Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion is one of the most beloved Japanese anime series of all time. Produced by Sunrise, the previous two seasons of the mecha anime series received sensational popularity, and Code Geass has been on the air for nearly 14 years. Fans have been wondering when Season 3 will be released after a decade-long wait.
In 2020, Crunchyroll announced Code Geass: Z of the Recapture, a new anime series set to expand the Code Geass unvierse.
Here's everything we know so far about the new Code Geass Season 3:
Code Geass Season 3 Release Date: When will it come out?
The first season of Code Geass originally aired on MBS in Japan on October 5, 2006, and it consisted of 25 episodes. The mecha series took a break from March 29, 2007, with the first 23 episodes getting a continuous release, and the last two episodes of Season 1 were released on July 28, 2007.
Following the success of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, a second season was announced in March 2007, and it's called Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2, which was released on April 6, 2008, on TBS and MBS channels. The second season had the same aount of episodes as the first.
A recap film trilogy by Funimation was released, but the anime franchise is not over yet. On December 5, 2022 (Dec. 5 is Lelouch's birthday), a new anime series was announced, and it's called Code Geass: Z of the Recapture, which is a part of Studio Sunrise's new 10-year plan.
The release date of Code Geass: Z of the Recapture hasn't been officially announced yet, but it's expected to release in fall of 2022, to around winter 2023.
Code Geass Plot: What happened in the first two seasons?
Code Geass is set in an imagined Orwellian world where power is distributed among the three superpowers: the Holy Britannian Empire, the European Union (also called Europa United), and the Chinese Federation.
The story revolves around Lelouch vi Britannia (voiced by Jun Fukuyama in the Japanese version, Johnny Yong Bosch in the English) of the Britannian Empire, an outcast prince also known as Lelouch Lamperouge. While attending the Ashford Academy, he meets a mysterious girl named C.C. (Yukana/Kate Higgins) who grants him the power to command anyone to do whatever he wants — which is known as the Power of Kings, or Geass. Lelouch uses this power to strategize in war and track down his mother's killers, which which was so tragic that his sister becomes blind and loses the ability to walk.
The robots known as 'Knightmare Frames' are used in battle, and Japan is attacked by these mechs, starting an uncalled-for invasion. These mechs obliterate the area, forcefully annexing it and naming Japan Area 11. Lelouch intends to get revenge against the empire for their wrongdoing.
Furthermore, he promises his childhood friend Suzaku Kururugi to free Japan from tyrannical machinations, but they end up going against each in numerous battles.
Initially, he fights specific mecha battles for personal reasons to save himself, but ultimately, he forms a radical "Black Knights" rebel group to liberate his empire.
Code Geass Season 3 Plot: What is the story of Code Geass: Z of the Recapture?
Plot details for Code Geass: Z of the Recapture are still being kept under wraps, aside from it being set after the events of the last movie in the franchise's trilogy. Fans are wondering which direction the new series will take as the original series and movies are set in alternate timelines.
While the movies are considered recaps of the series, there are various key plot changes that create inconsistencies in the universe of Code Geass. This is why it's still unclear if the new series will be a direct sequel to the second season of the show, or be based on the timeline of the film trilogy.
Monsters & Critics provided an explanation about this confusion
"The creators apparently viewed the [Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;Surrection] movie as an alternate timeline since Taniguchi said the compilation trilogy is 'not a negation of the television series, but rather one possible outcome. That means the original ending remains intact whereas the new movies establish a new separate canon based on an alternate timeline."
While the story of the new Code Geass series is still under wraps, it's likely that we could see backstories of various characters, since it's still unclear if Lelouch will be directly involve in the new series.
Code Geass Season 3 Cast: Who will voice the Japanese version and English version?
While the whole cast of the new Code Geass series hasn't been confirmed yet, the leads are expected to return. For the Japanese voice cast, Lelouch is voiced by Jun Fukuyama, CC is voiced by Sayaka Ohara, Takahiro Sakurai and Akeno Watanabe as Suzaku Kururug, and Ami Koshimizu as Kellen Stadtfeld.
As for the English cast, if the leads return, we Johnny Yong Bosch and Michelle Ruff (child version of Lelouch) to return, Kate Higgins as CC, Yuri Lowenthal and Laura Bailey as Suzaku Kururugi, and Karen Strassman as Kallen Stadtfeld.
Epicstream will update this section once official casting details for the new series are announced.
Where to watch Code Geass Season 3?
The first two seasons of Code Geass are available to stream on Crunchyroll. Both the original Japanese with English sub and the English dub versions are available to stream.
The entire anime series is also available to stream on Netflix. You can read our detailed guide on where to stream Code Geass here.
Code Geass Season 3 will likely be made available on Crunchyroll, but since this is not a Netflix Original anime series, it's still unclear if Netflix has any plans to release it on its streaming service.
Will Lelouch vi Britannia return in Code Geass Season 3?
At the end of Code Geass Season 2, Lelouch pulled the plan known as Zero Requiem, in which Suzaku (apparently) publicly executed Lelouch, freeing the world form his tyrannical rule, and ultimately creating peace. However, there are several fan theories that claim that Lelouch is actually alive.
At the end of the second season, Nunnally vi Brittania becomes the Empress of the Holy Empire of Brittania, and many of the key characters are still alive.
Code Geass: Z of the Recapture might somehow bring back Lelouch to life, but since plot details are still unclear, we still don't know if the beloved antihero will return in the new season.
Code Geass Season 3 Trailer: Is there already one out?
Sunrise hasn't released a trailer for Code Geass: Z of the Recapture yet, but we will update this page once it comes out, so stay tuned!
For now, you can watch the trailer for the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Resurrection movie below:
You can also watch this new anime trailer for the upcoming game, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Lost Stories:
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