Though it has been one year since the Black Rebellion failed, the battle lives on, as the Holy Empire of Britannia attempts to expand its power worldwide, and the Black Knights work to regain theirs.
As a newly instated Knight of Rounds, Suzaku Kururugi is an indispensable asset in battle, though he has yet to bear the full weight of his title. Among his opposition, C.C. and Kallen Stadtfeld strengthen their bond as they work together on crucial missions for the Black Knights. Interspersed throughout the drama are lighthearted, humorous moments, including the Ashford Academy Student Council’s handmade dress party and the Black Knights' pajama party.
Blending tragedy and comedy, Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2 Picture Drama gives a behind-the-scenes look at the characters of its parent series, showcasing how they come to terms with their roles and each other.
First of all ignore "Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, Slice of Life" part. This and the fact that those are shorts really give wrong impression about what this picture drama is.
So, what it is then? Just as first season's specials, those are short stories focused around R2 story, with some telling about things from past and last episode happening after R2 epilogue. The reason why I'm saying to ignore genres is how meaningful this special is. While there is some fanservice, all episode add to the main story and are on the serious side. Some also hit in the feels.
Just as the title says, it's a picture
drama. In other words still frames with voice (and subs) telling story. It's worth mentioning that art is far better than in previous picture drama - here all episodes use same drawing style and move "panels" through screen for better effects. It looks less like random collection of leftover frames put together into something and more like actual work of art.
Personally I really liked the way it looked and didn't have any problems with it not being full animation.
Characters and music are from main series, so there is no reason to comment on that.
I really recommend watching it to anyone who enjoyed both seasons of Code Geass. Even if you generally don't like picture dramas, I encourage you to give it a try - it's worth it.
For those who’s wondering whether to watch these picture dramas, I have written short summaries for each episode:
1. Sad and edgy Suzaku
2. Kallen and C.C chat (happens before r2)
3. Student council “handmade dress party”
4. Kallen, C.C. and the Chinese Federation
5. At Clovis’ casino
6. Pyjama party—with all the cool girls and the white-haired loli
7. Rolo: the Story (offers insight into his character)
8. C.C and Cécile discuss ”da future and stuff”
9. In the present (Bittersweet extension of r2 ending. Must watch.)
Like the first picture drama, stationary images are used, the sequences are fully dubbed (voice acted) and they are around 5 minutes each.