A much better episode than last week, primarily because I was expecting a long emo-fest but that didn’t materialize. Plus we get lots of stuff blowing up, a higher level of animation quality, and the start of the final boss fight. One bad part though, and I’m sure Crusader will have plenty of rage over it…
I’m rather tired of seeing Nunally being constantly thrown around as a plot device, she just keeps coming back and back and back throughout this season especially. Thus, I was initially afraid that this was going to turn into some mushfest like episode 7 was. Nunally has just become uninteresting, and I would have preferred that she stayed dead because Lelouch was no longer held back from accomplishing his goals. At least he brought back his primo acting skills and said some nasty stuff to her.
This also didn’t make much sense, I really don’t understand Nunally’s character. She has had such little character development in this series that this just comes out of nowhere. Alright, she wants everyone to be happy and have peace and be in the Nippon-whatever zone, but now she’s cool with nuking millions? To be honest I really want her to die by the end of this, as horrible as that may sound.
Much less suggestive BL themes this week thankfully, and I’m also glad that Suzaku doesn’t really give a shit about Lelouch’s feelings anymore. If he was all BFF with him again after all they have been through it would be even less believable that they are working together than it already is.
Continuing from last week’s super villainization of Schneizel he is now an official loli manipulator. It should shock me, but it really doesn’t considering the direction that they have taken with his character and the naiveté of Nunally. At least Cornelia is pretty disgusted over it, although really, she should have seen this coming from a long way away. Ani’ue rabu rabu tended to blind her it seems.
Now this was hilarious, basically Schneizel says well, we can’t stop people from fighting no matter what so fuck it, let’s kill them all and threaten the survivors. About as purely an evil plan as the writers could cook up, and quite humorous. Not to burst your bubble too much Schneizel, but autocratic regimes based on rule by fear tend to be short-lived, often involving the execution of said autocrat.
Getting a little Gundam 00 up in here
I really don’t see how Diethard gets elevated into Schneizel’s inner circle so easily, as he never seemed to really do anything amazing to warrant that kind of treatment. He’s still nuts, but no longer such a lulz worthy character. Instead, only a headshake of pity is warranted. This fellow is definitely marked for death before this show is over.
Oh lordy, definitely the most FABULOUS moment of the episode. The man snaps his fingers and machine gun turrets come out in his CIC. I mean seriously, did he specifically ask for something like that to be designed in? And does it respond to finger snaps like the clapper or something?
What a rather lame way for such a character to go out. She just ends up suffering the “Season 1 Primary Character Syndrome” where the important characters back then get little screen time or development now. I was expecting her to go out in a battle at least, and instead I found this to be rather anti-climactic. Now I tease Crusader all the time about Cornelia, and I’m a fan of cutting out cast members, but I don’t like how this was done.
Yes! Supameido has returned! I loved this scene between Sayoko and Orange-kun, affirming their storms of loyalty and paths of the knight. It’s good to see at least some people retain their loyalties in all of this seeing as how everyone else has switched sides at least once. A Sayoko x Orange-kun end would be so ridiculously awesome.
I’ll engage in a bit of serious business mode here and recognize the importance of this scene. Suzaku may have been a dick about things, but I really think Lelouch just needed some time to gather his thoughts and firm up his resolve. No longer is this just for Nunally’s sake, he has a goal in mind to re-work the world into a better place. In order to crush Schneizel’s world he needs to do what needs to be done and not be held back.
I liked the Hitomi insert for mood music here, and the scene brings back the events of season one to me. They seem to be coming back to the theme that in the end, C.C. will be the only one standing with Lelouch. I can’t really say that it’s a romantic scene necessarily, since they’ve been close like this before, but it was actually a bit touching and served as a nice slowdown and breath before the final battle starts.
Hey guys we kind of ran out of time, so have a fast forward montage instead.
This was rather ho hum for a battle of wits, a bunch of pieces moving and feinting around. Personally, I’m more of the George S. Patton school of thought:
“We are advancing constantly and we are not interested in holding onto anything, except the enemy’s balls. We are going to twist his balls and kick the living shit out of him all of the time. Our basic plan of operation is to advance and to keep on advancing regardless of whether we have to go over, under, or through the enemy. We are going to go through him like crap through a goose; like shit through a tin horn!”
Now this is more like it, super cannons from one side and exploding mountains from the other. I prefer this type of action back and forth than pussyfooting around with formations. Good to see lots of explosions and mooks kicking it, although none of the named players die.
Sigh, unfortunately not even an exploding mountain can kill off this retard. And he even went around and impregnated Villetta. From my experience that’s a massive death flag if there ever was one. And what the hell happened to her character? She was supposed to be this tough woman who was going to rise up the ranks and kick some ass, but now she gets knocked up by an incompetent moron and actually goes and stays home while he is off fighting. Such a letdown.
I’m trembling at the thought of a C.C. vs. Kallen KMF fight next week, oh my how delicious that would be. I was expecting a cheese-kun marking somewhere on there at least, pink just doesn’t really suit her.
I may have missed a step here, but when did anyone actually find out that he was really Zero? I mean last episode they said that the only people in the OotBK that were told of it was the top echelon, and on Schneizel’s side only the inner circle. So, I would assume she has no idea he was Zero, and just thinks he’s Lelouch. However, the way this show has thrown out past circumstances and events I wouldn’t be surprised if that didn’t even matter. Nina is concentrating her entire will on redeeming herself, horrified at her ignorance and how Schneizel used her for such destruction. Not sure what they are cooking up in there with that pink, rectangular object, but I’m sure we’ll find out next week.
Evil smile sendoff woo!
Well as I said before I enjoyed this episode a lot more than last week’s, which I thought was generally beyond redemption. There were no real plot twists here, so that probably helped, and it was more of a setup for how it all goes down in the final two episodes. Cornelia’s death was pretty lame, but since she was more background noise this season her death didn’t have a particularly deep impact with me. Hopefully Sunrise can pull one out here and provide us with a satisfying ending, there doesn’t really need to be any huge plot twists to finish this one off. Just make sure you kill off a bunch of people and end it with finality.
Low quality extended preview of episode 24.
Schneizel and Lelouch in a fabulous showoff, KMF battles, the Gurren coming down on Lelouch, and a million dollar smile from C.C. From the extended preview, Xing Ke coughing up blood (the writers finally remember that plot string eh?) and more fighting. Looks to be an action-packed episode.
Crusader’s Angry Drunken Rant
As you can see Lulu doesn’t have the balls to say “I’ll kill you.” the bloody coward.
Damn right my God would kill you and cast you up Satan’s ass.
They did, they really did it. They didn’t even give her a new Knightmare Frame! Curse you Sunrise and your BL ways! One day I will turn your homes into a smoldering ruin I will slay all of your bastard children along with your entire families before I poke out your eyes and cut out your tongues you ball-less miscreants!
We will make love and you will speak my language!
Report to Suzaku’s room every thirty minutes from here until the last ep…
Seeing as how all the great mecha pilots sans one is dead, I am here to deliver the eulogy for a great mecha pilot.
My Captain, my Princess is dead and with her this series has jumped shark for the second time. First it was the float packs and now they have made clear that every woman is about to be killed by effete boys who love each other too damn much. A thousand curses upon Sunrise, words cannot convey my hatred of them. May Goro die a virgin and childless in hovel for killing my captain and above all may the fate of Sunrise be “interesting” until the last of them dies for their collective insolence and woman hating ways. May they all get GN-AIDS from their buttsechs orgies! My Captain, my Princess how could they do this to you?! Is there no limit to their hatred of strong women who refuse to sleep with them? I know that they feared all women who were mighty and intelligent, fear leads to hatred, hatred leads to emo, and emo leads to the BL side. Damn you Sunrise. Damn you all to BL hell!
Cornelia-hime loved all of her sisters it is such a shame that she did not give Nunnally one last kiss.
This series is crap with the passing of this great and noble woman, now there will be no yuri to compensate for the OH GEASS NO moments that this travesty is now famous for. Cornelia-hime was a brave soldier who served her nation and siblings faithfully. She had no intention to take over the world for silly emo schemes, but fought only to protect those siblings who could not protect themselves. She respected people based on merit and was repaid with treachery from that damned Suzaku. On the field of combat she shone brilliantly with her grunt suit and was denied a new Knightmare by the bastards Goro and the Geass team (I spit on their series). Lulu and his lover Suzaku killed Cornelia’s beloved Euphie and stained her memory. Now Nunnally is left in the clutches of another insane male of the Britannian royal line. She defended the fatherland until death! Honor and blood for the Iron Cross. With her death, so goes the last of the great female Knightmare pilots who were untainted by men and remained maidens who blessed the field of hellish combat giving hope to the poor grunts. Cornelia was an officer who cared about the poor grunts under her command, never would she use them as pawns or throw them away in some pitiful strategy. Now her grunt friendly way of war is now dead replaced with a boring power point that makes Hannibal roll in his grave. The world is diminished with her passing.
It was the dream of every grunt in the Britannian military to have a moment with Cornelia-hime.
We have lost a hero to our glorious and noble cause, but does this foreshadow our defeat? No. It is a new beginning. Compared to the Code Geass Team the national resources of VOTOMS are less than one thirtieth of theirs. Despite this major difference, how is it that we have been able to fight the fight for so long? It is because our goal in this war is a righteous one. It’s been over fifty years since the elite of Code Geass, consumed by greed took control of Sunrise. We want our freedom. Never forget the times when the Code Geass Team has trampled us! We, the Gilgamesh Confederacy, have had a hard and arduous struggle to achieve freedom for all citizens of our great nation. Our fight is sacred, our cause divine. My beloved captain, Cornelia, was sacrificed. Why? The war is at a stalemate. Perhaps many of you have become complacent. Such a lack of compassion is gei.
The Code Geass Team has polluted our most cherished mecha genre for their own greed. We must send them a message, but not a message composed of words. We have wasted too much time with words. We need action now. The Code Geass elite must be taught a strong lesson for their evil corruption. This is only the beginning of our war. We have been putting more and more money into our efforts towards making our military stronger than ever. The Code Geass Team has done the same.
Many of your fathers, brothers, and lovely female mecha pilots have perished valiantly in the face of a contemptible enemy. We must never forget what the Code Geass Team has done to our mecha! My Princess Cornelia li Britannia has shown us these virtues through her own valiant sacrifice. By focusing our anger and sorrow, we are finally in a position where victory is within our grasp, and once again, our most cherished genre will flourish. Victory is the greatest tribute we can pay those who sacrifice their lives for us! Rise, our people! Rise! Take your sorrow, and turn it into anger! Gilgamesh thirsts for the strength of its people! SIEG VOTOMS!!!
Unlike her brothers Cornelia-hime cared about the little people.
As you can see the Code Geass Team liked to beat up women.
Even when Cornelia was mad she was still beautiful.
She always said that by denying her a new Knightmare that this series was going to turn to a BL-fest.
When she read the script that took five years to write she was one of the first to say “you’re shitting me right?”
Along with Treize she had often asked “WTF is this shit?”
In the end she opted out of her contract once Cecile started to enjoy being Grace in another universe.
She never ceased fighting the forces of evil despite only having recently healed her broken arm.
Cornelia died with her sword in hand in one last bid to save this series.
Cornelia-hime is gone, and she will be sorely missed. So say we all!