As a young boy, Prince Lelouch Vi Britannia, 17th heir to the Royal Britannian Imperial throne, watches as his mother is killed before his eyes, and his younger sister is left disabled and blind. He argues with his father, the Emperor as to why he wasn’t there. For his arrogance and insolence, Lelouch and his younger sister Nannally are sent to Japan as political bargaining tools, a country stated to be neutral in the affairs of the Britannian empire. War brakes out, and Japan is conquered. Stripped of its name, the country is now known as ‘Area 11’. 7 years later, Lelouch, now going under the name Lelouch Lamperouge, lives as a high school student in the Tokyo district. Challenging noblemen to high stakes games of chess between classes. On one such occasion, on his way back to school he comes across a truck that runs off the road. In an attempt to help anyone stuck inside, Lelouch finds himself unwillingly brought into a terrorist rebellion. People of Japan wanting to take back their country, strip themselves of the derogatory name ‘elevens’, and reclaim their identity and culture.
Now confronted by the Britannian army, and a childhood friend, Suzaku, turned lapdog to the military, the contents of trucks cargo reveals itself. A green haired girl by the name of C.C. She bestows upon Lelouch an ability known as a Geass. The power to control others with a simple command. With this power in hand, Lelouch forms his own rebellion under the name Zero. A plan to free those under the Empire’s rule and overthrow the Emperor responsible for his mother’s death.
Announced as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion I – Initiation begins the task of retelling the original 50 episodes in the first of three films. What Rebuild is the Evangelion, this is to Code Geass. Bringing us all up to speed before diving in with the upcoming release of the shows long awaited sequel. Code Geass: Resurrection.
Featuring the stunning character designs by renowned manga artist group CLAMP, originally responsible for creating the likes of Cardcaptor Sakura (1996 – 2000), Chobits (2001 – 2002) and X/1999 (1992 – 2003). Lelouch, C.C. and the rest of the cast leap off the screen with phenomenal and memorable designs. Surprisingly, Code Geass marked the first time CLAMP designed characters for an animated project and not their own manga series. Paired with the celebrated Studio Sunrise, the creators of the Mecha anime juggernaut that is the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise. Code Geass has only the best talent working for it.
Returning fans may wonder what this new film brings to the franchise. While recapping the first 17 episodes in a brilliantly constructed manner, new scenes and material are added to strengthen the already compelling story. Taking the helm as director is Noriaki Akitaniya who previously helmed Persona 3’s first film Spring of Birth, with the franchises original director, Goro Taniguchi, on hand as supervisor. With a fantastic cast, many of which reprising their roles, such as Jun Fukuyama (Persona 5) as Lelouch, Takahiro Sakurai (Recovery of an MMO Junkie) as Suzaku, Yukana (Dragon Ball Super) as C.C and Ami Koshimizu (Darling in the Franxx) as Kallen.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion I – Initiation is in cinemas March 21st. A wonderful summery for returning fans, and an enthralling experience for those wondering what all the fuss is about. To see where the film is screening near you, go to: http://codegeassfilm.co.uk/