With her previous triumphs under her belt, Leila Malcal has now been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and commanding officer of W-0. After having foiled an attempt to kidnap the General of the European army, she recruits the three perpetrators in order to make up for the lack of W-0's pilots. Ayano Kosaka, Yukiya Naruse, and ringleader Ryou Sayama accept, in hopes of finding a place to belong. When they are ordered to perform a commando raid by dropping into enemy lines, Leila decides to join them to prevent unnecessary casualties.
As the unit rushes into the fight, Akito finds himself possessed by an uncontrollable lust for violence, slaughtering anyone that gets in his way. Little does he know, he is soon to come face to face with the one responsible for placing the bloodthirsty curse upon him, someone he is far too familiar with...
September 24, 2013 Update: Just like my last review, I am getting countless messages asking me where online I saw this. Before asking, please do yourself and especially me, one very^over 9000 easy favor; LOOK AT THE FUCKING LOCATION ON MY PROFILE AND THAT WILL GIVE YOU A DIRECT IDEA HOW I SAW THIS MOVIE!!!
Continuing where the last movie leaves off, Ryo, Yukiya, and Ayano have joined the EU army. The first act concentrates on how certain members of the EU have issues with them joining in concerns to their previous activities and how the trio feel about being part of the team. Despite this tension, Reira has faith in them and wants to protect them. Earning their trust, the trio agree to participate in a mission with her and Akito.
Obviously, you are going to need to see the first movie in order to get this. Akito has a bit of a smaller role this time, but whatever time he is given will make a significant impact in the movie. It does further give hints and details about his past and his obsession with death. If any character shows any significant developlement, it is most likely Reira and how good of a leader she can be.
From Britannia, one of my favorite characters had to be Ashurei. He is crazy and craves battle. Granted his kind is stereotypical of the mech genre, but he really fits within context of the story and is used very well.
Also, the movie has a surprise cameo which will in someways bridge the connection between this movie series and the TV series and hints how the events of the movies will affect the show which I thought was really cool. Even though I said with the first movie you don't need any familiarity with the TV series to watch the first movie, for this movie, you will need familiarity for a couple of scenes. Unfortunately, there are no after credit scenes like the first movie which will give any significant preview rather than drawings of the cast in gypsy clothing.
There are less action scenes this time but whatever it does, it will do it big. Doing action in day time with more lighting brings more detail and is easier to follow. It is very fast paced but still excellently framed. There is a sense of strategy and intricacy that is put into it, but yet still offers an exciting feel of danger. The knightmare designs are also really fresh though one in particular in the last battle is kind of ridiculous but works in its own way.
There are a few scenes that I also want to share that really makes the animation truly wonderful but they would be spoilers.
The background music really doesn't stand out until the beginning of the action which uses something kind of jazzy which reflects the excitement of the EU troops and the incoming intensity.
And whatver I said about the voice acting in the first movie can be applied here too.
I say this is a must see for people who love character study, relationship developments, and Code Geass. read more
If you're reading this and you're a fan of the original Code Geass series (then again who isn't?) and you HAVEN'T seen the Akito the Exiled series yet, here's your TL;DR: Watch it.
This special expands upon the last Akito special, which more or less served to inform the viewers of the new setting, new Knightmares, new characters, new customs, etc. that we're not used to outside of the original series. Now we get to know a little bit more about them and get into doing what Code Geass does best: using geass to advance politically and outdo your opponent and having robot sword battles.
Story: We still don't know a whole lot about where the plot's going, but the story that Akito 2 tells is enjoyable and engaging nonetheless.
Art: The characters themselves are nothing out of the ordinary for CG. Everyone's chin is sharp enough to cut steel and each tit seems to have its own gyroscopic motion independent of gravity (by the way, there's a good bit more fanservice in Akito 2 than there was in 1). The Knightmares have received a pretty significant visual upgrade and one nightmare in particular, piloted by the main antagonist, that gets introduced in Akito 2 is visually stunning to watch.
Sound: The soundtrack is very good, as always. The Knightmares make noises in Akito 1 and 2, akin to Evas going berserk. Not sure how I feel about it, but it's good quality nonetheless.
Characters: We learn a little bit about Akito's Geass (though parts of it are still a bit fuzzy) as well as his past, and a nice motley crew of exiled Japanese round out the main/supporting characters. There's a nice surprise relating to the characters towards the end of Akito 2 that's sure to have any fan of the original series squee just a bit.
Enjoyment/Overall: Not as much is happening in Akito as in the original series. It's much slower paced, and even after two of these specials it's still unclear where the plot's going even though we should theoretically be nearing a climax in the next installment. Despite this, Akito retains some of the suspense and excitement of the original series even though Akito himself is more of a "beat everyone into the ground" kind of person as compared to Lelouche's "sit back and outsmart everyone" attitude. I'm anxious to see if Akito 3 will at any point make me feel the same way watching the original CG did, but even if it doesn't this is still a good side-story to watch nonetheless.read more
Code Geass: Milking the franchise 2 - Hikisakareshi Yokuryuu is yet another story which is titled under Code Geass so people would watch it.
The story is about that one guy who has nothing to do with Code Geass. He fights mecha and gives his fair share of logic to the series by being alive despite being dead.
The story and characters are useless and you should watch this for the mecha fights and conclusions which will rape R2. This movie will finally answer such questions as "Did someone stole the code?" and "Who was driving the cart?" and "Am I supposed to take this seriously?" It is very funny. I especially recommend this to people who hate Code Geass and the fandom.
The voice acting was pretty terrible. Especially with some of the side female characters. I had to check twice whether the audio was on sync or not since it looked and sounded more unfitting than anything. So very often the voice acting doesn't match characters body language in any way whatsoever. It was cutely awkward.
The animation was pretty neat if you ask me. Same with the mecha design. Action scenes were watchable and smooth, even entertaining, possibly the best thing in this movie. The art gives Code Geass feel even if the series had little to nothing to do with the franchise, if anything.
I did enjoy watching this. At least it didn't annoy me or make me bored, but I'm afraid that this is just another thing which Sunrise did dollar signs in their eyes, or yenswhatever. Not that anyone was excepting anything else. read more
The second episode of Code Geass: Akito the Exiled was a wonderful addition to the growing collection of the Code Geass Universe. Honestly, I hope they build several other series based on this universe, but I digress.
The character designs, animation and soundtrack were all stellar. The art in each frame? Sublime. Best art I've seen on an anime, and I've seen a lot. Not in terms of art style, but in the general quality of the art. I especially remember the breathtaking scene near the middle of the episode; it was reminiscent of the recent critically acclaimed film Gravity. Beautiful art, plain beauty.
The story was quite lacking, just like the first episode. And that is why I would have liked this series to be twenty four or twelve episodes; it allows for more story development. However, it doesn't really take away from the enjoyment of this highly alluring anime. They seem to have made this quite action centric, even though three quarters consisted of heavy dialogue between the characters. I can't quite explain my dilemma. In short, when this series is completed, everything should fall into place; just like Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.
Thus, despite the unsubstantial plot, this anime is sure to fulfil your hunger for enjoyment. With the marvellous mechas, competent characters and brilliant animations, what is there to not blissfully enjoy this great work?
I guess you could think of it like the summer blockbusters of the Western film industry: amazing on all departments except for the story. But I do believe that by the end of this wonderful set, the story would come full closure and it would be great. Personally, I enjoyed it immensely and dubbed it the best anime of 2013. It made my whole year, and imagine if I'd watched it tomorrow, the first day of 2014. I would've been disappointed until the next instalment of the series. Hopefully it won't be delayed again. Probably will.