Plot Summary: The Empire of Britannia has invaded Japan using giant robot weapons called Nightmare Frames. Japan is now referred to as Area 11, and its people the 11′s. A Britannian who was living in Japan at the time, Lelouch, vowed to his Japanese friend Suzaku that he’d destroy Britannia. Years later, Lelouch is in high school, but regularly skips out of school to go play chess and gamble on himself. One day, he stumbles on terrorists 11′s who’ve stolen a military secret and is caught by a member of the Britannian task force sent after them, who is Suzaku. As the rest of the squad arrives, Suzaku is shot for disobeying orders, while the military secret, a young girl, gives Lelouch the power of Geass, which makes anyone obey any order. While Suzaku is secretly made the pilot of Britannia’s brand new prototype Nightmare, Lancelot, Lelouch becomes the masked Zero to lead the rebellion to destroy Britannia once and for all.
STORY – 4.9
While the show does kinda start confusingly slow at first, there are definite hints to its potential. This immensity of the world of Code Geass, combined by its quick storytelling, leaves the viewer with plenty to chew on. Every point taken leads to results later in the show and there is a very strong sense of justice to follow it. Code Geass successfully takes you into dark areas for heroes to go, and yet still have you rooting for them and their salvation. If you’ve watched the end of the 2nd season, you know what I’m talking about. Here in the first season, friendships are torn apart and weird twists with Lelouch’s friend Shirley adds a sad flavor in the show. If you’ve come to watch a show like FMA, then your in good company.
EMOTIONAL DRAW – 4.7
Awesome to the last, the emotions are great here. Lelouch’s scenes with Shirley are quite funny to watch, and when things get morbid when Lelouch faces a Geass unlike his own, his ultimate choice of shielding Shirley from her memories was really sad and well done. My favorite scene is with Lelouch and CC in a cavern…when he asks her name. That scene alone earns this show a high rating. While most shows leave some hope at the end, Code Geass does a great job of throwing you for a loop with its nail biting ending. Kudos.
Suzako is a man who feels very strong to ending the need of death. But thanks to Lelouch, that won’t be necessary. His back story is also great and the show does a good job with his friendship with Lelouch. You’ll like him.
C2 (or C.C): 5.0
If there was ever a perfect thing as not giving you someone’s real name this was it. I love her dark secrets and the way she interacts with Lelouch. Great character and awesome dubbing performance. Plus, I love her scenes that involve pizza. Quite amusing.
Kallen is a patriot and the leading member of the Black Knights. Her friendship with Zero is amusing and feels fine. While early on the ecchi scene was kinda unnecessary, Kallen redeems herself throughout the show, even till the very end.
CREATIVITY – 4.8
Very well done. While some people aren’t going to be totally used to the drawing style, Code Geass does a great job with all the technical details in the show. Some of the scenes are just awesome to look at and the fighting choreography is great.
OVERALL SCORE – 4.8125
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