In Code Geass is it the year 2010. A thinly disguised version of America called Britannia that’s acts like Nazi Germany, invades Japan and renames it Area 11. Our main protagonist, who I can only describe as an anime version of Artemis Fowl, is a normal high school kid (although put through a taffy stretcher until he’s was roughly the high of Michael Jordan on a step-ladder) who through a very complicated series of events gets caught up in Terrorist attempt to steal a top-secret weapon. After a high-speed chase, the truck finally comes to a halt in an underground subway. The terrorists activate the weapon, and it turns out to be a girl, who immediately gets shot and dies. But just before finally kicking the bucket, the strange green-haired girl gives Artemis the ability to hypnotize people into doing whatever he says. His first use of this power is to kill every single one of the hard-working men and woman of the Area 11 army instead of, say, telling them to go home and forgot about this Obi-Wan Kenobi style. But it’s O.K. because every single one of the soldiers in the army have obviously been turned into a robot, because all they do is stomp on flowers, desecrate orphans’ graves, and stand around taking about how much they hate the smiles on little baby’s faces. With his new powers he goes on to lead the resistance against Britannia and the most dysfunctional family the world has ever known.
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Well I was planning on doing a review of Code Geass soon, and I was going to strongly recommend it. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a good romp all in all. It had a few to many characters, and got its head stuck in a bucket of do-la-la during the second half, but I still enjoyed all the giant robot battles and the main protagonist who I started calling Ledouche. Then I saw episode 24.
Let’s compare this ending to my favorite anime ending of all time, that of Black Butler. It has a really awesome fight scene for half the episode, then the other half is spent looking at the aftermath of what Ceil’s actions caused. Gradually building the tone and atmosphere until a balls tightening-ly fantastic last 30 seconds that a million dollars and my own real life Angelroid wouldn’t be enough to make me want to spoil it. Everything was perfect and everything was wrapped up, nothing was left said that had not been done, and I loved it. (That’s why Black Butler season 2 was a gigantic stomp in the testicles, but that’s a different topic for a different time.) Code Geass’ ending is the complete opposite of that. Just shy of a million things hadn’t been answered. There was no final conclusion, no feeling like what we’ve been waiting for has been accomplished, and it leaves on an extremely stupid cliff hanger.
People say that season 2 has a fantastic ending, but I don’t freaking care now. I refuse to watch anymore of a show with that bad of an ending the first time around. You may think I’m being a bit eccentric, and maybe I am. But the part of the anime that sticks with me is the ending, and Code Geass’ ending leaves me with the taste of used socks in my mouth.