Warning: lots of pics, my final thoughts are below the massive pic spam(over 20 pictures) and spoilers of course.
First of all, this is roughly 80% still images and 20% actual animation so if you were expecting the following:
-Sequel to R2
-What happened to Lelouch
Then you can stop right there because Nunnally in Wonderland is none of the above. In fact, this is more of a “Hey guys, we’re still alive” sort of small project, and the nostalgia levels were off the charts here as it’s been more then a couple years since Code Geass R2. Fret not, as the side story OVA “Akito the Exiled” is currently airing which ought to satisfy the fanbase for a little while, until something new comes up. More or less, it’s a very interesting take on the classic Alice in Wonderland story that most of you guys probably know about. True that’s what this OVA was on the surface but in reality this was more of a tongue-in-cheek self parody of all the series’ weirder moments. Let the pictures explain..(final thoughts below the pic spam)
More like a Looking Back at Code Geass review:
Honestly, I enjoyed a 28 minute picture drama more than probably every Summer series so far. Part of it stems from the nostalgia factor, and being the huge Geass fan that I am, I was surprised I didn’t hear of this OVA until a few weeks ago. Luckily if I had heard about this earlier, I would probably have the highest expectations I’ve ever given to a series because it was Code Geass that really started getting me into watching anime on a season-by-season basis. Flawed it is, but no one can argue how ridiculous, bombastic and energetic this series can be and I say with confidence that Code Geass really is pure, fun entertainment with something for everyone to like. Lelouch is truly a stand out character, and for those who seen Death Note (and make the many comparisons between both shows) it’s a fascinating character study of these two like-minded people but with completely different end goals. As of now, I’ve been pretty critical on some series and likewise I know many who despise Code Geass to the core but that’s really what makes anime so fun: there’s something for everyone to enjoy and the discussions that arise when people don’t see eye to eye are always a treat.
Anyways back to the OVA, I felt that this was probably the right time to bring up something like this OVA to remind us of the 50 episode spectacle that was Code Geass, not too early and definitely not after the fact. At a time when 11-13 episode series were the norm, shows like Code Geass took real big risks (and executive meddling) and delivered spectacularly. This OVA serves a much bigger purpose than a short retelling of the Alice in Wonderland story, but at the same time in 28 minutes there was a lot to like and definitely everyone had a scene (with or without speaking). Watching this makes me want to relive the whole journey all over again, and I figure now would likely be the best time. Honestly, subbed or dubbed makes no difference: this show transcends those sub vs. dub debates, earning a spot in the dub hater’s list of tolerated dubs next to Baccano! and Cowboy Bebop.
All in all, this was a short yet sweet special that reminded me of the good ol’ days of anime. How I feel so old now…
Animation – 5/10: I’m being nice here.
Story – 9/15: Could have done without the Alice in Wonderland setting and still kept the parodies.
Sound – 8/10: Nothing to complain about.
Characters – 16/20: Still as awesomely fun to watch as before.
Enjoyment – 41/45: A very nostalgic feeling for many of us, but on its own merits this OVA employs some nice self-humor and creative artistry. Any Geass fan should definitely watch this and soak in the nostalgia.
Score – 79/100