Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2
Genre(s): Drama, Mecha, Alternate History, Supernatural
Objectionable content: Violence, blood, mild language, discreet nudity, magical powers(?), talk of overthrowing God
Plot summary: It has been one year since the failure of the Black Rebellion and the supposed death of Zero. Britannia has assigned Area 11 a “correctional education” status, where Elevens are made an example of by brute force, to try to prevent any further uprisings and suppress rebellious thoughts.
Unsuspecting high school student, Lelouch, oblivious to his rebellious past as Zero, stumbles upon a scheme on his life and the life of another mysterious woman called C.C., who reveals to him his forgotten purpose and his true self. Destroying his assailants, and calling himself Zero once again, Lelouch sets out to finish what he started.
Review: Before you read anymore, just know that this is the review for R2, which is the sequel to Code Geass. I write this with the belief that the reader(s) have already watched the first season of Code Geass.
For the longest time, I could not figure out whether I thought this anime was a complete trainwreck or complete genius. Finally I figured it out. In my opinion, it’s both.
Save a lot of time for when you decide to start watching, because the major plot twists, incredible cliffhangers at the end of every single episode, and fast pacing will never let you stop watching. (I finished this in less than a week, hehehe….) If you’re able to stop watching, or if this anime doesn’t catch your attention at all and is utterly boring to you…. That would be very surprising.
Yes, the pacing is fast. Yes, there’s a plot twist in almost every episode. Was it executed well? That’s a question I’ll let you decide, but in my opinion, it was. R2 also has much of the flashiness of it’s predecessor, which will probably make people who didn’t like the original Code Geass, detest R2.
The characters also were very interesting. Since the first season took care of introducing most of the cast, this season really developed the characters. Lelouch especially is a very interesting character this time round. There are times when you want to throw books at his head, and times when you think, “Huh, he actually made a very good choice.” Suzaku is another interesting character. His relationship with Lelouch is as stormy as the sea, but he is always loyal to what he thinks is right.
Your opinion of this anime may sway up or down with each plot twist (mine certainly did) but all in all, this Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 is a very interesting anime.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars