Director Goro Taniguchi on TV Anime Trends: ‘I Wouldn’t Be Allowed to Make Something Like Code Geass Nowadays’

Code Geass director Goro Taniguchi appeared as a guest on cultural critic Tsunehiro Uno’s online program Hangout Plus on March 11. Taniguchi was asked what he thought about the current anime industry trends. He shared his perspective that the TV anime now leans more towards everyday slice-of-life content, and that a series with with “depressing” developments like Code Geass is much harder to greenlight nowadays compared to 10 years ago.

“I get told, ‘Don’t put depressing elements in.’ The production committee is separated from the fans, and they don’t know what will or won’t be a hit.”

The Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion TV anime first aired in Japan in October 2006. A second season, called Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 premiered in April 2008.

Director Goro Taniguchi and many of the key staff members returned for the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection movie, which opened in Japan in February 2019. The film’s story begins in the world two years after Zero Requiem. The story is complete in one film, serving as a finale.

Last month, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection producer Kōjirō Taniguchi announced that the film is “phase 1” of a 10-year plan for new content in the Code Geass franchise. Taniguchi recently directed the Netflix original anime revisions.