On a bright, peaceful day, siblings Nunnally and Lelouch Lamperouge take a moment to relax under a tree. When Nunnally asks him to tell her a story, Lelouch, who is unflinchingly resolute in doing his utmost for his sister, makes unique use of his Geass ability, breaking barriers to tell the most entertaining story he can.
Awakening alone under the tree, the previously blind Nunnally finds that she can see again and immediately spots a strange rabbit that resembles Anya Alstreim, the Knight of Six. The sight of this rabbit sends Nunnally falling down a hole, leading her to a colorful wonderland. Narrated by Lelouch himself, Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch - Nunnally in Wonderland follows the lost Nunnally as she searches for a way back home, meeting a slew of colorful, familiar characters along the way.
When starting the special, one might be put off by the mostly still frame animation. But the comedy of the story makes up for it. The special only works if one has finished both Code Geass series. The special right away shows that it is not a serious and intelligent story that the series is famous for, by having Lelouch break the fourth wall right away. The story creatively blends the major characters of Code Geass with Alice in Wonderland and other stories. Much of the comedy is based on jokes on major plot elements of both series and making extreme of characteristics that
made the characters famous(or infamous). There is also some fanservice for heterosexual males. After nearly 30 minutes of comedy, as the story wraps up, a quick but hilarious twist ends the special on a grand note.
The comedy is well thought out and very funny. With so much references to the plot, fans of Code Geass are rewarded with not only comedy. By using nearly all the major characters, in roles that fit their personalities, one can tell the writers care for their fans. The very last scene is heartwarming and funny, ending the special in a fulfilling manner.
When downloading an episode of anime takes 7 seconds, you might think that there must be something wrong with that file. Maybe they forgot to put the actual vid and there is only the audio, or someone is playing tricks with you by uploading shitz with wrong name. But when you open the file with your media player, and you notice that there is no animation in this anime, then everything makes sense. No.. wait.. Why the fuck is there no animation in this shit!? That makes no sense.
If this ain't milk then I ain't tired. And I haven't slept in 36 hours.
Code Geass fan will be disappointed, sorry to tell this. I still can't believe how big of a letdown this was. I would have been completely happy with mindless comedy, C.C. eating pizza and unlimited fanservice, but this is just wrong. This is disgrace towards Code Geass and offends the fans, you shouldn't waste your time with it.
Before watching this special, you might want to have a Wikipedia summary of Code Geass at hand, especially if you have not watched the main series in a while. Nunnally in Wonderland references many events from the series, so it's good to be familiar with them.
Now, onto the review.
The main premise of the special is that Lelouch tries to tell an interesting story to Nunnally, like he used to when he was younger. He envisions his sister in his own version of Wonderland, with most of the other characters from the original series make brief appearances. Crazy things ensue, and many people will find this
method of storytelling off-putting. After all, Nunnally in Wonderland is essentially Lelouch's (rather siscon) twisted fantasy. Everything that happens in his Wonderland parallels the "real world" of Code Geass in some way, and this special cleverly lampoons many elements of the series. Although many people found this to be insipid and devoid of the intelligence that was in the main series, I found the gags to be quite entertaining. It definitely lacks the drama and coherent plot lines of the original though, so if that's what you're looking for then you are sure to be disappointed.
This special was clearly low-budget, as the artwork was mediocre at best and the animation was virtually non-existent. As this was meant to be more of a picture drama than an actual anime episode, the lack of art quality isn't much I can complain about. CLAMP's noodle-arm character design is still there, and overall the art was pretty consistent--as in a consistent level of bad.
From what I know, all of the original voice actors from the series with roles in this special were able to reprise their respective roles. Thus, I have no complaints in the voice acting department. Lelouch sounds as he always does, and Norio Wakamoto, a fan favorite, really had a chance to ham it up in this. The king's booming, regal voice is always entertaining to hear, and his silly scenes in this special were no different. Much of the music from the original series was used here as well, though much of it featured that light-hearted school setting/student council tune. Overall, the sound was fine, though nothing special, unless you were a big fan of the original OST. If you're also a big fan of any of these seiyuu, then at least check this out for their roles.
Surprisingly, despite all the crazy gags and antics in this special, the characters actually stayed...well...in-character. Though the situations were changed, Lelouch was still Lelouch, Suzaku was still Suzaku, etc. If you liked their original characterizations, then you should not be too disappointed by how they are portrayed in this. Though, if you're looking for any character development or major backstories, you won't find it here. In this special, the purpose of the characters was to create humorous situations, and in that it succeeded reasonably well.
Overall, I personally enjoyed Nunnally in Wonderland. It might turn some viewers off because it lacks the drama, intelligence, and seriousness of the main series, but as a cheeky, ironic little piece of comedy that pokes fun at its parent series, it really is quite enjoyable to watch. I would recommend this to anyone who wouldn't mind a sillier, stranger side-story from Code Geass.
Bahaha! Man this was quite an interesting thirty minutes indeed!
Soooo, first and foremost, if you haven't heard by now, this "OVA" is hardly that. It feels much more like a visual novel if anything. There's hardly any actual animation; the entire thing is mostly just a bunch of still images being shown in a slideshow. That doesn't automatically make it bad though. They actually gathered quite a few of the original voice actors to perform for this OVA, but not all of them. (I'd like to note that I found it really funny whenever Nunnally came across a character who never says anything, probably
because the voice actor didn't want to have anything to do with this OVA). The production costs look so very poor, it makes me wonder just how little money they spent to make this. Especially later in the OVA one can tell as it shows one of the most hilarious fight scenes I've ever seen. I'm willing to say this OVA is worth watching just to see how funny that fight is!
To be fair, the plot isn't bad at all. I mean, it's pretty much exactly what one would expect from the title 'Nunnally in Wonderland.' Of course, if you've never seen Alice in Wonderland or heard the story, you probably shouldn't watch this. OVAs are never really about anything substantial anyways, so I liked it, and you should too.
All the BGM is just recycled from the two seasons, so don't expect anything new there.
The real 'fun' one can have while watching this is trying to guess which character will be which one from Alice in Wonderland. Just about every single Code Geass character appears at some point in this OVA, so make your guesses before starting!
Overall, I enjoyed this OVA. If you liked Code Geass, I can't guarantee you'll like it as well, but give it a shot. It's only thirty minutes long anyways.