Anime Spotlight: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion is an anime series that was produced by Sunrise and was directed by Goro Taniguchi. The first season of the series aired on Japanese television from October 5, 2006-July 28, 2007. The second season aired on Japanese television from April 6-September 28, 2008. There have also been some OVAs and anime films produced for the series. As of this writing, FUNimation holds the North American license for both season of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, as well as the Code Geass: Akito the Exiled OVA and the anime films.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion is set in an alternate universe, where the Holy Britannian Empire conquered Japan on August 10, 2010 a.t.b., and renamed the country as Area 11. The series begins in 2017 a.t.b., and it’s a time where mecha robots and weapons are used in addition to regular arms for combat.

Lelouch is the main character of the series, and he’s an intelligent student who enjoys using his intelligence to gamble and beat his opponents. One day, after beating a nobleman at a game of chess, Lelouch finds himself trapped in the middle of a terrorist plot. The terrorists have taken something from the Empire which is claimed to be poison gas. Suzaku, Lelouch’s childhood friend who joined the Britannian Empire’s armed forces, comes to his aid. They discover the “poison gas” is a woman.

Suzaku is shot by other members of the armed forces and is left for dead. When it looks like the forces are going to kill Lelouch, the mysterious woman grants him the power of the Geass; this allows Lelouch to control others when he makes eye contact with them. Now that he has been granted this power, Lelouch disguises himself and goes by the name of “Zero” in order to lead a rebellion against the Empire. As the series progresses, there’s a lot of political intrigue, breakdowns of relationships, and Lelouch’s stuggles with his Geass powers.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2, the second season of the series, is set a year after the first season. At the beginning of the season, it appears Lelouch has no memory of what happened during the intervening time. It also seems he has forgotten about his sister Nunnally, and thinks a young man named Rolo is his brother. After an encounter with C.C., the mysterious woman Lelouch had rescued at the beginning of the first season, Lelouch discovers that his memories had been tampered with. When C.C. helps Lelouch regain his memory, Lelouch vows to take revenge and to find his missing sister.

I found the storyline of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion to be intriguing, and the characters to be rather engaging. I also really like the look of the animation that’s utilized for the series.

I really enjoyed the first season and was captivated by the cliffhanger ending that it had. Unfortunately, I didn’t have access to the second season box set to see how it continued right away, but my husband and I tried to purchase the second season set as soon as we possibly could so we could see how the story continued.

The second season of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion was quite a trip for me to watch. As the season progressed, there were a lot of plot twists, and some of them are rather unexpected. In the last few episodes, it seems like facts keep making 180 degree turns with each episode. In a lot of respects, it almost felt like there were more twists here than there are in a game of Twister. I was almost literally on the edge of my seat as I watched the final episodes, waiting to see what new twists and revelations would be revealed.

I had heard a lot of good things about Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion before I started watching the series. After seeing the series in its entirety, I can see why it was receiving so much praise from anime fans.

I would truly recommend that anyone who considers themselves a fan of anime really should watch Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion at least once.

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