Code Geass is a complex anime about an anti-hero, Lelouch. His intelligence is beyond compare, and he hopes to take over a country he is actually a prince of, Britannia. It's essentially about him starting a terrorist organization with a group of Japanese (or Elevens, as the Britannians call them). He goes by the name Zero, wearing a mask and cloak to shield his identity. Lelouch is actually a student--vice president of the student council at his school (lots of adventures come out of that, too).
We last left off in the first season with him being almost overthrown by the people he was fighting to
Code Geass R2 starts off confusing--new faces, old faces you'd never expect to see again--but soon picks up. There's only three episodes released so far, but it looks promising. The art is as lovely as ever, with loads of detail and amazing character designs by the reowned manga group, CLAMP.
It really is a great series--nice action, slick designs...What more could you ask for? :)
I actually finished Code Geass - Hangyaku no Lelouch R2 only a few days after reviewing the first season. To be blunt, at that time I was under so much rage and bitterness caused by the first season that I was in no state to review again without unjustifiably dumping all over R2. But here I am, perhaps to fulfill my ocd to review the second half of a series or perhaps to be less biased than last time, but its most likely because I have to let others know why this series is far from a masterpiece. It feels funny actually saying that. "Masterpiece",
I mean that word gets thrown around alot when people are excited. Its like waking up with your arm asleep. It's just not natural.
Okay, so whether you are an anime veteran or virgin, one can appreciate genuine originality in a medium that isn't afraid to go at anything. I mean, general plots for anime involve incest,giant robots, pop bands, westerns, samurai duels, crazy dances, bombastic humor, and genuine what the hell moments. The plot for R2 tries to be original, by striking a balance between eccentric twists and down to earth qualities to no avail. Most of the main characters are just anime iconographies that try to act like they aren't by being unpredicatable and contradictory to what they believe in.This sort of left me thinking after every line "oh, well she is probably lying to make a moment more dramatic down the road". This sense of manufactured, maliable plot is interesting at first in R2, because it lets on that the plot might be heading somewhere worthwhile, but it doesn't. The show doesn't really "do" subtle. This next part is a spoiler, but it proves my point. Consider the character Shirley. Her mind is erased to protect her from danger. Then she finds out it was erased and realizes who did it. This was worthwhile because it set up a stronger bond between herself and Lelouch. It seemed realistic in a non realistic universe, which is what epic (large) animes do time and time again. However, in R2 her mind is wiped again and then she finds out who it was again. Great, we are back where we left off. Then she dies and Lelouch couldn’t give a damn. All of that seemingly original and shocking plot development for nothing. This pattern is constant in R2 and gives the viewer the sense that none of the characters mean anything more than dramatic payoffs to Lelouch or Suzaku.
For the most part I didn't seize violently from actually watching the second season. The art was to be expected from such a big budgeted series. It gave the stereotypical, polished, anime good looking characters justice. All the characters were made to look appealing to viewers, male or female. Except when some were made to be ugly(very few) in which case they were automatically killed off. This ode to perfection in beauty only made Sunrise's anime/mtv aspirations more apparent to me. The art played no other role than "pretty" and shed no light on character development at all.
What can I say about sound? This is the highpoint of sound in the series, “pew, pew, yargggh”. All of the openings get you more pumped up than when listening to the Jonas brothers make sweet love to their synthesizers. The tracks for the plot are more transparent than Casper on a Sunday and they let you know it time and time again. If something is bad, you better bet on some tense overtones, if a big plot twist occurs (about every 5 minutes) you better bet some fluttery instrument is going to be played. Basically, the producers said “we don’t want to leave anything to interpretation, I mean, these anime freaks want to escape their sad pit falls known as their lives, so just get them turned on and play the appropriate f**king music.”
It’s a letdown when these high priced shounen campaigns come out because they often give the general non-anime populous the wrong idea concerning what anime can achieve in art. People flipping channels only to see someone like Lelouch cackling like a mad man might think A) this is cool!, B) wow, anime really is just weird Japanese cartoons, or C) This is sort of like mtv. What I mean to say is that R2’s characters do absolutely nothing to redefine anything in the medium. The girls look good and are subtlety subservient to the guys. Even Kallen and Cornelia. Kallen is a tool for Zero, no matter how strong she is and later a larger tool for Schneizel. Cornelia was actually great at first but then she became grouped in with the sort like Villeta and becomes one of those people who wait for their men to come home from war. If the main characters are considered, things get a little different. Lelouch has to question his reasoning many times over and is actually believable when he acts ruthless. I mean, most people are like that but just don’t have the balls (or in this case Geass) to back up their claims. He is a pseudo anti hero in that regard, but the producers always flipped him back to “good Lelouch” to make him likable at school. I thought that was also believable at first since one would most likely lie at school if they were a terrorist. But when he started speaking with sympathy for his friends it just didn’t seem justified. The only thing that really validated his motives as a character came at the end of the series, which was ironically helped by another character, Suzaku. I'm not even gonna go into Suzaku, because, he is the walking epitome of what the show tried to be and failed at. A genuine contradiction.
Watching R2 is like watching a show because you feel like you'll miss out. Its like high school. If you want to be and see a part of anime hype, this is the anime for you.. Want to kill some time after working? great. Sunrise put this little mellow-dramatic action piece that will take you out of your life for 30 minutes, check it out. But please, please, I cant stress this enough. Don't call up a friend and say "ah man, I just watched this show called Code Geass and its the best anime ever". Because you will have just fulfilled Sunrise's shadow Nazi corporation agenda.
I recently revisited this series, it has been many years since I last saw it and so refreshing my memory of it has brought with it a number of revelations. NOTE - THIS IS A SPOILERIFIC REVIEW DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN BOTH SEASONS.
Okay, so what is Code Geass? Code Geass as you're all aware is a story about one man's struggle against an empire. It's also a combination of Gundam and Deathnote (unashamed melange) with elements of mindfuck Eva thrown in at the end, oh and not to forget the whole high school atmosphere that is so woefully and forcefully maintained
throughout. So what this leaves us with is a show that wants to take the best of every genre and combine it with the typical light yagami personality (of course this is in reality the Reinhard von Lohengramm personality but most people haven't seen Logh).
For all its flaws the first season was actually very well executed in the sense that the plot progressed as it should have done and the rebellion failing at the end was hunky dory. I felt I could look beyond all of the high-school antics and silly dilly dallying which are heavily out of place in a show that wants to be taken seriously, I could ignore them because the show had spirit, you could sense Lelouch's hatred for the Empire and I found myself sympathizing with his struggle.
There are of course a number of inexplicable loop-holes that the show seeks to rely on, in s1 for example - how on Earth did a school-kid start commanding an army of Knightmares straight off the bat (yes he had geass but geass implies the ability to control people - not pilot knightmares and command forces on a battlefield). C.C saves his ass a number of times very conveniently.
Suzaku's role was simply to play the Athrun Zala to Lelouch's Kira Yamato, nothing like a bit of potential yaoi teenage angst to get the show moving, Suzaku's own motivations remained understandable in R1 but went completely Haywire in r2...in fact the whole show went haywire in R2.
R2 Begins with Lelouch getting his memory restored, but the whole scenario with him being watched to draw out CC was too convenient as it was used as an excuse to keep the high school drama going for almost the whole season, even if you have managed to brainwash your observation team and create a dummy any rational empire would have noticed something was up when Zer0 had returned and proven himself to be as dangerous as the last Zer0. The transition to s2 was dismal, and Suzaku had turned into a complete asshole (which is odd considering his personality in r1) - one might blame it on Euphemia's death but then wouldn't he want to live on in the same way she would have?
Nina that useless lesbian from R1 somehow gets a main role after becoming the show's albert einstein and creating a nuclear bomb, Schneizel is an idiot and could have been turned into a much better "L" like character - certainly the way he used Euphemia in R1 made me get my hopes up that he would turn into a real adversary in R2.
Charles and Marianne want to turn the world into a giant lump of frozen consciousness so there will be no more lies.....Yeah....this is where you've jumped off the deep end and started with all the ham-handed philosophy and Evanegelion imitation..actually this could count as a Haruhi imitation too, in any event it was unnecessary and uncalled for. Strange how quickly Lelouch decides to kill his mother too (considering he has acted up until now for her sake)
Lelouch killing Mariann leads me to another problem with the show which is: that people seem to have no problem backstabbing one another, I mean fine I can understand backstabbing when there's an environment conducive to it BUT Why did the black knights betray Zer0 after some bullshit from their enemy Schneizel? I mean at the most they would have demoted him as their leader but instead they sold him out.
Essentially the show relies on this abysmal allegiance switching mechanism that it throws into overdrive in r2 - so people change sides like nobody's business, this is supposed to create excitement and in a way it does but if it's not well justified it leaves you with a sense of being cheesed off.
Also the whole "Area 11 will become the Nippon Area" card was then recycled with Schneizel's "Nunally should become Queen assertion" - the enemy offers the other side a solution that they would be amenable to in order to stop the battle (another trope I found in the show).
Clearly there are some good thing's about the show
- all the women are amazingly hot, C.C's pizza-butt and Kallen's tits are yummy
- there is still the same underlying spirit that r1 had (just toned down and more heavily destroyed by bad writing)
- The ending is satisfying and provides closure.
Before reading this review take into account that this reviewer has not seen the entirety of series and that the series could possibly be completely different as a finished project than what it is at the time of the review.
After seeing Code Geass R2 #2 on the top anime page I felt it necessary to put my word in as I cannot understand this series being even in the top 10. Yes, the first season of Code Geass was possibly one of the best animes of all time and would probably be one of the first that I would recommend. However, I feel that
the quality of series has diminished with the introduction of the second season. This reduction in quality, in my opinion, can be attributed to three main additions to the series: fan service, new characters and a less realistic atmosphere (I know what your immediate response to this might be, but read on)
I suppose this is a very biased view, but I simply find fan service disagreeable to my tastes. I suppose it is ignorable however in the second season fan service can be found generally in every episode, and I think that most viewers would agree with the notion that fan service takes time away from the story and is an annoyance.
The main reason why I feel that Code Geass has diminished in quality has been the introduction of several second-rate characters to the plot that draw attention away from the excellent combination of original characters that made the original series fascinating. This in combination with the fan service ultimately leads to less character progression and a weaker story altogether.
Last but not least, I feel that for an anime that projects an anti-hero, a genius at that, should sport a more realistic plot. I know that anime in general is in no way realistic, but usually there is some universal concept what a human is and how it reacts that is similar to what we would expect, and while there is some twist to the reality or physics of the world created by the anime there are still logical limits. Some moments in this anime are best described as ridiculous, unbelievable or just wtf moments. I just think that the writers could have done a better job, tis all. The original series while having the same difficulty just as many animes have, seemed to cope with this issue better than its sequel.
The opening theme song of the new season in my opinion is less than stellar considering what Flow did for the previous season, but the closing song and accompanying animation I feel fits with the plot and the theme of the anime, while still being enjoyable.
The art remains good just as it was in the previous season, no surprises here.
If you enjoyed the first season of Code Geass please by all means watch this season as it is also enjoyable, but dont get your hopes up when you see this in the top 5 anime. If you are new to the Code Geass scene then I would recommend the previous season as it will set up a base for you to watch the second season and was also more enjoyable in my opinion
The real world has to be clarfied: ridiculous plot,unsustainable
characterization,self-contradiction theme,added with the so-called humanity,even the most chaos and meaningless animes I saw before cannot contain these four "charming" elements in one episode while the most audiences still applaud this a miraculous epic ending（絶妙である）.
These rapturous audiences' brains have been kidnapped by their unlimited hormone.The tragedy is not that they overrate one anime but their concept about estimateing the value of a anime has been totally destroyed by the recent brainless fashion.so as I recommend,what you guys really need is these splendid masterpieces bellow
(search 世界☆官能映画祭 in AMAZON please)
The whole serial,both CG and R2,made the same
mistake.In order to creat an impact on audience they sacrifice the rationality of a story.The narrative rhythm is crazily fast while the storyline is badly organized and monadic in logic.What's more,the moneygrubber BANDAI even gives press on the staff as they always do.For the sake of scale model sales,each robert and character would be given its own show time so tons of robert battles and fanservices take lots of time which should be given to enrich the stuff.
Another joke I see in CG is ,comparing with Death Note or Liar Game or JOJO,the only way to show a role's high IQ in CG is to reduce others'.The flaw of enemy is always easy to find once Lelouch needs it.The duplicate cheat won't be found.Every role would ignore the key point because the plot need so.
To watch Schneizel's face in the last several eposides,the recangle-shape cheek will tell you part of the truth.And the people in background should feel lucky if they have an ordinary ratio in face and body (It's not CLAMP's fault).
The character design is a mixture of CLAMP and Takahiro Kimura,speciality as well as their repulsive interests. Body gestures in some scenes even make me think of Variable Geo.Bedlam as the world was set, some new characters is desighed for being killed only,someone without sense of being died a grand death,someone set as a pierrot ended as a hero,the plot is trying to cater for all the audience's taste from time to time but lose the control of the changing in role's character.
Everything does well with the music.BGM has a medium quality and I feel lucky that Hitomi also made excellent performance in R2.As for Ali Project,it was said on 2CH that this middle-aged woman's troating can easily break down a person's esthetic standard if he/she is still a virgin.<(*^__^*)>joking only
The guys nowadays can hardly find out what really take efforts in the plot.Even such an explicit end as CLAMP used 20 years before can move them to tears successfully.they call it a masterpiece,a classic,an amazing serial while the director has already been devastated by SUNRISE.Congratulations !you guys enjoyed a half-year-long barbarous rape in R2.Should I say "All Hail Lelouch!" as you guys did?
No more argue. it's ture that i dont like CG. After all, I wrote these words for unleashing only.
p.s. 谷口さん,see you in GONZO this month.
What do you know, yet another review for the sequel of what is arguably one of the most popular anime of this decade. Code Geass R2 had an INCREDIBLY big shoe to fill after an very impressive first season. Did the show live up to its own hype? If you are already scrolling over the 'not helpful' button because of my overall score, I recommend you read the review fully.
+ Fast paced and full of mecha action
+ Plot twists and unexpected events is this anime's favourite thing
+ Very intriguing concepts are revealed regarding the power of the Geass which was left a mystery on season
+ One of the better final episodes in recent memory
- The action shifted from a more tactical and strategic perspective into a more generic "new mecha with higher specs owns everything in its path" fashion.
- As much as the plot twists managed to shock, unfortunately many times they failed to give proper explanations for them.
- Much of the anime was spent on the battles, and then rushed the main plot in the last couple of episodes. Not the best way to spread such a complex plot.
- Many questions were left unanswered, and some aspects were never revisited from season 1.
- They tried too hard.
+ The glory of HD, I bow to you
+ CLAMP designs (if you like them)
+ Fantastic color pallete
- CLAMP designs (if you hate them)
- Compared to season 1. The animators seemed to have forgotten how to draw curved lines, the face designs could poke your eyes out.
+ Not much to discuss, the music is great
+ Fantastic voice acting, kuddos to all seiyuus
+ Very nice insert songs
- Some of the style of the music may not be for everyone's tastes
+ Very intriguing and mysterious characters. And memorable too.
+ Many side characters with a lot of potential grace the anime constantly
+ Regardless of what anyone says, Suzaku knows how to stir the fanbase's emotions whether its hate, or love.
+ Lelouch makes the anime worth watching.
- If you are not Lelouch or Suzaku, you will never be given much time to shine.
- Characters are introduced, and then disposed WAY too many times throughout the series.
- Killing characters only to bring them back for the sake of shock WITHOUT any explanation of how they survive plagues the show way too many times.
Enjoyment: I cannot lie when I say R2 is definitely an extremely enjoyable anime to watch. But sometimes its hard to not notice how ridiculous it can get in terms of plot and character development. My biggest let down was the way the plot decayed from the fantastic quality of the first season (which I gave a 10 in plot) to the still enjoyable but faulty "trying too hard to shock you" attempts of season 2.
Overall: Code Geass R2 IS a good anime, and its still a good sequel to the greatness of the first season and definitely better than a lot of other animes out there. But the anime itself falls under its own greatness by trying too hard to maintain its reputation. If you liked the first season then there is no way u wont like the second one. And if you have never watched Code Geass at all, I strongly suggest you do. Regardless of the hype, this is still one of the better and most refreshing series in recent years.
First off, take note that I have not seen the entire series at the point of writing the review.
Story: If you haven't seen Code Geass the original, there is really no point in you being on this page, and if you have seen it...it's almost exactly the same.
Art: Average for the time. It is good, probably the best point in the series, but it's average.
Sound: I like the VAs (Voice Actors), and the songs were OK, but nothing really wow-ed me.
Characters: I do say, Lelouche is a very good character, but he becomes predictable, and that kills his only good point - the rest of
the characters are seen everywhere else, nothing new, really.
Enjoyment: I gave it a three. It really wasn't entertaining. After seeing the first season, this was like watching it over again. I knew what was going to happen, and then watched it happen. This series is basically Death Note, except replacing the suspense with the occasional sighting of a mecha. Between the two series, there is an innumerable amount of "plot twists". I put the quotes around that term because they stop becoming twists, and become so predictable it seems like that would be the obvious thing to do.
Overall: I would not recommend this show, I remember after finishing Code Geass the first, I wanted to watch more! I wanted more! But I was disappointed...I wanted more Code Geass, not the first season. Overall, the show is HIGHLY overrated, I mean at 10 episodes, the watchers rated it number two out of every single anime out there, behind only the infamous (and highly enjoyable, although some of the other features are often debated about) Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. But back to my point, how did a second series, only half-way through, pass not only every single other anime in existence, but also the first series!? People are idiots.
Well, folks, it has been a short time but I am now ready to take a look at one of the most notorious anime of all time Code Geass R2.
Code Geass R2 come out at 2008 and ever since it finished airing anime fans were heavily divided on R2.
There are people who called it a masterpiece and saying it's one of the best anime of all time people despising it with a burning passion and calling it a train-wreck or people who thought it was okay.
What boat am I in?
For a long, while I use to be a boat where I thought Code Geass R2
was a masterpiece and I thought no anime can top Code Geass R2
However as the years went by as I got older as well as watching more anime and started to buy anime on Blu-Ray/DVD my opinion on certain anime has changed.
For example, I use love Sailor Moon as a kid but after watching more magical girl shows such as Cardcaptor Sakura, Madoka Magica as well as re-watching first season of Sailor Moon again in 2016 I thought the show didn't hold up well as it has a lot of flaws such as weak episodic story, mediocre characters and lackluster animation that has a lot of stock footage.
Well after recently re-watching Code Geass R2 for the 18th time on DVD from Manga Entertainment in the UK.
Did my opinion of Code Geass R2 change?
Do I think Code Geass R2 is a masterpiece, do I think Code Geass R2 was an okay show or now do I think Code Geass R2 is a train-wreck?
Well, you will find out from this review.
Hello, everyone, this is Shawn aka PhantomKurata and I will be reviewing Code Geass R2 and with that out the let's begin.
The year is now 2018. It’s been one year since the failure of the black rebellion and the supposed death of Zero. The Black Knights have been defeated by the Britianians. Lelouch is now living a normal life at high school where all of his memories about his sister and him being zero have been completely wiped out. One day Lelouch along with his pseudo brother Rolo decided to go to gambling at the Babel Tower. Soon the black knights lead by C.C Launches an attack on the complex to retrieve Lelouch. She restores Lelouch's memories allowing him to use Geass to kill his enemies and resume his role as Zero, the masked leader of the Black Knights. Lelouch later finds out that the emperor, his father has altered his memories with Geass as well learning that his sister Nunnally is still alive. Now Lelouch must try to rescue her sister back as well as once again try to defeat the holy britannian empire with the help of the black knights.
The story of Code Geass R2 is honestly not that good. In fact, it's really bad, especially when coming from R1 which for the most part had a great story that good writing for the most part.
The first half of R2 is mostly a big rehash of R1 where most of the events are taken straight from R1 and they slapped it on to R2. Sure there are differences here and there but a lot of the time I get a huge sense of déjà vu. It also doesn’t help that pacing for the first half was just terrible as it very slow and boring. Not to mention the tone shifts in R2 were unbearable here as the first half of R2 likes to change very quickly from a very serious tone to a more goofy tone. It’s honestly really distracting. In terms of writing, story direction and themes the second half of R2 is absolutely horrendous. It’s like the writers just give up and said screw it let’s just throw shit on the wall and see what’s sticks. From black knights betraying Zero due to them trusting the enemy Schneizal to the whole Sword Of Akasha subplot bullshit which was pretentious as hell.
Not to mention themes and realism are just thrown out the window in favor of people preaching to unrealistic nonsense.
Now am going to list 5 biggest flaws that I have with R2. 5 Major problems of that completely destroyed the show's quality
1. The school episodes. The school episodes of R1 while annoying they were actually tolerable to watch for the most part. The school episodes R2 are just awful to watch. Those episodes alone completely butchered to the tone of series and most of those episodes were pointless in the long run.
2. China Arc.
This arc was pain filler. That arc didn't do anything in the story, it didn't have a real purpose of existing and everything in that arc gives us nothing but plot holes.
I have nothing more to say about this stupid arc.
The cliffhangers in R1 were well executed and it manages to make the viewer excited for the next episode just to see what happens next. The cliffhangers in R2 are very hit or mess with some them being good the others are flat out retarded.
4. Plot holes.
Oh my god I have never seen an anime that has this amount of plot holes in my life. Keep in mind I was the same guy who has seen Gundam Seed Destiny, Guilty Crown, Digimon Adventure 02 and Sword Art Online and all of these shows that I just mentioned has a tonne of plot holes. Code Geass R2 has some of the worst plotholes I have ever seen.
Am going to list some of them right now.
How did Suzaku survive the explosion after the battle with Kallen
How is Suzaku still consumed by Lelouch's Geass by the end of R1?
Where did theses Knightmare come from?
The show never bothers to explain stuff like this as the show likes to waste on pointless stuff.
5. Sword of Akasha subplot.
This is what fucking happens if you take 13 episode subplot and crammed it in into one episode.
It's fucking awful and it makes the show a lot worse than it already is.
Not only there was no real build up or foreshadowing but it had a bunch of pretentious dialogue that is cringe-worthy.
Let's not forget a number of plot holes it has and even an average viewer can easily notice all the plot holes in the stupid subplot. Did I forget the pacing was nothing but horrid as it moves way too fucking fast and by the end of the subplot you will not care at all due to how poorly written and paced it was? Before I close the story selection off I like to say this.
Dead characters that die in a series should stay dead. Seriously did the writers read the Bible of Jesus Yamato or something?
Overall the story of Code Geass R2 is hot garbage. Really hot garbage. Most of the writing in this show felt like a bad fanfic done by a 13-year-old on fanfic.net who had no idea of what he was doing.
The pacing was awful, the tone shifts were unbearable, the plot holes were everywhere and it has some of the worst executed subplots I have ever seen in a anime.
Thankful the ending of Code Geass R2 manages to give us a satisfying end to the series that was well executed but this does not excuse the awful writing in the series.
I honestly have mixed feeling for this cast. In R1 most of the characters were likable and interesting but here some of the previous characters in R1 went from good to either being mediocre or downright bad.
Now normally I would talk about the main character first but here I would like to talk about some of the supporting characters first before we get to the main characters because I have a lot of complaints.
Let's start with the members of the black knights minus Kallen and Lelouch.
In R1 most of the black knight's members were kinda likable in they own way and they actually felt like actual soldiers with a goal.
In R2 almost all of the black knight's members became really unlikeable due to the stupid decisions that they made especially in the second half were in one point of the show they downright betray Zero after they being convinced by schnitzel words.
Okay why you all follow the words of an enemy. Expect to be complete dipshits!!!
Mily and Rivalz. I thought they were fun and characters in the show even tho they were not important in the main story. Also, Mily's graduation from Ashford Academy is one of the sweeter and better moments in R2.
Shirley. Just I thought this dumb bitch can get any worse this show happens. While it didn't go into any detail of this character in R1 I wanted to save all of my criticism towards Shirley in R2 because she is easily the second worst character in the whole series.
Throughout the series, she does nothing but talks about Lelouch. Almost every freaking time.
It's one thing to be in love but it's a different thing to only exist to suck on a guy's dick and to service tension bait for the plot, events, and writing.
She was bad in R1 but this show manages to make her even more insufferable. She is bland, her dialogue is asinine and she's is an overall bitch of a character who only exists to suck on Lelouch's dick from start to finish.
Am glad she was killed off in the second half because man I was a happy camper when it happened.
Shirley is a definition of a very poorly written character and I hope the directors and writers of Sunrise will not make a female character like that ever again.
Nina. She is an annoying trashy character who still can't get over Euphy's death as well as only existing to cause drama.
I have nothing more to say about this character.
Kallen. What did they do you, Kallen?
In R1 she is a beautiful badass pilot who is likable and had a bit of character development. In R2 the writers were like do you know what let's take all the development of all as well as her who made her a likable character. Throw it out of the window turn her into a unlikeable fan-service character who gets kidnapped by the Britannia forces and later just like the Black Knights she ends up joining Britannian side after being convinced by the dipshits that are called the black knights.
I will never understand the writers logic.
You took a character that I loved and has such amazing potential. Killed it shredded to pieces and turn her into a unlikeable bitch who has been reduced to fan-service bait for the horny teenagers out there.
Rolo. I really despise Rolo I really fucking do.
He is an annoying brat who whines a lot. Also, this little shit wanted to kill Lelouch's Little Sister Nually who keep in mind is blinded fragile disabled girl on a wheelchair. Who the hell write this shit?
In R1 she was an interesting character with a lot of mystery behind her and I overall like her relationship with Lelouch. She mostly stays the same in R2 but after that character reset for short while she has been reused into a fan service object that has lost all memories.
Suzaku. While I kinda liked him in R1 despite him being hypocritical at times. In R2 Suzaku became a recantation of Kira Yamato (Jesus Yamato) (Gundam Seed) complete with his hax plot armor bullshit along with his preachy attitude and hypocritical ideals. Like with Kallen everything that I liked about Suzaku is now thrown out of the window and he devolves into a Gary sue.
I have nothing more to say about this Hypocrital fuck.
I honestly have mixed feelings towards Lelouch in R2. While I like him for having good character development in the second half due to set events but at the same time, I really have to question his character ideals and attitude.
Remember in R1 where Lelouch had a more calm and confident attitude and had great ideals that were believable. R2, on the other hand, is more aggressive and more impatient meaning his a lot whinier not to mention his not as consistent as a character compared to his R1 counterpart.
His so called brotherly relationship is honestly retarded
Throughout the series, he had a deep hatred from Rolo and he wanted to kill Rolo. However, after a certain event in the second half of R2 as well as the black knights betraying him he out of nowhere starts caring for Rolo...
I will never understand Lelouch logic whatsoever.
I honestly prefer Lelouch in R1.
Ás for the rest of the characters.
Minus the ones liked in R1 there are pretty forgettable especially the knights of the round.
Overall the characters in R2 are a massive step-down compared to the R1 counterparts.
The visuals of Code Geass are still good as ever. Character movement is still smooth as ever Characters designs still look great and the animation for the mecha battles are still great.
However, there is one thing that really annoyed me about the mecha fights in R2.
The overkill formula. You see the mecha battles in Code Geass R1 had actual strategy and tactics making the mecha battles more fresh and exciting to watch. For some reason, the writers decided to use that stupid overkill formula that we saw from Gundam Seed and Wing and decided to put it into R2.
It honestly makes the mecha battle boring and unexciting to watch as most of the main characters mechas just pop out of nowhere and countless amounts of nightmares with a single shot.
The mecha design pretty much the same as R1 we still have the god awful Sutherland's and other boring mechs. However, there were some great mecha designs in R2 for key characters such as Suzaku’s Lancelot Albion, Gino's Tristan Divider and Kallen's Guren S.E.I.T.E.N. Eight Elements.
One more thing that I like to mention is the fanservice. R1 had fan-service and least in R1 the fan-service was not that distracting as its only exist for comedic moments of the show with a few exceptions. R2 on the other hand no so much. It’s all over the pace even in serious moments of the show and it’s really distracting to watch.
Overall while the visuals of R2 are still good but the mecha battles were very lackluster.
If there was one great thing to come out from R2 is the music. I really like the soundtrack as almost all the tracks were memorable and had a great tone.
The first opening theme 02 is a very catchy song. The second opening theme World End is one of my favorite anime openings ever.
The endings themes are a mixed bag for me. The first ending theme Shiawase Neiro is a good opening theme while the second ending theme Waga Routashi Aku no Hana is a forgettable ending theme.
The sub is good but I personally still prefer the dub as it very well acted for the most part not to mention it has Johnny Young Bosh as Lelouch who does a wonderful job voicing Lelouch.
Man, what a review this has been.
Overall I can say that Code Geass R2 not only a bad anime from Sunrise but it's just plain bad squeal.
The story was terribly written, the plot holes were outrageous and most of the characters including the new ones sucked.
The only things that saved Code Geass R2 of being in the same tier as Seed Destiny, Victory Gundam and Accel Word were the music, visuals, the ending and some of the characters that were in it. Everything else was a trainwreck and it made me wonder what exactly went wrong here.
Fortunately, There is a reason why Code Geass R2 ended up the way it did. Originally Code Geass R2 was meant to be on a midnight timeslot. However, due to fan popularity as well as Gundam 00 Season 2 taking that Saturday midnight slot it was moved to Sunday afternoons at 5pm. That alone explains why the most of the mature content, script, and themes from R1 had to be heavily toned down and it ultimately affected the overall quality of Code Geass R2 especially the first half.
It's such a shame really because Code Geass R2 had to potential to be great but it ended being a failure as a result.
I hope when it comes for future shows from Sunrise that the directors and writers learn from the mistakes that were made in Code Geass R2
The anime may be popular during its run back in the day but as the old same goes. Popularity does not equal quality and Code Geass R2 is no different.
I hope Code Geass Lelouch of the Resurrection fixes everything that was wrong from Code Geass R2.
Final Score 4.5/10
Anyway, this was Shawn aka KurataTrigger and I will see you guys next time.
..I just don't know how to write this down. It's probably one of those anime series which have affected me after watching the whole series. One of the few which are worthy of high praise from my view.
The story and character development were great, even though there might of been some totally unrelated episodes, this was to give the audience a break from all the fighting and the major politics which are happening in the background.
Each character had done their part extremely well, I felt as though the characters had just the perfect amount of screen time, though me being a C.C fan I did
feel a slight abandoning of her near the end. This goes without saying that Kallen's major screen time ended more earlier then C.C. Code Geass R2 manages to bring back some of the older character back in from the first season, this is true +1 from me cause I really did enjoy seeing some of the old people come back to kick some butt.
The story... ended off .. how should I put it, I guess I had expected it, but it was done extremely well, yet it was an emotional moment as well.... my hands are still somewhat shaky....Throughout the whole series Lelouch's master plans were demonstrated with vast, brilliant colours and the plot twists are placed in nicely.
The bgm (background music) weren't anything of new, but all fitted in perfectly with each scene, the ending song in the last episode just put me on the verge of crying...
I had thoroughly enjoyed this anime and the first one as well. The ending half of these series just captivated me to watch the next and the next episode after non stop! It is a brilliant anime and 'in my point' better then the first, it has alot more darker elements and plot twists, yet got me all hyped and emotional at the right times.
I recommend this anime highly to people!!
P.S - My thoughts obviously will differ from everyone elses ;)
Ah, Code Geass. I had never seen a more splendid anime in my life. The only thing that comes close is Death Note, but Code Geass was on a whole other level. When I heard that another season was coming out.... there were no words that could describe how I felt. If I ever recommend an anime to anyone, THIS is it. I'm yet to meet anyone who doesn't love it.
Anyway, Code Geass R2 has surpassed Season 1 in every way. Every episode ends with a cliffhanger, but it never gets old.
Hm... I'm no good at writing reviews, but I thought that R2 deserved all
I wanna be like Lelouch when I grow up!
Story: The most original I've ever seen
Art: Awesomeness. The animation is flawless.
Sound: Awesome fx
Characters: Well developed in so little time. @.@
Enjoyment: See above
Overall: 5x10=50 50/10= 10
Finally, the Code Geass saga has come into an end. All hail Code Geass!You are one of the most successful anime this decade (both in fanbase and business)
Let me introduce first why Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 certainly leaves us heated debates: The magnificent season 1 ended with an excruciating cliffhanger but had confirmed itself a sequel. Why was this sequel made?
1. To feed the gluttonous fanbase
2. To earn more cash
Moreover, the director, story writer and the production staff was pressured to make Code Geass R2...
1. "A lot better than season 1"
2. Satisfy enthusiasts by bringing a nice end
3. Still must have
romance, comedy and fanservice wrapped up together no matter how dramatic the show has become
4. Have action figures for money
5. Appeal to new viewers curious about its popularity.
Given the backdrop, and many expectations, I say CGR2 succeeded in making a satisfying story to most of the fanbases. Why? Given all the demands, almost as good as Code Geass wrapping up multiple genres together, R2 is definitely good in the things it offers. CGR2 retained CG's level of suspense and intelligence, precisely formulating mind-blowing action coupled with intense drama, psychological warfare and some comedic scenes. Probably few or none can match the amount and impact of major plot twists plentiful in this series. Totally intense and enjoyable.
Those are the good points we should and can observe. But R2 suffers from unavoidable sequel failures and potentials wasted or mediocre parts. To satisfy new viewers, it has sacrificed the beautiful climatic cliffhanger made by its prequel, restarting the advanced plot into a almost new setting. They broke the line. The primary focus on the storyline and main characters shifted into new subplots and plenty new characters(and mecha too): One may miss the classic fights of opposing pairs as R2 makes less of these. Consistency is also an issue, most of the episodes are well formulated but some are too fast paced with significant parts not emphasized.
Generally, R2 cannot meet many of our expectations, and will and can not answer many of the mysteries that was left. Lots of its prevalent themes are dissolved and replaced by new ones:
1. The fight for independence of Japan changed into a worldwide scale
2. The shadowy Order of Black Knights is already openly exposed
3. The humanism of the first season is reduced and existentialism is added
Yet it ended the saga very well based in the majority of fans' and enthusiast's opinions. Yet with all its flaws, it has substance: with all the mecha, it sums up the concept of war, love, hate, desire, freedom, life into the simple existence of the Geass.
Hurray for R2's animation! The quality is obviously higher! Costume designs (made by CLAMP) are very impressive and creative (though some may be too much). Coupled with new mecha designs, CGR2 became much more "colorful" than the last season. The endings are artistically drawn as they give us some symbolic hints of what may happen soon.
The only problem is, about two or three episodes destroyed the consistent high quality animation! The panels there are even worse than season 1's!
Music score is identical to the first season: epic. It is also consistent with the alternate universe they set; the mix of classical music with the touch of modern action tracks. The background music fits the scenes perfectly. The issue is the OP's , ED's Overall their lyrics reflect the themes very well but some will not appeal to some fans. Expect two Orange Range's, a Flow and an Ali Project.
The Hitomi insert songs are definitely more plentiful here and they give us heart warming or soul searching feelings. Well used and beautiful, they amplify the goodness of certain scenes. Yet because they are plentiful, they get little play time, some of them are not very memorable.
The ending of season one left a number of possibilities.
Given the "restarting" of the setting and "rewinding" of the advanced plot I say that character development started where it was left, continuing the conflict. But the progress would not be made possible without our main protagonist Lelouch Lamperouge's bravado. Bravo! Lelouch is still Lelouch! The depiction of his endeavors are well portrayed symbolically by his development with four women:
Kallen with the Black Knights, with the concept of his "mask"
Shirley with Ashford Academy, with the concept of "victim" of power
Nunally with his royal bloodline, with the concept of "wishes"
CC with the Geass, with the concept of "tomorrow"
His conflict with his enemy Suzaku remains intense and inspires both sadism and pity. The clash of ideal and reality is still emphasized though distributed into many people. R2 also gives chance for the underdeveloped characters to shine their dramas, necessary or not.The shifting of focus is a little bit hazier compared to the first season.
The character of interactions and personalities is outstanding, its the show's itself that may be a bit disappointing. As for the integrity of R2, plentiful unnecessary fanservice ruined it somehow, by distracting the viewers. Also, some philosophical dialogues, though trivial, are not excellent; failing to provoke thoughts. The failed attempts to deepen things that are originally not, disappoints viewers.
Enjoyment and Overall
Satisfaction is a personal opinion, so for me I can say that I really enjoyed CGR2-though some episodes are not very magnificent or annoying. The six months of anticipation is worth it and it was a nice experience.
I really believe that CGR2 ended very well. And I should say that everyone has the right to rate this anime based on either its achievements or failures. Based on watching this series, I am sure that it could have been much better but definitely not a trainwreck.
When i saw the first series of Code Geass I was captured by it. The story, the characters, the intense plot. Even the same opening song "Colors" by Flow i keep listening it. I waited so much the beginning of the new season, the R2, to see how the story will end. But every episodes i seeing, the more insensed the story became. Lelouch/Zero that start as an hero and an extraordinary strategist acting like a crazy man, his enemies became his allies too often. The story give us many example of stupid situations like tha knight of Cornelia that continue to call Lelouch
"my princess" or V.V. killing Marianne with a giant submachine guns. Too many examples of stupidity are present in this ugly seaso that have successfully sink what time ago i believe was one of the greatest i ever saw. Now i can only sadly pass from a 9 (first season) to a 4 (R2). I suggest to avoid to see it if you had liked the first that will always be the best.
Code Geass R2 seems to be the most serious pretender to the throne of the most overrated series ever. This anime is nothing but watchable and does not deserve any remarkable praise. For me it is hard to understand why this series is so highly acclaimed.
Certainly, the screenplay is the weakest part of R2. What is most evident is the complete lack of any general idea for the series. Events usually happen at random. Lelouch simply causes stir somewhere and hopes everything will turn out the way he wishes. People change sides for no clear reason (and if the reason is specified, it is
retarded). Plot twists are totally unjustified and often defy logic, not to mention probability. Generally, the dynamism greatly exceeds the substance of plot.
Ending was probably intended to be moving, but is simply ridiculous and makes you wonder why you wasted more than a few hours of your life watching that show.
Animation is rather good, but there is nothing exceptionally noteworthy. Mecha designs look quite impressive. So do battles. Unfortunately, there are too many cases of poor quality drawing to give animation a better score.
There are a few catchy tones, but the soundtrack is nowhere near masterpieces such as NGE. The sound generally matches what happens on the screen well and cannot be described as annoying or anything like that.
Whereas characters were one of the best aspects of the first season, the second one looks quite lousy in that field.
The best character of the show - Emperor Charles, is no longer a brave and ambitious (albeit violent) king that cares about his country and has a consistent (albeit controversial) view on realiity. In R2 he is some kind of a maniac with superpowers who in some unbelivable way combines Gendou Ikari with Nietsche and Hitler.
Lelouch was a little bit irritating in the first season and it does not change in the second one. Actually, things get worse. Lelouch constantly rushes from place to place and does not think much about his actions. Later, he develops some kind of pseudo-philosophy to justify his strange deeds. His strong sister complex and ambiguous attitude to Suzaku remain just as disturbing, as they were before.
There is a number of new characters, but they are either completely unconvinving (Xinge) or terribly annoying (Lolo). Schneizel plays a much greater role in the second series and is presented as an evil genius obsessed with power, world domination etc. Yes, the only thing CG lacked were evil geniuses resembling those form old James Bond movies.
Surprisingly, the series is quite fun to watch. It is so chaotic and unpredictable, that it makes you really curious what absurdity is going to happen next.
"The world cannot be changed with pretty words alone." -Lelouch
A story about trust and betrayal, truth and lies, bonds and hatred, justice and inequality, command and conquer, vengeance and redemption. This anime is simply amazing. It leveled up greatly from season one to this masterpiece. The openings and endings are great. There are characters that you will love and also characters that you will hate. I can also say that you will love the characters that you hated in season 1 and vice versa. You will see how each character will leave an impact to you. The art improved from the first season. The story
and plot twist are very deep that it might take your breaths away. Wow! I really like everything about this anime. Every episode becomes greater. I highly recommend this anime especially to those who likes tactical animes and to those who didn't like how season one ended.
I wonder just how many times R2 jumped the shark, because I lost count at around 50 or so. Everything that was great about the first season of Code Geass was absent in R2. Every character became annoying, the plot twists were idiotic at best and character alliances changed like the freaking wind. It almost seems the target audience R2 was aimed at are 14 year old brats with extreme cases of A.D.D. By the end of R2 I stopped caring who won, and who died... I in fact wanted everyone to die. No plot twist, no matter how clever could have saved R2 from
the complete disaster it had become once it passed half way.
Code Geass Round 2 is off to a good but confusing start that definitely leads you to want more, but is it enough? What we were left with in Season 1 was a sloppy story that degenerated into almost nothing. Round 2 attempts to pick up the pieces and put them together, but the first six episodes are seemingly just as confusing.
This is a temporary review, I will review it more later as the episodes come out.
So far though, the show seems to take a less serious approach than the first round. We are left with episodes that don't really progress the story as
much as show Lelouch's personal life and the silly antics associated with it, but is that a bad thing? No it's not because the episodes are definitely enjoyable, but as far as story goes, they're just going in one big circle.
Round 2 starts out the same as Round 1, matter of fact, it is Round 1 minus Kallen/Karen being at the school. I'm hoping it will pick up though as it seems to be doing, but for now the story is seriously lacking and falling apart slower than it's being put together, which IS a good thing.
Hopefully they'll put it into full motion soon enough, like always the Characters are enjoyable and fun to watch.
So far R2 is great and better than R1 was, but let's see just how they handle it in the next 19 Episodes.
"Life without change might be called anything except life, it's nothing more than experience. ... Yes, Emperor Charles sought the past, you seek the present, but I seek the future." -Lelouch
This review is a continuation of the review for part 1, where I'll detail the differences, and many improvements of R2 upon its predecessor. The assumption that the reader has seen Code Geass stands, so do with that as you will. Please message me if you have comments or questions- I'll be happy to address any concerns or views expressed herein.
Picking up where we left off, Lelouch continues his personal war against his
father, Charles, the Emperor of the mighty Britannia, aided by the Black Knights, and some new allies obtained along the way. A furious ride from start to finish, R2 really ups the ante with the pacing, character development, and plot twists. The whole of part 1 could be considered an extravagantly long exposition and character dialogue setting up the consequence filled, heavy emotional action in R2.
Quick stuff first:
Art: 8 (6 Animation, 2 Character design)
CLAMP character designs- skinny bodies, long spider legs. The animation is stepped up significantly from part 1. More vibrant colors, moving parts on Mechas, less stillframe, more idle animation during pans and other, more cinematic feel. More Juicy explosions, fluid fight scenes, and solid key frames. Character design consistency is very high quality throughout, with no loss of detail at any time.
The mechas still look great, and while many designs are again, reused for the no-name mechs, the named ones are pure awesome, and reach even higher levels of awesome than in part 1. The Guren SEITEN and Lancelot Albion are another level of cool.
Sound: 9 (8 for Voice Acting, 1 for OP and ED)
1st OP, O2 by Orange Range is energetic and fun, the other OP and EDs are fine.
Same players as before, great and varied voices headed up by Johnny Yong Bosch. Kept emotional intensity and believability high, again, props to Funimation for putting this incredible group of VA together. The sound and speech are half the show, and they perform to the highest extent.
As a continuation of Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch, or part 1, it's expected to see an extension of the themes and conflicts present. R2 is no exception. R2 is an immediate successor to part 1, and it thankfully differentiates itself from its predecessor with both style AND substance. R2 was a much more focused product, with less of the jack-of-all-trades approach to trying to cram as many different genres of anime into a 25 episode series as possible. This was ditched in favor of a character driven, emotional drama- complete with the redemption (in my eyes) of several characters who were absolutely detestable in part 1.
Kallen and Suzaku, the ace pilot counterparts of the Black Knights and Britannia respectively, both undergo an immense amount of growth as characters, and experience a real CHARACTER ARC- something they sorely lacked in part 1. Kallen finally realizes what it is that she's fighting for, and once she realizes her Raison D'etre, her reason for being; her heretofore importance to the plot consisting solely of fanservice and saving-Lelouch's-ass transitions to that of a true hero: a champion of that which is right, no matter the cost. Her inner conflict of doing what she feels in her heart is right, vs that of her orders absolutely mirrors the struggle that Suzaku faces. It made them both incredibly sympathetic, seeing the irreversible consequences that their actions wrought, and the difficult decisions they had to make with a morally ambiguous outcome.
Suzaku, on the other hand, nearly does a 180 as a character. His previously infallible skills are turned on their head, and he becomes the tragic hero: one who's lost so much, but has everything to gain for fighting for the future. Suzaku suddenly finds fallibility and self doubt in himself, partly for his past, and partly for the uncertainty of the future, and is better for it. Crippled inside after a traumatic event in the Tokyo settlement, Suzaku finally breaks free of the mental prison of his unflinching loyalty to Britannia, and begins to question what it is he's fighting for: is it for his own vengeance, or is it for the good of those that he loves? While his decisions threaten to destroy him from the inside out, he faces another, external struggle: that of his side in the war.
These themes: the twisted, moral ambiguity of war; the heart vs the mind, orders vs justice, drive the conflict within both Suzaku and Kallen, but most especially in Lelouch. Lelouch experiences unimaginable loss in R2... What does one do when they've had everything taken away from them? Not only their own future, but the future that they've fought the world to forge for their loved ones? Lelouch is, at the same time, both a tragic anti-hero, and a detestable villain. Some of the most emotionally destructive and heart-wrenching events imaginable happen to our main character: the death of loved ones, being betrayed by everyone he could trust, and being left broken and alone, with no one but his own head to depend on. Lelouch is nearly crushed, within and without, but finds it in himself to carry on: to ask the questions no one else is able to, to make the decisions no one else can, to create a future that no one else had ever conceived.
The history and tragic background of the tormented C2 are also explored, which hit hard emotionally. Of all the characters in the show, C2 is the one I sympathized with the most. Her past is absolutely gutting, and the repeated tales of tragedy that come forth are almost painful to watch.
From a plot perspective, the role reversals of Geass/Inner strength, the Black Knights and the Britannian military, and Zero/ the Emperor further serve to exemplify the relativity of truth, of right, of wrong. Two sides of a coin: the order, the chaos. The black and the white. Everything is counterpart to another, and this duality is one that drives Code Geass R2, and what makes it so entertaining and great. It allows the plot to twist and turn unexpectedly, but most importantly, believably. Nothing was presented in such a way that it was purely for the sake of "tricking" the audience. Motives were present, acted upon, and carried out with purpose and intent.
The writing improved markedly: less obvious plotholes and Deus ex Machina moments replaced with clever outs and, importantly, inner universe CONSISTENCY. Several plot conventions established that were thoroughly trounced and run over by a dump truck in part 1, as outlined in my review, were fixed and integrated well into the story. Workarounds for the Geass powers, their limitations, and even the nature of the powers are explored in R2, giving credibility to their usage in the story, rather than the appearance of "making it up as we go" that part 1 had.
The one-two punch of episode 4: Giant Pizza 2: Electric Boogaloo, Now With More C2 and episode 7, with the "twist" of the new viceroy of Area 11 was a mirror image/callback to that of part 1, I feared that R2 was also going to take the path of rehashing part 1, but just with different characters. To my great relief, it did not.
The second half of the show really stepped up the game on all fronts. All of the character drama, endless feints and jabs, subplots, and side stories all come together in an explosive and unforgettable conclusion. The ending is the subject of many an angry rant or exuberant fan reaction, and will continue to be. I personally thought the ending was extremely satisfying- what had to be done was done, and the history of the universe would be forever changed by it. It's left up to the interpretation of the viewer to decide what fate befalls Lelouch, and it's not my place to spoil it. However; if one considers the facts presented in the show, particularly those of the second half, the ending loses its ambiguity and it becomes quite clear what happened.
--If you want my take on the ending, PM me.--
Almost every character left standing is given an exposition or montage about their efforts after the conclusion, and everything is neatly wrapped up with a little bow, a present to the viewer for putting up with 49 episodes of Code Geass! Not really- by the time the ending comes, you'll be left wanting more. Code Geass was a show I was so unsure of in the beginning, but by the end, I had grown, along with the characters, to take control of my life and make decisions for myself.
The decision to finish Code Geass was one that I'll not regret.
What should've been a well-written, expertly-paced thrill ride, Code Geass R2 failed in every aspect. Most of the time I thought, "What the hell were the writers thinking?" But nevertheless, it won't fail to entertain you. I know most people will get the pitchforks out for me not endlessly praising Code Geass, but whatever. I don't find my gripes with the show to be completely unreasonable.
Code Geass R2 basically starts out with a 'reset,' of sorts. Lelouch Lamperouge, aka Zero, gets his memory wiped and has a normal life with his little brother, Rollo. It is soon after we are re-introduced to the main cast
of Allies and Enemies: Suzaku, King Charles, C.C aka Pizza Butt, Kallen and rest of the black knights. I felt this was a waste of time but the writers wanted to get some new viewers so why not start anew? From a logical standpoint, it doesn't make sense why King Charles didn't just kill Lelouch after the season 1 climax but for writing purposes, he let him live.
But that is not where the problem lies in R2. One of the big problems is that Code Geass loses it's identity. It does way too much pandering. What do I mean by pandering? Well, Code Geass becomes a rom-com, psychological horror, josei, seinen, shounen-ai, all in one season. Now I may be exaggerating, but only by a little bit. Code Geass was originally about Lelouch, a brilliant strategist with the power of Geass, who would masterfully outwit his opponents with style and flair. That does not exist anymore in R2. The writers tried so hard to appeal to every kind of anime fan under the sun, that Code Geass's original identity was lost in the process. What the hell man?
Next, is characters get stupider. They make completely illogical decisions because the plot dictates them to do so. I will give one example, but only one so I don't ruin the entire show for those who didn't see it. *Spoilers*Ohgi betrays Lelouch because Schneizel says so. He quickly sentences Lelouch, his leader, to the metaphorical guillotine because his ENEMY, yes enemy, tells them that Lelouch has the power to control minds. He throws out everything the rebellion fought for, for that reason. Also, Ohgi is a traitorous bastard as well but that is conveniently ignored. He knows Viletta works for the Brittainians yet he decides to do nothing about it. In the end, they make teh babies because they love each other so much and live happily ever after.*End of Spoilers* Stuff like that really pissed me off.
Finally, the pacing was atrocious. Every problem was met with a very quick resolution that was completely inorganic. This was probably due to the fact that code geass was only 20 something episodes long; it would have benefited from being a 50 episode long show. The show probably gets all of its high praise from its grandiose, but fitting ending. I felt the ending would have been better, if the rest of the show was up to par.
Now, looking in-depth at the characters, the cast is pretty weak. The only character I really liked was Lelouch, but who doesn't like Lelouch. He is bold, brash, arrogant, cocky, everything you would want in a main character. Everybody else, I can't speak highly about. Suzaku is still Suzaku, which means he is a hypocrite, idiot and morally righteous douche. Shirley still Shirleys, which means she serves no real purpose except to be Lelouch's, "humanity." C.C. is still there to be sexy, and eat pizza. The newest character is the Yandere Shota, Rollo, who is there to creep you the hell out. I hated him but who doesn't? Most of the cast becomes fanservice, especially Kallen, but I am no going to write an essay about it.
The art is pretty good. The animation is smooth, sleek and nice to look at. The mecha battle scenes are not on par with EVA or even Gundam but they will do.
Did enjoy Code Geass R2? I would be lying if I said no. No matter how stupid, how ridiculous or how frustrating it was to watch, I could never take my eyes off of the screen. Code Geass is really fun to watch, but only with your brain off. If you think too hard, you might recognize how simply ridiculous and nonsensical the show really is.
Code Geass R2 gets a 6/10 from me. I would never rank this among the best anime of all time, although it is one of the most popular anime. Everybody should watch this show as it is considered a modern day classic but I am not crazy about it.
**Review Edited, Completed Series - DO NOT READ MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.* (Last review, i admit, i let my love for Geass conflict my review into being bias. Things have changed)
Story - 8.0/10 (B-)
Well, it takes place after the failed Black Rebellion. Zero has been supposedly killed, Suzaku becomes a member of the Knight of Rounds, and Kallen still is loyal to her Zero. The first episode feels like the first episode of the first season, dunno if it's good or bad however the introduction of Rolo, Lelouch's brother, brings some needed drama into the show. Afterwards, after all the corruption, conspiracies,
Schneizel and the F.L.E.I.J.A warhead attack, things seem to really get odd. Suddenly, people are dying for almost no reason, people are magically coming back alive, and then Schneizel. It all feels too jumbled up, kinda like watching way too many soap operas. The ending is really not so good, i mean no Schneizel - Final Boss thing? But, the way Sunrise made Lelouch's death seem emotionally pulling (Yup, i shed a tear on you, Lulu.)was brilliant. It evens out the poorly-managed plot.
Animation - 9.7/10 (A)
Well the animation for Geass really got better, much better. The new Knightmares: Vincent Prototype, Shen-Hu, Guren S.E.I.T.E.N, Lancelot Albion and Shinkirou are really well designed. Like watching Gundam all over again, Code Geass gets props for such beautiful animation.
Sound - 10/10 (A+)
Beautiful. The music for Code Geass makes even Shakespeare want to wonder how it's made. Every single piece of gold (music) was beautifully executed perfectly. The final song played during the last minutes of the show, "Continued Story" by Hitomi, is a masterpiece at best.
Characters - 6.8/10 (D+)
Well, i gotta stop here. I really didn't like how they added about 12 characters an episode, kinda gave me a headache. Let's name them all shall we?: Li Xingke, Tianzi, Kaguya, Schneizel, Kanon, Rolo, Anya, Gino, Bismarck, Miss. Romeyer, Ougi, Villeta, Orange-kun (Jeremiah), Sayoko, Todou, Chigusa, Guilford, Shirley, Milly, Rivalz, Nina (Oh, god not table humper), Arthur, Lloyd, Cecile, Cornelia, V.V, Lelouch, C.C, Kallen, Suzaku and then finally..The Emperor. I probably missed a dozen more, but you get the picture.
Enjoyment - 10/10 (A+)
Though many might call it a trainwreck, i think it's the best damn trainwreck. It's so enjoyable watching every thing unfold so oddly. You can hate Code Geass yet still enjoy it. The show really has gone a long way, and i can say i want more, like a side-story or prequel. Kudos to Sunrise for excellently making a fine show.
Overall Averaged: 8/10 (B-)
The Good: Background music, much better animation than season 1 and a fitting end to a show many "enjoyed" in different ways.
The Bad: Plotholes, excess amounts of characters (even more than Naruto does) and way too much fanservice.
**As this is the sequel to the first season of Code Geass, let me tell you that the review is for both seasons. I'd rate them the same and enjoyed them in a same way.
Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch / Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion /コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ ; 2 x 25 episodes a 20minutes ; aired from April to September 2008 ; Action, Mecha, Super Power, Military ; licensed by FUNimation and Bandai Entertainment
Code Geass is a classic, a must watch. The story very much follows a general idea often seen in books, movies and series: a normal human obtains a power to then
use it for a greater good, mostly his own ideals. Code Geass executes this idea masterfully, creating a series which stays in the memories of its viewers forever. Furthermore (minor spoilers) it discusses and puts light on the very real threats of a worldwide nuclear war, the usage if lies and dishonesty in modern politics and basics of today's politics and terrorism. An exceptionally superb show, this is a must-watch for every anime fan.
As I already said, the generic plotline of someone obtaining a superpower to then take on the world and turning it on its head is nothing new. Yet Code Geass manages to bring a psychologic discussion into this, putting up the enforcement of ideals of peace and equality against the unrightful push of said ideals on the nonwilling people and the nonchangeable flow of time and the world. The various character relations and well chosen cliffhangers and plot twists make for an awesome storyline who just cries to be binge-watched.
Being a relatively old anime from 2008 the show still has pretty good art that can definitely keep up with modern shows. The fight scenes are well animated, especially in the Knightmare one-on-ones. Sometimes I wish they'd have put more thought and detail into certain areas (C's World) but still pretty good overall.
The background music was very fitting, just what you would expect. Underlining the tone of the series, especially the Nunnaly OST #25 was great. The first OP and ED were very good, while the 2nd ones felt a bit out of place.
Lelouch's character traits, psychological and mundane beliefs and ideals are what every person in their early teen years wants to be and follow (in a reasonable extent). The discussion of world peace, evil, discrimination and happiness is well portrayed in the different characters and encourages a own discussion and dispute about morals and politics. The show also takes a good mix of entertaining Slice of Life (school episodes) to then turn back to a more serious and bigger tone.
Controlling the world, the struggles and the fights for it: probably the most discussed theme in the head of every single person. What am I ready to give up in order to get what I want? Is whatever I am doing for a greater good right, put in perspective of a single eye? Code Geass shows these conflicts within Lelouch and the various characters, also illustrating the whole concept of honesty and lies, world politics and threats. Lelouch can be considered a genius: He more than once managed to predict the exact reactions of his counterparts to then react accordingly. His unique character mixed with the colorful and widespread themes and character types of the show makes an awesome and very enjoyable series.
"In front of the greater picture, the tears of those who have lost their loves ones are the only thing that remains." Code Geass is awesome and excels in a lot of aspects. There isnt a single person who won't like this series, which is also reflected in the ratings. I suggest everyone to watch both seasons, atleast once.
I realize that this review might be a bit confusing, but I'm still done and over after finishing this series. It's awesome and I can see myself in a lot of Schneizels, Ohgis, Kallens and Lelouchs ideals, hence an objective view is very hard to give from my part! :D TL;DR: Watch it its awesome.