Lariel's Lelouch of the Rebellion Tv Review

Lelouch of the Rebellion

Lelouch of the Rebellion tv Review

Lelouch was a prince until the day his mother was murdered; his little sister Nunnally became paralyzed and blinded. Now in high school, he's bored with life, playing chess with rich aristocrats to stave off boredom while caring for Nunnally. One day, he meets a mysterious woman named C.C. who offers him power through a contract which he accepts; C.C told him that this power is called "Geass" and it can forcibly make other people obey his command with eye contact. With this new found power, he adorns a mask calling himself Zero. He then begins to gather warriors calling themselves the Black Knights, with the ultimate goal to overthrow Britannia and recreate a perfect utopia where his sister can live a life of peace.

R2 is a direct sequel to the main series. Lelouch is back to his old ways of playing chess with aristocrats, his life and memories of being Zero suppressed and his sister Nunnally somehow replaced with a brother named Rolo. A year later, C.C. finds him and is able to restore his memories and his power. Remembering who he really is, he's determined to get back to doing what he'd started a year ago as well as find out what happen to his sister!

Story & Characters

Contains slight spoilers

Overall, Code Geass revolves around Lelouch Lamperouge, a seemingly normal student of the Ashford Academy. Under those pretenses, he is, however, a member of the Britannia Imperial Family, the eleventh prince of the Emperor. Lelouch, who plots to overthrow the Empire, is granted the power of the Geass by a mysterious girl by the name of C.C., and in return, he has to grant her greatest wish. And thus, using a pseudonym 'Zero', Lelouch establishes the Black Knights, in order to create an ideal world for him and his sister Nunnally to live in. Basically, everything focuses upon Lelouch's one goal to plot against the Empire, and yet there are so many additional things that can be connected to the plot, such as the appearance of Mao and other characters.

Alright, now moving on to the characters. Most of them were certainly excellent creations, such as Lelouch, C.C. and yes, even Suzaku. However, Euphemia, who seems to be a total duplicate of Lacus Clyne, who originates from GSD annoys me greatly, and Mao, for his obsessive compulsiveness for C.C. In addition, Shirley, who gets on my nerves every time she makes an appearance. A minority of characters makes an appearance, and doesn't exist any longer, unless you count those main and major ones. Bland for that, I suppose.

But lest of that, Code Geass makes you think: what will happen later? Who will 'die' next? How exactly is this character is connected to that character? A lot of 'whys', 'hows', and 'whom'. Slightly confusing, but as you grasp hold of everything, it becomes exciting and enjoyable.

For those who appreciates much action, a solid storyline, and a cliffhanger plot that leaves you wondering of it's ending every single second, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion is a must watch.

Rating: 8


As stated, even though some additional scenes may contain ecchi-ness, but the art... oh, it's really lovely, especially with the complex designs of the Knightmare Frames. Knightmares may have been a more ancient version to the GUNDAMs we are all familiar with, but Suzaku's Lancelot left me gaping in awe. Blending of colors are done with much precision, though occasionally it flairs a bit too much. The characters are well designated, appropriate with their own appearances. Sometimes, the outfits DO go out of board, but that can be tolerated. A little more refining would have been much appreciated.

Rating: 8


The seiyuus performed their deeds wonderfully- especially Lelouch and C.C. seiyuus, Jun Fukuyama and Yukana. Though I would have to say differently for most OP and ED themes of Code Geass. Most do not suit to my tastes, and certain ones frays my temper occasionally. An OP -that I could not recalled the name- sounded gibberish, certainly not points you seek for inside a song, but ignoring those, the background music certainly matches the concepts of this anime. A mixture of many genres, certain background music and the OSTs are inspiring.

Rating: 5


Humor is not very present in Code Geass as it more focused upon battle scenes, but somehow, everything within Code Geass fits in place- piece of puzzles to form a picture. Code Geass leaves its viewers wondering and pondering about its climax, a trait which is much appreciate, considering the sad fact that most animes do not contain any longer. Code Geass was certainly enjoyable. Certain parts drove me annoyed and sometimes disgusted when I re-watched it, such as the whining of Shirley and a scene with Nina Einstein which I would not like to describe, but I would give the presentation a well deserved '8'.

Rating: 8

Final Verdict

7.50 (good)

Reviewed by Lariel, Jul 27, 2007


  1. magicfindsheep Jul 28, 2007

    Great Review! Really captured the essence of Code Geass..

    /sigh.. When will the final 2 episodes arrive?!

  2. shoujoboy Jul 31, 2007

    Rather close to the overall score I gave the show. But then my main pitfalls were the ending and as you said, the music. I guess I'm not the only one that music rubbed the wrong way.

  3. HikariBear Nov 13, 2007

    great review! i agree, especially in relation to the presentation!

  4. carl123abc Jan 08, 2008

    Its a great and fair review, you looked at things perpectively. but im such a big fan of lelouch that i just disregard any bad things and woudla given it an extremely high score XD.

  5. angel26278 Nov 17, 2008

    thanks U for share your CG review

  6. ShinjuyokuLelouchgrl Feb 12, 2009

    cool review^_^

  7. beryl0402 Mar 18, 2009

    great review :D

  8. ryanwho Mar 29, 2009

    What a snore.

  9. SchRita Aug 24, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

  10. Sanisa Sep 21, 2009

    Cool review

  11. Warpten29 Oct 12, 2009

    For me code geass is number one anime....
    ... it has the best ending and best plot ever...
    ... though it maybe impossible i want an R3...
    anyway the review seem fine. but why didn't you mention mao

  12. SchRita Oct 31, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

  13. Sanisa Feb 24, 2010

    Thanks for the review! Nice ^__^

  14. Warpten29 Mar 19, 2010

    this is great!

    merged: 03-25-2010 ~ 05:22am
    Well you did your best.
    So i guess its fine

  15. angelxxuan Banned Member May 23, 2012

    although it's a nice review, I just can't get out of it what other people have. I was sold on it by the beginning song of the very first episode that I probably wouldn't like it and sure enough it got worse for me shortly there after.

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