Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion III: Glorification (Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch III – Oudou) is a 2018 original theatrical anime film directed by Gorou Taniguchi and written by Ichirou Oukouchi, and animated by studio Sunrise. The film was theatrically released in Japan on May 2018, and is the third of three in a compilation series recapping the events of the 2006 television series Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.
Brief Unboxing Note:
This unboxing was first posted back in January 2020, however I had decided to go back and provide improved photos as well as additional context so that it is more accurate.
“With his spell of impressive successes seemingly behind him, Lelouch Lamperouge’s hopes of destroying the Britannian Empire presided over by his father are crumbling at an alarming rate. With his sister kidnapped, his former friend Suzaku ignoring his pleas for help, and his organisation the Black Knights losing their faith in him, the man behind Zero’s mask is left with nowhere to turn.
With his power waning and betrayals around him rising, the only option left on Lelouch’s board in this all-or- nothing game of political chess is to take on the Britannian Empire – and his father – from the inside.”Plot Synopsis via Anime Limited, January 2020
As previously discussed in the unboxing post for the previous two films, the movie compilation series, simply known as Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Trilogy, essentially compiles all 50 episodes across three feature-length theatrical films with about 7 hours runtime in total. The biggest attraction to the film series was the idea that it would redo the conclusion of the original series.
That being said however, the films were reportedly pretty messy. Fortunately, the third and final film from the trilogy – Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion III: Glorification is more in line with the first film than the second. It adapts the remaining episodes of the second season (which were episodes 17-25) at a reasonable pace and while stuff was trimmed out, it doesn’t become such a mess like the second film was. New scenes are included, though are mainly to provide some context to specific parts of the story or plot points throughout.
Regardless, the films are not newcomer friendly in all honestly and is best suited for those who had watched the original series and wanted a refresher in general in preparation for the recent film Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection, which takes place in the same verse as the film trilogy. Despite this film being the conclusion, you can technically jump straight into the new film if you have only watched the original series since the outcomes for both of these are practically close to identical, with only one minor character avoiding a certain fate in the original series.
For the home video release, UK distributor Anime Limited acquired the rights for the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Trilogy this time around, and released the films separately as at the time it had no other English release. In a shocking pikachu move, Funimation managed to release the whole trilogy in one collection not long after Anime Limited released Initiation. For some reason, it took Anime Limited just over a whole year to release the second and third films.
In another surprising move, which is probably Anime Limited’s best luck at this point, is the fact that Funimation did not provide an English dub for the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Trilogy. Though saying that, Anime Limited wanted to maintain consistency and keep the releases separate but matching at the same time.
Collector’s Edition Contents:
As previously mentioned, Anime Limited released the films in the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Trilogy individually and as collector’s edition sets that mirror the distributor’s style for their releases. Though it does not share a digipack because it is a single disc release, the overall look is pretty decent in general.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion III: Glorification offers a rigid box and inside an Amaray case housing the film. The physical contents include a fold out poster and a couple of art cards to go alongside the set. Also included is an additional outer box that will house all three collector’s edition Blu-ray sets together which is a nice treat for those who had bought these, considering it was more expensive to get than the Funimation trilogy steelbook version.
The artwork is free of any information or BBFC content and the info sheet covers the information and specification like previous Anime Limited releases. The collector’s edition Blu-ray has 1000 units printed for an SRP of £39.99. There is currently no word on how a standard edition Blu-ray will be handled, whether as a complete trilogy set or not. Don’t expect a DVD release either. I pre-ordered the film during its early bird for £24.99.
- Rigid Box with Amaray packaging and clean artwork
- Info sheet for specification and BBFC description
- Special Ender Box to house all three Code Geass Film Trilogy CE sets
- 8 Art Cards
- 34x40cm Fold-out poster
Distributor: Anime Limited
Released: 13th January 2020
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion III: Glorification contains the entire film on a single Blu-ray disc. The encode and authoring were done by Funimation, as Anime Limited took too long to release the film to the point where it made sense to simply re-use the US masters rather than make their own. The audio options available for the film include Japanese with English subtitles.
The white subtitles are locked during playback, and the regions are locked to B for Blu-ray.
|Audio||Japanese Dolby TrueHD 5.1|
|Video||1080p High Definition Native format|
16:9 aspect ratio
Blu-ray On-Disc Extra Features:
- Promo Videos
- Funimation Trailer
Last but not least, here’s photos of the three films together for the trilogy.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion III: Glorification is available to order through multiple retailers across the United Kingdom, but is close to selling out. You can order the collector’s edition Blu-ray on Amazon UK.
(Disclaimer: Amazon links are also included when available. They are affiliated so if you decide to order them, I’ll earn a small percentage if they ship which will help me with any hauls or small bills.)