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Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ is the anime adaptation of a game taking place in a steampunk world. This steampunk world happens to star quite a few characters with some names you might recognize from your favorite books.

Arsène Lupin

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You’ve probably heard the name Lupin before. Whether it be from the famous anime Lupin III or the novel series he originates from, Arsène Lupin has dazzled readers for years since his inception in 1905. Created by French author Maurice Leblanc, Lupin is a gentleman thief—basically a thief who steals things in a manner much more suavely than your regular robber—who first appeared in a series of short stories in the early 20th century. While the novels mainly focus on Lupin’s exploits, he eventually crosses paths with famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes—under the name “Herlock Sholmes” due to legal reasons.


Victor Frankenstein

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This character is based not on Frankenstein’s monster (the monster we usually see in old monster movies and in Halloween costume bargain bins), but instead, the scientist who created him in Mary Shelly’s novel, Frankenstein. Dr. Frankenstein works day in and day out in order to create life—artificial life. Although he finally succeeds, he is disgusted by the creature he has made.

The creature, intelligent despite his personality, is furious about being denied by his creator. This rage eventually leads to the creature killing Frankenstein’s brother, best friend, and wife. The moral behind Frankenstein’s story is that he made a world-changing scientific discovery, but touched upon something that no human should have power over: the power to create life from nothing. He chases the character to the Arctic to destroy it, but eventually commits suicide in despair.


Impey Barbicane

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Impey Barbicane is the leader of the Baltimore Gun Club, a fictional organization in French author Jules Verne’s novel From the Earth to the Moon (De la terre à la lune), published in 1865. Some time after the American Civil War, Impey suggests that the club make a cannon to shoot a rocket to the moon. Impey eventually boards the rocket—called the Columbiad—alongside French adventurer Michel Ardan and Impey’s rival Nicholl. The ending of the story is left ambiguous, with the fates of the riders unknown. However, the sequel to the book follows the three men as they have a five-day voyage in space.


Saint-Germain

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Saint-Germain is a character in American author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s novels, based on a real French count of the same name from the 1700’s. A figure shrouded in mystery, Yarbro’s novels fill in the gaps by making Saint-Germain a vampire. The most famous title the character has starred in is most likely Hôtel Transylvania, which was published in 1978.

The character of Saint-Germain is a vampire, but takes blood in order to survive, but most of his female donors usually give it to him out of their own free will, as opposed to Dracula who took it by force. The novel series is still continuing, with the latest being published in 2014.


Abraham Van Helsing

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Anime fans might know this name from the anime Hellsing. The character of Van Helsing is the protagonist of the horror novel Dracula, published by Irish author Bram Stoker in 1897. With Dracula attacking women for blood and controlling them, it’s up to vampire hunter Van Helsing to solve the problem. Though the character in Code:Realize is handsome and young, the character in Dracula is an elderly doctor with a number of degrees and hobbies.


Herlock Sholmes

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Well, it doesn’t take a detective to figure out that this character’s real name is “Sherlock Holmes.” Herlock Sholmes was the name used by Maurice Leblanc in his crossover novel with his character Lupin, because the author of Sherlock Holmes legally objected the use of his detective. Sherlock Holmes first appeared in 1887’s A Study in Scarlet by British Arthur Conan Doyle. Since then, he’s become one of the most recognizable icons in pop culture, solving cases alongside his assistant Watson.


Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ is streaming on Crunchyroll with subtitles. The game the anime is based on is available in English from Aksys Games.

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