May 26, 2012

Anime Review (v.P): Code Geass - Rebellion of Lelouch (Season 2)

I take back the words I said in my review of Code Geass season 1. I am so watching this anime again! My view of this anime has totally changed after watching season 2. [Edit: Woah Code Geass is released in a shoujo manga? :mindblown:]

A year has passed since "The Black Rebellion" and the remaining Black Knights have vanished into the shadows, their leader and figurehead, Zero, executed by the Britannian Empire. Area 11 is once more squirming under the Emperor's oppressive heel as the Britannian armies concentrate their attacks on the European front. But for the Britannians living in Area 11, life is back to normal. On one such normal day, a Britannian student, skipping his classes in the Ashford Academy, sneaks out to gamble on his chess play. But unknown to this young man, several forces are eying him from the shadows, for soon, he will experience a shocking encounter with his own obscured past, and the masked rebel mastermind Zero will return.

[STORY] Season 2 is filled with much more action, sneaky tactics, brain games and, of course, bishies! Initially, I found the first two episodes confusing with the introduction of the new character Rolo, Lelouch's younger brother. But once the truth of that part of the story was cleared up everything else seemed to fall into place and make sense. Rolo's final actions lead me to like his character. I'm still slightly confused about the goal of Lelouch's father and mother. I was really sad when they reported Suzaku dead; but I knew in the back of my mind that he would survive somehow, and to my delight he came back as Zero. I was sad to discover that in the end C.C. didn't get her wish fulfilled.
Rating: 7.5

[ART] The art style is similar to that of season 1, but I felt that the producers "smoothed out" some of the non-human styles that were present in the first season.
Rating: 7

[SOUND] I loved the second opening song World End by Flow. The insert song in the final episode was really good too.
Rating: 7

[CHARACTER] I fell in love with Lelouch even more. I loved his clothing design when Lelouch took to the throne. Is it just me or did Suzaku become more handsome in the second season? At some point I found that I started hating Nanally. I really disliked her weak character trying to act to be really strong and putting those around her in pain. Also, Shirely reminded me of Orihime from Bleach.
Rating: 7

[ENJOYMENT] With most of the characters laid out in Season 1, it made understanding the plot of season 2 much easier, and hence I found this anime to be very enjoyable.
Rating: 8

[OVERALL] There are a rare selection of animes whose endings can make me cry. Code Geass is now one of them. May you rest in peace my dear bishie, Lelouch.
Rating: 8