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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Movie 1-3 (2017-2018)
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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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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Featured Music

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Movie 1-3 (2017-2018)
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

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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