You’re both idiots this time
This week was not as combat-oriented as the previews may have led us to believe, but theoretically next week will be. The episode mostly focused on Suzaku and Lelouch’s meeting and the consequences that followed. In the end it feels more like another setup episode for how it’s going to all play out in the final showdown.
As Kaguya and the Knight of One explain to us, the basic setup is that whomever wins in Japan (OotBK or Brittania) takes all the marbles. I wonder how Kaguya’s storyline is going to play out. I mean, judging by how Lelouch’s identity has become much less secure now, it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world and the Black Knights figure it out too. Will she stay with him despite knowing what he’s done and knowing of geass? She knew him when she was much younger when they met at the shrine, and she seems so dedicated to Zero. But on the other hand she really wants to free Japan, so I’m not sure who she will stand with in the end.
As I said last week, Bradley is a pretty weak stereotypical character who has close to little chance of living to see the end of the series. His KMF is pretty neat though, I’m digging those rapid-fire Hadron cannons.
This episode really showed me how underhanded Schniezel is. He’s the type of person who smiles a lot and is able to convince people that he’s a nice guy who cares about them, all while plotting in the background to take advantage of everyone for his own goals. He’s shaping up to be quite the villain, although he has nowhere near the awesomeness factor of batty Charles and his facial expressions. I have little doubt he’s willing to use Nunally to beat Lelouch by threatening her or anything else.
Rifts continue to open in the Black Knights, many of whom are only in this to liberate Japan and not to beat Brittania for good. I don’t think a lot of them are willing to go beyond that, no matter how much it may be in their best interests for the future. Toudou probably understands that the best out of all of them though.
Ougi is useful because he’s relatively useless? Ok I guess I can buy that for know Diethard.
Random moe shot of C.C., me likey
This conversation was pretty powerful and had a lot of underlying subtext. Suzaku is trying to outsource his anger onto Lelouch so he can blame him for everything that has gone wrong. He even steps on a begging Lelouch in his rage, trying to blame Lelouch rather than accept that he failed to protect people. Suzaku has done little in the way of accomplishing his own goals, failing at multiple points along the way. Lelouch is letting Suzaku blame him, even lying or pushing the truth to its limits in order to allow Suzaku to truly hate him. I can understand the motivations on each side for doing this, but it does make for a frustrating watch because you just want to see everything get worked out.
The Galahad was pretty pimp, but it has to be if it’s the Knight of One’s KMF. What happened to Xing Ke’s KMF, isn’t it supposed to be the almighty badass machine that kills everything? I guess that title only lasts for a few episodes per mech it’s assigned to~
Suzaku continues to impose impossible and unreasonable requests and demands on Lelouch. Asking him to bring back dead people, stop a war, and join him to do god knows what. And again, it’s all stemming from his own guilt and anger over being geass’d to live rather then just die and escape his sins. He’s enraged that he has to continue to bear them.
Wonderful emo facial contortion as usual Lelouch. Suzaku is such a moron sometimes, getting followed by a huge amount of soldiers and even KMFs. Poor Lelouch put his body, pride, and everything he had on the line and to him, Suzaku crushed it with his betrayal. It doesn’t really matter that we all know Suzaku didn’t mean it, because he’s too stupid and somewhat honest to arrange something like that.
Please step away from my woman Gino, and do not come back again!
I had always imagined Lelouch revealing himself to Schniezel and seeing a surprised look on his face, so I kinda raged a bit at how this worked out. Makes me dislike Schniezel even more, as he feeds Lelouch falsely comforting words that Lelouch tosses aside knowing how hollow they are.
It’s kind of sad when he goes in expecting to be betrayed somehow and it still happens. Guilford sure got suckered though, not sure how his storyline with Cornelia is going to play out from now on.
The Emperor is certainly making his moves, and despite what that useless Suzaku revealed to Schniezel about geass, the Emperor is still way ahead of the game. Suzaku didn’t know the whole truth, that’s for sure. Schniezel is definitely going to plot against his father, but it won’t be so easy. Uniting all of those geass-related sites in the world and something about the Ragnarok (which was mentioned as far back as episode 1) means some shit is going to go down on the supernatural front.
Looking badass as usual
Reference episode 13 for the first hints of this plan to shut Tokyo down. It’s pretty much guaranteed that this plan will not go keikaku doori because Schniezel is on the ball about it. I’m predicting heavy character deaths in the upcoming battle episode over Tokyo.
Orange-kun gets a new badass mech that uses those nervous system connection thingies. It’s widely speculated that this one or maybe his next mech is the space-borne one in the OP, but either way I want to see Orange-kun kick some Brittanian ass. At least we know he won’t betray Lelouch even if his identity gets out into the public.
BAD IDEA HOLY SHIT. Sending the guy that killed Shirley because she dropped Nunally’s name in to rescue Nunally? Not your finest tactical decision Lelouch.
Suzaku’s betrayal deeply hurts Lelouch and appears to send him on a much darker path than he was in episode 7 when he wanted to make Ashford a super happy place for everyone. I don’t think it will be dark Lelouch in the end, but he will be a “demon king” for the time being it seems.
This is really creepy, especially the way his voice sounds so excited.
Um, more like you should be worried about using a strategic weapon on Tokyo and killing millions of your own people rather than being worried about using it on just Lelouch. He seems to forget more and more about his original purpose in saving the Japanese and instead obsesses over Lelouch.
As I mentioned before this episode become more setup for the upcoming showdown in episode 18, and was heavy in foreshadowing future developments. Next week we finally get some sustained combat scenes as the showdown over Tokyo gets underway. It’s nice to have setup, but I can’t help but continue to wish we’d just get along with the good stuff by now.
Really low quality extended preview of episode 18.
Massive KMF battles over Tokyo, Suzaku in Lancelot facing down Lelouch in Shinkirou, an ambiguous shot of Nunally. From the extended preview it appears that Luciano ensnares the Shinkirou, a new orange-looking mech that’s probably Orange-kun’s appears, Rolo and Sayoko infiltrate Tokyo, and Lelouch says he will save Kallen.
Crusader’s Angry Drunken Rant
Alright decisive battle bullshit! One Guadalcanal, Midway, Marianas Turkey Shoot, Phillipine Sea, Leyte Gulf, Sibuyan Sea, Surigao Straight, and Samar to go! So Eleven Loli would you like a Iwo Jima and Okinawa with that or do you wish to upgrade to a Nagasaki and Hiroshima? August Storm is now 60% off…This is literally a fire sale! All Freyas must go…
There can be no forgiveness only WAR!
May your drill pierce the heavens!
Well that sure was pretty even if military sensibilities fell to the way side as Area 11 became the center of the universe again. In any case at least Britannia showed some skill in attacking the Federation everywhere knowing that the Federation had to be weak somewhere. Knight of Ten is fucking awesome may his drill pierce the heavens! I look forward to the Knight of Ten getting a King Kittan ending by stealing a kiss from Kallen. Oh and it looks like Gino is about to steal Calawain’s waifu, serves him right for being a traitor. Thankfully all of the new Knight of Rounds acquitted themselves nicely, and hopefully soon we shall have a big boom in Area 11!
Did you say Excalibur?
Ladies and Gentlemen we have a winner.
Bradley is Borg
Given that it’s an Eleven I am assuming its a dakimakura…
Things look grim as Lulu confessed to everything and was caught on tape. Looks like the way things are going the Black Knights might finally get sick of being tools for an emo prince. Diethard isn’t helping matters by bullying Ougi though I really don’t care about either of them and think that they had some hot yaoi s3x while Villeta was forced to watch, I trust she fapped duriously. Poor Cornelia remains tied up and her men are being abused by the bastardly Lulu. Not even Todou seems keen on keeping Lulu after the war though he is quickly become big dumb barbarian who can’t think for himself. I have to say its kind of sad to see Li being little more that Toudo Mk II, he didn’t even have a just as planned moment…
Okay hold still you won’t feel a thing…
That tooth is coming out buddy…
Now open your mouth all the way…
Sorry but your dental plan did not cover anesthesia… now for the filling.
Not much to say about the confirmation of a SuzakuxLulu ending though it was good to see Lulu face plant like that. The yaoi was just searing my eyes…though it was good to see Lulu cry some more. I hope he cries even more when Rollo kills Nunnally.
Cry some more…
Prince Bradley al Sarshes Feyd “Sting” Rautha at your service. Oh I am thinking of starting a taxi service, need a lift? I also deal in train parts…
One last thing, a speech from the Immortal Emperor Charles Wakamoto:
We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in Area 11, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend “our” Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the Britannian Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the Old. ALL HAIL BRITANNIA!