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Code Geass Movie 1-3 Review
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Movies)
劇場総集編 コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ

Synopsis

The story is set in an alternative timeline where the world is divided into three superpowers: the Holy Britannian Empire (the Americas; also called Britannia), the Chinese Federation (Asia), and the European Union (Europe and Africa; previously known as the Euro-Universe. Also known as Europa United in Akito the Exiled). The story takes place after the Holy Britannian Empire's conquest of Japan on August 10, 2010 a.t.b., by means of Britannia's newest weapon, the "Autonomous Armored Knight", or "Knightmare Frame". In turn, Britannia effectively strips Japan and its citizens of all rights and freedoms and renames the country Area 11 with its citizens referred to as Elevens. The story begins with Lelouch and Nunnally being sent as political pawns to Japan to lull the Japanese government into a false sense of security. After the siblings are sent to Japan, Japan is attacked and defeated by Britannia. With the ruins of Japan as a background, Lelouch vows to his Japanese friend Suzaku Kururugi that he will one day obliterate Britannia as an act of vengeance against his father.

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Written by

Screenplay by

Music by

Rating

  • The overall rating of the show.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Pros

Character design
Combat/Action
Music
Visual

Cons

Recap

PROs CONS

Overview

A 3-part theatrical film remake of the first 2 seasons of the anime was released, with the first film titled Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion I – Initiation (コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ 興道 Code Geass – Hangyaku no Lelouch – Kōdō, “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: The Awakening Path”) released on October 21, 2017. The second film titled Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion II – Transgression (コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ 叛道 Code Geass – Hangyaku no Lelouch – Handō, “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: The Rebellion Path”) was released February 10, 2018. The third compilation film, titled Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion III – Glorification (コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ 皇道 Code Geass – Hangyaku no Lelouch – Ōdō, “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: The Imperial Path”) was released in theaters on May 26, 2018. Each film has several tweaks to the storyline, as Taniguchi stated, to give it more of a “what if” scenarios leading to the new film, to be released in theaters in Japan in February 2019.

Alternative title

– Gekijou Soushuuhen Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch
– Code Geass – Hangyaku no Lelouch
– Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion I – Initiation
– Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion II – Transgression
– Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion III – Glorification
– コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ 興道 (Code Geass – Hangyaku no Lelouch – Kōdō)
– コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ 叛道 (Code Geass – Hangyaku no Lelouch – Handō)
– コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ 皇道 (Code Geass – Hangyaku no Lelouch – Ōdō)
– 劇場総集編 コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ

TL;DR Review

This is a recap of the first two seasons with a few original scenes added in to smooth out the transition and cut. Some parts seem rushed as you see them as a montage.

Both the animation and music are on par with the TV shows, as these are mainly recapped movies. Since the movies used the majority of the TV footage, the new scenes were added to match what the TV version was like. So it could not go crazy with the art style like it can with the Akito the Exiled OVAs.

Frankly, these movies feel like a cash grab more than anything. Each film has several tweaks to the storyline, as Taniguchi stated, to give it more of a “what if” scenarios leading to the new film in 2019. I am not a fan of recap theatrical release, no matter how you want to justify them.

I would only recommend these movies if you need a refresher on the TV show, but given a choice, watch the TV show instead and skip these movies. Code Geass contains graphic violence and some suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Series 
Timeline

The timeline order of the series.

Featured Music

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Movies)
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

TV Season 1

  1. “Colors” by Flow (eps 1-12)
  2. “Kaidokufunō” (解読不能, lit. “Indecipherable”) by Jinn (eps 13-23)
  3. “Hitomi no Tsubasa” (瞳ノ翼, lit. “Eye’s Wing”) by Access (eps 24-25)

TV Season 2

  1. “O2” (O2〜オー・ツー〜 Ō Tsū) by Orange Range (eps 1-12)
  2. “World End” by Flow (eps 13-25)

Closing Theme

TV Season 1

  1. “Yūkyō Seishunka” (勇侠青春謳, lit. “Chivalrous Youth Song”) by Ali Project (eps 1-12)
  2. “Mosaic Kakera” (モザイクカケラ, lit. “Mosaic Fragments”) performed by SunSet Swish (13-23)
  3. “COLORS” by FLOW (ep 24)
  4. “Innocent Days” by Hitomi (ep 25)

TV Season 2

  1. “Shiawase Neiro” (シアワセネイロ, lit. “Happy Timbre”) by Orange Range (eps 1-12)
  2. “Waga Rōtashi Aku no Hana” (わが﨟たし悪の華, lit. “My Beautifully Elegant Flower of Evil”) by Ali Project (eps 13-25)

OVA 1 (Black Rebellion)

  1. “Hitomi no Tsubasa” by Access

OVA 2 (Zero Requiem)

  1. “Continued Shift” by Hitomi Kuroishi

OVA Series 4 (Akito the Exiled)

  1. “More Than Words” by Maaya Sakamoto (eps 1-3)
  2. “Arco” (アルコ) by Maaya Sakamoto (ep 4-5)

Insert Song

TV Season 1

  • “Alone” by Hitomi (ep 21)
  • “callin'” by Mikio Sakai (ep 20)
  • “Innocent Days” by Hitomi (ep 22)
  • “Masquerade” by Hitomi (ep 14)
  • “Picaresque” (ピカレスク) by Mikio Sakai (ep 17)
  • “stories” by Hitomi (ep 5)

TV Season 2

  • “Boku wa, Tori ni Naru.” (僕は、鳥になる。) by Hitomi (ep 19)
  • “Continued Story” by Hitomi (ep 25)
  • “Innocent Days” by Hitomi (ep 23)
  • “Masquerade” by Hitomi (ep 3)

OVA 1 (Black Rebellion)

  1. “Continued Story” by Hitomi
  2. “Masquerade” by Hitomi
  3. “Innocent Days” by Hitomi

OVA 2 (Zero Requiem)

  1. “Continued Story” by Hitomi
  2. “Strange Girl”
  3. “Pure Feelings”
  4. “Nunnally” by Hitomi
  5. “Lullaby of M” by Kuroishi Hitomi
  6. “Boku wa, Tori ni Naru” by Hitomi
  7. “Masquerade” by Hitomi

OVA 3 (Nunnally in Wonderland)

  • “All Hail Britannia!!!” by Hiroki Shimizu, Hiro Tanitomi & Katsuyuki Nakanishi
  • “Strange Girl” by Hitomi
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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Movies)

A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.

C.C.
"In this world, evil can arise from the best of intentions. And there is good which can come from evil intentions."
Lelouch Lamperouge
"The only ones who should kill are those who are prepared to be killed!"
Suzaku Kururugi
"A victory won through dishonest means is no victory at all."
C.C.
"False tears bring pain to others. A false smile brings pain to yourself."
Lelouch Lamperouge
"You can't change the world without getting your hands dirty”
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