Party like it’s 2017 atb

Code Geass won’t win any awards for outstanding writing, but I’ll be damned if this stuff isn’t extremely entertaining. It’s like a 24 minute party each week, and everyone’s invited. The problem with having a guest list like this is; while you’ll get some dudes who really know how to party it up, you’ll also get some dead serious types who take all the fun out of the whole affair. You know, those guys who write the Code Geass entries on Wikipedia and sometimes forget to write in the historical present.

Code Geass is fun. It is not something meant to be taken entirely seriously. It’s a show that concerns itself with giant, toyetic, multi-coloured robots and plans that are about as plausible as the plot of a Golgo 13 episode. Yet, despite this, you have an entire legion of fans who treat this thing like the End of Evangelion. They’re the kind of people who take you extremely seriously when you crack a sarcastic joke. They somehow miss the irony here, which I find quite difficult since it hits me in the face like a sack of bricks episode after episode.

Geass is not deep. Geass is not complicated. Geass is not clever. Geass is crazy. It’s motherfucking insane. It has the kind of plot that only a night of heavy drinking and drug use could produce, and that’s why I love it. It beats me in the face each week with a giant WHAT bat,  and more often than not it beats me way more than once. It’s a good time.

What ruins that good time is the fans, though. I mean seriously, how many times are you going to take the same joke seriously? It took me four episodes before I learned that Code Geass wasn’t going to be serious business, so I don’t see why these guys haven’t even so much as considered that their holy grail of alleged exceptional writing may not be as serious as they think two seasons in.

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17 Responses to Party like it’s 2017 atb

  1. Link says:

    Those damn Brits are crazy.

  2. I actually applauded where I sat after reading this.

    I really do love this show, but the fans tend to really grate me when they take the plot too seriously. I have said I will never stop watching Geass, even if it jumps the shark, because it’s just the most fun amusement park ride you’ve ever been on – on crack – in the form of anime… also on crack.

    “Code Geass is fun.” “Geass is crazy. It’s motherfucking insane.” –> These words made me bookmark this blog. I only read people who know when something should not be taken seriously. Thank God there’s more of them than I originally thought.

  3. digitalboy says:

    Don’t let the fans ruin it for you : p Hell, if I did that, you’d have ruined several shows for me already, haha. But yeah, Code Geass is a fucking wackjob, which is it’s good point.

  4. nyagase says:

    Did anybody *ever* take Geass seriously? I mean, the first time we see Zero in his costume, surely everybody knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that the show doesn’t take itself seriously.

  5. Twilight says:

    So wheres Wally in that pic?

    This showed stop being serious with the over-the-top dramatic voices and arm/cape waving whenever Zero speaks.

  6. Annubis says:

    That last episode was a bit sad… Zero admitted defeat =/ I was expecting more badass charismatic genius (play Persona3 to understand the joke) world conquering craziness.

  7. Madonis says:

    I take it seriously when I’m not laughing with/at it, or simply when I’m genuinely entertained.

    Btw, EoE is…not too high on my list of “entertaining” things. Too depressing and pretentious.,

  8. digitalboy says:

    BTW, I hope you all noticed the bog in that pic.

  9. 3x as random says:

    I need to get myself one of those masks. Srsly.

  10. @digitalboy
    I totally missed the bog. Good eye! I did see the dog, though… XP

  11. she_universe says:

    …completely sharing this post with everyone else i know watching this show, because you completely nailed what i love about it–for 24 minutes you get a ride of ridiculous fun, but, in all honesty, it’s not an anime you go back and rewatch for plot’s sake.

    code geass is a hell of a lot of fun, but it’s not an especially well done show at all. it simply knows it’s fanbase and caters to it.

  12. 3x as random says:

    I just watched that episode. Yeah…

  13. roast-beefy says:

    >code geass is a hell of a lot of fun, but it’s not an especially well done show at all.

    What? Hush. Code Geass is extremely well done.

  14. Unlimited Zero Works

    maybe if ledouche had pulled that off he wouldn’t have lost to the spinzaku kick

  15. BrendantheJedi says:

    Personally I like Geass’s plot, I like that a lot of the elements are a throwback to pervious things while also altering them into something that at least seems unique from a faraway and uniformed glance(Count of Monte Cristo Revenge Plot, a flawed version of Kira Jesus Yamato, the Death Note paralels, the flip of perspective away from the “Amuro Ray” and instead to the Char). However the way the series has ended every single episode on a Clifhanger, with Lelouch having to try a new way to get out of a hopeless situation by doing something incredibly convoluted and JUST AS PLANNED, has made Code Geass incredibly redicolous. Now a days Code Geass seems like an old movie serial, like Buck Rodgers or the old Flash Gorden. I fully expect after each episode an announcer to say “How is Lelouch going to get out of this sticky situation? Tune in next week.” One of these days I think they’ll bring Mao back from the dead, put a monicle and cat on him, and have an episode end with him hanging Lulu and CC over a pit of sharks while laughing manically.

  16. otou-san says:

    Crazy is right. Plot holes abound, sure. But so does fun. Over the top, ridonkulous, barely believable, “just as planned” fun. I think you nailed the show, even if season two has gone far enough over the top it resembles a train wreck

  17. Sean Easterling says:

    And if more anime fans thought like you wildarmsheero, anime fandom would be so much more fun!