Parents' Guide to

Code Geass

By Danae Stahlnecker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Alternate history sci-fi has violence, nudity, heavy themes.

Code Geass TV poster: Lelouch stands center, holding a helmet and stretching out an arm. Other characters' faces are collaged behind him.

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This tense war drama serves as a useful allegory for ongoing real-world issues of prejudice, violence, and war. Code Geass features a morally gray protagonist and a large ensemble cast of characters, all of whom offer different perspectives of the Empire and how to effectively bring it down. What's good is that there are no easy answers, and even Lelouch, with all his power, isn't always right. The series sparks a lot of reflection and discussion around our lives in a complicated, violent world and what we would do to achieve the future we want.

But though characters may have different motivations, they still fall back on using violence to solve problems. Also, even though the show successfully challenges peoples' prejudices based on nationality or ethnicity, it fails to offer the same treatment to its disabled and queer characters.

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