With the release of CODE GEASS R2 less than a month away, I’ve thrown together a primer to help anyone who’s interested in getting ready for the new series. Everything here is based on information that’s been released via magazines, trailers, the official site(s), and 2ch. Be forewarned, there are some spoilers. At the same time however, most of this is just an introduction to characters and setting – information that I think would be useful to know going into the series. A lot of this is cut and paste from a post made by AmuroNT1 made on the GameFAQs messageboards, but I’ve reorganized it, corrected some stuff, added more information, and added some images. Thus, a big thanks goes out to AmuroNT1 and also to Celiss Galvea for all of the hard work done translating the tons of stuff coming down the pipeline.
I’ve also included the five trailers and three commercials that have been released so far, so if you’ve missed one, you can find those videos under a spoiler tag at the bottom of this post.
Begins airing Sunday, April 6th at 5 PM, a brand-new timeslot for anime
Both the opening and ending song are going to be performed by ORANGE RANGE, the group that also did Bleach’s first OP. The OP is called 02 (pronounced oh-tsuu, similar to C.C.’s name) and ED is called Shiawase Neiro (Happy Tone). The ending sequence will feature new art by CLAMP.
Director Taniguchi (in what appears to be a slip of the tongue in the PASH interview) and the animators (in their private blogs) have referred to the first episode of R2 as Stage 26; all the voice actors refer to it as “first episode of the sequel” or some variation of that.
|General R2 Info
One year has passed since the end of the first season. Following the failed “Black Rebellion”, Britannia has demoted Area 11 in status to some sort of “Corrective Measures Required” territory (literally, “Remedial Area”), making laws stricter and punishments harsher.
Britannia is currently in a rough situation with the EU. The Emperor put Schneizel in charge of the invasion. Britannia has been fighting Euro Universe for a long, long time now; the El Alamein front is an especially large spot of bother for Britannia because apparently a legendary commander is stationed there, keeping the Britannian forces at bay. Schneizel has been sent to try and break this deadlock, and for that purpose he’s “borrowing” Suzaku.
EU is in deep doodoo due to their longtime hostile relations with the Chinese Federation; with the Britannian Empire trying to break down their front door and the Chinese Fed fiddling with the lock on the back door, the EU runs a high risk of becoming a cornered rat. Taniguchi tells us this particular war will probably not get a lot of screen-time, but all the same he wants us to remember that the Britannian Empire has been fighting a drawn out war with the EU for a long, exhausting period of time (hinting at the Empire starting to tire out?), and that the world is still at war with each other.
The Chinese Federation is a communist nation and a major power to be reckoned with on the global playing field; its figurehead Emperor (Tenshi-sama) once possessed absolute power. However, the eunuchs in his court are the ones running the country now. After General Zao’s unsuccessful attempt at creating a puppet government in Kyuushuu, the Chinese Federation again plots to take over Area 11 – without having to go to war with Britannia over it, this time. They have sent ambassadors to Area 11.
Animedia’s editors suggest that the nine characters labeled as central figures in R2 are Lelouch, Suzaku, C.C., Kallen, and Nunnally from the first season, as well as four newcomers: Rollo, Zino, Anya, and Li Xingke (see below). Most 2chers think that these aren’t exactly the “main 9” but the 9 “adolescents” who are trying (or will try) to change the world, as opposed to the “adults” who would rather maintain the status quo.
Producer Kawaguchi made an assurance in Animage March that mysteries from the first series like the details of Lelouch and C.C.’s contract, Marianne’s death, etc will be revealed in R2.
Other than the fact that his hair is slightly longer, Lelouch at the start of R2 seems almost identical to how he was at the beginning of the series. However, magazines have noted that his expressions are a lot more gentle and kind than in the past.
Despite the fact that Lelouch is confirmed to be Zero once more, the masked terrorist hasn’t been seen since the Black Rebellion. When he does return, he will sport a new costume that is somewhat tuxedo-like, and can become more casual.
Interestingly, Lelouch doesn’t have the permanent Geass in his eye in most of the promotional material, though later ones show him using the Geass. PASH has colored line-art of Zero/Lelouch with the perma-Geass again. Also, the-animator-whose-blog-is-still-around’s cryptic line might have something to do with the Geass (in a blog entry with a sketch of normal, no-Geass Lelouch in his Ashford uniform): “I’ll have to say goodbye to this Lulu starting tomorrow”
According to the spoiler source Fake Yoshino, Lelouch must overcome some obstacle before R2 can begin in earnest.
Lelouch’s voice actor Fukuyama Jun commented in Animedia April on how “Lelouch is back where he started… in a lot of ways.” Sounds like a hint about his memories.
Suzaku is now a member of the Knight of Rounds, the Emperor’s twelve elite soldiers. He is the seventh-ranked member, also called Knight of Seven. How he achieved this rank remains to be seen, but it apparently involves a deal with the Emperor himself.
Even a year later, he still carries Euphemia’s death with him, and seems much more serious and morose than in the past.
The Special Dispatch received a promotion for its success as well, and has officially been designated “Camelot” by the Emperor. Suzaku is now in charge of it, thanks to his new position.
Suzaku took Arthur back with him to the Britannian mainland when he left Area 11.
Is working with the Black Knights while Zero is missing.
Wears a new costume, a black, vaguely Chinese-looking dress with the Black Knights’ emblem on the chest (see image above).
Begins the season working as a bunny-girl waitress at a casino in the Babel Tower, which forcibly employs Elevens as waitresses and even has a coliseum for them to battle each other in. The Babel Tower is located in Shinjuku Ghetto. The first series started in Shinjuku Ghetto, and that’s also the starting place for R2.
Keeps the Guren Mk-II’s starter key with herself, disguised as a cigarette lighter (held between her cleavage).
Will interact with Lelouch in the first episode, surprised at how he’s changed since they last met.
Will join (or re-join) the Black Knights.
Lelouch’s younger brother, who also attends Ashford Academy.
Most prized possession is a locket Lelouch gave him for his birthday.
Apparently has taken Rivalz’s place as the motorcycle guy at Ashford, and also ferries his brother to his chess bets. The bike (upgraded) still belongs to Rivalz, though; apparently Rollo took it without his permission.
Rollo is, apparently, for all his endearing smiles, not very good with people. PASH suggests that “maybe it’s because he’s been separated from his brother for a long time…!?”
The obvious inconsistency of Lelouch suddenly having a brother has never been commented upon; everyone seems to accept it as fact. However, there is obviously something sinister and hidden about Rollo that has yet to be revealed. The PS2/PSP game Lost Colors has the protagonist running from Rollo the first time they meet, feeling a murderous, maddening aura from the younger boy.
Voiced by Mizushima Takahiro (Romeo x Juliet’s Romeo)
|Li Xingke (Lee Shinkuu)
The bodyguard of Chinese ambassador Gaohai and has came to Area 11 to protect his charge. Gaohai is (voiced by Sekine Nobuaki) is a eunuch who has been dispatched to Area 11 as consul general.
Is described as being as smart as Lelouch and as strong as Suzaku; wields a sword.
Could be described as the Chinese equivalent of Lelouch. He is the son of a lowly officer and climbed his way up to central command. Believes that the Chinese Federation needs to change its ways – he’s planning a coup.
It was originally believed that he would become Zero’s rival, but more recent speculation suggests that he’ll ally himself with the Black Knights and get along well with Lelouch.
Voiced by Midorikawa Hikaru (Gundam Wing’s Heero Yuy and s.CRY.ed’s Ryuhou)
The Knight of Three, a position he achieved through his incredible piloting skills.
Comes from a very rich upbringing, and as such doesn’t quite understand how the real world works. However, his cheerfulness and friendly demeanor earn him many friends.
Has a special interest in Suzaku, but the friendship seems slightly one-sided.
Pilots the transforming Knightmare Frame, Tristan.
Voiced by Hoshi Souichirou (Gundam SEED’s Kira and s.CRY.ed’s Kazuma)
The Knight of Six.
Quiet and introverted, with a mysterious past. Has a Britannian emblem tattooed on her left arm.
Wants to be remembered, so she maintains a blog which she frequently updates and is always snapping pictures with her camera-phone.
Is friends with Suzaku and Zino due to their similar ages.
Arthur takes a liking to her.
Pilots the heavy assault Knightmare Frame, Mordred.
Voiced by Gotou Yuuko (Suzumiya Haruhi’s Mikuru)
The Knight of Nine; makes her first formal appearance in the Lost Colors game along with Rollo and Li Xingke.
Attended the military academy with Cornelia, who considers Nonette her “sempai”. She also happens to be one of the few people Cornelia fears.
Voiced by Arai Satomi (she also voices Sayoko)
In addition to the four named members mentioned above, there are three more known: Knight of Ten, a laid-back guy who’s fiercely loyal to the Empire; the Knight of One, the strongest of the group; and the Knight of Twelve, a gentle-looking woman.
The Knight of Rounds
Villetta is now an Ashford gym teacher, popular with the students. Chasing Lelouch around the school, trying to get him to show for remedial gym classes appears to be some kind of daily routine for the both of them. Trailer suggests the possibility of Rivalz, in a black wig, leading her on a wild goose chase. She is also in charge of the Swimming Club, of which a certain amnesiac-girl-who-attempted-to-kill-Villetta-more-than-a-year-ago is a member. 2ch Spoilermen have also told us that Villetta is at Ashford to “look for Zero”, though it looks like she’s only keeping an eye on him for now.
The Black Knights are in hiding, after several critical members (Ougi, Tamaki, Toudou, Chiba) were arrested. Diethard and Lakshata remain on the run.
Nunnally will begin the season in “an interesting place”, according to the staff.
Milly still attends Ashford, having failed to graduate last year. Rumors abound that she flunked on purpose to keep from leaving her friends. She’s still engaged to Lloyd.
Nina’s back in Britannia and now continues her research under the employ of Schneizel, presumably in the field of nuclear energy.
Sayoko is working with Diethard. She apparently knew that Lelouch and Nunnally were royalty from the very beginning, but still doesn’t know that Lelouch is Zero.
Lloyd and Cecile are currently working under Suzaku’s direct command after he became the Knight of Seven. It is implied that the Special Dispatch, now rechristened “Camelot”, remains in charge of Lancelot R&D and maintenance.
All information regarding Jeremiah is specifically being withheld by the staff.
Cornelia is in hiding; Guilford and the Glaston Knights are still stationed in Area 11, waiting for her return.
There is a Britannian called the Black King who gambles and plays chess at the Babel Tower. He is one being kicked by bunny-girl Kallen in the DVD Magazine 2 Trailer and is voiced by Satou Masaharu.
The new Governor General of Area 11 is a cruel man named Carares, who holds executions in the garden Clovis built on top of the administration building.
Guren Mk-II: Lost its radiation wave arm while fighting the Lancelot during the Black Rebellion. Has to make do with a less efficient arm from an earlier iteration of the Guren.
Lancelot: With its Float Unit in place, it is officially dubbed “Lancelot Air Cavalry”.
Vincent: The mass production version of the Lancelot. Still in the testing phase.
Tristan: Zino’s Knightmare, a high-speed machine capable of transforming into a fighter-like Fortress Mode.
Mordred: Anya’s Knightmare, a heavy assault machine mounting missile launchers and four hadron cannons.
Panzer Hummel: The EU’s main Knightmare
Misc.: The Gloucester seems to be Britannia’s main mecha now. Promotional artwork has shown a green, stripped-down Gekka (probably a production model), as well as minor enhancements to Tohdoh’s personal unit. The same poster also shows a blue Knightmare with a gold faceplate and headcrest, probably the personal unit of another of the Knights of the Round.
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3/15/2008 – Added commercial that aired with Gundam 00 ep. 23
3/11/2008 – Added DVD Magazine 1 Trailer
3/10/2008 – Corrections for Babel Tower, Zino misspell; added Gaohai and Black King tidbits
3/10/2008 – Initial Version
I’ll try to keep this updated, so if you see any errors or have any new information, please tell me.