Of course I was going to talk about this anime first. Without a doubt my favorite anime of all time. Go easy on me since this is my first review. Naturally, I’ll avoid spoilers and the like. Anyways, Lelouch Lamperouge, the protagonist, is a Britannian student who lives in Japan. In the world of Code Geass, Britannia is one of three major superpowers along with the Chinese Federation and the EU. In the events leading up to the start of the story, Japan is taken over by Britannia after losing in a war. Instrumental in this victory is Britannia’s use of the Knightmare frame, which is the mecha unit of this anime. As a result, Japan loses its name and is renamed as Area 11.
How does Lelouch factor into all of this? Lelouch is a brilliant student, but spends much of his time gambling on chess games rather than schoolwork. It’s not a problem, though, because he never loses. One day, while returning to school, he is caught up in a terrorist operation and trapped in a truck with “poison gas”. Turns out the poison gas is a strange girl, who gives Lelouch the power known as Geass, which allows him to force anyone into obeying his order. Naturally, this power has its limitations, but Lelouch also uses his natural tactical abilities to get past them in his plan to obliterate Britannia.
Another one of the major characters is Suzaku Kururugi, the son of the former prime minister of Japan. Suzaku is naturally athletic and has a strong sense of justice. Suzaku is what is called an “honorary Britannian”, or a Japanese citizen who has enlisted as part of a Britannian military. Same prejudice, just a longer title. Unbeknownst to most of the world, Suzaku and Lelouch are actually good friends, but they keep this a secret because of Lelouch’s ancestry.
The music of the anime is absolutely amazing. The first opening theme of the first season, Colors by FLOW, is one of my favorite songs. The openings of the second season are also great. The second opening of the first season was a bit strange at first, but it kind of grows on you. The endings are also all enjoyable, my favorite of which being Mosaic Kakera.
Also, the story is full of twists which keep you guessing, especially the start of the second season. Be ready for a ton of cliffhangers that will keep you watching. Only problem I have with the series is how tragic the relationships are. The mysterious nature of Geass kind of helps the story stay exciting, but it just leaves you with so many questions at the end. I can also see how the cliffhangers can be annoying, but I definitely enjoyed them. In all, two seasons with 25 episodes each to keep you entertained.