When my brain decided it wanted to re-watch Code Geass years after my first time I honestly had my doubts. I mean, what if the same thing that happened with Haruhi happened? What if I ended up thinking it was bad?
The plot of Code Geass centers around Lelouch, a young boy who’s actually a destituted son of the Emperor of Britannia, who also happens to be given a strange power named Geass, and who will fight against Britannia to free Japan, no excuse me, Area 11, from the evil invaders. Something along those lines. Summing this anime up is hard.
Reviewing this anime is hard as well, I mean, what am I supposed to say about it? It’s one of those anime, like many other Sunrise anime, that created excessive feelings, and I don’t think I have ever met someone who was indifferent to Code Geass. So yeah, it’s hard. In terms of plot, I didn’t notice it that much the first time I watched it (then again, I finished 50 episodes of both seasons in 3 days, because I just had to know what was happening next) but it really is filled with stuff. And it works. It is a very smart thing to do, with so many things happening you don’t notice where there are mistakes and/or plotholes, you just can’t because you don’t have enough time to wrap your head around everything. A really fast pace like the one they used in Code Geass can hurt an anime, but somehow, in my opinion at the very least, Code Geass was very well-balanced. It went so fast that it never was boring, but not too fast so you don’t even get what’s going on. For me that was a perfect pace. Now though, given the number of times I finished an episode and just had to watch the next no matter whether or not I was working the next day, I’m glad I watched it once before so I knew what happened next, and I’m really glad I didn’t watch it as it was airing or I would have gone mad.
As I said, a lot of things happen, but they’re all tied together with Lelouch/Zero’s plot to get revenge (because that’s what it’s ultimately about) for what happened to his mother, Nunally and himself. It was quite educational to see everything that can happen because of the will of a single man. And the story had some surprises as well, which is always a very good bonus when you’re like me and hate predictable anime, even if I did predict the ending. (Which I actually liked)
Talking about Code Geass’s plot without spoiling is hard, so I’ll just stop now and focus on the incredibly huge number of characters who were in this anime. Strangely enough, I did fall for the main character. Lelouch is just the type of character I have to love because of all his flaws and how he tries hard to do his best no matter what the situation is. And also because he’s a smartass, and because I kinda relate to him as well. Strangely enough, I liked Suzaku a lot more during my second watch of the series, I guess it’s because I didn’t really get him the first time. That’s what you get when you want to finish things too fast, you miss out on a lot of details. Either way, Suzaku ended up being more interesting than I first thought, so did Nunally, and Kallen, and C.C. and well, pretty much everyone.
I even ended up liking Charles, when I really, really didn’t like him the first time.
On the other hand, some characters like Mao or Rivalz, felt a bit useless, but at the same time it felt right in the anime, I guess they wanted to show that not everyone can be special and that the world needed some normal folks to work. I really enjoyed seeing all these characters interact, I also really enjoyed how they didn’t really tell things about them, instead of showing their personality traits and making them obvious, they chose to let the audience guess what they could guess, and understand what they could understand. I really liked that, it somehow helps getting closer to the characters.
Code Geass is pretty special to me when it comes to seiyuu as it’s the first anime I really started paying attention to them, so obviously I find them all pretty awesome, especially Takahiro Sakurai (that’s Suzaku’s seiyuu) and Jun Fukuyama (that’s Lelouch’s) and I’m baffled that they somehow all managed to improve even more since this anime. It’s also one of the first anime in which I really paid attention to the music, so obviously again I can’t say anything bad about it.
I can on the other hand say bad things about CLAMP’s character design. I wonder when someone will finally understand that their style isn’t suited for manga, nor for anime. It really takes a while to get used to it.
I found Code Geass to be watchable on several levels: it can be mindless entertainment just as much as it can be analyzed in all its little details, another thing I love in anime. I guess I can end my review by saying Code Geass is a classic, and that it should be watched by everyone, just to understand what it’s all about. I loved it and am completely planning on watching it a third time in a few years. I do hope you’ll love it as much as I did.