Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.
Whether it may be about cool mecha, mysterious powers, strategic geniuses, or thrilling plot twists, Code Geass presented all these elements on an exceptional level. By doing so, this anime climbed to the top whilst showing a grand tier of excitement and action throughout its run. It is one of the most loved and favored titles ever in the history of anime.
With Code Geass amassing a great deal of popularity and fame, it's no surprise that its fan base is seeking out similar shows. And so, I'm giving you recommendations on anime similar to Code Geass, and showing you what other shows live up to the same (or nearly) god-like level. Sit back now, and watch!
Synopsis of Code Geass:
After the Holy Empire of Brittania's conquest for territory and power, Japan now finds itself a place called "Area 11" where the citizens are also called elevens and are treated as lower than low in their own country. As such, the people want to regain their freedom!
In the middle of the crisis of discrimination and war, the elevens eventually find hope in Zero, a black knight whose goal is to free the elevens from the chains bestowed upon them by the Holy Empire of Brittania. Unbeknownst to everyone, Zero is the alter ego of an exiled prince of Brittania who fortunately meets the witch known as C.C. who in turn gives him the power of kings: the Code Geass.
Anime Similar to Code Geass
- Death Note
- Zetsuen no Tempest
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- Eureka Seven
- Kakumeki Valvrave (Valvrave the Liberator)
- Guilty Crown
- Suisei no Gargantia
1. Death Note
If you’re looking for an anime like Code Geass in terms of its main character’s overall attitude and personality, the sudden mysterious power acquisition, the strong notions of justice, and the brilliant tactician play, then Death Note would be the closest choice.
Death Note narrates the uncanny story of how the Shinigami’s notebook of death, the Death Note, fell into the hands of Light Yagami, a curious student who goes by his own strong sense of justice. At first, he is hesitant to use the Death Note. But, when he learns of its unbelievable powers, he starts to carry out his master plan of punishing all the criminals in the world and bringing the world closer to his own ideals. With this goal in mind, he begins to operate under the name Kira.
Whether it was right or wrong, only Kira has the power to decide and change the world with his Death Note. But one day, a mysterious yet brilliant person who goes by the name “L” shows up to challenge him at his own games.
2. Zetsuen no Tempest
According to current news, a mysterious woman is giving away free magical powers to anyone lucky enough to cross her path. Sound familiar? Well, it’s not C.C. this time, because it’s none other than the most powerful mage in the history of the Kusaribe clan—Hakaze Kusaribe—from the anime Zetsuen no Tempest.
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Two great trees exist in this world: the tree of Genesis and the tree of Exodus. Both trees contradict each other with their powers of creation and destruction. One day, Samon Kisaribe, a man whose goal is to resurrect the tree of Exodus, treacherously banishes Hakaze Kusaribe to a desolate island so that she may not interfere with his plans. But, as the greatest mage in the clan, Hakaze has still has cards up her sleeves.
Hakaze sends messages across the sea in hopes that someone would stumble upon them. Fortunately, a young man named Mahiro Fuwa discovers it and gains contact with Hakaze. With vengeance for his sister on his mind, Mahiro makes a deal with Hakaze.
Now, Mahiro has to help Hakaze in order to stop the revival of the tree of Genesis. But then, Mahiro's best friend and his sister's lover, Yoshino Takigawa, gets dragged into the mess as well.
3. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
If sheer epic battle scenes and dark political conspiracies are essential ingredients for you, then Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood may just live up to your grand expectations.
In a world of balance and equilibrium, certain rules are set in order to follow the natural logic of things. This rule is especially strictly followed in the world of alchemy. But one day, two brothers (known as the Elric brothers) break the natural law by trying to raise their mother back from the dead! As a result, they suffer grave consequences for their defilement of the natural order. Edward Elric loses some of his limbs while Alphonse Elric loses his whole body.
Now, they must embark on a journey as state alchemists in order to bring back what was taken from them. They start to scramble around the continent in order to find a stone called the Philosopher's Stone, said to be the ultimate form of alchemy.
4. Eureka Seven
Mechas, warring factions, and twisted revelations are just some of the things we enjoyed while watching Code Geass. And now, we shall see an anime with similar plot elements! Let us now set the limelight on Eureka Seven!
Eureka Seven follows the coming-of-age story of a young boy named Renton Thurston. All his life, Renton indulged himself in fantasies of riding the Trapar particle waves and joining the Gekkostate, a Light Finding Operation (LFO) aircraft mercenary group. But one day, in a sudden twist of fate, a young girl by the name of Eureka comes to Renton's mechanic grandfather's shop in order to get her LFO (Nirvash typeZERO) fixed.
Then, it happened! The place where the Nirvash typeZeERO is gets attacked and bombarded by military LFOs under a pursuit command. Renton then unknowingly aids the Nirvash typeZERO by using the Amiti Drive, a device that unleashes the Nirvash typeZERO's hidden ability.
Now, Renton is being recruited by the Gekkostate for showing big potential. Unknown to him though, it's just the start of his long adventure where everything takes an unexpected turn.
5. Kakumeiki Valvrave (Valvrave the Liberator)
If Code Geass is particularly known for its high-end mechanical warriors called “Knightmare Frames,” then Kakumeiki Valvrave (Valvrave the Liberator) is known for its highly innovative and awesome robots warriors called “Valvraves.”
Far into the future, humans now mostly live in spherical cities located in space. In this time, three political powers exist: the Dorsia Military Pact Federation, ARUS, and the neutral JIOR. Hanging only on a thin thread of balance, the Dorsia Military Pact Federation suddenly attacks Module 77, a part of the JIOR alliance.
It just so happens that Module 77 is a school city block with a population composed mostly of students. Unknown to everyone, it's also the place where the mysterious robots called the Valvraves rest.
Follow Tokishima Haruto as he and the rest of his classmates and allies use the Valvraves in order to fight for their lives and reveal the hidden secrets of the world. Join them in their trials and predicaments as they dig further into the conspiracy that dragged them all into a serious world of conflict.
6. Guilty Crown
One boy caught up in a big worldly mess, one mysterious girl with suspicious origins, and one apocalyptic power to rule them all. Combine all of those similar elements together and you get Guilty Crown.
After the unfortunate tragedy known as "Lost Christmas," concerned with a virus called the "Apocalyptic Virus," Japan had been since then under the command of a control organization known as the GHQ. No one knows what GHQ is really after and what they're trying to hide, but they found a foe in the rebel group the Funeral Parlor.
In the midst of the conflict, a high-school boy named Ouma Shu meets a suspicious girl named Yuzuriha Inori and stumbles upon a mysterious power that can be used to extract voids in the heart. Shu then wields the power known as the "Right Hand of the King," which imposes the Guilty Crown upon him.
7. Suisei no Gargantia
Suisei no Gargentia is another anime embedded with high levels of action in its most climactic moments. And while I do agree that it's a bit lighter on the story intensity, Suisei no Gargantia's revelations and climatic performances are on par with Code Geass. And yes, there are also some pretty cool mechas here!
In a far-off future, a galactic war against aggressive creatures known as "Hideause" is taking place in space. But, in one of the major battles in space, a young pilot named Ledo and his mobile robot Chamber suffer a terrible defeat that gets them flung towards a supposedly inhabited world, Earth. But, to Ledo's surprise, Earth isn't the lifeless and deserted planet he learned about in his space home base.
With no knowledge of culture and the planet's current way of living, Ledo ventures out on Earth to search for a way back to his space base. But, it won't be as easy as it seems all paths of communication in space are now blocked, and it will take some time for Chamber to fully navigate the channels. And so, Ledo is temporarily forced to live with his new companions, Amy and the rest of the residents of Gargantia.
Rohan on July 10, 2018:
the only unexpected thing in zetsuen no tempest was that aika was the mage of exodus
Fuzi on December 24, 2017:
Waiting for them to atleast announce the release date of R3
Me on December 18, 2017:
Yo when is code geass season three coming out
aqeel on July 23, 2017:
Hi I am really impressed with code geass and death note
Their stories are heart rending so much strategic too...
But I really thought they would give code geass a happy ending though death note didn't deserved a happy ending I know
But both animes were really great
Cheeky Kid (author) from Milky Way on April 18, 2017:
@akaoni Especially the main character. And oh, the thing about the sister too. Also, the eye ability.
Akaoni on April 16, 2017:
i think charlotte is kinda similar
Cosmaniac on March 08, 2017:
CODE GEASS SEASON 3 FOR THE F**KING WIN
Adel on June 27, 2016:
I watched Zetsuen no Tempest following this recommendation and I have to say, it's the shitiest anime I've seen so far, please don't put it on the same level with code geass or death note. It's a disgrace.
Grimm on June 11, 2016:
Valvrave the Liberator , code geass and death note Are the best
septyedo on February 09, 2016:
zetsuen no tempest is not bad tho
killerbee on September 15, 2015:
to all those people who voted death note as their favourite anime, i recommend u to carefully watch the whole series again and lemme know if u still say the same! i bet at least half of u will see through the hypocrytical plot and ending! ^^
Paul on August 05, 2015:
Totally agree dude!
Cheeky Kid (author) from Milky Way on July 12, 2014:
Wow. I must say, I'm flattered. Thank you and best regards to you and your granddaughter. :3
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 10, 2014:
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Yussef Jeber on July 04, 2014:
Zetsuen no Tempest and Valvrave the Liberator got me interested, although nothing (NOTHING!) will ever be as awesomely well scripted as Code Geass... man, Code Geass rules.