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01-08-10, 10:59 AM
Anime Relations: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch, Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2
Since this topic comes up so often, I might as well post a little rant here so I don't have to explain it all every time it's being discussed.


First of all, let's look at what CG tries to do and how well it does it.
Code Geass basically have elements of several different genres mixed into it.
Perhaps the most obvious is the apparent desire to reproduce Death Note's thriller/mystery aspect with some dude with a special power working in secrecy in pursuit of some goal.

Death Note was all about the protagonist working out schemes and plans to kill people whit his power while avoiding to reveal his identity. Okay, so the skulduggery did get a bit convoluted and silly at times, but the main attraction was how Light managed to carry out his goals while under the several restrictions of the Death Note rules.

In Code Geass, Lelouch's power is simply too powerful. It can only be used once per person, and can only be used if the target looks into one's eye, but how hard can that be? From there on, it can be used to make people carry out specific tasks at any time or even make them obedient slaves that carry out one's every command.
And then, finally, when the Geass suddenly becomes uncontrollable, and we hope to finally see a weakness and some interesting developments, all it does is influence one event before being covered by a contact lens and conveniently forgotten.

One begins to wonder why he could not simply use his Geass to infiltrate the Britannian Royal family and kill off Charles right off the bat, but no, he choose to start a long and dragged out rebellion as if in a childish attempt to gain the recognition of the father that ignored him.
So no, I don't see how this is similar to Death Note, other than being a terribly failed attempt at copying it's premise.


And then there is the war drama aspect. Is Geass a good war drama?
The most obvious thing here is likely the old "friends on opposing sides" cliché. Another typical example of this is Gundam SEED. In SEED, Athrun and Kira were childhood friends, and ended up on opposite sides due to Athrun being having a family and for some reason being a soldier on the one side while Kira was swept up on the opposite sides in the old Gundam style.

In Geass however, both Lelouch and Spinzaku share more or less the same ultimate goal, but for some reason, the latter inexplicably ends up becoming the test pilot for some advanced new supermecha. Why a random foreign auxiliary soldier with no actual mecha piloting experience would be chosen as the test pilot for such a important project in a empire where foreigners are discriminated upon is anyone's guess. However, despite the discrimination, Suzaku wants to change Britannia from the inside (Wouldn't being a politician perhaps have been a better idea?) rather than fight against it. More than likely, he could have been persuaded by his old friend Lelouch, had this friend been smart enough to reveal his identity to him, but of course, this does not happen, Sunrise NEEDS Lelouch and Suzaku to fight.

Until they suddenly don't need to anymore, and despite having caused the death of Suzaku's love interest, Lelouch suddenly gets his old friend back on the team towards the end. Suzaku's convictions suddenly weren't so strong after all were they? Brilliant character writing there, oh yes.

Then we have the case of the supposedly brilliant strategist Lelouch. Oh, so he is good at chess, well of course he must be a genius, right?
For some reason, Lelouch keeps antagonizing everyone. He hardly even tries to get his old friend to join him, he decide to fight against the already existing terrorist and guerrilla groups instead of allying with them like any sane strategist would, and he even kidnaps the Chinese empress and end up mired in a completely unessecary battle rather than simply supporting the already dissident faction against the current regime. He ends up fighting the regime and allying the rebels either way, of course, so for some reason, he must have felt some burning need to waste time, troops and resources by fighting them both first. Still, he's a genius, right?

He also show Zero (haha) aptitude for strategy by blowing up valuable strategic resources (as well as other guerrillas he should have allied himself with) just to take out a handful of measly enemy units. In the very beginning of the series, he also kills Clovis rather than turning him into a long term puppet like he does with countless other people later on, while failing to kill Suzaku on multiple occasions, even when he is clearly a threat. Some genius.

And then of course, you have his inability to make backup plans in case a certain white Knightmare shows up to ruin his day. At some point, he even makes a point out of spending a buttload of time talking to his sister just so that Suzaku in said mecha can get a chance at ruining the masterful kidnapping plan. Honestly, we can see these plot twists from miles away, how about writing properly and make the plot flow like it should rather than lag like a broken record whenever some contrived twist has been thrown in to create drama?

Then we have the mecha element. Okay, so the story takes place in a more or less present day earth setting with a little different backstory. And there's mecha. Everyone is using them. Why? Would it be that hard to at least try to explain? Oh, so there's some magical phlebotium here that somehow allows them to be constructed, but that still does not explain why they waste it on mecha rather than a actually useful weapon that isn't a several stories high machine that can be effortlessly raped by aircraft and a blind man can spot coming from miles away.
And the mecha aren't the worst part, suddenly there are flying battleships and floating castles that fire antimatter weapons too.

The technology progression is also quite ridiculous, as you see them go from using big cluncky mecha with Votoms-ish wheels to suddenly produce brokenly overpowered supermechas that assrape everything with beam spamming. And they can fly. Not that it is a big deal, as everything ends up flying in the end. Of course, how this abnormal technology progression occurs is never explained. And neither do we get any explanation why Lelouch does not simply wipe out all enemies with his antimatter beam of death when he clearly is able to do so. He could win the battle alone. If he didn't suddenly need to rescue his incompetent sister.

And then you have the question of supplies. How can a small scale terrorist organization that starts out by stealing enemy machines suddenly have enough resources to be able to fight the world's only superpower while still leave room for their incompetent leader to waste pilots and mecha in meaningless side battles against people that should have been his allies?


Finally, there is the school harem/romcom part. Thankfully, the most minor part, but for some reason, they insist on having more or less filler episodes with boobs, boobs, boobs and boobs. Now, I don't have anything against boobs, I like boobs in my anime, if there is a reason for it, like say, it is a hentai or a ecchi series whose whole point it fanservice. What I don't like is fanservice haphazardly thrown into a series that wasn't supposed to be about fanservice in the first place.

And when we're on the topic of fanservice, I do believe the protagonist's ridiculous theatricals to go under this. And let's not forget his Yandere shota "brother" that suddenly appears. Oh and a certain green haired girl whose only role is to laze around uselessly with alluring clothes while knowing everything but saying nothing. And while Kallen occasionally do stuff, I would still question how on earth a kid (even if she has huge knockers) happens to be such a splendid mecha pilot, and how her underdog terrorist organization even got the training required to use mecha anyways. The same question arise when Britannia's elite pilots for some reason include a amnesiac girl that's 12 or something. One would think the world's greatest superpower wouldn't need to resort to child soldiers, especially when any older and more experienced soldier would do the job much better, and without the emoness and melodrama. But hey, they need some more loli girls in it, don't they? At least some series like NGE try to excuse the use of child pilots in some way, but apparently, that was too much work for Sunrise this time.
Of course it doesn't help much that when you finally think the whole school farce is over, you get a almost unbearably idiotic repeat of the whole thing.

And then you have all the obvious flaws, like Charles' ridiculous and completely unforeseen NGE Instrumentality project ripoff, miles of plot armour, "battles" consisting of mook and redshirt armies doing nothing until the main characters appear to resolve the situation, Spinzaku dodging bullets while no one else does and basically acting like a broken balanced martial arts god, Kallen leaving her leader to die at the hands of the enemy, Lelouch traveling impossible distances in no time at all, a bunch of characters inexplicably surviving what should have been instant death, a bunch of seemingly important characters that get about a minute of screen time before dying or disappearing completely, characters that just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time no matter how ridiculously unlikely in order to induce drama, and even amnesia that conveniently disappear the moment it is no longer needed by the plot.
Really, the whole cast of characters are little more than plot devices in themselves.

Now, I complain about the realism a lot. Lack of realism is not a problem in itself, not when we are talking about a fictional universe. What is a problem is when said fictional universe breaks it's own "realism", which Code Geass does time and again.

All in all, Code Geass ends up being driven by it's own ridiculous plot devices and contrived twists.

Rather than writing a story that flows naturally along with characters that act like biological components to the story and seem to interact with it realistically, CG runs like a jumbled rollercoaster ride over poorly constructed tracks full of holes, and only really keep going because the cart goes so fucking fast that one doesn't notice the massive gaps in the track or that the girders are glued together by chewing gum.

You get vapid characters that display all sorts of ridiculous behavior including personality changes and making obviously retarded decisions simply to suit the plot in it's quest for shallow melodrama and flashy crap to throw at the viewers. And more Dei ex Machinis than you can shake a stick at.

Then it all finally ends on a ridiculous note with the protagonist suddenly deciding to become an hero, which laughably enough appears to lead the world to peace and unity. Really, pretty much any other ending would have been more clever and thought out, even the "It was all a dream" ones.

Without a doubt, the worst piece of animated pooh I have ever had the misfortune of watching (R2 most of all), worse than most other crappy series simply because Code Geass started out with a interesting concept and I actually had some hopes for it.

Rant over.

*Also, do note that due to the thoroughly pretentious and melodramatic air through the entire show, I had no choice but take the various failings as serious as the show tried to present them.
This would naturally be different if it was a clearly less serious and pretentious work from the start, like, say, TTGL.
Posted by Baman | 01-08-10, 10:59 AM | 87 comments
Tespith | 05-29-14, 1:14 AM
Agree with most points.

There are too many people who praise this series.
 
Siscon2000 | 04-01-14, 4:34 AM
10/10 for this review.
 
Baman | 02-13-14, 10:00 AM
Must be hard having Bad Taste man. My condolences.
 
b0ss | 02-10-14, 12:23 PM
This rant is perfect. I mean, if you're trying to sound like pseudo-intellectual 14 year old that knit-picks anime basically just because it's popular. All of your arguments could be debunked with common sense but you're obviously very biased and I'm not going to write a 5 paragraph essay when I'm obviously not going to change your opinion. You really shouldn't have either.
 
Baman | 01-10-14, 6:19 PM
Easy there unicorn, don't get too rustled.
 
mintunicorn | 01-05-14, 10:53 PM

>>Now, I complain about the realism a lot. Lack of realism is not a problem in itself, not when we are talking about a fictional universe. What is a problem is when said fictional universe breaks it's own "realism"

Umm, this is not true. This is like a 15-year-old fanboy's opinion of what realism means; by making up this convenient definition he can then conveniently criticize shows he doesn't like while claiming his own favorites are safe from the criticism because they don't break this arbitrary definition.

In reality, any work that claims it takes place in our reality must conform to its realities. You can't make a future where some technology has advanced to godly levels and other stayed perfectly unchanged and then say "you can't complain because you don't know anything about future technology!" This is also one huge problem with LoGH, the show tries to bullshit us into believing scenario where humans have conquered the galaxy with mid-20th Century technology. I don't. Nobody should.
 
mintunicorn | 01-05-14, 10:17 PM
I can't understand how you let these things bother you so much, considering you gave Monster a 9, despite the fact that the logic lapses and pretentiousness is a lot worse there. Monster is like the most terrible mystery series ever since it just spits on what the mystery genre is all about, it feels almost like a troll series, but Geass doesn't do that with its own genre, the machinations are intricate and well paid off. The only thing I really disliked in Code Geass was the mech battles in second season, which were just boring. This, incidentally, is also the major downfall of LoGH.
 
Unchou | 12-21-13, 10:56 AM
Thank you, thanks a lot. Even though some minor stuff was explained and I think it was mentioned above, it doesn't stop Gayass from becoming one of the worst shows I've seen, ever.

The king has to move first! Symbolism! Deep! Art!
 
Souther | 11-01-13, 12:22 PM
Is Code Geass melodramatic? Yes Is Code Geass pretentious? No.

Melodrama is actually the opposite of pretentiousness, especially in a show so clearly made for entertainment value.

Lelouch himself is pretentious in terms of personality, but the show as a whole definitely isn't.
 
Shadowsprinkles | 08-15-13, 9:14 PM
Ok here I go

-Opinion-In Code Geass--Lelouch's power is simply too powerful. It can only be used once per person, and can only be used if the target looks into one's eye, but how hard can that be? From there on, it can be used to make people carry out specific tasks at any time or even make them obedient slaves that carry out one's every command.
And then, finally, when the Geass suddenly becomes uncontrollable, and we hope to finally see a weakness and some interesting developments, all it does is influence one event before being covered by a contact lens and conveniently forgotten.

--My Opinion-- Lelouch's power is in fact very powerful, but unique as stated by Charles the Emperor. Geass is related to the mind and depending on the person manifests differently. Lelouch at his core wishes to control and change the world for his sister, he intelligent, and very cunning. This is what gives him such a powerful Geass. Yet Lelouch rarely uses it, no more than 20 times, when he does use it, it is a very nice thing to see and is not stale.
As one uses it it become more powerful, and then soon become uncontrollable to the point of permanently manifesting in the users right or left eye and then eventually both. When this happens that one event it happens, that event is what literally shapes the rest on the series. Because of this event everything that happens latter happened because of this event. It going out of control burdens Lelouch as he thinks he can never look another in their eye again without protection. hen he receives he lens this prompts him to use it even less than he did before. Its not forgotten, its always through the series on his mind, to not be devoured by the power, but bend it to his own will.

--opinion--
One begins to wonder why he could not simply use his Geass to infiltrate the Britannian Royal family and kill off Charles right off the bat, but no, he choose to start a long and dragged out rebellion as if in a childish attempt to gain the recognition of the father that ignored him.
So no, I don't see how this is similar to Death Note, other than being a terribly failed attempt at copying it's premise.

--My opinion--
If you paid attention to the series you would of learned that Lelouch receiving his power and every everything else, his rebellion, and C.C were all intention. All of it to bring C.C. to the Emperor, to complete the Ragnorock conjunction. So as simple of it sound it could not have happened to just use it one the Emperor. V.V. and the geass order would be waiting to stop him.
The rebellion was too a part of Lelouch's plan to not be recognized by his father, but kill him. As time marches we see this rebellion evolve into a world war basically.

--Opinion--
And then there is the war drama aspect. Is Geass a good war drama?
The most obvious thing here is likely the old "friends on opposing sides" cliché. Another typical example of this is Gundam SEED. In SEED, Athrun and Kira were childhood friends, and ended up on opposite sides due to Athrun being having a family and for some reason being a soldier on the one side while Kira was swept up on the opposite sides in the old Gundam style.

In Geass however, both Lelouch and Spinzaku share more or less the same ultimate goal, but for some reason, the latter inexplicably ends up becoming the test pilot for some advanced new supermecha. Why a random foreign auxiliary soldier with no actual mecha piloting experience would be chosen as the test pilot for such a important project in a empire where foreigners are discriminated upon is anyone's guess. However, despite the discrimination, Suzaku wants to change Britannia from the inside (Wouldn't being a politician perhaps have been a better idea?) rather than fight against it. More than likely, he could have been persuaded by his old friend Lelouch, had this friend been smart enough to reveal his identity to him, but of course, this does not happen, Sunrise NEEDS Lelouch and Suzaku to fight.

Until they suddenly don't need to anymore, and despite having caused the death of Suzaku's love interest, Lelouch suddenly gets his old friend back on the team towards the end. Suzaku's convictions suddenly weren't so strong after all were they? Brilliant character writing there, oh yes.

--My Opinion-- A cliché or cliché is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning, or effect, and even, to the point of being trite or irritating, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel.
At no point does Suzaku's and Lelouch rival ship lose no meaning, both wish to change the world. Yet on wishes to destroy, and the other influence from within. Both Lelouch and Suzaku have their morals and ideals confronted, this adds to their rival ship and evolve their characters much more.
As for Suzaku becoming the pilot for the Lancelot and not a well trained and trusted fighter, its just anime logic I guess, and as well a plot point. I do agree their with you. If I had t say Lloyed's unit was under the second prince control and a normal unit could not be used for an "experimental" unit. After showing high results with it (what matters most to lloyed) Suzaku was kept as its pilot as he was irreplaceable.
As for political means Suzaku is an eleven a political position would be impossible for him and if so he would be a mere bobble head or figure head.
As for Lelouch recruiting Suzaku, Lelouch did wish to do at first after saving him for execution, but Suzaku did not agree with Zeros "The end justifies the means" thinking. At that moment if Lelouch had reveled his identity then a whole new conflict would arise and Lelouch know this as both of their morals are so different. The other time Lelouch wanted to recruit Suzaku was in order to protect Nunnally. But Suzaku is the pilot of the white knightmare. the unit what pilot was unknown and a hindrance to Zeros plans. After seeing Suzaku as its pilot, Lelouch know he could never reveal Zeros identity to him, as Suzaku does not agree with Zeros' ways.
In terms of Suzaku's sudden change, after having his morals of change from within, and save all lives, and kill no one, challenged, especially after killing millions of people he breaks. Literally. And sees the only way to achieve his goal is to get the results needed to become knight of one. He joins Lelouch hating him, wanting to kill him for killing the love of his life. He hates Lelouch as all he wants to do is fulfill the zero requiem and achieve his vengeance. But when it come time to take the name or mask of zero and kill the demo emperor, Suzaku sees that Lelouch's intentions were always for the good in a better world, and that he was killing his one and only friend.

--opinion-- Then we have the case of the supposedly brilliant strategist Lelouch. Oh, so he is good at chess, well of course he must be a genius, right?
For some reason, Lelouch keeps antagonizing everyone. He hardly even tries to get his old friend to join him, he decide to fight against the already existing terrorist and guerrilla groups instead of allying with them like any sane strategist would, and he even kidnaps the Chinese empress and end up mired in a completely unnecessary battle rather than simply supporting the already dissident faction against the current regime. He ends up fighting the regime and allying the rebels either way, of course, so for some reason, he must have felt some burning need to waste time, troops and resources by fighting them both first. Still, he's a genius, right?

--My opinion-- Lelouch is portrayed as a master chess player, so going to real time strategy and tactics would be easy for him. Chees is a strategic and tactical game anyways.
Lelouch does try to recruit Suzaku twice, once to be apart of his army, another yet failing to event attempt it was to become the guardian of Nunnally. He finally succeeds when this plan both fulfills their wishes his and Suzaku's.
Lelouch does try to all himself with other militia but when he does so they fall apart and run away. This makes him relies how useless they all are and how he needs to be the one In control with and army that wont fall apart and run away, an army of his own. And when to creates the Black Knight was stand against those who kill the weak, small militia groups the use terrorization as a weapon seem useless to him.
The Chinese federation arc was a but hazy, but either way Lelouch want to kidnap the empress in order to use her and gain control of the federation. Kidnapping her during the wedding just happened to be the perfect time to do so, and during preparation of this he learned of Le Xingke's coup, and decided to use it to his own gain. But this lead to consequence results and thus a unnecessary battle. This was something the Lelouch did not expect to happen at all in the first place, recognizing his defeat. As mother always said "You can't win them all".

--Opinion--
He also show Zero (haha) aptitude for strategy by blowing up valuable strategic resources (as well as other guerrillas he should have allied himself with) just to take out a handful of measly enemy units. In the very beginning of the series, he also kills Clovis rather than turning him into a long term puppet like he does with countless other people later on, while failing to kill Suzaku on multiple occasions, even when he is clearly a threat. Some genius.

And then of course, you have his inability to make backup plans in case a certain white Knightmare shows up to ruin his day. At some point, he even makes a point out of spending a butt load of time talking to his sister just so that Suzaku in said mecha can get a chance at ruining the masterful kidnapping plan. Honestly, we can see these plot twists from miles away, how about writing properly and make the plot flow like it should rather than lag like a broken record whenever some contrived twist has been thrown in to create drama?

--My opinion-- Zero at one point never blew up a valuable resource, when he did their values were to gain a strategic advantage: Narita- create a landslide :battle at sea- release methane hydrate. And as show before Zero see no use in small rebellious unites that kill the innocent. And are weak overall. The Black knights do not stand for that, and Zero already has and army powerful enough to make a change.
Lelouch doesn't kill make Clovis because he is a prince of Britannia, and Lelouch wishes to destroy it. He gained his needed info from him, and he had no value to him at the point, and he didn't really understand the specs of his power at that point either. So making him a "slave" seemed impossible.
No matter what Suzaku is Lelouch's only friend so killing him no matter how easy it seemed was not something he could do no matter what. It would deeply pain him and Nunnally as he would know he indirectly hurt her. Something he would no stand for.
Lelouch does create backup plans, he always has an escape route in hand but he also relies heavily on the fact that he will win. He even goes as far as analyzing the white knightmare and its moves and developing a way to defeat it. This is shown when the Black knights and four holy swords go to rescue Tohdoh.
When he goes to kidnap Nunnally he knows Suzaku is coming but when Nunnally reveals her true intention, Lelouch had never planed on this at all. This delays him tremendously as his only way to kidnap her would be to take her by force and that would traumatize her.

--Opinion--
The technology progression is also quite ridiculous, as you see them go from using big cluncky mecha with Votoms-ish wheels to suddenly produce brokenly overpowered supermechas that ass rape everything with beam spamming. And they can fly. Not that it is a big deal, as everything ends up flying in the end. Of course, how this abnormal technology progression occurs is never explained. And neither do we get any explanation why Lelouch does not simply wipe out all enemies with his antimatter beam of death when he clearly is able to do so. He could win the battle alone. If he didn't suddenly need to rescue his incompetent sister.

And then you have the question of supplies. How can a small scale terrorist organization that starts out by stealing enemy machines suddenly have enough resources to be able to fight the world's only superpower while still leave room for their incompetent leader to waste pilots and mecha in meaningless side battles against people that should have been his allies?

--My Opinion-- In terms of the technological advancement first of all, in war times the technology development (especially in weapons) skyrockets in pace. Secondly, the more advanced a civilization is, the quicker it improves. That's why it took us forever to go from bows to guns, but not that long from guns to machineguns and even less time to make tanks, stealth aircrafts, radar technology and so forth. In real life, creating the nuclear bomb took a mere 4 years. And the world in Code Geass is technologically way in front of ours.
Lelouch rescues Nunnally because as C.C. said she is his reason for living its as simple as that.
Zero supplies his army at first by stealing mechs and their base with the use of his geass, but once they got support from Kyoto that was it. Then as their organization grew they gained more support. And as you gain more support its logically to think supplies become less of an issue.

--Opinion--
Finally, there is the school harem/romcom part. Thankfully, the most minor part, but for some reason, they insist on having more or less filler episodes with boobs, boobs, boobs and boobs. Now, I don't have anything against boobs, I like boobs in my anime, if there is a reason for it, like say, it is a hentai or a ecchi series whose whole point it fanservice. What I don't like is fanservice haphazardly thrown into a series that wasn't supposed to be about fanservice in the first place.

And when we're on the topic of fanservice, I do believe the protagonist's ridiculous theatricals to go under this. And let's not forget his Yandere shota "brother" that suddenly appears. Oh and a certain green haired girl whose only role is to laze around uselessly with alluring clothes while knowing everything but saying nothing. And while Kallen occasionally do stuff, I would still question how on earth a kid (even if she has huge knockers) happens to be such a splendid mecha pilot, and how her underdog terrorist organization even got the training required to use mecha anyways. The same question arise when Britannia's elite pilots for some reason include a amnesiac girl that's 12 or something. One would think the world's greatest superpower wouldn't need to resort to child soldiers, especially when any older and more experienced soldier would do the job much better, and without the emoness and melodrama. But hey, they need some more loli girls in it, don't they? At least some series like NGE try to excuse the use of child pilots in some way, but apparently, that was too much work for Sunrise this time.
Of course it doesn't help much that when you finally think the whole school farce is over, you get a almost unbearably idiotic repeat of the whole thing.

--My opinion-- The harem and fan service part is very minor, the harem is for some nice comedic relief from the sad events and it makes you smile.
As for fan service their is very little of it, Kallen is where they focused it mostly and this was smart as it helped retain all the characters and their personalities as it would be usually for C.C. t wave her ass around in the first place.
As for Rolo, I do agree a little their, he does come off to hard, but then again he never knew true emotions until he meet Lelouch and he wished no to lose that in the first place. Also place note the CG was written by CLAMP an all girls manga group sooo.... ya.
Then you start to thrash on the other characters with no real facts in the first place to I want talk their.

--Opinion-
And then you have all the obvious flaws, like Charles' ridiculous and completely unforeseen NGE Instrumentality project ripoff, miles of plot armour, "battles" consisting of mook and redshirt armies doing nothing until the main characters appear to resolve the situation, Spinzaku dodging bullets while no one else does and basically acting like a broken balanced martial arts god, Kallen leaving her leader to die at the hands of the enemy, Lelouch traveling impossible distances in no time at all, a bunch of characters inexplicably surviving what should have been instant death, a bunch of seemingly important characters that get about a minute of screen time before dying or disappearing completely, characters that just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time no matter how ridiculously unlikely in order to induce drama, and even amnesia that conveniently disappear the moment it is no longer needed by the plot.

--My opinion-- I don't believe this series has any major plot holes in the first place as you see to be thrashing about here. As you speak of very little minor things.
No character disappears from the plot in this anime, all major characters and major side characters only have one way out, to die. And every death has it impact and meaning to the plot. With Lelouch's end being on the best endings there are. It left the audience satisfied, the plot complete, and everything done.
And In terms of amnesia the only who had it was Villetta Nu, who when faced a life or death situation which she probably faced times before. Being a similar event had a memory trigger to regain her memories.

--Opinion--
Now, I complain about the realism a lot. Lack of realism is not a problem in itself, not when we are talking about a fictional universe. What is a problem is when said fictional universe breaks it's own "realism", which Code Geass does time and again.

--My Opinion-- Now this is where you really start to have a weird opinion, the world of CG comes from the idea the America never won the revolutionary war. That's realistic. With an advanced civilization we see its reasonable to assume that they have advanced technology, hence the knightmares as they were not pulled from thin air in the first place. Geass has its place in the plot but its a supernatural aspect to the story, and as a lot of supernatural things tend to be unrealistic in the first place.

Based on your blog I can guess you like Death Note as do I, but both aired at the same time and no connections to each other in terms of crew and directors. But the two so have their similarities in the first place. Its based on these that I can guess you compared to two anime in the first place. Like apples and oranges it really cannot be done. I can also guess you like some of Sunrises previous work as there was comparison to that in the first place despite the fact the story was written by CLAMP first then later changed by the director and crew. I have watched this anime many times and my opinions I stand solid on. I respect yours as well. Rolo >.<. So please respect mine and tell me what you have to say. Finally I can tell you rushed the series picking out all its little minor bad points. Nothing is perfect after all :)
 
Shadowsprinkles | 08-15-13, 7:13 PM
A rants a rant and ratings will always be ratings. I don't normally confront rants but I would only like to comment on one thing. CG and DN aired at the same time, and too my belief neither of CGs or DNs staff had any relations to the others staff. Yes light and Lelouch are similar but both of their goals are so different. They both evolve differently, and change drastically over time. I accept your opinions on this serious or not, if this was to go deeper I could say some of my options on what you had to say.
 
Shrabster | 02-28-13, 10:33 PM
I agree 100% with your rant, but how could you forget to mention the most important part of the show?

 
zetsu_shoren | 02-08-13, 1:41 PM
No.

Code Gayass*

And no.

It's just fucking gay.

That's it.

Back then when it was all new, I used to pretend I loved it......just because everyone else loved it.

Hah.

Speaks much about Code Gayfuck.
That just comes to show that anything with "Code" in the name is shit. And just plain fucking pussyass gay. What's with all the fucking colours? What's with the fucking edges? What's with the fucking everything?????

Shit
 
Madonis | 12-21-12, 3:11 PM
The best way I can sum up my numerous objections to this rant is:

You took the show much more seriously than it ever took itself, thus missing the whole point.

What is the point? It's an over-the-top theatrical and operatic presentation all the way from beginning to end.

This rant is like going to see a musical or a stage play and then complaining because real people don't actually talk or act like that.

Which is your personal choice, not something I can blame the series for. But seeing how you've given higher scores to worse productions, including those that had a more serious tone and atmosphere, I can't help but find your rant to be an exercise in overkill.
 
NataliaIsMyWaifu | 12-19-12, 1:32 AM
A lot of the things in this rant are explained (albeit poorly) in the show. It still doesn't stop it from being a terribly written train wreck.

That said, the one thing that the author of the article fails to address is the question of whether or not it's entertaining. He points out all the flaws, says it's shit, but never judges its entertainment value. Code Geass has high entertainment value even though it has more plot holes than a cemetery.
 
dwpck89c3 | 06-10-12, 9:21 AM
If you want to enjoy Code Gayass you have to watch it lightly as a auto parody which it is. It's good only for the beginners in Japanese animation.
 
Shoryuuken | 06-08-12, 3:05 PM
*stalks Baman his profile for something manly*

I agree, though I only watched 11 episodes of this piece of crap.

Don't get the love, the character design makes me want to punch people and that episode with the cat makes me want to punch cats irl.
 
Venneria | 05-26-12, 6:18 AM
Jaja vis du hater code geass må du bare hate..
 
EratiK | 05-01-12, 6:18 AM
Sweet review, the tech part was especially hilarious.
I'll check your other "rants". ;)
 
Hexis | 04-15-12, 9:11 PM
so really, why do you hate it?
seems more personal than what you have written out.
what you have described are genuine flaws that persist in many anime, and are often the downfall of many-a-anime. yet you have particularly singled CG out.

So why does CG prevail as an anime? i wont spell it out for you, but until you realize that, you will continue to be a statistical outlier :)
not that being an outlier is a bad thing, but thinking you are correct when ur not is.

although i would have to tell you i dont think very highly of the anime either. much of what you mentioned is correct, and i agree with it, but much of it is also very opinionated. the reason i rated it a 10 was simplely the ending, which i thought was masterful, while the rest of the anime may have been average :)
 
RFX91 | 04-05-12, 7:33 PM
“Those who hate most fervently must have once loved deeply; those who want to deny the world must have once embraced what they now set on fire.”

This perfectly encapsulates the logic and intent behind the hatred of anything hyped by a community. To hate Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion is to admit that you loved it at one point. And to hate it after the fact and call it terrible is to deny the good times you had with it.

Please, if you decide to post about something you hate, make sure it isn't 5 seconds after it infuriated you.
 
Stunfisk | 03-27-12, 11:29 PM
While a lot of your points hold at least some weight, they come of as incredibly whiny almost to the degree that it shows you're angry that so many people love the show.

The show is just down right enjoyable to watch, I never found myself bored with it. Code Geass is not bad at all, but I suppose you've convinced some of the hipsters.
 
AzureBlues | 02-28-12, 1:49 PM
Enjoyable read, I especially liked the point about how Lelouch's geass going out of his control could have been an important factor in the plot, but was thrown out after being mentioned once, and never being brought up again, afterward.
 
lucjan | 02-22-12, 7:55 AM
This review made me want to watch Code Geass again. I love Code Geass.
 
AlabastreAizo | 01-22-12, 10:06 AM
I feel that I had not properly analyzed Code Geass when I watched. I had thought the ending wrapped things together so well and that's why it impressed me. You make many good points and I will need to reconsider my ratings.
 
Spirit_of_Fire | 10-25-11, 7:28 PM
Dude thank you. I could not figure out why I just decided midway through the first season that I didn't really give a shit. All I could phrase it as was that I just felt it wasn't handled right or something.

Although you were a little harsh sounding, I agree with you.
 
Tiago97 | 09-11-11, 6:29 AM
This... is... FUCKING GENIOUS!
 
midori- | 08-14-11, 5:36 AM
I don't know. I just enjoyed watching code geass... cause it's fnu to watch. I don't relaly feel like hating on it cause that takes effort and i don't feel that irritated by that show. i however am vapidly irritated by love hian and if you'd like to konw why read my review. it explains everything!
 
Lames | 08-06-11, 7:46 AM
Oh god thank you. The blind praise for this show troubles me to no end.
 
theunfettered | 03-19-11, 7:06 AM
a simple question - why soviet did not exist in code geass universe ? in that alternate universe , it would had easily existed !
 
SuperSaiyen | 02-22-11, 5:39 AM
Code Geass is horrible indeed. People who give it a 10/10 are idiots with bad taste in anime.
 
n00b_san | 02-18-11, 1:10 AM
also.......that nuclear bomb kinda thing that suzaku fires.....i mean dude wass da need of discovering a nuclear bomb again when they were tested in OH RIGHT JAPAN ONLY.....did those Black Knight Morond forgot about Nagasaki and Hiroshima

and wass dat Sakuradite shit.......why and when was it discovered and if Japan had soo much sakuradite how come Britannia was able to capture Japan in 1st place

And did Spainyards forgot about germ warfare cause they invented that shit to conquer south amerrica but when fighting Britannia what the hell happened to it........instead those morons chose to be captured by Schnizer and stupid Knights......and why as soon as existence of Zero was known Rakshad/Laskshad (out of no where) bought so many advanced Knightmare frames.....i mean where was she 7 years ago
 
Confucius | 02-09-11, 10:44 PM
It's not that Code Geass is terrible, it's just that LoGH is so much better...

Lelouch will always live in the shadow of Reinhard von Lohengramm
 
RogueAngelX | 02-06-11, 2:38 PM
But a few comments on your post. Your post was pretty much almost exclusively about R2. You also complain about the realism factor in it(NO REALISM IN ANIME? WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?). You criticise the plot holes in the story despite constantly comparing it to Death Note. For example, why didn't Light simply shoot L in the face with a gun while no one was around? He was smart enough to cover it up. Also, why even BOTHER with L? All of this is because it would have made for a boring anime/manga. One thing you have to understand is you can't unfairly ask questions like why didn't Lelouch do this, why didn't he do that because you can do this for everything. Your post was pretty much nit picking at all of the cliches in the show. It is more or less a justification to hate a show knowing you would hate it when you started it.

/end rant
 
RogueAngelX | 02-06-11, 2:02 PM
Your post screams of straw man, it's almost funny. Although you did manage to take all of Code Geass' weak points and burn them like the straw men they were, many anime on your list is in direct contradiction of your reasoning. It seems as if you're simply an anime fan that likes to hate on a certain anime because it is popular.

Good day.
 
AirStyles | 02-02-11, 8:29 PM
"I'm going to be very honest here, I started college when I was 15 am now 18 nearly have an associates degree. The point? I think that I have a good understanding of intelligence and intellectuality, and can very surly say that Lulu trump Light and L. Not that this will change your view of the matter, but I felt obliged to give my opinion. "

Funny comment that I found, guess we learn something new everyday, Code Geass fans are geniuses who enter college at 15.
 
jpem | 01-27-11, 7:50 PM
i enjoyed the show but you make alot of great points. like here

"Rather than writing a story that flows naturally along with characters that act like biological components to the story and seem to interact with it realistically, CG runs like a jumbled rollercoaster ride over poorly constructed tracks full of holes, and only really keep going because the cart goes so fucking fast that one doesn't notice the massive gaps in the track or that the girders are glued together by chewing gum."
 
ZakuHead | 01-12-11, 8:28 PM
I have to agree, although I did like season 1 because it was entertaining, the show became incredibly stupid as it went into season 2. Loved your post.
 
ONEESAMAAA | 01-07-11, 8:37 AM
Hey, he's right--

The same question arise when Britannia's elite pilots for some reason include a amnesiac girl that's 12 or something. One would think the world's greatest superpower wouldn't need to resort to child soldiers, especially when any older and more experienced soldier would do the job much better, and without the emoness and melodrama. But hey, they need some more loli girls in it, don't they?

Too far. ;__;
 
MaTachi | 12-20-10, 7:40 PM
Great to know that everyone aren't zombies rating this piece of shit 10's.
 
dahogla | 11-13-10, 10:06 PM
Lèse majesté results in decapitation.
 
AfterGlow | 09-26-10, 7:40 AM
This was awesome, and so true.
Bonus points for all the butthurt CG-fans in the comment section.
 
jomelsontanco | 08-31-10, 9:55 PM
@Lazul - You're right in what you're saying that people can like or not like whatever they want to. Everyone can do that sure, but Baman goes another step further by explaining why he doesn't like it instead of saying 'I don't like it because it's crap.' by pretty much everyone else out there. It is an explanation of his preference, Lazul, not because it has one, no, because it needs one.

@jgomezeg - I disagree to what you're saying. His 'compassionate side' is showed is to make him look cool. His love of his sister is showed to make him cool. His problems or flaws or whatever you call them is part of making him cool. Everything else including being seen as a Bryonic Hero or whatever is an accident and completely unintended. Everything, I mean everything, Lelouche is, is Sunrise's lame attempt to make the coolest mega imba anime series ever that will change the world forever and forever and ever, Amen in order to SELL and make another pop idol. Now, if you think, animes are all made to sell, that's where you're wrong. Or not. I don't know. Anyone help me on this one?
Regardless,this anime does not aim to portray realism, humanity, kindness, virtues or whatever, NO. It aims to be COOL, nothing more. Everything else are unintended. Or part of making it cool.
 
Lazul | 08-26-10, 9:50 PM
Yeah, I like my anime interesting, not annoyingly rational (just like you). I mean: you just controvert over your convenience using immoderate arguments; it can be done virtually with any anime out there (actually, with any fiction).
This is unnecessary and should be reduced to the following lines: "I didn't like Code Geass".
 
dioptase | 08-19-10, 10:47 PM
I laughed so hard. Thank you Sir!
 
Samu-tan | 08-16-10, 6:35 AM
Hmm, you said you were perfect. But...
''So no, I don't see how this is similar to Death Note, other than being a terribly failed attempt at copying it's premise.''
That ''it's'' is supposed to be an ''its''.

Anyway, I do agree with some points. Code Geass isn't anything special at all. It's just pure entertainment, but my god, it's some really amazing entertainment. That's why I rated it so high. For its enjoyment factor, NOT for its ''deep'' characters and story.

Great blog, I enjoyed reading it.
 
Seabury | 08-06-10, 3:35 PM
Brilliant rebuttal from jgomezg. I didn't even consider the Byronic Hero aspect of Lelouch, but Lelouch is 100% that. Like, I swear, they found a checklist for Byronic hero somewhere and filled in every box. I have to disagree with both you and jgomezg though. I preferred R2 to R1, and I thought both series were fantastic.

I don't quite feel like making an epic defense, so I'll limit this to a paragraph. You are complaining about realism. Realism isn't the point of the show. So, your complaints in that department are partially irrelevant, but I'll maintain that even a show like this requires a modicum of realism. That is why I consider the plot twist where his geass became permanent at a beyond improbably unlucky time to be the low point of the series (note: this happened in R1, not R2). LinaInverseLover did a good job presenting explanations of what you perceived as being unrealistic. Does this make the show totally realistic though? No, the show plays loose with physics and logistics, because all the realism it needs is enough to advance the literary agenda. Any more realism, and you begin to choke off the fantastical. That is perfectly acceptable in hard sci-fi, but this isn't hard sci-fi, its what I like to call fantasy sci-fi, where science is used as a substitute for magic in an escapist setting. It's actually more or less what the majority of sci-fi amounts to. To briefly explain why I preferred R2, I found it was more ridiculous and over the top than R1, however in my opinion this was a good point, not a bad one. It cast off the shackles of realism and focused on excitement, character, and interaction, logistics be damned.
 
Lordcrab86 | 07-18-10, 3:39 PM
yes just yes

code geass is good, but not something i would consider excellent. i also don't think it deserves it's high rating but that's just me.
 
NIKKIDESU | 07-04-10, 3:06 PM
Pretty sure I fell in love
 
dpjdm | 05-26-10, 5:29 PM
I'm sensing some repressed jealousy spawned from the epic known as code geass.
 
RyokoAyekaLover | 05-03-10, 1:03 PM
i see you either forgot parts of the series or just got so blinded by hate you choose to forget them.

the Geass is not all powerful considering you need to look directly at them and can only use it once and if they wear helmets its pretty hard to do.while the Death Note you didn't have to be near them to kill them..but that wasn't all powerful either since needed a name or only a face if you had the shinigami eyes.

Lelouch didn't want to kill off his entire family so he wasn't going to go blazing through and kill off everyone since he did for Nunally's sake.

Suzaku just thought changing things within was a more peaceful way to go about change instead of creating war. and he was the test subject since it was dangerous so why use a well known good soldier that can die for one thats expendable?. Suzaku flipped over since it was the very end and before he joined up Lelouch had planned the Zero Requiem already so Suzaku could get revenge for Euphie.

Lelouch tried to get Suzaku to join countless times in season 1 but Suzaku was to stubborn to want to go against his own beliefs and Lelouch didn't want his friend to be controlled by Geass since of his morals. Lelouch attacked them to get more equipment and to gain some allies along the way to improve his army. even the part with the chinese empress was to gain more equipment and power to defeat the real enemy which they were not ready for considering Kallen got captured.

he was good at strategy..he didn't really blow up resources and mentioned the other part earlier. and he killed Clovis early on so he didn't know the full lengths of his powers yet so he only caused confusion within the military.

Lelouch cared for his sister a lot so she was the most important thing to him and she couldn't find out he was Zero or anything also so at times she was a real a pain in causing problems for Lelouch ><.

its not real so who cares if mecha's are a round?..no different then other random things that don't exist in series..so thats not a thing to question. and thats because they had the most intelligent scientists/creators on each side that was able to make better ones then the mass produced stuff so one of a kind if you will. Lelouch's big beams could have done some massive damage but again Suzaku was a problem..then all the shields later on made that worthless all together besides a surprise attack.

as i said before he got supplies from those side battles and he only killed off the weaklings(most of them) or the ones that refused to join his side so they where annoyances that needed to be dealt with.

fanservice a bit doesn't hurt anyone and if things where 100% serious all the time the series wouldn't have been as enjoyable as it was and C.C wasn't much different from the shinigami's with the can't say anything thing going on. and was just naturally born with a gift or trained secret like since didn't see the one in the Knight of Rounds prior to her being in it already.

yes some of the Charles stuff before he died was over the top i think anyone could see that. and like in any fictional thing everyone besides the main characters have god awful aim so they are worthless so need to the main characters to save the day or whatever. Kallen didn't really ditch him till near the end though. yes sometimes travel seemed fast but maybe just a time jump happened since its not needed to say every time 30 min.'s or something goes by. yeah but most people recover from that and she had that for some time so was about time to recover i think anyways.yes in a way but thats a good thing the characters are so important.

the story flows really well though even if you found other parts different.

the characters where important as they should be since a story when little to nobody matters isn't as good.

Lelouch was playing the hero role since he announced himself as Zero in season 1 though so he was a anti-hero to a normal hero which isn't all that bad.

i think you just watched something you loved the hell out of before watching the series so your judgement was biased a bit so didn't enjoy it as much.

this is a entire opposite opinion but felt it was needed

 
Karasuchan | 04-30-10, 1:55 PM
The only thing you are right about is the excessive fan service in R2 ...and that Nunnaly is a helpless whore....
 
jgomezg | 04-08-10, 11:09 PM
Well, here goes nothing.

I wonder if you're interested in hearing from anyone who does not share your views or if you'll automatically label me as a moron or worse for daring to disagree, but just as well...I'll sum up where I believe this rant, as you've sincerely admitted that's what it is, is either partially or absolutely wrong in my humble opinion. I apologize for any inconveniences caused and will drop the subject upon request.

The main issue I see here, going by my interpretation of the Code Geass story, is how you're overlooking that the entire underlying point of the show is to portray Lelouch as a Byronic hero. No more, no less.

Thematically speaking, many events that may not be plausible or formally consistent, from a dry physical-logical perspective, nevertheless serve the literary-dramatic purpose of pushing him towards greater depths in terms of despair and pain.

Why? For a reason: Lelouch, as a character, wears the clothes of a Light Yagami clone but in reality he cannot cope with the role, which is what makes him more fallible and thus, I would argue, human. Humans -even so-called geniuses- can be perfectly irrational, contradictory and free to make mistakes that an omniscient spectator would consider foolish or worse. Humans are not perfect, not even the smartest ones. Much less those that are unstable teenagers or young adults, like Lelouch and most of the cast.

You see, I know enough flawed or emotionally imbalanced human beings in real life (myself included, I guess, from time to time) and thus don't believe they're "poorly written" (if, say, someone even "writes" human life?) because of their contradictions and emotional reactions, though they might well be tragic, comical, comically tragic or tragically comical figures (or all of the above).

Lelouch, in that sense, is someone who wants to do good but cannot escape the direct and indirect consequences of his actions -as well as a lot of gratuitous bad luck- despite his attempts to portray himself as the demon or dark prince figure he sometimes wishes he could be. That's his inherent contradiction (Other characters have different problems, sure, both internal and external, but for the sake of brevity I'll focus on him alone).

As such, Lelouch has access to much wider range of emotions than Light Yagami, who was the star of a better executed anime/manga title but didn't rhave much in terms of internal conflict. I found Light far less interesting as a character, personally, because he was too aloof and distant. Almost inhuman, I would say.

Yes, Death Note was a more intellectual and admittedl, mature work, whereas Code Geass is essentially emotional and youth-oriented in nature, but that doesn't mean it is not without some internal logic as twisted as it might be. The thing is, some of us can appreciate this kind of story despite its messed up execution because we focus on the central theme and find that to be more interesting than either of the alternatives (mindless enjoyment or merciless nitpicking).

Having said that, I do acknowledge that the second season is worse than the first one, by a significant degree, as it contains elements that annoy even me, but I still find that the above applies pretty much all the way to the end of the story (it also helps that I understand that things didn't go too well behind the scenes of the production, for several reasons, which may be irrelevant to other critics but for me that is an essential part of "getting" any fictional work)

Code Geass is not about war. That is missing the point. The war provides a lot context, but it is not the main subject of the story. Likewise, I find it easier to explain away whatever real or imagined flaws are present in this fictional portrayal of warfare, particularly since the mecha genre as a whole has always been prone to incurring in some of them (overpowered robots? Check. Simplistic battles and unrealistic strategies? Check).

Code Geass, in particular, is a hybrid series, mixing Super and Real robot action. All technological progression does not need to be explained, much less during the show (as opposed to in a technical manual), though even there I feel there are aspects you're overlooking. Flight technology is not exactly an alien concept by the end of the first season, to say the least, with a few clear precedents (Gawain, flight packs, Avalon, other aircraft, etc). Several of the other technologies seen in R2 are just fictional extrapolations of what was used in the original. Some changes are better or more fitting than others, naturally, but I don't think they're as absurd as you're arguing they all are. Highly unrealistic logistics, physics and science are one thing, yes, but I don't think that's enough to warrant ignoring what little information was actually provided during the show, one way or another, or elsewhere.

I suppose I could go on all day (which is both good and bad) but I'll try to wrap this up right now.

Aside from the fact that the ending is not suggesting that there will be permanent peace or unity (it's more about the idea/hope that there will be peace, at least for the time being, which is what Lelouch trusts will happen, but the result might not be so ideal years later)...I found that intentional suicide, for the sake of achieving something (even a temporary peace that would nevertheless move the world forward), was a foreseeable consequence of all the pain and (melo-)drama preceding it, by virtue of being a fitting solution to Lelouch's internal debacle in light of all the direct and indirect foreshadowing about his fate being a tragic one right from the start.

Yes, it's something that would never work in this world of ours and I would say Code Geass never had any pretense of being Legend of the Galactic Heroes, not now and not ever, but there's still a way to appreciate the show without being insane or dumb (or so I hope).

If nothing else, I hope you'll at least agree to disagree and not call me an idiot, but then again you're free to think what you will (as will I).
 
JustVisiting03 | 04-07-10, 8:58 PM
You forgot to mention the extremely awkwardly placed romance subplots that existed between Lelouch and a good portion of the female cast, even though he treats them all like trash (Given, he treats everybody except Suzaku and Nunally like trash, but that's besides the point).

Overall, this is completely right. Code Geass had some of the most forced plot twists I've ever seen in my life (Can anybody say, Lelouch's family in general?), and by the end of the series, that was all it was fueled by.

Pro-tip: Revise this a little bit and post it as a review for Code Geass: R2. I guarantee it'll gather over 100 "Not Helpfuls" and several reports within a week.
 
dpjdm | 03-31-10, 8:52 PM
tl;dr you're wrong i gave code gayass 10/10
 
AironicallyHuman | 03-24-10, 1:04 PM
I read until near the end, and nearly all of your complaints rest with R2; NOT Code Geass as a whole. You attacked Lelouch for not trying to kill his father the sneaky way and instead starting a rebellion, but aside from that you were complaining about the sequel. Considering they're two separate entities - the sequel restarting by copying the first few episodes of its prequel and being full of filler designed to stretch the length - it's fairly annoying to see you make out you're ranting at Code Geass as a whole when, in fact, you're just having a moan about R2.

The poor characterization (Suzaku), the super mechas that can no longer be hurt by 'normal' mechas and the Chinese/stupid plan issues are all R2 related.... but you don't make that clear. Even the fan service is pretty much just a R2 issue, considering there was a jump from fairly tasteful/infrequent to constant/in your face tits in R2.

And, as for Lelouch refusing to kill Suzaku in S1, they were best friends. It took a lot for even Lelouch to find it within himself to kill someone so dear to him. That's why he started laughing in an insane manner after finally discovering the identity of the pilot of the 'white knightmare'; it being the most 'tingle worthy' scene in Geass for me. And that's what made the cliffhanger ending of S1 so epic--seeing two best friends on the verge of killing each other out of mutual hatred.

There's a very clear difference between the first and second Geass offerings. Why? Because R2 extended the story far more than was originally intended, and Sunrise cashed-in on Geass' huge following by adding new robots to sell figures of, throwing in as much fan service as possible and, of course, a loli... because all anime fans like raping children. If you can't tell the difference between them, well...
 
Jaapsneep | 03-24-10, 3:46 AM
Baman said:
And they can fly. Not that it is a big deal, as everything ends up flying in the end.


even the characters do that
 
teanut | 03-23-10, 10:02 AM
Wow. This is better than any review for this crappy show. Now if only my friends were fluent enough in english to read this.

Will you make more? Maybe about LotGH? I demand moar MOAR!
 
K_N | 03-20-10, 4:37 PM
Everything you said was true.

Still love Code Geass though.
 
tehnominator | 03-19-10, 4:42 PM
I agree with everything you say here. The difference is that I regarded Code Geass as a magnificent comedy. I don't remember not laughing during an episode over how terrifically terrible it was. In the end, I gave it 9 lulz out of 10, which explains my scores for both seasons.
 
Zac_Wants_Allan | 03-17-10, 9:43 AM
Kudos.
 
Nightmare-Box | 03-14-10, 11:42 PM
Tsk.

 
KrazyKobun | 03-11-10, 1:17 PM
Really well done rant. This rant basically explains thoroughly why I dislike the show.
 
Anucho | 03-04-10, 12:42 AM
Code Geass was one of my favorite, but yeah... you are right!
 
zebra_boy | 02-27-10, 1:25 PM
Fuck. As much as it pains me to say this....you have a point.
 
Wilio | 02-24-10, 4:03 AM
I had hope for R2 for being a better sequel, but FUCK!
 
rkrempel | 02-19-10, 11:40 PM
lol
 
OGC | 02-17-10, 8:50 PM
Well done. Now do one about TTGL?
 
ESSWHY | 02-17-10, 8:47 PM
cool rant bro.

I dropped R2 because it was so bad. Should I watch it for the comedy? Y or N?
 
Missytalker | 02-13-10, 4:16 PM
Officially, the best rant I have ever read.
 
Sayuri | 01-31-10, 5:01 PM
Now, I don't have anything against boobs, I like boobs in my anime, if there is a reason for it, like say, it is a hentai or a ecchi series whose whole point it fanservice. What I don't like is fanservice haphazardly thrown into a series that wasn't supposed to be about fanservice in the first place.

^ Thank you. I'm no longer alone in the world.
 
georgi | 01-30-10, 3:10 PM
I laughed. Especially since everything you wrote was true.
 
ycart59 | 01-28-10, 3:22 PM
Augh, thank you! I hated Code Geass from episode, like, three, because it all just sounded really stupid, trying to be serious and psychological and just failed miserably. But, then again, I consider Code Geass 'mainstream' now, so I didn't have much hope for it, anyway.
 
Arerin | 01-25-10, 6:04 PM
My, what a thumping good read.
 
AirStyles | 01-25-10, 3:10 PM
I finished the show just then... Season one was alright, season two however had me constantly thinking "WTF is this shit? Why they do that?!! How that make sense!?! He/she suppose to be dead!?!" etc etc

I have never question a story as bad as R2...

Baman... dood, you look rather deep into it... I didn't realize some of the plot holes that you mentioned. Though you're also missing a few important one's...
 
smokes | 01-25-10, 10:22 AM
nice said x)
tnx
 
xm0123 | 01-22-10, 8:54 PM
Thank you. Fucking THANK YOU!

I could never stomach Code Geass in its entirety, and as such, I could never righteously slam it like you have. Good job, sir.
 
qtip | 01-22-10, 7:58 PM
'One begins to wonder why he could not simply use his Geass to infiltrate the Britannian Royal family and kill off Charles right off the bat, but no, he choose to start a long and dragged out rebellion as if in a childish attempt to gain the recognition of the father that ignored him.
So no, I don't see how this is similar to Death Note, other than being a terribly failed attempt at copying it's premise.'
Likewise, Raito could have received the Shinigami eyes and pwn'd L and whatnot, but decided to do it the long and overly complicated way like Lulu/L3 (or L4 if we consider LIONHEART-SAMA derp). Pride plays a pivotal role in both Light and Lulu's decisions, (as well as in many of Reinhard's), so they're like almost the same hallow archetype, really. :v

'And let's not forget his Yandere shota "brother" that suddenly appears.'
That's an insult to my shota, man. y sew mean? :<

Also, boobs have been an integral part of mecha for decades (Sunrise and Gainax happen to be the pioneers of mecha, coincidenceIthinknot), even Sayla was well-endowed... given the time period.

Based on these i hav come 2 the conclusion that u r rong nd that Code Geass is BEST ANIMU EVARRR (LULU-SAMAAA <333333). if ur 2 convinc me otherwise, ull need 2 write dis agen, cept bigger, and moar! doit nao.
 
sfjsiufdsijgfdj | 01-22-10, 5:20 PM
So true. I had only liked the 1st season because like you said, it was going too fast for me to realize the plotholes.
 
Sapphire86 | 01-22-10, 5:15 AM
Wow, you really put things into perspective. I had high hopes for it too *sigh*....
 
Mujina | 01-19-10, 11:58 AM
Great read. I was wondering if I should continue with it or not.
 
Moimy | 01-18-10, 7:16 AM
Fantastically put.
 
Sohei | 01-17-10, 2:03 PM
I want moar.
 
CottonCandyLover | 01-15-10, 6:32 PM
'Oh and a certain green haired girl whose only role is to laze around uselessly with alluring clothes while knowing everything but saying nothing'

no complaints man, no complaints
 
Durie | 01-15-10, 12:41 AM
well said
 
Jaapsneep | 01-12-10, 9:36 AM
Thank you. I adjusted my ratings. They're still way too high though.
 
BokuSatchii | 01-11-10, 12:23 AM
A+ Would read again.
 
Master_of_MAL | 01-10-10, 3:16 PM
best fucking rant ever, seriously. everything you said is true
 
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