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Suzaku Kururugi: You're alive?
Lelouch vi Britannia: So it seems.

Code Geass: Lelouch Of The Re;surrection is a 2019 Animated Film sequel to Code Geass, directed by Goro Taniguchi, written by Ichiro Okouchi and produced by Sunrise.

One year after the events of Zero Requiem, the world has unified around the reorganized United Federation of Nations and regained the semblance of peace. However, following that peace is soon broken when Suzaku Kururugi, now operating as the masked man "Zero", and Nunnally vi Britannia are assaulted by a mysterious new Knightmare frame and kidnapped while visiting a refugee camp.

In response, Schneizel el Britannia tasks Kallen Kouzuki, Lloyd Asplund and Sayoko Shinozaki with infiltrating the Kingdom of Zilkistan, a small country known as the Land of Warriors and one of the few countries that successfully drove off the Holy Britannian Empire, where Schneizel suspects Nunnally was taken. In the process, the group discover both a set of new geass users, and C.C., Lelouch's mysterious immortal ally who has been traveling the world for the last year for unknown reasons.


The film was released in Japan on February 9, 2019. A North American limited release is scheduled for May 5 (subbed) and May 7-8 (dubbed), 2019 to be distributed by Funimation, following premiere screenings at select anime conventions (AnimeBoston 2019 on April 20th for the East Coast, and another a week earlier on the West Coast). An Australian release by Madman Entertainment is scheduled for May 16, 2019 (following a premiere screening at MadFest Sydney on March 17).

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This movie provides examples of:

  • Abdicate the Throne: At the start of the movie, the Holy Empire of Britannia is now the Principality of Britannia and Nunnally is a figurehead princess, with a parliament in charge instead of the traditional monarchy. The country's leadership appears to include Schneizel but he's still under Lelouch's Geass, essentially making Zero (Suzaku) the ruler of Britannia. Cornelia no longer being a princess is merely a sub-commander of the Black Knights.
  • Alternate Continuity: The film follows the continuity of the Compilation Movie retelling of seasons 1 and 2, which has multiple different events compared to the original anime, like the exclusion of Mao or the outcome of Shirley's storyline, and most notably C.C. being unable to accept Lelouch's death which then leads to her resurrecting him, unlike in the original series where Lelouch remained dead forever.
  • Anti-Villain: Zilkistan has a few, most notably Princess Chamna, who uses her power to play to the only strength her desolate nation has: winning battles. C.C. offers her mercy in the end, but Chamna politely declines, preferring to remain in Cs world with her fallen countrymen and await her brother. Bolvona Forgnar is also firmly in this territory, as well as his son for the most part; Bolvona even succeeds Chamna as ruler of Zilkistan and leads the kingdom into an era of cooperation.
  • Apologises a Lot: Kallen repeatedly apologizes before shedding the new armor off the Guren so she can maneuver fast enough to beat Bitool. This is because she's close with Shanti, one of Rakshata's child apprentices who personally designed the new Guren.
  • Ascended Meme: Shalio and the Zilkistan military were able to deduce Suzaku as the new Zero because of his signature spinkick.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Zero, as always. After his initial plan is thwarted by Chamna's Geass, he comes up with a list of two dozen possible ways a Geass could be used to come up with a counter for his plans. Lelouch then has C.C. launch a variety of strategies he expects to fail in order to figure out exactly what kind of Geass he's actually up against and how to thwart it.
  • Babies Ever After: Ohgi and Villetta now have a son together. They named him Naoto after Kallen's brother.
  • Back from the Dead: Unsurprisingly given the film's name Lelouch Of The Re;surrection, Lelouch returns from his death. Lelouch's body is resurrected after the Zero Requiem, thanks to the combined efforts of C.C. and Shirley, and he further regains his mind after she uses a gate to access the collective unconscious in Zilkistan to pull back his soul.
  • Badass in Distress:
    • Suzaku spends about half of the movie in captivity and torture until C.C.'s group rescue him.
    • Kallen was briefly captured by the Zilkistan agents in the prison.
  • Batman Gambit: Lelouch's final move against Chamna is, by his own admission, a coin toss because he has a suspicion about how her Geass works but isn't positive, so he risks his life by claiming to have an identical Geass, betting that she'll give up the activation requirements in an attempt to stop him from using it.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: Lelouch admits that under his credo that the only people who should kill are those who are prepared to be killed in return, a person who has died but has been returned to life through the actions of C.C. no longer has business on a battlefield or changing the world, but he's willing to set that aside for one last time because Nunnally is in danger.
  • Beneath Notice: Shirley's greatest asset. Given that almost nobody about knows her relationship to key figures such as Lelouch, Nunnally, and C.C., she's the only one who can move around without alerting intelligence agencies all over the world. She played a critical role getting Lelouch's dead body out of Japan for C.C.'s half-successful resurrection attempt, and is the only one who can get in regular contact with her.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Zilkistan also uses Urdu, which shows up quite a bit in signage and texts.
  • Brick Joke: Kallen Apologises a Lot before shedding the Guren's armor because Shanti will be upset when she hears of it. In the end credits, she still has to apologize to Shanti in person.
  • The Cameo: The remaining Glinda Knights under Oldrin Zevon and former Knight of Nine, Nonette Enneagram, show up in Ohgi and Villetta's wedding video.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Kallen can't bring herself to talk to Lelouch about her feelings for him before the final battle, a fact C.C. lampshades. This might be a contributing factor for why, after the battle, he leaves without saying goodbye to her and goes traveling the world with C.C. to clean up the aftermath of Chamna's actions in the World of C.
  • Composite Character: Lelouch and C.C.'s new Knightmare, the Gekkoei, combines elements of both the Gawain from season 1 and Shinkirou from season 2.
  • Distressed Damsel: Nunnally spends the majority of the movie being in captivity by Kingdom of Zilkistan.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: A unique variation. Kujapat's geass power involves the recipient seeing everyone around them as himself, making it difficult to discern friend from foe. He uses it on Kallen during their first fight causing her and Sayoko to briefly trade blows as Kallen questions how many brothers he has. When he uses it again on Sayoko later, she knows what she's up against and doesn't take the bait.
  • Due to the Dead: Cafe Zero has video screens that depict fallen members of the Black Knights, including Rolo and Lelouch himself(as Zero).
  • Easily Forgiven: Due to the events of the movie making them more loyal than the past, of the characters are willing to work with Lelouch to save Nunnally. The only characters who visibly reacted negatively to his return, at first, were Suzaku and Cornelia, whose actions remained the same as the original series. That said, C.C. did have to stop Suzaku from punching Lelouch and explained that she's the one who wanted Lelouch resurrected, while Cornelia is initially wary because Lelouch killed Euphy and Darlton only to put her anger aside when he takes off the mask to beg her face to face so they can save Nunnally together.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Though he may not live together with his sister again, Lelouch is happy to see her and their friends safe and sound after the peace is finally restored. He joins C.C. in traveling around the world and even takes the name L.L. According to the director's acting guidance to C.C.'s voice actress, this can be interpreted as Lelouch's idea of a marriage proposal. C.C. is also happy that Lelouch decided to join her because she won't feel lonely anymore.
  • Empty Shell: Lelouch spends a sizable part of the movie with hardly any will of his own, equivalent to an infant or child, and needs C.C. to care for him.
  • Fake-Out Opening: The film opens on Zero's mask as the camera slowly zooms out until it's revealed to be a display for the opening of Tamaki's Zero themed restaurant.
  • Fanservice: Chamna spends an entire scene in the final act completely naked, as she had mentally traveled back in time six hours, causing her to receive a vision of the future while taking a bath.
  • Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: C.C. to Zero after Chamna's Mental Time Travel allows her to thwart his initial battle plan on the second try, causing him to panic.
  • He's Back: After being resurrected from the dead and spending time in an infantile-like state, Lelouch returns to his usual self, thanks to C.C. And the first thing he does is using his Geass on the fake prisoners who are attacking his friends.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: When Lelouch realizes what Chamna's Geass is, he figures out how far she travels back in time, then uses his own Geass to put her to sleep permanently, preventing her from killing herself. He then orders her personal guard to blow up the room after 10 hours. Because of this, even if her Geass activates regardless of the way she dies, the only place she will return to is a point at which she's already asleep and unable to do anything further.
  • Ill Boy: Shalio is paralyzed and blind, only able to pilot a Knightmare through specialized equipment. This has given him quite the inferiority complex, and he's desperate to become the best warrior in the world to protect Chamna.
  • Invincible Villain: Zilkhstan, known as "The Land of Warriors", is said to be an invincible kingdom and even defeated an army of Britannians at some point. This is probably because Chamna can use Mental Time Travel to learn any strategies her opponents will use and distribute that information to her subjects as "prophecies".
  • Keystone Army: Zilkistan's military might stems from Chamna's prophecies. Once Zero figures out how to neutralize her so that she can't reveal his plans to the army in advance, the Black Knights quickly regain the advantage.
  • Killed Offscreen: Li Xingke is shown to be among the dead characters Tamaki pays tribute to on his cafe screens. Presumably he died of his illness that had been plaguing him all series that he mentioned he wouldn't last much longer from.
  • Mental Time Travel: Chamna's geass power actually just returns her mind 6 hours into the past each time she dies, instead of giving her the power to see in the future. Her plans for Nunnally involve using her blood connection to Charles to access C's World and expand the range of her powers.
  • Mental World: C's World, a manifestation of humanity's collective unconscious across which the souls of the living and dead roam, makes a return in the film. C.C. is hoping to use it to find Lelouch's soul and put it back into his Empty Shell, while Chamna wants access so she can enhance her powers. Both are complicated by the fact that Lelouch made quite a mess of the place when he foiled his father's plans.
  • Official Couple: C.C. and Lelouch finally get together, with the suggestion by the director and series creator Goro Taniguchi to her voice actress that Lelouch's idea of changing his name to "L.L." could be understood as an awkward way of making a Wacky Marriage Proposal.
  • Oh, Crap!: Once Lelouch regains his faculties and starts giving a hammy speech to a group of men ready to kill him, Lloyd and Sayoko hastily turn away their heads and close their eyes shut, knowing that he's going to use his Geass and they don't want to get caught up in it.
  • Palette Swap: Concerning one of the tie-in merchandise products released along with the movie, the Lancelot Albion Zero is just the Lancelot Albion from season 2 with a black paint job and red energy wings instead of the original's white paint job and green energy wings.
  • Product Placement: While no pizza, brand name or otherwise, is consumed over the course of the film, Kallen does return C.C.'s Cheese-kun plushie, which she had left behind after Zero Requiem, before she returns to Walking the Earth in the finale.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: The "kill yourself" Geass command returns in all its glory immediately after Lelouch regains his faculties.
  • Reality Ensues: It's shown that while the UFN is the main global power and Britannia is now just a Principality, ensuring that the hard-earned victory won at the end of the series stays a victory is in itself a hard task. In addition to member states reviving national rivalries among themselves, there's also the question of Zilkistan, whose citizens and leadership are not too pleased with living in a world where peace, at least nominally, is the order of the day.
  • Resurrection Sickness: After being resurrected, Lelouch's state of mind is an Empty Shell who can't talk and gets easily scared. C.C. reveals that this is the result of his soul, memories, and personality remaining trapped in the collective unconsciousness after she resurrected him. So, she has to use the portal to C's world to fully restore him.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Asides from the usual former royals such as Cornelia and Lelouch, we see that Shalio, the King of Zilkistan, is a talented pilot whose fighting ability can pose a challenge to Suzaku.
  • Sealed Orders: One of the tests Lelouch does to figure out what Chamna's Geass is to come up with a number of battle plans and have C.C. choose which to use without any further input from him. Since C.C. is immune to Geass, the fact that the new plans were predicted proves that it wasn't mind reading.
  • Shadow Archetype: Like Lelouch, the Big Bad Chamna had wanted to change the world for the better in the name of her disabled younger sibling. However, she has none of his fetters, and is even willing to harm complete innocents to achieve these goals.
  • Shed Armor, Gain Speed: The Knightmares piloted by Suzaku and Kallen are built around a Lancelot and a Guren. In the climax, they shed all the extra armor parts to go back to their iconic Frames for the sake of keeping up with the tough Knightmares they're both fighting.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Since Lelouch is often considered a Char Clone, it's not too surprising that his final Knightmare Frame resembles the Zeong (i.e. being an oversized suit, lacking complete legs), which was the last Mobile Suit Char piloted in the One Year War.
    • In an Ironic Echo to the Universal Century, the Principality of Britannia is shown to be much more benevolent than the Principality of Zeon.
  • Shower Scene: When Zero first confronts Chamna, she casually mentions that six hours ago she was taking a bath. After he shoots her, her mind travels back in time six hours, and we see her in said bath, learning about Zero's plans through her Geass, at which point she gets out and starts dictating prophesy to her brother and general while being naked.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: After she was Spared by the Adaptation in the compilation movie triology, Shirley only gets to appear for a limited time on screen but is said to be instrumental in helping C.C. carry out Lelouch's resurrection, by delivering his corpse to Jeremiah's orange farm without raising suspicion.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: The brilliant Chessmaster Schneizel now wears a pair of glasses, which can be said to visually illustrate his intelligence. Also applies to Lloyd, whose glasses can now project shields and more importantly,they have windscreen wipers.
  • The Stinger: In the last sequence of the film, C.C. and Lelouch, both dressed in new outfits, deliver a familiar yet slightly updated speech about the power of the King whilst also declaring that they will remove Geass from those lacking resolve.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: After Lelouch and company meet up with the Black Knight members and UFN forces, the only person who doesn't welcome him with open arms is his older half-sister, Cornelia, who is understandably dismayed that Lelouch came back from the dead instead of Euphemia. But she gets over it, knowing that they have to work together to save Nunnally.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Pretty much everyone who was a main-to-secondary character in the original series is much less of a jackass in the film, mainly due to them not constantly having to deal with the threat of Charles or Schneizel continually trying to kill everyone. Especially notable in Lelouch and C.C.'s characterization. Lelouch now rarely uses his Geass to order people to kill themselves outside of very tight situations, and C.C. acts much more protecting and motherly towards him than in the main series.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: As mentioned by the director while giving acting instructions to C.C.'s voice actress, Lelouch suggestion about changing his name to "L.L." may be interpreted as an awkward attempt to Shed the Family Name, by im that he accept the same kind of life and identity as someone like C.C.,.
  • Waif Prophet: Chamna, the Queen and Holy Priestess of Zilkistan, claims to have the power to see into the future. It's actually a form of Mental Time Travel Geass allowing her to go back in time six hours by committing suicide.
  • Walking the Earth: At the end of movie, Lelouch joins C.C. in travelling around the world to look for lost Geass fragments, after seeing that his sister and their friends can finally live in peace on their own.
  • War for Fun and Profit: Zilkistan has few natural resources, thus their main exports are mercenaries and military hardware. The peace brought about by the Zero Requiem wrecked their economy, which is one reason why their leaders wish to take action against the UFN.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Chamna aims to break into C's World, even at the expense of using violence, such as risking war and Nunnally's life, all so she can change the fate of her nation and brother.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Though she's glad to see Lelouch again, Kallen calls out on C.C. for resurrecting him against his will and asks her if this is what he really wanted. C.C. truthfully admits that she did it out of selfishness and that Lelouch still has to fulfill his promise to her.
  • When She Smiles: C.C. at the end of the film, especially when Lelouch explains he plans to change his name to L.L., which, according to the director, was Lelouch's way of proposing to her (i.e. taking on the name of your significant other).
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Subverted during the end of Suzaku's battle with Shalio. No longer aided by his sister's prophecies and with his Knightmare beaten down and deprived of all its weapons, the latter grapples the former and reveals it has 2 extra pairs of limbs to try and tear the Lancelot apart. Instead of prolonging the fight, Suzaku simply disengages the Lancelot sIN's Right arm and unloads a flurry of rapid fire energy wing shots, utterly destroying Shalio's KMF and killing him in the process.


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