The entire country of Japan has been conquered by the Britannian Empire and has been renamed to Area 11.
The 17th heir to the Empire, Lelouch, has been expelled from the royal family and got caught in the middle of a terrorist attack by the Japanese. Just at his moment of death, a strange girl gives him the power of Geass. With his new power, he plots his revenge against Britannia.
What We Think Of Code Geass
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Code Geass is one of the most iconic psychological anime’s ever made next to Death Note. It was an anime far ahead of its time in terms of animation, storyline, and character development.
The first episode dives into strategy and out thinking your opponent through a chess game. Chess is a reoccurring theme in Code Geass because of the mental battle that Lelouch has with the Britannian Royal family. His first orders were given as moves on a chessboard which lead to the fall of Prince Clovis early in the anime.
Lelouch’s methodical thought pattern and ability to think ahead is what sets him apart from everyone else in Code Geass. He is always looking towards the future and the end result. This is what makes him such a likable character. Lelouch isn’t the only character with a well-thought-out personality either. Each member of the Black Knights and the Empire have an etched out personality that makes sure no 2 characters are alike in any way.
One of our favorite themes in Code Geass is the idea of a mask. While acting as Zero, Lelouch wears a mask that covers his whole face. With the student council, Lelouch takes off the mask and is a caring older brother and lazy student. With his mask on he is a methodical planner with the goal of getting revenge on the Britannians. When his mask falls off he is in a moment of weakness. Whenever anyone in the anime other than C.C sees him without Zero’s mask, it is during an intensely emotional scene like Shirley’s death.
Code Geass is 1 of our favorites here at The Anime Index and we can’t just recommend that you watch it once. The anime is a masterpiece with so many hidden themes that even after the 3rd watch you will keep finding new things about Code Geass.