Lelouch of the Rebellion It’s not rare to find an ambitious anime where the show’s creators try to tackle multiple themes and issues only to fail — or sometimes even crash and burn. Code Geass itself is crammed with observations about power, racism, love, war, culture, history, justice, violence and societal standing but manages to tie everything together beautifully, though not without a few ass-pull moments. Code Geass introduces us to one of the most prominent anti-heroes in anime, Lelouch vi Britannia, an abandoned prince of an empire that has conquered most of the world and forced foreign populations into servitude and poverty. After wishing to change the world for his crippled sister, Nunnaly, Lelouch is granted the power of geass, which manifests as a power to bend people to his will. Surprisingly, he uses it to launch his own plan for world domination rather than doing what every other teenager would do. What follows is a long tale of strategy and deception elevated to a worldwide level but never too overpowered to be bad. Everyone has clear goals that clash and merge to become something incredible.
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