The Ultimate Code Geass Watch Order

by Anne B. Robinson
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Code Geass is undeniably one of the most popular Japanese anime creations. It has two seasons, each with 25 episodes. But there are several OVAs and movies, and a spin-off series that might confuse as to what to watch after the two seasons. This article gives you the ultimate Code Geass watch order so that you can follow all the episodes and scenes accurately.

Code Geass Introduction

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Commonly referred to as Code Geass, the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion is a popular Japanese anime television series produced by Sunrise. This TV series premiered in Japan on MBS in 2006. Since its release, this series has grown in popularity, not just in Japan, but across the world.

Set in an alternative timeline, this anime series follows the banished prince Lelouch vi Britannia, who acquires the “power of absolute obedience” from a shadowy woman named C.C. With this supernatural power, commonly referred to as Geass, Lelouch leads a revolt against the rule of the Holy Britannian Empire, leading numerous mecha battles.

Code Geass enjoys the largest viewership in Japan. Since its release, it has sold more than one million DVD and Blu-ray Discs. The two seasons have already won numerous awards at the Tokyo International Anime Fair, Animation Kobe event, and the Animage Anime Grand Prix.

The TV series received critical approval for its interesting storyline, voice acting, and large audience appeal. Many people also love its cross conflicts displayed among the main characters and the numerous ethical questions presented. The TV series has a sequel series, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2, which was broadcasted on MBS and TBS from April 2008 to September 2008.

The original Code Geass series has also been adapted into several Japanese comic books (manga) and light novels, with the former presenting several alternate setups from the series.

In 2017 and 2018, several compilation film trilogies recapping the events from the original TV series, but with altered plots for various characters were released. These film trilogies: Initiation, Transgression, and Glorification, also established an alternative universe.

Is Code Geass complete?

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Code Geass is a Fall 2006 anime TV series that concluded its run in 2019 after the release of Code Geass: Fukkatsu No Lelouch movie. Since the end of the second season, many Code Geass fans have been waiting for Season 3. However, there hasn’t been any communication regarding the release of Code Geass Season 3.

Nonetheless, a new anime movie, Code Geass: Z of the Recapture, is expected to premiere soon. But its release date has not been announced yet. Some people have also been speculating that the third season of the original Code Geass series might be released in the Fall of 2022 or 2023.

It is important to note that the movies of Code Geass tend to follow an alternative timeline as compared to the TV series. So, the anticipated Z of the Recapture is expected to continue the story from where the last movie, Fukkatsu No Lelouch, stopped. Therefore, a third season of the series is highly unlikely, at least until the Fall of 2022.

You need to understand that many articles cautiously refer to the new 2021 anime TV series as “Code Geass Season 3” because the format for the new anime series is not clear yet. So it could be a Code Geass: Z of the Recapture movie series.

And since the storyline is an extension of the Lelouch of the Resurrection universe, it’s possibly inaccurate to tag it as Code Geass R3, which would be a direct sequel to R2. So, it is too early to declare the original Code Geass TV series as complete.

Synopsis of Code Geass

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On August 10, 2010, the British Empire declares war on Japan. But because Japan doesn’t have the capacity to face off with British’s highly advanced weaponry, referred to as the ‘Knightmare frame’, she ends up suffering one of the worst foreign invasions. After the British invasion, the nation’s name “Japan” is changed to “Area11” and the Japanese citizens are referred to as the “11s”.

But the British Lelouch, who lives in Japan swears to destroy Britain in retaliation. Many years pass by and Lelouch joins the high school. Unfortunately, he gets shot by the British army alongside his friend Suzaku. But before he dies, Lelouch starts to experience a supernatural power known as “Geass”.

He decides to use this special power to wage war on the British Empire. The series features dynamic animation and a well-matched soundtrack. The unique this about this anime TV series is the fact that all characters come to life, making it the most memorable anime.

Code Geass Watch Order

Code Geass has some of the most amazing fight scenes and a remarkable plot that is known to make men cry. But for you to enjoy this experience, you have to watch the entire series in an orderly manner, making sure that you do not miss even a single episode. There are two ways to watch this TV series: Chronologically and the order of release.

Order of Release

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006)

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This is the first season of Code Geass and it has 25 episodes.

  1. “The Day a New Demon was Born”
  2. “The White Knight Awakens”
  3. “The False Classmate”
  4. “His Name is Zero”
  5. “The Princess and the Witch”
  6. “The Stolen Mask”
  7. “Attack Cornelia”
  8. “The Black Knights”
  9. “Refrain”
  10. “Guren Dances”
  11. “Battle for Narita”
  12. “The Messenger from Kyoto”
  13. “Shirley at Gunpoint”
  14. “Geass vs. Geass”
  15. “Cheering Mao”
  16. “Nunnally Held Hostage”
  17. “Knight”
  18. “I Order you, Suzaku Kururugi”
  19. “Island of the Gods”
  20. “Battle at Kyushu”
  21. “The School Festival Declaration”
  22. “Bloodstained Euphie”
  23. “At Least with Sorrow”
  24. “The Collapsing Stage”
  25. “Zero”

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 (2008)

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This is the second and final season of the original Code Geass series, and it also has 25 episodes.

  1. “The Day a Demon Awakens”
  2. “Plan for Independent Japan”
  3. “Imprisoned in Campus”
  4. “Counterattack at the Gallows”
  5. “Knights of the Round”
  6. “Surprise Attack over the Pacific”
  7. “The Abandoned Mask”
  8. “One Million Miracles”
  9. “A Bride in the Vermillion Forbidden City”
  10. “When Shen Hu Wins Glory”
  11. “Power of Passion”
  12. “Love Attack!”
  13. “Assassin from the Past”
  14. “Geass Hunt”
  15. “The C’s World”
  16. “United Federation of Nations Resolution Number One”
  17. “The Taste of Humiliation”
  18. “Final Battle Tokyo II”
  19. “Betrayal”
  20. “Emperor Dismissed”
  21. “The Ragnarök Connection”
  22. “Emperor Lelouch”
  23. “Schneizel’s Guise”
  24. “The Grip of Damocles”
  25. “Re;”

Spin-off

  • Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito (2012-2016)

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OVAs

  • Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Special Edition Black Rebellion (2008)
  • Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 Special Edition Zero Requiem (2009)
  • Code Geass: Kiseki no Tanjōbi (2010)
  • Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch – Nunnally in Wonderland (2012)

Movies

  • Code Geass: Boukoku No Akito Movie (2013)
  • Code Geass: Hangyaku No Lelouch I – Koudou (2017)
  • Code Geass: Hangyaku No Lelouch Ii – Handou (2018)
  • Code Geass: Hangyaku No Lelouch Iii – Oudou (2018)
  • Code Geass: Fukkatsu No Lelouch (2019)

Chronological Order

Every time there is a new Code Geass OVA, significant changes happen in the anime. This makes it hard for the audience to watch the entire series, spin-offs, OVAs, and movies in the right order. If you are unable to follow the release dates, you can watch the anime in a chronological order.

Complete Chronological Order of Watching Code Geass

  • Code Geass- Lelouch of the Rebellion
  • Code Geass- Lelouch of the Rebellion R2
  • Code Geass- Lelouch of the Rebellion Special Edition Black Rebellion (OVA)
  • Code Geass- Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 Special Edition Zero Requiem (OVA)
  • Code Geass- Kiseki no Tanjōbi (OVA)
  • Code Geass- Hangyaku no Lelouch – Nunnally in Wonderland (OVA)
  • Code Geass- Boukoku no Akito (Spin-Off)
  • Code Geass- Hangyaku No Lelouch I – Koudou (Movie)
  • Code Geass- Hangyaku No Lelouch II – Handout (Movie)
  • Code Geass- Hangyaku No Lelouch III – Oudou (Movie)
  • Code Geass- Fukkatsu No Lelouch (Movie)

In Summary

With this code Geass watch order, you should be able to follow each episode, OVA, spin-off, and movie in the correct order so that you can enjoy the amazing storyline and theme from start to finish. Watching the TV series in either of the two orders will enable you to appreciate the plot and understand all the characters and their roles.


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