That certainly is a heavy mask, even though it’s really ugly
Apparently Sunrise decided that we needed to have an emo episode where Lelouch figures out why he has become Zero and how Nunally’s declaration to re-establish Euphie’s Nippon-land affects that. Kind of a let down compared to last week and was pretty much devoid of plot twists. Oh well, they can’t all be winners. By the way, drugs are bad m-kay.
I’m no longer writing summaries for the time being (unless there’s some feedback saying you like them), there are other sources with a more detailed summary and you should probably just watch the show =)
Charles makes such awesome speeches. I mean Norio Wakamoto just delivers the lines with such an air of authority and domination. It’s more of the same content from his speeches last season, but it’s a great way to set the tone for the rest of the episode, which is a story about ideals and the reasons behind your actions.
Rolo ramps up the creepy factor again this week in a couple of places. First off he is hiding the fact that he heard Lelouch call Nunally’s name. I think at this point he has figured out who Lelouch really is, because before we really weren’t sure whether or not he was told Lelouch was a prince by his superiors. This was kind of a red herring because in the end he didn’t try anything drastic and instead ended up supporting Lelouch’s final decision.
Also not a surprise as we were told of this last week, but the look on Suzaku’s face is pretty telling. As evidenced by his reaction and later conversation he seemed to be somewhat against this plan, he is a much less idealistic person at heart this season then last. He seems much more eager to destroy than to reconcile. The Japanese, on the other hand, obviously still remember what happened the last time a pretty Brittanian princess established Nippon-land. I’d agree with Ougi in saying I doubt many would go along with the plan, absent what happens at the end of this episode. Oh, I really love the nickname they gave Suzaku- “The Knight of the Genocide Princess.” It makes me giggle.
Initiate Lelouch emo mode! I knew this was coming, that he was going to get mad depressed after what happened to Nunally and give up on being Zero. However, that still doesn’t make it enjoyable to watch or anything.
Ahhhh, Kaguya-sama looking adorable again with that face, waiting for her dear husband and ending up being disappointed. Damn you Lelouch! She had quite a few lines in this episode again and I’m loving it. Good to see she’s amongst the primary supporting cast now in the Order.
The interactions between Kaguya, Kallen, and C.C. were very amusing. Especially the fact that Kaguya didn’t mind if Zero was having sex with other women. I also enjoyed her declaration that they are like the Three Court Ladies in Hinamatsuri. Lelouch has quite the impressive harem in just those three ladies, then you can lump in the girls at school. I’m jealous my friend.
I shouldn’t have found this funny, but I did. Rolo gets a few points for being a total bastard and fucking with Lelouch like that. Maybe he just wanted to see his reaction, maybe he’s just messed up in the head. Either way, lulz.
This was unintentionally hilarious as well. The maniacal laugh was good stuff as well. Good thing he didn’t forget to pick up some refrain on his way out. Oh, and it looks like C.C. is still buddies with the spirit version of Marianne. That shit is kind of creepy.
Here we have the big red herring from last week’s preview, and as I expected they didn’t actually kiss. It was pretty fucked up of him to ask for it like that, I guess they were trying to show how far he had fallen, but it lacked impact for me. I guess I have seen too much emo in my mecha shows that something like this doesn’t really do it for me. Maybe I’ve watched too much Gundam SEED. More importantly was Kallen’s reaction, including lines like “deceive us to the very last!” It shows how Kallen knows why Lelouch is doing all of this and accepts the fact that the liberation of Japan is more a side effect. However, she knows that even if the end goal is something else, as long as Japan is freed she doesn’t care, and is willing to let Lelouch give her whatever order he wants to accomplish that. More so then Lelouch being emo, this scene to me was really about revealing Kallen’s motivations and beliefs more. It was quite enlightening in that respect, spelling out more explicitly what we had already kind of though before.
Aaaaannnndddd the unnecessary yaoi fodder from last week. I still don’t really understand Rolo here. Maybe he realizes that Lelouch was just fucking with him but doesn’t care because he really believes Lelouch can provide him happiness in some way. It’s also getting creepier each week as he seems even more attached to him. I have no idea what the hell is going through that kid’s mind.
Man I wanted to see the Emperor’s face after this one. He would probably be laughing his ass off at the irony of it all. Actions Lelouch would approve of indeed…
Oh god the corny music on top of touchy feely mushy crap. Ah Sunrise stop it you’re killing me! Needless to say this was really painful to watch, although it hints at how the episode will end. I don’t know how he thinks he’s going to make everyone happy and shit, it doesn’t mix with what the Black Knights do. Sigh.
Ohhhhh C.C. you’ve been caught. A bit of dere dere there because your loverboy came back to you. Despite her pronounced indifference to it all she does occasionally act emotional when it comes to things Lelouch, as was evidenced a couple of times last season (especially in the final episode on Kamejima Island).
Bahaha, Suzaku lost his entire fleet. It was pretty predictable that Lelouch would come and save them due to the way they approached the battle, with the Knights on the verge of being captured. And the plan wasn’t that inspiring, but it was still wonderful to see Suzaku get boned like that, even if it was just his fleet and not him.
Facepalm, bash head into wall, orz…all in one motion please. Oh, and a groan in there for good measure. Now if this is some dastardly plan to win in the end then I’m all for it. However, with all the emotional crap they had before this I have no idea what’s going on, they have successfully thrown me for a loop. I don’t want to revisit the stuff we went through last season with this, it really isn’t necessary. I mean the Japanese people won’t join Nippon-land really considering what happened last time, so why do this? Much rage has filled me after watching this episode.
Overall, it was a pretty meh episode. I could do without the emo and competition of ideals along with the happy mushy resolution at the end. Thankfully the preview points us in a somewhat better direction away from that and hopefully to some new master plan. I mean, the show wouldn’t have a point if he gave up right here, something is amiss. There were some good points in the episode though, mostly Kallen’s resolution along with C.C. and Kaguya being adorable.
Well it appears the Black Knights end up doing something, because we see Kallen and the others setting off some smoke and Suzaku ordering people around. Also of interest is Lelouch and Rolo meeting with Villetta, and hints of Lelouch using someone who knows his identity to save Nunally, whatever that means.
Some Erratta: Some note on my last post for this show, regarding when the Emperor called V.V. nii-san. While I was contemplating whether they were actual brothers and what that means, the following was posted by [gg], the group that subbed the show:
In regards to the scene in R2 episode 6 where V.V. goes, “Charles, you’re still naive” and Charles response, “Am I, brother?” What’s going on in this scene is that V.V. is trying to emphasize that he is WAY OLDER than the Emperor, and the Emperor “agrees” so he calls him nii-san in agreement of his youth compared to his accomplice.
Take that for what you will, we will just have to see what it means in the end.
P.S. Did the new WordPress kill blockquote tags or something?