In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan after a brutal month-long assault; 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, while investigating a crashed military plane, 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?
Everyone who browses through forums and anime sites has certerly heard of Code Geass. Crowds of people singing the praises of it, as it's the best show so far. I've not seen it, and I picked the manga because I wanted to read this instead; here it came the dark side of CG. Everyone knows the plot; in this case I have no clue on writing it as I use to do. All you need to know is that, apart from the good promises, it totally loses the way. Chaotic, confused, badly developed, this says all. With characters not defined and just totally shameful. While the story goes quickly forward forgetting things and introducing yet others, characters just follow its ruote without having a single spark of personality and self/people-awareness. About the art, it was okay after all, even if a bit more of care and clearness in the body traits/scenery/robots wouldn't have wasted. But I can't complain about it, because the true thing in charge of the decay is the development. Of all parts. Wanna try the acclaimed Code Geass and find your rebel side? Watch the anime. Now and ever, without even touching this. As I said at the beginning I haven't seen the show but I'm sure everything can be better than the manga. Everything.
If you're new to Code Geass, do yourself a favor and watch the anime. If your already did, I don't think you'll find much to like reading this. The anime is such an interesting mix of styles that seem confusing at first but it all adds up to a very compelling narrative. It has flaws, but you can forgive them simple because it's so entertaining. The manga feels like a below average shoujo. It lacks many strong points of the anime and therefore it's weaknessess are way more evident. I was surprised to see that the manga doesn't have mecchas. I don't care much for mecchas in general, but in this case it was a very strong element that helped move the story along, added stakes and made the world more interesting. Without it, the narrative feels slow. Without scenes where the protagonist shows off his intelligence to develop complex battle strategies and win, Lelouch doesn't shine as much. That being only one of the issues I had with this read. Of course, I dropped this after 3 volumes, so it might become something great afterwards, I don't know. I didn't had the patience to find out.
Code Geass is my absolute all-time favorite anime, so when I heard that they were going to make a manga out of it, I was actually excited to read it. Boy was I disappointed. Parts of the plot were, of course, tweaked, but the thing is, I love the anime because of all those scenes. It would've been more enjoyable if they just stuck with the anime's plot and added some extra scenes here and there. But no. My disappointment came crashing down onto me the moment the truck crash was changed into a plane crash. Most of the tweaks they did to the plot were probably for convenience and whatnot, but it really drained me and stressed me out. Not to mention the fact that Lelouch is literally my favorite character out of every character I like. They really let me down just like that. I also prefer the anime's art style way more compared to this manga's style. It just took out the character's iconic traits. This was just so underwhelming that, although I have always been a huge, huge fan of the anime, I would not give this manga a second chance.
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