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Anime Movie Review: "Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection" (2019)

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"Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection" official blu-ray cover.

"Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection" official blu-ray cover.

Quick Info

Director: Goro Taniguchi
Distributor: Funimation Entertainment
Released: February 25, 2020
Runtime: 114 minutes
Availability: On blu-ray, out of print, available for digital rental or purchase

Story Summary

After the Code Geass movie trilogy, C.C. finds that she can’t bear having Lelouch remain dead. She has Shirley Finnette take his body to Jeremiah Gottwald. C.C. then takes Lelouch to Zilkhstan where she can get back to C’s World to revive Lelouch.

The Story Is Interesting

The story of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection is interesting because it shows that this version of Code Geass. I did think the story was interesting because it didn’t have the happiest ending for the characters, but the world did become better.

I did think the new characters and their story were interesting. It just felt a little out of place considering that the country of Zilkhstan is never mentioned in the Code Geass anime or movie trilogy at all, unlike the EU, Eropa United, which is mentioned in the anime and giving a little backstory to the events of Code Geass: Akito the Exiled. While I do like the new story and setting it feels less attached to the main Code Geass franchise than the other anime, but we also didn’t have all the Code Geass side stories licensed.

This movie is a fun addition to the movie trilogy and it’s nice to see all these familiar characters again.

Nunnally, kidnapped by Shamna in Zilkhstan

Nunnally, kidnapped by Shamna in Zilkhstan

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection | Trailer (Dubbed)

The Animation Is Excellent!

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection is a visually stunning movie that looks amazing. The animation and the art style look great. I like how it’s very similar to the original anime Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion but the CGI does look a lot better than the anime since it’s newer CGI animation.

The fight scenes are very well animated and they look good, but they don’t seem as exciting as the anime, but the movie was more character-focused than it was about the fighting so the fights weren’t as memorable as they are in the anime or the movie trilogy.

Overall, the movie looks fantastic and the animation is excellent. It’s a visually entertaining movie to watch.

Audio and Subtitles

Audio:Subtitles:

English (Reviewed, on blu-ray and digital download)

(English, on blu-ray)

Japanese (On blu-ray)

The English Dub Is Excellent!

Johnny Yong Bosch reprised his role as Lelouch Lamparuge/Vi Britannia and it was nice to see him back in this role again after reprising his role in Code Geass: Akito the Exiled (2012) since it had been a long time since the original Code Geass anime, but the gap between Akito the Exiled and the movie wasn’t as long so he still sounds the same as before.

He did a great job voice acting in this movie and I enjoyed his voice acting a lot.

Kate Higgins sounds like she never left and unlike Johnny Yong Bosch, her character of Kallen Stadtfeld/Kozuki was not in Akito the Exiled so it’d been a very long time since she’d voiced the character because they did not have an English dub for the Code Geass movie trilogy. She also did a great job and gave a great performance.

Yuri Lowenthal reprises his role as Suzaku Kururugi from Akito the Exiled and he also gave an excellent performance and I think he did a great job in this role. His character has gone through a lot of character development and it showed in the writing and Yuri delivered a great vocal performance.

Elizabeth Maxwell voiced Shamna, a new character created specifically for the movie and while she was interesting she didn’t get a whole lot of character development because she's a one-off villain, but she was an interesting character. Elizabeth Maxwell did a good job voicing her character.

Shalio is voiced by Jared S. Gilmore and I liked his voice acting in this role. He did a fantastic job and his character was interesting and I liked his vocal performance in the movie.

Overall, the English dub for Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection has an amazing English dub and I enjoyed it a lot. I haven’t heard the Japanese dub because I bought a digital copy and not a physical copy.

"Revive" by UNDONE Official PV

The Soundtrack Is Great!

Kōtarō Nakagawa and Hitomi Kuroishi composed the soundtracks for this movie and I recognized a lot of the music from the Code Geass anime. The new music is also nice and I enjoyed it too.

The opening song is "Kono Sekai de" by Ieiri Leo and I enjoyed the opening song a lot. It’s a nice song that fits the film.

The ending credit song is "Revive" by UNIONE and I loved the ending song for the ending of the movie.

Overall, the soundtrack is excellent and enhances the movie and I enjoyed the soundtrack very much.

She wouldn't be C.C. without "Cheese Kun".

She wouldn't be C.C. without "Cheese Kun".

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The Story Doesn’t Quite Mesh With the Movie Trilogy

The story of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection doesn’t quite mesh with the Code Geass movie trilogy because they put the characters in a completely new setting and the country of Zilkhistan isn’t mentioned at all in any previous material for Code Geass so it’s weird learning about this new country when there wasn’t any previous reference to them at all.

Akito the Exiled had some vague references in the main Code Geass anime so it made sense for that spin-off but the new country of Zilkhistan just feels like it should have been something established in the story rather than a brand new country and culture that wasn’t even previously referenced.

Because it’s so new, the film doesn’t feel like the main story meshes with the Code Geass movie trilogy.

This Is a Sequel to the Movie Trilogy, Not the Anime

Code Geass; Lelouch of the Re;surrection is a sequel to the Code Geass movie trilogy and not the main anime, mainly because Shirley Finnette is alive in this universe and she is dead in the original Code Geass anime, they made these changes in the movie trilogy so they could continue the franchise without changing the original ending of the anime.

Fans that haven’t seen the movie trilogy will be surprised by this change but since the movies are cheap to rent you can easily watch the movie trilogy to be able to watch this movie but the story will only make sense if you’ve seen the movie trilogy.

The Movie Is Fun but Not Perfect

I loved Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection because I enjoy the Code Geass franchise. It is a sequel to the movie trilogy and not the anime. I enjoyed this movie a lot and it was a fun watch for me.

I do enjoy watching the film and I managed to get a digital download from Amazon because it was on sale for $4.99 for buying it and I had an Amazon Gift Card that I used to buy the movie so it only cost me tax for the download.

Since the movie is out of print you can’t buy a physical copy of the movie, but it is worth watching. It’s not a perfect movie when it comes to the storytelling because I don’t feel it completely meshes together, it’s still an entertaining movie and sets up the sequel story Code Geass; Z of the Recapture but the anime hasn’t been released yet.

Overall, it’s a fun movie but it’s not perfect but it’s a movie that I had fun watching.

Quick Summary

What Works:What Doesn't Work:

Great story, characters, and world-building from the previous franchise

The new country and setting don't connect well wit the "Code Geass" movie trilogy

Great animation

New characters don't get much character development

Great English dub

Great soundtrack

My Grade: A-

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection is a fantastic movie. It isn’t perfect but if you’ve wanted the Code Geass franchise to continue, the movie sets up the series to continue via an alternate universe and a new way for us to see familiar characters. I did enjoy the movie despite the feeling that the story was disconnected compared to the main Code Geass anime.

The movie was a fun one with an interesting, but an imperfect story. It had great characters and the animation was fantastic. The English dub was great and I enjoyed the soundtrack. The movie set up a continuation that I’m looking forward to.

Overall, it’s a fun movie that is at least worth a rental if you enjoyed the Code Geass franchise. I did buy a digital copy eventually but I didn’t feel that I had to, even though I enjoyed the movie a lot, but it is a must-buy for Code Geass fans if you own the Code Geass movie trilogy already.

Hopefully, Funimation Entertainment will rerelease the movie on blu-ray so fans can buy a physical copy because I don’t want to eventually lose my download on Amazon but it is worth your time and money to own Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection. I enjoyed it a lot and you will too, whether you buy or rent it, the film is definitely worth a watch.

My Rating

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