The Plot Thickens in Code Geass: Akito the Exiled Vol. 2

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All hail Britannia in the latest installment of Code Geass: Akito the Exiled! I was able to catch an advanced screening of the second volume, which officially opens in theaters on September 14. Geass fans of all ages filled both floors of the sold out 400-person capacity theater. The screening also included a special talk with cast members Maaya Sakamoto (Layla), Satoshi Hino (Ryou), Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Yukiya), Masaya Matsukaze (Shin), Takuma Terashima (Ashura), director Kazuki Akane, and producer Yoshitaka Kawaguchi.

This side story takes place in Europe where Europia United, or E.U., is struggling to hold back the forces of the Holy Britannian Empire invading their territory. In the first volume, we were introduced to Akito, a young Eleven fighting with the E.U. whose determination to survive keeps him alive on a battlefield where the survival rate is only 5%, and Layla, an Eleven sympathizer and former Britannian aristocrat. We later found out that someone has placed a Geass command on Akito and while hints were dropped near the end of the episode, the big question of who becomes apparent in the second volume.

Titled Hikisakareshi Yokuryuu (The Wyvern Divided), the visuals of the second volume are just as spectacular as the first. The battle scenes are a real treat for the eyes, and the sax BGM is not as obtrusive as it was in the first volume. The spider-like movements of the Alexander sent chills down my back. (I hate spiders!) Not to give away any spoilers, but of the two characters we expected to appear in this installment, one did and one didn’t. To make up for the one that didn’t however, a very unexpected character got some screen time, though under a different name. The suspense is killing me! During the short talk show after the screening, we were treated to some behind-the-scenes tidbits and were promised that the character who didn’t appear this time will make their appearance in the third volume. Too bad we’ll have to wait until Spring 2014 to find out more!