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anime: Code Geass August 21, 2008

Posted by chiisai_hana in : anime , trackback

These days, everyone and anyone is talking about Code Geass. Best anime ever? Worst? I’ve read a lot of discussions, and both sides are equally supported. The latest posts on the LiveJournal community suggest that the original R2 concept was scraped completely, after changes were already made to R1’s plot. This certainly explains some of the plot holes.

Perhaps we all just have too high of expectations. With so many characters, every fan wants their favourites to steal the spotlight and get their story told. I personally wish the story had stayed focused on the tensions between Lelouch and Suzaku. To me, that was the entire point of Geass – two boys thrown into this crazy war, friends turned enemies, but still needing each other because even if they have different methods, their goals were so very similar. “Change Britannia, protect our loved ones.” It saddens me that Suzaku was all but pushed out of the way to make room for new characters. I’ve craved his back story for a long time, and I may never get it. We can piece his character together with the glimpses we have, but we’ll never get to know him like Lelouch. I still don’t have an optimistic outlook for his future; he’s noticeably absent from the OP and it’s unsettling.

So do I fall on the “greatest” or “worst” anime side? Somewhere in between for me. The writing isn’t as strong as I would like. Even in the first season, it very much gave the impression of too many writers vying to get their story lines in. R2’s pacing has been even more insane, and yet they’re still not wrapping up some loose ends. If the plot is so weak then, why do I watch it? Simple: because I’m in love with the characters. Their happiness, their hardship, what motivates them, and those tiny details like how Lelouch is a good seamstress & cook. It’s not so much about “will Lelouch succeed?” for me, but “who is Lelouch?” I realize this is the fanfiction writer in me speaking, and I know it’s not enough for some people, but this is what motivates me to come back every Sunday and watch the latest episode.

Related Links:
-> Visit The Code Geass LiveJournal Community
-> Read ‘Flash In The Pan’ (recommended fanfiction)