Well, folks, it has been a short time but I am now ready to take a look at one of the most notorious anime of all time Code Geass R2.
Code Geass R2 come out at 2008 and ever since it finished airing anime fans were heavily divided on R2.
There are people who called it a masterpiece and saying it’s one of the best anime of all time people despising it with a burning passion and calling it a train-wreck or people wh thought it was okay.
What boat am I in?
For a long, while I use to be a boat where I thought Code Geass R2 was a masterpiece and I thought no anime can top Code Geass R2
However as the years went by as I got older as well as watching more anime and started to buy anime on Blu-Ray/DVD my opinion on certain anime has changed.
For example, I use love Sailor Moon as a kid but after watching more magical girl shows such as Cardcaptor Sakura, Madoka Magica as well as re-watching first season of Sailor Moon again in 2016 I thought the show didn’t hold up well as it has a lot of flaws such as weak episodic story, mediocre characters and lackluster animation that has a lot of stock footage.
Well after recently re-watching Code Geass R2 for the 18th time on DVD from Manga Entertainment in the UK.
Did my opinion of Code Geass R2 change?
Do I think Code Geass R2 is a masterpiece, do I think Code Geass R2 was an okay show or now do I think Code Geass R2 is a train-wreck?
Well, you will find out from this review.
Hello, everyone, this is Shawn aka KurataTrigger and I will be reviewing Code Geass R2 and with that out the let’s begin.
The year is now 2018. It’s been one year since the failure of the black rebellion and the supposed death of Zero. The Black Knights have been defeated by the Britianians. Lelouch is now living a normal life at high school where all of his memories about his sister and him being zero have been completely wiped out. One day Lelouch along with his pseudo brother Rolo decided to go to gambling at the Babel Tower. Soon the black knights lead by C.C Launches an attack on the complex to retrieve Lelouch. She restores Lelouch’s memories allowing him to use Geass to kill his enemies and resume his role as Zero, the masked leader of the Black Knights. Lelouch later finds out that the emperor, his father has altered his memories with Geass as well learning that his sister Nunnally is still alive. Now Lelouch must try to rescue her sister back as well as once again try to defeat the holy britannian empire with the help of the black knights.
The story of Code Geass R2 is honestly not that good. In fact, it’s really bad, especially when coming from R1 which for the most part had a great story that good writing for the most part.
The first half of R2 is mostly a big rehash of R1 where most of the events are taken straight from R1 and they slapped it on to R2. Sure there are differences here and there but a lot of the time I get a huge sense of déjà vu. It also doesn’t help that pacing for the first half was just terrible as it very slow and boring. Not to mention the tone shifts in R2 were unbearable here as the first half of R2 likes to change very quickly from a very serious tone to a more goofy tone. It’s honestly really distracting. In terms of writing, story direction and themes the second half of R2 is absolutely horrendous. It’s like the writers just give up and said screw it let’s just throw shit on the wall and see what’s sticks. From black knights betraying Zero due to them trusting the enemy Schneizal to the whole Sword Of Akasha subplot bullshit which was pretentious as hell.
Not to mention themes and realism are just thrown out the window in favor of people preaching to unrealistic nonsense.
Now am going to list 5 biggest flaws that I have with R2. 5 Major problems of that completely destroyed the show’s quality
1. The school episodes.
The school episodes of R1 while annoying they were actually tolerable to watch for the most part. The school episodes R2 are just awful to watch. Those episodes alone completely butchered to the tone of series and most of those episodes were pointless in the long run.
2. China Arc.
This arc was pain filler. That arc didn’t do anything in the story, it didn’t have a real purpose of existing and everything in that arc gives us nothing but plot holes.
I have nothing more to say about this stupid arc.
The cliffhangers in R1 were well executed and it manages to make the viewer excited for the next episode just to see what happens next. The cliffhangers in R2 are very hit or mess with some them being good the others are flat out retarded.
4. Plot holes.
Oh my god I have never seen an anime that has this amount of plot holes in my life. Keep in mind I was the same guy who has seen Gundam Seed Destiny, Guilty Crown, Digimon Adventure 02 and Sword Art Online and all of these shows that I just mentioned has a tonne of plot holes. Code Geass R2 has some of the worst plotholes I have ever seen.
Am going to list some of them right now.
How did Suzaku survive the explosion after the battle with Kallen
How is Suzaku still consumed by Lelouch’s Geass by the end of R1?
Where did theses Knightmare come from?
The show never bothers to explain stuff like this as the show likes to waste on pointless stuff.
5. Sword of Akasha subplot.
This is what fucking happens if you take 13 episode subplot and crammed it in into one episode.
It’s fucking awful and it makes the show a lot worse than it already is.
Not only there was no real build up or foreshadowing but it had a bunch of pretentious dialogue that is cringe-worthy.
Let’s not forget a number of plot holes it has and even an average viewer can easily notice all the plot holes in the stupid subplot. Did I forget the pacing was nothing but horrid as it moves way too fucking fast and by the end of the subplot you will not care at all due to how poorly written and paced it was? Before I close the story selection off I like to say this.
Dead characters that die in a series should stay dead. Seriously did the writers read the Bible of Jesus Yamato or something?
Overall the story of Code Geass R2 is hot garbage. Really hot garbage. Most of the writing in this show felt like a bad fanfic done by a 13-year-old on fanfic.net who had no idea of what he was doing.
The pacing was awful, the tone shifts were unbearable, the plot holes were everywhere and it has some of the worst executed subplots I have ever seen in a anime.
Thankful the ending of Code Geass R2 manages to give us a satisfying end to the series that was well executed but this does not excuse the awful writing in the series.
I honstly have mixed feeling for this cast. In R1 most of the characters were likable and interesting but here some of the previous characters in R1 went from good to either being mediocre or downright bad.
Now normally I would talk about the main character first but here I would like to talk about some of the supporting characters first before we get to the main characters because I have a lot of complaints.
Let’s start with the members of the black knights minus Kallen and Lelouch.
In R1 most of the black knight’s members were kinda likable in they own way and they actually felt like actual soldiers with a goal.
In R2 almost all of the black knight’s members became really unlikeable due to the stupid decisions that they made especially in the second half were in one point of the show they downright betray Zero after they being convinced by schnitzel words.
Okay why you all follow the words of an enemy. Expect to be complete dipshits!!!
Mily and Rivalz. I thought they were fun and characters in the show even tho they were not important in the main story. Also, Mily’s graduation from Ashford Academy is one of the sweeter and better moments in R2.
Shirley. Just I thought this dumb bitch can get any worse this show happens. While it didn’t go into any detail of this character in R1 I wanted to save all of my criticism towards Shirley in R2 because she is by far the worst character in the whole entire series.
Throughout the series, she does nothing but talks about Lelouch. Almost every freaking time.
It’s one thing to be in love but it’s a different thing to only exist to suck on a guy’s dick and to service tension bait for the plot, events, and writing.
She was bad in R1 but this show manages to make her even more insufferable. She is bland, her dialogue is asinine and she’s is an overall bitch of a character who only exists to suck on Lelouch’s dick from start to finish.
Am glad she was killed off in the second half because man I was a happy camper when it happened.
Shirley is a definition of a very poorly written character and I hope the directors and writers of Sunrise will not make a female character like that ever again.
Nina. She is an annoying trashy character who still can’t get over Euphy’s death as well as only existing to cause drama.
I have nothing more to say about this character.
Kallen. What did they do you, Kallen?
In R1 she is a beautiful badass pilot who is likable and had a bit of character development. In R2 the writers were like do you know what let’s take all the development we had for Kallen. Threw it out of the window and turn her into a unlikeable fan-service character who gets kidnapped by the Britannia forces and later just like the Black Knights she ends up joining Britannian side after being convinced by the dipshits that are called the black knights.
I will never understand the writers logic.
You took a character that I loved and has such amazing potential. Killed it shredded to pieces and turn her into a unlikeable bitch who has been reduced to fan-service bait for the horny teenagers out there.
Rolo. I really despise Rolo I really fucking do.
He is an annoying brat who whines a lot. Also, this little shit wanted to kill Lelouch’s Little Sister Nually who keep in mind is blinded fragile disabled girl on a wheelchair. Who the hell write this shit?
In R1 she was an interesting character with a lot of mystery behind her and I overall like her relationship with Lelouch. She mostly stays the same in R2 but after that character reset for short while she has been reused into a fan service object that has lost all memories.
Suzaku. While I kinda liked him in R1 despite him being hypocritical at times. In R2 Suzaku became a recantation of Kira Yamato (Jesus Yamato) (Gundam Seed) complete with his hax plot armor bullshit along with his preachy attitude and hypocritical ideals. Like with Kallen everything that I liked about Suzaku is now thrown out of the window and he devolves into a Gary sue.
I have nothing more to say about this Hypocrital fuck.
I honestly have mixed feelings towards Lelouch in R2. While I like him for having good character development in the second half due to set events but at the same time, I really have to question his character ideals and attitude.
Remember in R1 where Lelouch had a more calm and confident attitude and had great ideals that were believable. R2, on the other hand, is more aggressive and more impatient meaning his a lot whinier not to mention his not as consistent as a character compared to his R1 counterpart.
His so called brotherly relationship is honestly retarded
Throughout the series, he had a deep hatred from Rolo and he wanted to kill Rolo. However, after a certain event in the second half of R2 as well as the black knights betraying him he out of nowhere starts caring for Rolo…
I will never understand Lelouch logic whatsoever.
I honestly prefer Lelouch in R1.
Ás for the rest of the characters.
Minus the ones liked in R1 there are pretty forgettable especially the knights of the round.
Overall the characters in R2 are a massive step-down compared to the R1 counterparts.
The visuals of Code Geass are still good as ever. Character movement is still smooth as ever Characters designs still look great and the animation for the mecha battles are still great.
However, there is one thing that really annoyed me about the mecha fights in R2.
The overkill formula. You see the mecha battles in Code Geass R1 had actual strategy and tactics making the mecha battles more fresh and exciting to watch. For some reason, the writers decided to use that stupid overkill formula that we saw from Gundam Seed and Wing and decided to put it into R2.
It honestly makes the mecha battle boring and unexciting to watch as most of the main characters mechas just pop out of nowhere and countless amounts of nightmares with a single shot.
The mecha design pretty much the same as R1 we still have the god awful Sutherland’s and other boring mechs. However, there were some great mecha designs in R2 for key characters such as Suzaku’s Lancelot Albion, Gino’s Tristan Divider and Kallen’s Guren S.E.I.T.E.N. Eight Elements.
One more thing that I like to mention is the fanservice. R1 had fan-service and least in R1 the fan-service was not that distracting as its only exist for comedic moments of the show with a few exceptions. R2 on the other hand no so much. It’s all over the pace even in serious moments of the show and it’s really distracting to watch.
Overall while the visuals of R2 are still good but the mecha battles were very lackluster.
If there was one great thing to come out from R2 is the music. I really like the soundtrack as almost all the tracks were memorable and had a great tone.
The first opening theme 02 is a very catchy song. The second opening theme World End is one of my favorite anime openings ever.
The endings themes are a mixed bag for me. The first ending theme Shiawase Neiro is a good opening theme while the second ending theme Waga Routashi Aku no Hana is a forgettable ending theme.
The sub is good but I personally still prefer the dub as it very well acted for the most part not to mention it has Johnny Young Bosh as Lelouch who does a wonderful job voicing Lelouch.
Man, what a review this has been.
Overall I can say that Code Geass R2 not only a bad anime from Sunrise but it’s just a plain bad anime squeal in general
The story was terribly written, the plot holes were outrageous and most of the characters including the new ones sucked.
The only things that saved Code Geass R2 of being in the same tier as Gundam Seed Destiny, Victory Gundam and Accel Word were the music, visuals, the ending and some of the characters that were in it. Everything else was a trainwreck and it made me wonder what exactly went wrong here.
Fortunately, There is a reason why Code Geass R2 ended up the way it did. Originally Code Geass R2 was meant to be on a midnight timeslot. However, due to fan popularity as well as Gundam 00 Season 2 taking that Saturday midnight slot it was moved to Sunday afternoons at 5pm. That alone explains why the most of the mature content, script, and themes from R1 had to be heavily toned down and it ultimately affected the overall quality of Code Geass R2 especially the first half.
It’s such a shame really because Code Geass R2 had to potential to be great but it ended being a failure as a result.
I hope when it comes for future shows from Sunrise that the directors and writers learn from the mistakes that were made in Code Geass R2
The anime may be popular during its run back in the day but as the old same goes. Popularity does not equal quality and Code Geass R2 is no different.
I hope Code Geass Lelouch of the Resurrection fixes everything that was wrong from Code Geass R2.
I give Code Geas R2 a 3.5/10
Anyway, this was Shawn aka KurataTrigger and I will see you guys next time.