wFeb 3, 2008

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, eps 1-4

As I described in a post after watching episode 1, the premise of Code Geass is that Britannia is a great world super power, controlling over 1/3 of the world, having suppressed the American Rebellion in 1776, etc. Japan was taken over 7 years ago, and is now referred to as Area 11. The Japanese people are now referred to as Elevens, and are sequestered to ghettos that are separate from nicer areas in the cities.

The main character is Lelouch Lamperouge, a Britannian student living in Area 11. He seems relatively popular at school, and is also very good at chess. He begins one game by moving his King on the first move, assuring his opponent that the game will be over in 9 minutes. On his way to school with a friend, however, their motorbike causes a large freight-truck to crash into a building. Lelouch runs down to help the passengers of the truck while his friend curses him and his "damn pride," which will soon make them late for class.

The rest of the post contains spoilers for the first four episodes.

It will be interesting to see where this story goes. I'm enjoying this series a lot thus far: the plot is intricate but not confusing, which keeps things interesting. There are action sequences to keep the viewer excited, and they are well-executed but also crucial to furthering the plot - there is no action for the sake of action. Additionally, the characters are all very interesting to watch, especially the protagonist.

The only beef I have is how patriotic the series is, and how it uses the British as an enemy without really examining the culture or giving plausible reasons for why they're taking over the world except for the sake of taking over the world. They could do a lot more with Britannia having the dominant culture, but thus far all they do is have a horse-riding club, and the soldiers say, "Yes, my Lord" in a pretty creepy unison. I would be a happy English major if they made random references to British novels and history, if people were always drinking tea (although I guess the Japanese would do that anyway), and if people were named after famous figures from British history. Some of the names, like Lelouch seem pretty dubious as authentically British, unless it's just a bad translation. I've seen Karen's name translated as "Kallen" on the Internet.

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scribbled mystickeeper at 10:09 AM

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