As far as I’m concerned, Zero is not just a symbol.
- Episodes : 1
- Genre : Action, Drama, Mecha, Sci-fi
- Airing Date : February 9, 2019; US: May 5, 2019
- Producers : Sunrise
Code Geass: Fukkatsu no Lelouch (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection) Introduction and Story
It’s been 13 years since the release of the 1st season. Following its astounding reception, fans came to know Gorou Taniguchi, director, storyboard artist, and the original creator of Code Geass. With the release of Re;surrection, Taniguchi directs our eyes towards a new stage, its spotlight centered once more on conflict.
To some, a tyrannical emperor and to others, a martyr—Lelouch vi Britannia was a divisive figure whose death changed the world. Following his assassination, a miracle occurred. Amidst years of war and conflict, countries and people united. The blame for the atrocities, crimes, and deaths shifted onto one person.
The world was reset to “Zero.”
1. Character Development
In one year, characters have grown, their lives taking form in ways they couldn’t imagine. Life has moved on, and the war has been laid to rest. However, even with the world renewed, feelings still linger. Lelouch’s abrupt death didn’t provide everyone a proper resolution. Grief spills over when characters see Lelouch, and that ignites old sentiments.
Taniguchi clings onto this idea and builds character development where it seemed impossible. Given season 2’s finish and the difficulty of building character arcs, it’s impressive to see how far characters have come and still grow. The world has changed, and with it, the meaning of its hero.
2. Warm Nostalgia and Care Towards Old Fans
Capitalizing on the previous point, this film isn’t shy about its theme. Just as emotions are reignited within the cast, so are our own. There are deliberate shots that mirror scenes in the series. The film contrasts well with the TV show, giving perspective on how each character learned from their past. This new angle gets built upon, reminding viewers of old moments while introducing us to new ones.
Dialogue in the film makes allusions towards the original story. This clarifies character intentions, rewarding viewers who recall old promises and iconic events. It’s intentional how the film feels like an episode of the TV show. The film’s scenario is crafted to mirror the original.
3. Weight to Action
With a movie-sized budget, Code Geass has never had action quite like this. From fast-paced infantry combat to the mesmerizing power of its mechs, action scenes have the strong support of its story and visuals.
The film gives attention to one important detail: weight. Weapons carry with them a heaviness, and with that, a physicality that isn’t ignored. While the setting allows for technology like flying mechs, the flamboyant acrobatics of its pilots, the momentum of a sudden acceleration, and the recoil of a heavy blast are given due focus. War carries with it a burden, and that weight is shown in its action.
1. Dialogue Pacing
The dialogue in Re;surrection is double-edged. On one side, the dialogue reminds the viewer of old plot elements. This is understandable as not every viewer will recall story details.
However, problems occur when the plot moves and new information floods the audience. Old and new information fights for attention. Unfortunately, this is placed into dialogue when danger forces quick responses. This creates situations where exposition feels unnatural and unwarranted.
A suitable amount of time isn’t given, and, while rare, story beats can be missed—something that the original took time to glamorize so viewers could absorb. While the film is masterful at creating its setting, dialogue conveys information in a rushed manner.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection is a love letter to its fans. Careful attention is given to visuals and writing, crafting a spectacle fitting for Zero’s return. If you were intrigued by the original series, you owe it to yourself to watch this film.