While last week was a lulz episode, this week was definitely an action episode. It also had a bunch of cliffhangers at the end that were definitely not good for my heart. Then add a few more subtle hints on the truth of all things as well as a battle of minds and you have quite a thrilling episode.
Zangetsu? Sigh -_- Anyways, good to see some action after a break from it last week, the fight between Suzaku and Toudou was alright, if short. Unfortunately we seem to be back into the tech wars part of the series again, something that greatly disappoints me. More whining on that later when Xing Ke’s knightmare appears.
I think this girl is crying in nearly every shot we see of her. Poor Xing Ke couldn’t save her this time, and he got captured by the idiotic eunuchs who are quite predictably overconfident and get stomped all over by Zero. Any did anyone notice the panda on the side of the Black Knight’s truck? Yeah I thought that was funny as hell.
After Tamaki is made to look like an idiot we get another in the long list of subtle hints as to C.C.’s backstory. She is by far the most mysterious character in this show, as week by week we get more small hints about her, but it feels like we are rabbits nibbling on a massive watermelon. There’s something huge waiting for us eventually and I hope her backstory is a rewarding one to finally find out about in the end. I can’t remember the last character with such a tantalizing hidden backstory that didn’t seem overly cliché in the way they kept you in the dark throughout the first 90 percent of the show.
I was chuckling here, as Zero realizes that he has no power over those that don’t follow logic. Smartly he leaves it to Kaguya, who once again reveals her wisdom beyond her years, able to start to pull the loli empress more to their side and read her completely. I’ll reiterate that it’s great how she has become an essential part of the Order, bringing in her own unique skill set and leadership ability in addition to being so damn cute.
Kallensip. Ahem, enough of the possible /a/ memes, and wow Kallen is cute when she’s jealous. She wants to be Lelouch’s best lover/friend instead of C.C. Don’t worry too much Kallen, as we will see later Lelouch actually seems to care a great deal about you, although not really in a romantic way quite yet. Always the possibility in the future.
That is one ugly knightmare. And I’ll use this space to whine about the tech wars, which are one of the few parts of Geass I don’t like. Every few episodes we get some sort of new super mech that’s impossible to beat and just blows everyone away. Then everyone acts all surprised when they win. Sigh. I know it’s probably because they need to sell figures or whatever, but it’s really disappointing at times.
GET YOUR FUCKING HANDS OFF MY WOMAN! RAGE. Er, ahem sorry I was just channeling my inner Lelouch. In all seriousness I mad raged when this happened, after a really lame fight with an equally lame explanation for why Xing Ke’s mech’s power level was really high they even let him capture her. Damn you Sunrise!
At first glance you’d think wow he had that reaction because she knows about Geass and his identity. But I don’t really think that was all, he reacted way too fast and with too much emotion for just that. I think he really is glad to have someone else that knows the truth whom he can confide in, as it would probably get kinda lonely otherwise. While I doubt it’s risen to a romantic level yet I think he’s grown fond of her in general, and wants to take her back to Ashford like he said last episode.
Alright, Diethard’s call for a retreat was pretty lame I’d have to say, and his reasoning pretty flawed. Abandoning one of the pillars of the entire organization would bring it down, because the mere fact of Zero throwing her away to escape would most likely damage morale. On the other side, the reasoning Zero gave was hardly convincing, the Indians hadn’t given really any significant evidence of that, and he just wanted to save her. I do like C.C.’s smile here, perhaps she is happy that despite all that has happened Lelouch does not have a dark heart and cares for some others at least.
Suzaku didn’t show any reaction to this, but it’s obvious to viewers that C.C. is hanging out with Lelouch in this picture. Suzaku has shown himself to be an idiot in the past that reacts emotionally to everything, so I’m not sure he’d be able to treat seeing that nonchalantly if he actually noticed that the girl there was C.C. Shouta Lelouch was kind of cute too, Anya like?
For a “just as planned” battle it was kind of underwhelming with the sides switching way too often. To be honest I’d prefer more real battle tactics that are explained a bit better rather than amorphous “Sigma Formations” and generic pincers. Maybe I’m just looking forward to Schneizel vs. Lelouch too much, and they seemed to just randomly promote Xing Ke’s tactical ability in this episode. It lacks the build up, bad blood, and general anticipation of Lelouch vs. Schneizel.
Sunrise gave us a nice cliffhanger setup here, as the Black Knights are pinned down with little hope for survival, and pitted against Schneizel and the Rounds as well as the Chinese. It promises to be epic next week.
Although it looks like Zero won’t have to defeat Xing Ke because the retarded eunuchs are going to rely on the Brittanians and capture Xing Ke. Silly, silly men without testicles. I’m sure Zero will kill most of you. That’s ok though, because next week is Schneizel vs. Lelouch, which should be fucking awesome. Apparently Lelouch and Diethard have some master plan they are putting into place a bit earlier then planned, but it is still ready. Excellent~
It’s been awhile since we had a WTF moment this season, but here we go. Apparently there’s a Lelouch doppelganger hanging around at Ashford. Now at first I thought nefarious things, like who’s impersonating Lelouch, what’s their plan on screwing with him? But if you really think about it Lelouch probably set it up because there’s only so much Villetta can cover up about his absence from Ashford, especially considering Suzaku’s contact with the students there. So this may be a way to keep up appearances with Rollo watching over him (since Rollo did not react funny to this Lelouch it was probably in the plan) so they don’t suspect him as Zero. As to how they are accomplishing this I’m not sure, maybe another geass user? It certainly would be an appropriate geass power, to make others believe you look/sound like someone else.
Overall, the action was decent, albeit short, and the competing battle plans could have been a bit better but it was still a thrilling ride. It was a good way to setup the much better action we can expect from next week when it’s Schneizel vs. Lelouch with Kallen as the prize. Looking forward to it.
The big showdown is next week, with an appearance by Orange-kun and C.C. piloting a knightmare once again. Plus lots of knightmare fights as expected with the Rounds included. Finally, next week the premiers a new OP and ED and I’m really looking forward to FLOW on the OP once again.
Crusader’s Angry Drunken Rant
I pledge allegiance to the rebel-fags of the United States of Alliance, and to the lulz for which it stands. One Harem under Lulu, with cheese-kun and pizza for all C2.
Aww don’t worry kid, the Communist Manifesto was shit, Das Kapital on the other hand…
Oh look another clueless bint. That explosion off your bow pretty much tipped off everyone. You even phrased it in the form of a question?! So much for competent bridge crew…
The fight between Toudo and Suzaku sucked I am sorry, but it was not epic nor did it have me on the edge of my seat. Toudo just destroyed the float system and then left, what a tease, what a let down. The mini Cannae gambit Lulu wanted to pull had me slightly excited until Loli-con Li just broke out a “fuck with the ground” hack. Damn it Li i thought that you were different, but you are just a bastard son of both Lulu and Suzaku…I believed in you! Maybe it’s because MGS4 was just more epic in scope so far so I guess I am a bit jaded, but come on Sunrise that Toudo vs Suzaku fight should have been longer. The leader board demands an update, now I can only hope Orange-kun gets a Partick Upgrade just to fuck with Toudo.
See it was fucking sound proof, with a Tian zi class Loli in said room…
No it is fucking NOT! Fuck you Kaguya. Fuck you and your foreplay. I wanted action!
Oh fuck Deithard has evolved into Oberstein, I hope he doesn’t devolve…
Lastly FUCK YOU Kaguya. I do not give two shits if you have a legion of loli-con fan boys (Also if you were not disappointed I demand you hand over your loli-con license and surrender your manhood, there was no fucking excuse to not pull a Chikane in a sound proof room. NO FUCKING EXCUSE.). You had a fucking sound proof room and Tian zi all to yourself and all the FUCK you do is hug?! Not even a Kiss or a near kiss?! Damn you and your fore play Kaguya I wanted Loli- yuri action and you fucking failed me! You are dead to me Kaguya. You are fucking dead to me…