If you’re reading this, you probably have no idea what Code Geass is. Well, let me tell you that you made one massive correct decision when you want to watch this anime because it will, and I mean it will be one of the top anime on your list. So before I give you the watch order, let me tell you what Code Geass is all about.
Code Geass is an anime that gets talked about a lot in the Anime community. It was hype, had amazing fights, an amazing plot, and it made men cry. It’s an Anime Original that premiered in the anime season Fall 2006. It’s made by studio Sunrise and once it finished its second season the series has had a legendary status. If you’re thinking this is another run-and-gun mecha anime then do I have a surprise for you. Its themes were serious and complex, but can also be related to today’s social dilemmas. Family, power, discrimination, and tyranny were all present in the series.
The plot follows Lelouche Lamperouge, a Britannian student who is studying in Japan. In the year 2010, Japan was conquered by the Holy Britannian Empire and was forced into submission. Lelouche was then caught in a crossfire between rebels and Britannian forces. When he was about to be killed he was given a power called Geass by a mysterious lady known as C.C. With the newfound power he can control anyone he comes into eye contact with. He fights back and becomes the mastermind Zero, a vigilante who will do anything to make the world a better place for his remaining family, his sister Nunnally.
That’s all I’m gonna tell you because I don’t want you to get spoiled. I’ll be like Yoda who only gives very vague instructions so that you will discover the beauty of this series on your own. Follow the watch order, you must.
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Quick Watch Order Guide
l Code Geass: Oz the Reflection Picture Drama
l Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Picture Drama
l Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Picture Drama- Hajimari no Zenya
l Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 Picture Drama
l Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 Picture Drama- Last Moratorium
l Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: Miraculous Anniversary
l Code Geass: Akito the Exiled 2- The Torn-up Wyvern Picture Drama
l Code Geass: Akito the Exiled 3- Kagayaku Mono Ten Yori Otsu Picture Drama
l Code Geass: Akito the Exiled 4- Nikushimi no Koiku kara Picture Drama
l Code Geass: Akito the Exiled 5- Itoshiki Mono-Tachi e Picture Drama
Code Geass – The Ultimate Watch Order
1. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
This is the first season of the series. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion is the beginning of Lelouch’s journey and is one of the most vital points of the series. You must start here so that the rest will make sense. Otherwise, you just wasted a perfectly good anime and I hope I had the Death Note so I could write your name on it.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion started airing in Oct of 2006 and ended in July 2007. It has a total of 25 episodes and 24 minutes each. You can watch it on Netflix, Crunchyroll, and other streaming services.
2. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2
I don’t know why it’s called R2, maybe it sounds cooler. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 is the second season of the series and continues the story from Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Season 1.
Not much can be said in R2 other than you cannot complete the series without finishing it. It premiered in the Spring anime season of 2008. It started airing in April and finished in September of the same year. Similar to the first season, it has 25 episodes with each episode running for 24 minutes. There are also new characters introduced in this season, so watch out. If you’ve already finished the first half, I urge you to finish this so you can feel why Code Geass fans are so dedicated even after 14 years.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 are the only vital points on this watch list. The two seasons are where the main story ends. If you were satisfied with how it turned out you can stop here, but if you want more then boy do I have a lot to give you. Sit tight and make sure your popcorn is hot because it’s gonna be one heck of a roller coaster ride.
3. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Special Edition- Black Rebellion (OVA)
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Special Edition Black Rebellion (OVA) is a movie recap of all the events that happened during the first season. It was released in 2008 and has a duration of 1 hour and 57 minutes.
But ladies and gentlemen, there’s a twist! The movie will tell the story all from Lelouch’s viewpoint. If you want a change of perspective this is an interesting watch. If you’re not interested in this you can skip to Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch- Kiseki no Birthday, Nunally in wonderland, Akito the Exiled, or just directly watch the recap movies further in the list.
4. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 Special Edition- Zero Requiem (OVA)
Just like Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Special Edition- Black Rebellion (OVA) Zero Requiem is a movie recap of all the events that transpired in the second season. It premiered a year later after the second season ended and has a similar run time as Black Rebellion.
5. Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch- Kiseki no Birthday
Code Geass: Hangyako no Lelouch- Kiseki no Birthday is another OVA that is set when Lelouch was still attending Ashford Academy. It only has 1 episode and lasts about 27 minutes. It was released back in 2010.
The plot follows a situation where terrorists that support the Neo-Chinese Federation take over Ashford Academy while they are preparing their school festival in December. As students are being taken hostage and the school now under terrorist hands, Lelouch, Suzaku, and the student council fight their way to victory.
We all know what’s gonna happen here. I mean you saw what Suzaku and Lelouch were capable of in the original storyline, right? These guys are like ants…with guns…and Chinese.
6. Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch- Nunnally in Wonderland
Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch- Nunnally in Wonderland is quite of a strange OVA I should say. The story begins when Lelouch was telling a story to his sister, Nunnally where he uses the powers of his Geass to give her one of the best stories, and a unique one as well. Nunnally then discovers that her blindness is cured and follows a rabbit that looks like the Knight of Six, Anya Alstreim. She falls down a hole where she finds familiar yet strange characters while finding a way back home.
I don’t know if you didn’t get it by the title alone but it’s Alice in Wonderland, Code Geass style. Maybe they have mecha in there, we never know what happens in these kinds of stories. It’s only 1 episode and the duration is 28 minutes. Fun fact though, it’s all narrated by Lelouch himself. It was released in 2012 and is a new atmosphere for the series since it took such a wacky turn.
7. Code Geass: Akito the Exiled
Code Geass: Akito the Exiled is a spin-off of the Code Geass series where the point of view is now transferred into the E.U. as it also helps in deepening your understanding of the events that occurred in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Season 1 and R2.
The plot begins in the year 2017, where Akito Hyuuga also known as “Hannibal’s Ghost” is the only survivor of a special unit from the E.U. called Wyvern or W-0 whose members are all Japanese. While rescuing a European Regiment, the commanding officer self-destructs his nightmare in an attempt to kill as many Britannians as possible which leads to Akito the last one standing.
Akito the Exiled is an interesting OVA as it pushes your perspective on the other theater of war where the Japanese are also involved in. It only has a total of 5 movies namely (in order): Code Geass: Akito the Exiled- The Wyvern Arrives (51 minutes, released in 2012), Code Geass: Akito The Exiled- The Wyvern Divided (59 minutes, 2013), Code Geass: Akito The Exiled- The Brightness Falls (59 minutes, 2015), Code Geass: Akito the Exiled- Memories of Hatred (59 minutes, 2015), and Code Geass: Akito the Exiled- To Beloved Ones (59 minutes, 2016).
This is not another wacky spin-off but a more serious series of movies that help in portraying the horrors of war, not only in the place where Lelouch was present but in other places in the world of Code Geass.
8. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion I- Initiation
Not to be confused with the original series, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion I- Initiation is a recap movie set in an alternate universe from the original series. There have been parts that were changed. Some were added, some were removed, while others were slightly tweaked. It was released back in 2017 and has a run time that lasts 2 hours and 15 minutes. If you want to watch Code Geass: Lelouch of the Resurrection you MUST watch this set of movies first as that film doesn’t continue after Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2.
I know you’re confused, you thought there were only 2 seasons and a movie right? Well, we were both wrong. But a true anime fan will know that if there’s a spin-off where Nunnally goes to Wonderland then there’s bound to be more OVAs and Specials.
9. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion II- Transgression
I know you’re wondering what transgression means, so I did it for you. You’re welcome. Transgression means an offense. So maybe something happened here that was offensive? Maybe Dora shot Lelouch? Well, the movie would have been so famous if that happened.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion II- Transgression is the sequel to Initiation and continues the event that happened in the series with more twists and turns. The movie is set somewhere between season 1 and R2. It aired in 2018 and has a duration of 2 hours and 12 minutes. This is the part where things go “boom” and “blam”.
10. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion III- Glorification
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion III- Glorification is the final recap movie of the trilogy and begins somewhere in R2. The events that happened in Code: Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 are different from what is happening in this film. Although there are similarities, there is already a huge gap of new information that happened after the first two movies. It was released in 2018 and has 2 hours and 20 minutes run time.
It says Glorification, maybe Lelouch succeeded in taking over the world. Maybe there’s a new emperor. Or maybe Umaru-chan took control of Lelouch’s Geass.
Jokes aside, this is also an important film so that you could move forward and understand the events in the last film.
11. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Resurrection
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Resurrection is just what the title says. Resurrection. Try guessing who’s gonna be resurrected. Well, who died in the original series and the alternate universe films? Of course, it’s gonna be him.
With Nunnally and Suzaku kidnapped by the Kingdom of Kazakhstan, Lelouch comes back to life along with C.C. as they try to fight this new enemy who has not been conquered by even the Holy Britannian Empire. The man, the myth, the legend, John Cena! Ehem, I mean Lelouch Vi Britannia comes back to life once again to bring world peace and save his sister.
I watched this without knowing there were 3 films before this and I regretted it. I just pretended I knew everything and ended up confused. If you want to love this movie, go watch the other 3. Even as I was confused I still cried though, but it’s a secret why.
Code Geass is an amazing show with just as good spin-offs and OVAs. It dives deep into human psychology when it has experienced things such as war and has seen so much loss of life. In Lelouch’s words, “To defeat evil, I must become a greater evil,” is the perfect depiction of how those types of situations change a person. Underlying themes are also present such as the case of Suzaku whose ideals drastically changed throughout the series. The series showed everything that happens in real life. Mass loss of life, discrimination, and the love of Family are all present. In the end, his greatest sacrifice was his own life
Other than the ones listed here there are also Picture Dramas that dive deeper into the background story of the characters. But as the name suggests, it’s all pictures and little animation and lasts about 9 minutes. If you’re interested I’ll list the Picture Dramas here in order.
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