Get The Rundown #10 Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

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Lelouch using his Geass power for the firs time. Code Geass R1 Episode 1 at 21 m 33s

Lelouch using his Geass power for the firs time. Code Geass R1 Episode 1 at 21 m 33s

© SUNRISE/PROJECT GEASS Licensed by SUNRISE to Funimation® Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Character Design ©2006 CLAMP · ST

With the latest Code Geass films, fans are curious to watch the original series. Today’s article goes over Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion’s Details

  • Number of episodes: 25

  • Genre: Mecha, Seinen, Sci-fi, Military, Drama

  • Hidden Gem, Popular, or Lesser-Known: Popular

  • Dubbed or Subbed: Both versions are available. I prefer the English Dub for Johnny Yung Bosch’s portrayal of Lelouch

  • Modern or Classic: Classic.

  • Aired: Apr 6, 2008 to Sep 28, 2008

  • Production Information:

    • Directed by Taniguchi, Gorou He is famous for his directing: the majority of the Code Geass Movies and OVAs, Gun x Sword, Maria the Virgin Witch, Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Planetes
    • Created by Sunrise which is famous for Gintama’, Cowboy Bebop, Mobile Suit Gundam, InuYasha (TV), The Big O, The Vision of Escaflowne
  • Where You Can Watch: Hulu, Netflix, Funimation

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion’s Major Themes

Imperialism

Social Darwinism

Man Vs Man

Deception and Lies

Racism

Imperialism| Social Darwinism | Man vs Man | Deception and Lies|Racism

Introduction

It’s incredible that even 13 years later Code Geass continues to have a strong and loyal fanbase. This fanbase remains loyal despite so many other quality anime that exists today.

Today I am delighted to discuss my thoughts on Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion Season 1 a.k.a R1. in this edition of getting the rundown.

Brief Synopsis

Code Geass takes place in the year 2010 in the Imperial calendar. The Holy Britannian Empire one of the world’s superpowers conquered the once neutral Japan.

The empire has stripped Japan of its name-calling it Area 11.

Lelouch a high school student and enemy of the Britannian Empire receives the power of Geass from a mysterious woman.

His power gives him the ability to command others to obey. Now Lelouch must use this power to destroy Britannia and create a world where his sister can live peacefully.

My Analysis

Code Geass on the surface may seem like your typical mecha anime with a main character featuring superpowers.

But the more you watch the series it becomes obvious how wrong that thought is.

It has so many amazing aspects to it. My favorite include:

  1. The concept of the Knightmare Frames and how the plot utilized them. If you have already watched R1 and R2 here is a list of my favorite Knightmare Frames
  2. The diverse cast of characters
  3. Lelouch’s creative plans to defeat Brittania.
  4. All of the interesting discussion brought up about philosophy
  5. The narration before each episode.

By the main reason that I enjoy the series is the emotional impact that it had on me.

Some have criticized R1 and R2 on several plot developments for being awful and poorly handed (this guy included).

I was talking with a friend about this and gained a new perspective.

If a piece of fiction invokes a strong passionate response then that means you have invested interest in the story.

Because if the opposite were true then these events would not bother you in the slightest.

So for me, since I got a strong reaction it shows the anime is actually doing a good job.

Now obviously there are bad anime that also provoke a similar response.

I understand that but in this case, it’s the direction that upsets people not the story, to begin with.

Code Geass is over 13 years old and is still worth revisiting again.

If you can look past the fanservice then you have an incredible story that will make you experience a wide range of emotions.

Common Answers to Important Questions about Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion

The art style is quite excellent, especially with the Knightmare Frame designs.

Considering this anime came out in 2008 it still holds up exceptionally well.

Something unique to this anime is the way the nostrils are drawn on the noses. To this day I have never seen an anime that has that design.

All the battle scenes are excellent and I love the color choices made for each of the characters designs.

My major complaint is with the body designs in this anime. Every character looks like they do not know what food is.

This gets even weirder when many of the women are designed with large breasts with almost no body fat.

It makes the characters look more like dolls than actual people.

Code Geass lacks any realism in its character designs which has in the past prevented me from taking it too seriously.

This does not impact my enjoyment it is something to point out.

If you want anime with a similar style, I would suggest looking at other Mecha anime from Sunrise

You will find a surplus in both variety and quantity. There are many battles that range from ground forces to fighting to epic scenes of Knightmare Frames battling it out.

This is one of the anime’s greatest strength.
Anime that are similar to this one are Mobile Suit Gundam and Eureka Seven

Code Geass is technically a harem since three women all want Lelouch in some capacity.

But the anime does not make Lelouch’s love a huge focus in the story.

But if you are looking for romantic elements you will find them here.

Code Geass is one of the most non-ecchi fanservice anime ever made.

Almost every female character in the story has unrealistic sized breasts

Kallen Kozuki for example is a character you could argue was only created for fanservice.

If you can look past the unrealistic bodies in Code Geass R1 then you should be fine.

Just keep in mind there will be plenty of fan service sprinkled in throughout.

There are two scenes that each feature a topless nude girl but in both instances, the nudity is brief.

Lelouch always has a speech or philosophical question that he asks all of his opponents.

There is constant back and forth with the characters.

You even have many scenes where different characters continue the same conversation.

This is one anime where it’s important to focus on what the character says and it will reveal important plot elements in the story.

This is a hard question to answer?

Because depending on what is going on in the anime it can be both.

There is an overarching plot that is simple to follow.

But then the plot reveals add complexity to the plot and not always for good reasons.

The best answer I have if this is the first time watching this series you are going to need to pay attention to what is happening.

This is not an anime to multitask while watching.

Yes, but due to the heavy emotional elements, I need a significant amount of time between each rewatch.

Despite the flaws, I really like Code Geass. It has an interesting setting and a simple but cool premise.

It gives me a good helping of both pseudo mindless action and intellectual discussions on philosophy.

It has many characters whose morality is more in the grey area. It adds another element to an already amazing anime.

The Lancelot's first appearance. Code Geass R1 Episode 2 at 15m 37s

The Lancelot’s first appearance. Code Geass R1 Episode 2 at 15m 37s

© SUNRISE/PROJECT GEASS Licensed by SUNRISE to Funimation® Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Character Design ©2006 CLAMP · ST

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