Code Geass, and Code Geass R2, have mixed reviews. Some people love it, some people hate it. That’s been established by bloggers, forums and pretty much the entire anime fandom. I kinda took that for granted. Then I saw this
Mixed Reviews, and yet R2 is classified, after 1554 votes, to be the second greatest anime of all time according to Anime News Network. Something is quite wrong here…
Yeah, so I decided to poke around a bit. Is this just an ANN phenomenom? So over to MyAnimeList to see what they rated R2 as. Surprise surprise it’s in a no.3.
Mixed reviews? Just for one final check I went over to AniDB to round up my studies and lo and behold it’s rated the greatest anime of all time!
Urgh, that picture came out horrible. 😦
So why is Code Geass R2 rated so highly when so many people claimed it lacked intelligence and suffered from fan pandering?
Ok up until now I’ve just been giving solid facts, from here on in is my own humble opinion (backed up with facts obviously)
First off there are two reasons why R2 is so highly rated. One is that it’s recent therefore a certain amount of hype comes over the series. Also sequels are usually higher rated than the first season. This is simply because the people who didn’t like the first season won’t watch or rate the second season. Notice Code Geass first season is behind R2 in each site.
But those two can only account to so much. You can’t put it down to Geass Fanboys/girls. Naruto and Bleach have fanatical support and they aren’t all that highly rated. And with all the whingers, spouting phrases like ‘trainwrek’ and ‘lack of intelligence’, you could’ve been forgiven for expecting an average closer to 8 than 9.
Here’s a picture of Cheese-kun looking luscious to break the text up a bit. Don’t you just love his hat.
So there are 2 sides here. The people who don’t like it aren’t rating the series at 6/7 or whatever they think it should be at. Or is it only the same people giving out about the show and most of the fans are keeping quiet? I seriously hope it’s not that people are giving out about the series and then rating it high. That’s just complete hypocrisy.
I’m not quite sure what point I’m making with this post. But I found it interesting to see the height R2 had scaled. Right now it’s rated alongside the Rurouni Kenshin OVA, which practically everyone considers a masterpiece of the highest quality.
I loved Code Geass and you will never hear me complaining about it. So long may Code Geass stay highly rated (although it’s still bizarre that Code Geass is rated lower than R2). So I’ll just finish this off with Orange!