Code Geass Memorial – The me who liked Code Geass
Code Geass had its own short comings but why did I ever like Code Geass even though I know that there were stupid plot devices? Now that I think of it, after the two years that have passed, I just can’t explain it clearly to my myself. Was I that immature back then when I started blogging that I’m going to suck-up any cool anime out there even though it obviously does not make sense anymore? But still, whenever somebody asks me an anime that I consider great, Code Geass is more often than not, one among those anime(s) that enter my mind.
I must say, every Code Geass pings and clicks the site receives makes me uncomfortable of the situation (Yes, after two years of idling). Now that I think of it, I didn’t even write a decent entry about it, or maybe one I guess, the retrospection one but other than that, all were shitty blog posts about Knightmare features and upgrades as well as short recaps that didn’t even make any sense. All I did on my Knightmare posts were to feature the latest Knightmare equipments from both parties of Black Knights and Britania. Just that, a mere compilation you may call it.
Okay, this is hard. I unintentionally wrote this post without being prepared of what I’m going to say. I’ve never rewatched it to recall what happened. Please try to bear with my vague memories.
If I may say, I wasn’t really interested about mecha (and I’ve endlessly told it already if you’ve read my another mecha review of Gurren from the site) , which is why I had my brows raised when I first saw it. Also, I don’t think this post will capture what I felt two years ago. I think that that me who liked Code Geass back then isn’t that lively anymore inside me…
Now that two years have passed since then. I am asking myself why. Why did I even like this show which I never even once attempted to rewatch? Why did I even enjoy it if it has faulty story telling? Why did I like it even though I myself knew some of the characters should actually be dead because of FLEIJA? Why did that logic even slip into my head and agreed to everyone else that it was awesome(well yes, in some ways)?
I’m constantly looking for answers inside my head but the only thing I was able to come up is that… I’m not too sure of this but, I think Code Geass has just the right mix of what I was looking for a “guilty pleasure” anime, based on my preference that is. It has the enough action to keep me right on the edge of my seat. It also displays a battle of wits which makes me more and more indulged on the story. It has the intriguing and puzzling scope with regards to the origin of Geass and C.C . What more, I like stories about vengeance.
I admire Lelouch’s charisma. You can really see how screwed he and his plans are, which never failed to amaze. This specifically reminded me of the landslide episode and this allowed me to hail how great he was in trying to think of strategies – War strategies that is. This even made me root for him even though he is such a villain at times.
Story-wise, I think I remember being very intrigued about C.C and her origins. I was hoping of being able to get a clear ending for her but we all know Geass’ origin wasn’t even explained properly. Plus, we’ve been tricked of waiting when they’re going to mention C.C’s real name. Now that I try to recall all of it. I think the part which went hazy was the start of episodes where there was a Jupiter and all of these Sword of Akasha, and World of C’s all in one. I didn’t even bother to understand any of it… So I think I was primarily hooked on the Geass itself and didn’t bother to do any self-insertion to Lelouch’s grudge against his parents or even to other characters’ circumstance such as Kallen’s and Suzaku’s. Meanwhile, if I’ll try to explain my posts about Knightmares, I probably got too excited about the fights.
In the end, I still can’t believe I didn’t blog any of the flaws I saw about the show. Did I purposely let it slip? Then again, I might have not even noticed any of those and didn’t give attention because I was just a budding blogger back then. This simply shows how ignorant and apathetic I was on the anime I’m watching back then. Haha!
And in case you didn’t know the motivation behind the post, September 28, 2008 was the day last episode of R2 aired.
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