Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ Episode 1: Back in Victorian London



I want you to touch me. I want to feel your warmth. Cardia is a girl who possesses a toxin that melts everything she touches. Feared as a monster, she spent her days in isolation. One night, just as she is about to be captured by the British army, she meets a man who calls himself the gentleman thief, Arsène Lupin. She arrives at London, where she meets many people and experiences many things. In her adventures with Lupin, she comes close to discovering the truth about her body and her missing memories. What is the truth that this so-called “monster” of a girl finds?’

– From Crunchyroll


I’m kind of thinking more time was spent on punctuating the title than writing this episode. I agree with the argument that generic doesn’t mean bad, and yet this is just incredibly dull to watch because it is almost as if we’re just copying and pasting the same characters and dialogue from another story into Victorian London.


This isn’t aided by the show throwing in Lupin and Frankenstein as characters and the endless humming renditions of London Bridge is Falling Down in creepy fashion.


Actually, my main issue with this first episode, as with so many of these types of stories, is Cardia the female protagonist. Spacey, completely lacking in agency, parroting random words of dialogue back at people in a vapid tone… I do not get the appeal of this kind of female lead at all and yet they are pretty prolific in these types of stories. Not even remotely surprised that she went back with the guy who kidnapped her from the army (who were also kidnapping her) after he said one nice thing to her. That’s pretty much expected from this type of show.

I’m going to give this another episode (two at most) to find its own feet and story but I don’t hold high hopes of following this one through to the end.

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Karandi James.


6 thoughts on “Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ Episode 1: Back in Victorian London

  1. A lot of otome gamers say Cardia is their favorite protagonist ever.

    *small spoilers*
    She is blank at the beginning. But you do learn why and see her develop into a what many consider a capable, smart, hardworking heroine. I don’t think much will change by the second episode though.

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