Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion Part 1|
Actors: Jun Fukuyama, Johnny Bosch, Takahiro Sakurai, Yuri Lowenthal, Yukana
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Anime & Manga, Animation
On August 10th of the year 2010 the Holy Empire of Britannia began a campaign of conquest, its sights set on Japan. Operations were completed in one month thanks to Britannias deployment of new mobile humanoid armor vehicl... more »
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Dennis A. Amith (kndy) | California | 01/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent! "CODE GEASS: Lelouch of the Rebellion" is just excellent!
It's been awhile since I watched an anime series and just enjoyed it from animation, art, mecha designs, music, character designs, storyline, etc. I may be a late bloomer when it comes to the fandom of "CODE GEASS: Lelouch of the Rebellion" but now I can see how this series has captured the attention of fans worldwide.
VIDEO & AUDIO:
"CODE OF GEASS: Lelouch of the Rebellion" is featured 1:78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen. The animation and video quality is colorful and digitally modern since it is a newer anime television release. What I love about the video quality is the sheer amount of people involved. Everyone with detail, buildings, mecha and the destruction has detail. The character designs based from CLAMP's character design concepts are just fresh and cool to look at. One of the coolest looking character designs in an anime mecha series without being a full-on mecha series. Very cool!
I watched the anime series on my 52 and then afterwards on my 24 LCD and video quality was just great from the character animation to the backgrounds. Because this series features so much moving around Japan, this series really featured so many things in each different scene. Again, I'm very impressed with how much went in creating a single episode.
As for the audio, the audio is English and Japanese stereo. For a television series, I was sort of expecting stereo sound but knowing some television series including Dolby Digital 5.1 on the DVD soundtracks, I was hoping that there may have been a Dolby Digital 5.1 track for Code Geass but the audio is stereo. Dialogue is clear and you can understand what the characters are saying. Both the English and Japanese voice acting are well done.
If I had one slight problem is that I enjoyed the Japanese voice acting a lot it's just that Johnny Yong Bosch's voice acting of Lelouch sounds too similar to his Ichigo of "Bleach".
You can find really cool special features on both volumes. Let's start with the volume 1 DVD:
1. Picture Drama Episode - This is short drama episode featuring non-animated stills or drawings but featuring both Japanese and English voice acting. This one is about Lelouch and Nunnally arriving to Japan and finding their new place to live. Lelouch comes into contact with Suzaku.
2. Audio Commentary - There are three audio commentaries featuring the Japanese voice actor for Lelouch, C.C., the director and the screenwriter. The voice talent talk about their characters and experience of working with so many voice actors and also their auditions. They are very careful not to reveal what happens in future episodes, so there is quite a bit of banter about experiences and the voice talent asking the director and screenwriter about certain scenes. One example is the writer talking about how he fashioned one of the mecha in this series after a mecha from another anime series "Gasaraki".
3. Textless Opening
With the second volume, the special features are:
* Picture Drama Episode - There are two picture drama episodes included. One featuring the girls of Ashford Academy all at a hot bath. The way the characters are featured shows a little sexy fan service as they get to know Kallen. The second drama episode features Suzaku and Rivalz talking to each other followed by Lloyd and Cecille talking to each other.
* Audio Commentary - There is one audio commentary for episode 8 and this time featuring Jun Fukuyama (Lelouch), Mitsuaki Madono (Kaname Ohgi), Kazunari Tanaka (Tamaki) and Kawaguchi (producer). A festive commentary as the Black Knight guys are together and joke around.
* Textless Ending I
When I first started seeing the positive comments in Japan, followed by the US and then watching the album become the first anime album in nearly two decades to debut at #1 on the Oricon Album Daily Charts, just shows you the popularity of this anime series.
Having now joined the bandwagon of those who love "CODE GEASS: Lelouch of the Rebellion", I can't help but fall in love with this series. It's great! A lot of suspense, violence, mecha battles, love triangles, drama, political corruption and so much emotion involved in each episode's storyline and balancing it out with awesome animation, awesome artwork, really great voice acting on both Japanese and English. I really feel that "CODE GEASS: Lelouch of the Rebellion" is an excellent anime series.
The first nine episodes started with a lot of action and each episode thus far have been excellent. Even the commentary by the Japanese voice talent is lively and fun to listen to. And I like the addition of the Picture Drama Episodes as well.
With everything so positive, the only negative, and it's really not a negative but more or less I enjoying hearing the action all around me via Dolby Digital 5.1 (especially in DTS-HD or Dolby TrueHD ala Blu-ray) is that I wished that audio was presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 but still dialogue is quite clear and easy to understand in stereo and the music as well.
"CODE GEASS: Lelouch of the Rebellion" is a fantastic anime series that doesn't come along to frequently. Everything about Part 1 so far has been excellent and I highly recommend this DVD collection
A Future Anime Classic
Anime Watcher | Arkansas | 07/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I first saw this series, I knew it was going to become a future classic. Code Geass is the story of one man's conquest to bring down a country.
On August 10th of the year 2010 the Holy Empire of Britannia its sights set on Japan and began a campaign of conquest. It took one month thanks to Britannias deployment of new mobile humanoid armor vehicles called Knightmare Frames to take over Japan. Japans lost it rights and its identity was stripped away, now being referred to as Area 11. Its citizens, now called Elevens, are forced to scratch out a living while the Britannians lives in comfortably within their settlements. Pockets of resistance appear throughout Area 11, working towards to free Japan from Britannia's rule. Lelouch Lamperouge, who's his real name is Lelouch vi Britannia, is an exiled Imperial Prince of Britannia who was disowned by his father after his mother was murdered. He and his sister Nunnally were sent to Japan before the war. Now consider dead, Lelouch was now posing as a student in a Britannian school. He soon finds himself in the heart of the ongoing conflict for Japan. Through a chance meeting with old friend named Suzaku Kururugi who was now an Britannian soldier, Leluoch meets a mysterious girl named C2, who gives him the power of Geass, the power of the king. Now endowed with absolute dominance over any person, Lelouch may finally realize his goal of bringing down Britannia from within and fulfilling his two wishes: to seek revenge for his mother and to construct a world in which Nunnally can live happily.
If you haven't seen this, You have to. It is a great show."
Code Geass: the best anime I've ever seen
ramirez98 | Earth, Milky Way | 06/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Code Geass is the best anime I've seen to date. It has a bit of everything: mecha, strategy, romance, politics, comedy. The characters are interesting and engaging, and the English dubbing is pretty good. Curve balls come out of left field at any moment making you desperate to see the next episode. My jaw hit the floor more often in this series than all the other anime I've seen combined. Can't recommend this series strongly enough. WARNING: don't search for info on the show online as you'll probably find HUGE SPOILERS!!"
One of the best anime ever...
Carol Nichols | USA | 04/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Those who know my reviews, KNOW what I'm talking about! Those who don't will have to take my word for it. OR BUST!!!
There is a reason Code Geass is so good. Those reasons include the best of, and most relatable characters ever seen in recent anime. Another is the visuals are so beautiful everyting looks good from the mecha to the fanservice. The most prominent reason is how addictive it is.
I love the story, I love mecha, almost about this story is appealing. The ONlY bad thing about this series is how quickly each episode ends. I strongly recommend everyone to buy this series up together as a whole or risk feeling depressed."