How Long Do You Think Until Somebody Starts Drawing Doujins Of Nunally In This Outfit. Anyone Who Spots Any Art Of This One Please Don’t Hesitate To Let Me Know
Time to finish up. Short impressions this week as I really am looking forward to getting the blogging of this show over and watching the sub on my own terms. I figure this is the last episode and I’d like to save the pleasure of the subbed episode for myself. After that I really am taking a vacation as I have nothing left on the table right now that I’m obligated to finish blogging.
Thoughts: Basically all you need to know is that Zero’s Requiem is carried out like planned, and things turn out relatively okay for most of the cast other then a few characters. The ending is a bit ambiguous and leaves the lives of most of the cast open for possible future exploration in an OVA or sequel, but then I sort of like things that way as it gives you a sense that there’s a future to the Geass world and that although Zero’s story has ended there’s more going on that is another story all to itself. It also normally makes for interesting discussion when you have an open end such as this, but since Code Geass is kind of special when it comes to internet discussion that probably won’t happen. I’ll still have the chance to mull over things in my own head though long after the shows over and that should be fun I suppose. I disagree with the idea that there was no closure though, because there definitely was a sense of finality to things as for as far as this story is concerned, but life sort of goes on as usual and peace is restored in the end. Britannia is now in fairly capable hands and the areas are now free from it’s tyranny and all seems fairly well in the world. Some may call it too easy, but I think it was a pretty hard fought peace given all the suffering people had to go through to attain it, especially Lelouch who appears to have paid the ultimate price.
Becoming the demon king and getting offed ceremoniously by Suzaku disguised as Zero who plays the hero once more (keep in mind that most people don’t know that Lelouch was Zero other then the Black Knights) was pretty depressing to see, though they left it open with the idea that the person driving C.C’s coach at the end might actually be Lelouch and that he indeed stole Charles code somehow at the end of episode 21 and survived the killing blow. Personally I doubt it though. Taniguchi said that Lelouch would get a satisfying ending and being able to finally die for all the sins he’s committed and knowing that a desire for peace afterward would be the result is probably the most satisfying ending he could think of. Though I kind of dislike the idea of what it does to Nunally in making her suffer. It’s not just about her anymore and she’s grown to the point where she’s a fairly capable leader in and of herself with a certain kind of strength of character that she never knew she had. Nunally by the way looking beyond hot in that red dress she was wearing at the end of the episode. I won’t lie that I was almost gasping for breath once I saw that scene. The girls grown up and I think she’ll probably be a fine Empress…..
….You can tell I’m really not into this can you folks. Again, it’s not because I didn’t like the ending, although I felt some parts of it were indeed rushed, it’s just that I really want to be free of the obligation of finishing up blogging this series. When I first started blogging this show it was so much fun following the episodes and writing summaries and thoughts for them, but now I sort of feel I’m wasting my time. The thing is, people have such strong opinions about this show one way or another that I really don’t think anything I say will have any real influence or meaning in the long run and that’s sort of the feeling I’ve gotten in general lately about blogging, what’s the point? To give your opinion on a show? To convince other people of your viewpoint? Some of the veteran bloggers will tell you that episodic blogging is a bit of a waste of time and ultimately a pitfall, and you know, I sort of see that now.
The way I see it, when it comes to anime most people make up their mind how they are going to view the rest of a show fairly quickly and will invariably ultimately reach the similar conclusions by the end and I myself am guilty of this as is anybody. I don’t think now that there is such a thing as an unbiased blogger and in that sense episodic blogging kind of feels like busy work to me now. Writing for the sake of writing, but ultimately the conclusion is set in stone. Crap or epic, trainwreck or satisfying, it’s kind of predetermined by the bloggers inherent biases as somebody named Myssa Rei tried to tell me not to long ago and I failed to listen. It’s true though, at least that’s the geniuine impression I’ve gotten and people are free to try and convince me otherwise, but my view on that matter is pretty much as set in stone as some peoples view of the show.
Now that that’s out of the way…..hmmmm…what else to say really…well Ougi and Viletta seem to have finally tied the knot, and at this point I sort of see the….errrr…point of their little love story. It’s the centrepiece for the final happy go lucky moments of the series and their interacial relationship is sort of the official recognization of Britannia and Japan’s new relationship. One of general tolerance, acceptance and hopefully equality. They seemed to come together and drift apart at times equivalent to when Britannia and Japan were getting close to finding a resolution to their conflict and reaching a detente and times when they were in all out war respectively. It was only after this final piece that they final came together, so I think their relationship was meant to be as symbolic as it was plot point within the show.
As for the not so good, the final battle between Lancelot Albion and Guren Seiten on top of feeling unnecessary was a bit of a generic all out slug fest resulting in the mutal destruction of both suits. It was fast and furious, but something about it just felt……meh. There were also some strange results at the end such as Jeremiah ending up apparently adopting Anya and moving out to an Orange farm after degeassing her. The two never really knew each other before this moment so I don’t get how they suddenly buddied up. Maybe Anya remembered Jeremiah from her time at the palace and thought he was the best person to trust and spend the aftermath of the battle with.
In the end really I think there are those who will dislike this episode no matter what strength’s it has, and those that will like it for the silliest little things like bloodshed or their favourite character living or their most hated ones dying. To me that’s what Code Geass R2 has sort of been reduced to, a petty argument on the internet that’s really not all that important in the long run, and you know what, I was foolish enough to get involved in it and let it dominate my life for the past 5 or so months. Sorry, but I can’t help but just feel a little bitter over the whole experience and knowing that it’s mostly my own fault for getting involved is the kick in the shins, but I’ll get over it eventually and come out a little wiser and less naive about how things go in the blogosphere. I’m certainly never going to be blogging a series I’m super keen on again as that just leads to bias, fighting and everyone just not being happy. In the end I just want to end on a positive note and say thank you to the people who supported me through all of this and enjoyed my articles and to apologize to those I may have wronged, and to those who were expecting something a little more involved for this last article.
Code Geass was a blast almost the whole way through for me with a few exceptions. Those being a few weak episodes in R2, Gino being a rather lame character, and the ending feeling a bit rushed in it’s montage style wrap up of some characters stories, but overall I enjoyed the majority of it and felt it didn’t betray what I’ve come to like about this show. For now I just have one thing left to say. FREE AT LAST! FREE AT LAST! THANK GOD I’M FREE AT LAST! HAHAHA! YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! I think I’m going to sit next season out. I’ve done enough writing for the last year and a half and I believe more then a few people will be happy to see me shut up for a little while. Well it’s time to grant your wish and mine folks. Now if you’ll excuse me I have some games and anime to catch up on
Rating: Seven And A Half Out Of Ten
Final Series Rating: Eight Out Of Ten (From A Total Average Of All Episodes)