Plot: Brittania is now a world power, and Japan, now called Area 11, is one of its subjugated nations. Prince Lelouch Lamperouge and his handicapped sister, Nunally, are exiled to Area 11 as political bargaining tools after their mother's death.
Now, they lay low at a school run by Britannian nobility. But Lelouch isn't much of a student; rather than apply his intellect to classes, he skips out with his friend, Rivalz, to gamble on underground chess games in the ghetto. On the way back from a match, Lelouch gets caught up in a terrorist attack. The cargo that the terrorists are carrying, thought to be poison gas, turns out to be a woman named C2 (or C.C.), who saves Lelouch by granting him a mysterious power called "Geass". With this absolute power to make anyone obey his orders, Lelouch sets out to find the truth about his mother's murder and destroy the country that uses him and his sister as tools. (A)
Characters: Each has his/her individual motivations, making them all very convincing. No one's completely good or evil. (A)
Art & Animation: A-
Voice Acting: A
Objectionable Content: Blood, suggestive themes, nudity, profanity
Other: The Geass anime's two seasons are intelligently-written and well-acted. It's a classic Greek tragedy with futuristic mechs and a fantasy twist. And the plot, though somewhat convoluted, is never dull.
But be prepared to cover your eyes if you're squeamish like me.
The manga adaptation of Geass is toned down a bit in terms of its objectionable content. (Yay!) BUT, if you're in it for the mechs, you'll be surprised to find that there are no nightmare frames in the manga. It is also somewhat condensed. Still, I recommend it.
Overall Score: B+