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2.0 out of 5 stars Sounds a lot more fun than it is, February 19, 2012
This review is from: Code Geass: Tales of an Alternate Shogunate (Paperback)
Code Geass: An anime set in a parallel earth (for example, North America is ruled by the Britannian Empire, but England itself was lost in a war with Europe. Britannia recently conquered Japan, where the story is set) where the main character often start complex, elaborate plots to reach his goal.

Tales of an Alternate Shogunate: The idea of changing the time period from a pseudo-near future to a pseudo-1853.

Sounds promising?

It isn't.

In terms of new ideas, this manga had two. "Let's set this in the Meiji restoration period," and "Let's make the Britannian Emperor from the series into Commodore Perry." (Admiral in the manga)

And I'm still not sure if the second is supposed to be a swipe at Perry or just poor writing.

There's not a single clever plan in this one-volume manga, none of the depth or cleverness the Code Geass series is known for, and while in some respects it's turned up the lightheartedness, it doesn't really have jokes so much as vaguely humorous situations, and they're neither good enough or common to carry much of anything (the Britannians' find the main character's identity by finding a pizza coupon, a reference to a joke in the main series, for example), so it's less funny than the actual comedy bits of the main series, and much much less so than the actually funny side-mangas Knights and Queens.

Now, this isn't an offensive manga (well, unless the Perry thing is meant to be an anti-American swipe, I really can't tell), it won't make your eyes bleed and the plot is merely extremely mediocre instead of actively painful or anything, but it is a manga that also has practically nothing to speak for it. It's written for the Code Geass fan but it pails in comparison to any other CG manga by so much it's not even worth glancing at unless you're desperate for more CG material, and with two seasons, a full manga adaptation, and multiple side manga and novels, that's a rather unlikely scenario. The writer didn't put enough work into this for it to be worthwhile.

So as an example of extreme mediocrity, I give it a rating of 1.5 stars, rounded up to 2 simply because it's an easy read and it's not actively unpleasant, I've definitely read worse, but pretty much *every* other Code Geass product is better.

Code Geass Tales of an Alternate Shogunate is more like a lightweight fan doujin that takes no chances and walks through the story than a serious manga.
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