To tell the honest truth, I didn’t expect much from “Code Geass” when I first started. There’s no way anyone can ever believe a story about a teenage brat who wanted to destroy the fictional country of Brittannia.
I was dead wrong. Code Geass is a virulent vision of destruction and mayhem, all for a much greater good. As illogical as the show turns out, no one can deny its brilliance.
The second season, R2, begins as an awkward slice-of-life story with the main character, Lelouche Lamperouge. He apparently lost all his memory of everything that happened in season one. He doesn’t remember his rebel army, the Black Knights. He doesn’t remember C.C. or anything about his Code Geass. And for some reason, he has a little brother following him around, named Rolo.
Although the environment drastically changed, the Black Knights still manage to remind Lelouch of his original mission. With the help of the immortal girl named C.C., Lelouch regains his memory and his ability to use the power of Geass. He has the ability to command people to do whatever he wants, by using the Geass power in his eye.
I had a couple gripes about the story as it meandered through a cast of new characters. For instance, the show almost spent too much time at a boring party with Brittannian nobles and a frightened Chinese princess.
Thankfully, the director has a keen way of keeping people interested, even when the anime plods through dull side stories. By the time people reach episode 14, they’ll understand that this piece of animation is a frightening masterpiece.
We weren’t meant to really hate Lelouch. No one can deny that he’s an egocentric villain, but even when he kills all his best friends, he never does it intentionally. He always tried his best to keep them away from his megalomaniac complex.
I admit that the last few episodes are almost bombastic to the point of disbelief. No one would really wish to reduce the world into an intercontinental war of improbable proportions. Still, this show wasn’t meant to turn into a satirical comedy. It was meant to reveal all the hypocritical qualities of the shonen anime in its rawest form. Although it plays out like a big, delusional fantasy devised by some otaku nut, it truly defies the philosophical boundaries of anime.
The intellectual battles in season two take on a much shrewder persona than in the previous season. Lelouch battles against selfish, obstinate dictators who wish to keep the people of the world stuck in the past or the present. For some reason, they all intend to create a worldwide apocalypse as part of their master plan.
Thankfully, Lelouch has better plans. He wants to turn the world into a safe place for everyone to live. He lives up to this promise, even to the very end.
Unfortunately, I can’t tell anyone whether he’s really honest about his intentions. I will say that this anime will always keep people on their toes. No one could ever anticipate this show’s crafty ending. I’m still amazed that the director, Goro Taniguchi, had the brains and the drive to create such a wonderful cast of characters.
It’s an understatement to say that this is one of the most important anime shows of our time. “Code Geass” is an epic that we deserve to revile and rejoice in. It’s possibly the most volatile thing I’ve ever seen and it’s a fantastic piece of art.
Director Goro Taniguchi will probably never create a better anime than this one, but I don’t mind. This show is nearly impossible to top, in its scope of haywire chaos and demolition. If you’ve got the guts, watch every episode of this anime. You absolutely won’t regret any second of it.
You’ll probably cringe a lot though. This show has tons of explosions.
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