Suzaku: 1, Lelouch: 0
Uh, well without spoiling the end of the episode with this teaser and the shot I ended up using, bricks were unceremoniously shat at the end of this episode. HUMONGOUS BRICKS WERE IN FACT SHAT. Mmmm well before the surprise ending there was some school comedy hijinks and a couple of small revelations and character introductions. Definitely an immediate watch for the ending however, I’m still recovering.
At the embassy, the freed members of the Order are celebrating as Lelouch, Kallen, and C.C. discuss what happens next. For now, Lelouch is keeping Rolo’s identity a secret from both of them. Lelouch dons his Zero uniform and goes out to address the Order, a few of whom are angry at him for leaving them at the end of the Black Rebellion. However, Ougi and Toudou come to his defense, reminding them that Zero is the only one who can lead them to Brittania’s defeat.
At the academy, Suzaku returns to Ashford and pleasantly reunites with Lelouch. He catches up with everyone else from the student council and later discusses his observations with Villetta and Rolo. Afterwards, Lelouch and Rolo discuss plans as Lelouch declares that he will liberate Japan from within the school. The scene shifts to the Area 11 government headquarters, as Gino makes his appearance in his transforming knightmare Tristan. Also making her appearance is another Knight of Rounds, Anya, in her knightmare Mordred.
The festival at Ashford begins to welcome Suzaku back, and they are planning another huge pizza creation. While Lelouch and Rolo are preparing together, he mentions to Lelouch that his geass has a weakness, but we aren’t told what that is. As Lelouch is making plans over the phone, he suddenly runs into C.C., who once again was drawn by the promise of pizza. When they are alone, she reveals to him that V.V. gave both the Emperor and Rolo their geass and told Suzaku about it. In a series of coincidences, half the cast at the school ends up giving chase to Gino who has taken the knightmare with the tomatoes. Lelouch ends up diffusing the situation and saving C.C.’s identity by using his geass on a staff member to use the fire extinguishing gas.
Later on, in the underground surveillance facility, Lelouch uses Rolo to confront Villetta about her relationship with Ougi and blackmail her into joining him. That evening, Lelouch asks Li for help regarding his plans, but we aren’t informed as to what they were. Suzaku finds him on the rooftop and tells him that he plans to become Knight of One, who is given the choice of picking an area of the Empire for himself. He said he will choose Area 11 and therefore the people won’t need Zero. Then, he tells Lelouch that someone else will be in charge of it, and he calls that person on the phone and hands the phone to Lelouch. On the other end is Nunally, who calls him onii-sama, and tells him that she’s going to be the new governor-general of Area 11. With his back already turned to Suzaku, Lelouch has a face of massive surprise as the episode ends.
Tsun-tsun Kallen and dere-dere Kallen in the same scene, within a minute of each other. Very, very delicious. She still gets angry when Lelouch keeps secrets from her, she wants to know everything about him!
I was expecting some sort of brilliant speech here by Zero to convince everyone to follow him again, but the more intelligent members of the Order were able to do it for him. It’s obvious that they need him to win, and that the leaders don’t always tell their subordinates of why they do things. And in a way, what he did was his way of defeating Brittania, without Nunally he didn’t have a reason to continue and thus they would have lost regardless.
As predicted, moralfag has returned…yay…I have to admit that I’m impressed by Lelouch’s ability to act natural considering the situation. The guy sold him out, took his sister, and made him lose his memories, and Lelouch is still able to treat him like an old friend. In the meeting Rolo was acting pretty sketchy, I wonder if Suzaku picked up on that or just thinks he’s nervous meeting a Knight of Rounds. Shit-faced killer Rolo is definitely gone for the moment, his emotions are all over the place. Lelouch lays it on thick again this episode with the rabu rabu little brother stuff. Hook, line, and sinker once again.
Yaoi content +1. Wow, this Gino guy is really irritating, and the fact that I’m not really a fan of Souichirou Hoshi (Kira *shudders*) doesn’t help. He seems to be awfully friendly with Suzaku, although it’s pretty obvious Suzaku finds him to be quite an annoyance. Ah the politics of the elite, you have to tolerate annoying people to get ahead, kid.
The other loli shows up here too, Anya. I like Yuko Goto, but her voice is too soft because of the nature of the character for me to really enjoy it. Plus she pales in comparison to Kaguya-sama, queen of lolis. We shall see how the other loli, the Chinese Empress, ends up rating when she appears sometime in the future.
Ohhhhhh? That’s interesting, unfortunately they don’t really elaborate here. We already know he can’t stop physical objects, so that’s out as a revelation. Maybe it’s a restriction on amount of uses per day, or range, or the type of person it can be used on. At least we know Lelouch is now aware of it and won’t later be surprised.
Nina is batshit insane even in the notes she leaves on boxes. Couple that with the grandma haircut and the emo facial contortions and you have quite the nutjob. Hope she blows up sometime. Well, whatever was in that box was taken by C.C. and Kallen, wonder what was in it, maybe that funny outfit she had on, or maybe something scientific.
Chachimaru?! Multi?! Oh lordly, Code Geass has turned into a reference animu?! C.C.’s weakness for pizza strikes again, and I loved when she said “you’re so forceful, boya” in that seductive way. Reminds me a lot of Evangeline, lordy now I have to go read Negima again.
Some partial, but expected revelations here. We all kind of figured V.V. gave Rolo and the Emperor their geass, but now Lelouch knows it too. She was about to say something more about her staying with Lelouch, but as per usual in this show it gets interrupted. I was rolling in laughter when he knocked her into the tomatoes though, Lelouch certainly has balls.
Finally some legitimate Kallen fanservice shots to show. Mmmmmm, deeeeeeelicious. Brittania definitely designs the best costumes and the animators for this show know how to take the best camera angles possible when it comes to Kallen. I think I need a cold shower after this and the next shot.
Kallen fanservice shot #2, the braless wonder. And yeah, the look on Villetta’s face when Lelouch came in to blackmail her was fucking priceless. I was laughing maniacally to myself, it was a gleeful moment. Villetta-sensei, Happy Birthday! Hahahaha.
Ah, the moralfag’s plans are revealed. Apparently the people of Japan should just sit around for 20 years and hope that Suzaku comes to save them and shower him with love. A bunch of bullshit imo, as if the Emperor is going to let that all go so smoothly, he’s just using Suzaku to keep an eye on Lelouch until his Thought Elevator or whatever is created. So, because he is a man of high morality and wants to work from the inside, he is willing to sell out his friend, kill people, and use a crippled and blind girl as bait in order to atone for the sin of killing his own father. A big round of applause for the #1 hypocrite everyone! At least Lelouch acknowledges that he will become evil to defeat the greater evil.
Sad joke #2. Seriously, I never understood Suzaku and Euphemia. He fell so hard in love with her after going out on a dayto with her once? Enough to rage to such a degree over her death and try to kill/sell out his best friend and still hold a grudge after a year? What a joke, Euphie was a stupid, naïve, and one-sided character, nothing worthy of such dedication.
As I said before, HUGE BRICKS WERE SHAT. Like, this completely threw me off guard and I was speechless for awhile. Suzaku is falling further and further away from justice and into the world of evil Lelouch occupies. Just goes to show how his words of righteousness continue to ring hollow. This definitely takes the show in a completely different direction, as Lelouch will now have to fight against his own sister. I give points to Suzaku here if only for the reason that it was such a nasty plan that hit Lelouch harder than if he would have just killed him. Still, this just adds to how ridiculous Suzaku’s character is. Spinzaku has Jesus physical moves like running up walls to evade machine guns and spinning 3 times in the air, he can jump into a mecha with no previous piloting experience and defeat everyone in existence, and now he’s coming up with “just as planned” plans like Lelouch. He’s like a male Mary Sue, he’s better than everyone at everything and he’s moral! Weeee! If he gets a geass I’m going to shoot someone. Massive eyerolls have been triggered…
Overall, the episode mired around for a bit before the end. The revelations were stuff we already knew about, and the school comedy stuff was never my favorite part of this show. I admit I did chuckle at a few parts, mainly that involving C.C.’s antics and Kallen. But the episode sure ended with a bang, the revelation of what happened to Nunally and what will happen. It ranks as by far the most jaw-dropping cliffhanger of the season, and ranks right up there with a couple from last season. Not sure how I can wait another whole week for the next episode…
Apparently Lelouch is able to weasel his way out of the rooftop confrontation, Suzaku didn’t see his face so maybe he plays off to Nunally that he doesn’t have a sister, which will crush her probably. The preview has shots of Lancelot and other knightmares launching as well as combat with the Gurren. Combat episode incoming, thank god.
Crusader’s Drunken Rant
Well that was fun such a pity Shirley didn’t beat the crap out of Kallen for her man, though for getting Villetta-sensei into that out fit was a great feat of persuasion. Also Lulu is the biggest sissy in the whole series how can freaking Millay in a dress out run him? Fuck I have seen fat kids go fast after hotdogs then Lulu going after C2. Not sure what Li is getting out of this though if scoring a free ride with Kallen and C2 was his goal, mission accomplished. I just hope he gets some warm coffee and gets to tell both of them interesting things ala GTA IV. The fanservice level has returned to acceptable levels, but God Damn it I want BLOOD NOT KETCHUP OR SOME OTHER TOMATO BASED WEAKSAUCE!
So yeah Rollo falls further into bro-con in some sick deviant parody of sis-con, and understandably that maggot Lulu is enjoying it to near orgasmic levels. Villetta gets blackmailed and Suzaku is back to rape Lulu yet again! Suzaku ist mein komraden soldaten and as such I applaud his ingenious and ruthless methods of brining Nunnally into the crossfire so that if Lulu can no longer wantonly kill people. The inclusion of fully named Britannian pilots like Gino and Anya means that Kallen is going to have to work for her kills again as well as Toudou and his gaggle. Unlike comrade Calawain, I like this more ruthless Suzaku as I grow tired of Lulu masturbating to his own success. Now let the blood flow!
I oppose those filthy eleven scum, I have no desire to support a bunch of smelly Japanese men who have not showered take off their shirts to show off their anti-six packs, like Calawain. Nay I support the Ashford Swim Team Britannian cause for it is much more palatable and easier on the eyes. So next time Lloyd and Cecile are back!