"More importantly, Akito; why do you fight? You have no family to protect, no country to fight for...you're alone. Why are you living?"
"So I can die."Code Geass: Akito the Exiled
is a Spin-Off
OVA from its parent Code Geass
. The first of four planned episodes premiered on August 4, 2012 in Japanese theatres. The story takes place between Code Geass
and Code Geass: R2
, focusing on the events that occurred in Europe in the year a.t.b 2017, after the defeat of Zero's Black Rebellion.
The European Union, one of the three major powers in the Code Geass
world, has been steadily losing ground in their war against the expansionist Holy Britannian Empire. Leila Malkal, a European noblewoman and military strategist, decides to form a new military unit codenamed "W-0", comprised of volunteers from Area 11 who have sought refuge in Europe. Her intention is to give the former Japanese a place to belong, but because they are seen as expendable by the general public due to their ethnicity, W-0 is only used in the most dangerous military operations with the worst chances of survival.
After a particularly disastrous operation, a young soldier named Akito Hyuga is the only survivor of W-0. The story follows both him and Leila as they fight for the European Union, seeking to make sense out of the war and achieve their own goals and dreams.
Characters can be found on the Code Geass character sheet
- Alternate History: Natch, as it takes place in the same time frame of the events of Code Geass.
- Alternative Calendar: The E.U. uses one since the French Revolution.
- All Asians Know Martial Arts: As Akito employs it against one of Leila's brash brothers, this stereotype exists in full in-universe
"Europeans are all the same. They're scared of Japanese people because they think we all know karate and are good with swords."
- Blade Below the Shoulder: The Alexander can have its hand assembly swing away at the wrist to reveal a retractable Knightmare-sized stiletto hidden inside its forearm.
- Bridge Bunnies: W-0's command center has several of these
- Conspicuous CG: Highly detailed and cel-shaded CGI models have been used both for the Knightmare Frames as well as for several background elements, in addition to dynamic camera work and nicely choreographed fight sequences. Lighting effects and shadows have significantly improved 2D/3D integration, but some specific shots still tend to stand out.
- Darker and Edgier: While Code Geass as a whole was always relatively dark, Akito The Exiled elevates it to a more thematically mature standing. For starters, it features a protagonist who is considerably more mentally disturbed than Lelouch was, the entire plot revolves around a squad partaking exclusively in suicide missions, and it essentially showcases a darker side of a "civilized world" than what we've seen of Britannian settlements. Topped off with the fact that the series runs on a considerably more somber pace and melancholy, it gives it a significantly different atmosphere that what we've seen of Code Geass thus far.
- Death Seeker: Anou, W-0's deeply racist first commander, believes that every single Japanese person is this at heart. It's also the reason why he installed explosive devices on the team's Alexanders.
"The Elevens have always spewed things like 'seppuku' and 'kamikaze'. They're descendants of a race that loves to die! What's wrong with making Elevens like that self-destruct?!"
- Democracy Is Bad: The E.U. is a democracy, but one suffering from populism and war-weariness.
- Engrish: This returns once again, given the setting. Currently, it's been mostly averted- the vast majority of on-screen text has been French- but the infamous 'momeland' returns from R2, among others.
- Expy: Notably, these similarities are present but played in a different context.
- Akito seems very similar to Suzaku, apparently being an orphan who's elected to join the military of a country that despises him, pilots a Super Prototype with remarkable effectiveness, is under a Geass order that helps his combat effectiveness, and is a Death Seeker. Curiously enough, Suzaku himself will play at least some role in the series.
- Shin, during the brief time that he's appeared so far, was shown to have a Geass which allows him to order people to "die" like Lelouch did. It's currently unclear whether this is a similar power or just one restricted to death-related commands..
- Fighting for a Homeland
- Averted with Ryou and his posse; they state specifically that they have no intention for creating a new country for the Japanese, and only look for a "place to belong". When the Black Knights are mentioned, Ryou laughs them off.
- Foregone Conclusion: To a degree. If you've seen R2, you know how the war turns out in the end.
- Lightning Bruiser / Fragile Speedster: Compared to the original series, all Knightmares now seem to have the fluidity and speed of the Lancelot or Guren. The new Alexander is the most agile, but even the lower grade Glasgow has its moment in the first OVA.
- The Mafia: Ryou, Ayano and Yukiya start out being associated with an underground group very similar to one. The trio kill them all and execute their leader soon after they're introduced, both to go their own way, and to gain revenge for fallen friends.
- Magical Eye: It wouldn't be Code Geass without Geass in the picture. Akito is under a Geass of some kind that affects him during battle, and Shin has a Geass that allows him to kill people like Lelouch often did.
- Never Tell Me the Odds: 5% of survival? Ouch.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Julius Kingsley.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: After his explosion of anger and subsequent restraining during Operation Alpha, Anou is reassigned to a supply unit stationed in Warsaw. General Gene Smilas, Leila's CO and the man who did the deed, says that Anou can finally be useful there.
- Reused Character Design: Anou looks very similar to the captain of one of Prince Clovis' Royal Guard units from the first episode of the original series.
- The Sixties: Even more evident here than in the original series, given that it takes place in what real-world reckoning would be 1962-63.
- Spin-Off: Though with Episode 2, it's possibly turning more into a partial Interquel, given C.C. and Suzaku will appear.
- The Squad: The "W-0" unit.
- Suicide Attack: In the first episode, several members of the "W-0" unit take out the enemy by grabbing them and self-destructing.
- Suicide Mission
- Super Prototype: Played with. Alexander is an European KMF with unusual features, but it was produced in limited numbers for use in the "W-0" unit instead of being a truly unique prototype. It's too bad most of them were lost during suicide attacks though.
- Thematic Series: Several ideas from both the main series and its early drafts are present here, albeit with some notable changes. In particular, the focus on a cynical soldier and an idealistic one: in the original plan for Code Geass, an idealistic subordinate would have to deal with his cynical commanding officer. In this spin-off, those roles have been reversed.
- Transforming Mecha: The Alexander units can go from regular KMF to a bug-like form to minimize their profile and increase agility.
- United Europe: The E.U.
- It's implied to also be the direct result of a victorious revolutionary wave that swept across the continent.