Code Geass starts off with Lelouch showing his true genius by winning a chess game (????), we didn't see how he won but we know he's smart from this (?????---?!?). Some evil guys take over the world and strip Japanese people of their pride and names, Lelouch, doesn't like this. Lelouch runs around town for a while and gains some superpowers then hops in a big fancy machine and turns the camera and says "Geniuses can operate any machine without reading instructions or knowing what to do, get with the program noobs". Lelouch runs away with his fancy mecha and says "haha, I have a pacman mini-map on my mecha, from this I've deduced that there is a convinent train with mecha in it'. Lelouch once more turns the camera and says "Geniuses can create spontaneous plans that fit together perfectly, don't you know JUST HOW SMART I AM!?!?" SWITCH BACK TO SOME DISTRESSED FAT ARROGANT BOURGEOIS, "Oh shiitt, something's going down but it's np cause I am GENIUS MILITARY MAN, all units go foward and crush them!!"
Lelouch laughs at the simplicity of the fat arrogant bourgeois' plan and then says "Obey me, the audience can vouch for me, they saw me play chess well so now I can lead you to victory" and the rebels are like damn who is this kid, oh well lets do it. Lelouch yells out with dramatic hand gestures, shoot to the left! to the right! backwards! Dramatic music follows and it's damn intense, the rebels begin to marvel in Lelouch's genius
Rebel #1: YOO THIS KID IS AMAZING
Rebel #2: Indeed, we will trust him for now
Rebel #3: How come our mecha's don't have pacman minimaps like his? Shit's so unfair yo
Rebel #1: These must be cheap models, fuck my luck seriously... I wouldn't need someone to tell me to shoot left or right if I had one for myself then i'd be god of the world too
Rebel #2: Yeah, he hi-jacked the enemies' mecha so it must be better
Rebel #4: How come they aren't shooting through walls when they have the same mecha...? I mean surely it can't be so difficult..
Zero: FOOLS, Only a genius can use this pacman minimap effectively, could a normal man honestly call out the exact direction in which to fire? NO. Could a normal man win a chess game? NO. So shut the fuck up and do as I say
Then Fat arrogant enemy leader laughs and says "mwuahaha, you're trapped now gg sucka" but Lelouch has a trick up his sleeve. He explains that "Geniuses' strategies may seem simple and obvious but you can't comprehend the finer details of my greatness, so shut up bitch"
Victory was achieved for the rebels and much happiness occured throughout the rebel noobs. Much audience applaud the Code Geass for creating a Death Note with action in it, Lelouch the genius of our time... achieved imbalance and allegedly owned. In all seriousness if I had time to break down the complete idiocy of evey situation like this then believe me I would, but unforuantly you're just gunna have to trust me when I say... I could!!! If this doesn't annoy you then that's cool, but I hope I have shown Code Geass is not so smarts...
I've heard such great stories about how brilliant and well designed this plot line is, the true genius of it etcetc blah blah.. However from a reviewers perspective, simply creating a character who is CALLED a genius, and SEEMS very moral or APPEARS to be very cool and awesome does not make an anime good. It's true that Code Geass attempts to remain true to the idea that this is not unrealistic, merely futuristic and thus everything Lelouch does is commendable for that very reason. However the difference saying something exists and showing it is what makes the difference between a good story. Death Note is an example of anime that can show it's genius, Code Geass is an example of an anime that describes it's genius, in other words nothing "genius" ever happens, and so the anime isn't genius. Just because it has a character who is supposedly a genius IN the anime... Just because other characters admire him or praise him, DOES NOT MEAN WE SHOULD. Be a little more critical for fucks sake..
I'm not going to write anything more about the story, if you want more then look at community reviews and click on the 1/10 one, he says the flaws very clearly and correctly.
Not too bad in my opinion, I think sometimes it was a little annoying and it ruined some of the scenes, i'll add some pictures hopefully to show you what I meant by that but generally it was quite acceptable. I never watched any mecha except this and Neon Genesis and so I'll just say I thought it was pretty cool.. but I can't really compare it to anything much. It was decent but it didn't stand out to me much, I think for dramatic scenes it would have been nicer if animation picked up a bit in quality.
Not too bad, i'm a bit bias when it comes to OST I'll admit very openly. I don't really like the style of music that Code Geass decided to use but I can acknowledge that the OST was pretty decent in creating the mood that I felt they wanted to, but again a better action mix and a better drama mix would have really made a much better anime, don't underestimate the power of music just because it's an anime. I didn't like the OP or ED but that's my personal taste, won't bother saying much about them.. I didn't think they fit the mood of the anime but they certainly fit the cheesyness HAHAHAHA >_>.
Voice Acting was below average, trying hard not to be bias and compare it to a certain similar anime, *cough Death Note cough*, which clearly surpassed it significantly. I think just in general, the Lelouch wasn't too bad, Kallen was okay and then there was no real character on the other voices, it doesn't help that the script sucked and the plot was bad but voice actors always have the chance to carry their anime. Sometimes I watch anime of a standard I wouldn't bother with generally just because it has a good voice actor cast. In this way, they failed to step up to the plate when they were needed most.
I've explained my issues with the way that these characters were presented, they didn't show us who they were. They relied on well-known cliches or description/small scenes that bypass reason in order to display traits. For example Kallen is overly and irrationally spontaneously violent and strong, her childhood displays nothing about her character but it adds "depth" and Kallen explains to us some strange and boring things about how it affected her and that was that. At other times they just seemed to sink into their role and be nothing more than that, which made them boring. Many characters represented and acted as pawns in certain themes and to create drama/plot, Suzaku is a good example of this and so is Lelouch. These characters serve as nothing more than representations of a cliche, Lelouch's and Suzaku's morals contradict each other in every way. The frustrating irony is that all the characters are buddies yet they constantly undermine eachother in order to create drama. Once you realize that link, predicting this anime becomes insanely simple.. and it's because of the characters, the plot alone is not predictable amazingly, i'd argue it doesn't make much sense either but that's irrelevant for this section!!
Not too much to say really, characters are boring and reveal the plot through the fact that the only drama that ever occurs is through the betrayal of friends to each other by constantly undermining each other and in this way ruining their chances for any success of their own. It's a frustrating and boring process particuarly when it's hard to like any of the characters when there's nothing special or interesting about them. If you're having a hard time keeping up with me but you've watched the anime.. Close your eyes and think about every mainish character, about their morals and nature. Then compare those morals and their nature to the characters they come into conflict with. You'll find the large majority of them are exact opposites =/, anywho 4/10 is justified alone by the fact that they are described not shown + cliche.. ignore my mumbling I guess >_>
I doubt i'll edit this despite how messy this section is.. Code Geass is very well-known and so I doubt this review will serve to do much other than annoy some devoted fans which I really don't care to do, if you're a noob who is wondering whether to watch this or not and somehow you've been drawn to this review, comment me and i'll fix it up.. but to my knowledge you people don't exist hehe...
5/10 is quite generous but I give it because I made it through till the end and still decided to watch the second one. It was one of the first animes I watched and so I somewhat enjoyed it despite many bursts of outrage at the stupidity of some of Lelouch's dealings. In all honesty it's not terrible, I tried to watch it again so that I could make an awesome review to mock some devoted fans but I dropped it out of boredom and frustration very quickly. Due to that however, i'm prepared to say that just as I once enjoyed Bleach, I enjoyed Code Geass.... I think that enough people have enjoyed it including somewhat myself a year ago, to say that it'd be unfair to slap it for it's many faults and ignore what makes it watchable (fanservice;D). I don't like writing review on overly reviewed anime but it's important to have at least one comprehensive hate review on this anime ;-p... I stand by what I say please comment + check out my other reviews tyty