"Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re: surrection" is a 2019 animated mecha film produced by Sunrise and directed by Goro Taniguchi, former director of the animated series. The film stands as a continuation of the story told and ended with the apparent death of Lelouch vi Britannia at the hands of the revolutionary Zero. The last fragments of the anime left open the possibility of its survival and the film starts from this very principle.
The world of Code Geass
Code Geass is set in a world that has taken a different direction after the American Revolution failed and Napoleon Bonaparte managed to conquer Great Britain, forcing the nobles to flee to the American continent. In this ucronia there are three world superpowers: the Empire of Britain, the Chinese Federation and the Euro Universe. These three warring forces compete state after state for every corner of the world, ignoring those they crush in the meantime.
In this world begins the revolt of Lelouch Lamperouge, ex Lelouch vi Britannia, who obtains the power to impose his will on others thanks to the mysterious power of the Geass.
Synopsis of the film
The film picks up the narrative a year after the animated series ends. In a world that has been pacified by the sacrifice of the last emperor of Britain, who has handed over to the United Nations the task of ruling states in peace, a seemingly unbeatable group of terrorists takes command of a small nation. The kidnapping of Nunnaly vi Britannia, honorary representative of the United Nations, and of Suzaku Kururigi will create a situation that only the late Lelouche Lamperouge will be able to unravel.
Familiar world but different themes
The world of Code Geass has accustomed us to political themes, to savage conquest, to rebellion to obtain freedom. The film is so enclosed in a single, small state that it sounds strange not to see it as some sort of side story. Were it not for the conclusion of the Code speech and the World of C, the vision would be largely avoidable. The mecha fights are not among the best in the series, so much so that the proposed versions of the robots in question are not even updated, and all the characters are generally weakened compared to the animated series.
Will there be a sequel?
Also this time the story leaves ample room for a sequel, perhaps of a broader scope, which can resume the themes left in the animated series. Focusing on resolving small conflicts is right, but it might be a good idea to gather some reflection from the current situation. The human being often and willingly tends to divide rather than unite, as long as the world of Code Geass will be able to stay united under a single flag?