If you are a non-initiate who just found out about Code Lyoko, this page is for you. It will provide with you basic knowledge about the series and get your feet wet without drowning into the massive amount of information it contains. Enjoy.
Discovering Code Lyoko
You can see several menus on the left side. If you are interested only in the original series for now, the Code Lyoko menu is what you wanna explore (Code Lyoko Evolution is covered in the next paragraph).
This menu contains all the information on the cartoon. Caution ! Absolutely everything is explained. Therefore, if you wanna keep some surprises and discover the series step by step, don't venture too deep !
You have most likely seen a few episodes, here and there ; the cartoon may thus seem somewhat muddled. The most simple thing to do is to read the homepage of the « Story
» section. It sums up Code Lyoko's main idea without giving away all the details of the plot.
You can also check out those sections :
- The Places
section will give you an oversight of the locations in the cartoon. Some of those, however, aren't mentioned before the plot gets quite developed.
- The XANA
section is also very detailed. Reading the first paragraphs will help you better understanding the series' villain.
- And the Characters
section will provide you with a good oversight of our story's main characters.
The other pages won't be of much use for now. In ANY case whatsoever. If all you want is an introduction to the cartoon, stay on the surface of the sections which sums up the content of the 4 seasons.
Discovering Code Lyoko Evolution…before watching Code Lyoko…
You may be part of that new generation of fans, who discovered Code Lyoko's universe through the live action series Code Lyoko Evolution. First thing you have to know, this series is somewhat Code Lyoko's fith season. However, you can watch it without having seen the original cartoon.
If you wanna discover it directly, you have two options. Either you read the first paragraph of the Evolution Story page
then watch the episodes ; either – and we advise you to do so – you watch the whole original series before you begin. If it is not possible, the best thing to do is to stay and read the whole Story section : Backstory
; Season 1
; Season 2
; Season 3
; Season 4
. Thus you will have all the elements to understand Code Lyoko before getting started on Code Lyoko Evolution.
The rest of the Code Lyoko Evolution menu works similar to the Code Lyoko menu. You can glance through the Characters
sections, or entirely read it, depending on wether you want a quick glimpse of the series, or a thorough abstract.
At last, we point out that there is a file over the differences between Code Lyoko and Code Lyoko Evolution
, that result from the live adaptation.
A deeper understanding of the universe…of Code Lyoko
You are now ready to become a sharp expert of the series. If you examined the Story from all angles and wanna understand deeper the universe, we'll help you going further.
To get started, read the whole XANA section, that is pretty exhaustive on the subject of this multo-agent program.
As of the rest, it's all set in the File section
, that will provide you with explanatory files. There you can analyse and dissect thoroughly each element of the series. The Supercomputer, the Virtualisation/Materialisation process, Translation, and so on.
Four pages of the Places section are also worth the trip : that on the Towers
, that on the Network
, that on the Digital Sea
, and at last that on the Replikas
. You will find there explanations or theories on these important key concepts of the series, the understanding of which is not always plain obvious.
From there, we can estimate that you acquired a bunch of information that will allow you to exchange easily with any good fan of the series. However, for those who really made up their minds and decided to become hardcore fans, there still is the possibility to uncover what happened, and is still happening, hidden from view…
Behind the scenes of the series
Like any production, Code Lyoko was made possible by a huge amount of work backstage. One of CodeLyoko.fr's exclusives is this : allowing you to discover a part of this work made prior to the episodes.
From now on, the Creator section shall be your new Bible.
Some submenus open the path to learn everuthing about the creators of the series. Moonscoop
first. But also Norimage
(those responsible for the shooting of CL Evolution), and the employees of those two companies who worked on Code Lyoko
Among those people, the Interview
section will allow you to read all kind of interviews of people who worked on Code Lyoko and Code Lyoko Evolution, from directors to scriptwriters…and even Code Lyoko Evolution actors !
Which have, by the way, a section of their own
, in which you'll find absolutely everything there is to know about them.
If you're less interested by the people than by the actual work, dive into the conceptual documents ! Open the « Media » menu, the click on the Storyboard
section, where you can find many documents…including additional videos by the series' creators
In the Code Lyoko Evolution menu, you can find a few anecdotes about the shooting in some pages from the Places
sections, or some episode files of the episode Guide
Discover the series' History
Code Lyoko History/Sources of inspiration
Another dimension of the LyokoFan culture is knowing what the series went through, how it evolved, until it became what it is nowadays. Lucky you, CodeLyoko.fr gathered up a huge file covering Code Lyoko History
, from 2003 to 2013, in order to celebrate the series' tenth anniversary. Of all this very instructive file, pay a spectial attention to the Garage Kids
page, that tells you everything about the origins of the series.
At last, you'll be able to discover the main inspirations that influenced the series' creators in our set of files over the series' sources of inspiration
And here you are at last, the last stage of our adventure…The expanded universe !
Indeed, like huge sagas such as Star Wars, Code Lyoko has a canon universe (that covers up the events of the episodes, which are absolute Truth for LyokoFans)…but also an Expanded Universe : a set of alternative stories, or supplementary developments.
You will find all these in the Lyoko Universe menu.
First, there is a series of 5 comics, that you can read on our site
. Not the most exciting though.
However, we urge you to discover the Code Lyoko Chronicles. Those are a series of four novels. They take place after the 4th season of Code Lyoko and were written before Code Lyoko Evolution. Their story is enthralling, maybe more than the hybrid series…You will discover everything about it in their section
! Truly, a Dantesque ending for a non-less Dantesque cartoon !
This concludes the first route. Now Aelita has to leave you and go deactivate a tower. Nonetheless, if you completed all of the steps, you are probably among the persons who know the most about Code Loko.
However, being a Lyokofan is not just about knowing the series to one's fingertips. It's also about being part of a community. And believe us, it's a unique community in France ! From the links we have with the producers to the friendship that binds us, not to mention our creative vin…
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