A Bad Sign……
Before we begin, a lament if you will. A lament for a word that has tragically passed it’s time in our modern internet based society. A fine word it was, but a word no longer, an unword now is all it shall be. Used then abused, and ultimately just misused, the life was sucked dry from it’s disastrous meaning. Fear not though, for while the meaning hath passed, the word itself remains, though weep I shall for the hollow shell that but remains. That shell that carries with it but any meaning it wishes as a new age dawns, but empty it remains, begging, hoping, wanting for itself to have but one meaning and no other cast upon it’s name. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, I commit thee “Trainwreck” to the graveyard of words, destroyed by the internet and those that would call it home. May thee find eternal rest with thy brethern in “Epic” “Quality” “Masterpiece” and “Writing”. Now let us begin.
Pictures Mean I Don’t Have To Cry With Words:
The Official Spelling Is In Fact Arlstreim….That’s Arlstreim.
So Apparently Sayoko Made Dates With All The Girls That Have The Hots For Lelouch Without Asking Questions Or Bothering To Consider How Soul Crushing That Might Be For Him
Shirley Laments Lelouch’s Avoidance Of Her. Also Some Classic Geass Music Playing Here
Meanwhile Millay Laments That An Era Is Coming To An And. Her Favourite Era As The President Of The Ashford Student Council….
And It’s Right About Here My Eyes Glazed Over
So Lelouch Has To Apparently Date Several Girls, Rush Back And Forth Between The Chinese Federation To Affirm Some Treaty And Then Be Back In 6 Hours…..HUH?!
Yeah I’m Sorry, I Don’t Care What Japan Claims, There’s No Such Time As 24:02. Also Fear The Wrath Of Shirley
Oh But He Lies, That Is Indeed Him. Also Anya Got Friendly With Lelouch Ridiculously Fast
Yo Dude, Like Totally Take Me There So We Can Catch Some Checkmates Bro!
And It Appears Rolo Is Jealous…..
And Lelouch Can’t Even Take On Shirley. Seriously She Knocked Him Flat
*Looks Up From Playing FF Tactics A2*…..Guh What? *Goes Back*
*Snaps To Attention* Whoa, What *Closes DS* What…..Oh….So Ummm…This Is Our First Glimpse Inside The Heart Of The Britannian Momeland, Most Notably It’s Appropriately Named Capital Pendragon. I Actually Pictured It Looking More Industrial….
And Here We Have Knight Of One Johann Gambolputty De Von Ausfern Schplenden Schlitter Crasscrenbon Fried Digger Dingle Dangle Dongle Dungle Burstein Von Knacker Thrasher Apple Banger Horowitz Ticolensic Grander Knotty Spelltinkle Grandlich Grumblemeyer Spelterwasser Kurstlich Himbleeisen Bahnwagen Gutenabend Bitte Ein Nürnburger Bratwustle Gerspurten Mitz Weimache Luber Hundsfut Gumberaber Shönedanker Kalbsfleisch Mittler Aucher Von Hautkopft Otto Von Bismarck Of Ulm Relaying An Order From Charles To Take Those Sons Of Bitches From The Chinese Federation Down As “Revenge For Slighting Oddyseus
I Like This Carline’s Style Already
Does Guinvere Look Evil? I Think She Looks Evil….
An Overstretched Empire Is A Weakened Empire
Yeah Speaking Of That One……I Don’t Think She Likes You Guys Anymore, Just A Hunch
Schneizel Reveals A Bit More Of His True Colours Here. It Seems His Winning With Out Winning Strategy Also Involves Threats And Intimidation. I Also Think He’s Overconfident Here
And Thus Charles Tells Us What He Thinks Of Some Of His Children….Psssst…..I Think Schneizel’s His Favourite *Winks*
Whoa….Look Who’s Back. It Seems Cornelia Has Made Her Way To China On Her Own Now And Is Waging A One Woman War Against The People That Indirectly Brough About The Ruin Of Her Beloved Euphemia. Cornelia Is To Gar To Die So Easily
So It Seems Suzaku Has Made His Way Back To Japan Now. Guy’s Been Pretty Good At Keeping His Promise
Yep Lloyd’s Got The Guren After All. So Much For Those Upgrades Laksharta
And Nunally Is Looking After Karen Now. No Torture For Her It Seems…..Ah Nunally’s So Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad….
So Apparently Cupid’s Day Is Somehow More Important Then Lelouch’s Lifes Goal. WHAT THE FU………
*Eyes Are Glazes Over Still*
Anya’s Expression Reminds Me Of My Own Right Now….
Apparently There’s Some Bonus On Lelouch’s Hat? *Bangs Head On Table* GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!
And Rolo Has Geassed The Students To Prevent This From Happening. Why This Is All So Terribly Important I Have No Clue……
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand I’m Done With This Part……
So Cornelia Has Met Up With Bartley And He’s Ready To Make A Run For It. Apparently He Believes He’s Been Roped Up In The Biggest Crime In History And Explains To Cornelia That His Father Brought Them There. Now He Fears That They Are On The Path To The Worlds Destruction And Asks Cornelia To Save Them…..And Now Back To The Bullshit…..
Bwaaah Horrible Voice Acting For The Steal…..
So The Geass Is Apparently Fine With Lelouch For None Screw Up The Rest Of Your Life Events…..I Guess That Makes Sense With His Changes Of Heart…..Perhaps That Has Something To Do With A Certain Someone….
Duhhhhh….Sure Thing Midge….Errr I Mean Millay….We’ll Durrrr Get That Hat From Him….
Fungah Foiled Again!
Oh My God….Wait…..Wait….Whoaaa….Whoaaaaaaaa…Are They Doing A Parody Of Lelouch’s Strategizing…..Okay That Is Actually Kind Of Funny….Sort Of…..
And Thus We See The Entirety Of The Sexy Whatever The Fuck Club From The Newtype Spoilers…..Tch Yeaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh…..
Okay Now That’s Bloody Dangerous…..
Anya’s Fun Is Over
So Millay Apparently Planned This Event To Hook Lelouch And Shirley Up
And Now Millay’s A Weather Woman….Fucking Advertising
FUCKING ADVERTISING! *Throws Keyboard At Wall In Fit Of Rage*
Rhe One Chamce Rhey Had To Redeem Rhis Episode And Rhey Fucked It Up Wirh Bad Arr For Rhe Graduatiom Phoro….Rhe Ome Rhing Rhat Would Have Made It Meamimgful
So Jeremiah Is Back In Japan With Orders To Muck Up Zero’s Plans And He’s Tested His Geass Canceller Ability On….
Shirley, Who Now Remembers Everything About Lelouch, Zero And What He Did For Her….
Hahaha….hahaaha YES YEESSSSSSS IT’S OVER! OH MY GOD! First I though I would have to lower my expectations a little, then people who watched the raw claimed this episode wasn’t as bad as it seemed from the preview. Oh but it was…..
Now I get the whole idea here, which was to give Millay a send off for her graduation, but they couldn’t have pulled that part off worse. For one her graduation is pretty much glossed over in a series of still images tainted by the likes of Biglobe whoring themselves out AGAIN, and then she is given what must be one of the worst drawn still images of the series for her graduation photo, which to me taints the whole event. The animators could have at least put some effort into making the photo look good, which would have given the whole Ashford set of scenes some meaning and provided some decent closure. Instead I’m left with an empty hollow feeling out of this….like none of it mattered.
Speaking of which, I realized partway through that the whole Ashford scenes were supposed to be like a self-parody of Lelouch’s battle tactic thing, but it still doesn’t excuse the fact that it’s utterly irrelevant to all but one romantic subplot, which is now in jeopardy anyway. I don’t normally enjoy slapstick antics either and this was no acception. It honestly felt like I was watching an entirely different series for the most of this episode….like I had accidently downloaded the latest episode of To-Love Ru or something. Speaking of which, that new girl with the horrible voice acting courtesy of some Idol I care nothing about reminds me of Lala a bit.
Anyway, so there were a couple none throwaway scenes in this episode. One was the scene where Cornelia confronted Bartley and he confessed to her that he is involved in some horrible doomsday bringing scheme set up by the Emperor. My guess it that it has something to do with V.V and Charles agreement. I’m guessing that some time in the past V.V helped Charles gain more power for the empire or helped him take the throne (perhaps he’s the first of a dynasty) and in return Charles promised to provide manpower, test subjects and science to whatever it is he’s planning with his mission to destroy god. Yeah this definitely involves the contract. Speaking of Cornelia, I have to wonder how she made her way all the way to the Geass cult, even managing to find the location of it that Lelouch is even having trouble with without tipping off anyone of her whereabouts, cross an entire desert to get there, and then somehow have enough strength to take down the entire guard surrounding the place and make her way in. That’s pushing it a little even for me. It’s obvious Cornelia is out for revenge against the keepers of the Geass who were indirectly responsible for the death of Euphemia, but we’ll just have to see where that goes.
Other then that we have Jeremiah back who’s path you can sort of piece together up till this point. After the battle of Narita he passed out in front of the truck that was operated by Bartley’s people, and with C.C now gone and there mission to recreate C.C’s power still on the table, they decided to use this fine specimen as a test subject. Fast Forward a little bit and we see Jeremiah breaking out of his bacta tank thingie prematurely to go combat his hated enemy Zero who is somewhere in the area. He loses, goes down to the bottom of the sea with C.C and is brought back by V.V to complete his rebuilding. (How C.C got out is anyones guess) From that point he was given this Geass Canceller (symbolized by an upside blue Geass symbol appropriately enough) that apparently has the power to undo any Geass that has been used. That means that the test that affected Shirley has unraveled Lelouch’s forget command and apparently the Emperor’s memory rewrite (yes we see an image of him in there which leads me to believe it was indeed him who somehow geassed all the student body of Ashford to forget about Nunally) and she now remembers everything he did to her. I guess the new relationship is off.
One other development was the introduction of Carine, the anti-Nunally who loves war and hates piece, Bismarck the Knight of One who shows he is fiercely loyal to the Emperor, Guinvere, the other somewhat war hungry princess and all of their intentions to conquer China by whatever means necessary for their slight of Oddyseus. Schneizel wants to go the path of least resistance as always, but I’m seriously thinking he’s underestimating the newfound will of the Chinese people to stand up for themselves. We’ll see, but I think he might be overuled on this one in the end by all the others present during the meeting.
So really no idea what Shirley is going to do from her, or Orange-Kun or anybody for that matter…..okay some idea of what the Britannian Royal family is up to, but that’s not saying much as it’s pretty obvious. Not enough was really developed on in this episode to speculate or think about much. I’ve enjoyed the series a lot up till now and feel I will continue to enjoy this series after this episode still, but this in my opinion poorly executed and wasteful episode with it’s lazy animation, ruddy advertising for Biglobe and Pizza Hut, Off kilter voice acting, absurd self parody and just…..well bloody bizzareness in general does not work for me. Code Geass R2 Episode 12 comes in at a……
Rating: Three And A Half Out Of Ten