Is Code Geass Arguing For Militaristic Nationalism Or Against It?

Which Does The Series Embrace?

This is a response to Crusader from THAT Anime Blogs excellent if somewhat confusing to read article that relies on completely unrelated military history to segue into his point.  That point raises the question of whether Code Geass can be interpreted as Nationalist Propaganda of the likes of Triumph Des Willen or D.W Griffith’s Birth Of A Nation.  I think that while it is possible to interpret it in this manner to a certain extent, that it is also possible to inpret the oppositie depending on how you look at the way the characters and events are portrayed.  Also I love playing Devil’s advocate….

Really, if they were trying to make a propaganda piece, there wouldn’t even be any attempt to portray any Britannian characters as at all likeable, all of them would just be like the Brutal Carares and the Ashford characters would all be like Nina.  Likewise the leader of the Black Knights wouldn’t be a Britannian, but an Uber Mensch type Japanese person with no flaws trumpeting the righteousness of the great Nihon agains the great evil of Britannia.  That’s not the case though and instead we are seeing shades of grey in character of all races.  Consider how in the early parts of the Season 1 when Suzaku tried to join the academy the Britannian’s there were initially wary of him and wondered at what this shady fellow was doing there.  By the time he proved himself a likeable fellow though, the academy had come to accept him and Millay, Shirley and even Nina (before her downfall which I’ll get to later) grudgingly welcomed him into their circle of friends.  It seems here that they decided to judge him on the content of his character versus the race to which he belongs and this is what I think one of the main messages Code Geass is trying to send is.

Yes I’d argue that they are actually trying to diminish the degree to which the series can be construed as a propaganda piece and rather the end message is one that tries to preach tolerance.  The real battle is not between Glorious Nihon and The Evil World, but one of freedom and rights versus oppression and the idea that some men are better than others by birthright.  It actually seems to be arguing more for western values then Japanese values, because let’s face it, Japan isn’t exactly ahead of the curb when it comes to equality, there’s still very much a rigid caste system in place within modern Japanese society.  This is something I think the country could benefit from hearing.  Let’s look at how some of the other characters have been portrayed shall we?

Nina, the character everyone loves to hate is very much portrayed as in the wrong for her lack of tolerance for the Japanese.  Consider the scene where it almost got her killed in the hotel hostage situation where the Japanese man was minding his own business keeping guard when she suddenly started freaking out and insulted him with the term 11 which she knows is a deragatory term and would provoke him.  Her actions almost set off a chain of events that could have gotten her friends killed had Euphemia not stood up to defend her.  Euphemia is a character who I liked to think of as an arbiter, one who tried to build bridges between the Britannians and Japanese who would not tolerate each other.  Throughout her storyline she did little more then try to work for the good of all people and unfortunately her’s ended in tragedy because of the actions of two people’s who couldn’t work together to trust each other and for being the unfortunate victim of Lelouch’s petty revenge game.  Her legacy did not die with her though and those who have interpreted it correctly have also been portrayed in a good light, while those who haven’t entirely understood it haven’t.  I’d also like to highlight that once she passed into the realm of the massacre princess she was immediately killed off so as to not make any mistake that the creators were trying to glorify that type of belief status.

Interestingly, the most overly nationalistic Japanese characters of them all have either met quick deaths or unseen deaths (Urabe, the Japanese Liberation Front [group that took the hotel crowd hostage], Genbu Kururugi) or have been portrayed as fools (Tamaki).  Likewise on the Britannian side, the most brutal and intolerant of them all have met quick deaths as well in Carares and Clovis as if they want to keep us aware that these men’s ideals should have no place in the world.  On the other hand, characters from both sides that have shown tolerance such as Nunally who was always kind to the Japanese and Kaguya who befriended the Chinese Tian Zi (considering how relations are between Japan and China this should tell you something right here) have been portrayed quite nicely.  It’s if they are trying to show that intolerance and oppresion is a path to destruction.

Karen is also an interesting character that highlights the ideal of bridging the gaps and discarding the idea of national identity.  One of her early internal character conflicts was between her identity as a Half-Britannian, Half-Japanese character and she insisted that one be held up over the other and joined the Japanese Liberation Front.  Eventually we reached the point where her mother was introduced and we learned how she reviled her for not standing up for her pride as a Japanese person.  Eventually she learned the more important lesson though that her mother was just trying to do what was best for her and to allow her the best life she can, self-sacrifice and virtue in other words.  Since then Karen has given a little on the pride front and even seems to have embraced both her heritages as a part of her being, without grudge or bitterness.  It’s interesting to then that she was the one that provided the catalyst for possibly the biggest anti-nationalistic propoganda scene the series has had so far.

Episode 08 in the park where Nunally was trying once again to bring about the Special Autonmous Zone where everybody would have equal rights, both Britannian and Japanese, Lelouch was there this time not to stop it so that he could continue his revenge game against Charles, but to embrace it, and he wouldn’t have been there if it weren’t for Karen.  When he appeared he posed the question to Suzaku of what makes a person Japanese.  Eventually Lelouch pointed out what Suzaku agreed with, that the term Japanese was just a title, and it was the values and beliefs that the people had that they determined to be Japanese which were really the key issue.  Those values and beliefs in the right to freedom of choice and the right to equality with the Britannians were highlighted as more important then the title of Japanese as the people present then donned their masks to take on the identity and symbol of such beliefs in Zero and symbolically discarded their identity as Japanese people who would be participating in the zone to join him in exile in search of a place where they could solidify those ideals.  Those who have interpreted Nunally’s (nee Euphemia’s) intentions correctly have also been portrayed in a positive light (Lelouch and Suzaku) for preventing another massacre, while those who have interpreted them incorrectly (Miss Rohmeyer and Nina) have been portrayed as in the wrong and the likes who would start a massacre (Rohmeyer with the gun, Nina with a bomb).

Really for all the arguments that can fairly be made about instances of nationalism, if you look at the actions of the characters in a different way you can also see an argument for breaking down those walls built by the manufactured idea of a nation and it’s people.  The nation state is afte all a man made creation. It’s all really in how it’s interpreted and while I thank Crusader for bringing up the topic, I’d encourage him not to liken the fans of the show who would analyze it to the likes who would enjoy Birth of A Nation as it is somewhat unintentionally insulting.  Especially since the purposes behind the two works are so clearly different and he is likening the events in this series to real life atrocites with power words in what I can’t help but believe is a bit of an attempt to distort the issue and appeal to emotion over logic.

Also if it was really Goro Taniguchi and Sunrise’s intention to trumpet the glory of Japan over the rest of the world, why would they organize a courtesy postponement of the episode that dealt with a coup d’etat and Zero and his Black Knights incursion in Chinese Affairs.  Just another point to consider.


28 Responses to “Is Code Geass Arguing For Militaristic Nationalism Or Against It?”

  1. 1 Haesslich June 10, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    See response in other post. Goro Tanuguchi’s done MUCH more nationalistic work than this though. Does Gasaraki ring a bell?

  2. 2 Anonymous June 11, 2008 at 2:27 am

    About your conclusion:

    It’s a damned convenient time to create more legroom for the animation staff. Win-win situation for Sunrise since not only do they look sympathetic to the people suffering, they’re able to get an extra week of working time without attracting too much flak.

    Heck the animation was probably outsourced to China for all we know since it wasn’t all that great this time round.

  3. 3 Kaioshin Sama June 11, 2008 at 3:06 am

    @Haesslich: Haven’t seen Gasaraki sorry. I’m thinking at this point though it’s just Crusader being Crusader again. He has reasonable sounding ideas in their own right as always, but gets lost in trumpeting his knowledge of military history and forgets to tie the ideas together. Really he’s just sitting with many seperate ideas and taking an America-centric view on things again, while over-focusing his negativity on the same thing that every other blogger seems to focus their negativity on. Good old biased Crusader, you have the ideas, but just not the ability to make a convincing argument.

    Lately I’m getting to wonder when these folks will wear themselves out on the same old tired subject of why x Sunrise show is evil and focus on some new targets. It has to be getting boring on some level when the targets always the same and other probably more deserving targets go under the radar. Hyper-Popularity and all be damned, I want to see somebody go after Kanokon or To Love-Ru for being overly fanservicey and light on thought provoking content, or how Tower of Druaga is really just an advertisement for a game.

    One of my main reasons for disliking the whole Geass/Sunrise bashing thing, besides it’s immediacy to what I’m blogging often and just you know….the absurdity of it is that it’s exemplary of a larger problem, that the 100 something strong anime blogging community is really starting to seem like it has little different to offer from blog to blog and I think it’s just wasted potential. I wish some more people besides me would stand up and say definitively, “You know there is a common narrative running, but I have a different opinion on this and I’m not afraid to voice it” rather then what appears to be everybody just agreeing with the “bigshots” and saying what has already been said multiple times to try and look like they are a part of the “in” crowd. Share the hate a little guys as I can’t help but feel the blogosphere in all it’s vastness is really spreading itself way to thin these days on either the same topics, viewpoints or same narrative and it’s getting BOOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING!

    @Anonymous: Maybe they’re saving on budget for the next episode which looks to be a huge mecha battle. Though even if the episode had lots of distance shots and characters standing still it didn’t look anywhere near as inconsistent as episode 08 of Macross Frontier and still looked better then most anime I think (the starry background in particular in Tian Zi and Li’s past).

    The last three episodes haven’t really been ones that need ultra high-quality animation though, their not being any real action that would warrant it and all. Episode 07-09 have been mostly dialogue driven anyway.

  4. 4 Enact June 11, 2008 at 3:13 am

    Ok, I just want to say a few things. First of all, this stuff about Geass being some kind of nationalistic political piece, NEEDS to stop. That isn’t what Goro Taniguchi is trying to do or say in Geass, as he has even gone on record saying he has no interest in politics in particular and just seeks to entertain people, and that the exsistance of Brittania as is in Geass is mostly so that Lelouch has an entire SYSTEM to rebel agianst, since that is much harder to deal with then one particular individual or orginization. I think people are just bitching and moaning cause they feel insecure about america getting scrutinized in any kind of fiction, which is both really sad and quite pathetic.

    Also, for the Gasaraki comparison by the first poster, that is quite true and I thank you for bringing that up. Yes, Goro Taniguchi was the co director for that show, along with famous Real Robot pioneer Ryosuke Takahashi (Armored Trooper VOTOMS, Blue Comet SPT Layzner, to name a few shows), but the story was written by Takahashi, not Taniguchi, and Takahashi is known for being a political buff/historical buff, and given what japan was going though at the time of it’s airing (The burst of the bubble economy and the impending despire that followed), it’s not too surprising that Japan was going into a period of self examinaton and self reflection.

    Also, anyone who has seen Gasaraki should watch Patlabor 2, as they deal with similer subject manner, but in tottaly different ways, and I would like to point out how in both those situations, political nationalism lead to the DOWNFALL of those who tries to iniciate an military dictatorship.

    Also, anyone who has actually been watching anime closely during this particular decade should notice the stance of political netutriality in a lot of the shows like Fullmetal Alchemist, Code Geass, and even Gundam 00, cause all those shows show that yes, war is bad, but it’s not going to go away any time soon so you gotta try and make due, and also the damaging and isolating effects of racism. None of those shows give any glorification of any particular side (despite what some may say), and shows that there are those who fight for change agianst something much bigger then themselves, those who wish to keep peace while under the status quo, and those who will use both of those ideals to indulge themselves in such acts like genocide. Cause seriously, we’ve even SEEN the japanese liberators not shown in the best light as compared to their Brittania counterparts who are even at times more likeable (a nod to the original Mobile Suit Gundam, maybe). Which leads me to this: if you want to see an anime propaganda piece, don’t look for it in these shows, cause that’s not what they are doing. Watch Space Battleship Yamato if you want to see glorious nippon triumpth over forgien invaders (who look like Europeans).
    Then agian, Crusader also thinks Evangelion is some kind of propaganda piece as well, thinking the angels are forgien powers (americans) attacking japan, which probably shows his own warped viewpoints and pushing his own personal agenda onto shows that are easy targets cause they are popular, which is pretty sad as is, but I rest my case.

  5. 5 Haesslich June 11, 2008 at 3:16 am

    Gasaraki is a Sunrise mecha show also directed by the above-mentioned director. It had a much more nationalistic tone, is set in the modern-day, iand has America being manipulated into a war against Japan by Japanese ultranationalists… And America basically loses the war, but other Japanese step in to deal with the situation. Compare this to a British-American fusion culture like Geass’ Britannia and its more fantastical setting.

  6. 6 Enact June 11, 2008 at 3:23 am

    Clarification though, They are manipulated into going to war agianst japan by a very very powerful military family with hands in the JSDF and a few other connections, cause they feel that japan has grown weak ever since Article 9 was put into effect, and they want to assurt japan’s position in the world by more or less being self sufficiant (I’ve rewatched the show not too long ago, and it was all fasinating to watch). They also feel that the people have lost what it means to be japanese and are more or less dying a slow spiritual death (says one of the conspiritors, who actually slashed his eyes with his katana cause he didn’t want to see what the japanese people had become. Talk about hardcore nationalism at it’s finest (worst?)

  7. 7 Haesslich June 11, 2008 at 3:43 am

    I don’t think he was worried about the spiritual decline so much ad that of traditional culture and values. Especially given that the Gowa clan was trying to control the Gasaraki through Yoshiro. They were demons after all… and definitely went against spiritual development as it were.

  8. 8 Kaioshin Sama June 11, 2008 at 5:01 am

    So this Gasaraki is also an argument against nationalism as I think Code Geass is? I might have to check this one out after Code Geass is over.

  9. 9 Itadakimasu! June 11, 2008 at 7:30 am

    I’m not so sure that the question is whether its arguing for militaristic nationalism devoid of nay context. Put simply, Japan’s actions in the 1930’s cannot be compared to the actions of the Vietcong in the 60s and 70s or the Mujahideen in Afghanistan in the 80s. All of them were fuelled by nationalistic sentiment, and all of them expressed it through the barrel of a rifle. But can you really compare the two?

    Although it’s easy to take away a generalisation that code geass is pro or anti militaristic nationalism to do so would be naive. In any case I sincerely hope we live in an era where cheap propaganda just doesn’t cut it with the mainstream anymore

  10. 10 The Animanachronism June 11, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Definitely give Gasaraki a try. It’s an oddity, but well worth a shot if only for the obsessively detailed portrayal of mecha (which are at the same time something like Eva units). If I recall correctly Takahashi directed it, but Taniguchi was an assistant director – there’s an interview with him on one of the R2(Europe) DVDs I have.

    Anyway, it all pales in comparison to Angel Cop‘s potent mix of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism.

  11. 11 Unentschieden June 11, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    I imeadiately thought of you when I read Crusaders article. The problem here is that Crusader focuses on events in the military historic context while you are more lookingat character development. “Completely unrelated military history”? Yeah I don´t think Sunrise gave that angle much thought.
    Sunrise want´s to tell their “morale” through the characters of which you made a great analasys, but Crusader is also right as the events that occur are “walking on eggs loaded with dynamite”. Lulu has shown a lot of character change, most notably after meeting Nunally again. But thnk about what this says about him as “Zero” the leader of the Rebellion, in fact the Rebellion itself. It has certain parrallels with a “sports anime” where the protagonist makes mistakes and beginns small. But here actuall lives and national interests are at stake.

    I´d say you are both right, yet you are looking at 2 completely different aspects of the Series.

    Based on that I´d recommend to enjoy CG as action series rather than a political piece.

  12. 12 Haesslich June 11, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    I wouldn’t call Gasaraki an argument against it – but it’s VERY anti-American in many respects, and more so than GITS:SAC is (which created an American EMPIRE as a nation, which was allied with Japan, and whose economy was going down the tubes, but which had manipulated the UN into declaring war with Mexico and South America… even while training special forces soldiers to kill children in ways that would demoralize an enemy – mutilation, etc).

  13. 13 Enact June 12, 2008 at 6:18 am

    I think Code Geass is best viewed as a kinda Fantasy/Sci Fi fusion taking place in a werid alternate timeline (by werid I mean a furturistic version of the old world with a lot of it’s values in tact) with Tactical RPG like influences. The political side to things is always interesting, but I don’t think any of it (even when the show first aired) is worth getting torches and pitforks to want to burn Goro Taniguchi and Staff- oh I’m sorry, the anonymous SUNRISE (since most anime fans these days don’t know the names of anyone who works on anything, so they just group them all together the lazy way, despite different shows are done by several different teams, and most don’t influence the other). Then agian, anime fans these days are also extremely overly sensative over things that don’t really matter, not to mention putting not thinking things out and pushing their agenda and warped opinions on others. Ah, well.

  14. 14 Charz June 12, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Code Geass has NOTHING to do with Militaristic Nationalism.

    It’s all about Resistance (by Elevens) against Brutal Dictatorship of Colonialist Invaders (Britannia).

    Code Geass is the japanese equivalent of 1984’s Red Dawn with Patrick Swayze.

    So the comparison with propaganda masterpiece as “Triumph Des Willen” is not appropriate.

    It’s the EXACT OPPOSITE. The Main Character Lelouch is Fighting for Liberty against the social darwinist nazis of Britannia.

    It’s not a point a wiew or an interpretation. It’s fact.

  15. 15 Kaioshin Sama June 12, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    @Unentschieden: I can almost see what Crusader is trying to get at, but it begs the question so much in asking us to assume that he’s right for it to have any weight that it comes of as conspiracy theory more then a serious logical concern.

    @Enact: I call it the if then else or rule where if an anime contains certain elements it automatically makes them godly or trash regardless of anything else. Anime fans have pretty narrow criteria for judging shows these days. Then again most of them aren’t Uni graduates so I guess they just haven’t gone through the conditioning that I have.

    @Charz: Triumph Des Willen had a strict purpose in mind and it didn’t bother with trying to entertain so much as it did with trying to glorify the Nazi party and make everything else look inferior. Code Geass is fiction, has no basis in reality and as you claim is the struggle for a world “where one can be judged based on the content of their character versus the colour of their skin”. I don’t think I need to tell anyone who that quote comes from either.

    Really Britannia is the one with all the propaganda justifying Britannia being “better” then the other races in their “right” to conquer and make them territories and they are portrayed as the enemies. The argument on the Black Knights side has been nothing more then for equal rights and coexistance. I think Crusader absolutely does not seem to understand this series at all, but then he has constantly gone out of his way to be biased, ignore the obvious and even taken pride in it with series like Gundam 00 which he also accused of Anti-Americanism (He bitched hard about how the Union was portrayed) and Pro-Japanese values. “America Fuck Yeah!” indeed. That and paranoia.

    Also I wonder if Crusader actually realizes the irony in his own user handle when he goes on talking about this propaganda and attempt to force values on other stuff.

  16. 16 Charz June 12, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Yeah, the irony.

    People who think anti-colonialism, anti-tyranny, anti-racism, anti-genocide, pro-liberty, pro-equality, pro-peace Messages are contradictory to western values should really think twice before writing posts on the Internet. It’s insane.

  17. 17 Haesslich June 12, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    >> It’s not a point a wiew or an interpretation. It’s fact.

    That’s a point of view, or intepretation, that post was. Geass had Japanese/Eleven terrorists which were as bad as those decried by the in-universe Britannians before Zero rolled along with his Black Knights, however – Nina nearly got killed because of them.

    However, on the other hand, we don’t know how representative of most Britannians Charles vi Britannia is, or if he just represents the controlling interests. Lelouch really doesn’t CARE for liberty, or at least didn’t do so until after Nunally basically told him off as Zero – he wanted revenge on the Emperor, his father, for killing his mother… and liberating Japan gave him both a cause others could see as being legitimate, as well as soldiers willing to fight for him because that was his purported reason for fighting. That’s why Kallen was so dumbstruck when she found out her classmate was Zero, since he’s both Britannian as well as someone who she basically found out was fighting for his dead mother’s sake, not because he saw an injustice to be righted.

    The irony of the situation is that Suzaku’s the worst hypocrite of the bunch; he wanted to stop Japan from being destroyed, so murdered his father, then sold Zero to the Emperor to become a Knight of the One… and he seems to believe that Japan couldn’t survive without submitting to Imperial rule, trusting to Charles’ mercies. Japan prior to its conquering wasn’t exactly a shining bastion of equality, however… but neither is this situation an improvement for many Elevens.

  18. 18 Charz June 14, 2008 at 3:11 pm


    No. It’s fact. Britannia invaded Japan and genocided japanese. It’s fact. You have the right to love colonization and genocide, but please don’t deform canon facts.

  19. 19 Itadakimasu! June 15, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    @ Charz

    Are you genuinely trying to say that Red Dawn was just your pedestrian action movie? Come on now a film about killing reds in the midst of the end of Detente, smack bang in the middle of Reagan’s reign isn’t trying to sell jingoistic Republican values about why we should own guns and kill communists?

    If only it were so easy to dismiss this context and claim that such and such “is a fact”. While I don’t believe CG is pro militaristic nationalism I find your arguments distasteful in their crudeness. You fail to recognise the possibility that CG is arguing for militaristic nationalism but only under the circumstances where a nation’s sovereignty is under threat. You fail to acknowledge that militaristic nationalism is what drove the Afghanis to take up arms against the USSR, or the the VC against the Americans or even the colonists who decided to stop taking order from England in 1776. All nationalism can turn militaristic for a plethora of reasons. Please don’t attempt to stifle all argument with something as tepid as “its not a point of view or an interpretation. it’s fact”

    For your interest propaganda need not be as overt as Triumph of the Will… its all about the subtext. Oh but unfortunately that IS a matter of interpretation so I guess it precludes you from discussing it because it ain’t fact.

  20. 20 Haesslich June 15, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Charz: did you read anything I said, or did you just decide that I was wrong and that you were irrevocably right? The mass-murder didn’t take place until C.C.’s container had been lost in transit, and then they decided to shoot randomly into the area. It’s like saying that the United States has been actively engaged in genocide in Iraq because some of their soldiers have fired randomly into neighborhoods and they’ve occupied the country – it’s mass-murder. Genocide is when you start killing Elevens for being Japanese (like Euphinator did), rather than for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Lelouch is NOT fighting for the liberty of Elevens – even Kallen admitted that would’ve been more a byproduct than Zero’s original goal. His goal is to kill Charles and hurt him for getting Marianne (his mother) killed; and he’s willing to do anything to see that happen. The Black Knights and even Area Eleven/Japan were and are tools towards this goal; the Knights want freedom for Japan, but Zero’s goals are, while not opposed to this, don’t necessarily require Japan to be free in order to achieve his aims.

    Area Eleven could still remain under Britannian control if Charles was killed by, say… Schneitzel, if the latter took over, and Zero’s aims would’ve been at least partly fulfilled if not completely. Having Charles dead AND Nunally safe, in a world that wouldn’t hurt her again (presuming that he could guarantee someone other than him in charge of the Britannian forces) would be a complete victory for him.

    However, the Black Knights do need Zero to succeed, even if only as a symbol of freedom to the Japanese. While their goals are currently complimentary, they’re not identical.

    PS: It looks like I was right about the Eunuchs in the last episode summary.

  21. 21 Salman January 19, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    why would germans be willing to turn to a leader that was extremely militaristic and nationalistic?

  22. 22 American Otaku May 27, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Code Geass has the undertone that Britannia(America)is the undesireable side and that Japan(Japan)is the favorable hero side.This is some director or something trying to rewrite history because he is upset of the reality of World War 2 in which the japanese lost and lost big to America.

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  24. 24 LinGaiVa March 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I don’t think it’s arguing for militarism but certainly it does feel like one of the more anti-American anime to date. Not to say that that’s a bad thing since other then it’s subtext it’s quite entertaining.

    What really pisses me off however is their pathetic divergence for the American Revolutionary War. Benjamin Franklin ‘the traitor’

  25. 25 whisperingxblue January 17, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Hm. I find it ironic that no one mentioned the portrayal of the Chinese Federation though. I was considering watching Code Geass so I wiki-ed the anime and just couldn’t bring myself to watch something this ridiculous.

    Apparently the Chinese Federation’s pretext for invading Japan was that they were “liberating” it from the Western imperialists. Furthermore, they used exiled Japanese political leaders as the figureheads of their invasion.

    I don’t know how familiar any of you are with the WWII history of Japanese imperialism, but this is an exact replica of what Japan did to CHINA (not to mention a lot of brutality on the part of the Japanese soldiers).

    Japan claimed to be “liberating” China from the Western imperialists, using the last Qing emperor as their hostage/figurehead (who isn’t really a CHINESE emperor in the purest sense since the Qing was notoriously unpopular with the Chinese people and viewed as invaders themselves).

    In this context, the irony of Code Geass was a little too much for me – something like this coming from a country that still refuses to apologize for their war crimes is nothing short of ridiculous.

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