Now that’s what I’m talking about, he’s coming for you Charlie
Crusader’s saving the country this week, so I’m all by my lonesome, but we have plenty to talk about this episode. The inevitable betrayal of the OotBK comes to full fruition along with all of the consequences that surround that, including the death of another main character. And once again the writers re-align us for the final showdown between Lelouch and the Emperor.
Monica Kruszewski, the Knight of Twelve, finally makes her speaking appearance, voiced by Anya’s seiyuu, Yuko Goto. Not sure what role she’s going to play, but whatever it is it probably won’t be for awhile since she is stationed onboard the Emperor’s flying ship rather than with Schniezel. One more Round has yet to speak or make more than a momentary appearance, the Knight of Nine, Nonette Enneagram.
Not quite as good as the often-posted emo facial contortion from the first season, but amusing nonetheless. Yeah Nina, for a brilliant scientist you are pretty fucking retarded. Hey, I built this huge strategic weapon that vaporizes a huge area, if I detonate it in Tokyo it won’t hurt anyone right? Certainly not 35 million people who live in one of the most densely packed metropolises in the world…
Of course it is, because where would we have our school hijinks fillers?
Lelouch really started to lose himself here, forgetting all about protecting his identity (not like it matters for this episode) and yelling at Toudou. This scene provides another Lelouch emo facial contortion (not shown here) to add to the collection.
Awesome operational awareness by the Ikagura. Hey, I have huge radar coverage but I won’t announce a Brittanian ship wandering on in that could easily attack us! It’s ok though, it’s for plot, and so Cornelia can rabu rabu over her ani’ue.
Man, he’s just firing out more for the collection. His reaction is understandable though, he’s apparently (remember once again that nobody is dead in a Sunrise show until you see the body) lost his sole reason to live and no longer has the need for the mask he’s put on. One suspects (and is confirmed at the end) that Rolo already knew he was just being used as a tool, but he’s still visibly hurt by the outburst.
I really enjoyed this scene, where Lloyd puts Nina to the choice some scientists have to make, either your soul or the pursuit of science. It’s the same type of moral crossroads that those who created the atomic bomb had to make, or any scientist who designs weapons for that matter. Do you indulge yourself and pursue knowledge to the very end knowing that what you create will be used to end life? A rare truly profound philosophical question posed in this show.
No, no, NO!
Schniezel: Hey guys, Zero has magical powers
OotBK: O RLY?! PROVE IT
Schiezel: Ok here’s some voice recording that could easily be doctored
OotBK: OH NOZ ZERO HAZ MAGIK HAX, BETRAY!
Ahem, anways, Schiezel has the keikaku doori folded hands position going on. He is playing these guys so hard it’s not even funny, what a bunch of idiots. I was amused when he referred to Lelouch as the one he “loved and feared the most.” I don’t think Schniezel is afraid of anyone, and as for love, let’s just chock that one up to more yaoi bait for the fangirls. He even bullshits about FREIA saying that they warned him in advance. Sure, if you consider having Suzaku inform him, whom Schniezel knew Lelouch would never believe considering recent events, informing him. Played like a flute OotBK.
I’m sure Schniezel saw this coming as well, because he seems to know everything. What’s sad is that Ougi and the OotBK are stupid enough to believe that Schniezel would actually give them Japan back. Without Zero the whole international coalition against Brittania collapses for lack of unified leadership, and Schniezel can take the entire world. Ougi should spend less time thinking with his dick and more with his other head. Now he definitely needs to die.
With all the rageworthy and depressing shit that went on during this episode it’s hard to get excited over moe C.C. serving her master. It’s unfortunate but that’s the direction the show has taken. I just hope they change this situation by the end of the series because yeah she’s moe, but this totally kills her character for the ending. I preferred the devious and crafty C.C. to this moe one, Lelouch needs a strong support to help him through the end.
Realizing that at this point there is no way out of this, Lelouch puts on his acting mask and saves Kallen’s life. It may have hurt her, because she sympathizes with him due to the fact that she also lost a precious sibling, but there wasn’t any other choice. If he truly was a cold and heartless man who would use everyone else as his pawns he would have used her to save himself, resulting in her death. It makes a much better story that he doesn’t. With this, he also cuts off the OotBK for good, because there’s little chance they’d go back to him after he said such things.
Hmmmm, opening the door for the future eh? He seemingly had resigned himself to death so he figured that he’d at least let out some of his true feelings about her, which serves as a great tag for the future since he is saved by Rolo. Kallen, next time you are up in the Guren make sure you go and save Lelouch, k?
I loved the music during Rolo’s rescue of Lelouch, a great dramatic piece of classical along with what I think is another Hitomi insert. The music in this show has always been top-notch, but this really stood out to me. I can’t wait to pick up the second season OSTs, the first season’s are great.
They really made an effort to make Rolo a sympathetic character in the end, which I don’t fully buy. He was ready to kill Nunally, a complete and total innocent who was the most important person in Lelouch’s life for his own selfish reasons. He also gutted Shirley at the mere mention of Nunally’s name. It seems pretty unbelievable that his times with Lelouch allowed him to become “human” if last episode he was dead set on killing Nunally.
The Council’s will has been done, although not death by Shirley’s cell phone strap he at least died to save nii-san. Lelouch showed some heart here by at least giving him some pleasant parting words, and he truly was concerned for his well being during the rescue. Even though much of their relationship was a lie, Rolo can at least die with something to remember, a bright spot on an otherwise dark life.
Oh dear, Suzaku has gone off the deep end, that can’t be good.
Well, now Lelouch is all by his lonesome somewhat. The loss of Nunally, Rolo, and the OotBK is pretty massive, but it allows him to refocus on a single goal. Rather than trying to do many things at once (like fight Schniezel, lead the Japanese, take over the world, protect Nunally, etc.) he can dedicate himself to taking on the Emperor as redemption for his many sins.
Sounds like pretty standard villain faire, I was a bit disappointed that it was coming from Emperor Wakamoto. Destroying this world to make a new one is way overused, especially in mecha. Oh well, as long as they can give us something satisfying in the end I’ll take it.
Now that’s brilliant way to end the episode, I’m ready for something awesome now. Overall, I found the episode to be quite powerful, finally showing the consequences of Lelouch’s choices up until now. He decided to fake his identity and frequently use his geass, and those choices bore the fruit of betrayal that we saw this week. It was unfortunate they were only able to cull one member of the cast this week, but there was very little combat and it was a major character so I’ll take it. I still won’t view Rolo as a sympathetic character, but I don’t bear the same vitriol toward him that I once did.
What’s left for Lelouch? Well he’s going to take on the Emperor, but he’s not completely alone. Orange-kun is still with him until the end, and there’s a good chance Kallen will come back to him given the chance. Other than that you can hope that Sayoko survived the blast but that’s about it. Hopefully he can get Anya on his side with some geass canceling, but he’s starting over from nearly scratch again.
Low quality extended preview of episode 20.
Investigations of Kamine Island, Kaguya in tears (probably over Zero/Lelouch) and Gino being detained for god knows what. From the extended preview, Anya with red-rimmed geass’d eyes (please get her story out!), Suzaku in his old uniform (flashbacks probably), Kaguya and the OotBK having some serious issues, penguins, and a dartboard. Penguins are actually relevant, because in the Ragnarok map, there is a site in Antarctica (note the center of it all is the site at Kamine Island). Maybe Lelouch is going to visit some adorable little penguins!
Crusader’s Angry Drunken Rant
In substitution of Crusader’s rant, I present to you this week’s ending eyecatch.
SO MOE I DIED