Japan, the country known for its colourful traditions, beautiful scenery and kind people has changed. Taken over by the Holy Empire of Britannia of the year 2010, Japan’s rights and identity have now been stripped away – now Japan is simply known as Area 11.
The citizens of Japan are known as Elevens and are forced to bend their knee to the Empire while their pockets are emptied. As an exiled Imperial Prince of Britannia, Lelouch poses as a student and at a chance encounter with a girl named C.C he gains the power to shift the balance in his favour – so he can bring down Britannia in disguise.
Code Geass jumps right into the action, setting the scene in an alternate world which has fallen to a vast empire. The animation is bright which is even more enhanced on the Blu-ray addition. Although still relatively fluid, the animation does show its age, with slow moving mouths and scenes lacking in motion.
The animation style enhances the characters, their limbs are long and their hands are big. With expressive eyes which change with every character, the anime has a plethora of lanky-looking characters which make for some excellent animation scenes.
Wardrobe choices across the board are stunning. Everything from school uniforms, to royal clothing is designed with a sci-fi edge. It looks clean, yet striking and gives the anime a certain edge. Even the mecha is given star treatment – with notable characters having quirks to their mecha to make them stand out.
The plot itself allows for almost every viewer to find something they love. Some characters are based in a school environment, some are based in a military one. There are rebels, strong women and even cats. There are love stories, plot twists and mecha. The story flips from the Japanese’s perspective to the Britannian’s so all ground is covered.
Code Geass‘ world is large, instead of concentrating on just a few locations, we are transported to countless ones – this pushes the idea of a greater force. The job at hand is to save Japan – but Britannia is huge and so by showing us as much scenery as possible, it makes the world appear large.
Each episode starts with your typical anime ‘re-cap’, though Code Geass‘ comes with a difference. Instead of the predictable “previously on Code Geass” opening, we are treated to one which not only fills us in in a short amount of words, it also provides added information in a dramatic way. Yet another example of excellent scripting from the writers.
Code Geass is constantly on the go, action is taken to new levels with each episode but we are still treated to gaps of ‘calm down’ which are given a clever comedic edge. Each and every character is fleshed out and interesting, to the point where should anything happen to any of them, tears will ensue.
Having said all this, Code Geass is not perfect. The animation on the cat character is just not cute enough – I think that verifies a one mark reduction… don’t you?