Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection (Code Geass: Fukkatsu no Rurūshu) is a 2019 original theatrical anime film directed by Gorou Taniguchi and written by Ichirou Oukouchi, and animated by studio Sunrise. The film was theatrically released in Japan on February 2019 as part of the Winter season.
Note: This unboxing post will contain major spoilers to the events of both Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion anime series and the theatrical compilation trilogy.
“With the death of Lelouch vi Britannia bringing to an end the reign of Britannia’s most malevolent emperor, the world finds itself enjoying an unprecedented era of peace under the leadership of the newly formed United Federation of Nations.
Of course, any peace is a fragile one, and when a group of armed militants kidnap princess Nunnally vi Britannia and Black Knights advisor Suzaku Kururugi, the world once again finds itself on the brink of turmoil. As this crisis deepens, it becomes clear that only one man has the intellect and cunning required to trample the growing insurrection – the mysterious Zero. It’s left to the immortal CC to complete the resurrection of this great leader…”Plot Synopsis via Anime Limited, January 2021
So studio Sunrise decided to bring back a massive IP to the modern world once again. After releasing the OVA series Code Geass: Akito the Exiled and the three-part theatrical compilation movie series Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Trilogy, they decided to essentially tweak the films enough so that they can continue the franchise with the main character.
It’s a weird move considering both the films and the TV series essentially end the same, Lelouch’s fate was honestly implied to be the same regardless, but in the end they decided to reveal everything with their latest film called Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection and not to mention they even announced an upcoming anime project called Code Geass: Z of the Recapture as part of their 10th anniversary, or 10 year project as Sunrise mentioned, which is both exciting but also concerning.
Now a lot of people have been wondering if they can jump straight into Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection with knowledge of having only watched the original series. The answer is “mostly yes”, but there have been specific tweaks that were in place throughout the movie trilogy. The biggest difference is Shirley who survives this time around, because her fate in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 never happened in the movie trilogy so those who like her character will be happy to know that.
Funimation acquired the rights to Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection for the United States and Canada territories and provided an English dub which was a surprise considering they didn’t even bother to dub the movie trilogy, in which Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection takes place in terms of the story continuity this time around. Anime Limited did manage to acquire the rights for the United Kingdom and Ireland territories and release it on Blu-ray. No theatrical plans for the UK unfortunately due to the global situation where cinemas had to close in the meantime.
Collector’s Edition Contents:
Anime Limited collector’s editions continues with Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection and this one is designed similarly to the movie trilogy as well as other releases like Konosuba and Revolutionary Girl Utena.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection offers a rigid box and inside an Amaray case housing the film on both Blu-ray and DVD as well as the film’s original soundtrack on CD. In addition the set also comes included with a physical booklet at 32 pages length. These contents differ from the movie trilogy as those only had art cards and a fold-out poster.
The original soundtrack setlist is as follows:
- Peace for a While
- Proud Nation
- Surprise Attack
- Red Warrior
- Holy Priest
- Steep Caving
- Stairway to the C
- Promised Ruin
- Lelouch of the Resurrection
- Rough Welcome
- The General
- Prepared to Be Shot
- Princess of Justice
- Leave Nothing to Be Desired
- Some hours ago
- Fixing the World
- Ideal Warrior
- Her Wish
- A Heart not Giving Up
- Alternative power
- Deceived God
- The C
- Which Is the Best Warrior?
- Peace You Made
It is worth noting that this CD does not actually cover the entirety of the film’s original soundtrack. While all of Kotaro Nakagawa’s music composition is included – in the Japanese release, which you can buy standalone under the name 映画 コードギアス 復活のルルーシュ オリジナルサウンドトラック, there are 35 tracks in total and the remaining tracks were from other artists (which makes sense why they weren’t included in the UK CD because of licensing). Flying Dog, the distributor for the CD in Japan, also released a limited edition version that comes with a second disc featuring an additional 45 tracks from the same composer (with 3 of them from Hitomi Kuruishi).
The artwork is free of any information or BBFC content and the info sheet covers the information and specification like previous Anime Limited releases. The collector’s edition Blu-ray has 1000 units printed for an SRP of £39.99. A standard edition Blu-ray was released before the collector’s edition due to the latter having been pushed back by production issues (both were supposed to be released in October, before being pushed back to November, and eventually December for the standard and January for the collector’s) and there’s no word on a standard edition DVD release.
Much like the Sword Art Online: Alicization Part 1 and Tamako Market & Love Story releases, I pre-ordered the film through Amazon because it had a price mishap. Interestingly this price stayed at £16 throughout its entire pre-order period and I have no idea why. Regardless they honoured the price so I am more than happy about that.
- Rigid Box with Amaray packaging and clean artwork
- Info sheet for specification and BBFC description
- Original Soundtrack on CD
- 32-page Booklet
Distributor: Anime Limited
Released: 25th January 2021
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection has the film presented across a single Blu-ray and DVD disc. The encode and authoring were done by Funimation, as they released the film first allowing Anime Limited to save themselves the hassle of making their own. The audio options available for the film include Japanese with English subtitles and the Funimation English dub.
The white subtitles are locked during Blu-ray playback, and the regions are locked to B for Blu-ray and 2 for DVD in NTSC format.
|Audio||English Dolby TrueHD 5.1|
Japanese Dolby TrueHD 5.1
|Video||1080p High Definition Native format|
16:9 aspect ratio
|Audio||English Dolby Digital 5.1|
Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1
|Video||Standard Definition in NTSC format|
16:9 aspect ratio
Blu-ray On-Disc Extra Features:
- Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection: A Casual Conversation with Donald Shults & Elizabeth Maxwell
- Visual Commentary
DVD On-Disc Extra Features:
No extras on this disc
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection is available to order through multiple retailers across the United Kingdom. Due to the Amazon pricing mishap, it’s expected to sell out sooner than later. You can order the collector’s edition Blu-ray and standard edition Blu-ray on Amazon UK.
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