Anime has really permeated the American cartoon market to such an extent that, now, even our American cartoons borrow cues from anime conventions. We even show more Japanese animation (or anime) on our television than we used to. Doesn’t matter if you have directv or cable, chances are you have seen anime and with so much of it flooding the market it can be difficult sifting through the good stuff and the crap.
Code Geass is an anime that would very much fit within the former as opposed to the latter and only if by “the good stuff” you mean exemplary forms of storytelling. In a market defined mostly by over-exposition and a complete lack of subtlety, Code Geass is a bit of an oddball often likened to TV’s LOST or 24 in terms of intrigue and twists and turns. You never quite know what the protagonist, Lelouch, has up his sleeve as he goes from mere child prodigy to eventual savior of Japan, but you’re with him every step of the way, questioning his motives and often times being surprised by his actions. In fact, that is where Code Geass defines itself the most is with deep and interesting characters that all have their own story and agenda. Code Geass is the perfect blend of style and substance and it’s really the way anime ought to be.