It’s so nice to be back reading and writing about Code Geass. I’ve missed doing the blog while I was away, but I really missed Code Geass in particular. Here’s my reflection on volume 2, the third post on the series. It just keeps getting better and better. Without further ado, let’s get this going.
Picking up following Zero’s assassination of Clovis, this volume begins with Lelouch and Suzaku spending the day together. The pair reminisce about their past and what life was like before the invasion. However, the feel good factor in this opening chapter quickly leaves us as Suzaku is arrested and accused of Clovis’ murder. Unable to allow his friend to go down for his dealings, Lelouch teams up with Kallen (who remains very suspicious of Zero) and frees Suzaku, announcing that he killed Clovis. After a short discussion, Suzaku refuses to join forces with Zero and declares that he will bring down Britannia from within. He then leaves to return and face his charges in court, where he is freed and resumes his position in the military.
About halfway through the volume Euphie arrives and also spends a day and befriends Suzaku. However, once again trouble is just around the corner. During a trip with the Academy’s student council the Japanese Liberation Front storms their hotel and holds the council hostage. In an attempt to save her new friends Euphie reveals herself to the JLF as the new governor of Area 11. Suzaku and Zero both come to her rescue and the pair once again find themselves in a faceoff, ending in a bang. Literally. For his heroics Euphie promotes Suzaku from Private to Warrant Officer (a little excessive in my opinion) and he is transferred to the Technology dept. of the military.
In a little nicer news, the most important figure in the series has finally made his appearance. Arthur, that little pain in Lelouch’s ass of a cat. Okay, maybe not the most important figure, but I love Arthur. He claws Lelouch a few times, steals Zero’s mask, leading to a mass chase around the academy and then the students council holds a welcoming party for him, forcing everyone to dress up in cat costumes, possibly one of the most well-known images from the Code Geass anime.
The stories really starting to roll along now. I can’t help but get pulled in and just don’t want to stop reading it. I sat and read the entire of this volume in one sitting, and it was great. There was a fantastic mixture of advancing the story line, brining in some new story lines, and of course a lot of comic relief. Some people may not like the amount of comical moments in this series, especially considering what the story is all about. In my opinion though, I think it’s great. The way the creators mixed together serious plot themes such as terrorism, inequality and vengeance with simple jokes, like dressing the main character up like a cat is fantastic. A lot of series would not be able to get away with that, and this is what makes Code Geass great.
In terms of the story and illustrations go, I think it’s all going pretty good. I’m not a major fan of the artwork in this series so far. In saying that though, I wouldn’t say I dislike it either. The story as a whole is really good and like I said, it sucks you right in. I remember watching the anime, and I think I was watching a good 5 hours worth of it a day until I finally finished it, then watched again. It’s also really good how every chapter isn’t left with a huge cliff-hanger. It really shows how good it is by its capacity to keep you reading chapter after chapter without ending everything with a cliff-hanger.
Is their seriously anyone out that that has no experience of Code Geass? I think I’ve only watched about ten Anime series because I’m more of a fan of manga, but I’ve watched Code Geass three times. I can’t believe that it’s actually taken me this long to start reading the manga. Anyways, if you have not seen or read any Code Geass, go right now and look up Lelouch of the Rebellion. It’s one of those great series that everyone should experience.