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Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch

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English: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Japanese: コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ


Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2006 to Jul 29, 2007
Premiered: Fall 2006
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:25 (JST)
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.771 (scored by 679,560 users)
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Ranked: #322
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Popularity: #11
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This seems to be a pretty common comparison - probably because Light and Lelouch are practically the same character. Both shows feature quite a bit more intellectual sparring than your typical shounen fare, and both main characters have very similar personalities (they're closer to being villains than heroes) and abilities (ridiculously powerful but with prominent weaknesses that require careful planning to circumvent).  
report Recommended by Krelian
It's hard not to see Guilty Crown as something of a Code Geass rip-off when they're similar to the extent the main character receives "the power of the king" from a mysterious female, before involving himself in a Japanese rebellion against foreigners discriminating against the Japanese. There are even robots on roller-skates in it! So far, what keeps the two as separate entities is the respective leads. In Code Geass Lelouch starts the rebellion himself and is driven by both hatred and the desire to protect his disabled little sister. In Guilty Crown the lead is (mod edit) a bit emotionally unstable and gets himself pulled  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
The epitome of brawn versus brains. If you can't get through a person's defences straight on then go around it, the most significant thing in the end is the result. 'Code Geass' has indulged itself in a war between two sides unbreakable by truce and alliance. The enemy of my enemy is my friend and one must get their clean hands tainted in order to achieve revolution. Trust and betrayal are mere shells in order to reach one's goals. In a game of chess, one must be willing to sacrifice even the Queen to get checkmate and failure to foresee an opponent's move will result  read more 
report Recommended by ShanaFlame
Similar protagonists, both are very smart and devious, both anime are about overcoming difficult odds and have determined characters. 
report Recommended by Ownsin
Flashy animation, mecha fest with plenty of action packed sequences, political intrigue galore: Gundam 00 and Code Geass in a nutshell. Both titles focus on the efforts of the leads to change the world in one way or another, these efforts having quite drastic consequences along the way. Gundam 00 follow a group of characters and takes place in space as well as on Earth while Code Geass has a clear main character and takes nationalistic desires as the primary plot device, fans of one are likely to enjoy the other.  
report Recommended by Nocturnal
Both are mecha, have a school-life setting, and have main characters with special powers. 
report Recommended by izZzi
Imagine Code Geass without "magical eyes", mechs, ideas like "the one who yells louder wins", immortal women and stupid idealism (hi Suzaku). You with me so far? Now, imagine Code Geass where there are dozens of great commanders like Lelouch on both sides, where political intrigues, plots and schemes are far from uncommon. Imagine battles of epic proportions and war on the galactic scale, where winning side is decided only by commanders intelligence, number of troops, their morale and available resources, not superunits like Lancelot. Do this and you've invented LoGH. 
report Recommended by kilmindaro
The main characters both gain powers and sacraficed parts of themselves to gain something. Both have a lot of daddy issues. 
report Recommended by gizmo99
In the last few weeks I've been singing the praises of Code Geass, and when people ask why I always end up comparing it to Gundam Seed. Both series have a similar plot, you've got a character who is silly smart, and decides to 'save the world'. Through both series you'll find you'll have yourself pondering about which side your really on. While Code Geass has Lelouch doing questionable things, you'll find half the characters in Seed lost themselves trying to decide who are the good guys. Although there is obviously a little more fighting and Mecha in Seed there is  read more 
report Recommended by KHobbits
Darker than Black and Code Geass are both in a technological world where the protagonist have a very powerful ability. There are lots of pizza hut hidden in the background or just somewhere on the screen. Suspense and fights, thats what they are all about. 
report Recommended by Kyo_Kagami
both have mecha both are deep in different ways and surpass the standard mecha anime  
report Recommended by foreverzerov1
Deep, thoughtful, but also light at times. Both these animes have strong plots and characters and feature interesting applications of the stereotypical mecha genre 
report Recommended by riraito
Both the main characters try to rule the world to make it better for their sisters, they both play the bad guy, and they both have powers to control others. 
report Recommended by nonoy9212
These two series both have heavy dosages of mecha, though its mecha done right, when there ARE casualties and sacrifices are made, though Gurren Lagann is less thinking, it still has the right combination of elements to keep you glued to the screen and want more. Think Gurren Lagann as a lighter, less intelligent type, that has a wider scope then Code Geass. 
report Recommended by elc1247
Both the protagonists of Kuroshitsuji and Code Geass are very similar - from the fact they both follow the way of self-destruction and vengeance to the order issuing abilities and proficiency in chess. In general, Ciel looks like a chibi version of Lelouch, not smart and skilled enough to pwn anyone he wants through strategy, relying on his butler Sebastian instead. (btw one of Shinigami in Kuroshitsuji is voiced by Jun Fukuyama.) English nobility, royal family members, tons of pathos, the only difference is XIX and XXI centuries, so no mecha in Kuroshitsuji.  
report Recommended by Razmes
Main things that make these two animes similar are the protagonists being genius like anti-heros, with a major theme being terrorism. Also, both animes have another strong character with differing values with the main character, hence fighting against the them. I think there are a lot of hidden metaphors in both animes, and they both explore deeper notions and emotions as the story progresses. There is a lot of action, strategic planning, girl characters that don't do much, long legged skinny guys as the mains...but they're still pretty cool... Zankyou no Terror is not finished at the time of making this recommendation, but I am  read more 
report Recommended by snkwings
Mecha and politics in a school based, adult world and alternate timeline setting. Both at time comical but mostly intense and gripping. Highly recommended! 
report Recommended by Allografter
It has Jun Fukuyama voicing the protagonist, a boy who has a great power in his eyes and that sometimes goes berserk. The plot is about war and revenge between Royalty, the purpose of the one of the protagonists is to build a better world by becoming king, no matter what sacrifices he must do. Also contains Best friends turning into enemies.  
report Recommended by Orulyon
Boy meets superpowers. Boy is faced with the decision on whether he wants to change the world or not. Follow Lelouch and Yu and their journey on saving the world from a deadly problem. 
report Recommended by Mayuka
These anime share the same premise of taking down a corrupt empire with a group of rebels. Plus, they have an obsession of killing off characters. There are also a lot of action scenes in the two series. 
report Recommended by Purple_Wings
•both animes have a strong duo of protagonists who make/break the story as it takes its course, the storyline changes with the protagonists decisions, they are motivated from the death of a loved one. •both protagonists are smart, strong willed, and driven for revenge/resolution/content for a loved one, and they are accompanied by another childhood friend who also partakes a significant role which also decides the course of the storyline. •both contain unexpected/or expected twists/plots, and they do contain the usual portrayal of genres, but they both contain something indifferent that keeps the viewer on edge. •they are similar in the duo protagonists driven for a reason from  read more 
report Recommended by Lupta
what really hit me was the fact both aren't about one man army protagonist its the other way around it isn't' how to command and support others to win. so basically strategic fighting however since i have only viewed about 6 this is all i can offer in the future i hope to write more in detail so start watching plus obviously code geass is better but this isn't too bad either :) 
report Recommended by Devastator004
Main character who outsmarts all of his foes (and allies). One Outs is basically all about strategies and interesting psychological tricks, and very entertaining for those who enjoy the 'battle of wits' aspect of Code Geass, Death Note and other similar anime. 
report Recommended by VVayfarer
This series is about military strategy with a strategic lead and a warrior best friend. Alderamin was closer to Code Geass R1 than Geass R2 was 
report Recommended by Caimthehero
same miilitary genre..tragic past..flashbacks.. supernatural ability..Similiar uniforms and even music in the background. 
report Recommended by sabgian
Already few minutes into Owari no Seraph a gave me vibes similar to Code Geass. In both shows (Based on the first episode) - There are two guys who could be either best friends or biggest rivals. - One of them is kind of a rebel while the other is more of a nice guy. - The world / society they live in is in a difficult situation. Some kind of royal/ higher class issues going on. - Fighting against that society. If you liked Code Geass i think you may find something in Owari no Seraph as well.  
report Recommended by Lylaaz
Both series feature male protagonists whose goal is to fix their country. They each have a powerful means to do so.  
report Recommended by ukiuki
the moment I saw Hyobu, he fitted right into the league of extremely evil bishounen Lelouch and Raitou. and he got his very own Suzaku too! confident, arrogant and style. is he really the good guy? a feeling of excitement and terror. supernatural eye powers. rebels. Both Geass and this brand new ESP series have it all! 
report Recommended by UmiHoshi
If you liked Fullmetal Alchemist, then you might also like Code Geass because of the genres that are similar to both animes. They both deal with the male protagonist having to deal with the military, fantasy like mecha items and tons of action involved. And the best part in my opinion is that there really aren't many fillers in these animes so it makes it worth watching =] 
report Recommended by Skoki
Avilio is very similar to Lelouch, both are very clever manipulative tacticians, both seek for revenge for the death of their loved ones, although the atmosphere of both shows is way different, regarding the main protagonist these anime are kinda similar, if you like Avilio's character then you will totally love Lelouch Vi Britania.  
report Recommended by YvyAckerman
Similarities: -Both anime are developed by one studio, Sunrise -Both anime is story-based, and have many well-developed mecha fights -Both anime's MC's are of higher nobility, and are pretendents(heirs) to an Emperor title, but both have been stripped from their rights and privilegies by an enemy plot Differences: -CG(Code Geass) MC is male, while CA(Cross Ange) MC is female -In CA there is magic and magic users, while in CG there is no magic -In CA the world being attacked by mysterious aliens, while in CG the world itself is not in any danger and CG have political brawlings and faction vs faction warfare as the main plot twists. 
report Recommended by Jambatti
Same scenarist, similar plot. 
report Recommended by Anima_hellsing
Mass battles, twists, fan service, great stories. 
report Recommended by animejnkie
Both are set in an empire at war Mc happens to be in the loosing side i.e untill the mc arrives Badass mc and are smart great war Mc goes crazy once in a while 
report Recommended by Hydrous
Both have lovable characters, though the quirks of the cast in Durarara!! makes each character more distinct and stand out more. Both have a Magnificent Bastard who is extremely intelligent and use chess to plan their moves. Both have suspenseful battles and intriguing plot twists that keep you on edge. 
report Recommended by Yuni---
Both involve deep, brilliant, complex storylines which have you sat on the edge of your seat all the way through. Masterpieces, involving lots of character development and twists and turns in the story. Although they are different genres, both have high emotional content and have the ever advancing (with every episode) sense of doom. 
report Recommended by sugarplumfairy
Both of these anime are quite similar if observed in-dept. These pair of mecha starts with a girl appearing before both of the male protagonists, give them powers and use them for their own agendas. Obviously, another one of those similarities is the art. Their character styles have these easily-noticed long, slender arms and legs plus Lelouch and Alma's facial structure are quite alike. 
report Recommended by zetsuboSensei
The main characters in the both seires are similar, both made by CLAMP, the story is similar to... 
report Recommended by Paper_Moon
Star Driver and Code Geass are most memorable to me as series that seamlessly blend school life with rather convoluted conspiracy plots involving plenty of mecha action. The main characters are faced with an incredible burden and eventually, have to save the entire world in their respective ways. That's where the similarities end, however. Both protagonists have very different personalities, and the setting from which their stories take place is very different, with very different motivations. Star Driver remains mostly formulaic with every episode having more or less the same structure, whereas Code Geass builds upon itself in the form of missions that can span  read more 
report Recommended by Tachii
Both male leads have high intellect that they use to make strategies. Lelouch applies them on the battlefield while Keima uses them on his dating sims and girls on Kami nomi. Lelouch is better though xD me thinks 
report Recommended by nalferd
Both Season 1/2. Regards to loss of memory/regain/change what's out there!! You will not be disappointed, that much I can assure you.  
report Recommended by Kavir702
Gundam 00 isn't as good as code geass but there were multiple times where i felt as though i'd seen the same thing in code geass, in gundam Setsuna believes he can change the world with the power of a gundam, and in CG leluch believes he can change the world with Geass, both shows have losses that the main character and everyone aroud must go through, death and suffering. 
report Recommended by Maazter
An exile returns more powerful than ever to tell his family that he was not pleased with the way he was treated. 
report Recommended by Gonrad
both start off with a happy day and then somthing happens and the main character ends up getting a power but in Pandora hearts the power is not used to take over the world.Lloyd remineds me of Break and I love both anime and hate none of the characters in both 
report Recommended by stardustninja
Tyranny by an unjust ruler/empire are present in both animes along with rebellions by a mysterious figure (Zero and Red Whirlwind). Friendships/romances on both sides of a war. Many other similarities as well. Both are awesome. 
report Recommended by YakuzaDog
Both are centered around conflicting countries/worlds with deep racial ties (Elevens vs Brittanians, Earth vs Colonies). The main characters are young men and women who are torn between two worlds both morally and on the battlefield, and must deal daily with moral ambiguity. All conflict in both series are mostly settled by mechanical suits and politics is the motive behind every move. 
report Recommended by the_seventh_l
Lelouch is one of the better analogues you'll find to Tatsuya and though he isn't nearly as GODMODE he benefits from being in a vastly superior story and better animated show than poor Tatsuya. While there isn't an imouto character in Geass of anywhere near the same quality as Miyuki there is plenty of potential romances and one sided love affairs to go around in Geass' great cast. Potential turn off = mecha. Otherwise enjoy a great show.  
report Recommended by Hoax415
Code Geass main character ( Lelouch ) and Mobile Suit Gundam main antagonist ( Char Aznable ) are a lot alike, they both fight for getting revenge, they're intelligent and make good strategies, and they have little sisters to fight for. 
report Recommended by emma_lily
The character designs in these two anime look extremely similar. Both main characters have the same feeling and end up obtaining an amazing power. Both are mecha anime, and both kind of have that east/west alternate reality world-building theme. 
report Recommended by iWriter88
Both of these wonderful series are very unique among mecha anime, in that they do what most don't do that often: Mix two polar oppisate genres (Science Fiction and Fantasy), and do it wonderfully well. The mecha desgins for both have a royal, fantasy asthetic to them, and both shows have very eleborate settings and well developed characters and themes. Even if you aren't particularly interested in mecha anime as a genre, you will find something to like in both of these. 
report Recommended by rah-rah
- Both has an unjust justice system that almost does not give a damn about victims and casualties.. - Both does not shy from showing you death mercilessly - Both anime shows some MC that defy the current laws and standard of society. 
report Recommended by Carex
If Lelouch were a loli, and you change mecha in magic... Well, there are quite a few differences. But the main characters do have some similarities, they both seem to fight for a similar cause, take over the world to change it for the better, use a similar organisation and get some magical help. 
report Recommended by samonus
I know what you're probably thinking: "There's no way that these 2 shows have ANYTHING in common". Well, you're wrong: both shows feature a masked leader who uses special tactics to take down a regime they are opposed to, and they form a terrorist organization, recruiting a classmate to help them. The differences, let's see: -The gender of the person who wants to change the world (Shimoneta has a girl, Code Geass has a guy) -Lelouch doesn't reveal who he is to any of his subordinates; Ayame reveals who she is to Tanukichi in the first episode -Lelouch isn't afraid of killing people; Ayame doesn't go  read more 
report Recommended by RoarkTenjouin
Both have a main character that's a guy and have an eye that has a special power. Also, both shows are amazing 
report Recommended by falloutluver
I was actually kinda shocked with how similar these two shows were (especially considering the two are different genres). Code Geass and Umineko are both genius concepts, wrapped in mindless and over-the-top violence... with a nice garnish of mind-screw. Code Geass is about one man's battle against a corrupt empire while Umineko is about one man's battle against a powerful witch. In fact, without even looking at the shows as a whole, you could draw similarities between Lelouch Lamperouge/Vi Britannia and Battler Ushiromiya. Both are highly intelligent, though stubborn and arrogant. Both also care about those close to them, and this care leads to some reckless decisions.  read more 
report Recommended by Noble10
both have robots trying to defend their countries but are manuvered by humans inside them. great plots and theme music 
report Recommended by otaku1793
In both shows: - Main character is a criminal - There are two guys who are to be eternal rivals - MC has a younger sister (just pointing it out, lol) They give similar feel because both are action-based and that rival theme between two characters. If you liked one you should give the other a try as well.  
report Recommended by Lylaaz
In both shows: There are characters who hide their real identity. Someone from the noble class is living a normal life. Characters hide their feeling of hatred while acting as good people. In Code Geass people fight with mecha, in Toaru they use airplanes.  
report Recommended by Lylaaz
Mecha destruction and overwhelming action scenes, who doesn't love them. While one features a fantasy type setting while the other is more science fiction both deliver in awesome Scenes. Though if you want more than just action, you choose Code Geass, while for only the action, go Knights & Magic. 
report Recommended by cookienator
Though KEY and Sunrise are two very different Studios, Code Geass and Angel Beats are similar in several ways. Both focus on a teen resistance group trying to defeat a force much more powerful than them, and both have that sort of bittersweet feeling that makes you happy and sad at the same time.  
report Recommended by JediEspada
let me start by saying this: These anime are totally different in genre; Oregairu is school slice-of-life and Code Geass is sci-fi war now here's why they're similar: the main characters are both the good guys with good intentions, but they play the roles of the villains in order to help others by becoming hated, and also, the main side-male character plays the role of the good guy who is against the main characters' decisions even though they know their intentions 
report Recommended by justice0
Like my other recommendation, both main characters have a high intelligence level, and in this particular Anime, a strong sense of justice.  
report Recommended by Eta
Sci-fi, futuristic settings. Main characters are charismatic, manipulative assholes who struggle against authority figures (inter-family, brother/brother rivalry a common theme). Both MC's set themselves up as the villains for an ultimately good purpose.  
report Recommended by XpijbsLJqo
Both series focuses mainly on nations fighting together. While Code Geass has deep storyline, complicated characters and universe, Magi has a coloured universe, lighter with a bit of comedy as well. But don't worry, Magi goes often in dark scenes. A lot of blood.  
report Recommended by southsnow
Both stories involve conflict regarding terrorism, corruption, politics, family feud, war, peace, drama, and both the main character's (Naruto and Sasuke, Lelouch and Suzaku) quest and conflict are slightly similar but not exactly the same. Both are dark, morally ambiguous stories. Also there are dark, complex and twisty storyline where important things are only revealed slowly, epic plots, interesting character developments, the conflicted antihero, and the unexpected moments of comedy amid the action and intrigue.  
report Recommended by Rikudo14
Both share a main character blessed (or cursed) with a special power. Allowing them to change the world. Or try to... Awesome soundtrack, character development, an impossible romance, lots of plot twists, incredible seiyus (voiceovers). In the end you can't stop watching this after 4-5 episodes, you're hooked and need to finish it off =) 
report Recommended by Hyunckel
Yusei and Lelouch live in an ordinary life in areas that are under oppression (Satellite and Area 11) only to involve a bigger journey where they form their teams (Team 5Ds and Black Knights) to change the world. 5ds and CG have plot twists, thrilling moments, sad and depressing themes, action, and morality that will keep you on your toes in all times just like I have. Note that Aki looks just like Kallen! Rival is the same as well as their cast. 
report Recommended by SlaughterDagger
I know. I know they're VERY different stories, but let me guide you to "why you should watch this both shows". Even when Code Geass is somewhat futuristic (with all the mecha stuff) and Arslan Senki have this pseudo-medieval environment, they share some points. First, both are about "regaining the power". Arslan trying to regain his kingdom, Lelouch trying to be the emperor. Both are sons of leaders of some place. But I think, with some decisions, you could say that Arslan is more like Suzaku, and that silver-masked guy is like Lelouch. Of course, they're not the same, but you get what I say, right? On the other  read more 
report Recommended by puccapardini
I loved Code Geass, and I found myself getting that specific codegeassfeel during the second season of Owari no Seraph. I gotta say, you might want to skip trough the episodes of the first season (except episode one) of OnS, because before ep.10, s1 most of the plot is not very spectacular I guess..However, S2 definitely rocks big time. Here is why: - two guys who were childhood friends end up on opposites site of a battle ( Lelouch/Suzaku...) - seems like everyone wants to rule the world. It's all about power and influence at some point. - great fighting scenes, plenty of action, plenty of interesting strategies/can't  read more 
report Recommended by Ishiryoku
I know these two series may seem not similar at all- Higurashi's action takes place only in one small village and there are only a few characters, while Code Geass talks about a world conflict and have a lot of charas. But, in my opinion, both animes have the same message- you have to trust your friends, and take responsibility for your sins. 
report Recommended by Namida_ne
An intelligent man (Lelouch for Code: Geass, and Lawrence for Spice and Wolf) meets an extraordinary woman (C.C. for the former, and Holo for the latter). Together they venture for their goals. If you like main characters that think of elaborate, well-though out plans, these anime are worth a watch. Although Spice and Wolf is leaning towards Romance. The main plot may differ by a lot, but the idea is somewhat similar if you look at it. Also, both Male MC's are voiced by the same VA, which makes it that much awesome.  
report Recommended by Leap250
Though these two Sunrise series have greatly different settings, there are many surprisingly recurrent themes: A physically weak male lead who gains the power to create their ideal world. A contract with a mysterious girl with a potential hidden agenda. Strong production values and intelligent action. Most importantly of all, high entertainment value! 
report Recommended by batholemew
Both of these series involve loads of chracters making intricate plans against each other for various motivations. There is action and a supernatural element in both. Code Geass has a lot of high school age characters while Fate/Zero mostly involves adults, and there are more not-so-serious episodes in Code Geass. Code Geass has mechs while Fate/Zero has swords and sorcery. But they both have more plotting and gambits than you can count. If you like that aspect of one, you'll almost certainly like the other. 
report Recommended by SlaughterDagger
HxH and Code Geass have a few things in common. But what really draws in the same fans are the tactical mind games that are played in both anime. Surely some shounen and superpowers are a nice addition to that, which only reinforces this recommendation! 
report Recommended by SlaughterDagger
Both are about politics, fast dialogue and fast fighting. 
report Recommended by Typhor
Gentle and touching songs performed by Hitomi Kuroishi accompanying key scenes  
report Recommended by Rychulubicz
If your favourite parts of Code Geass are the elite private school hijinks and crazy student council members you will love Utena. Likewise, Utena fans who enjoyed the series' action sequences and Machiavellian scheming should enjoy Code Geass. 
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