Manga: Code Geass?

…meh. Lots of little changes that just don’t add up to an improvement. Here are a few of the more glaringly obvious ones:

Some fighter jet-thing crashes and drops the pod containing C.C. I think that’s a difference. Kallen and company are nowhere to be seen; Lelouch just spots the thing flying, about to crash, and runs after it. He promptly gets jumped by a Brittanian patrol after C.C. pops out, and Suzaku (at least HE’S there) gets ordered to shoot him as a result.
Here, things just look too different. Even the pod that contained C.C. looks different from the original; it’s sort of flower-shaped, if you squint. No mistaking it for a poison gas container, or something. As a result, the activists and Kallen don’t turn up here; this just seems to have been a spontaneous accident, and they wouldn’t have known it was going to happen.

Lelouch first meets Kallen-the-activist in an attack on the school. That’s just… it doesn’t really make sense, honestly. ‘Whoo, we hate the Brittanians so we’re going to attack a school that serves both Brittanians AND Elevens.’ Because they couldn’t just attack something that only benefits the Brittanians? Or, forbid, some secret Brittanian military/royalty transport? Then again, we’re never told why the plane was going to crash…
They come off as unambitious or incompetent. I mean, they needed Lelouch’s help in the anime, too, but they did seem more or less competent there; just out of their depth in the current situation.
Plus, the manga missed an opportunity to show off the series’ resident giant robots. That’s just wrong.

Lelouch is distinctly emo. Really. Chapter 2, page 53, panel 2 for an example. There are moments when he almost has the same character as in the anime, but mostly he doesn’t seem to be. He still hates Brittania, and his reason is still the same, but… ehh. I guess he lost his spark of genius, though he’s still beating people at chess.

All in all, the changes made don’t really alter things heftily; the same result… sort of… is reached by the manga as the anime. The most obvious difference thus far is the lack of Knightmare Frames skating around the place.
The changes don’t add anything at all, however. At best they do nothing, and at worst they’re mistakes.

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…damn

It’s that puppet thing. CASTING DRAGON SLAVE.

Noooo… it’s a significant character… and it sounds like male-ish Lina in the incantation…
Nooo…

EDIT: And it glides like… Klonoa. Huh. Lucky association.

Anyway, not doing anything for the closing sequence.

“Heh. Looks like they’ve got something.” “Lina-san, that’s a line for villains.”

Okay, I don’t know what’s going on or WHEN this is happening… but I like it.
Though I get the idea someone has purple eyes and is hiding it, somehow. Could be the closed eyes, smile and hint of purple colour when he opens them a little.

Could be intentional.

Huh

Maybe it IS a continuation. Amelia and Zelgadis recognise them (…and those two are travelling together), Lina’s famous for destroying Sairaag (twice), and the pirates (and ‘Miss Mermaid’) are absolutely petrified of her when they recognise her.

Ah, well. Still good. Except for ‘Dravoid’. That’s how they translated ‘DRAMATA’. We got that as ‘Dragon SPOOKER’ when Slayers was translated officially here; Dragons Step Past Out Of C(K)lear REvulsion.
Also, Lina was banned from Hell. Go Lina!

Oh, cool, they extincted bandits

So THAT’s why we’ve got pirates in the opening episode.

…okay, shutting up now.

I think Slayer’s Revolution is…

…somehow thumbing its nose at One Piece, here.

Actually…

Wow, Lina’s breasts aren’t totally flat. Check them out at (03:07).

…still pitiful compared to Amelia’s. Check THOSE out on the sponsorship screen at (01:45).

Slayers Revolution

So it turns out Slayers is getting remade. ‘Slayers Revolution’ is the title of the new series, and from what I’ve heard despite the title, it’s a remake of the first season, or part of it?
I’m not sure yet. I haven’t watched past the opening sequence. This is the translation by Static Subs & Eclipse.

Thus far!

Lina’s still wanted; the very beginning, complete with vintage Lina-narration, is a wanted poster.

There’s a globe (or… the world) and a map in the intro sequence. There’s a scribbled handwritten name at the top that looks like ‘Saillne’, or ‘Saillune’. That should seem familiar if you read it out; the last two or three letters are next to illegible, but that’s what it seems to say to me. Other names I read on there: ‘Maben’, ‘Bohgo’ or ‘Bongo’, and ‘Lats’. I should go peer at KanazakaDex and see if those are even close to places from the original series.

Lina and Gourry look very much like their original incarnations. When I’m looking at them, it just seems like a much cleaner, neater version (quality-wise) of the original designs. Maybe Gourry looks a little taller, but that tended to vary slightly (like his… personality) for comedic effect.

(Minor?) Difference! Xelloss turns up in the opening; he didn’t appear until later on in the original series, so… maybe I heard wrong. His hair looks like it’s been cut a little shorter than originally, but otherwise the same.

Um… some waitress or maid, a grey tiger-man with an axe, someone who looks like Kefka crossed with Madoi Iroaya from Rockman.exe, with a fan…

An eclipse in front of a green sun. Images of that flashed earlier on when we had a shot of Lina’s face, so it’s probably significant somehow.

Lina posing dramatically in the wind… looks very much like she originally did, flat chest and all. Big earrings, too.

THEN there’s this weird lime-green rabbit-thing doll-thing with a zip up it’s front. Think Popka or Klonoa from Klonoa, apply body paint. Decapitate them (eww), replace their head with one of those odd-haired Troll things that were the craze for desk ornamentation in the early 90s, and give them a red cape. THAT is that thing.

Lina casting a spell… then Amelia sliding or flying towards the screen. Yay, justice for all. Zelgadis, too; posing dramatically rather than doing the Amelia thing or being perky at Lina. Those two look pretty close to the original designs, too.

Lina plus balls of fire… which may or may not be fireball, probably doesn’t matter as this is an intro sequence. The green Popka Troll doll-thing with more fireballs. Some ninja attacking Gourry.

More spellcasting. Xelloss, and him opening his eyes. Orbital strike (Dragon Slave?) on what looks to be the temple Lina and team were in earlier.

Smiles and victory V’s (yeah, must have been Dragon Slave…) from major characters and that green Popka Troll thing. I hope that’s not going to be a main character.
Shot of Lina, Gourry, Amelia (HEROIC POSE on a rock!) and Zelgadis standing with a runed circle (one that appeared earlier) drawn in the sky behind them.

Sword of Light.

Fin.

Oooookay, I’m going to watch the first episode or two now. Pausing and typing every second or two isn’t a good way to watch things the first time around, not if you want to WATCH them.