Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi
Producer: Hiroshi Morotomi, Yoshitaka Kawaguchi, Takuo Minegishi, Atsushi Yukawa
Director: Gorō Taniguchi
Studio: Sunrise, Funimation
Original Airtime: October 6, 2006 – July 29, 2007/April 6,2008 – September 28, 2008
One day Lelouch, an exiled prince, finds himself in the middle of an ongoing conflict of the nation. However, at that moment he stumbles upon a mysterious girl named CC who gives him the power of Geass. It is an ocular power that enables Lelouch to command anyone just by looking into their eyes and that person is forced to follow his orders. Lelouch realizes that he can finally change the world with this power and decides to fight back against the Britannian Empire. This is the premise of Code Geass.
It is not often you get to see such captivating plot in an anime. In terms of depth of plot very few anime can actually rival Code Geass. There is no pacing issue. The show gets you hooked from the word go and till the end it is simply a roller coaster ride. It is nearly impossible to predict what is gonna happen next unless you have seen it once already. On top of that the psychological mind games between the main characters of the show is absolutely a treat. The suspense, thrills and the mystery Code Geass has to offer is on a completely different level. Even, masterpiece is an understatement.
Code Geass has a massive set of characters. They all have important roles to play in the context of the plot. Some are more important some are less. But nonetheless these characters are amazing. Lelouch is the main protagonist. He is smart, he is calm, he is manipulative and obviously an excellent planner.
“Someone needs to get their hand dirty to make this world a better place”
Probably this one line completely sums up his characters. While his motive to use the Geass was noble and commendable but he is willing to go to any length to achieve his goal. He is one of the best protagonists I have come across. CC is the mysterious girl Lelouch encountered just before getting his Geass. She is one of the prime female leads of the series. Kallen is another important female character. She has a dual personality. I can’t give more details without giving spoilers. Suzaku is the childhood friend of Lelouch and the son of Japan’s last prime minister. He is also one of the best Nightmare (Mecha Robot) pilots of the Britannian Empire. He is Lelouches arch nemesis and his best friend. Suzaku plays a very big role in the anime. All characters more or less have shown decent development throughout the course of the series
Here are some notable characters from the anime:
The visuals are good for the time. It may not be top of the line but it is definitely good. The details are great and the colors are likewise. Bright vibrant colors really brought out the life in the animation. The character designs are thin and slender and not like the norm. The reason behind it is that the characters were designed by CLAMP. They added their signature animation style to the design. The fight scenes may not have been executed with perfection. Overall sunrise studios did a decent job but there is always room left for work.
Here are some screenshots from the anime:
The audio department is really good. I still remember the 1st opening theme of Code Geass R1, “Colors” by FLOW. I loved that song. The bass line of the 2nd opening theme, “Kaidoku Funo” by “Jinn” is to die for. The background scores were good too and went well with the accompanying scenes. My most favorite soundtrack of the show is the very last soundtrack that is played at the very last scenes of the anime, “Continued Story” by Hitomi Kuroishi. That soundtrack alone is enough to bring you to tears. Overall the sound department was very good.
Captivating plot, stunning characters and good soundtracks makes Code Geass one of the most enjoyable anime out there. Even if it may lack at some sections, the story and the characters are good enough to make it a definitive masterpiece. It will hook you in from the get go and keep you biting your nails till the end.
Code Geass is a top tier anime and completely deserving of the title ‘masterpiece’. The last episode of season 2 left me speechless, I was heartbroken, I cried. Very few anime can match Code Geass be it in terms of plots or in terms of feels. This is an absolute must watch if you are sucker for top class anime. It was one of the most memorable anime experiences of my life and definitely one of my top 5 anime of all time. “All Hail Lelouch! All Hail Britannia”