In the latest My Favourite Anime, Marth from Marth’s Anime Blog tells us why you should be watching Code Geass. Nuff said.

You’ll have to excuse my American English (I was certain I’d miss things if I tried to make my English sound less American, so I just didn’t bother trying). So my favorite anime is Code Geass. To give you some background, here’s the setting:

The story is set in Japan, which has been taken over by the Britannian Empire (with giant robots) and stripped of its identity. It follows Lelouch Lamperouge, a Britannian student who stumbles upon the power of Geass, which gives him the ability to give absolute commands that cannot be disobeyed. With this power, he decides to use it to do the only logical thing from there: overthrow Britannia.

Now, on to the reasons why I like this series. Hopefully, if you haven’t seen it and have similar interests, you’ll give it a shot.

First off, Lelouch is my favorite antihero. To me, good and evil are such interesting and subjective concepts, so I appreciate any character that makes me question where the line is. Is it a good thing that Lelouch is helping the Japanese resistance overthrow the Britannian invaders? Well, the obvious chess metaphors make it clear how he views the resistance fighters, so have his motives tainted his goals?

Next reason: I just really like giant robots. I grew up loving Gundam and have an unhealthy interest in the mecha genre. To be fair, Code Geass isn’t all about the fighting robots. There’s a decent amount of strategy going on in the background that is arguably much more entertaining.

Code Geass also happens to be one of the first series I finished watching while it was airing. As a neurobiologist, I can’t ignore the obvious bias I have towards my first impressions, so it’s worth pointing out.

Few more random comments to round it out. The ending of the series is awesome. And that’s the only comment I’ll make about it. The soundtrack of the series is also one of my favorites. It’s a cool mix of instruments and almost sounds like five soundtracks mashed into one.

And I’ve heard a lot of the complaints about the series, especially with the second half. I think most of them are very legitimate points and I will always acknowledge them. Still, this series is the one I will always give as my favorite, probably because of the biases I listed above. And if you’ll excuse me, I’m due for a re-watching now that I’ve mentioned it.

14 thoughts on “My Favorite Anime: Code Geass”

  1. This is great, I love Lelouch myself, and antiheroes in general. It’s just fascinating when the morality is grey~ Reasons why I loved Death Note.
    I’m not a big fan of mecha anime at all, Code Geass got a lot of salt and criticism for becoming such a huge series in popularity, because I didn’t find faults with it. It was so enjoyable, and I cried like a loony by the end of it ;_;

  2. I love Code Geass (even though I don’t normally like robots). There is a lot of criticism of the second season and some of it is legitimate but I think by that stage they would have needed to completely change the storyline and characters to have thrown me from this series. I just fell in love with the cast during season 1 and I found the ending amazing. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for commenting! Fortunately I’ve not seen the second season yet, so I’ve still got Lelouch blinkers on. I know what you mean, it is a superb show and the rich cast of characters are great.

  3. Sorry to hate on Code Geass but I really didn’t like it… I didn’t even finish watching it because I got bored on Episode 3… Both my siblings RAVED about it but I really didn’t like it…

    1. No need to be sorry, it’s not to everyone’s taste and I can understand why the pacing could put people off. We’re all about sparking conversation here so I’m glad you threw your hat into the ring.

      1. Honestly, I was really confused at the beginning and even more so after I carried on watching it. I happen to be a little impatient (not a good trait)… sometimes… so I tend to quit an anime after 3 episodes (usually). Mainly because I don’t really have the time to watch anime when I could be revising… (But I do read a LOT of manga so… I’m not really sure if I can say I don’t like procrastinating…) Code Geass just happened to be one that I started around exam season so maybe I’ll watch it during a holiday or something…

        1. It all adds up to a perfect storm of not being able to get behind a series. I think the 3 episode rule is an excellent measure of an anime’s merit or, more specifically, whether or not you as a viewer will like it.

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