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Code Geass Season 1 Review
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ (Kōdo Giasu: Hangyaku no Rurūshu)

Synopsis

On August 10th, 2010 the Holy Empire of Britannia began a campaign of conquest, its sights set on Japan. Deploying a humanoid weapon dubbed Knightmare Frame, Japan was quickly conquered, its rights and identity stripped away, the once proud nation now referred to as Area 11. Its citizens, Elevens, now forced to scratch out a living while the Brits live comfortably within their settlements. Pockets of resistance appear throughout Area 11, working towards independence for Japan, although without much success. However, the world's destiny changes as Lelouch, an exiled Imperial Prince of Britannia posing as a student, finds himself in the heart of the ongoing conflict. Through a chance meeting with a mysterious girl named C.C., Lelouch gains a mysterious power called Geass. Equipped with the power of the king, Lelouch may finally realize his dream of bringing Britannia down to its knees!

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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

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Overview

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, often referred to as simply Code Geass, is a Japanese anime series created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi, and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, with original character designs by manga authors Clamp. Code Geass first ran in Japan from October 5, 2006, to July 28, 2007.

Alternative title

– Code Geass R1
– Code Geass – Lelouch of the Rebellion
– CODE GEASS 反叛的魯路修
– Code Geass 反叛的鲁鲁修
– Code Geass – Hangyaku no Lelouch
– コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ
– 코드 기어스 반역의 를르슈
– Code Geass: Cuộc khởi nghĩa của Lelouch
– โค้ด กีอัส ภาคการปฏิวัติของลูลูช
– Код Геас: Бунтът на Люлюш
– Код Гиас: Восставший Лелуш
– Код Ґіас: Повстання Лелуша (R1)

TL;DR Review

Code Geass is perhaps one of my favorite anime series, or at least in the top 10.

The animation is top notch and consistent for the time. The style is quite distinct and easily recognizable, though it may make the anime feel more childish than intended. In the early episode where people were being massacred, you know that this anime will take on a darker tone.

Code Geass season one kinds of music are mostly boy rock band like FLOW. If you are into that type of song, you’ll love the music. The standout themes are “COLORS” by FLOW, “Hitomi no Tsubasa” by Access, “Mosaic Kakera” (モザイクカケラ) by SunSet Swish, “Masquerade”, and “Innocent Days” by Hitomi. “Innocent Days” and “Masquerade” being the exceptions as both are more melodic somber songs.

Lelouch, our main character, may not be relatable, but he is incredibly likable and charismatic. He’s arrogant, but because he is incredibly smart to back it up. His arrogant is mainly aimed at those in power that are abusing it. He doesn’t mind getting his hand dirty if it will protect those that he loves. He’s the underdog character that people will root for.

The first season introduced us to this rich world and its characters. However, to get the full impact of the show, you need to complete both seasons.

This is one of those binge-worthy show where you won’t be able to stop, so be prepared to free up 20 hours first. I highly recommended it. 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
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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Featured Video

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

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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