Airdate of this episode, August 10, 2008…Nagasaki a-bomb dropped, August 9, 1945
While the last couple of episodes were mostly setup, this week was uh, definitely the punch line. It was also the punch out line for several characters, who are presumed dead (note nobody is ever dead in a Sunrise show until you see the body). This week we get combat, mayhem, prison breaks, and a nasty WMD for super duper cheesy and obvious ironic effect.
Table-tan thinks she can actually pilot Lancelot and drop FREIA (Field Limitary Effective Implosion Armament, what a horrible acronym) on Zero, how silly. Throughout most of the battle she is seriously off her rocker raging at Suzaku telling him to use it and nuke Zero along with the evil Elevens. It’s never really explained why she is a racist, but it’s not like I particularly care. I hope she dies.
I’m glad they saved the Siegfried, so Orange-kun could say a line dripping in awesome like “my storm of loyalty!” You are awesome Orange-kun, the only character in anime history brought back from the dead by 2ch. I can’t wait until you get your new space mecha that’s shown in the OP.
Looking so pimp there Orange-kun
As I said last week, bad idea to send batty fake brother to save Nunally! Crazy for nii-san! Bonkers! He’ll probably die before this is all over too. As an aside, Sayoko looks awesome in her Mai Otome supameido ninja gear.
Wow! Fucking useless Ougi. He may bring people together by being a total wet noodle but he is useless in a real fight. He should know the battle plans and he’s experienced in fighting, he’s just nearly as useless as Tamaki.
My princess is free, free like a bird!
Aaaaand another geass mindfuck that we have no explanation for -_- I want to know already dammit! Anya needs some serious geass canceling!
I like the credits with the cute animals, definitely Cecile’s doing. Also, what the hell is up with that acronym? Superlative Extruder? Are they just making this shit up?
Oh yes, super hax Guren launch
The Emperor arrives, but Schniezel makes a sugguestion that the Emperor doesn’t really care about this battle, doesn’t care about today or reality. That means he cares about the supernatural stuff, like the World of C, so perhaps he’s going to Kaminejima in his new super flying fortress thingy.
Useless, but in a somewhat amusing way. Didn’t last long either…
Haha, it was hugely telegraphed that she was about to appear to save him, but it was still cool to see anyways. Welcome back my princess, Lelouch and me both dearly missed you.
Oh that felt good too, we all know Kallen is a “badass mother!” (dubs are hilarious) but the new Gurren is pretty damn hax. Sorry Crusader, but your favorite crazy guy became the first Rounds to kick the bucket in this series. Note that we haven’t even seen more than like 5 seconds of 3 of the Rounds, not sure how they are going to fit them into the story, if at all.
Ugh, this doesn’t exactly bode well, although I don’t really know what some grunt whose name I didn’t even remember would have. Asahina has bee stupidly trying to rebel against Zero for a long time, and for what purpose? Does he think anyone else can lead the Japanese to independence? Toudou failed, Ougi failed, who else can do it? Asahina himself? Hah, fat chance. Fellow’s probably dead now though…
The Princess has left the building
I guess it’s Kallen’s turn to have the super duper hax KMF that’s better than everyone else for a couple of episode. It was pretty nice to see the Lancelot finally get it’s ass kicked, it’s been such a spoiler through like 30-40 episodes. However, as we all know KMF top dog status only lasts for a short time and I’m sure the new version of Lancelot will be as strong or stronger than the current Gurren.
Saw this coming from a million miles away too, even if I hadn’t read some of the rampant spoilers out there. They wouldn’t have kept referring to that geass if it wasn’t going to play some important part later on in the story this season. They wanted to load as much cheesy irony onto its use as possible. The guy who said he was going to protect the Japanese just nuked 10 million+ Japanese. The guy who said he was going to protect Nunally just presumably nuked her too. A bit too predictable for my tastes, I prefer the crazy tweeeeeeests.
It would really be irritating if this was the way Nunally died. People were predicting death by Suzaku’s geass for Nunally since the episode Lelouch put it on him, it’s way too obvious and forced irony. However, as I said before nobody in a Sunrise show is dead until you see the body, and even then there are exceptions. Nunally could have very well been ported off to the World of C or some supernatural crap, or a huge list of other plot twists that could save her and the others. Out of that list, those that looked the most dead and have the least reason to come back are Guilford and Asahina. Miss Rohmeier? Nobody really cares about her so dead is good. Sayoko and Millay have a bit more plot armor then those two, and of course Nunally is a hugely central character to the show. To me it seems kind of like a weak attempt to get an enraged/emo/shit-faced killer Lelouch to come out and cause problems.
Crazy mutterings of wanting to talk to dead people are never good. Plenty of material for emo facial expressions on Lelouch, I’m sure Crusader will post them gleefully.
Overall, a pretty powerful episode and one that will serve as a definite turning point in the series. The cast is inordinately large and was in desperate need of a culling, and this episode provided the perfect opportunity to do so. Aside from the aforementioned nuke deaths, combat claimed Luciano and some Black Knights grunt that was Asahina’s buddy. Tamaki lives though, he appears in the previews for the next episode unfortunately.
Low quality extended preview of episode 19.
No talky from Lelouch in this preview means serious business. Next week, Ashford survives as Lelouch rages on Rolo for failing to save Nunally. Schniezel shows up on the Ikagura with Cornelia and Ougi looks raged (Looks like Lelouch’s cover is blown! Shit will hit the fan!). Orange-kun shields Lelocuh and Suzaku alternates between looking emo and creepily laughing out loud looking over the hole that used to be the Tokyo settlement.
Crusader’s Angry Drunken Rant
The Nagasaki explosion before and after.
Britannia 1 America 0. ALL HAIL BRITANNIA!
Hello Infinite Justice Guren!
So yes much weeping and complaints about a fictional WMD in lieu of the real tragedy that was Nagasaki. Ah well I bet most of you forget the significance of having that Freja, or whatever they’re calling it these days, bomb go off the day Bockscar buzzed over Nagasaki with a single bomb. Man that was so deliciously snarky of Sunrise, to prove that their bomb is better because it creates a crater! In any case just thought you folk would like to know that maybe the Sunrise team has something to say about WMDs, like that they need Japanese delivery systems for instance.
I liked the Cecile touch…
Hey Louise how’s Saji? Need a hand?
Clearly Lulu has not interest in women…
So it seems that Guren has become Infinite Justice and soon Lancelot will become Strike Freedom at this rate…So sad to see that all these float packs have turned this series into a Gundam series of sorts. Even the Slash harkens have been relegated to tow cables with the introduction of beam weapons out the ass. Well in any case they have started to kill off some characters, Asahina, Ten-san and his comely team (such a waste), Shirin Romeyer, Nunnally, Millay, Sayako, and Guilford. Still given that Sunrise has proved most insipid about resurrecting characters I believe that Sayako and Nunnally will make it out some how given the lack of dramatic death scene. Guilford might pull off a Patrick but since Cornelia sensed a disturbance in the force I doubt it.
Tamaki is a buddy fucker in more ways than one…
Oh shi- he just said waifu…I distinctly heard waifu.
Sorry Zero but Tamaki already got the paper work done, and Nunnally did not speak now so will forever hold her peace… I now pronounce you Lulu and Tamaki. Were you hoping for Rolo or perhaps Orange-kun your emo-ness?
All in all a good day and it seems that Asahina discovered something, and Kallen’s rescue was priority no. 3. Glad to see the dumb bitch doesn’t mind to be no. 3 on the Zero priority list no doubt priority no. 2 was to find some pizza for C2. The bomb goes off because of Lulu’s Geass, and right when Suzaku was willing to die, how deliciously ironic. Man this operation was botched not only is Ougi useless but they had to call upon Tamaki to save Zero…Oh yeas much cries of being Zero’s buddy were heard. Sad to see that Tamaki was not caught in the blast, but I guess the Sunrise team just loves the fella. Suffice to say Rolo wins, just as planned…
So that’s why my Cornelia-hime has been keeping her arm like that…
Guilford was right in two ways one Cornelia must live. Second Lulu is a princess, albeit a very ugly and emo one, but a princess nonetheless given how Lulu always needs saving…
My princess is lovely as ever for no prison can hold her!
It was good to see Lulu rage about Nunnally’s “death” and it seems that Lloyd and Ceclie were not keen on installing some sort of lock out on their super Guren, but I suppose they were too busy making a jab at that opium smoking bint. Cornelia-hime escapes with her new gadgets and hopefully will make her way back to friendly lines now that Schniezel has the perfect opportunity to announce that Lulu was behind it all and lie about how Lulu had Geassed Suzaku into detonating the bomb. I expect Lulu to get ronrey real soon with only Orange-kun, Rolo, C2, possibly Kallen, and most important of all Tamaki at his side once the announcement is made. I expect much Lulu crying and raging as he can’t actually strike Rolo out of fear, so I guess C2 will serve as punching bag for Lulu’s mistake. I still can’t believe Lulu sent Rolo to rescue Nunnally and expected him to succeed.
What another gift for Rolo?
Oh man C2 is going to get it…
Cry some more!
Because one of you asked: What do I think of Nina, best mad Scientist EVAR she can hump my tables any day.
This was a triumph!
I’m making a note here:
It’s hard to overstate
We do what we must
because we can.
For the good of all of us.
Except the ones who are dead.
But there’s no sense crying
over Lulu’s mistakes.
You just keep on trying
till you run out of cake.
And my science gets done.
And you make a neat bomb
for the people who are
I’m not even angry…
I’m being so sincere right now-
Even though Lulu broke my heart,
and failed to kill me.
I tore Nunally to pieces.
I threw every piece into a fire.
As Nunnally burned it hurt because
I was so happy for Lulu!
Now, these points of data
make a beautiful line.
And we’re out of beta.
We’re releasing on time!
So I’m GLaD I wasn’t burned-
Think of all the things we learned-
for the people who are
Go ahead and leave me…
I think I’d prefer to stay inside…
Maybe you’ll find someone else
to help you?
Maybe Black Knight Asahina?
That was a joke! HAHA!! FAT CHANCE!!
Anyway this revenge is great!
It’s so delicious and moist!
Look at me: still talking
when there’s science to do!
When I look out there,
it makes me GLaD I’m not you.
I’ve experiments to run.
There is research to be done.
On the people who are
And believe me I am
I’m doing science and I’m
I feel fantastic and I’m
While you’re dying I’ll be
And when you’re dead I will be