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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Bandai Entertainment
  • MSRP: 24.98
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Code Geass Lelouch of Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Vol. #4

By Danielle Van Gorder     February 04, 2009
Release Date: December 09, 2008


Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Vol. #4
© Bandai Entertainment

Can Lelouch somehow find a way to win against a powerful enemy who can read his every thought, or has he finally met his match?

What They Say
Zero awakens in a pool of blood, his mask displaced and his gun missing. Vague memories of Shirley standing in a cloud of gun smoke with another person play within his mind. Worried his secret identity will be revealed Lelouch recruits C.C. into the hunt for Shirley.

Upon exploring the wreckage of Narita, Lelouch discovers Shirley but she is not alone. The power of the king is put to the ultimate test as Lelouch must now match wits with an opponent capable of reading his every thought. In this battle of Geass versus Geass can Lelouch overcome? And how will he deal with Shirley once he’s got her?

The Review!
Audio:
We watched this show in both English and Japanese.  Both casts do an excellent job overall.  The audio is a nice stereo mix with a good amount of directionality and some really great points, especially during action sequences.  I didn't notice any distortion or dropouts in either language track.

Video:
First airing in 2006, this is presented its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1.  Since its so recent, the transfer is very clean overall, and overall very good looking.  The color palette is vibrant but not too bright.  Cross-coloration and aliasing are mostly absent.  Other than some noise in the backgrounds, this is a solid looking release.  Thankfully, this volume is free of the playback problems that plagued the first two discs.

Packaging:
The packaging here is very basic, no physical extras or even an insert.  It does the job, but it certainly isn't particularly impressive.  The cover, however, is fantastic, and extremely intense - if I wasn't already following the show, this is the sort of cover that would have me pulling the disc off the shelf and trying to find out more.

Menu:
The menu is dramatic and active, with an image of Area 11 centered in what looks like electronic sights.  The flashing blue in the background, the rotating sights, and the windows that pop up with scenes from the show make this one of the busier menus I've seen in a while.  Navigation is fast and easy, and response times were good.

Extras:
The extras here are much the same as earlier volumes, with another picture drama episode, audio commentary, and both a textless opening and ending.  While it's not a ton in terms of what could be here, it's still a nice mix of things that offer some fun peeks into the series.

Content:
Concerned that Shirley may have learned his secret, Lelouch goes to Narita looking for her, but what he finds instead is a new enemy, one who also possesses the power of Geass.  But apparently not all Geass is created equally - Geo's power is different, granting him the power to read anybody's mind, which makes him the worst possible opponent for Lelouch, who depends on his ability to reason through any situation.  Geo has used his ability to manipulate Shirley into wanting to kill Lelouch.  During the course of the confrontation Lelouch winds up losing something he never even realized he treasured, once again leaving him with nothing but his purpose.

Geo is an implacable enemy who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, and who seems to hold all the cards.  He knows Zero's true identity, he knows Lelouch's weak points, and he'll use these and any thought that crosses Lelouch's mind in his attempt to get C.C. for his own.  Just when Lelouch thinks he's gotten an edge, Geo comes back even harder, and takes Nunally hostage.  Now Lelouch has to find a way to save her, on ground that his enemy has chosen, when his every thought and plan.

During their confrontation, Suzaku gets involved, and Geo reveals the secret that has driven Suzaku to such lengths, and drives him to save people no matter the cost to himself.  Meanwhile, the Four Holy Swords have found the Black Knights, which has grown into quite a formidable organization, and asked for their help in rescuing Tohdou.  Over the course of the rescue, Lelouch finally sees the face of his most persistent enemy, and the shock of it may just drive him over the edge.

In Summary:
The twists and turns this show takes are endlessly amusing, but it's nice to see a couple people throw a spanner into Lelouch's endlessly detailed plans and plots.  After taking a bit of a backseat for a while, Suzaku definitely gets more of a focus in this volume, both with the revelations about his past, and the revelations about his real role in the conflict.  This series just feels like a guilty pleasure from start to finish, something that I'm almost embarrassed to enjoy, just because the story and characters are so over the top and excessive.  But it's undeniably fun, and watching Lelouch pull rabbits out of his hat one after another hasn't gotten old yet.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English 2.0 Language, English Subtitles, Picture Drama Episode 6 (Stage 8.75), Audio Commentary Stage 14, Testless Ending (“Mosaic Kakera”), Textless Opening (1st version of "Kaidokufunou”)

Review Equipment
Panasonic DVD-S25S Progressive-Scan DVD Player and Panasonic TC-26LX85 26" Viera LCD 720p HDTV (Component Connection)

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