These days, there are sequels popping left and right. Not just sequels. Reboots are also seen more frequently especially in the Hollywood scene. However, we’re not here to talk about the Hollywood scene, we’re here to talk about the state of the anime scene right now.
If you are unaware, it was recently announced that Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion will be getting a sequel season almost 10 years since season 2 came out.
Of course, that was my reaction at first. So many things come to mind, like “why a sequel after almost 10 years?”
For those unfamiliar with this series, it’s an anime by Sunrise studio with badass robots and awesome political drama with a crazy plot twist. Sounds amazing right? To make things even more amazing, this series actually ended on an extremely satisfying, well thought out ending. This is rare these days with so many anime starting out strong to only gradually decline like Aldnoah Zero and Guilty Crown.
There’s a reason as to why so many people love Code Geass and continue to do so even after almost 10 years since the initial release of season 2. Even now, after 10 years after its initial release, I’ll still introduce it to some of my friends when they ask for my recommendation list. In fact, Code Geass could easily be in my top 5 animes I’ve watched.
One of the reason why I would even bother with such an old series is because Code Geass is basically perfect. It had amazing actions, great pacing, great plot and one of the most satisfying endings possible for an anime. In this day and age where none of the shows have clear endings in order to squeeze a sequel or two, Code Geass’s ending shines even more due to how perfectly it wrapped everything up and at the same time, delivering a memorable plot twist.
[Warning: Spoilers ahead!]
At the ending of Code Geass, Lelouch sacrifices himself to allow Japan to finally achieve its independence and get rid of Britannia’s ruling. Obviously, due to the plot being so complex, that sentence isn’t the best way to explain the ending.
However, Lelouch was seen to be stabbed by his close friend Suzaku in the final moments of the ending while they are in front of a huge audience. It was assumed that he died, and due to that, it led to the independence of Japan as Britannia’s king (Lelouch) died. Many debated the ultimate fate of Lelouch since it is only suggested that Lelouch died.
This ending is exactly like Inception’s (note: the Hollywood movie) ending where the audience has to construct their own interpretation, which is the best part about the ending. Now, with the announcement of a new season as well as the announcement of Lelouch being a character in the third season, this just ruins the idea of the “ultimate sacrifice” in the ending of season 2.
I was thinking to myself, why must they feature Lelouch? Can’t they just continue the story without him? It could be left as a mystery with tiny tease on whether or not if he is alive and no exact confirmation.
However, after I got some time to think about it, I realised, this might not be so bad after all. I’m willing to give Sunrise the benefit of the doubt as there are potential explanation as to how Lelouch survived. Besides, Lelouch is such a badass character; if they manage to think of a good reason why he didn’t die, I’ll be happy about it.
The thing is, as much as I want Lelouch to actually have made the “ultimate sacrifice” and died, it is in his character to have thought out a genius plan to trick everyone into thinking he died. Then, he can slip away and prepare for his next big plan. In fact, I would say that is the more likely scenario as Lelouch has proven time and time again that he is not someone trustworthy and he’ll stop at nothing to achieve what he wants.
So, I’m willing to give Code Geass season 3 a chance instead of dismissing it as an attempt to milk its intellectual properties. I would be extremely disappointed though, if season 3 is just a cheap excuse to make a quick buck, at the same time, ruining one of the best anime series I’ve ever watched.
So tell me, what do you guys think about Code Geass season 3? Will you skip it or give it a chance?