On August 10, 2010, a.t.b., the Holy Empire of Britannia overpowered Japanese forces and conquered the country with their robotic weapons, the Knightmare Frames, in less than a month. In the aftermath of Britannia’s invasion, Japan lost its freedom and rights and was renamed Area 11.
The Japanese people, renamed as “Elevens”, were forced to survive in ghettos, while Britannians lived in first-class settlements. Rebel elements persisted, however, as pockets of Japanese organizations who struggled against the Empire for the independence of Japan.
After his father, the Emperor of Britannia, didn’t prevent the assassination of his mother, an attack which also left his sister blind and crippled, the young prince named Lelouch vowed to destroy Britannia. Seven years later, living in Area 11, he encounters a mysterious girl who gives him the power of Geass.
With it, he finally has the power that he needs to defeat Britannia and fulfill his two wishes: to seek revenge for his mother and to construct a world in which his beloved sister can live happily.
For Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2, it’s been one year since the failure of the Black Rebellion and the supposed death of Zero. Britannia has assigned Area 11 a “correctional education” status, where Elevens are made an example of by brute force, to try to prevent any future uprisings and suppress rebellious thoughts.
Unsuspecting high school student Lelouch, oblivious to his rebellious past as Zero, stumbles upon a scheme on his life and the life of a mysterious woman known as C.C., who reveals to him his forgotten purpose and his “true” self. Destroying his assailants and declaring himself Zero once again, Lelouch sets out to finish what he started.
Lelouch Lamperouge is, seemingly, an ordinary 17-year-old student at the Ashford Academy, Lelouch Lamperouge, also called Lelou by his friends, is in fact the son of the Emperor of Britannia and the late Empress Marianne and a member of the Britannia Imperial Family. His real name is Lelouch Vi Britannia and he was the eleventh prince in line for the title of seventeenth emperor of the britannian empire prior to his mother’s assassination. In an incident, he gained the power of Geass and started his quest on destroying Britannia under the mask, Zero. At the same time, Lelouch tries to make a place where there is no hatred or conflict for his sister Nunnally before she is able to see again.
Suzaku Kururugi si Lelouch’s childhood friend and son of Japan’s last prime minister. He is in the service of the Britannia Army as a soldier, and was chosen to test a new model of the Knightmare Frame, Lancelot. Suzaku claims achieving results by wrong or illegal methods is meaningless and does not approve of Zero’s actions.
C.C. is a mysterious green-haired girl who bestows the power of Geass upon Lelouch under the condition that he would grant her greatest wish. Her abilities caught the interest of Britannia and she was imprisoned as a part of Britannia’s experiments in the past. She passively oversees Lelouch’s missions to ensure that he does not die and to help his plans succeed.
Nunnally Lamperouge is Lelouch’s younger sister, who is wheelchair-bound due to bullet wounds on her legs, as well as blind due to psychological trauma from witnessing the brutal assassination of her mother. She is the primary reason for which Lelouch wishes to overthrow Britannia and create a new world. It was revealed that she became the new governor-general of Area 11.
Kallen Stadtfeld is a Britannian-Eleven girl, who believes herself to be a Japanese person at heart and prefers to be known by her birth name. Her father is Britannian and her mother is an Eleven; due to her father, she comes from a prestigious Britannian family and attends the Ashford Academy, where she is a member of its student council and is one of its most outstanding students. In the second episode, Lelouch orders Kallen and other Elevens to attack the Britannian forces in the Shinjuku Ghetto. She is a member of Order of the Black Knights.
(コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ R2)