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Code Geass: Akito the Exiled Gets U.S. Premiere Screening at Otakon

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
5-episode video anime's last episode debuted in February; Funimation licensed series

Maryland anime convention Otakon announced last Friday that Funimation will screen the United States premiere of the Code Geass: Akito the Exiled video anime series at the convention on Sunday, August 14 at 10:15 a.m. EDT. Director Kazuki Akane and producer Yoshitaka Kawaguchi will attend the screening and will hold a Q&A session.

The Code Geass: Akito the Exiled series is a spinoff of the original Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion television anime series. Set in between the two seasons of the original series during the Britannian invasion of Europe, Akito the Exiled centers around Akito Hyuga, a member of the "W-0" unit, a suicide outfit of exiled Japanese (Elevens) sent to the battlefield to perform dangerous missions against Britannia, with only a 5% survival rate.

The first episode debuted in Japan with a theatrical screening in 2012, and the fifth and final episode opened in theaters in Japan on February 6. All five Japanese home video releases of the episodes contain English subtitles. Funimation licensed the series in 2013.

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 Knightmare 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.

The original television anime Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion premiered in Japan in 2006, while Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 premiered in 2008. The Adult Swim network aired both series in North America in 2008. Bandai Entertainment released both seasons on home video in North America before it stopped offering new DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and manga releases in 2012. Funimation announced its license of the series in 2013.

Otakon's previously announced guests include voice actor Kazutomi Yamamoto, X Japan band leader YOSHIKI, animation producer Muneki Ogasawara, producer Kōji Morimoto, vocalist MICHI, MAPPA President Masao Maruyama, rock band ALL OFF, voice actress Yui Makino, model Kuniko Kanawa, executive producer Nobuhiro Kikuchi, producer Yoshitaka Kawaguchi, scriptwriter Jirō Ishii, P.A. Works CEO Kenji Horikawa, art director Kazuki Higashiji, director Kasumi Fukagawa, craftsmen Shiro Dogu and Shunsuke Wada, director Kazuki Akane, and director LeSean Thomas.

The Otakon Matsuri street festival will be held on August 11 at Baltimore's West Shore Park. Persona series rapper Lotus Juice and singer Shihoko Hirata, as well as Naruto singer Diana Garnet will perform at Otakon Matsuri.

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