You Would Think At This Stage In Anime’s Development That Security Teams Would Have Labelled Shouta’s And Loli’s As Class S Security Threats.
Oh don’t mind me, I’m just an old school anime fan who’s mired in his analysis of shows. One who attempts to look at the bigger picture to such a degree that he has earned himself the label of drama whore, pathetic and flamer. In all honesty I would rather be playing some Castlevania right now, but instead I’ve decided to do my part on the whole Code Geass R2 blogging scene tonight instead of 5 or so days from now. That means no Macross until possibly Wednesday again, but that’s what happens when you have two shows, several games and work competing for my time.
Oh and during the course of the past week Jason Miao managed to spam out no less then 3 articles on Code Geass in less than a day, and if you were expecting anything profound to come out of them or anything you know that ummm……makes sense, then obviously you don’t know Jason. It’s worth taking a look at though if you want to laugh at how hysterically uninformed and poorly written his articles still are. He also still seems to live in his own Karl Rovesque little world of his where his opinions are fact and if you think I make a lot of comparisons to Gundam 00 then you have seen nothing. What will stop this man in his desperate crusade to try and portray this show and Sunrise as an abomination of mankind. Surely not Common sense and a cognitive filter that says nobody who isn’t a troll cares anymore. Oh man though, his articles certainly were a laugh, although I was laughing more at him then the “Geass No’s” and “Emo Facial Distortions” that were supposed to pass as comedy. Jason, Jason, Jason, you’re your own worst enemy. Speaking of own worst enemies, Guilford’s Arthurian sense of chivalry get’s him into a lot of trouble this episode. Let’s have a look shall we…. but first I just have to make fun of some of Jason’s quotes a little more as they are just that much of a trainwreck.
From Episode 1:
Jason: ” One thing bugged me is that when they swapped Nunnally for Rolo, wouldn’t the other Ashford students know? Like, wouldn’t Shirley, Millay, or Rivalz ask, “Hey, what happened to your sister, and how’d you get a brother?!””
Kaioshin: How about that’s part of the mystery Jason. Tough concept I know.
Jason: “Suzaku is no longer of the academy, and we’ll know from a later episode that he’s been promoted to the Sunrise rip-off of the Knights of the Round Table.”
Kaioshin: Oh No! Is Sunrise borrowing from mythology?! How dare they! Of course there have been thousands of takes on the Knights of The Round Table in anime and American cartoons before, but if Sunrise does it MUST be evil. Also if Jason had actually watched the episode as I’m starting to believe he didn’t he would have seen that Suzaku is revealed to be a member of the Knight of The Rounds (or at least to have been promoted to the Emperor’s court) in the last scene of THIS very episode when he is called before the Emperor along with Anya Earlstraim and Gino Weinberg.
Jason: “Kallen is also no longer with the academy, supposedly, and I’m surprised no one brought up a “Hey, what ever happened to Suzaku, Kallen, and Nunnally?” yet.”
Kaioshin: Jeez Jason, could it be because by the end of Turn 01 Lelouch had only just recovered his memories and thus didn’t have the knowledge to consider his and her disappearance. Same goes for the Ashford Academy crew who had also obviously been brainwashed.
Jason: “The thing that stuck out at me the most? The animation quality. Code Geass R2 is significantly better than Gundam 00, light-years better than the original season of Code Geass, and stepping into Kyoto territory. I always knew that they had the funds to do it, but now they’re actually making good on that potential… except that potential is potentially wasted on another series that can most lovingly be described as a train wreck.”
Kaioshin: Not even five short paragraphs and we see that Jason has already made up his mind about the series. Also note that he hasn’t even gotten started talking about the actual events of the episode yet. Good old prejudiced Jason.
Jason: “The scene that sums up the OH GEASS NO experience in its entirety: Lulu dumping Bunny Girl Kallen to escape (and hold hands with) his brother. I’m glad that some things just don’t change.”
Kaioshin: Jason, tsk tsk old chap, you didn’t pay attention again or you would have seen that a locket blocked the view of the entire scene and thus we don’t know for sure what happened by that point.
Jason: “Didn’t Gundam 00 start off with a waving flag followed by a quick overview of the current political situation? In any case, we now know for sure that Britannia is America. At first, I thought it was England / Europe with America, but, nope. I’m not sure what I would rant more about: the anti-American imperialism sentiments in recent Sunrise anime or how England is much better choice as a source nation for “Britannia.””
Kaioshin: Yeah interesting…of course we’ve seen since the beginning of the very first episode of R1 that the source nation of Britannia has indeed been the American continent, but you know, this is quick on the uptake by Jason’s standards. What about that anti-english sentiment that seeks to throw the Britannia label off of America and onto Britain?
Jason: “Is Sunrise still going to try to cram school harem romance elements into Code Geass? It worked so well the first season…”
Kaioshin: Probably just slightly less than a tenth of what Kyoto Animation crams into their series Jason. Oh wait, but that doesn’t matter does it as it’s only a problem when Sunrise tries to do anything.
Jason: “Yep, can’t be Code Geass without blatant Pizza Hut marketing. I can’t wait for C.C. to be spooning a Cheese-kun again.”
Kaioshin: I wonder if Jason realizes that Code Geass has the same advertising consultant behind it as Haruhi and Lucky Star. Actually, come to think of it even if he did he’d probably find a way to casually deny it anyway.
Jason, The Gift That Keeps On Giving With Episode 02:
Jason: “This new season is actually getting off to a nice, strong start, but, as you’re probably familiar with my views on Sunrise, it’s not going to last.”
Kaioshin: Jason with the bait and switch ladies and gentleman. Notice how he seems to confuse his views with reality openly. Yes Jason, because of your views on Sunrise, Code Geass isn’t going to continue to be strong. Jason, do pigs fly if you believe it? Is there no place like home?
Jason: “The train wreck watch for Code Geass R2 has started: I’m going to assume train wreck status, and, if by the end, it turns out be a pretty solid and serious mecha drama series, I’ll be pleasantly surprised.”
Kaioshin: Jason, for the love of god you don’t need to tell us that you are assuming trainwreck status. You also can’t leave open the possibility that you will accept the series as solid if you’ve already prejudged it before even starting. You’re confusing concepts here again. We know you are never going to enjoy the series because you are a biased hack, so why are you even pretending there’s a possibility? You’ve started making so little sense that you are even starting to deny the own black and white reality that you have created for yourself to live in
Jason: “For example, C.C., her origin, and the origin of geass were never explained well the prior season, and now with at least three geass users running amok, it would be nice to get some elaboration on this point.”
Kaioshin: BZZZZZT! Wrong! We did find out last season that C.C’s origin is that of a 17th-18th century which who was tortured and burned at the stake. Are you actually watching this series Jason, or are you stealing screencaps from other sources and making up your own version of the series based on what you’ve heard through the grapevine.
Jason: “Has there ever been a wussier male lead than Lulu? The only thing that separates him from Shinji is a backbone.”
Kaioshin: Oh My God! Jason, have things gotten so bad that you are resorting to baiting Lelouch fans in order to get people to read your articles. I kind of feel sorry for you now.
Jason: “The downside for Code Geass having an afternoon time slot instead of the old midnight time slot is no more Kallen nakkidness. We just have to settle for Guren Nishiki’s USB ignition key strategically situated.”
Kaioshin: Uhhhh… gee I don’t know Jase, judging by the fact that C.C was naked in the first episode if only for an inverted colour filter I wouldn’t go denying reality again.
Jason: “I’m still trying to figure out what Lulu does well besides having his geass. He doesn’t pilot mobile suits well, and he gets his ass handed to him in hand-to-hand combat. His tactician ability comes from the fact that he geassed the other side’s pilot into giving him the security IFF codes.”
Kaioshin: Well Jason, if you had followed the story or actually watched the episode you would see it comes from a prodigy like talent to quickly analyze a situation and come up with a series of plans with a plan built along a chain of occurences and predictions that will lead him to victory and put him in prime position for his next course of action. Kind of like…you know, what happened in this episode.
Jason: “One of the worst kept secrets is that Rolo is the pilot of the production Lancelot.”
Kaioshin: And one of your worst kept secrets is that you don’t know what the heck you’re talking about half the time Jason. A little paying attention would have allowed you to note that the Vincent Rolo pilots is a prototype for the 8th generation Knightmare Frame of the same name based on the Lancelot, but not a production model Lancelot, which would be the Lancelot Club.
Jason Desperately Tries To Bash Sunrise With Episode 03 And Further Makes An Ass Of Himself In The Process:
Jason: “Code Geass is now officially Death Note with mecha and bunny girls.”
Kaioshin: Oddly enough Jason is the fact that this is the episode where Karen gets her classic uniform back. It’s time to put away those balls with words written on them thrown into a randomizer that you use to make your articles and to actually pay attention to the episode you are blogging. Maybe then you can actually find something legitimate to bash and accept reality a little.
Jason: “I forgot to ask this eariler, but why is Lulu riding around on a white horse in the OP? He could have been riding around on a white unicorn, and it wouldn’t make less sense.”
Kaioshin: Gee Jason, let’s see. Could it be that the opening is meant to be symbolic like most Sunrise openings and that Lelouch riding the horse is likening him to a commander leading his army into battle as well as a nod to his hobby of…RIDING HORSES! Good lord man you don’t pick up on anything do you. My 8 year old cousin is quicker on the take for crying out loud.
Jason: “I was thinking about it a bit more, and if Lulu really did (give) Nunnally a locket for her birthday and now Rolo has it, does it mean that Rolo is really Nunnally?”
Kaioshin: Welcome to speculation from like 3 weeks ago that has since been disproven by a claim from the director himself.
Jason: “Anyone else thinking Gundam 00 when Lancelot made its R2 debut?”
Kaioshin: No, just you Jason….
Jason: “Still, it seems like the entire student body of Ashford was wiped and reprogrammed to slide Rolo into Nunnally’s spot.”
Kaioshin: *Claps* HOORAY FOR JASON! YOU DID IT! YOU FINALLY REALIZED THE OBVIOUS! *Claps Furiously*
Jason: ” If the emperor got his geass from someone other than C.C., why does he need to bother with C.C.?”
Kaioshin: Because she’s the biggest threat he currently faces right now Jason. Durrr!
A Jason Miao trainwreck folks! Let’s give him a round of applause. Though honestly if I were to judge a contest between Sunrise’s Geass scripts versus Jason’s take on them I think we have a clear 3 to -3 win for Sunrise in terms of coherency and making sense. Now on to the actual episode.
Possibly As Another Way Of Infuriating People, Sunrise Can Get Like 8 Highly Detailed Case Files Of Murder Suspects Right And In Flawless English, But We Still Get The “Momeland” In A Quicky One Sentence Bit Of English Text.
So Many Soldiers, And Not One Of Them Can Do A Thing. He Really Is The Ultimate Assassination Tool
It Looks Like Rolo Underwent A Little Mild Conditioning Himself. Possibly So He Could Better Assume The Role Of Lelouch’s Brother. I Wonder If One Of Those Bits Of Conditioning Has To Do With The Pendant
What We Didn’t See Last Time
The episode starts in a flashback with Rolo approaching some politician types. One of them seems surprised to see a child standing in front of him, but before he can approach him Rolo uses his Geass power and caps them with one of the bodyguards guns. Rolo begins a monologue where he states that he doesn’t know how many people he’s killed and coldy likens such a notion to one not caring how many times they’ve brushed their teeth in the morning. He relates that someone told him that his Geass is perfect from assassination and thus that’s what he’s done all his life. We also see a brief flashback of him getting his orders to assume the identity of Lelouch’s brother. Those orders he tells Lelouch are that if he assumes the role of Zero again and recovers his identity….to kill him. Lelouch starts counting numbers now and when Rolo asks him what he’s doing Lelouch says he started counting once Rolo showed up and set up a camera to record him. He realizes that since the cameras clock and his counting are off, that Rolo did not stop time, but merely his own sense of time. (This harkens back to when I described the scene in room with flowing water)
A Face Only Slightly More Trustworthy Then Snidely Whiplash’s
Rolo says that even if he realizes that, that it still won’t save him, but Lelouch offers that if he kills Lelouch that he won’t get either of the two things he desires. Lelouch says that he can offer him C.C, which is one of them and that Rolo needn’t concern himself with why he would sell her out, she isn’t worth that much to him. When Rolo asks what the other thing is, Lelouch replies that it’s Rolo’s life. Rolo smirks at this, saying what life, but Lelouch says that even if he succeeds in his mission, nothing will change regardless of what he does. Lelouch says he’ll bring him C.C tomorrow and that he won’t lie to Rolo. (HA! As If! Rolo bought it too so he must be desperate. At best C.C might actually show up as part of a Lelouch scheme, but he just passed up what may have been his only chance to off Lelouch and succeed completely in his mission)
I Wonder How Many People Are Imagining Yuri Undertones Where There Aren’t Any Right Now
C.C Loses A Point To Karen. I Think We’re About To See Some Bonding Scenes Between The Two Before Long
Back at the embassy Karen and C.C are preparing for battle with C.C making fun of Karen again for coming to the meeting stark naked (C.C can’t seem to put her gun together and looks really defeated over that. Karen finally wins one over her at last). Li walks in and when Karen talks about Gaohai’s decision to approve the United States of Japan, he states that Gaohai is set to die and asks if the Black Knights will choose the path of destruction. Karen says thats to sudden and C.C says it’s alright and that they can just make it look like he died in a fight with them. She also adds that Zero seems to have pulled an unexpected trigger here. (Note that I have absolutely no idea what they are talking about right now and am a little confused as Li seemed to have turned on them last episode. Which parts the act and what’s the game plan?)
Ladies And Gentleman, Your Other Odd Couple. Rivalz Is Obviously The Slob As He likes Reading Manga With Pizza Hut Advertisements On The Back, And Lelouch Your Uptight Perfectionist Who Likes Him His Divine Comedy
Or Does He. I Also Want To Note the Absurd Amount Of Detail That Went Into This One Short Look At Lelouch’s Book. I Mean Seriously Look At It. Not Only Is It A Full Dossier With Rolo’s Data, But It Actually Contains Real Information That Is Actually Related To The Topic Unlike Most Of These Types Of Things That Contain Utter Gibberish. I’ve Been Impressed With Sunrise’s Attention To Detail As Of Late When They’ve Historically Had Some Of The Worst Engrish In The Business. Kyoto Animation Definitely Has A Rival In This Regard, Or Perhaps They’ve Even Been Surpassed As This Series Was Made From Scratch Whereas Kyoani Always Has Something To Reference. The Animators And Writers Actually Had To Go Out Of Their Way To Come Up With All This From Scratch
Jesus Christ Sunrise! Taniguchi’s Reputation For Anal Retentativeness Really Is True
Riding on the train with Rivalz, Lelouch thinks about how he has bought himself some more time with Lelouch and hopes he overlooks his resurrection for the time being as long as he can get at C.C. (I’m guessing C.C comes first before Lelouch’s death and that Rolo felt it was worth the risk to let him go. Of course it wasn’t, but that’s our opinion and not Rolo’s) He wonders at his motivation though as he goes to recover Rivalz’ bike and feel that he’s still a dangerous card to play with if he has nothing to lose as it seems. Lelouch is having a slight panic attack now wondering what he’s going to do now. He can’t rescue Toudou with Rolo on his tail and killing him would tip off the intelligence agency that he has retrieved his memories and that could put Nunally in danger. Thus until he rescues Nunally he’ll have to play the good student. What to do? Go after Guilford maybe?
Obviously This Guy Has Never Played An Online Team Deathmatch Before
Guilford And The Handsome Men Assemble. In Another Lifetime These Guy’s Could Have Made A Good Gundam Team
Guilford’s Endless Dedication To Cornelia Even When She’s MIA And His Wish To Avenge Her Failure To Capture Zero Really Get’s Me. +100 Gar Points For Guilford
In the school basement there’s a bit of an uproar between the different watchmen, saying they are fed up with Rolo killing their men and that the last one was the fifth one so far. Viletta tries to defend him buy saying that one of them was a legitimate problem and Rolo overhears all this and feels that teamwork comes secondary to the completion of the mission. (Rolo is our Veda era Tieria Erde if you need a comparison) Meanwhile the execution is on schedule and Guilford who is being briefed on the explosion at the embassy feels that Zero has refused his challenge and states that it’s a shame the execution is just for show and now appears like an inelegant move on his part. (Man he really is a Treize isn’t he?) However he says to his men that that is okay as a Zero who doesn’t make miracles will not capture the interest of the public. He says he hopes Zero does make a last minute appearance for the sake of Cornelia, who’s whereabouts are unknown to him.
I’m Sorry, Did You Just Say You’d Swear Allegiance To Zero Over A Loli?!
My Main Man Li Is Having None Of That And Neither Am I. Good Riddance To The Traitor And Let This Be A Warning To Those Who Would Question The Surpremacy Of Lolis Everywhere
Yeah And It’s Your Fault Too
Wow, Darlton Jr. Looks Nothing Like His Father
Maybe, Or Maybe I Won’t Or Maybe I Will Or Maybe Both, Or Neither? Seriously, Who’s Side Is Li On Anyway?
At the Embassy Li has finally decided to question Gaohai on his recognizance of the United States of Japan and when it becomes clear that he has taken Zero as his new leader over the Empress he offs him Belmont style while quoting a line from Romance Of The Three Kingdoms. Meanwhile Lelouch is looking through Rolo’s history for something, anything that will allow him to evade him and rescue his allies. The deadline is approaching though as the live broadcast has begun and people watch in anticipation to see if Zero will arrive to save them. Viletta tells everyone to prepare for the chance that C.C may appear, and looking at Ougi on the TV screen, she seems to regret what has come to pass. Darlton’s son is also around in Knightmare Frame, hoping for Zero to appear so he can avenge his father….when he does. Disguised as a Britannian MP, Lelouch tells Darlton Jr. that he needs to relay orders to him face to face. Rolo also assumes the identity of a security officer and back at the embassy Karen and C.C are preparing to do their part and Li seems to be playing both sides of the conflict again as he says that Karen is free to move once Zero appears.
Man I Love The Capes On The Back Of The Officer Knightmare Frames. It’s Like The Command Horn On Zeon MS, Only Ten Times Cooler. In Fact They Kind Of Remind Me Of Guymelef’s. You’ll Also Note That The Spears Look Nothing Like The Mass Produced GN-X’s Spears In Gundam 00 As Well
Anytime Now Zero
Actually He’s Sort Of In Front Of You Technically Speaking
Meanwhile, Rolo has hopped back into the Vincent, assuming Kimmel’s identity in the process and is using a voice modulator to impersonate him. He swears that he will kill Lelouch next time if he doesn’t uphold his end of the bargain. An announcement states that the executions are about to commence and the citizenry watching prays for Zero to appear, but Guilford tells them that Zero did not appear and has fled before the duel he requested. He orders his men to ready the guns on their KF’s and Karen wants to move out but adheres to C.C ‘s advice that she’d be committing suicide. As Ougi thinks about how they’ve had a good run, Zero appears outside the barrier along with the Japanese citizens. (I love the music cue here by the way, it’s a nice touch that says that the hero has arrived) He warns Guilford that he is not about to execute terrorists, but soldiers of the United States of Japan’s army. Guilford asks Zero if he expects him to treat them as prisoners of war, and everything appears set in place for a standoff.
Oh Man, Please Let Her Do That Weird Animation Cycle With Her Head Again Like In R1
How Is It That Guilford Is Not Gar Again?
Okay, I Think I Understand What’s Going On With Li Now. More On This Later
As Zero heads through the crowd everyone marvels at the spectacle (exactly what he wants and Guilford doesn’t) and Diethard has Sayoko prepare for what may be the eventual arrival of their leader and the ressurection of “Last years plans”. Meanwhile Viletta is getting a false report that Rolo and Lelouch are at a funhouse somewhere. Lelouch and Guilford prepare for their duel and both accept the terms that only one weapon is allowed. Guilford ejects everything but his Spear and Lelouch requests a shield from a nearby Knight Police KF. Rolo and Toudou feel he’s committing suicide, but of course it’s Lelouch so he has a plan. Li is also watching and says he is indebted to Zero for helping him get rid of Gaohai, but that his pledge of alliance to him hinges on how well he proves himself in this battle. If he should fall then the Black Knights will become nothing more than political tools to him.
If This Isn’t Gar Then Just What Exactly Is?
Now A Lot Of People Have Bitched At Sunrise’s Writing Staff For Apparently Being Uncreative In Having Lelouch Use A Plan With The Key Hitch Being Something That He’s Used Before, But I Say He’s Being Practical. If The Plan Worked So Well The First Time And He Feels It Can Be Effective The Second Time, Why Not Modify It Slightly And Use It Again? Like Nitpicking Much?
I’m Not Sure I Would Chose Somebody As Hotblooded As Karen To Lead A Rescue Mission, But I Guess This Is How You Build Trust Again
Code Geass A Show That Can Go From Exchanging Philosophical Ideas On The Duel To A Demolition Derby Style Smash Fest In Just Over A Minute
SURFS UP DUDE! Wait, This Reminds Me Of Something Else Taniguchi Was Involved In
The Jenice Polar Bear Type From Gundam X Even Shares A Similar Design To Lelouch’s Knightmare Frame. What A Weird Way To Have An Homage If That’s What Was Intended
DESTROYED! Yeah I’ve Been Playing Some Guilty Gear X2 Lately….
Lelouch asks Guilford what he would do if he confronted an evil that justice couldn’t bring down. Would he use evil to confront that evil or carry out his own justice and succumb to that evil? C.C notes that either way evil would win, but Guilford makes up his mind and with a battle cry that Justice is with his princess he charges. Lelouch says that he’s made up his mind too and will become the evil that will destroy a greater evil. His plan kicks in now (as if this were a keyword) and people in the control room for the earthquake defence mechanism start shifting the terrain like in the 23rd episode of R1. He has Karen take command of the rescue operation and as Guilford tries to hold on to the tipping terrain he skateboards down the incline on the shield and off into the distance. One of the soldiers calls him on his cheating and promptly get’s squashed by a falling command vehicle as Li marvels at what Zero has just accomplished. Viletta almost seems slightly relieved that Ougi got out of the situation judging by her body language, but quickly orders that C.C is their primary objective.
Mmmm, Is It Just Me Or Has The Combat Not Gotten Any Less Brutal Despite The Switch To The 17:00 Timeslot. Among Other Things Of Course
I Like How Code Geass Has Done The Daedalus Attack Effect Before Macross Frontier
Luckily Unlike Most Mecha Characters, Lelouch Knows When To Run When Things Get Dicey
If You Think Lelouch Has Gotten Sentimental Then Don’t. This Is Definitely Part Of His Plan
Meanwhile Karen scores a kill and the Britannian’s fume at not being able to do anything because they are on Chinese territory. (I also like how they are throwing out names of soldiers that died like we are supposed to know or care who they are) Things get bad when Rolo shows up and he starts chasing Lelouch around the area in his Vincent though and Rolo is quite ticked that he was lied to. To bad for him that a shell he just detected is headed his way, and unlike a living being with a mind, he can do nothing to stop it. Lelouch makes a quick play though and saves his “Brother” by deflecting the shell at the cost of his KF’s other arm.
Sunrise For The Love Of God Don’t Give CLAMP Even This Much Leeway. I Mean Does Lelouch Not Look Like Fay From Tsubasa Chronicles Here. And The Pink. *Vomits* CLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMP!!!!!!
Okay You Know, Really. When You’ve Got Some Yaoi Overtones Going, Why Would You Have Phallic Imagery In There As Well
Hmmmm….Gundam 00 Reference?
What The Fuck Is Wrong With That Guy
Lelouch Is Entering Supervillain Territory Here
Lelouch starts to play up a sentimental story about how he saved Rolo because he cares about him even if his memories are false and Rolo seems to buy into it again. He also returns the favour slightly later and saves Lelouch when Guilford hurls his spear at him. Viletta then contacts Rolo to find out what’s going on and Lelouch covers for him a little as well. (For once I actually agree with the majority that this scene has some massive Yaoi undertones) Li calls for an end to the hostilities now too lest the Chinese Federation get involve and the Order members are set free now as well. They want to know what exactly happened with the Vincent and Karen says she thought he was an enemy. Rolo breaks down over the fact that C.C is right in front of him and Lelouch says he has a new place by his side. We also find out as I suspected that that Darlton Jr. who fired the shot at Rolo was geassed by Lelouch in order to set up this whole chain of events for him. (Of course Lelouch also had ordered Darlton Jr. to destroy the Vincent had he escaped, so we see his duplicity) The last scene of the episode shows Suzaku standing before Ashford Academy in his old school uniform.
As always a lot went on in this latest episode of Code Geass. In the span of one episode Lelouch manages to turn the tables from almost being killed by Rolo to apparently securing an ally. At first I felt it was a little too convenient that Rolo fell into his trap and was so naive, but the last scene with Darlton Jr. confirmed that Lelouch himself didn’t know if he was going to get out of this and had a plan B to have the Vincent destroyed if he failed to recruit Rolo. Really Rolo has no place else to go anyway and he’s reminds me a lot of Heero Yuy in that he lives only for the mission. Given another option at the end though Lelouch must seem like as good a bet as any to him and he seems like he has decided to throw his lot in with Lelouch. The seeming gesture of Lelouch seemed to have stirred something in him and I guess he’s decided for at least the time being to receive mission from Lelouch. Lelouch was also right in deducing that Rolo holds no special ties to Britannia and thus had nothing to lose and used this to his advantage in “turning him” as he puts it. Though I’d be a bit wary of him as his desire to get at C.C still seems to be there and I wouldn’t be surprised if he tries to get at her next episode to complete his mission. Maybe it would be wise for Lelouch to get Rolo out their doing some killing a little to ease him into the role of one of his lieutenants and not breaking the consistency of the only thing that Rolo has ever known doing in life.
Also, I’m honestly beyond amazed that nobody I’ve seen blog or discuss this series has gotten Guilford’s character. Not one single person out of about 15. Though I guess when the majority of series out their lack characters with any sort of depth, that people just aren’t used to looking at things from their perspective. So…..is Guilford a pussy lacking in that which makes one a man. This blogger says hell no. Why? Well rather than just focusing for example on hating Suzaku or whether Rolo is a possible Homer Sexual or not, I actually have been paying attention to Guilford’s behaviour since his introduction in R1 and have gotten to know what make the man tick. You see, Guilford is a knight through and through, and follows an Arthurian Code of Chivalry in how he conducts himself. This means boundless loyalty to ones lord, which in his case is Cornelia whom he pays tribute to in the form of a commerative plate (since she is not present at the time) as well as an obligation to recognize Zero as a worthy adversary and to try and engage him in a fair duel. Of course Lelouch doesn’t play by those rules and since most viewers tend to view the series from a Lelouch-centric method of perceiving the Code Geass universe, Guilford’s actions come across as foolish when we look at Lelouch’s speech on Justice vs. Evil. Looking at it from his perspective though, Guilford’s actions come across as noble compared to Carares more brutal and unsavory tactics and even Zero’s, and that’s something I can relate too and respect in Guilford’s character, that he stays true to his belief in justice and carries it through even though it leads him to failure in the end. So to me Guilford is among the most manly characters to have appeared in this show. So seriously, a big fat F to those who didn’t take note of Guilford’s Chivalrous conduct, and for those who did, give yourselves a pat on the back for actually bothering to think when watching the episode.
As I promised, here’s where I feel Li’s loyalty lies. More or less Li seems to have suspected Gaohai’s disloyalty towards Empress Tenshi for a while, and Lelouch at some point must have promised him that he would help disclose his treachery if he would lend the Chinese Federations help to the Order of The Black Knights. When Gaohai declared his loyalty to Zero over Tenshi, Li had his reason to kill him as a traitor and thus Lelouch fulfilled his end of the bargain. Now this leaves a bit of a dillema as to whether Zero could be considered an ally if Gaohai seemed to have switched sides to ally with him, so Lelouch must have at some point pledged his loyalty to Tenshi in some sort of blood oath that would exempt him, while implicating Gaohai as eager to betray himself to Zero, while as far as Li knew, Zero never desired such loyalty. Complicated I know, but I think that’s how it worked out as that’s the only thing that would explain Li’s rage at Gaohai over stating that all he believes in is Zero, but appearing to ally with Zero, which would be hypocritical. You kind of have to look at it as a matter of loyalty versus alliance a little bit.
This episode also featured the rescue of the remaining Order of The Black Knight’s members, and probably marks the end of Guilford’s stint as acting governor. With this massive failure he’s probably about to be replaced by Schneizel or somebody, which could explain Suzaku’s sudden appearance at the academy at the end of the episode. So now that the Order of The Black Knight’s is formally back together it looks like they might be heading for China soon…..at least that’s what I would think, but the preview seems to hint at another school festival episode with the Knights of The Rounds getting in on it. (Which further leads me to believe that Schneizel has been given the governorship as they seem to have been attached to his unit judging by the previous episode) I can’t say I am looking forward to such a thing though as the previous school festival episode in R1 was the second worst episode of the series to me after the one with the cat helmet chase. We’ll see what happens….
Rating: Eight And A Half Out Of Ten