There are manga, light novel, and anime versions of Code Geass. Which came first?

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It was original, the anime came first then various adaptations. You could confirm this in MyAnimeList. Under "Background":

Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch is an original anime series by Sunrise animation studio with original character designs by the all-female Japanese manga artist group Clamp.

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Just don't be surprised that some good shows are anime-original like Psycho Pass, Madoka, etc.


Another way to know it's anime original is that the wikipedia page calls Code Geass an anime. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_Geass

Cf another 'anime' like Death Note: The wikipedia page calls Death Note a manga. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Note

Of course it's just heuristic. The sure fire way is to scroll down the page and check the release/publication date.

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