If you were watching anime in 2006, you would have at the very least heard of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. The mech/school/magic/political anime was a phenomenon that engulfed us all. Memes were created and conspiracy theories ran rampant. It ended its two seasons on a fairly conclusive note and, sadly, most additional material since released dealt with alternate universes and characters. Now, 10 years on, it’s finally getting a direct sequel.
The new anime was announced today at a special event celebrating the series’ 10th anniversary. According to Otakomu, director Gorō Taniguchi has stated that Code Geass: Lelouch of the Resurrection will be a sequel, taking place a few years after the events of the series finale. It is currently unclear whether the new anime will be a series or a film, but what is clear is that it will be set in the same universe as the original series and Lelouch, the protagonist of series, will be the hero. There will also be three films summarising the series released in January 2017.
Spoilers for Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2.
In the Code Geass series finale, Lelouch put a plan called the Zero Requiem into effect, which brought about world peace and resulted in his apparent death at the hands of his best friend, Suzaku. At the time that it aired, many fans put forward theories regarding alternate takes of this ending. One of the most popular theories centred upon the last scene of the anime. In it CC, one of the main characters, rides on a hay cart driven by someone wearing a large hat. She appears to talk to herself, but addresses Lelouch directly in her last line. The theory was that the cart driver actually was Lelouch, who had somehow survived. No doubt adherents of the cart driver theory are feeling particularly vindicated right now.