Lelouch of the Rebellion is a fantasy/sci-fi manga based on an anime of the same name, featuring political strife, character drama, and clashing philosophies and ideals. It follows the trials of Lelouch Lamperouge, an exiled prince of Britannia. Britannia controls the most powerful nation on Earth, encompassing both North and South America and is ruled by a monarchy. Lelouch's relatively stable life with his crippled sister Nunnally is shattered when Lelouch discovers a woman imprisoned in a capsule who offers to make a nebulous pact with Lelouch. The woman grants Lelouch the power to command people to do anything he wants as long as Lelouch makes eye contact. Lelouch sees the power as an opportunity to exact revenge on the nation that exiled him and his sister in addition to allowing his mother to be assassinated.
Those who have already watched the anime will immediately notice several differences in the story. Most notable is the omission of the mech armors known as Knightmares, which are a plot device that sees heavy use even at the beginning of the anime. This, surprisingly, takes very little if anything from the story, allowing a greater emphasis on character and less on the escalation of arms. This decision makes the story seem more down-to-earth and more relatable to the world we live in.
While I am not a very regular manga reader, I was impressed with the art that transitions rapidly from the light-hearted chibi art during benign segments, to the serious expressions that effectively capture the emotion of what's being said. The dialogue is smooth and never hits the reader over the head with information, letting one easily slide into the story.Read more ›
This is the manga adaption for the anime, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. For the people who watched the anime, you'll be able to follow along well because you already know beforehand the events. But unfortunately, for those who haven't seen the anime and heard of this title in some other way, this is fast pace and confusing at times. Regardless of that, this is a pretty good read. There's some funny jokes...sort of. Its a good try. The art isn't Clamp, but another just as equally appealing style that gives the characters more of a cuteness in a way. Yes, Lelouch is cute. Actually, the art is probably the best thing about this adaption in my opinion. BUT! Regardless of that, for those who want to take the awesomeness that is Code Geass along with them or want to get into the series, buy this. Its still pretty good.
I did watch the anime first. The book follows it well enough. The art is just wonderful! This one didn't take me very long to read, read it a few more times (as I have watched the anime at least three times over) I really can't wait to get my hand on the next.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion 1 is definitely one of the fastest page turners that I have read. The book immediately launches the reader into the story and reveals essential details as they come along. It is fast paced storytelling at its best.
The story basically follows the two intertwined stories of Lelouch (royal blood) and Suzaku (honorary Britannia) as they live in this Area 11 (Japan that was taken over by Britannia). Lelouch is imbued with a power from an unknown woman and he makes a promise to destroy Britannia to make the world a better place. Suzaku is on a different storyline and seems to be on a path to be in leagues with a scientist who works with the empire. There is also one more character, Kallen who is half Japanese and half britannian, who is in leagues with a resistance force. Her and Lelouch have multiple run ins. With this setup of positions and characters, it will be interesting to see where they end up in the next volume
The art design is quite appropriate however in the afterword, it could be done better in the next volume as the author seems to imply (ie inconsistencies with the character details and designs).
Ultimately this one ends in a sort of psuedo cliffhanger which leaves us dying to know what happens in the next book.
Pros -Read in the traditional manga format -Few characters make it easy to see their motives and follow them -Fast pacing never bores the reader -Borders on the line of science fiction and military/rebellion relations -Nice artwork
Cons -Really fast paced, most people will read it through in less than 2 hours -A few murky parts make for rereading of several previous panels a few times -Ending leaves you dying for the next novel!Read more ›