Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Code Geass: Lelouch of Rebellion (Anime Review)

A couple of years ago I watched the first season of Code Geass. Then the ending got spoiled for me and I never watched the second season. And finally I made up my mind,  rewatched the first season and watched the second one in one go. This is an anime that made to my top 3 in an instant, and Lelouch is the character who became my top favourite male character in a second. I have so much to say about this anime I don't know where to start. So bear with me till we reach the end. Also, SPOILER ALERT!!

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass is not an ordinary anime, not your generic school life+mecha mix. It's not a simple story spiced up with cool fights, no. This is a story that portrays the real life, the human nature, the struggle for creating a better tomorrow.

The anime starts with Lelouch getting mysterious powers from C.C. called Geass. This powers allow him to make people bend to his will and do whatever he commands. We also find out that Lelouch is the Prince of Britannia and is considered to be dead together with his younger sister Nunnally. Lelouch is now using the name Lamperouge to stay undercover. He wants to avenge the death of his mother Lady Marianne and his sister's and his "exile". The object of his revenge is his father Charles vi Britannia.

Lelouch also wants to create a better world for his sister, because she is a frail girl who has suffered a lot after their mother's death. She lost her sight, and is unable to walk.

Well let's get closer to the point and skip all the plot details. I want to talk more about the characters, and say whom I love, whom I don't and why.

For starters let's talk about females.

My favourite female character is probably Euphemia. I like her because she is an honest girl, she is brave, she can't accept the inequality between the Britannians and the "numbers". I respect that a lot. Also, when she finds out that Zero is Lelouch, her beloved brother whom she thought dead, she tries to do something to create a world where both Zero and his Black Knights and Britannians can live together without any problems, a world where Japanese people will be called Japanese and not "elevens". She is a determined character, she is also very kind. The fact that she struggles till the very end hurt me quite a bit. I cried like a little bitch when watching her die first time, and I teared up a lot while watching it second time.

Shirley, another favourite. A Britannian girl who is in love with Lelouch, who accidentally finds out that Lelouch is Zero, gets her memories erased by Lelouch and finally falls back in love with him. The thing that I love about this girl is the fact that she cares for Lelouch more than probably any other character in the whole show. She regains her memories, remembers that Zero is to be blamed for her father's death, but when she realises that Lelouch is all alone, that he has nobody there for him, she, a simple school girl, who has no special powers, who is weak, who can't control a giant Kinghtmare, SHE takes a gun and goes into the danger to save her Lulu. This is what kills her, but then again, she is an amazing character, with a lot of devotion, and a lot to learn from.

C.C. is another character which I liked at first, but couldn't grow to love. I was more interested in her backstory, but it didn't turn out to be as interesting as I was expecting it. It was rather disappointing. Her Geass was not special, her human personality wasn't special, she was bored from the world as C.C.. There isn't much to say. She was mostly a spectator, she was there for Lelouch at times, but not always, which is sad. Then again, she was an entertaining character.

Nunnally, oh Nunnally. Such a disappointment. I won't talk much about this character, since I don't really like her. At first she was a sweet girl and all, but she never got to understand her brother, she also became the reason for Lelouch's disappointment with the world. He did so much for her. He did everything for her, she was his raison d'etre, and she became the reason for his demise. Her eyes finally started to see the world, but her heart closed up. Until the very last moment when she finally realised that all of this her brother did just for the sake of her, to create a better world for her.

Kallen. Well at first I liked her, but near the end this character started to irritate me. I hated how she disregarded her mother, until she realised what was the reason she stayed at her father's house. I also admired her devotion to Zero, and her feelings and love for Zero/Lulu. But hey... When the end came, she was one of the people who turned their back on Zero, even though they all got where they got thanks to Zero. They were all just pieces of shit, who'd never even survive the fights in Shinjuku region, they got a chance to create an independent country thanks to Zero, and they all forgot it in one fucking second. Sigh.. It also really saddened me that the one fighting for Lulu in the last epic fight was Suzaku and not Kallen. At that moment I cast her away. If you are devoted to someone, and believe in their ideals then be next to them until the very end no matter the freaking reason. Peace out.

The rest of female characters are really minor and I don't like them enough to dim them worthy of writing about. :P

Let's talk about males now.

Suzaku. I hate Suzaku with passion. This is a character I don't want to accept, forgive or consider a hero by no fucking means. He is a pissface, and I cannot comprehend people who say Suzaku is their favourite character, and that he was trying to gain peace in his own way. Well, listen here. He killed his dad because he was afraid there would be wars and all, but that didn't stop the rebellion. He was trying to justify his shitty behaviour by calling it a desire to change Britannia from within. So silly, so stupid. This is the character I hate the most in the whole anime. Normally I either love a character or I'm indifferent to them. Sadly it wasn't the case with Suzaku. It really hurt me how he didn't even bail, or blink an eye when making the decision to kill Lelouch.

Jeremiah Gottwald. Now this is an extremely interesting character. At first I thought him to be a bit annoying, but in the end he was one of those rare people who understood Lelouch's goal and supported him with all they had, just like Shirley did. He was loyal till the very end, and that's what I admire, loyalty. I also loved his backstory. I was really cool that he used to serve lady Marianne. Anyway, an amazing character, kudos to creators. Oh and my favourite bit was seeing Jeremiah working in an ORANGE farm at the end of season two. QQ

Rolo, Lelouch's fake brother. Also a very interesting character. Also a loyal character, but unlike Jeremiah who was purely loyal because Lelouch amongst other things was his master, Rolo was loyal to Lulu because he could see the great leader in him, because he could see that Lelouch will finally bring peace and end the sufferings all over the world. He appreciated and admired Lelouch so much, he considered him such an important person for himself and the world that he didn't even hesitate to sacrifice his life for the sake of Lelouch's success. A well-built character, with lots of developments.

Lelouch vi Britannia. Finally! I left him for the end, because there is just so much to say, I feel like words are not going to suffice. Lelouch/Zero has become my favourite character of all time.
Lelouch, a boy who was abandoned by his father, who lost his mother, and whose sister became unable to see or walk. And finally when he gets the mysterious power of Geass he decides to take revenge against Britannia and his father for the sake of his only sister Nunnally, so that they finally can leave in peace without being afraid of being spotted and then killed. He fully realises that this is going to be a tough ride, and that he can't go forward and further ahead without getting his hands messed up in blood. He has to kill, he has to order people to kill. But he manages somehow to gain a lot of things.
I think that Lelouch is a tragic character, and yet a hero. His tragedy is simple: people didn't understand him, people betrayed him. PEOPLE. He trusted those who surrounded him, and yet they couldn't find in themselves to follow his lead.
For me Nunnally's betrayal is the most painful one, but it is essential to realise that this one thing made Lelouch open his eyes, and see that the world is full of many people who deserve a better life, that the world needs liberation from the rule of Britannian Empire. He sacrificed his life for the sake of this.
At the very end we see C.C. talking with Lelouch, and even though I want to believe that he is alive and well, I choose to think that Lelouch died. He was too tired of this world, and he decided to throw away his life and by that give a new chance to everyone for a better life, for a better future.

And even though that future won't last forever, because people are greedy and treacherous beings, what Lelouch did was a step to a brighter life. He is forever my hero...

I rate this anime 10/10 because it can't be otherwise. It's by no means overrated, it's not just another anime. The plot is deep, and serious, it makes you think. This is what's important about a story.

Gosh, it took me over a month to write this review, and there are still so many things I want to say, but I simply cannot find the words to express those thoughts and feelings. I'll just end this here or else it will take me another one month to publish the post.

Hope you enjoyed the read~
If you haven't watched Code Geass well you have to :P
See you soon~

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