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Code Lyoko Evolution is the sequel series of the French animated series, Code Lyoko (2003-2007). It first premiered on December 19, 2012 in France and February 28, 2013 in the USA. It consists of twenty-six episodes. Unlike the original series, it consists of live-action for scenes on Earth as opposed to 2D hand-drawn animation, but still contains 3D computer animation for Lyoko. The soundtrack has been overhauled.

This reboot is also considered the fifth season of the Code Lyoko franchise.

Plot

One year after the events of the fourth season, Jeremie Belpois, Odd Della Robbia, Ulrich Stern, Yumi Ishiyama and Aelita Schaeffer return to their daily lives and routines at Kadic Academy. However, they soon find out that their old virtual archenemy has been successfully reborn with even more strength and power than ever before. The Lyoko Warriors resume their former double lives in order to protect humanity from X.A.N.A.'s evil schemes once again. Joined by William Dunbar, who has finally been accepted as the sixth Lyoko Warrior, and an unreliable girl-genius named Laura Gauthier, the seven heroes are bent on unraveling the reasons for such a return and to exterminate the evil artificial intelligence that is threatening both worlds once and for all.

In addition to X.A.N.A., the Lyoko Warriors discover that they have another dangerous enemy, a mad scientist named Professor Tyron, who seems to be the one responsible for inadvertently returning X.A.N.A. to life. He commands the Ninjas, a group of several virtual human avatars in black and green striped costumes to counter the Lyoko Warriors. In Tyron's lab the group also discovers Aelita's long-lost mother and seek to discover why she is with their newest enemy and how to reunite mother and daughter.

In the cliffhanger it is revealed that Tyron has been married to Anthea for four years, and is now Aelita's legal guardian and stepfather. His only purpose of marrying Anthea was not out of love, but to get his greedy hands on her late husband's archives so that he could effectively create the Cortex region, which then the further evolved X.A.N.A. secretly inhabited to carry out its plans for world domination and destruction once again.

Differences from the Original Series

Weapons and Abilities

Abilities Used:

Weapon Upgrades and Modifications Used

Abilities Never Used:

Weapon Upgrades and Modifications Never Utilized:

Other Differences from the Original Show

  • Due to now being in live-action, many characters have undergone changes in appearance or mannerisms.
    • Odd's hair on Earth is now dark brown, but still features his trademark violet streak at the front.
    • Jim looks a bit different. He is not muscular nor does he have a potbelly.
    • Mr. Delmas seems to have a fresh shave than his normally seen beard in the animated series. He is seen as a more younger version than his original design, resembling a French Michael Richards.
  • Several characters are missing, regulated to minor roles, or replaced entirely.
    • Kiwi never appears. His disappearance is explained in the episode Obstinacy: this time, he is staying with Odd's five older sisters - Pauline, Louise, Marie, Elizabeth and Adele.
    • Sissi has only made two appearances in the live-action series rather than messing around with the Lyoko Warriors or trying to compete for Ulrich's attention like she used to. This could be explained as being due to her now being on more platonic terms with them as of the last episode of the original series, thus removing her motivation to antagonize them.
    • The character Samantha Knight has had her role in the series replaced by a new character. They share the same role as Odd's love interest, but Suarez is merely an adaptation of Knight, not the same character.
    • Herb and Nicholas are not present, although Nicholas is mentioned by Mrs. Hertz in the episode Chaos at Kadic when revealing test grades to the class.
  • Different 3D computer-animated software was used for the creation of Lyoko scenes. The Lyoko scenes are now more "cartoonish" compared to the original designs used in the original series. 
    • Towers have had a drastic redesign. They are now rectangular rather than cylindrical. They cannot be entered when not activated, with the exclusion of Way Towers.
    • The costumes on Lyoko are slightly altered.
    • The Ice and Forest Sectors are lost due to the long inactivity of the Supercomputer.
    • Abilities on Lyoko have an entirely different appearance and color. Such as, Ulrich's super sprint leaving a pale blue trail instead of pale yellow, and Aelita's strengthened creativity has a light blue aura without any angelic, siren-like sounds heard.
  • The powers and attacks of X.A.N.A. and the spectres are drastically mitigated. This results in the conflicts on Earth being far less intense than the desperate life-or-death scenarios from the original series.
  • Yumi has a new weapon in addition to her Tessen Fans: the Bo Staff.
  • Others seem to act like they never entered towers before, as seen when Odd tried to deactivate the tower for the first time.
  • There are frequent inconsistencies in regards to Aelita and Franz Hopper's false names.
  • Yumi is assumed to be a boarder by some fans as she can be seen going to the upper floor of the dormitory, where the girls reside, and she doesn't leave the school grounds with the rest of the day students as she normally has. However, in the episode Confusion, she mentions getting ready "at home" therefore leaving it a possibility that she is still a day student. Her parents and her younger brother have also been mentioned in the series.
  • The Sewers, as well as the manhole to them, have drastically changed. Also, the characters are never shown on the bridge to the Factory, which can only be seen very far in the background.
  • After someone is devirtualized, it takes twelve hours in order to be virtualized onto Lyoko again. In the original series, it didn't seem to take that long to be re-virtualized, as shown in several episodes such as Missing Link, Cold War and Lost at Sea.
  • The time period of the series was altered by ten years. While the original series takes place in the early 2000s, Evolution jumpstarts events by having them take place ten years later than in the original series. This was done to bring the series up to date with the year it was released in. 

Production

It uses live action for Earth-based scenes and remains in CGI for Lyoko scenes. Twenty-six episodes of the show were aired on Canal J and France 4 in France. The season is estimated to have a budget of €5,600,000. Moonscoop has developed an extensive licensing and merchandising campaign around the IP including an upcoming live show to launch in Spain. On YouTube, several videos were released showcasing various elements of the show: "evolutions" of characters, the MegaPod, and others. A few teasers were also released, some of which are dubbed in English. For the United States, Code Lyoko Evolution was not picked up by Cartoon Network, but aired one dubbed episode on the channel Kabillion on February 28, 2013.[1]

Reception

Reception of Code Lyoko Evolution depended on the medium. While the improved CGI animation was viewed positively by fans, reception to most of the other changes were either mixed or outright negative. Fans lambasted Laura Gauthier's character and had mixed views about the live-action shooting replacing 2-D animation in real life. Fans also criticized the casting choices and wooden acting of some of the performers. Aspects of the writing have also been criticized and it is generally seen as inferior to the original series.

Season 5: List of Episodes

Ep No. Pro No. Name Image French Title Airdates
1 (96) 501 X.A.N.A. 2.0
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XANA 2.0 FR: December 19th, 2012 (Online)
January 5th, 2013 (TV)
2 (97) 502 Cortex
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Cortex FR: January 5th, 2013
3 (98) 503 Spectromania
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Spectromania FR: January 5th, 2013
4 (99) 504 Mrs. Einstein
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Madame Einstein FR: January 19th, 2013
5 (100) 505 Rivalry
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Rivalité US: February 28th, 2013
FR: January 26th, 2013
6 (101) 506 Suspicions
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Soupçons FR: February 2nd, 2013
7 (102) 507 Countdown
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Compte-à-rebours FR: February 9th, 2013
8 (103) 508 Virus
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Virus FR: February 16th, 2013
9 (104) 509 How to Fool X.A.N.A.
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Comment tromper XANA FR: February 23th, 2013
10 (105) 510 The Warrior Awakens
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Le réveil du guerrier FR: March 2nd, 2013
11 (106) 511 Rendezvous
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Rendez-vous FR: March 9th, 2013
12 (107) 512 Chaos at Kadic
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Chaos à Kadic FR: March 16th, 2013
13 (108) 513 Friday the 13th
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Vendredi 13 FR: March 23th, 2013
14 (109) 514 Intrusion
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Intrusion FR: March 30th, 2013
15 (110) 515 The Codeless
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Les sans-codes FR: April 6th, 2013
16 (111) 516 Confusion
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Confusion FR: April 13th, 2013
17 (112) 517 An Assured Professional Future
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Un avenir professionnel assuré FR: April 20th, 2013
18 (113) 518 Obstinacy
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Obstination FR: April 27th, 2013
19 (114) 519 The Trap
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Le piège FR: May 5th, 2013 (iTunes)
December 12th, 2013 (TV)
20 (115) 520 Espionage
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Espionnage FR: December 13th, 2013
HU: July 27th, 2013
21 (116) 521 False Pretenses
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Faux-semblants FR: December 14th, 2013
HU: July 28th, 2013
22 (117) 522 Mutiny
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Mutinerie FR: December 15th, 2013
HU: July 29th, 2013
23 (118) 523 Jeremy's Blues
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Le blues de Jérémie FR: December 16th, 2013
HU: July 30th, 2013
24 (119) 524 Temporal Paradox
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Paradoxe temporel FR: December 17th, 2013
HU: July 31st, 2013
25 (120) 525 Massacre
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Hécatombe FR: December 18th, 2013
HU: August 1st, 2013
26 (121) 526 Ultimate Mission
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Ultime mission FR: December 19th, 2013
HU: August 2nd, 2013

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