Code Geass Lelouche of the Rebellion Volume 1 Anime Review

One of the biggest anime releases for North America during 2008 was no doubt Bandai’s distribution of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. Like it or not, Code Geass has many fans around the world, and at this moment has two different seasons.

Since the ending of the series in Japan, Bandai has announced news of a possible addition to the popular anime. Much of North America can find Code Geass currently airing on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block every Saturday night.

Code Geass – Lelouch of the Rebellion

Storyline of Code Geass

Code Geass itself has a story line that could topple most live action movies anywhere in the world, or rival any novel. It tells the tale of alternative history world, in which a nation called Britannia has conquered most of the world.

Britannia is ruled by King Charles, who orders the invasion of Japan, upon being defeated all rights of the Japanese people are stripped away and the country is named Area 11.The citizens of that once proud nation are renamed “Elevens” and often called “Monkeys” by Britannian settlers in the area.

However that is not even where the story begins, as Code Geass centers around the exiled son of King Charles named Lelouch. After the death of his mother and the injuring of his sister Nunnally by terrorists (At least that’s what he was told.) Lelouch questions his father way more security wasn’t in placed.

Surprisingly enough, King Charles then exiles his young son to live in Japan as a political hostage. Soon after Lelouch and his traumatized and wheelchair bound sister Nunnally go into hiding at the Ashford Academy where they remain for several years.

Code Geass Lelouche of the Rebellion Volume 1 Anime

Fast forward years later, Lelouch is now 17 years old and wants to destroy his fathers empire. Through a series of events Lelouch is entangled in a world of secret experiments, after jumping on a truck that had been in an accident.

As it turns out, that truck was stolen from Britannian forces by Japanese terrorists and is rumored to contain a capsule with poisonous gas. The truck wrecks again and a Britannian soldier shows up on the scene but turns out to be Suzaku Kururgi, Lelouch’s old friend who happens to be Japan’s last prime minister.

After the pair exchanges a few words the capsule is mysteriously opened to reveal an unconscious female. When other Britannian forces show up, Suzaku is shot by his Britiannian commander for not arresting Lelouch knowing that he is innocent. Soon after the truck explodes allowing Lelouch and the female to escape.

During Lelouch and the female’s escape, she wakes up but doesn’t have time to say much seeing as more Britiannian forces show up and corner the two. When the soldier fires on Lelouch the girl who will viewers come to know as C.C jumps in front of the bullet and is obviously killed.

Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion

Of course the soldier prepares to fire on Lelouch again, but something happens. He begins to hear C.C’s voice inside of his head, and in exchange for granting a single wish of hers, he is granted the “power of kings.” That power comes to be known as Geass during the series, and grants the user a unique ability.

Lelouch’s Geass power allows him to control someone by looking them in the eyes, and giving them a direct order. Only catch is he can only use the power on a person once, and the more he uses it the stronger it gets, meaning the power could become uncontrollable.

Upon waking up Lelouch quickly orders the soldiers to kill themselves, and he uses the Geass on a nobility soldier using a mech so he can steal it. He makes his mistake leaving C.C behind believing that she is dead, and uses his new ability to lead a rebellion with Japanese terrorist groups to defeat Britannia.

All the way to the final episode of the series you’ll see many twists, some unexpected, and some very much predictable. Many other characters are introduced, and Lelouch tries his best to destroy his father’s empire and find out who really killed his mother.

DVD Features

The volume one DVD was released back in August of 2008, and contains episodes one through five. This DVD has some neat special features, including episode one of the Picture Drama series that explains more in-depth about the story of Code Geass.

Aside from that, audio commentary with the original Japanese voice actors is also on the DVD, and text less opening/ending themes as well. Also featured on the DVD are previews for the next Code Geass volume and other Bandai licensed anime.


Overall, Code Geass Volume One gets a five out of five. The series is perfect, and has something for every anime or sci-fi fan. If you’re a fan of plot line twists then Code Geass is a dream come true for you, and is a must watch. Aside from that, hardcore fans and even new ones should appreciate this DVD and all of its features.

Final Score

5/5 – Perfect – (5 Being Perfect, 1 Being Horrible.)

Rajeev Masand
Rajeev Masand is an Indian film critic. He works for Noida based English language news channel CNN-Indian Broadcasting Network (CNN-IBN). He usually reviews Bollywood films and major Hollywood films released in India in his weekend show Now Showing. Rajeev Masand was thrice awarded ‘Best Entertainment Critic’ by the National Television (NT) Awards, in 2008, 2010 and 2011. Rajeev is Contributing Editor for GQ India, and writes a monthly column, Talk Movies for the magazine.

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