You Should Smile A Little, It Would Look Good On You….You Know…For A Change
So a lot of things come to pass in this episode that I had forseen to some degree, but nothing I predicted with regard to the episode itself can compare to the fact that I was dead on when predicting that DarkMirage would use the Shinkirou to make himself look cooler and has in fact started referring to it as the Dark Mirage. Mindtaking or just kind of obvious, you be the judge, either way you gotta take what you can get in this business. I myself used Graham Acre a number of times to make myself look cooler. :p Still this pseudo newtype power to predict the behavioural patterns of people I barely even know is getting scary. And now the episode.
Closed Captioning Brought To You By Late Nights And Lots Of Coke Zero:
You Know I’d Call “Lelouch” The Perfect Gentleman, But Let’s Hold On A Sec. Also Good To See That Arthur Is Back Home Again
It’s The Old Bookcase As A Secret Passage Cliche. Also Note The Label On The Book’s Spinse Which Say’s Encyclopedia Britannia Vol 5. Somebody At Sunrise Has A Rather Amusing Parodical Sense Of Humour
Aaaahh! It Is Sayoko With A Prosthetic Mask, Wig And Voice Modulator. I Guess When You Think About It Then She’s A Reasonable Pick To Play Lelouch For However Long Is Necessary At Certain Points. Also The Way The Voice Changes From Jun Fukuyama’s To Satomi Arai’s Midsentence As She Pulled Off The Mask Was Some Crazy Audio Mixing. It Had Me Playing The Scene Back A Couple Times In It’s Whoa Factor
I Don’t Know, Is The Schneizel Faction More Of A Wei Or A Wu? I’m Leaning Towards Wei. Also Wow This Complicates Things A Little Eh…..
Oh But It Gets “Better”
Mmmmmmm, I Feel Like I’m Being Looked Down Upon Somehow
I Love How Laksharta Is Always Lying Down No Matter What. It Could Be An Evacuation Call And She Probably Wouldn’t Move. Also Not That C.C Is Missing And Cheese-Kun Is In Her Place
Whoa, She’s Got The Divergence Eve Thing Going On When She Turns Around, Anyone Remember That Show? No? Good…..
Man I Think The Eunuch’s Are The First Faction I Can Safely Say Have No Real Reedeeming Values. They’ve Also Kind Of Signed Their Resignation Letters Should They Fail to Win This Battle. I Doubt Trying To Kill Your Empress Would Look Good On Your Political Service Record
Such Confidence…..You Know What That Means…..
Li’s Side Has Got To Be The Shu Because That Allows Him To Be Liu Bei AKA Justice And Virtue And Boy Does Li Show It In This Episode. His Gar Points Are Pretty Much Off The Scale
The Cocky Classless Noble Versus The Virtuous Peasant, Rock On Li
Yeah Those Seventh Generation KF’s Are Kind Of A Pain In All The High End Weaponary And Shielding They’ve Got On Them. Mass Production Types Not Quite So Much, But Still, We’ve Seen What These Vincents And Akatsuki’s Can Do On Their Own. This Is Late Stage Tech Tree Stuff Right Here. Also I’m Sorry But Those Seats Cannot Possibly Be Comfortable
Anyone Kind Of Turned On Right Now Raise Your Hand *Looks To His Own Right*, Hey Don’t Do That! *Slaps Hand Down*
Yeah Mordred Is Kind Of Like A Heavyarms And Gundam Virtue Rolled Into One
It Even Has It’s Own Forcefield, But Again Has That Classic Weakness Of Most Sunrise Mecha Forcefields. Can You Guess It? It Doesn’t Do Shit Against Slow Velocity Objects. Kind Of Reminds Me Of The Goa’Uld Shield Devices That Only Respond When A Certain Level Of Kinetic Energy Is Applied Within It’s Effect Radius
Whoa Slow Down Their Nina, This is A Purely Interference Deal For The Wei Side
Besides Schneizel Can’t Afford To Have Blood On His Hands Here
Oh That’s It, He’s Planning Something For Sure, There’s No Reason Lelouch Would Even Ask That Question Unless He Needs The Answer On A Live Channel
I’m Not Even Sure What To Call Tristan’s Combination Attack Here. It Has The Power Of A Hadron Cannon, But Seems Kind Of Like A Liability When He Needs To Form It. Looks Damn Cool Though Regardless. Feasability In Technology Really Isn’t The Issue When It Comes To Sci-Fi Mecha Series Anyway. Exceptions Are Votoms, Mobile Police Patlabor And Heavy Metal L-Gaim Off The Top Of My Head. Also Eunuch’s Don’t Answer That….
No! Eunuch’s Why Do You Have To Be So Egotistical, That’s Like Brutal For Popular Support If This Speech Gets Out. Also Gotta Love How The Image Is On Anya When The Stepping on Ants Quote Is Dealt. She’s A Lolidom Character For Sure
He’s Kind Of Got The Dracula Pose Going Here….It Was Not By My Hands That I Am Once Again Given Combat Potential….Hmmm…No Eh…..
Holy Crap He’s Got Uber Micro
Man They Really Love The Stomach Beams In This Series
It’s A Reflector Beam, Pretty Brutal
Hmmm, Well I Guess It Was To Much To Imagine That Mordred Would Fall That Easily
A Demonstration Of Heroism To Win The Favour Of Shu Eh….Oh And I Guess The OoTBK Is Wu, But Don’t Ask Me Why
What’s This?! Full Scale Civilian Rebellion On Top Of Li’s Coup D’Etat, That’s Not Looking Good For The Eunuch’s
See That’s Why They Needed To Keep Quiet, But They Are The Eunuchs After All, Never Know When To Zip It
A Trap To Reveal The Eunuchs Treachery To All Of China, And Tian Zi Was The Bait?! Lelouch You Sly Dog, And Not Only That, But You Knew About Li’s Rebellion
What Can’t Be? Stupid Cryptic Dialogue, Argggh!
Wow! One Wing Binder Gets Chopped Off And Mordred Falls Like A Solid Rock. Guess It’s Own Bulk Is It’s Own Greatest Weakness Eh?
You Know, You’ve Gotta Love How Schneizel Is Such An Honorable Fellow Even In All Of His Scheming. The Eunuchs Have Lost The Support Of The People And Thus He Will Not Recognize Them As Legitimate Represenatives. Deals Off, No Britannian Peerage And It’s Time To Leave Since His Business Here Is Over
Again, Sometimes I Just Love The Dialogue. This Ties Into The Whole Chess Game That Was A Prelude To This Battle Of Wits That They Were Anticipating And The Question Remains, Through It All, Whoever The Victor May Be, What Would The Emperor Have Done? Probably Not Have Backed Down Like Schneizel. Is Lelouch Ready To Handle Charles I Wonder….A Man Who Refuses To Ever Show Any Weakness Or Capitulation In His Lust For Power?
Yeah Sucks To Be The Eunuchs
And Li Dispatches Justice On The Eunuchs At Last. It’s Rare That I Lust For The Blood Of Any Characters, But They’re Degree Of Treachery And Lack Of Any Redeeming Moral Values Has No Place In This Story Any Longer
I Don’t See You Having A Choice There Lelouch. Karen And The Guren Are On The Avalon Heading Back To Britannia And Until You Can Muster A Full Counterattack She’s As Out Of Reach As Nunally Was Before Becoming The Governor General
So It Looks Like Jeremiah Is Almost Ready To Burst Back Onto The Scene. Apparently He’s Been Rebuilt Again As A Cyborg Somehow And Undergone Further Experimentation That Has Something To Do With Recreating C.C’s Power. What That Means Remains To Be Seen
How About No Marriage And Just A Formal Alliance? Stop Using The Loli Like A Damn Pawn!
But You Never Want to Use It Anymore Do You?
Hmmmm So It Seems Like Lelouch Has Been Keeping Tabs On Things Back Home A Little Through Shirley. Makes Sense Given That Sayoko Can’t Play Him All The Time
Oh My God, Is He Asking Shirley For Advice….Looooooooove Advice…..Actually He Really Does Need Help In This Category
Shirley’s Delivery On This Line Is Hilarious
This Looks Like The Beginning Of A Beautiful Friendship
House Calls Eh?
Hmmm So There’s A Little Bit Of Information On What Lelouch’s Real Objective Is On Gaining Power In China Other Then As A Power To Challenge Britannia…..Oh And Um Yeah C.C’s Relaxing Semi-Naked Here
Well That’s Just One Of Things He Can Confer By going Back To Area 11, the Other Is
Yeah, In Order To Get To Karen He Needs To Go Through Britannia And The Knight Of Rounds, Those Are Kind Of Overwhelming Odds For The Time Being
I Smell Suzaku Behind This One
Well it looks like the China arc is done for the time being and Lelouch is in the process of securing a valuable ally and pool of resources in Li, Tian Zi and the Chinese Federation. Things aren’t set in stone yet though, but I think he has more then a few chits he can call in when the time comes. The whole Tian Zi abduction thing is fully explained now (See I never called it a nonsense plot twist like others because I preferred to wait and low and behold not only does it all add up in the end, but it’s part of a multi-layered plan Lelouch thought up on the fly) and while we found out last episode that he planned to use her as a way to gain power in China, we also find out he had anticipated Li’s rebellion and that he could lure the Eunuchs into a trap by getting them to show their true colours in a faux negotation with them. The Eunuchs are honestly comically inept leaders and it makes me wonder how they managed to keep things stable in China for so long without an uprising. Well we sure as hell see that here once Diethard (I’m assuming) leaks their speech to the general public.
Lelouch basically played the Schneizel card of winning by not winning again which really seemed to be the overall theme of the arc and reversed the fortune of the Eunuchs so quickly and so brutally that it was pretty much over the second they started talking to him. Of course he also needed to pull a hero bit and that is how we get to meet the Shinkirou which boasts what looks like the Knightmare Frame equivalent of a Pin Point Barrier as well as a cluster bomb type weapon that has a really wide area of effect. It’s also boasts the neat little Druid System which seems almost destined for use by Lelouch in that it eliminates his poor ability to operate KF’s by standard control methods and lets him use a method of control he’s good with, that being a keyboard. According to Nina this takes some considerable skill though and I have to imagine it has other uses as well for something so showy. Oh and the Shinkirou also seems to be a transformable KF as well in that it is scene emerging in a submarine like form when Lelouch arrives back in Japan.
Despite how much Lelouch accomplished in this episode in furthering solidfying his power base, I think Li Xing-Ke honestly stole the show a bit here. It was he who started off the gar bit by realizing that he had been betrayed and that he needed to trust in Zero who so far had done nothing to visibly harm Tian Zi like the Eunuchs were trying to, and then for him to jump in front of Tian Zi almost sacrificing his life for her was the ultimate show of devotion and selflessness for me. Li has always been a pretty Just and Gar character, but this episode he just took it to new heights. It was also him who did away with the Eunuchs once and for all, and I think he deserves a part of the credit for setting a lot of these events in motion. Though if the two hadn’t worked together I couldn’t see this ending well.
Interestingly even from the beginning of Tian Zi’s abduction if Lelouch hadn’t swooped in and plucked Tian Zi away from Li then Suzaku probably would have just come in and put an end to things. End of story, Tian Zi gets married and Wei Schneizel wins. Also without Li chasing after Lelouch and doing the temporary alliance with the Eunuchs he doesn’t get Shen-Hu and thus is not their to protect Tian Zi from the Eunuchs assasination attempt. Tian Zi dies, Lelouch doesn’t get to be the hero, there is no alliance and probably no uprising either. Wei wins again. Only by stealing Tian Zi and provoking Li do the two seem to have a chance of reaching this happy ending where the “good guys” win total victory. I know it’s a strange plot working, but Sunrise is full of strange plot workings. That’s not a bad thing in my opinion though.
Other developments this episode include Karen being brought back to Britannia with Suzaku and the whole Geass Cult thing. Firstly, Karen is out of the picture for the time being and really I can’t see what Lelouch could have done about it for the time being. It wouldn’t exactly be a good idea to go chasing after Karen and losing sight of his current objectives, which is exactly what screwed him over in season 1 with Nunally. Remember he’s learned from that mistake. He has sworn to get her back though, but first he needs to head back to Japan where his main power base is, take some time off and find a way to actually do it as well as to take care of the Knight of Rounds who will be guarding her. Also while he’s there he needs to find out more about the Geass Cult from Rolo who seems to be privy to a lot of secret Britannian intelligence. On top of that there’s still a lot of unfinished business in the Ashford section of the story. We till need to find out what exactly it is that caused the student body to forget about Nunally and suddenly recognize Rolo as Lelouch’s brother as well as to check up on what is happening with Nunally herself
Speaking of Ashford, I found the whole Shirley advice thing rather interesting as well as amusing. For one it allows Lelouch to realize just how much Li is like him in his relationship with Tian Zi and allows him to develop a little empathy for the couple such that he ends up not interfering with their lives. C.C seems to not that he has grown up a little in this regard when he starts using the power of hearts line, but what I think he really means by it is not just something cheesy, but also the power that two people can have to take on the world as he said. That applies to him and Nunally, Li and Tian Zi and now apparently him and Li. Worlds greatest team up indeed. The other thing regarding Ashford is how Gino and Anya have apparently transferred there and I can only guess Suzaku asked them to keep tabs on Lelouch while he is busy interrogating Karen. I guess if she breaks and reveals that he is indeed Zero then he’ll send the order to them to bring Lelouch in. Talk about bringing his problems home with him. Also, Anya shows a strange Geass like reaction when coming into contact with C.C and some memories of Marianne and Lelouch flash by in her mind as she loses focus of the battle. It looks like there’s a lot more to her presence in the story then intially met the eye, but then again when is that isn’t the case with quiet loli types in Mecha franchises?
Anywhoo, I think I’ve covered everything other then Jeremiah’s pre-deployment bit, which implies he’s on his way back into the story, with some sort of Geass power to boot. What is this Geass cult and what are it’s objectives exactly. And once Lelouch finds it’s location how does he plan to take it over. I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
Speaking of crossing bridges when we get there, the next episode preview shows a lot of goofing running which seems to imply an episode featuring Ashford Antics ™. While it’s obvious that there is some silly stuff going on next episode, I somehow doubt it’s going to be the sole feature of the episode. I remember how I though episode 05 was going to be a total waste of time and boy was I proven wrong. Of course I don’t really know if that will be the case with episode 12. I tend to look at previews and write them off pretty quickly as few really show anything resembling what a next episode is going to be like in any anime. Well what of episode 12 then…we’ll look at that next week when there’s some actual content to analyze. I don’t care to speculate about that which I cannot effectively.
Rating: Nine Out Of Ten