Anime Review: Code Geass R1 (2006)

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Sci-fi, Drama, Comedy, Action, Romance, Mecha…Fanservice. that is how you describe Code Geass in short. But short is not fun (Unless it’s making fun of Edward from FMA). The anime that we are looking at today is one that I’ve been thinking of watching for a while now and finally got around to watching two weeks ago. And finished after one week (Which is the fastest I’ve finished an anime I have never seen before, especially one that got more than 20 episodes). Fortunately we are only looking at the first season of this series.

Ladies and gentlemen, Code Geass: Lelouch of The Rebellion Season 1!

The story is set in the future (Insert obligatory Mystery science Theater 300o reference). The empire of Britannia has taken over Japan and forced it into submission, making the Japanese people pretty much slaves and re-naming Japan “Area 11”, making the Japanese people “11’s”. But the main story of the series is set a few years after Britannia took over Japan. Come to think of it, I think Japan got taken over in 2010. But as I said, the story is set in 2017. It follows 17-year old Lelouch Lamperouge (Formerly Lelouch vi Britannia as he used to be part of the royal family). When he was very young his mother got killed and his little sister, Nunnally lost both her ability to walk and eyesight. One day while going to school with his friend Rivalz, he sees some stuff going on in an old abandoned area. He enters a truck where he sees the character Kallen for the first time. He is then in an old empty building where he meets his old friend Suzaku after a very long time. Suzaku gets shot, and for some reason a mysterious green-haired girl gives him the power to control peoples minds by getting eye contact. And after that you will have to see, if I say more spoilers will happen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE4amvVv-EU

The animation is something I can praise with all my heart. It was made by Studio Sunrise (Creators of such well animated shows like Cowboy Bebop and EVERY FUCKING GUNDAM SERIES). But the animation for Code Geass is really solid. It is probably Sunrise’s crown jewel in modern years with its interesting art style and shit.

The characters in this show are interesting to say the least. They are all very distinct and got great character development. The most interesting one has to be from Lelouch who is kind of like light from Death Note (Like A LOT). He starts like this innocent student who gets a power which helps him try to change the world. And then he (Both Lelouch and Light) turn into a big dick that is hard to like at times.

The soundtrack is something that I got mixed opinions on. While the tracks themselves are really good, they are used more than they should. This show got a lot of sundtrack repeats, and that gets annoying after a little while. I am also not the biggest fan of the shows second opening, it’s so underwhelming compared to the awesome that was the first. The dub however is something I have to say…IS FUCKING AMAZING. Johnny Yong Bosch, Yuri Lowenthal, Crispin Freeman, Karen Strassman, Liam O’Brien, Kirk Thronton, Steve Blum, Biran Peacock, Kate Higgins, Michelle Ruff…hell, the list goes on. This is a Fucking-A-Grade cast.

While the fanservice of the show bugs me slightly, it doesn’t distract from the things that matter…everything else. This show got a great story, interesting characters, balls-to-the-wall-awesome animation, great action, good music and one of the best dubs ever. I would reccommend buying it if it weren’t for one fact…it’s almost impossible to find a decently priced copy. If you do, please message me so I can tell you where to send it (Just kidding, kinda). But if you can, buy it…the show is THAT GOOD. I give it my personal 9,36/10.  I would give it 10/10 however if decent copies of it weren’t so balls-to-the-wall-expensive and there would be less focus on fanservice.

This has been my stupid review of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Season 1 (A mouthful isn’t it?).

See ya!

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