Hello there Anime Vice, PyroBlue here to give you my very first review ever. It took me awhile to figure out what to make my first review about but as you can see I’ve made my decision. The Code Geass OVA, Code Geass: Nunnally in Wonderland. Being that Code Geass is my favorite anime series I was quite thrilled to hear of this interesting idea for an OVA. In my mind there was a lot of potential for some interesting/hilarious bits to be made when mixing the serious (yet sometimes silly and comical) characters of Code Geass, with the outright crazy and random characters from Lewis Caroll’s famous novels Alice in Wonderland, and its sequel Through the Looking Glass. And what was our final product? A not bad, pretty funny, normal anime episode length feature that has some very high ups, and some confusing downs.
This feature takes Nunnally (the main character from the series’ disabled sister) and puts her in Wonderland via Lelouch using his Geass powers to make all of the other characters play along. Now first things first. What I consider most important about any show, series, episode, or basically any other media of television is one simple question, was it entertaining? In this case, yes, this was very entertaining, but probably, in my case, due to several important factors. Mainly that I have watched the Code Geass series and have read the Alice in Wonderland novel and know enough about their characters to get most of the jokes made throughout this feature.
The best jokes in the entire episode involve making certain Code Geass characters, into very particular Alice in Wonderland characters and putting these characters into the crazy situations discussed in the novel. For example, making the Emperor Charles zi Britannia (the main antagonist of the original series and Lelouch’s father) into the King of Hearts, and Marianne vi Britannia (Lelouch’s mother) into the Queen of Hearts. The irony being that in Alice in Wonderland, as also showed in the feature, the King is totally the Queen’s bitch. Now put these characters into the famous croquet scene from the novel and watch hilarity ensue.
So the basic highs from this come from the clever usage of Code Geass characters and plot points put into the world and context of Wonderland. But what about those confusing downs? Well these come out in a lot of the production ideas made.
The amount of fan service with random sexualizing of almost every female character comes across as a little too daunting. It gets to a point where you wonder if C.C. is even wearing any sort of undergarment at all in her role as the Cheshire Cat. I personally found it a bit too much, but I can see fanboys going crazy over it, so I digress.
The animation (or lack there of) in this feature is my major issue. The majority of the episode is done in a still frame, almost in a visual novel-esque view. This was most likely a decision to make it seem more like a “story book.” While everything is beautifully drawn and the character’s costumes are perfect for whom they are, the lack of real animation was a bit of a letdown. Except for the Suzaku (The White Knight) and Gino (The Red Knight) swordfight, done in a paper puppet style, that was bloody brilliant. The weirdest part is how they do random bits of real animation of characters entering the conversation or doing unimportant things. It almost makes me wonder if they were just lazy or trying to go for the whole “it’s a story book” thing. The book thing is nice at times, but I wish I could have seen a whole animated adventure.
Overall I really enjoyed this OVA. While too short in my opinion, in accomplished what it meant to do well enough and left me with a happy face. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves the Code Geass series, especially if you have read the Lewis Carrol novels. It’s a quick, quaint, and fun little adventure with a few strange decisions made here and there. I give this OVA a pretty good 3.5 out of 5. Now let’s go have a tea party. With giant robots. Lots of giant robots.