Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch)
Plot: "In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?" (site synopsis)
Story: Since i never was and i still aint a big fan of hardcore mecha shows, i was not too much interested in Code Geass however after i heard some recommendations coming especialy from people that seen both Death Note and Code Geass i had to give it a shot to see wether or not this one could impress me like Death Note and especialy if it won't be an epic failure like Death Note. The story centers on a young high school student named Lelouch Lamperouge. He toghether with his sister are being sheltered at Ashford Academy in Area 11 (formerly known as Japan, before the Britannia Empire occupied it). However Lelouch is not an average Britannia citizen, he has royalty blood the same like his sister although he bears a hatred against Britannia and his family that apparently abandoned both of them in Japan at the time the war begun. Blessed with a high inteligence lvl Lelouch could only think of how to get revenge and destroy the Britannian Empire and one day, after a sudden encounter with a strange girl called C.C. his wish became reality. C.C. implanted a geass in his left eye, so from now on he had the ability to control the will of other people, ordering them to do anything despite the consequences of their actions. Quickly he grasps his new power and his plans to rebel against Britannia begun. He takes the command of a terrorist force who wished to obtain the independence of Japan by any means. Lelouch was exactly the right man and the right place, his uncommon inteligence, his cautious nature, his devotion to his sister Nunnaly and his conceptions he was prepared to become the enemy of the biggest empire and rebel against his own country, against his own people, against his own family. The psychological impacts that this show sends are much more intense than the ones we received from Death Note (those who watched both know what i mean) and the setting of this show is absolutely perfect, a world who was constantly in war, using all means necessary to win, showing the true damages of war, slaughter, betrayal, deception. The question is will Lelouch be able to defeat the Britannian Empire and his own family and to change the world into a kind one? Really nice question, concidering his nature and his unexpected and unpredictable decisions, feelings of doubt might appear while watching this first season of Code Geass. Code Geass in my opinion is the best work that Sunrise ever produced, among all its failures (sincerely othen than Crest and Banner of the Stars series and Black God, and a couple of Gundam shows no other shows were worth watching and what pisses me off is that they have a very competent staff yet they somehow manage to ruin most of the shows they produce).
Animation and Sound: In terms of animation i was pretty much delighted with what i seen, nice backgrounds, nice fighting scenes, nice special efects and especially nice character design. From only the character designs you could figure out the personality of the characters and their desires. The sound was also very well chosen, some OP and ED were briliant but i have no complaints about the OSTs which are the work of a genius, mixing them perfectly with their corresponding scene.
Characters: The best point of this show is actualy related to the characters, Since this is an anti-hero show, the main characters must be well developed and Code Geass does not really fail in doing this, Lelouch, Kallen, C.C., Suzaku were very well developed. Also this show actualy has a very big cast, aside from the four i mentioned above. Lelouch is indeed a perfect copy of Light from Death Note but a copy that surpassed its mentor actualy in my opinion.
Overall: All in all Code Geass was a very addictive show, filled with action sequences, with amazing and captivating battles, with unpredictable twists, filled with suspance making you to stick to your screen and marathon all the show non-stop, in other words an unique experience. Highly recommended for mecha lovers and for Death Note especially, and also for those that love psychological and inteligent shows.
~Enjoy and Cya Around~