I've seen the first few episodes of Code Geass on Baka Y2K6 and I loved it. There was a dystopian world with a pretty facade, and a guy who somehow acquired special powers and decided to use them to completely rebuild everything. It felt just like Death Note except with mecha.
Unfortunately instead of a morally provocative anime with an interesting plot, Code Geass quickly turned into just another awfully boring mecha anime with every single character being a walking cliché, and the plot consisting mostly of filler material and randomly generated events. Things happen not because of some world logic or actions of characters, but because the whole thing would collapse under its own lameness otherwise. Having run out of plot ideas the authors should at least have the decency to finish the series, but no - apparently the second season is already scheduled.
What's happening with anime anyway ? Other than Death Note I haven't seen anything interesting lately. There's a lot of generic "cute" and "funny" stuff like REC and School Rumble, but almost no series is trying to do anything original. And the competition in form of live action series is far better than in the 1990s - almost each new series manages to create a new genre or radically redefine an existing one, just like Heroes did with the superheroes genre.
Anime needs to change fast or it will become irrelevant outside of Japan and a narrow Western otaku circles.
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