Code Geass: better than most (if not all) recent mecha anime?

Lelouch and CC
Lelouch (right) with a hot girl (left) looking badass

My temperament and sanity has not been the best these past few days, and it is because problems and predicaments have stacked and piled up atop one another that it takes all my sanity (and a little more) to endure it without breaking down. And I’m not joking here – my problems right now, to me, are very serious and very grave to the extent that I started my own personal blog just to pour out all my angst and misgivings into a more apt place. What’s worse is that the entry I’ve tried so hard to write and tried so hard to intellectualize didn’t really generate discussion or may have been gone unread. (I’m not complaining, however; it just verily disappointed me because I spent five hours writing and polishing it – the reader as the reader has every right to skip any one of my posts, especially long and verbose ones, understandably.) I know the reasons, but the occurrence itself simply disappoints me. But again, as much as I want to rant about my sadness and my disappointments, they are for another time and place. I just wanted to make it known – in a hopefully short paragraph – how I feel right now because it would probably contribute to the detriment of the quality of my writing, and I’m sorry if you guys ever feel duped.

Kira
Now who the f*ck looks more badass, huh?

Code Geass will be the entrée for the day. It’s been quite a while since I’ve been watching mecha anime, and although I introduced myself to this series because of unscrupulous reasons, the series itself is (as of now) quite a well-done anime. (I was introduced to this anime when I saw a breast-shot of Karen, who is among the female characters I would deem hot. It’s a shallow anointment, but who cares?)

Among the many reasons why it’s quite well-done is its main character. Never has a main character for a mecha series be as ruthless, cold and calculating as Lelouch. The murder of Clovis in ep3 simply proves that beyond a doubt; to compare to a historical figure, he may be that world’s Macchiavelli: as long as the ends are noble and for the betterment of all, any means that is utilized is simply alright. Here is an avatar of Death Note’s Yagami Raito: both have the same god-complex, and both are quasi-insane. 🙂

The character design, at least for me, is certainly aesthetically pleasing – it adds something new to the recent mecha anime we’re familiar with (i.e. the Gundam Seed franchise), because the characters were designed by CLAMP. I will personally say that I’m more attracted to how Karen is drawn than to how Lacus was drawn, so this receives a thumbs-up from me.

Third, the subtle fanservice receives applause from me. It doesn’t have the big-breasted characters that I know the GS franchise has (at least up to ep4); it doesn’t have the skimpy clothing, but it shows breast-shots (!) as compared to the former series. It doesn’t explicitly show the breast-shot, but it’s there, if one looks carefully (and I did, after some skimming of the Internet). This, at least for me, shows a lot of class – it doesn’t not fall prey to explicit boorish and idiotic female behavior for the sake of male libido; on the contrary, it makes the male viewer work for the easter egg – it makes him concentrate on the show itself to notice it.

Last, it has a masterfully made OP and a decent ED. COLORS has been stuck on my mind for quite some time, and I really can’t wait for the next episode.

(As for the plot and its direction it’s too early too tell, but I hope it continues to be as excellent as it is now.)

15 Responses to “Code Geass: better than most (if not all) recent mecha anime?”

  1. meganeshounen Says:

    Kira’s Intellect + (Shinn’s Angst/10)+ Shinn’s Looks + Tactical Genius = Lelouch
    Athrun’s Seeming Innocence + Athrun’s Stand Against Kira + Akira Ijyuin of CLAMP School Detective fame’s face = Suzaku

    I’m beginning to like this more than the GS series. (No surprise there.)
    Oh, and C.C. is hawt.

  2. hayase Says:

    About your other post, well perhaps not a lot of readers have read about A Time to Speak or For Whom The Bell Tolls–I certainly haven’t. But I’ll probably grab a copy of Hemingway’s work sometime in the far future.

    About Code Geass, well I’m getting the impression that it might be the ONE, it has the potential to be the best mecha show of this year. However I doubt if it is the best of recent mecha anime–I think that distinction belongs to Eureka 7.

    I also see the similarities between Light of DN and Lelouch, but I can’t decide who’s more ruthless yet.

    And I think getting another blog for personal rants is the right decision; you don’t have to worry about being too offtopic. I myself have one, though it’s been barely updated since I don’t have the time right now to write posts for two blogs. I can barely keep up on my anime blog.

  3. Migs Says:

    Lelouch > Light because he still intends to topple Britiannia even without the deus ex machina eyes and that he doesn’t want to CHANGE TEH WARUDO INTO HIS OWN IMAGE!!!, but rather jut have revenge against his familia so that his sister and those he care about can live happily ever after.

  4. wererat42 Says:

    Suzaku=Syaoran

    Soukou no Strain is probably going to be a good contender for best show of the season. Only two episodes and already we’ve had major angst overload.

  5. Michael Says:

    I’ll look into that … I’ve heard good things about that series. Even if it has only two episodes.

  6. Ryan A Says:

    Lelouch is more righteous that Light, but I’m not sure his genius lvl is the same. Light is scary, Lelouch is just as scary with a bit more crazed sense about him.

    Eureka 7 was good, I get the same feel from Geass, though it is more of a genre blend than Eureka. School, war, govt, anti-hero.

    By far, the characters are ultra hawt! CLAMP concepts are just appealing as hell *thinks of Yuko*, yea.

  7. Michael Says:

    Man, Yuuko is the hottest 500-year old oba-chan I’ve seen in anime or whatnot.

  8. Lana Says:

    I find it ironic that the genius with a god-complex hero characters are so rare, yet this season has two of them. Between Light and Lelouch, I personally like Lelouch better. Light is clearly smarter than him, but he also does what he does mainly because he is bored. Lelouch’s reasoning is a bit more personal and dare I say selfless (though that’s questionable).

    And I agree with Ryan A, I get some Eureka Seven vibes from this show too, and not just because of the opening. I actually heard somewhere, though I might be wrong, that there are some people from Eureka working on CG.

  9. reslez Says:

    I like Light better because he’s purer. Whoever designed Lelouch gave him too much clutter. A) Single-minded evil tactical genius, B) Exiled royal heir, C) Blind paraplegic sister; pick TWO. It’s one of the more interesting shows this season, but we’ll see if it self-destructs along the way like Zegapain did.

    Lelouch = Sai’s game-playing tactical genius from HnG, Light’s lack of conscience and competitive drive from DN, Kakashi’s one weird left eye from Naruto, Spike Siegel’s skinny, skinny legs from Cowboy Bebop.

    “This, at least for me, shows a lot of class – it doesn’t not [sic] fall prey to explicit boorish and idiotic female behavior for the sake of male libido; on the contrary, it makes the male viewer work for the easter egg”. Uhh whatever. Shower scene tit shot != class, sorry. I don’t object to fanservice but the fact you had to pause and laboriously seek out the exact best frame does not make it less fanservice or less gratuitous. -_-

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  11. vspirit Says:

    Lelouch > Light because he still intends to topple Britiannia even without the deus ex machina eyes and that he doesn’t want to CHANGE TEH WARUDO INTO HIS OWN IMAGE!!!, but rather jut have revenge against his familia so that his sister and those he care about can live happily ever after.

    +1

    Which is why I disagree with the the notion that Lelouch has a God complex. He can easily be mistaken to have one, Machiavellian as his thought process, and subsequently, his actions, are. But if one scrutinizes his motives, then one might beg to differ. He’s calculatively smart, he’s cunning, his conscience is questionable (tho less so than Raito’s) and he uses his wits like there’s no tomorrow, so much so that his stance between good and evil become ambiguous and is something more towards selfish, but that’s where his similiarities with Raito stop for me.

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