A multimedia franchise spawned from the 2006 Code Geass
anime series. Created by Sunrise
, the story is set in an Alternate History
where Britain won
the Revolutionary War, but lost a later war against Napoleon, who went on to conquer the British Isles. This nation evolved into Britannia, a Social Darwinist
empire that controls over a third of the world. The story details exiled Britannian prince Lelouch's attempts to bring down the tyrannical empire using a supernatural power known as "Geass".Code Geass
produced an incredible amount of All There in the Manual
content, which includes Radio Drama
-like Sound Episodes, Picture Dramas
and DVD-exclusive short stories that help flesh out the show's universe or expand on its characters. It also garnered five Alternate Continuity
manga and multiple games to date.
Works in this franchise:
- Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion — The most faithful adaptation of the anime, even though it removes the Humongous Mecha and most of the military action in favor of more comedy and shojo elements.
- Suzaku Of The Counterattack — Skews more Shōnen and focuses on Suzaku rather than Lelouch; it turns the Lancelot into a powersuit and Suzaku into a Kamen Rider-esque superhero.
- Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally — A vast departure from the normal Code Geass; it focuses on Lelouch's Ill Girl sister Nunnally, who becomes a Little Miss Badass in an Evangelion-esque mecha and battles similarly-powered girls. (Oh, and Lelouch returns later on to channel Master Asia.)
- Code Geass: Tales of an Alternate Shogunate/Strange Tales of the Bakamatsu — A Universal Adaptor Cast story that places the characters in the Bakamatsu era of Japanese history; Lelouch becomes the head of The Shinsengumi while secretly opposing the Meiji reforms brought on by Britannia (here standing in for Admiral Perry). More light-hearted than other adaptations/spin-offs, with a semi-chibified art style and less melodramatic story elements (Zero and Black Knights, here renamed the Black Restoration Order, basically turn into Robin Hood and his Merry Men). Also plays faster and looser with realism; a pizza delivery service exists, even though the manga takes place at a time well before pizza became popularized in America, let alone the rest of the world.
- Code Geass: Renya of the Dark began, with script by Goro Taniguchi and art by Tomomasa Takuma. This manga follows the story of the eponymous Renya, who encounters C.C. and a man bearing an incredible resemblance to Lelouch in Edo-period (or at least its equivalent) Japan.
- Code Geass: Oz the Reflection —- A Spin-Off that takes place between the first and second seasons. Written by Shigeru Morita, it tells the story from the viewpoints of two different protagonists, Orpheus Zevon and his sister Oldrin Zevon.