Code Geass – A game of wits and despair

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe from the COVID-19 and having a great 2021. This is an anime that I’ve waited for long to see and I wasn’t disappointed. SPOILERS of course but please go watch it.

The series follows LeLouch Lamperlouge, a supposedly normal Britannian student who follows a crashed truck and comes into contact with a mysterious girl. She gives him the power of Geass, the power to absolutely control anyone with whom LeLouch makes eye contact. This power LeLouch uses to lead a rebellion against the empire of Britannia and free Japan as he dons the mask of Zero. As he continues his quest which is fueled by anger from the past and his concerns for the future of his sister Nunally. Joined by friends from the past and enemies of the past as well, LeLouch faces the ultimate despair as he uncovers the truths of his past and lineage, deals with friendships and betrayals and the secret of the Geass which is revealed to be much more than just a power that LeLouch possesses. As he starts out on this path of rebellion, will his selfishness and ambition lay him dead ? Or will be rise to the challenge and destroy his enemies and despair with his wits ? Only time will tell.

The characters are obviously LeLouch Lamperlouge, the man and legend, genius and strategist who takes on the war to free Japan (that’s all I can tell for now, but those who have watched the show know what I’m talking about), his sister Nunally, a blind and crippled girl who wants a gentle world to live in with her brother. Kururugi Suzaku, a man who is connected to LeLouch’s past as well as having a complicated past of his own who is a real hypocrite. Charles Zi Britannia, the 98th emperor of Britannia and the man against whom LeLouch is making his stand. C.C. (pronounced as C2), the woman who gives LeLouch his power of the Geass and who knows more of his past and the truth he sees than anyone. Among these there are others as well such as Rivalz, a longstanding friend of LeLouch with whom he gambles, Kallen Kouzuki, a friend and a close comrade, Shirley, a girl who is obviously in love with LeLouch and yet can’t express it due to his aloof nature and his true work. Members of the Black Knights, the rebellion group that LeLouch has formed and the royal family of Britannia against whom LeLouch is mounting his counterattack. The characters are all well developed and don’t stray from character anywhere in the whole 50 episode series. They all have their own personal struggles to go through which develops them and LeLouch as well.

The animation is obviously old but it still is good enough to watch and enjoy but if you do want newer animation you can watch the movies which cut out and trade some of the story but still are fun to watch. The main themes of the show see power and despair and the opposing philosophies of the people both participating in the rebellion and those who are against it. This as well as the extremely well written strategy and twists all make for an extremely well developed, deep and sometimes hard to grasp plot full of twists and turns as LeLouch plays his games to take down the Britannian Empire. The pacing is well done with the action and suspense being the main part but humour and pointless silly things keeping it fresh.

The theme of punishment and sin is well discussed, with Kururugi Suzaku being the main character of this and later LeLouch himself as both are ideological and follow their own paths only to know that they must pay for their sons themselves with Suzaku being trapped in an eternal punishment and LeLouch accepting his despair as the source of his strength as he once says in battle, ‘Come and face me one who think that they can match my despair.’ The teaching here obviously is that everyone has their fair share of defeats but to sin and then claim that you don’t deserve punishment for it isn’t right, instead judgement is passed down on everyone and the one who accepts it can bear it while the one who doesn’t continues to struggle while he breaks. LeLouch understands this as he bears his punishment for all the lies and tricks and schemes that he pulled on the world.

The ending of the show is tragic, emotional and fitting for our protagonist LeLouch since even after all that happended, his getting the Geass, him doing countless sins, everything that was supposed to put his plan out of its path. The genius simply managed to include it all and stuck to his ideology until the very end, creating a world fit for the people to live in. The series is a must watch, if for nothing then the brain games and the serious price that one has to pay for trying to change the world because in the end, only a man who can stick to his ideology can accomplish his goals. Do give me your reviews in DMs, was the series better or the movie ? What did you think of Resurrection a good movie ? I’ll see you all next week.

Rap section:

LeLouch Lamperlouge a man of secrets,
Up all night he’s making plans sleepless,
Unbreakable he’s only got one weakness,
A sister to whom he’s pledged his allegiance.

Careful and thought out he’s taking on a empire,
Gathering allies he’s going to go set fire,
So he can control all the people and play umpire,
To make the world a kind place and take it higher.

Sending his troops out but can you face the man,
When he comes to the battle himself and began,
The liberation of a long oppressed Japan,
All for him to carry out his final plan.

He’s not a normal man he is an entity,
Taking down Britannia is his destiny,
For the opressed world he is the remedy,
People think they know him but they don’t know his identity.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this. Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and if you have any ideas on what I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

Published by Harshit Sagar

I am a 18 year old teen who has a passion for writing and loves anime.

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