Code Geass R2 Episode 01 (The Day The Devil Awakens)

No This Isn’t A Citizen Kane Scenario But Rumours Of Zero’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

So found myself in a bit of a pickle a couple nights ago but luckily everything is resolved now and my computer is running smooth again.  It was all just in time for Code Geass R2 as well and I even got to chuckle at all the people who tried out that Keyhole service and got nothing but lag and choppy pictures for their efforts.  That’s what you get when a whole bunch of fans are chomping at the bit for the chance to be the first (but not in reality) ones to see the latest episode of the hottest anime series on the planet right now.  You guy’s scare me….almost as much as Haruhiist’s you crazy lovable Geass fans.  I mean first place on ANN’s broken ranking list already? Well I am a Geass fan too and I decided to wait until the first subtitled episode came out (which was like less than 12 hours after the premier so it’s barely even a matter of patience as much as calm down so threads don’t have to be locked) and here I am ready to go.  So then let’s.

Summary: First things first with a recap as narrated by C.C of the story of Zero’s rebellion and how he tried but failed with his Black Knights to bring down the Britannian Empire and to liberate Japan.  As history has written it (Britannia’s of course) Zero is dead and so goes the propaganda that the Holy Brittanian Empire is invincible more or less.

Not The Most Ideal Britannian Tourist Attraction Anymore

After this the inaugaral (and somewhat gaudy) title card for the series comes up and we are treated to a fly by over the Britannian Settlement as a familiar voice going by the codename 2D4 says she is approaching Tokyo Settlement Airspace.  A voice comes in over the intercom asking her to confirm her purpose is public advertising (Pizza Hut?) and she says it is and is thus granted access to the upper airspace of the settlement.

No Pizza Hut?

C.C: So This Is How You Fool Them? Kaioshin: Yes C.C That Is How You Fool Them

Gentleman, To Victory

A Code Geass Fan On Sunday Morning….(Just Kidding)

The voice of course belongs to none other than C.C and in the back of the zeppelin she’s in are the remainder of the Order of The Black Knights who have taken upon them Zero’s legacy.  The leader of the speech tells them not to despair and that good thing will follow if they succeed in their Operation Flying Swallow No.4 plan.  The leader tells them he’s sorry and as they all take a drink from a small bowl they proceed to smash the bowls with the cry “Nippon Banzai!” as if to announce the beginning of the mission.

Yeah It’s Pink, So What?

How Come Ougi Never Made It That Far?

Your Kindred Spirit In Lost Memories (A Somewhat Tongue In Cheek PS2 Code Geass Dating Sim Game)

The Fall Guy

Possibly?

As their voices echo the scene shifts and warps over to Ashford Academy where Lelouch Lamperouge is seen walking down a hallway.  It seems he’s running away from Viletta (who is now a teacher at the academy) to avoid gym class and the student body is cheering him on as he enters a storage room.  Viletta thinks she has caught him, but he tips a beaker of purple liquid into another dish full of red liquid, creating a screen of coloured smoke to help him slip by her.  As he heads down a stairwell Millay Ashford is there and throws him his lunch much to the chagrin of Viletta who chastises her for not acting the part of the student council president.  It almost looks like Lelouch has failed when Villeta jumps out of a window and lands on him, but it’s actually Rivalz in a wig taking the fall (literally) for his buddy.  This gives Lelouch the chance to escape on Rivalz’ moped and so we are introduced to the new opening

O2 By Orange Range

OH MY GOD IT’S HORRIBLE I CAN BARELY LISTEN TO IT GRAAAAAAH! It’s not as strong as Colours, Kaido Funou or Hitomi No Tsubasa (Well it has better visual then the last one), but it’s certainly better than 90% of anime openings these days (hell it beats Triangler that’s for sure) and a catchy song in it’s own right.  As always let’s run through the opening.  As the music starts we see a light come across the Jupiter planetoid seen frequently in the series imagery and the camera follows the light over to reveal C.C who holds out her arms, brings them towards her and pivots around a little in the light before we see a flash of Lelouch (Geass active) and the light flutters away from him. (almost as if to symbolize the severed connection between the two at the end of the first season)  As if to further symbolize their severed ties he holds out his hand over his eye and when it away the Geass is gone and he holds his hand up towards a now visible sky as an image of an enraged looking Suzaku a smug looking V.V and then the Emperor with a Geass in his eyes flash by. (They seem to be gloating at his loss) We then cut to a seen at the academy with Lelouch sitting beside Rolo and Viletta, Rivalz, Millay and Shirley standing nearby. (his new false life) We then see an image of a pendant and then a crying Nunally in a regal looking wheelchair flying away while holding out her hand as Lelouch comes into view trying to catch her and failing. (Symbolizing his loss of contact from her and his seemingly forgetting her existence) We then see Lelouch standing at the front of the gates of Ashford Academy (I think) and he looks up into the starry sky as the title card unfolds.  After that we then see Lancelot and Suzaku flying out of a ship with it’s flight pack and a large overhang cannon that fires a large shot. (Reminding me of L-Gaim and it’s Buster Launcher for some reason) Cut then to the Tristan und Isolde transforming from it’s flight mode into a Knightmare Frame and a shot of Gino who has his arm wrapped around Suzuku in a buddy buddy gesture.  We then cut to Anya looking at her cellphone and then looking up surprised before making a loli face (The loli face is essentially her looking somewhere between pleasure and agony that lolis seems to make before doing something very destructive) the Mordred comes up and fires it’s Hadron Cannons. (I’ll give people that this is very invocative of the Gundam Virtue’s GN Cannon) As if from nowhere the Guren Nishiki now comes up (flying no less) and counterattacks it and we zoom into the cockpit to see Karen looking determined.  We then see a Knightmare Frame and what looks like Toudou’s KF locking swords in a cityscape before an semi-opaque barrier comes up that is revealed to be Li Xingke’s Knightmare frame with two spinning swords attached to the arms.  He is also accompanied by his posse which includes a woman in a dress similar to Jam Kurodoberi’s, a loli in a loli like pose (I bet she’s got some uber broken talent judging by how innocent she looks) and Dong Zhuo from Dynasty Warriors.  His KF then opens it’s Wing Zero like chest area (The guys voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa as well as if the Wing Zero like parralel didn’t work for you) to fire a beam of energy that cuts away to Jerimiah wandering in a desert like setting with an aggressive stride. (It seem to invoke an image of a wild beast who could pop up at any moment and is driven by range and more dangerous than ever.  Not to mention the music get’s really screamy here to further drive home the feeling of all-encompassing rage) We then see another shot of the emperor smirking and cut to Lelouch riding his horse through a surrealistic setting (looks CG-ish) before arriving on a cliff overlooking a city with approaching enemies on and approaching the beachhead. (The general on his horse about to attempt a rout) A shot of Rolo follows with a good looking KF flying by in the sky and then rapid shots of the Britannian flag, Ougi standing back to back with Villeta (hinting they might meet up again but aren’t looking eye to eye yet) the Geass Symbol (seems to be the new flag of the OoTBK) and then a zoom out through the geass field of all the characters in the series.  At least we see a shot of Prince Schneizel and a determined looking Lelouch as C.C comes down beside him.  They hold out there hands as if to greet each other but don’t touch as Lelouch instead draws back his hand at the last second and holds it to his face in the classic gesture. (Seems to indicate they will either be parting ways or he will learn to stand on his own without her help) The camera then zoom at as he dons the Zero mask and an enormous army of Black Knights appears behind him and a black chess piece is tossed into the air. (Symbolizing that Lelouchs fate is up in the air)

Why Do I Get A Devil Gundam Vibe Looking At This Screen?

Why Do I Have This Feeling We Have A Potential Meme In The Making And This Series Has Just The Type Of Fans That Are More Than Willing To Oblige

Nice View Of Area 11 There

So I don’t know that opening didn’t take long at all to grow on me and I really quite like it.  I don’t see the problem, but let’s not dwell on that and instead move on with the episode proper.  As we start up again Rolo is driving Lelouch along and Lelouch ponders why Viletta is always getting upset with him as he sits in the sidecar. (his voice is also more light-hearted at the moment)  Rolo admonishes Lelouch for always skipping class saying it’s no wonder, but Lelouch doesn’t mind and offers him some of the bread that Millay gave to them.  He ponders to himself about how it’s been almost a year since Zero caused the Black Rebellion (obviously he doesn’t remember his own identity) and how things have quited down in Japan since then.  He claims that when things started to get bad that he and his brother had been planning to return to the homeland (False memories much?) and then they continue to talk about their plans for the future and how Lelouch feels there is no upward social mobility in the adult world. (Social commentary that strikes me as pinpoint accurate of right now)

Reality TV Get’s More And More Disturbing By The Year

Hmmmm….Maybe He’s Got That Fear Of The Seemingly Innocent Lolis That I Do In When He Think About These Destitute Folk

Area Elevens Most Wanted

From here they look up at a TV of a live execution of Japanese citizens and the new Governor-General Carares that replaced Cornelia saying that this isn’t discrimination against elevens, but differentiation against a militant group for being deceived by Zero and trying to take back their names as Japanese.  He claims that Brittania must provide the appropriate “education” and Lelouch ponders how the elevens lost because they were strong enough as an image of the members of the Black Knights who have been arrested (Toudou for one) and those who are still at large (Diethard and Laksharta) come by on the screen.  TThere is also an image that claims Zero has been executed and Lelouch thinks of him as a fool.

Ah The Number One Export Of The Developed World, The Sweatshop Mentality

Incidentally Ultimate Fighting Is About The Gayest Thing On North American Television By A Long Shot.  It’s Like At Least 1.5 Times Gayer Than V.V In The Ending Theme

The Picture Speaks For Itself….HOORAY FOR ULTIMATE MATING

Elsewhere Carares is getting ready to meet with envoys from the Chinese Federation (Guilford seems to be among his security force) and is complaining about the emperor barging in on his territory with plans to capture the remnants of the OoTBK. We then see said detachment from the homeland spying on Lelouch as he approaches a building.  A soldier wonders if “she” will appear this time and their leader says she better as they are taking a huge risk by going to the outer parts of the settlement. (the music here sounds really ominous by the way….well as ominous as you can convey with a piano) After Lelouch and Rolo find a place in a parking lot and ride an elevator they end up in a Casino where Lelouch says he is looking for a tough opponent.  Among the usual card games and slot machines there’s also a forced Ultimate Fight going between two Japanese brothers with betting on the sidelines by the Britannians (Ah classicly sadistic rich people in anime with all their too much money) and this seems to make Rolo uneasy as he urges Lelouch to leave with him.  Lelouch insists that laughing and having fun is for Britiannians though and that all the things that are happening to the elevens won’t change if you don’t see it.  (Basically he’s not only lost his memories but his original personality as well)

A Familiar Face Chest

And The Other Goods

I Think They Got The Concept Of The Hunt Mixed Up Here.  (Okay, Obviously It’s A Sick Game Of Forced Prostitution Based On The Easter Bunny’s Hunt And The Classic Predator Hunting A Helpless Rabbit Played Up For Lelouch And King’s Back And Forth On The Predator Vs. The Prey….WITH FANSERVICE!)

Don’t Do It Man!

He turns away saying that the elevens have lost and should except their place and bumps right into Karen who is dressed in a bunny costume.  She apologizes for spilling a drink all over him and seems to be playing a ruse while reciting the whole class system notion.  When Lelouch bends down to try and help her she then goes into something more akin to her true beliefs while trying to pass him a tracking device of some sort.  This is cut short when a large black man comes up asking her to show him her face and wants to throw her in with another group of bunny girls for something called the “Bunny Hunt”.  Karen protests that she’s not for sale but the man says that losers have no rights.  He citest the emperors decree of survival of the fittest as evidence of this and Lelouch seems unimpressed, calling him arrogant and to prove his worth in a game of chess to see who the predator is. (So some aspects of his character are still intact)  King accepts and seems to mock Lelouch for challenging him, but Lelouch says he’s aware of King’s status as a top chess player around the area and is ready for a good game.

There It Is Again.  Incidentally Kadokawa Has A Stake In Code Geass So I Wonder If It Was Their Idea To Orchestrate This Partnership.  Wouldn’t Put It Past Them Since They Are Easily The Biggest Promotional Group In All Of Otakudom

LIES!

A NEW RECORD!

A Better Surprise Matchup For The Ultimate Fighting Match Would Have Been Karen Versus One Of The Japanese Guys

Which Side Are You Rooting For Crusader?

Elsewhere in a prison are Ougi and the rest of the OoTBK who have been captured and they are debating why Zero left them to be captured.  Ougi seems to believe he had his reasons, but a female member says he’s a traitor and not to talk of him.  Toudou tells them to stop arguing and that Zero died in battle.  This shocks Ougi as we head back to the Babel Tower to see that King has already lost his game with Lelouch.  King claims that Lelouch has cheated him but Karen and Rolo both say that cheating at chess is impossible. (Actually this is completely true.  Chess is one of the few games where as long as everyone has their eyes on the game at all times and knows the rules it is impossible to cheat without getting caught)  King orders his men to restrain Lelouch and that it’s time to create some evidence.  Lelouch is outraged and King pulls a gun on him as the building suddenly starts to shake.  Karen uses the distraction to punch and kick King to the ground and the Brittanian Farm blimp now opens fire from above the Babel tower as Karen continues to take out more of the bodyguards.  The back door of the blimp opens up now and several KF’s drop out.  Meanwhile, Karen grabs Lelouch and tries to guide him somewhere through the chaos as he wonders what is going on.

Is It Just Me Or Does Li (Among Other Male Characters) Sport A Serious Jean Chretien Lip This Season

Sword Always Beats Gun In Anime

After the eyecatch we see that Li and one of the Eunichs is meeting with Carares at his compound. (For some reason there’s also an advertisement that flashes by for Kadokawa during this.  Did I mention I really hate them for their bloody nigh on constant advertising with everything they are involved in)  Carares says it’s probably a little early for the Chinese to understand Brittania and when two of his guards approach Li to ask him to hand over his antique weapon he quickly draws his sword and cuts their guns belts off in a flash.  The Eunich (who sounds like one for sure) says that Li is being rude and Li apologizes saying that it’s a bit to early for Carares to understand the Chinese Federation. (Now that was a witty comeback.  Britannia has a rival for sure)  Carares is visibly incensed by this but everyones detention is quickly drawn to the background where we can see the attack on the Babel Tower underway.  Back in the tower there’s a quick flash of Nunally’s locket and suddenly Karen finds herself dazed and on the ground and Rolo is running off with Lelouch. (Did Karen get Geassed by Rolo somehow?)

The Smoke Is Purple Yes, It’s Camo Smoke

So Why Exactly Are People Reminded Of Knightmare Frames When They See The Earth Federation’s Next Line Of GN-X’s.  I Saw A Shot Lancer, Not A Tow Cable

You Are Zero….Search Your Feelings, You Know It To Be True.  Zero: “NAAAAAAAAAAAAAOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! okay fine…”

The Cavalry Of The Future

Sunday Afternoon Timeslot Matters Not To Code Geass

I Bet This Is The First Thing The Manatees Complain About.  After All Every Series Is Allowed To Have Goofy Fun Fanservice Except Those By Sunrise And Gonzo.  Also Being Biased Is Apparently Cool Now….Yeah It Must Just Be Eating At The Manatees That People Are Sitting Around…You Know Enjoying A Fun Series By Sunrise And I Expect Extra Amounts Of Whining And Incoherency From Them Before Long

Probably A Good Thing The Order’s KF Start Up Screen Is Written In Kanji

And Thus Why Karen Keeps The Start Up Key Close By….But Not Why She Keeps It In Plain Sight

The team leader asks Karen if she lost contact with the target and the rest of the Order back on the blimp says they’ll join in to. The blimp lets off some smoke to disguise their deployment and they managed to take out several Britannian helicopters with their tow cables.  Meanwhile the leader of the Britannian deployment from the homeland commences his own operation and tells everyone to ignore what Carares is saying since the order from the Emperor overules it.  Meanwhile Lelouch and Rolo are running through a promenade when a KF crashes through the ceiling and holds out it’s hand as if to invite Lelouch, but just as he’s considering things the Britannian KF’s crash through the windows and open fire on it.  It doesn’t hold up long and is forced to retreat behind a pillar.  Meanwhile, Karen has reconvened with the Order (I’m assuming she never worked at the tower in the first place) and apologizing for losing Lelouch she learns that Urabe (the point man for the Order) has gone to look for him.  She then removes the thing that looked like a cigarette lighter from between her breasts (fanservice) and the back of the Order’s truck opens up to reveal the Gurren Nishiki in pristine condition.

Another Severed Tie?

Better Channel Your Inner Heero Yuy There.  If It Were Li He’d Probably Just Pop It Back Into Place Afterward

You Know I Never Felt Shirley Was All That Bright And These Moments Seem To Confirm That Notion

Elsewhere (or not) Lelouch and Rolo have snuck into a warehouse while trying to escape and Lelouch assures him everything is going to be okay, but suddenly he sees something and knocks Rolo out of the way of a gunman getting shot in the shoulder in the mean time. and falls off a ledge into seeming oblivion as Rolo holds out his hand to try and catch him.  We flash back briefly to the academy where Shirley is fretting about Lelouch constantly dragging Rolo around on his escapades and when we come back to Lelouch we see he has landed safely on a canopy below.

See Sunrise Can Get Away With This On Sunday Afternoon.  And People Were Worried About Censorship And A Lighter Storyline

The Return Of The White Witch

But Not For Long

Massacre, What Masscare?

Is This The End Of Lovable Lelouch?

He begins to climb back out of the basement and into the Babel Tower only to see everybody in the building lying dead on the floor including King, the bunny girls and the wrestlers.  He seems to believe it was the terrorists that did it and that they even killed their own people.  He spots one of the bunny girls holding and image of Zero and scoffs at the ideal only to look up to see an Order KF.  The pilot ejects and it is indeed C.C who says she’s come to pick him up.  She tells him to remember his true enemy in Britannia and that they are allies.  This time he moves to accept her outstretched hand but she is once again shot and appears to die in his arms.  The Britannian Army is behind it and they begin burning the remaining bodies to conceal the evidence of the massacre.  The army man who shot her then taunts Lelouch saying he’s been spying on him to get to C.C and now they can both die together.

Fanboy Treat

If Your Looking For The Recipe To Create Fake Memories I Wouldn’t Recommend Cheesing

She Doesn’t Have One

A Well Disciplined Suicide Machine

Your Voice Changed Too

The Return Of The Black King

Yeah Yeah, Nobody Is Interested In You Suzaku, They’re All Looking At The Person To Your Right

He wishes he had the power to escape and C.C grabs him and makes contact by kissing him.  He is brought into the same Jupiter like spot that he’s been too whenever their minds connected and she tells him that he has had the power in him all this time and just forgot about it.  He then remembers everything that happened up until the point that Suzaku shot him.  He then orders the soldiers to kill themselves with his Geass which is now active again and they oblige.  He now realizes why nothing quite felt right and where his true place is.  He says the world is at fault and not him as the Gurren Nishiki and Urabe’s KF drops down in a gesture of bowing towards him.  Meanwhile elsewhere the Emperor approaches Suzaku, Anya and Gino and Suzuku claims to a pleased looking Emperor that he will be the one to kill Zero and won’t give the honor to anyone else.

Thoughts:

Well I honestly thought we were in for at least a few episodes of high school hijinks before getting back to the main storyline, but thankfully all we got was a light hearted scene at the beginning and a few shots of Shirley worrying about Lelouch.  It seems pretty evident to me the goal of this episode and that was to bring the fans of the first series back into the Code Geass atmosphere as well as to not leave new fans completely confused.  By starting things off in a state of confusion they carried over the confusion started by the cliffhanger from last season, but by having a storyline similar to the first episode of the first scene they allowed the opportunity to rebuild some of the tension to it’s peak over the course of the episode and any new fans the courtesy of being eased into the series as things are unveiled as we go along.  It could just as easily be a second season or a new series depending on where you stand when watching this.  In my opinion it’s as good a directoral choice as any I could have come up with for the first episode.

Of course 1 year has passed and now Lelouch seems to have been given (and I mean to emphasize that) a brother that everyone at the academy recognizes as his sister.  He starts the episode off as a light hearted slacker type with only a few of the traits the classic Lelouch was known for such as strong opinions on social casting and a love for gambling.  His voice is even different and leads one to believe that his memories have been supressed and altered following the events of last season and that the Ashford Academy student bodies have too.  A geass has just such the power to do that kind of mass brainwashing and we’ll just have to find out who the cause of it all was with some retroactive storytelling that I expect soon enough.  I’m not entirely sure it was Rolo though as his concern for Lelouch seems genuine.  If he were a plant then he would have been trying harder to guide Lelouch towards C.C for the Baron sent to get rid of them, but he didn’t and was even trying to lead him away from the tower.  One has to wonder at just who he is and what his goals are if any.

Of course the main plot of this episode is C.C trying to recover Lelouch and Britannian trying to capture her and both seemed to be aware of each others plans and were playing off each other.  Of course the Baron seems to have been deliberately withheld details by the Emperor as he has no idea of C.C’s immortality nor that Lelouch has a sealed Geass.  For this he pays the price and the Order now has their leader back.

Among other things Li Xingke is formally introduced and seems like a neat wild card character with tons of potential.  He’s a skilled fighter who also has a quick wit and seems noble and loyal to his Eunuch.  I have a feeling I’m going to like this character a lot and whichever side he ends up allying with would benifit greatly from his strength.  Of course he could remain neutral throughout and be a sort of Uesugi Kenshin type figure who appears to help out the weakest side in battle.  Who knows.

So a lot happened for not much of anything happening and if there’s one complaint I have about the episode it’s that the animation didn’t seem up to par for Sunrise during some segements.  The character art seemed off at times and the quick skirmish between C.C’s KF and the Britannian’s just looked weird.  It seemed almost sped up in how she was firing and then got hit and the KF’s arm just seemed to pop off rather than take damage as she retreated super quick behind a pillar.  Very bizarre to look at.  Hopefully things are better in the second episode and we reach 00 levels.

By the way I should mention for those who don’t know, the story of the Tower of Babel is a moralistic bible associated story of men who tried to build a tower to heaven and were struck down by god for their hubris and belief that they were as great as God.  Their punishment was that they all be unable to understand one another and thus live out their lives in confusion and isolation, much like the viewer is probably feeling right now.  This has a lot to do with what is going on in this episode such as Lelouch’s confusion as to who he is and his isolation from everybody else for a large part of it during the chaos.  It also has to do with how Lelouch tried to climb to the top of the power chain and was struck down and punished by being isolated from the one thing that is more important to him than life itself in Nunally.  It could also have some hints of foreshadowing of the fall of Britannia from grace as the tower is all but destroyed in this episode and the true Black King has remerged.

As a final word, the music was obviously different this season and it looks like we have a new soundtrack on the way.  Hopefully some old classics return, although I’m kind of liking the piano driven pieces we got this episode as well.  Never a dull moment music wise in a Sunrise mecha series.  So until next time, which all odds point to being a really plot heavy and thrill filled episode, keep the discussion going.

Rating: Eight And A Half Out Of Ten

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18 Responses to “Code Geass R2 Episode 01 (The Day The Devil Awakens)”


  1. 1 Owaranai Destiny April 8, 2008 at 3:14 am

    Apparently you can read the hidden meanings behind certain scenes and usage of names quite well. Bravo!

    Interestingly, the scene with Lelouch and the Secret Intelligence Agency seemed to have a “Hellish atmosphere” for both parties, first for Lelouch (he thinks he’s going to die) then for the Secret Intelligence people (WE know they are going to die).

    I’m actually worried whether the hatred for Suzaku will surface after reading a summary on Random Curiosity (and it did, unfortunately). Ultimately it’s seems somewhat strange to not want to see the change in him after his run-in with Lelouch earlier, and we might actually get a clearer picture (via flashback) of what happened at that time, even though it might not really be needed.

  2. 2 Nope April 8, 2008 at 3:17 am

    Just thought I’d mention this, as some subs don’t do it justice, but if you listen to the Japanese, the way Kallen greets Lelouch is with his own line from Episode 9 – Refrain of Season 1. I believe it to be symbolic in nature, not only because of the same words, but also because of the situations they’ve been used. When Lelouch used it, it was to show Kallen the real world and wake her from her delusion. This time around, it is much the same, just that now Kallen is waking Lelouch from his dream.

    Looks like she’s figured out the real Lelouch. Maybe.

  3. 3 Kaioshin Sama April 8, 2008 at 3:56 am

    I’m kind of tired of hearing some people ramble on constantly about how much they hate Suzaku. It’s really ceased to have any meaning and it just seems like people are going along with it because it’s the “cool thing to do”.

    Suzaku is a flawed character, something people really don’t seem to understand these days as flawed has become synomous with clingy in regards to moe anime, rather than the traditional flawed seen in characters like Macbeth or Oedipus that Suzaku is more likened too. He is flawed in a similar vein to Lelouch in that his idealism has lead him where he is now and pretty much ruined his life. His fall from grace is already complete and now it’s a morality struggle with him that I’m not sure he can even win. I’m sure he will pay the price for it at some point, but people just seem sore because Sunrise doesn’t want to give the bloodthirsty type the satisfaction of seeing him get murdered. The hatred for him seems a lot like that for Makoto or Kazuki, although I’m sure we’ll something a lot more meaningful then a snuff film slaughter or a sudden easily accepted confession of his crimes to Lelouch for his exit.

  4. 4 RmX April 8, 2008 at 4:40 am

    Sorry, but Suzaku must die. It is a fact. My reasons for hating him have evolved through the series, and aligning himself with Britannia while losing sight of his (ridiculously stupid and naive) goal of changing the country from inside just so that he can hunt down Zero is simply more ammo for me to shoot at the bastard.

    Pretty much anyone aligned with Britannia I will find a way to hate. Nothing personal against the Knights of Three and Six, but I must detest them too.

    Moving now onto the other side, I will be behind anything that the Black Knights do out of the sheer hatred I harbor for Britannia and its people. Lelouch made be as flawed as Suzaku, and perhaps even moreso at times, but I give my full support to him regardless of what he does. Despite the many crimes he has committed against those caught in the war, those against including his own friends, I will find a way to back him up. Perhaps it’s the absurd theatrics. I’m not sure.

  5. 5 sadakups April 8, 2008 at 4:48 am

    “Why Do I Get A Devil Gundam Vibe Looking At This Screen?”

    The hexagons, what else. Of course, you already knew that, didn’t you? ^__^

  6. 6 The Animanachronism April 8, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    I’m wondering if CC didn’t detach the arm of her Knightmare intentionally – as one throws a stone one way and breaks in the other direction. Plus the Knightmare needed to be armless to allude to Kallen’s armless Glasgow in the first episode of the first series.

    Overall your idea that the ‘goal of this episode and that was to bring the fans of the first series back into the Code Geass atmosphere’ sums it up nicely: rather cleverly, this episode was a recap, not of events, but of themes and atmosphere instead.

    @ RmX: It’s a credit to the staff behind Code Geass that the show can inspire such passion. But as a Britannian myself, I find it hard to see things in such black-and-white terms. What’s a little genocide here and there, anyway? [I’m joking, in case anyone out there can’t tell.]

  7. 7 Owaranai Destiny April 8, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    This is almost like a case of the World vs Celestial Being in a way, since the Britannians are considered the “public order” of Area Eleven (or for Nippon supporters, Japan) while the Black Knights and Zero are considered to be “terrorists”. Somehow or other this opinion will probably jump up again for opportunities to dig out Lelouch and co.’s flaws, magnify them and…you know the rest. That being said, I don’t quite advocate the notion of having to bash characters on either side, but that’s just an opinion.

    Regarding the detaching of remnants of the arm, I see it as a safety precaution (in case it explodes).

  8. 8 RmX April 8, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    @The A: Indeed it is. The crazy polarization that the writers achieved here is incredible, and I’m grateful to have fallen into it completely.

    @O_D: The case is similar, but the portrayal is vastly different. In Gundam 00 I saw the shades of gray quite easily, and saw that no side in those conflicts was ever actually “right”. But here with Code Geass, many of the viewers find themselves aligning with one side over the other, due to how diametrically opposed the two sides are. Aspects of the shades of gray portrayal are overridden by concentrating on the differences that divide the two side.

    Oh yeah, thank you for using the name Japan instead of that other crappy label.

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  10. 10 Major1138 April 12, 2008 at 2:17 am

    Well I think part of the reason why people are so polarized over the issue of Lelouch vs Suzaku (and by extension the Black Knights vs Britannia) is that they’re each right about some things and horribly, horribly wrong about others.

    Suzaku is right in saying that the Black Knights don’t fight fair. They’re terrorists. And their methods can certainly cost innocent people their lives. And he’s probably right that far more people would have died had Japan fought to the bitter end during the invasion. But on the other hand, he’s a collaborator to a regime which treats his people like crap. And he may very well be fooling himself by saying that he’s working to change the Empire form within, because he hopes to find redemption in death for killing his father.

    As for Lelouch, he’s right to think the Empire, as it currently stands, is a pretty lousy proposition. Personally, the loss of his mother and the crippling of his sister has to hurt. But also, the doctrine “only the strong survive” as practiced by the Empire is pretty crappy as well – it just perpetuates a cycle of violence and oppression. But on the other hand, he’s deceiving himself just as much as Suzaku – he’s not doing what he does in order to free Japan. He’s doing it to create a perfect world (as he sees it) for his sister. And he’s willing to do pretty much whatever it takes to get there. On one hand, he’s fighting against some pretty bad dudes, but on the other, his methods can be pretty ruthless at times, and you have to ask yourself what would his sister think if she knew what he was doing in her name.

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