Ha! See? The Battle of Saratoga actually was for the fate of the world. Earth, you can thank us, the good ol’ U S of A, for saving you from the villainy of the British a couple hundred of years ago.
Sheesh, and people thought RED DAWN’s foreign invasion conceit was ridiculous...
CODE GEASS quite clearly won the poll I put up for the next Watch & Learn. This has actually been recommended to me pretty consistently for the past few months. At one point, it was described to me as being a meeting of EVANGELION’s innovative mecha and DEATH NOTE’s morbid proclivities. I’ve definitely found those comparisons to be apt in this first episode (and I even see a dash of FMA in here with the alternate history and the interest in the fashions of classical European aristocrats.) And, while we’re piling the comparisons on, it looks like Monsieur LeLouch gains the same powers as Jesse Custer of PREACHER at the end.
I’m all for jumping into a story, en media res, with minimal exposition. However, after the knots BACCANO!, FMA and DARKER THAN BLACK made in my mind in their respective first episodes, I have to say it’s a relief to watch a show that has the common courtesy to give me a prologue that actually gives me some clue about the world I’m walking into. Exposition isn’t always a dirty word, you know. That said, this does still suffer a little from the necessary evils of having to pack a lot of material into a first episode, even if the results get a bit disjointed. Of course, if that was needed to get me to the, pun intended, killer cliffhanger with LeLouch's terrifying powers, than it was certainly justified.
Every show I watch, I can track a bit of my learning curve. In this case, I’m recognizing Vash’s Power Ranger-y voice coming from LeLouch as well as the gangly, Gorey-esque rendering style of Clamp. Somebody give me some XP points for progress!
Watch this episode "The Day a New Demon was Born" below and decide for yourself.