Code Geass R1 – Episode 01 – The Day a New Demon was Born
Posted April 29, 2010on:
Code Geass R1 – Episode 01:
The Day a New Demon was Born
In the year 2010 of the Common Era, the Holy Empire of Britannia invaded Japan. The small island nation had no chance against Britannia, which was the world’s last remaining superpower. Despite its lack of natural resources, the nation of Japan had adopted a stance of nationalistic isolation.
In order to take the mainland, the Britannian forces mobilized the first of the Knightmare Frames; a new kind of humanoid powered armor. Their abilities exceeded expectations, and the Japanese defenses fell one after another before the might of Project Knightmare.
Japan became a territory of the empire, and was stripped of its freedom, rights, and even its name. “Area 11.” That designation is the name that was given to the defeated Japan.
It was for this reason, among others, that the 17th in line for the throne of Britannia, the abandoned Prince Lelouch vi Britannia, swears to his best friend, a young Japanese boy by the name Suzaku Kururugi, that he will crush Britannia.
Seven years later, under the alias Lelouch Lamperouge, Lelouch is a student at the Ashford Academy, located in the residential district of Area 11. He has become a gambler, and usually wagers on chess, as he never loses.
After defeating a Britannian nobleman in a game of Chess that no one else could have won, he sees a truck crash below the highway he and his friend, Leval are on. When he goes to see if anyone is hurt, he climbs inside the truck, which happens to be hijacked by Japanese terrorists.
The terrorist girl, Kallen, gets into a knight, and starts fighting their presuders.
The truck crashes again, due to military attacks. After it crashes, he is attacked by a Britannian soldier who is actually Japanese — Suzaku.
It was then, that a large capsule expels green light and reveals a girl inside with green hair and a strange symbol on her head, called a “Code.”
More soldiers come, and Suzaku is ordered to kill Lelouch. When Suzaku says he will not kill a civillian, he gets shot in the in the belly.
The terrorist that is still in the truck, thinks this is horrible, blows it up together with himself and the soldiers. This gives Lelouch an opportunity to run off with the mysterious girl.
At the same time, Prince Clovis orders a massacre in Shinjuku as a revenge for the terrorists actions.
Lelouch and the girl is now hiding in a shelter, but when more soldiers arrive, they get figured out because Shirly, a friend of Lelouch, is calling. The commander attempts to kill Lelouch, but as he shoots, the girl jumps in between, and saves his life.
The commander says that he’ll just tell his boss that the girl already was dead as he arrived. He is going to shoot a second time, but then the seemingly dead girl grabs his hand, and takes him into a strange world for some seconds. Here she grants him a special power known as Geass.
This power manifests in Lelouch as the ability to incur absolute obedience in his victims.
He then saves himself, using his new power, by making all the soldiers kill themselves, by saying “I, Lelouch vi Britannia, command you, all of you, to die.”
The episode then ends with him thinking, “From that day on, I have been lying. My life is a lie, my name a lie, my career a lie. All lies I grew tired of this unchanging world, but couldn’t bring myself to give up my lies in my despair. But I have gained this power” At which point he smiles and concludes it with a cliffhanging “So…”