Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion [Anime Review]
Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion (aka Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch) is an anime series created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi. The original character designs were done by manga super authors Clamp. Set in an alternate timeline, the series focuses on former prince Lelouch vi Britannia who obtains a power known as Geass and decides to use it to obliterate the Holy Britannian Empire, the kingdom he was from.
I ended up checking out Code Geass because it was one of the top animes of that year, with Gurren Laggan if I was not mistaken. It was described as one of those intellectual types of anime similar to Death Note so I was interested quickly.
The Day a New Demon was Born
Lelouch is an exiled Britannian prince. His mother was brutally murdered in the palace and his sister Nunnally, who witnessed the attack, was traumatized that lost both her sight and ability to walk. He became furious with his father who turned a blind’s eye to their mother’s death and failing to pursue their mother’s killer.
Years later, Lelouch is a popular yet withdrawn student at Ashford Academy. Lelouch becomes involved in a terrorist attack and finds a mysterious girl called C.C., who saves Lelouch’s life, by making a contract with him and granting him the power known as Geass. With the Geass, Lelouch can command anyone to do his bidding.
The White Knight Awakens
Overall, this is an excellent anime.
From the character & mecha designs, from the sound and voice acting. The character design was done by CLAMP so you know it has that artistic flair to it.
The story is what makes this anime, I was so engrossed by the whole thing. Even though the setting is in an alternate Earth fantasy type setting, the scenarios the characters were put in were so realistic and pertains to the events that are happening in our world (segregation, racism, militarism, drug use, revenge). You can’t help but relate to the issues they were facing.
Lelouche is a bad ass and deep character, even though he portrays an anti-hero. You just want to root for him all the time; he means well but his actions and methods do not reflect his good will. By the end of it, I was so emotionally attached to the outcome of Lelouches’ revenge that I cried a little when it was all over.
I can talk about all the technical aspects of this anime but the point is, watch it!
What makes this anime great is that all aspects were excellently done. The animation, character, sound, story design was all top notch. While pulling that off, the characters are all relatable and very human. The story was superbly crafted and relatable, you live through the story, it doesn’t feel like it’s just being told.
Overall, this anime is an instant classic. If you like a good story and relatable characters with charm – this is for you.