It’s time for another Luvjapan Anime Review. We’re reviewing a mecha series this time although some would argue that the mecha aspect is the side genre even though the mecha presence is really known here. We’re talking about the Code Geass series which is not only a popular mecha series but also a psychological based one. The series ran for two separate seasons with 25 episodes each. We’re just going to combine both since the plot is connected and production values are the same.
In an alternate 2010, Japan has been colonized by Britannia now calling the country and its people as Eleven. One of the princes of Britannia named Lelouch Lamperouge and his younger sister princess Nunnaly were exiled by the father Emperor Charles zi Britannia for several reasons. Lelouch in his tenure in Japan gains the power of the Geass which lets him control people’s minds but for only once and a limited time. Now Lelouche is bent on revenge against his father by using the Japanese people as his personal army with him under the guise of Zero the Savior. The course of the series progresses with several mind games and mecha battles with the machines being used called the Knightmare Frames. In the end, Lelouch managed to kill his father but had to kill himself in public using his close friend Suzaku now under the guise of Zero to bring about peace in the world.
- It’s not your typical mecha anime that features all out robot on robot action. It’s more on tactical fighting and mind games which makes it interesting.
- Even the actual mecha are made just right. They don’t give off that futuristic super robot feel and power but rather something similar you could get on a modern day type deal.
- The series has a nice balance of genres such as action, mystery, sadness and others that don’t tend to overlap or overpower the others.
- Despite the good balance of genres, certain plot points kind of make your head scratch. One episode you have a heated battle then later that episode or the next one has them at school. It should have been better to have one or the other.
- There series starts a bit slow which is understandable but some of the early events in the start don’t have much of an impact later on.
If you like mecha and mind games related anime series then this one is for you. It has an emphasis on tactical combat rather than the usual super hero character to save the day. It also blends in political and social ideas related to acts of war or peace. It’s a series that’s easy to follow and you won’t be short on action and other classic mecha elements.