Translation By Koshimizu: Progress report by the story originator and main writer, Ichirō Ōkouchi. I’ve finished the script for Code Geass! Finished! It’s not “to be continued”, nor “end of this season”. It’s over, finished, the end. Starting from the planning of this anime, it’s been 5 full years. Although I’ve been having plenty of jobs, this has been the longest one for me. My computer fell silent when I was writing the last episode. I had to try to recover it while making the final check on the last episode. It’s quite a handfull.
But the work in studio isn’t done yet. And my job isn’t completely finished either. Laughter or tears, the ending is only 4 months away. As for the production staff, who will see the ending in a few weeks, I wish for them to join me in the joy of seeing the end of Code Geass soon.
So what’s this all about exactly. Well this is my “love letter” to all those people claiming that Code Geass is being made up episode by episode as they go along. A claim so commonplace and so oft repeated (and if it weren’t so much then we wouldn’t really have a problem) by scrupless bloggers and forum goers that many people just assume out of hand that it’s true. Well guess what….it’s nothing personal but…..hahahahahaha….YOU ARE WRONG! Yeah, there is such a thing as wrong on the internet. Go figure! Nope, crying opinion isn’t going to save you from the truth, not in this case.
Now another thing people seem to misunderstand me when I do my little speechs about the bashers of this series. They seem to think I’m defending the series first, foremost and only, but actually that’s probably about 5th and last on the list of reasons why I get so annoyed at times. The primary reason which is far more general in nature is simply this…..if you are going to do a critique, and I mean just really have at a series for whatever reason, make it a good one that is defendable. This is a belief so strong and so hammered in to me from 4 years of learning the in’s and out’s of making a good case when critiquing at university that it kicks in all instances of life. And it’s not going away, “Butthurt”, “SRSS BSSNS” “Insert Annoying Meme Here” or not.
Really it’s not even about the series in question, it’s a trait that calls me to responsd in some manner to terrible arguments. See, if an argument or scathing critique of an anime or any type of media is well written (the real well written, not the “you’re catering to my needs so I’m going to call you well written” version that seems popular today) then there’s no real problem other then the always possible instances of genre bias. The thing is, I’m all for harsh sweeping zero-sum winner take all skewerings of franchises, but I’m even more for finding factual and hard evidence for doing so….lest I fall silent and hold my tongue. Making stuff up to complain about when you haven’t got a damn clue what you are talking about only embarasses yourself and not the target of the criticism…..that is if you are the type who feels shame. Lately I’m starting to wonder if shame is more of a 90’s concept or something, but that’s not my point and is part of another story altogether that may never get told. My point is that it’s time to come up with better excuses to bash folks….preferrably for reasons that actually….you know… exist….okay….Okay? And that counts for everything, not just Code Geass. 🙂
Now on a less jerky note (because god knows I don’t actually enjoy being like I was above so much as I believe it’s a necessary evil to me in trying to get the point across to the more stubborn among us) in case any people interested in this article are wondering, the magazine came out just before episode 14 aired and if you account for the time it took them to put the whole thing together, Okuchi probably finished his script quite a few episodes before even that. And if I recall Gurren Lagann was still being written as it started as well too so that seems pretty normal. Either way the guys always been about 13 episodes ahead at the very least, which is a very comfortable buffer (as opposed to Gundam Seed Destiny where Morosawa actually was just barely and sometimes beyond the deadline for having things ready) so if some people want to claim that’s making things up as they go then I think they are full of it personally.