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Code Geass: Lelouch of Rebellion Season One
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In 2017, parts of the world are under the control of the Holy Britannian Empire. Japan is now known as Area 11, the proud people treated as lower class citizens. Lelouch Lamperouge was once a Britannian prince but when his mother was assassinated, he was left in Japan and thought to be dead. After getting caught up in a terrorist attack, he encounters a strange girl known as C.C., who grants him the power of Geass and the ability to command others.
With his newfound powers, Lelouch becomes Zero, a rebel leader for justice, and forms his own anti-government group. His goals are simple: get answers about his mother's murder and make a world that is worthy of his beloved little sister, Nunnally. Even with his Geass, Lelouch will encounter countless challenges. But nothing can prepare him to face his former best friend, Sazaku Kururugi, a Japanese citizen...and soldier of Britannia?
The power of Geass: Is it a blessing...or a curse?
Textless Opening Songs: "COLORS" Ver. 1, "COLORS" Ver. 2, "Kaidokufunou", "Hitomi no Tsubasa"
Textless Closings Songs: "COLORS ", "Yukyou Seishun Ka", "Kaidokufunou", "Mosaic Kakera" Ver. 1, "Mosaic Kakera" Ver. 2
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The series is very unique; in the fact that although it is primarily a mecha anime, the mechs don't play a large role. Yes there are great battles throughout the show, but the truth is that the battles only play a minor role. What is the real focus here is the large amount of tactical genius that goes into the show. Lelouch is constantly out manned and outgunned in the series. How he wins his fights is usually through some form of ploys, tactical genius, or cunning deceptions. Chess is commonly referenced and used symbolically throughout the series, as the show really focuses on all of the intelligent moves Lelouch makes throughout the series. This separates Code geass from a lot of other mecha animes who just focus on the battles...and battles that are usually won through either getting the bigger Gundam, determination, or in alot of times...total BS.
Code Geass has an amazing soundtrack. It usually has a large amount of electronica, orchestra, and alot of fast paced jazz. All of the music is placed exactly where it should be, with nothing sounding out of place. There is enough different varying music to keep anyone who has an ear for such soundtracks pleased.
Code Geass has a debately good english dub. I say debately because many of my peers do not recommend the dub. I however say the dub is great. It employs great voice actors like Crispin Freeman, Yuri Lowenthall, and Johnny Yong Bosh (as the main lead). Nothing in the dub sounds really that bad. The english sub however is assured to be top quality...so if you end up not liking the dub, you can always swap to japanese subtitles.
With all the elements here to make a good anime, Code Geass is not one to miss if you have not seen it.
Perhaps the best thing about it is that it combined the minds of Bandai, a video game company that brought us great titles, like .Hack and Gundam, and the artists of CLAMP in a wonderfully complex story about love, revenge, war, life, and the choices that drive our futures.
The art is amazing, and I was surprised to find that I didn't even mind the obvious addition of Mecha. (I normally dislike Mecha, because writers often sacrifice plot for fighting-robot scenes.) I am glad to say that this is not the case with Code Geass.
For me, watching this series was an experience. It is fascinating to watch these multi-layered characters making decisions that will shape the futures of these around them--and to think, they are still in high school! These characters have great depth, and the plot reflects their interactions well. I enjoyed seeing the motivations for each come to light little by little, and how observing those motivations made others react to the charismatic characters of Zero/Lelouch Vi Britannia and Kururuugi Suzaku.
The end of this great series leaves you with more questions than it answers, but the openness to its interpretation fits perfectly with the rest of the series. And it incorporates Mecha, School-Life, Love stories, Revenge, War, Politics, Magic and several other genres so it will appeal to a wider audience.
This is a very reflective play, forcing the watchers to delve deeper into what makes us 'human', and brings to light many of those deeper questions that most people try to avoid.
In short, this is entirely brilliant, right up there with Alexander Senki/Reign the Conqueror as far as thinking goes.
I would recommend this to anyone who has reached their majority, and wishes to enjoy something grand!
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