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Anime Movie Review: 'Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: Movie III: Glorification' (2018)

Updated on October 5, 2020
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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: Movie III: Glorification cover.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: Movie III: Glorification cover. | Source

Quick Info

Director: Gorộ Taniguchi
Distributor: Funimation Entertainment
Runtime: 133 minutes
Released: March 5th, 2019
Availability: On Blu-Ray disc, not available for legal streaming without paying for it, out of print

Story Summary

Lelouch finds clever ways to elude the Britannians watching him that are trying to see if he’s regained his memories. Unexpected events and betrayals leave him without any allies. Will he manage to achieve his goal of confronting his father and discovering who murdered her?

This Film Was the Best of the Three

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: Movie III: Glorification (2018) is the best of the Code Geass trilogy. I will say that I have always been partial to the third accts of many movie trilogies I’ve watched as my favorite entry in The Lord of the Rings trilogy is The Return of the King (2004) and for the Star Wars Prequel and Original trilogies, my favorite entries are Revenge of the Sith (2005) and Return of the Jedi (1983) respectively.

This anime film is the best of the trilogy because it has the least amount of problems that plagued the second film Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Movie II: Transgression (2018) where the writers chose to cut too much content out of the film. This film had very little content cut so it fixed all the pacing problems of the previous film which makes it more enjoyable if you’ve seen the original anime series.

Code Geass Movie Trilogy | Trailer (Own It Now)

The Animation Is Excellent but Still Jarring Between the Old and New Footage

There weren’t too many new scenes but I did notice that they did reanimate certain scenes and added new footage of Shirley Fennette. It was nice that they animated new scenes and added her into old ones because her fate has been changed.

The old animation still looks great, but some of the new CGI animation added in some scenes is noticeable and jarring when you see them together in a reanimated scene.

The thing I noticed in a scene where Lelouch’s life flashes before his eyes is that in the original anime, the scenes went backward from the present to the past, in the movie, they are shown chronologically from past to present and are adjusted for the story changes the movies made compared to the anime, which I thought was a nice touch.

The animation looks fantastic for the most part and is an enjoyable aspect of this film trilogy.

The Japanese Dub Is Great!

Jun Fukuyama does an outstanding job as Lelouch Vi Britannia. He brought so much to the role, and while I love Johnny Yong Bosch as Lelouch, Jun isn’t a slouch either. He gave a wonderful vocal performance as Lelouch and I really enjoyed his acting in this anime.

Takahiro Sakura does an outstanding job as Suzaku Kururugi. He once again was able to show a wide range of emotions that he just made you feel his character’s pain and rage when Suzaku finally confronted Lelouch about what he did to Euphemia. He did an excellent job and I really liked his performance too.

Ami Koshimizu was excellent as Kallen Stadfield. She is a great voice actress and she did a fantastic job in this role. Her performance was excellent and I enjoyed her work in this film.

Yukana did a great job voicing C.C., pronounced “C-2”. She was great in this role. She had a lot of character development and she portrayed that very well.

Overall, the Japanese dub is fantastic and it’s very great to listen to. I really love both the English and the Japanese versions of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, but the anime film only has the Japanese dub since Funimation didn’t take the time to dub it, it’s still a great dub that fans can enjoy.

Lelouch Vi Britannia, alone and betrayed.
Lelouch Vi Britannia, alone and betrayed. | Source

Code Geass 3rd Movie OST "NE:ONE" Official MV

The Soundtrack Is Amazing!

Hitomi Kuroishi and Kộtarộ Nakagawa did a fantastic job on the soundtrack, while most of the music is from the anime, what stands out to me is how they made good use of the songs from the anime, especially where they chose to use the second ending song of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R1 (2006), “Mosaic Kakera" (モザイクカケラ) by SunSet Swish and it was used in the perfect place in the film and it was a brilliant use of one of the anime’s ending songs.

I love the new end credit song for this movie, “NE:ONE” by Survive Said the Prophet. It’s a song specifically written for Lelouch and it’s an amazing song. I bought it on iTunes because I enjoyed it so much.

The soundtrack is amazing and I love the music and even though I’ve heard the soundtrack before in the anime. This soundtrack is fantastic and it makes the anime film memorable and gives the scenes emotional weight.

The Films Are Not Newcomer-Friendly

The Code Geass anime movie trilogy is not newbie-friendly at all. These anime films are mainly made to refresh fan memories of the anime while making changes to the story that newcomers won’t know how big the impact of the changes are, these are changes that fans will be impacted by because of how drastic they are even if they don’t appear that way to people that have never experienced the series.

This anime movie is mainly for fans and not newcomers and since this isn’t really a newcomer-friendly this isn’t the best way to experience Code Geass for the first time.

Due to story changes and how much the entire trilogy compressed the series, I’d recommend watching the series first before watching these anime films.

Lelouch during battle.
Lelouch during battle. | Source

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This Is the Best of the Trilogy and It Fixed the Middle Film’s Problems

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: Movie III: Glorification (2018) is a fantastic anime movie that most fans of the anime series will enjoy. It fixed the problems with the second film Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: Movie II: Transgression (2018), the second film cut out too much content and fortunately, this film didn’t have that problem and it was a much better film for it.

It is an amazing film that still kept everything I loved about the anime but changed just enough to keep it interesting. I’m really looking forward to watching Code Geass: Lelouch of Re;surrection (2019).

Quick Summary

What Works:
What Doesn't Work:
Great story, characters and plot
It's not newcomer-friendly, knowledge of the anime is required
Fixed the previous films' pacing problems
Great Japanese dub
Great soundtrack

My Grade: A+

I know I have given the other movies much lower ratings, but this anime film just did everything right compared to the other compilation films. But it’s also coming from my tendency to like the third installments of movie trilogies more than the other entries.

I loved this film a lot, I enjoyed the changes and the fact that they didn’t cut a lot of story content compared to the previous films. This film came out as close to perfect as a recap film can get. It’s not newcomer-friendly and previous knowledge is a requirement so I can’t really recommend this for newcomers.

This is the anime film that is the one that’s worth plunking down the money for, but at the price of $41.95, it is very pricy. I recommend buying it used and maybe you can get a better deal, it’s very pricy compared to the anime series which you can buy for only a few more dollars. If you go for the old Bandai DVD sets you can get it for even cheaper at the cost of not having blu-ray quality unless you buy the blu-rays used.

I’d recommend buying used if you’re looking for a better deal or renting the film on Amazon since it’s only $3.99 to rent the movie in HD.

I bought this anime film trilogy because I’m a diehard fan of Code Geass, and I enjoyed it a lot and now I’m ready for the sequel. If you are already a fan of the franchise and you want to get ready for the new movie I’d recommend watching these films, that way you won’t be confused about why the movie is different from the anime.

This film trilogy is worth the time, but not necessarily the high price tag that comes with buying a physical copy of the film on blu-ray. If you want to save money while watching these movies, either buy used, borrow from your friend who owns them or rent them on Amazon.

The blu-ray is currently out of print so buying or renting digitally is your only option at the moment for watching the films.

My Rating

5 stars for Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: Glorification

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