Lelouch Lamperouge is a part-timer at Zenbu-Eleven. Superstore Britannia is stealing their customers. With the manga, Lelouch of the Rebellion for inspiration, Lelouch plans to take down Britannia in disguise!
My Review (Part 1)
I wanted to read a Code Geass manga in celebration of the upcoming Lelouch of the Revival. I’ve already read Lelouch of the Rebellion so I chose to jump down the rabbit hole of parody with Barcode Geass: Lelouch of the Sales (Hanbai no Lelouch).
Code Geass junkies can breath a sigh of relief: Barcode Geass retains its original look. Full-on Code Geass right down to the clothing choice of Britannia store manager, Schniezel. Excellent decision by the illustrators as Barcode Geass, no matter how good a parody, would flop without its signature character looks.
The creators do a brilliant job at transferring the character roles of the manga/anime into modern counterparts. Jeremiah as fruit and vegetable section supervisor is hilarious as it plays exactly on the anime character. The choice of security guards for Britainna’s store is amusing but the absolute best is Guren Nishiki. Seeing Kallen’s beloved nightmare, pride of the Black Knight weaponry, as a granny bike is priceless.
My Review (Part 2)
I knew with a name like Barcode Geass: Lelouch of the Sales (Hanbai no Lelouch) this manga would be either an epic parody or blight on the drama of Code Geass. I knew it was the latter when the familiar Code Geass faces looked seconds away from being outmaneuvered by Lelouch’s Geass. The crown jewel is when Lelouch of the sales discovers the manga Lelouch of the Rebellion. Instantly there is the recognition this story is just like his therefore it’s the obvious answer to stopping Britannia. Brilliantly played as the fantastical Zero would otherwise be difficult to explain in this universe.
To the Reader
Fans of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (manga or anime) willing to step away from its intensity are the intended audience. Those unfamiliar with the original storyline won’t be as aware of all the nuances of this parody which make it so amusing. Comedy genre fans who have no interest in the original Code Geass story consider taking a chance on the humor in Bar Code Geass. Especially since the manga will take less than five minutes to read.
According to the Table of Contents, Barcode Geass: Hanbai no Lelouch is eight chapters with several other extras. The manga’s release of one chapter in 2011 either means it’s desperately in need of updates or no English translations are available of the other chapters. Hopefully the excitement over Lelouch of the Revival will get the creators moving on releasing more of this manga.
Final Rating: 8.4
Name(s): Barcode Geass: Lelouch of the sales; Barcode Geass: Hanbai no Lelouch
Author(s): Okouchi Ichiro, Taniguchi Goro
Artist(s): Katoo Nao
Genre: Parody; humor; adventure, shounen
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