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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 come to the realization that their old virtual archenemy, X.A.N.A., suddenly reappears and has been successfully reborn with even more strength and power than ever before. The six 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 the world once again.

In addition to X.A.N.A., the gang eventually 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 green and black-striped costumes to counter the Lyoko Warriors. In Tyron's lab the group also discovers Aelita's long-lost mother, Anthea Hopper-Schaeffer, and seek to discover why she is with their newest enemy and how to reunite mother and daughter.

In the cliffhanger, Ultimate Mission, 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 put its plans for world domination and destruction once again.

Differences from the Original series

Weapons and Abilities

The only special abilities used more than once are:

Weapon Upgrades & Modifications

The special abilities never used or mentioned even once are:

Weapon Upgrades & Modifications

Other differences

A new recurring character, Laura, is the unreliable and frequently mistrusted seventh member of Team Lyoko, but was eventually kicked out and had her memory successfully erased in Mutiny.

  • Jim looks a bit different.
  • Kiwi does not appear. His disappearance is explained in a later episode: he is staying with Odd's four older sisters-Pauline, Louise, Marie and Adele.
  • William and Ulrich eventually became good friends and "buried the hatchet" at the end of the fifth episode, Rivalry.
  • Laura creates a new love triangle between herself, Jeremie and Aelita.
  • The opening of the series has been drastically changed, including images and musical theme.
  • Herb and Nicholas are not present, although Nicholas is mentioned by Mrs. Hertz in an episode 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. 
  • Costumes on Lyoko are slightly altered.
  • The five Lyoko Warriors use a newly modified vehicle called the MegaPod, in order to travel in the dangerously ever-moving Cortex.
  • Aelita's stronger creativity ability has an entirely different description when used.
  • Yumi has a new weapon in addition to her Tessen Fans: the Bo Staff.
  • Odd, Ulrich and Yumi are freely able to deactivate towers until they lose their sources codes.
  • The Ice and the Forest Sectors are lost due to the long inactivity of the Supercomputer.
  • Others seem to act like they never entered towers before, as seen when Odd tried to deactivate the tower for the first time.
  • Sissi, at least so far, had only made two cameo appearances rather than messing around with Lyoko Warriors or trying to compete for Ulrich's attention, like prior to the live action series. 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.
  • This series lacks spoken reference to the Subdigitals, however, they are not disbanded because we can see them on Aelita's social network profile page when she looks for her mother on her laptop in the episode, The Trap.
  • Jean-Pierre 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.
  • The character Samantha Knight has had her role in the series replaced by a new character, Samantha Suarez. They share the same role as Odd's love interest, but Suarez is merely an adaptation of Knight, not the same character.
  • Odd's hair on Earth is now dark brown, but still features his trademark purple streak at the front.
  • 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.
  • 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 sixteenth episode, 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.
  • The bridge to the Factory is never shown; though very far in the background.
  • After someone is devirtualized, it takes twelve hours in order to be virtualized on Lyoko again. In Code Lyoko, it used to take twenty-four hours.
  • Aelita's long-lost mother (who has blonde hair rather than bright pink) is revealed to be very much alive in this season, and the Lyoko Warriors strive to reunite mother and daughter after discovering her. She seems to work for Professor Tyron and believes that her daughter is dead.
  • Aelita stays on Earth more often during missions now; due to the fact that she is no longer the only team member who can deactivate a tower or collect important data. It is to be stated, however, that she still attends important missions on Lyoko. 

Production

On May 31, 2011, Moonscoop announced that a sequel series initally consisting of twenty-six episodes is in development. The filming of the live-action scenes took part during the summer of 2012. It was announced in June that filming would last 45 days during the summer, and that animation would take place between July 2nd and August 31st.

It uses live action for Earth-based scenes and remains in CGI for Lyoko scenes. Twenty-six episodes of the show will be 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]

List of Episodes (2012-2013)

Ep No.
Pro No.
Name
Image
French Title
Airdates
1 (96) 501 X.A.N.A. 2.0
Xana20header
XANA 2.0 FR: December 19th, 2012 (Online)
January 5th, 2013 (TV)
2 (97) 502 Cortex
Cortex 017
Cortex FR: January 5th, 2013
3 (98) 503 Spectromania
Spectromania
Spectromania FR: January 5th, 2013
4 (99) 504 Mrs. Einstein
Mme Einstein title
Madame Einstein FR: January 19th, 2013
5 (100) 505 Rivalry
Rivalité title
Rivalité US: February 28th, 2013
FR: January 26th, 2013
6 (101) 506 Suspicions
Soupçons title
Soupçons FR: February 2nd, 2013
7 (102) 507 Countdown
Compte-à-rebours title
Compte-à-rebours FR: February 9th, 2013
8 (103) 508 Virus
Virus title
Virus FR: February 16th, 2013
9 (104) 509 How to Fool X.A.N.A.
Comment tromper XANA title
Comment tromper XANA FR: February 23th, 2013
10 (105) 510 The Warrior Awakens
Le réveil du guerrier title
Le réveil du guerrier FR: March 2nd, 2013
11 (106) 511 Rendezvous
Rendez-vous title
Rendez-vous FR: March 9th, 2013
12 (107) 512 Chaos at Kadic
Chaos à Kadic title
Chaos à Kadic FR: March 16th, 2013
13 (108) 513 Friday the 13th
Vendredi 13 title
Vendredi 13 FR: March 23th, 2013
14 (109) 514 Intrusion
Intrusion title
Intrusion FR: March 30th, 2013
15 (110) 515 The Codeless
The codeless.
Les sans-codes FR: April 6th, 2013
16 (111) 516 Confusion
Confusion
Confusion FR: April 13th, 2013
17 (112) 517 An Assured Professional Future
An Assured Professional Future 1
Un avenir professionnel assuré FR: April 20th, 2013
18 (113) 518 Obstinacy
Obstination
Obstination FR: April 27th, 2013
19 (114) 519 Trap
The Trap (Evolution) 1
Le piège FR: May 5th, 2013 (iTunes)
December 12th, 2013 (TV)
20 (115) 520 Espionage
Espionnage
Espionnage FR: December 13th, 2013
HU: July 27th, 2013
21 (116) 521 False Pretenses
21-faux-semblants
Faux-semblants FR: December 14th, 2013
HU: July 28th, 2013
22 (117) 522 Mutiny
22-Mutinerie
Mutinerie FR: December 15th, 2013
HU: July 29th, 2013
23 (118) 523 Jeremy's Blues
23-Le-blues-de-Jeremy
Le blues de Jérémie FR: December 16th, 2013
HU: July 30th, 2013
24 (119) 524 Temporal Paradox
24-paradoxe-temporel
Paradoxe temporel FR: December 17th, 2013
HU: July 31st, 2013
25 (120) 525 Massacre
25-hecatombe
Hécatombe FR: December 18th, 2013
HU: August 1st, 2013
26 (121) 526 Ultimate Mission
26-ultime-mission
Ultime mission FR: December 19th, 2013
HU: August 2nd, 2013

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