I’ve seen my fair share of anime that deal with politics, war, betrayal and the like, but none quite as interesting or as action packed as the Code Geass: Season One DVD set sent over by Funimation. Featuring twenty-five episodes across four discs of intense action and drama, and eye-catching visuals and artwork by the famous female anime studio CLAMP, this series will have you hooked from the start and won’t let go, even after the thrilling finale.
Taking place in 2017 (which is right around the corner), most of the world is under the control of the Holy Britannian Empire that basically treats people like dirt and reduces countries to places known as areas. Take Japan for instance, which is now known as Area 11, where our hero Lelouch Lamperouge attends school and carries a hatred for the empire thanks to them killing off his mother, disabling his sister and leaving him for dead some years ago. When some anti-government people attack nearby, Lelouch gets caught in the middle of the action and meets a mysterious lady named C.C. who gives him a power called Geass, which allows him to control others just by telling them what to do. Once he comes to accept this new gift, he becomes a symbol to others who hate the empire named Zero and forms his own team to fight against them and find out why his mother was killed. But even with this power and friends at his side, things are never what they seem as betrayal, drama, and some occasional mech battles will rear their heads to stop Lelouch and his allies from conquering the empire.
I remember seeing pictures and wallpapers of Code Geass a few years ago, but never gave it much thought as to why it was so popular. I’m glad I was given the chance to see what it was all about, as it is one of the most fun and interesting anime series I’ve seen. I quickly found out it’s one of those shows that pulls you in and keeps you glued to the seat as it throws a lot of questions and cliffhangers at you as you watch. This might turn off those wanting an easy-on-the-mind show to watch, but if you’re into deep and surprising events in your shows, you’ll have a great time here. For a DVD, the visuals and audio are as great as the format allows, which is pretty good actually. There’s also some pretty nice extras to look at such as English voice actor interviews with Johnny Yong Bosch, Yuri Lowenthal, Kate Higgins, and Karen Strassman. I’m always a sucker for special features like these as it’s fun to get the actor’s take on the projects they work on and how you can tell they love what they do. There’s also textless opening and closing clips, trailers and more.
If you’re looking for something surprisingly deep and fun to watch, you can’t go wrong with Code Geass: Season One. It has everything you could ask for in an anime or well made series, and will have you stuck to your seat as you watch this often times bittersweet but action packed drama unfold.