News Code Geass: Akito the Exiled to be Released in July
Code Geass: Akito the Exiled (Bōkoku no Akito) follows a side story set around the same time that Lelouch takes on his "Zero" identity and starts to build his “Black Knights” rebellion army. This OVA focuses on the invasion of the Euro Universe (E.U.) by the Holy Britannian Empire and special division “Wyvern” Knightmare corps. These corps are comprised entirely of Japanese teenagers and commanded by Layla Malkal (Maaya Sakamoto), a former Britannian Aristocrat. The story follows Akito Hyuuga (Miyu Irino) as he and the rest of the Wyvern corps are plunged into the battlefield with a 5% chance of survival.
This OVA has been released in Japan and consists of four episodes that run for 51 minutes each. Kazuki Akane (Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Vision of Escaflowne) directed and wrote the screenplay with Miya Asakawa (Turn A Gundam, Polar Bear's Café). As in the previous two television series, Takahiro Kimura adapted Clamp's original character designs for animation. Akira Yasuda returned to design the mechanical Nightmare units with a soundtrack by Ichiko Hashimoto (RahXephon). The anime studio Sunrise, the previous Code Geass director Goro Taniguchi, and the previous series script supervisor Ichiro Okouchi are credited with the original story.
UPDATE: Madman Entertainment have confirmed that there will be four planned releases following the Japanese releases. Episode 1 has already been released in Japan, Episode 2 will be in Japanese cinemas in August and a home video release expected around January in Japan. Episode 1 will be released in Australia on the 10th of July 2013.
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