Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 The Complete 2nd Season is an eight-disc DVD box set that includes all 25 episodes of the second season of Code Geass. From what I can figure out, this set seems to take eight individually released discs and collects them into one set. While there are a number of bonus features included in this set, they aren't as impressive to me as the features included in the first season box set. The first disc in the set contains four episodes and bonus features, while the remaining seven discs include three episodes and bonus features.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 is set a year after the first season, and it appears Lelouch has no memory of what happened during that time. It also seems he has forgotten about his sister Nunnally, and thinks a young man named Rolo is his brother. After an encounter with C.C., the mysterious woman Lelouch had rescued at the beginning of the first season, Lelouch discovers that his memories had been tampered with. After C.C. helps Lelouch regain his memory, Lelouch vows to take revenge and to find his missing sister.
This season of Code Geass was quite a trip for me to watch. As the season progresses, there are a lot of plot twists, and some of them are rather unexpected. In the last few episodes, it seems like facts keep making 180 degree turns with each episode. I was almost literally on the edge of my seat as I watched the final episodes, waiting to see what new twists and revelations would be revealed.
I had heard a lot of good things about Code Geass before I started watching the series. Now that I have seen the series in its entirety, I can see why it was receiving so much praise from anime fans.
When it comes to this DVD box set, it looked like there were going to be a lot of bonus features when I saw how much was in the "Extras" menu on each disc. However, after getting through them all, it looks more impressive than it really is.
Each disc has at least one episode of "Extra Flash: Baba Theater Redux," which range anywhere from 40 seconds to three minutes in length. These essentially look like they're supposed to be four panel comics with sound effects, but no dialogue. Each episode has two stories: one features Nunnally, while the other features Lelouch or Rolo or the two of them together. Honestly, I really didn't get the point of these. I think that they were supposed to be humorous, but I personally didn't think they were that funny.
The first four discs contain the broadcast version of the prologue for at least one episode that appears on the disc. To be honest, I didn't really notice a lot of difference between the broadcast version of the prologues and the prologues that were included on this DVD release. Each disc also contains the broadcast versions of the episode previews for the episodes that appear on each disc. Just like with the prologues, I personally didn't notice any real differences between the two different versions.
Each disc contains audio commentary for at least one of the episodes on the disc. On the final disc, there are two different versions of the audio commentary included: one is from the cast, while the other is from the staff. The first disc contains a textless version of the first opening, the second disc contains a textless version of the first closing, the seventh disc contains a textless version of the second closing, and the eighth disc contains a textless version of the second closing.
All eight discs also contain a Key Animation Gallery; this feature includes line art character sketches, and each one includes anywhere from 20-35 images. Each disc also includes trailers and DVD credits. Discs three, five, six, seven and eight include "prize announcements" from Code Geass contests for prizes that were part of the original Japanese broadcast.
Even though I was a little disappointed in the bonus features, these decisions may have been made due to what Bandai America was able to get from their Japanese parent company to include. While I had been hoping for another interview feature with the American dub actors like what was seen in the first set, I think it wasn't made because the voice actors had an audio commentary on the final episode.
If you're a fan of Code Geass, you really need to add both this box set and the first box set to your anime collection in order to own the entire series on DVD. Now that Bandai America has discontinued manufacturing and distributing DVDs in the United States, it's better to acquire this set sooner rather than later.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of this set that my husband and I purchased.
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