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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Vol. 1 (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion #1)

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In the year 2010, the Holy Empire of Brittania declared war on Japan. Powerless to stop them, Japan surrendered in less than a month. Freedom was lost and Japan was renamed "Area 11" and its people became known as "Elevens." Lelouch is a Brittanian and his friend Suzaku, born an eleven, has achieved the status of honorary Brittanian. As a boy Lelouch vowed to crush his own ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published July 29th 2008 by Bandai Entertainment (first published December 26th 2006)
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Fun fact, she also kissed him as a goodbye.

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Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
new manga fan over here👋
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Deathnote lovers, Mecha, strategy
Shelves: manga, favorites
Hits you right in the feels.
Personally, this might be my all time favorite series.
Jacky Yu
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
Wows. The manga is hella boring. The anime is so much more better, more robotic, more better, and more better. I mean in the manga Lelouch is trying to take over the world with 10 people. That is so smart. While on the other hand, in the anime, he got robots. Robots are more fun.
Megan M
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I actually found that I enjoyed this manga adaptation more than I am enjoying the anime.

Lelouch is a Britannia royal in hiding after the suspicious death of his mother at the hands of the government. He has a real desire to change the world and create a place where his disabled sister can live in peace. Investigating a downed fighter plane, he is given the ability to make people obey him and begins to act on his plan to take down the government of the Holy Empire of Britannia.

This is a very rea
Bret Sarbieski
Code Geass is easily one of my favorite series that I've read! The main story plot is always kept interesting, and the characters are extremely memorable. The story of Lelouch, an exiled prince of the Brittanian empire, is filled with lies, deceit, and cunning as he seeks to destroy the empire to which he once belonged. More specifically, he seeks revenge on the royal family, especially his father the Brittanian emperor. When he gains the power to bend others to his will, he creates the alias "Z ...more
Feb 28, 2011 marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Fans of Shonen
Recommended to Joyzi by: Recyl
One of my favorite anime, it's very deep and it's an eye opener for Political and Social Issues. I really love how they executed their rebellion and I thought that it was brilliant, even better than Mockingjay.

And hey it's mecha and Clamp, what's not to love?
Pablo Desandi
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend reading or watching this series, if I could give more than 5 stars I definitely would, this story is awesome especially with all of the strategical moves of the main character and his thirst for vengeance is truly amazing. I highly recommend reading this manga
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anime-manga
Now this was a strategic anime!! Plus a combination of death note, gundam, and eureka 7 (three of my favorite anime series). Hands down, this is easily amazing!!
Jun 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is the starting off review, though the others should all be more volume focused and far shorter :3

--Art--Rather simple, boring artwork, and definitely has the feel that it was drawn for work rather than from any sort of inspiration. The panel's look similar to each other, and a couple times, I wondered if the same picture wasn't used multiple times. That being said, it's not like it was "bad" per say, it's just boring.

--Concept--Lelouch, a melancholic dreamer who sees what's ahead, and is w
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Two stars for the fairly decent art work, but no more because the story was hard to follow and the parts that did make sense were lame. The theme throughout the story seemed repetitive and the writer seemed to have difficulty moving things forward. The whole tale could have been told with half the number of pages.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, manga, shonen
La historia está bastante bien, pero no sé si es la traducción o es que los diálogos son bastante flojos. El arte tambien es irregular, con muchas escenas confusas en donde si no fuera por los diálogos y el contexto, no se entendería que es lo que está pasando.
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Britain rules the world, Japan is Area 11, lots of fighting, lots of shouting, some supernatural shit, hidden royalty, what kind of vigilante name is Zero!?!
May 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Jan 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
First manga I ever read. It was early evening, I was in 8th or 9th grade, and I was browsing the back aisles of Bookstar(now closed)in my city. I was always interested in manga/anime(didn't know the names of what it was called at the time) but I thought they were mostly provocative due to me scanning over a kissing scene in one of classmate's manga in elementary school-Egad! and not being allowed to watch Adult Swim on Cartoon Network.

After discovering AMVs(first was Death Note) on Youtube one n
Sophia F
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This manga series in itself in completely fascinating! The improbability of an idea to overthrow an entire government working with the assistance of only a few others, is extremely interesting to see how the storyline will fold out. The characters so far seem to have conflicting enough personalities (such as Lelouch and Suzaku), that this story will just continue to keep getting better and better. Although I probably shouldn't, I also feel the need to compare the manga to the anime. I still am h ...more
Emily :: {A Bushel of Books}
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
As the Holy Empire of Britannia expands, the freedoms and rights of the citizens of the countries that it has conquered begin to shrink. Japan, once a strong and noble land, has since been renamed "Area 11," and the people live in fear of the soldiers that roam the streets as all that they once knew crumbles around them.

Enter Lelouch ("leh-louche"). An exiled child of the Emperor of Britannia, he seems like the least likely candiate to rally a desperate nation to action. With no political connec
Despair Speaking
Lelouch is a prince who left Brittania for Japan after the strange death of his mother (which caused his younger sister to go blind and be paralyzed for life) and wants to destroy his home country even though he doesn't really know how to do it. He figured he'd find a way when he grows up. Right now, he's busy ditching school and illegally playing underground chess matches at night. But when he happens to be present in an event that reunites him with an old Japanese friend, Suzaku, his boring, p ...more
May 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
Manga rating: 1.5 stars
Anime rating: 10 STARS! No, 10,000! Wait, you can only give 5 stars at a time? *weeps*

Manga=just plain bad. It's not Code Geass if it's not mecha.


Here's what it had:

1. Characterization. Lelouch is awesome. So infinitely awesome. It would blind you. I get all excited just thinking about him. All the characters, major and minor, and even just the background ones: they were all well created. Beautiful!

2. Plot. The plot. Oh, the plot. It picks you up and throws y
Oct 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, own-print
This was kind of strange for me because of how different the manga version of Code Geass feels compared to the anime series. The art isn’t what I’d deem as "bad", but they do look like children versions of the characters and the show was so heavily stylized. I was hoping to see more of that unique look since it was really dynamic and would work great in panels. What we get here was too… cute? Simple. Rounded instead of sharp. I liked sharp; it suited the characters better because it projected th ...more
María Ferre
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
Code Geass nos presenta la historia de Lelouch, un chico británico que odia las decisiones del Santo Imperio de Brittania y quiere hacer algo contra ellas. Por si fuera poco, hay un racismo gigantesco contra los "eleven" -japoneses en Brittania sin ciudadanía- y su mejor amigo nació dentro de esta categoría. Para ayudarle en su rebelión, adquiere de pronto un poder llamado Geass que le ayuda a controlar a las personas mentalmente.
Mi tía me regaló este cómic porque sí, porque el dueño de la tiend
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The theme from this Graphic Novel would be about how a person wants to make the world a better place and take control. Usually the Author Goro Taniguichi is trying to leave the reader saying "Er... What will happen next to Lelouch next time?" The Author is trying to say that the Protagonist Lelouch is trying to take control and make himself have a future for Area 11 and for his sister Nunnally, even though he was sent to Area 11 he tries to keep his identity a low profile from the people finding ...more
Code Geass....I recently read this back in February but never added it here, so now I'm making up for that right now.

So, I wanted the anime then read the manga, and while I see the difference I really enjoyed this one here and it tells the story in a different dynamic way. For those who don't like anime (or as like me who used to watch it but traded it in for cartoons and traditional styles) its a sure read to grab a hold of and take it for the ride it will give.

now what did I like?

Elin Nilsson
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, in-japanese, manga
This volume of manga (in Japanese) is based on the anime of the same name. I haven't seen the anime, but I'm really excited to after reading this! Damn this was good! Some sort of post-apocalyptic world war setting, in a Japan that has been converted into a part of the world spanning empire known as Britannia. Lelouch is originally indifferent to both the empire officials' deeds as well as the rebels' loud opinions, but after finding a girl hooked up to a machine and locked inside a see-through ...more
Oct 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
At first I didn't want to read it because I've heard that it was about robots. But due to boredom, I tried it out and for the first volume, truthfully it was kind of boring. But as I continued to read it got more and more interesting, so much that I couldn't stop reading. It wasn't exactly about robots either, more of just a man trying to change the world into his own ways. Then I moved onto the anime because the manga wasn't fully published yet. It was more than awesome, from beginning to end, ...more
Aug 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Best anime book I have ever read! So many surprises everywhere. Can't tell you much but the main character is name Lelouch. He and his sister Nunally, ( which is crippled and blind), live in hiding from their father. Other then that the world they live in was once japan but now called Area 11. Britania over took them and now they are in the Empire of them. Lelouch wants great power to change things. But will he succed? Will Nunally live in a world when the time comes she can see everything in pe ...more
Lavinyaa Pash
Apr 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, manga, read-2014
Yet another manga that hooked me in as an anime, but just didn't work for me in the manga format.

I have got (AGAIN!) nothing with this.
Again, I am so much into good drawings of dresses for princesses, queens, royalties and stuff and in the anime they were so beautifully animated. In the manga, the illustrations let me down and my whole interest into the whole thing just left me.

I'm quite sorry because the story is really good, but I am a sucker for good looking/drew/animated/illustrated things.
Jacob Jones
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Went to Barnes and Noble this weekend and bought some awesome new manga! I got "Higurashi" and this one, "Code Geass". And I find CG so interesting! It takes place in a futuristic world in which "Britannia" has dominated most of the world, and Japan has been turned into an area simply known as "Area Eleven". And even though our protagonist is Brittanian he decides to rise against the Brittanian forces. Awesome... very awesome.
Aby Ramos
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I like the anime but the manga is way more appealing and detailed. This manga is very interesting, especially since the main character lelouch has strong hatred against his royal blood and is motivated by his love for his sister and wanting to make a better place for her. I also like that his best friend fights for the Britannia government, it really adds more to the plot and makes everything feel intense.
❅ (t.c) (hiatus: school)
Stop Lelouch, you're way to honourable to carry out your plan :(
You cannot fight evil with evil, fight fire with fire, that only makes the fire bigger.. (but of course being a manga, things turn out differently)
Anyways.. if i say too much i will end up spoiling a lot and crying too, WATCH THE ANIME (as it was the first one made, before manga)
100% WORTH YOUR TIME. (you might even learn stuff from them)
Tiffany Sinclair
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing

He's on league with evil geniuses and i love it.
Comparable to Light or L from death note.
Actually Lelouch reminds me of them so much that's why i love this manga as much as DEath Note and ILOVEDEATHNOTE!!

Like a game of chess Lelouch controls the direction of the game BUT you gotta read to know whether he wins or not haha

To be continued..
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