Warning: The following post contains major spoilers for Code Geass. If you haven’t finished Code Geass, and do not wish to spoiled, read at your own peril.
I guess “Let’s Talk About” is becoming a series now on this blog. I’m cool with that.
This is going to be an incredibly negative post. I’m trying really hard to be usual positive self with this one, but I’m incredibly frustrated by the subject matter and to top it off I’m unwell with the cold, so I’m just going to vent and hope I don’t scare anybody off. I’m very sorry.
Remember Code Geass? Of course you do. It took the Anime world by storm when it first aired back in 2006. The series was critically beloved by the majority of the Anime fandom for its incredible drama, its intellectual and psychological war games and its exceptional and charismatic protagonist. It was insane. I will never forget the reactions people had every week when a new episode aired. People literally went crazy with the hype. I honestly can’t recall any other show since that generated as much currently airing hype as Code Geass did. It literally rocked the Anime world to its core.
And Code Geass had the same effect on me all those years ago. I used to love this show. I was addicted to it. I marathoned both seasons in a single week. I collected the limited edition DVD’s. I lived and breathed everything about this show. Code Geass was one of my favourite series.
These days I have mixed feelings towards Code Geass. Having seen a lot more Anime since watching it and having been exposed to less conventional and all around better written stories in the medium it no longer feels as incredible and groundbreaking as it did back then. It’s riddled with silly moments, it’s full of plot armour and there are a ton of inconsistencies and convoluted story elements that just don’t make sense at all.
Yet, despite all of the issues I have with Code Geass today, there’s one aspect that hasn’t changed after all these years: the ending was perfect. I still believe that Code Geass has one of the greatest endings in Anime. It was emotional, it was heart-breaking, it was thematically satisfying and more than anything else, it was final. It tied every single loose plot thread up perfectly, it left nothing hanging and it resolved everything. The story was a fairly bumpy road from start to finish, but despite this, it managed to end in a way that is almost unseen in the medium.
Code Geass was over. The story was completed. It had reached its conclusion and there was no more story left to tell.
Or so we thought. Because this was recently announced:
Apparently someone thought it would be a great idea to make a third season of Code Geass, because that’s just what we’re getting with this newly announced project: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Revival.
I honestly have to ask, why? Just why? Why is this a thing? Why are they making this? I don’t understand this. At all.
Code Geass ended perfectly. There was no story left to tell. The war ended, the antagonists were defeated and Lelouch, the protagonist, sacrificed himself for the greater good in an almost unparalleled emotional climax.
Code Geass was over. There was, and still is, no need for a continuation. Yet, despite that, we’re getting one anyway because money makes the world go round and this franchise is a gold mine.
What is the story even going to be here? It takes place after the Zero Requiem, so we know for certain that it’s a sequel to the original. Judging from the title of the series, it also looks like Lelouch is back, which destroys the entire purpose of the Zero Requiem and sends the brilliance of R2’s ending into oblivion. I’m sure a lot of people are happy that their beloved Lulu is back and ready for action, but I’m not thrilled in the slightest. Lelouch died. He had to die. He allowed himself to die to rid the world of all evil, cruelty and war. He died an unsung hero and it was beautiful.
Except now, he didn’t die at all. He’s back as the main character, ready to do battle with whoever the heck the new threat is.
Why would I be excited about this? How can I possibly be excited about this announcement when it’s single-handedly ruined one of the greatest and most iconic moments in Anime history.
We don’t know the format of the series, and outside of the poster, the title and some other minor details, we know next to nothing about the plot, but I’m already uninterested in this new series. I couldn’t care less about it, and I’m quite frankly disgusted by how shameless this entire announcement feels.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Revival is not a series for the fans, it is a soulless monstrosity manufactured for the sole purpose of making money. That’s why they’re making this and that’s why I couldn’t care less about it. It is exploitation at its worst.
Am I still going to watch it? Of course I am, but I will do so with immense amounts of scepticism and negativity and I won’t be smiling one bit until I’m proven otherwise.
As a fan of the original and as someone who literally used to live and breathe all things Code Geass, I cannot get excited about this. I am genuinely upset by this news and I do not care for this new projects existence.
There are so many Anime series out there that deserve another season. Code Geass is not one of those series. It is the last show that needs another season.
Don’t get me wrong, I want to be excited about this. I want to ride the hype train as it leaves the station and I don’t want to be left behind. But I just can’t, not until the series proves its worth.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Revival is going to have to do some really extraordinary things to get me on board and if it doesn’t do those things, I’m going to be incredibly disappointed and upset.
That being said, to those that are excited for this series, I’m happy for all of you. I’m glad you’re getting the third season you’ve all wanted since R2 ended.
Hopefully down the line, I can join you in your happiness.
What are your thoughts on the Code Geass Season 3 Announcement?