Code Geass Watch Order: Where to Start with Anime Series and Movie

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There are few series out there that are as impactful as Code Geass. Given the amount of action, tension and politics in the series, it’s not surprising there is so much Code Geass to explore! If you’re thinking of giving this series a go, we’ve explained the best Code Geass watch order below.

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All Code Geass Content in Order

Code Geass Watch Order Content
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First of all, here is a list of all the Code Geass content available, in order of their original release:

Title Format Release Year
Code Geass: Lelouch of the RebellionTV Series (Season 1)2006-2007
Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch Special Edition - Black RebellionMovie2008
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2TV Series (Season 2)2008
Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2 Special Edition - Zero RequiemMovie2009
Code Geass: Nunnally in WonderlandOVA (1 episode)2012
Code Geass: Akito the ExiledOVA (5 episodes)2012-2016
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion I - InitiationMovie2017
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion II - TransgressionMovie2018
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion III - GlorificationMovie2018
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrectionMovie2019

As you can see, there is a lot of content to get through! Let’s start by removing the stuff that you won’t need to see.

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The Code Geass Black Rebellion and Zero Requiem films are recaps of season 1 and season 2, so you don’t need to watch these if you watch the original TV series. You also don’t need to watch Nunnally in Wonderland, as this is a light-hearted scenario involving the characters and isn’t canon for the series.

One thing not included in this list is various Code Geass picture dramas that have been made. Again, these are light-hearted scenarios and don’t matter for the series. You might want to seek them out if you want more of the characters, though!

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Which Code Geass is First?

First Code Geass Watch Order
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While there is a lot of content, every run of Code Geass should start with season 1 of the TV series.

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The first season is what started everything for Code Geass. The second season was only announced close to the end of the first season, and everything has snowballed from that moment. Also, there has not been a prequel story yet, so episode 1 is the true beginning as far as content goes.

After watching season one, you have two options for how far you take the franchise: the canon watch order and the movie watch order.

Code Geass: Canon Watch Order

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The best order to watch Code Geass is the following:

  1. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Season 1)
  2. Code Geass: Akito the Exiled (OVA)
  3. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 (Season 2)
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The truest telling of the Code Geass story is through the two original TV series, both by the original creators. Ultimately, watching just these two series is enough for many fans; everything else is extra.

If you do want to explore the rest of Code Geass, the next recommendation is to watch Akito the Exiled. The five-episode series takes place in Europe between the first and second seasons, providing more context to the ending and beginning of both series.

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Code Geass: Movie Watch Order

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If you can’t get enough Code Geass in your life, you might also want to explore the movies. If that’s you, we recommend this watch order:

  1. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Season 1)
  2. Code Geass: Akito the Exiled (OVA)
  3. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 (Season 2)
  4. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion I - Initiation
  5. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion II - Transgression
  6. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion III - Glorification
  7. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection
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The three movies released in 2017 and 2018 are a slight retelling of the events in season 1 and season 2 of the TV series. However, there are major changes to the story, with big plot events being changed or omitted altogether. As a result, the movies are classed as an alternate universe and unrelated to the original.

Lelouch of the Re;surrection is the ending for those three movies and is pretty much completely detached from the original story in the TV series.

Do I Need to Watch the Code Geass Movies?

Code Geass Movies Watch Order
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The Code Geass movies are not canon for the original story, so are completely optional. If you do want to watch them, it’s recommended you watch the original TV series first.

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The movies have been given a mixed reception by fans. For some, they are a good way to reexperience the original story in a modern setting and are more exciting than simple recaps. For others, the significant story changes in the movies are disappointing and dilute the original series.

Whether you want to watch the recap movies or not, you should watch the original first to understand what made the series so popular at the beginning.

Hopefully, these lists help you to fully enjoy the world of Code Geass!

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