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By Donte M McNeal

Based in Michigan, Donte's Playground is a blog by Donte M McNeal. His posts range from nonsensical ramblings about anime, in-depth reviews of books and television/film, to random spurts of philosophical babble.

Anime Challenge Day 11

Anime Challenge Day 11

Anime Challenge Day 11 is upon us! For today, we’re talking about favorite mech series. I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of mech anime. I don’t know what it is, but they just don’t grab as much of other genres. That being said, I have seen a few, include Big O, various Gundam series, Gurren Lagann and a few more. However, there’s only one that holds the number one spot without question.

Code Geass

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Code Geass is about a highly intelligent young man living in a Japan that has been conquered by an overpowered empire. This Britannian empire steals away all autonomous power Japan once had, and has the former Japanese people living as Elevens (Japan was renamed to Area 11 after it was conquered). The Elevens live being looked down on, and in most instances feared by the Britannians as savages and untrustworthy.

Now that that’s out of the way, why is it my favorite mech series? Well, apart from the politics and battle of wits you get to see, the main character, Lelouch, is one of the best protagonists of anime I’ve seen. As I said before, he’s highly intelligent, and looks at life as if it were a chess board. He’s a Britannian prince, who loses his mother in a violent murder, and vows to avenge her, as well as make the world a place his younger sister Nunally can live in peacefully. Those are his goals, and every move he makes is geared toward achieving them.

His plans are put on a fast track when he meets and saves a mysterious young woman who gifts him the power of GEASS, which allows him to order anyone to do anything and they are powerless to refuse.

GEASS

GEASS

Once he has the GEASS, and learns what it is capable of, his chess match with Britannia continues, the stakes higher than ever before. Watching Lelouch maneuver his way around enemy plots, amass a large following of soldiers to command, and make enemies that could possibly prove too much for him is quite the treat, and there are times where you aren’t quite sure what to expect to happen next. That, coupled with a Machiavellian lead makes for a great show in my opinion. I won’t say too much more, because this is a show that is best seen with little prior knowledge, but Code Geass is a show I’ve revisited more than once, because it’s just that good.

Hilary Thompson's "Justice Buried"

Hilary Thompson's "Justice Buried"

Anime Challenge Day 10

Anime Challenge Day 10