A multimedia franchise spawned from the 2006 Code Geass anime series. Created by Sunrise, the story is set in an Alternate History where Britain had a Henry IX instead of James I, kept America, but lost the British Isles to Napoleon Bonaparte. They fled to the American colonies and founded the Holy Britannian Empire, which expands to control over a third of the world, particularly after they invent Humongous Mecha. Oh, and there are the titular psychic powers involved. The main story focuses on Lelouch vi Britannia, an exiled prince of the empire who becomes the leader of a formidable rebel army fighting against the empire - and his own father, the emperor.
Along with several canon spinoffs, Code Geass has produced an incredible amount of All There in the Manual content, which includes audio dramas, Picture Dramas and DVD-exclusive short stories that help flesh out the show's universe or expand on its characters. It has also garnered five Alternate Continuity manga and multiple games to date.
Works in this franchise:
- Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion — (2006-2007) The original anime, focusing on Lelouch and his Well-Intentioned Extremist campaign against the Holy Britannian Empire as Revenge for the death of his mother as well as to change the world for his sister's sake. Spanned 25 episodes.
- Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 — (2007-2008) The sequel to Lelouch of Rebellion, taking place after the events of Akito the Exiled. The story focuses on Lelouch's attempt to finish his rebellion against the Holy Britannian Empire, setting up a chain of events that ultimately resulted with him usurping his father's position as emperor and orchestrating his Zero-Approval Gambit. Also spanned 25 episodes.
- In addition to the main series, there are also three compilation films that both condense and retold the story as well as add new scenes that act as canonical updates: Initiation, Transgression and Glorification.
- Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection — (February 2019) A film continuation of the re-released compilation films. Originally announced on November 27, 2016 as sequel to the original series, the project was re-revealed August 3, 2018 as a stand-alone movie that follows the slightly altered events of the previous three films.
Spin-Offs and Side Stories:
- Code Geass Renya Of The Dark — (2011-2013), a prequel manga with a script by Goro Taniguchi and art by Tomomasa Takuma. It 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: Akito the Exiled — (2012-2016) A sidestory OVA Interquel written and directed by Kazuki Akane. It takes place between the first and second seasons, focusing on a group of Japanese pilots in the army of the Europia (this world's third great power, unified by Napoleon).
- Code Geass: Oz the Reflection —- (2012-2015), a Spin-Off manga 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.
- Code Geass Nunnally In Wonderland — (2012) A 30 minute Storybook Episode OVA that features the characters as the cast of Alice in Wonderland. Also acts as a Bizarro Episode of sorts for the entire series because of all the silliness going around providing a contrast to the darker atmosphere that is generally prevalent in the original anime.
- 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: Lost Colors — Spin off Visual Novel with the main character called Rai who has lost his memories and has ended up at Ashford Academy. Now Rai must decide how he goes about regaining his memories.
- Code Geass: Maelstrom of Libra — A mobile game starring a young girl named Laila who escapes from a research facility in the desert.