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The Empire of Britannia has invaded Japan using giant robot weapons called Knightmare Frames. Japan is now referred to as Area 11, and its people the 11's. A Britannian who was living in Japan at the time, Lelouch, vowed to his Japanese friend Suzaku that he'd destroy Britannia. Years later, Lelouch is in high school, but regularly skips out of school to go play chess and gamble on himself. One day, he stumbles on terrorists 11's who've stolen a military secret and is caught by a member of the Britannian task force sent after them, who is Suzaku. As the rest of the squad arrives, Suzaku is shot for disobeying orders, while the military secret, a young girl, gives Lelouch the power of Geass, which makes anyone obey any order. While Suzaku is secretly made the pilot of Britannia's brand new prototype Knightmare, Lancelot, Lelouch becomes the masked Zero to lead the rebellion to destroy Britannia once and for all.
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Dec 31, 2015 2:54AM EST
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Code Geass is quite simply Anime at it's finest. Featuring an intelligent story, a ruthlessly brilliant main character, and a story progression that is spot on, Code Geass is a must see for any anime fan.

Code Geass is quite simply Anime at it's finest. Featuring an intelligent story, a ruthlessly brilliant main character, and a story progression that is spot on, Code Geass is a must see for any anime fan.

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Jun 24, 2015 4:26PM EDT
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This was a show that I thought had a lot of potential and this, the first season, does deliver a fairly enjoyable, intense ride. However, it does not close the storyline and the second season takes it too far making it somewhat ridiculous and far fetched.

This was a show that I thought had a lot of potential and this, the first season, does deliver a fairly enjoyable, intense ride. However, it does not close the storyline and the second season takes it too far making it somewhat ridiculous and far fetched.

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Jul 17, 2016 1:49AM EDT
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I did a search of the the top 10 Japanese anime and this came at the top of the Google search I did, I don't know that happened. I've searched several Japanese anime sites and this show has repeated appeared in the top ten. I don't know how that's possible because if you have watched a single episode believe me it doesn't get any better from there. This anime is complete and utter shit. It doesn't have any of the draw of other anime like the Dragon Ball series or Naruto series. There is nothing that would make you give a crap about any of the characters or want a continuation of this series. It follows a very boring mold that should have died out many years ago aka early eighties. Considering the year it came out the animation is really bad by current standards. I've seen fan made versions of Dragon Ball Z or Super series that are both far superior in both animation and story telling quality. My advice is if you are bored and looking for a new anime series to watch avoid this turd at all costs, it's a waste of time

I did a search of the the top 10 Japanese anime and this came at the top of the Google search I did, I don't know that happened. I've searched several Japanese anime sites and this show has repeated appeared in the top ten. I don't know how that's possible because if you have watched a single episode believe me it doesn't get any better from there. This anime is complete and utter shit. It doesn't have any of the draw of other anime like the Dragon Ball series or Naruto series. There is nothing that would make you give a crap about any of the characters or want a continuation of this series. It follows a very boring mold that should have died out many years ago aka early eighties. Considering the year it came out the animation is really bad by current standards. I've seen fan made versions of Dragon Ball Z or Super series that are both far superior in both animation and story telling quality. My advice is if you are bored and looking for a new anime series to watch avoid this turd at all costs, it's a waste of time

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Jan 28, 2016 8:58PM EST
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This is one of the best shows I have ever watched
You can't help but love the protagonist because of his ingenious strategies and cunning plans.
I was never bored not even for a moment because the story line was fantastically done, with many twists and unexpected outcomes which just blew my mind.
Truly amassing

This is one of the best shows I have ever watched
You can't help but love the protagonist because of his ingenious strategies and cunning plans.
I was never bored not even for a moment because the story line was fantastically done, with many twists and unexpected outcomes which just blew my mind.
Truly amassing

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Jun 14, 2015 4:38PM EDT
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This was...

This was...

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by Avexle
Mar 22, 2015 6:30PM EDT
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Lelouch is my man crush. take me! LELOUCH-SAMA!!!

Lelouch is my man crush. take me! LELOUCH-SAMA!!!

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by Moniie
Feb 1, 2019 6:57PM EST
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Im writing the same review for the other code geass's too :)

This anime is about a futuristic world. For me the show was a bit slow, but i guess it was supposed to be like that. The main char is a brilliant strategist and also he is ruthless. The ending was really good. Not my type of show but i can see it not bad at all :)

Im writing the same review for the other code geass's too :)

This anime is about a futuristic world. For me the show was a bit slow, but i guess it was supposed to be like that. The main char is a brilliant strategist and also he is ruthless. The ending was really good. Not my type of show but i can see it not bad at all :)

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Dec 7, 2018 12:16PM EST
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Once the plot's fatal flaw becomes obvious, this show just feels desperate to prove that it's clever. It's not.

Lelouch's Geass gives him the power to make anyone obey his commands. All he'd ever need to say is, "Follow my every instruction." and he'd have an army at his fingertips. Instead, he gives specific, one-off commands to people and then he has to worry later about the fact that he can only use his power once per person. I gave him the benefit of the doubt in the beginning because he was testing the limits of his power, but as soon as he had a grasp on it, he would have realized the only obvious choice was to make everyone into a secret slave; let them live their daily lives unless he tells them to do something. That's what he would do if he were as clever as the show wants him to appear, anyway. He's not.

The flaw just makes the entire show contrived in order to seem like a game of Chess, one of its favorite recurring themes. Worse, the plot frequently uses situations where Lelouch wins by taking advantage of a flaw in Britannia's technology that the audience is never made aware of. That's not clever; it's like reverse dramatic irony where Lelouch knows something we don't but wants us to think he's clever because he knows it and we don't. That's just lazy writing.

And the anti-climactic wrap-ups are terrible. Lelouch's driving motivation is to create a world for his sister to live happily, and to find out the truth about his mother's murder. The conclusion to his mother's storyline is painfully bad. We also get a one-eyed Knight (but the show makes very clear that he's hiding something under his stitches). Once we find out what it is, not only is it obvious, it makes no difference at all to the story. What was the point? Those are just two examples of storylines that are built up and then flop at the climax.

I just can't wrap my head around how bad the writing is for this show. I want to read the comic because, just maybe, they lost everything good in the edits.

The show boils down to fake cleverness, contrived situations that make less and less sense as time wears on, and very anti-climactic conclusions to most situations.

Once the plot's fatal flaw becomes obvious, this show just feels desperate to prove that it's clever. It's not.

Lelouch's Geass gives him the power to make anyone obey his commands. All he'd ever need to say is, "Follow my every instruction." and he'd have an army at his fingertips. Instead, he gives specific, one-off commands to people and then he has to worry later about the fact that he can only use his power once per person. I gave him the benefit of the doubt in the beginning because he was testing the limits of his power, but as soon as he had a grasp on it, he would have realized the only obvious choice was to make everyone into a secret slave; let them live their daily lives unless he tells them to do something. That's what he would do if he were as clever as the show wants him to appear, anyway. He's not.

The flaw just makes the entire show contrived in order to seem like a game of Chess, one of its favorite recurring themes. Worse, the plot frequently uses situations where Lelouch wins by taking advantage of a flaw in Britannia's technology that the audience is never made aware of. That's not clever; it's like reverse dramatic irony where Lelouch knows something we don't but wants us to think he's clever because he knows it and we don't. That's just lazy writing.

And the anti-climactic wrap-ups are terrible. Lelouch's driving motivation is to create a world for his sister to live happily, and to find out the truth about his mother's murder. The conclusion to his mother's storyline is painfully bad. We also get a one-eyed Knight (but the show makes very clear that he's hiding something under his stitches). Once we find out what it is, not only is it obvious, it makes no difference at all to the story. What was the point? Those are just two examples of storylines that are built up and then flop at the climax.

I just can't wrap my head around how bad the writing is for this show. I want to read the comic because, just maybe, they lost everything good in the edits.

The show boils down to fake cleverness, contrived situations that make less and less sense as time wears on, and very anti-climactic conclusions to most situations.

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May 11, 2017 6:14PM EDT
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Code Geass is very good. I never would have watched this if my husband hadn't made me, and I'm glad he did. This anime is so well done it doesn't even compare to any other anime out there. I can't think of one that you may like if you super loved this one.. Except obviously the second season! It's unique in every way and you should definitely watch it.

Code Geass is very good. I never would have watched this if my husband hadn't made me, and I'm glad he did. This anime is so well done it doesn't even compare to any other anime out there. I can't think of one that you may like if you super loved this one.. Except obviously the second season! It's unique in every way and you should definitely watch it.

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Jul 5, 2016 5:58PM EDT
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Easily one of my favorite anime of all time. This season and the second made me ball my eyes out several times. So many plot twists and an amazing story. You have to watch this!

Easily one of my favorite anime of all time. This season and the second made me ball my eyes out several times. So many plot twists and an amazing story. You have to watch this!