I must to admit, that until today I knew nothing of substance about Code Geass save that it had character designs by CLAMP. Epic mecha shows can be downright intimidating, ya know! Large casts of characters, a tense political backdrop, convoluted plot twists—the best of the genre is therefore not something in which to become committed lightly.
So I was not in the least bit surprised that the first episode of the second season was not a crash course but rather a refresher one.
Multiple allusions were made to an alternate universe arrangement of nations and empires and to the events that concluded the first season, but unless you've either watched the first season yourself or (as I did) scamper off to do a bit of independent research, you will be wholly unable to make heads or tails of it. The story begins with an amnesiac Lelouch, who skips out on school to go gambling. A subsequent skirmish between the Black Knights and Britannia forces culminates in Lelouch regaining his memory and once again assuming the mantle of Zero, vowed to bring down the Empire to which he is heir.
Am I just imagining things, or is this anime a cross between a Sunrise Gundam Wing-esque tale of social tyranny and CLAMP X-esque tale of supernatural destruction? If so, it's an uneasy mix that might well lend itself to insanely complex development culminating in only a couple of basic, logical outcomes. I sincerely hope not, for that would be the worst of both worlds. But I'm gonna keep watching for now, in any case; I want to see where it goes.