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16 July 2012 @ 11:14 pm
Code Geass Boukoku no Akito  

Forgot my digicam and only had my phone. =(

Hello everyone! Long time no post.

I went to the advanced screening of Code Geass Boukoku no Akito today and OMG, it was sooooooooo gooooooooood!!!!! Akito is really cool! And the way he pilots his Knightmare Frame... *___* It reminded me a lot of Zoids at first, and then it transformed into a more human-like form. Akito's seiyuu Irino Miyu mentioned before the screening that he would like us to take note of the action scenes and indeed they were very cool! It's something that definitely needs to be watched in blu-ray HD.

Anyway! Spoilers cuz I'm sure everyone is curious. I'm not going to get too detailed but am just gonna whet your appetite a bit . >D

- Boukoku no Akito takes place between the first season of Code Geass and R2. While the TV series focused on the battle in Japan, Akito is the battle in Europe.
- Akito has been geass'd. We don't know what he was ordered or by whom he was geass'd by, but it activates while he's in battle.
- In the battle in the opening scene, a company made up of 11s takes out the opposition by self-detonating. Reira chastises the commander guy for making them do that. In the end, Akito is the only survivor. Reira is obviously sympathetic to 11s since she calls them "Japanese" instead of 11s.
- A group of terrorist 11s (there are 3) attempts to kidnap a high-ranking official that Reira is accompanying. Akito is able to get them under control and when Reira asks them what their goal is, the leader guy Ryou says that they want a place to belong to. Reira tells them to join her company and she'll create a place for them.
- A guy named Shin who is most likely Akito's elder brother since he shares the Hyuuga name has a Geass. He looks to be royalty and is somewhat like Lelouch in that he geasses his "brother" (not blood related; I think Shin was adopted by high ranking officials) into killing himself. Another rebellion anyone?
- At the end, Reira spots Akito stacking some rocks. Akito explains that he's fulfilling a promise. The 11s from the battle the beginning had promised each other that the survivors would create a grave for the fallen, and since Akito was the lone survivor, he was the one making it. Spirits of the 11s who died in battle ask Akito what he is living for since he has no family or country to protect. Akito replies with, "to die." Reira asks him if she offended him or something because he suddenly became quiet. Akito says that he was just talking to those who died, and that he once died.

The movie? episode? ends there.

Sakamoto Maaya and the producer Kawaguchi told us to pay attention to the end illustrations during the credits. There were several illustrations and some of them give hints at Reira's past. They were probably referring to the one illustration of Reira standing in a lake with.. *dun dun dun dun* C.C.! My guess is that Reira might have a Geass. Her eyes kinda sparkled in one scene, but it wasn't very clear.

After the credits was a preview for the second chapter. OMG OMG OMG.

SUZAKU!!!!!!!!!!!!! C.C. too!

Um, yeah. Suzaku was shown standing on a moving train looking out the window. C.C. is in a hooded outfit and takes off the hood to reveal who she is.

SO STOKED!!! You can imagine the reaction of everyone in the theater. XDDD So, we can expect to see Suzaku and C.C. in the second chapter. Unfortunately there was no release date given but I am guessing it'll be a while til the next one since Miyu kun and Maaya san mentioned that they were eagerly awaiting the script for it, which means recording has not yet started. Apparently the first chapter was just finished a few days before.

Anyone excited yet? XDDD Bandai Entertainment is no more in the U.S. but I can't see anyone NOT picking this up so I'm going to be eagerly awaiting a North American BD release. The action scenes really are very well done. It's done in CG but doesn't stand out so much that it looks unnatural with the rest of the animation. There is a lot of movement (think Gundam UC battles) and I was very impressed.

I had tickets to both advanced showings today but because they were very close together, I only caught the last 8-10 minutes of the showing in Shinjuku. (The first was in Ikebukuro.) I think I need to go watch it again when the general showing starts. *____*
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Jill: FABULOUS!dragonlover58 on July 16th, 2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the impressions! Man, I'm kicking myself that I left Tokyo two weeks before this came out. D: Ah well. Can't wait for the dvd/blu-ray release!
schneizel: kidmanschneizel on July 16th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
Definitely not excited.The more I hear about this the more I hate it.
Kona-kunkonart on July 16th, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
D: The more I hear about it - the more I love it.
schneizel: kidmanschneizel on July 16th, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
Go ahead. But this is just more of the same non-canon crap and I want either canon or crack not crap.
Kona-kunkonart on July 16th, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
How the fuck is it non-canon?
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kusaja: pic#77842381kusaja on July 16th, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the impressions. I think it all sounds very interesting. A little familiar but also noticeably different.

I'm getting the feeling that the director and his creative staff did their homework and put some effort into this. Whether we like it or not, R2 firmly established that there are many different Geass users around, but never did much of any interest with most of them. In this case, it sounds like they are in fact trying to put that part of the setting to work in favor of the story from the beginning, rather than rushing to get it over with.

Shin seems like the sort of person who has managed to rise through the ranks of Britannia by exploiting his Geass, which is something that people have suggested Lelouch himself should have done (long before the final arc, I mean). You'd think more individuals in similar positions would try to do that.

It looks like Akito seems to be in a situation that could be easily confused for Suzaku's on the surface, but the themes appear to be distinct enough to make me interested in finding more.

I had figured out what Ryou and his group were doing, which wasn't hard to get, so that part doesn't worry me.

As for the preview, I'm glad they are at least thinking of touching the subject of what Suzaku did in Europe in order to properly earn his reputation on the battlefield. Of course, C.C.'s presence is nice too.
Aalt Conn: rgveda:3DLandalkahestapeiron on July 16th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
I'm interested, but still cautious. It's really come a long way since the first promo pics were released!

I'll reserve my judgement for when I can see it for myself, though. I really hope that it lives up to the original series.
vallenvaliant: World Peace is over-rated!vallenvaliant on July 16th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the breakdown.

I just have one question; you said that CC and Suzaku were in the preview of OVA2. I am just wondering, are they travelling together? You weren't clear on that part and I am not sure if CC was by herself or if she is in the train with Suzaku.
Mew: Kamiya - tiegokumew2 on July 16th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
They were shown separately. I think C.C. is part of Reira's past.
vallenvaliant: World Peace is over-rated!vallenvaliant on July 17th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
Once again, thanks for your help. I am just far too excited for this series.
aya_kari: Objection'daya_kari on July 16th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
It seems the Japanese are quite satisfied too!! So long as it feels Geass-like, it just has to be awesome =3

By the way, sorry for the change of topic but I just need to ask somebody... you wouldn't happen to have been to the musical, right? Apparently for now they're only planning to release DVDs with a recording *around November or something like that* for those who already ordered them in advance at the actual theatres ´A`...

Edited at 2012-07-16 08:33 pm (UTC)
Mew: Kamiya - tiegokumew2 on July 16th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
I didn't watch the musical and haven't looked up the DVDs cuz I'm not really interested. If I remember I'll try to look up info later.
Kasumi: Nodame! ♥kasumicc on July 16th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
I'm excited! :) I wasn't sure of the timeline of this new story, and the fact that it's in-between seasons AND it takes place in Europe makes it all more interesting. It's a bit like filling the remaining voids, and I like that. I wasn't expecting for C.C to show up, and much less Suzaku *-* So I don't blame people in the theater |D
Thanks for your impressions!!!
Jodie: fuckyeahunikorn on July 17th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
Ooooh you are very lucky to see it early! Thank you for the news!

I'm so excited to hear that Suzaku is getting a cameo!
Die Waffen - legt an!: Gentleman Fryglenngunnerzero on July 17th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
I hope Funi gets rights to dub it.
Somebody call for an exterminator?: Phoenix Wright - Edgezerorevenge on July 17th, 2012 03:57 am (UTC)
What's that? We see Suzaku again?

here's hoping for more of the Lancelot WRECKING the E.U.'s shit!

White Reaper! ...Or whatever they called him.
Ryu-Chan: pic#104025742ryuakire on July 17th, 2012 06:02 am (UTC)
I'm relieved to hear the Akito is "cool". This new mini-series needed to have a main character that would surpass or, at least, come close to Lelouch (but I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks that Lelouch will NEVER be topped by any new Geass character). Akito needed to be a strong character (in so many ways) to stand out as a lead. Same goes with Reila. It's good to know that they have a backbone.

I can't wait to see this first part myself! And I'm so excited to hear that Suzaku and C.C. are making a comeback, even if it might be short. X3 Maybe we'll see more of that brainwashed and innocent(?) Lelouch too! XD
green_makaka: pic#117528130green_makaka on July 17th, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO MUCH for summing it all up for us!
クラリサジン: CCclarisajeane on July 17th, 2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
OMG, I want to watch that so bad!!!
Eggy: okosan spineggy_egg on July 17th, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)




Okay. Now that I can type coherently... I was hoping we'd get to see Suzaku at some point because of his standing as a knight, but C.C.! Thanks so much for sharing!