|Lelouche and his alter ego, |
the mysterious leader of the Black Knights, Zero.
|Lelouche: So... much... death... right in front of me...|
|Hey guys? I don't think we're in Japan anymore.|
|And now, reprising its role as a symbol of Japan in ruins, |
allow me to reintroduce the
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices Building.
|What these two enemies don't know is that in their other lives, |
they're actually best friends and attend the same school.
That's Suzaku up top by the way.
|In the first intro, it takes |
three group portraits to introduce everybody.
This is just the nakama from the boarding school.
|Princess Euphemia and Suzaku |
discussing the situation in the Shinjuku Ghetto.
|Hey, uh... guys? Overkill much?|
|These guys spend a lot of time |
contemplating stuff to be sure.
Overall, the presentation is very well done. The music is at times epic, and emotional with choirs often singing at pivotal moments in the score and sometimes unusual but incredible audio choices are used for some scenes. I never thought a harpsichord could be epic until now. I will point out however, that there are also some choices that were kinda silly. Like there's this male choir in several scenes with the Britannians that I doubt could sound more laughably pompous if they tried, Image songs are also used in a couple of places that I felt were appropriate, but I couldn't find them as memorable. There are three theme songs to this anime, and each of them on their own are okay (I liked the last one: "Hitomi no Tsubasa" by the band Access, the best.) However I found "Colors" , the first opening theme by SunSet Swish to be a little too happy for the show. Think of the stuff that happens just in the first episode. Mass genocide takes place, a girl gets shot in the head, and a guy tells a whole military squad to kill themselves and they are compelled to do it. Now wander over to youtube and find this song and then tell me, given the horrible stuff that happens, does this song fit? I'll leave that to you dear readers. The imagery and character designs are also very nice as should be expected since Sunrise had CLAMP on the character-design team.I also took a brief look at some episodes with English dub. It's not bad and there are a few familiar voices such as Johnny Yong Bosch as Lelouche, Crispin Freeman as Jeremiah, and Mary McGlynn as the Princess Cornelia, so you English-only folks won't be disappointed. As far as this anime is concerned, there's a lot of good and a lot of weird. I do recommend you see it at least once, (probably twice because you'll notice things you didn't see the first time through,) as I do think it is an important one to to see, but be prepared for it to end on a downer. Even so, its okay. After all, if everything ended in ponies and kittens, where would the fun in life be? And don't forget, there's still R2 out there, if we want to be really sure, but that's for another time, so that's the tiger's two cents.
The images utilized in this review are taken from Code Geass: Lelouche of the Rebellion.