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.
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.
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:
- 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
- The diverse cast of characters
- Lelouch’s creative plans to defeat Brittania.
- All of the interesting discussion brought up about philosophy
- 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.