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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:

  • 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 leads to her resurrecting Lelouch, unlike in the original series where Lelouch remained dead forever.
  • Apologises a Lot: Kallen repeatedly apologises 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, and launches a variety of strategies he expects to fail so that he can figure out what kind of Geass he's actually up against and how he can thwart it.
  • Babies Ever After: Ohgi and Villetta now have a son together to further reinforce their Happily Married epilogue from season 2. 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 at the end of Zero Requiem. 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 the collective unconscious in Zilkistan to pull back his soul.
  • Badass in Distress: Suzaku spends half of the movie in captivity and torture until C.C.'s group rescue him.
  • 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. has no longer business on a battlefield, but he's willing to set that aside for one battle because Nunnally is in danger.
  • Beneath Notice: Shirley's greatest asset. Given that almost nobody knows her importance 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 by C.C. and being in an infantile-like state, Lelouch returns to his usual self, thanks to C.C. And the first thing that he does is use his Geass on the fake prisoners who are attacking his friends.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: When Zero 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, meaning she can't physically off herself to reset time again. He then orders her personal guard to blow up the room after 10 hours, just to make sure that if killing her that way (vs doing it herself) also sets her power off, it's beyond the time limit of her Geass. That way, if her Geass DOES activate, the only place it will put her is back in the temple at a point where she's already asleep and unable to do anything about it. That she shows up in C's world afterwards proves that last part wasn't necessary, but it didn't hurt to be safe.
  • 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 because Chamna can use Mental Time Travel to predict any strategies her opponents will use and distribute that information to her subjects.
  • 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.
  • 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 director and series creator Gorou Taniguchi even noting Lelouch's suggestion of changing his name to "L.L." being Lelouch's awkward idea of a Wacky Marriage Proposal.
  • Oh, Crap!: Once Lelouch regains his faculties and starts giving a hammy speech to a group of men who are about to kill him, Cecile hastily turns away her head and forces her eyes shut, knowing that he's going to use his Geass and not wanting to get caught up in it.
  • Palette Swap: 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.
  • 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 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 for 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 parts to go back to their iconic Frames so they'll be able to keep up with the smaller Knightmares they're fighting.
  • Shout-Out: Since Lelouch is a Char Clone, 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.
  • 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 the 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: Because she was Spared by the Adaptation in the compilation movie, Shirley is instrumental in Lelouch's resurrection where she and Schneizel deliver his corpse to Jeremiah's orange farm so that C.C. can get him.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: The brilliant Chessmaster Schneizel now wears a pair of glasses to better visually illustrate his intelligence.
  • The Stinger: C.C. and Lelouch, dressed in new outfits, perform a new speech about the power of Geass to an unseen individual in a forest 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 Britannian 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.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: As confirmed by the director, Lelouch suggestion he change his name to "L.L." is an awkward attempt to Shed the Family Name by suggesting he take C.C.'s instead.
  • 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 more ruins related to the Geass after seeing that his sister and their friends finally live in peace.
  • War for Fun and Profit: Zilkistan has few resources, and their main exports are mercenaries and military hardware. The peace brought about by the Zero Requiem wrecked their economy, which is the reason their leaders take action against the UFN.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Chamna aims to break into C's World, even at the expense of violent attacks, risking war and Nunnally's life, all so she can make her nation and brother stronger and stronger.
  • When She Smiles: C.C. at the end 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 his Knightmare beaten down and deprived of all it's weapons, the latter grapples the former and reveals it has 2 extra pairs of hands to try and tear the Lancelot apart with. Instead of prolonging the fight, Suzaku simply disengages The Lancelot sIN's Right arm and unloads a flurry of light wing rapid fire, utterly destroying Shalio's KMF and killing him in the process.


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