Code Geass is one of the most popular anime to be created by Sunrise, the production studio that is most commonly known for the Gundam franchise. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Code Geass, the company announced a new anime season as well as a trilogy of compilation films. Code Geass continues to appeal to fans with its amazing story, its majestic mecha, and its charismatic characters.
We thought that if we want to fully enjoy the new season and the compilation movies, a brief recap of the previously-released Code Geass series is in order.
This article contains spoilers for Code Geass!
If you have yet to see both seasons of the anime, proceed with caution.
The World of Code Geass
The story is set in the year 2017 a.t.b (Ascension Throne Britannia) in an alternate Japan that was renamed to ‘Area 11’ after the Holy Britannian Empire invaded the island. Lelouch vi Britannia, the former Eleventh Prince of the Holy Britannian Empire, holds a hatred for his father and 98th Emperor, Charles zi Britannia. The Emperor did not try to protect his wife (Lelouch’s mother) and used Lelouch and his sister Nunnally as political hostages. Lelouch detests Britannia and this world that is the reason of their suffering.
However, he knows he can’t do anything about it and spends his days at secret casinos, extorting money from noble families. One day, his encounter with a mysterious girl named C.C. changes his life completely and leads him to his destiny…
This is how the series starts. The first series, Lelouch of the Rebellion, was followed by a sequel titled Lelouch of the Rebellion R2. The series has been adapted into various manga and light novels ( Nightmare of Nunally, Ren’ya of Darkness, and others) as well as a theatrical film series titled Akito the Exiled. There will also be an upcoming trilogy of compilation movies, the first of which will be released in 2017. The new series will start after release of this trilogy.
The staff is dedicated to the trilogy films. They will add new scenes and the cast will re-record all their lines for the films. All Geass fans should check them out even if you already have the series on Blu-ray or DVD. I’m sure the last part of the trilogy films will have ‘something’ to surprise everyone.
Code Geass Anime 101: Series and Characters
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
The series first ran on television in Japan from October, 2006. It had attracted the people’s attention even before release because the character designs were done by the very popular manga author group, Clamp.
In the anime, Japan is occupied by foreign forces and renamed as ‘Area 11’ with its citizens derogatorily referred to as Elevens. ‘Zero’, a mysterious figure suddenly emerges as the messiah that will free the land. What will Lelouch do in this world now that he has a mysterious power called Geass? How would he interact with his best friend Suzaku Kururugi, who goes down on a very different path?
Despite the show being aired on the midnight block, it soon gained tremendous popularity. The climax of the series thrilled the viewers: the series ended right before Lelouch’s confrontation against Suzaku…
I’m sure every fan watching the series wondered why the series had to end on a cliffhanger. The reason was the sequel, Lelouch of the Rebellion R2, for which the fans had to wait a whole year.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2
The sequel started airing in April 2008 in Japan. Since the first season, Lelouch of the Rebellion was very popular, R2 was switched to the Sunday evening block.
In order to make it easier for new viewers to understand it, the story was changed slightly (they increased the school scenes and added the new character Rolo, who watches Lelouch and also has the Geass power.) If the show had continued to be broadcast on the midnight block, the story might have developed quite differently.
R2 also kept viewers excited: Lelouch reunited with Suzaku, confronted his dear sister Nunnally, fought his father Charles, dealt with mother Marianne’s intrigue, and experienced the death of his friend, Shirley… And then there was that ending…
Switching the programming block did influence the story’s development, but the ending had been agreed upon by both the director Gorou Taniguchi and the writer Ichirou Oukouchi. They stated they were going to have the same ending no matter the programming block.
Code Geass: Akito the Exiled
Akito the Exiled is a spin-off anime film released from August 2012 to February 2016. It was set in the EU during the Britannian invasion of the continent between Lelouch of the Rebellion and R2. It was directed by Kazuki Akane, with Gorou Taniguchi and Ichirou Oukouchi only credited as the original creators.
The series focused on the unspoken battle of the EU. The main characters were being tossed around with their fate at the mercy of Geass. This side story can stand on its own, and the characters who appeared in Akito the Exiled may not show up in the upcoming new series. But the Caretaker of Spacetime seems like a very important figure (or collective conscience) to leave behind. The character may appear in the new series.
Lelouch vi Britannia (Aliases: Lelouch Lamperouge, Zero)
He is the former Eleventh Prince of the Holy Britannian Empire. With his Geass power he assumes the secret identity ‘Zero’ and leads The Order of the Black Knights. Despite his calculating demeanor, he is very compassionate to his friends and has an obsessive attachment to his sister.
He eventually defeats his father and emperor of the Holy Britannian Empire, Charles zi Britannia, and takes over his place as the new emperor in order to carry out his plan, Zero Requiem. He orchestrates a plan that would focus all of the world’s hatred on himself and then die with that hatred directed on him, so that his sister Nunnally can live happily.
An immortal girl who never ages, C.C has the ability to bestow people with the mysterious power of Geass. She used to have the Geass power herself. Until she met Lelouch, she selected people to give the power of Geass to in order to kill herself. After Zero Requiem, she started thinking differently; she didn’t mind living, and she is later seen traveling somewhere new.
Suzaku is Lelouch’s best friend. His father was the last prime minister of Japan. Suzaku murdered his own father, believing that killing him would make bring peace to Japan. After the war, he became an Honorary Britannian, and volunteered to join the Britannian military. He later gets promoted to the Knights of the Round for capturing Zero.
At first he had an antagonistic relationship with Zero (Lelouch), but they later become allies driven by a common purpose. After the implementation of Zero Requiem, he treads Lelouch’s path and lives as ‘Zero’.
There are many more characters, but these three will definitely be appearing in the new series! Lelouch especially is extremely popular. I never imagined that I would be able to see him again after a decade!
What is Code Geass: Lelouch of the Resurrection?
At the Code Geass 10th anniversary event in November 2016, Sunrise announced the production of a new Code Geass anime season.
The title gives us a lot to think about. Lelouch supposedly died at the end of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2. Nevertheless, there have been some rumors and theories speculating that Lelouch is actually alive. Does the title Lelouch of the Ressurection prove that the rumours and theories are true? If they are, how on earth did Lelouch resurrect?
Since the title has Lelouch’s name, will he be the protagonist again? How is the state of affairs in Britannia and Japan? What is going to happen to C.C. and other characters with the Geass ability? So many questions!
The information on the new series including the plot and new characters will be released in hype chunks. We will keep you posted as always, so be sure to visit MANGA.TOKYO as often as you can! You can also follow us on follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!