"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.
The Alcoholic: Klaus, he generally has a slovenly appearance. He drinks his coffee with alcohol, and his office is filled with empty bottles.
"Europeans are all the same. They're scared of Japanese people because they think we all know karate and are good with swords."
Armchair Military: Anou acts like this for the few minutes he's on screen, and gets called on it by Leila due to him ordering the W-0 unit to self-destruct in order to take out enemy Knightmares when it would serve no practical purpose.
Axe Crazy: Akito, Yukiya and Sir Ashley. Akito's geass command makes this trope Up to Eleven, and it somehow was spread to Ryo, Ayano and Yukiya.
Big Bad Ensemble: As of episode two, the position of main antagonist is split between Shin Hyuga Shaingu, who has a personal stake against Akito, and Julius Kingley, who's gonna command all of Euro Britannia's forces in its war against the republic.
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.
"Blind Idiot" Translation: 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.
Born Lucky: Sir Ashley thinks he's this. And that its the reason people live through battles.
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.
Curb-Stomp Battle: the W-0 unit when somehow sharing Akito's geass command is giving this to the Knights of St. Michael till Shin Hyūga Shaingu comes.
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?!"
Defector from Decadence: Leila's birth family were Britannians that fled from their homeland due to sympathizing with the revolutionaries in Europe.
Democracy Is Bad: The E.U. is a democracy, but one suffering from populism and war-weariness.
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..
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.
Hope Spot: The operation in episode 2 ends up going well after the Knights of Saint Michael pull out of the town, but by the end of the episode the Britannians have driven the EU forces back to where they were before.
Knife Nut: Ayano, her Alexander was the only one given a blade. And she has a knife.
Mad Bomber: Yukiya, who has twice now strapped bombs to himself and threatened to blow himself and everyone around him up.
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.
Male Gaze: It wouldn't be Code Geass without this. In episode 2, we have a brief scene of Ayano's cleavage and a sequence where Leila, in the nude, puts on a very form-fitting uniform. Both Leila and Ayano are rather busty and continue to wear said outfits during the battle.
Reality Is Unrealistic: The racist treatment that the Japanese have is based on the real phenomenon of Displaced Persons or DPs. Some of the biggest waves occurred after World War 2 and cause considerable friction to this day, however to younger generations the phenomenon isn't as well known.
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.
The Stoic: Akito off the battlefield and Jean Low. Jean didn't blink when Sir Ashley pointed a gun at her head and fired. Although it was a mostly emptied Russian Roulette, Jean had no idea how many bullets were put in.
Suicide Attack: In the first episode, several members of the "W-0" unit take out the enemy by grabbing them and self-destructing.
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 superior: 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.