Well, that’s one way to start everything. I’ve been waiting a while for this one…I knew it couldn’t possibly live up to the original, but I was hoping it would be a fun experience. And hey, this worked for me. Much of this first episode was an introduction. First, we have our main character Hyuuga Akito, the EU soldier working under Leila Malcal, assuming the commander role. Joining in, we have the squad of Sayama Ryou. Already we have this mystery surrounding Akito. In battle, he’s shown with glowing red eyes, indicating a possible power similar to Geass. He has also stated that he has died once before, giving him the ability to speak with the dead.
I assume Akito is linked with who seems to be our main antagonist, Xin Hyuuga Xian (the name Hyuuga is common to both, so they may be related). I wasn’t expecting Geass to make any appearance in this OVA, but it looks like it has manifested in Xin, as he displays a power identical to Lelouch (although the exact specs may be different). It makes me wonder if Akito is cursed like Suzaku with a command that draws out his power.
I have to say…the show really seems to be lacking in music. I really miss the soundtrack of the original series…most of the background music I hear is pretty lackluster in comparison. The fights look pretty cool, but the Knightmares might be a little bit too shadowed. It looks a bit strange…maybe I’m just not used to it?
So far, there really aren’t too many links to the original series in this OVA. There is mention of the Black Knights and the appearance of Geass, but nothing too nostalgic other than the way the show starts (with the cicadas, then female narrator). However, the preview for the second episode shows scenes of CC and Suzaku, which are incredibly enticing. Is CC the one that gave Xin his power? Or is there a third person with the immortal code we don’t know about? And what role do CC and Suzaku play in this show? It even looks from the preview like Malcal will be joining the battle too…