Code Geass: Fukkatsu no Lelouch [Review]
“The story takes place two years after Lelouch’s “Zero Requiem” plan.” -Myanimelist
The final release of a series of Code Geass movies. The first three theatrical releases of Code Geass, that recap the first two seasons. One important thing to note: several significant changes were made in the first three that rewrite some elements that fans who’ve seen the original have seen. One significant one is that Shirley never dies and appears alive and well in this movie (only for a second though). Too bad the theater didn’t have any march available…
As a huge Code Geass fan, this movie was a dream come true. We all know that the end of season two left bittersweet emotions, and then with the release of Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito we fans started to speculate if Lelouch is actually dead. As the synopsis above mentions, the story takes place two years after the end of the second season of Code Geass. Also within the English title, it says “Re:surrection” which, surprise, refers to Lelouch’s resurrection! The story ties and continues a lot of the story elements from season two that weren’t quite resolved. The introduction of new characters, as well as fan favorites, created a very exciting atmosphere as nostalgia rushes through your body. On closer inspection, the overall story seems rushed as a lot of touching and intimate scenes were passed by without any articulation.
*WATCH PAST THE ENDING CREDITS THERE’S A SECRET SCENE*
With this scene, there might be a chance that the story could continue. With the possibility of Lelouch and C.C. looking for other Geass users.
Artwork & Animation:
Code Geass continues its signature artwork through the character and mech designs. There were some brushed over scenes that could used some more attention but overall a very satisfying artwork throughout the movie. The mech designs carry over from the TV show as well as some new designs.
Despite being a sequel movie, there isn’t a lot of character development. It’s your typical Code Geass formula: Lelouch comes up with a genius plan, the plan gets derailed, Lelouch thinks outside of the box, victory! We do get to see a little more into C.C.’s kindness, a side that she normally doesn’t show. As well as more insight on the significance of the Geass.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
The soundtrack is vast and impressive, featuring a lot of powerful orchestra pieces that once again bring back a lot of nostalgia from the TV show. The entire voice acting cast of the show make a return and they sound as great as they did back in 2006 when the first episode of a Code Geass aired.
It’s hard not to enjoy new Code Geass, whether the main storyline was altered or not. I’m hoping that this movie does well so that there’ll be enough funding to continue the show!
Code Geass comes in full force with a sequel to its movie recap trilogy. Lelouch Vi Britannia returns to the world of the living and immediately begins an operation to rescue Nunally. With the original art style that fans know and love, Code Geass: Fukkatsu no Lelouch is the next step in the long-awaited Code Geass Series.
Best Girl: C.C.
I would normally pick Shirley, but C.C. pulled her weight in this movie and proved her dedication for Lelouch. It’s always great to see a side of a character that you typically don’t see, in C.C.’s case doing something for the sake of someone else. As she tends to be a very cold and isolated character, to see her help others was a good contrast.