Anya Is Missing Again So Now I’m Forced To Use My Substitute Source For Pictures. This Guy Sucks…..
Because of the nature of this episode coming across as more of a two parter that is going to require the next episode to draw any real conclusions from, I’ve decided to forgo any sort of review this time around and just try to focus on what happened. Also no captions this time around. Sorry, but I just don’t feel like it this week because I feel like I still haven’t seen the end of this episode.
Anyway because of the nature of this episode coming across as more of a two parter that is going to require the next episode to draw any real conclusions from, I’ve decided to forgo any sort of review this time around and just try to focus on what happened. Still I swear I just watched an entirely different episode from what every other blogger seems to be describing. The episode was confusing, but that was almost certainly the point and people must have chosen the weakest examples of character animation in this episode to use as screenshots because for the most part I found it more expressive, vivid and realized then it’s been in a very long time. There were few inconsistencies in character design compared with previous episodes, but I’m almost convinced that this is what they are actually supposed to look like since the previous episodes have been animated in Korea and frankly looked budgety and like short cuts were being taken constantly. They also suffered from talking head syndrome where almost every shot was a static angle still of somebody talking or they were viewed from behind. This episode features our characters from all kinds of angles, distances and locations and frankly it’s a breath of fresh air.
That and the music was awesome this episode and evoked the right feel for just about every scene. It was ominous during the part where the Geass ruins were being activated and we saw people reactions all over the world, it was whimsical during Lloyd’s scene of refusal to give Suzaku the Lancelot Albion and Cecile rocking at pool and it took on an epic and frantic feel during the beginning of the coup d’etat. Sorry guys, but I don’t know what the people who complain about the audio-visual aspect of this episode are on about. Then again that’s not surprising and I’ve long since stopped trusting anything but that which I can confirm with my own eyes with regard to this series. Mostly because there are just way to many loud opinions, false rumours, trolling attempts and unsubstantiated theories going around all over the internet. Gotta take necessary precautions if I’m to get any enjoyment out of this series.
Anyway, so first of all the battle for Tokyo is over and appears to have ended in a stalemate, but the results have had lasting repercussions. Suzaku seems to believe this now more than anyone and we now get confirmation that his laughter last episode was more than likely him finally realizing that he’d been played for a fool all this time. To him, and frankly in general, the Geass is the root of all evil in this series up to this point and the source of everyones misery. The fighting even broke out as a result of it. Now Suzaku seems to believe in nothing but getting results, just like Lelouch, and his immediate allies don’t seem to like it, specifically Gino, Cecile and Lloyd. In this episode Suzaku is the most honest he’s been since he killed his father in order to try and stop the war. He’s always been solely about the results even if he tried to care about the process by which he got their, otherwise he wouldn’t have sold out his best friend to the Emperor, become a traitor to his people, and essentially forsake any honor that his father Genbu had tried to retain in being Japanese.
It’s ironic that this episode he finally gets his wish of becoming Knight of One, after all of this he has it and all he had to do was kill 10 million people. Yes he is now……Schneizel’s Knight of One. The Shadow Emperor who is now putting it all on the line in his coup d’etat. Perhaps it’s frustrating to some that even now it’s impossible to see whether Schneizel is a villain or not. His reasons for rebelling against his father are in principle just. Charles has shown a lack of desire to assume the responsibilities of his office as Emperor and to be the political leader of Britannia. Locked away in his science experiments instead of sitting on his throne, Charles certainly hasn’t been the ideal emperor and is no longer working in the best interests of his country. As such Schneizel has a valid point that he is no longer fit to govern and sends Suzaku to try and get rid of him. Should Suzaku succeed he would become the true Knight of One and since Schneizel would more then likely have Oddyseus installed as a puppet emperor while he called all the shots.
As for Anya having Marianne’s memories, well I can’t say I’m terribly surprised nor that I agree with any sort of sentiment that this was an out of nowhere plot development. It’s been hinted at and foreshadowed since the China arc that she has had deeper ties to the royal family then just plain knowing of them and now it all sort of makes sense albeit once a few more explanations fall into place. Firstly the reason Anya knew about Lelouch while not knowing why she did was probably Marianne’s subconcious memories trigging at the mention of his name. I’m kind of curious to find out how exactly they share the same body and what Geass C.C was supposed to give them or even what they are planning, but that is why we need the next episode. As far as I can tell Marianne, V.V, Charles and C.C are all on the same page with whatever plan they had, judging by how we’ve seen them hanging out together on the day that Charles became Emperor. Killing the gods, I’d like to have a hint at what that means. As for C.C sealing her code, as far as I can guess Marianne was referring to the personality she’d developed while carrying the Geass and not the sigil that symbolized her immortality. Somehow she was able to preserve it when Charles was about to help her die. Why? Well look at the hint Marianne gave about whether she was still on their side. Whatever plan they had C.C probably decided to break from it, and probably for Lelouch’s sake.
It also appears that we might have our explanation behind Marianne’s assassination now in that she probably faked it to go into hiding. Anya as a little girl must have been a victim of chance and Marianne used her as a conduit to preserve her memories. Why, I can’t speculate on without more information but it seems that her presence overtook Anya’s body the moment Charles started linking up the Geass ruins, which apparently forced her to act as part of some plan she and C.C have in mind. Again whether she’s on Charles side, Lelouche’s side or even her own is uncertain, just as who stands with Schneizel in his rebellion other then Suzaku, Nina and the Black Knights in a half assed sort of way. Although from the looks of it Kaguya, Tian Zi and Li have no intention of committing their U.N forces to Schneizel’s cause, which effectively makes the Black Knights a consolation prize in comparison to what he could have. Yes indeed this episode is quite confusing, but deliberately so as we are currently in the middle of a coup d’etat where even the players at the highest level such as Bismarck can’t tell what the factions are or who belongs to each.
Speaking of Bismarck, he was pretty darn manly this episode and apparently is quite the sword fighter. His duel with Suzaku in order to protect Charles (who amusingly didn’t need protection anyway) felt like something out of Escaflowne or Dunbine and was pretty neat if short lived as well. It seems that Suzaku is building up a tolerance towards his Live Geass now as well, which was telling him to run in the face of Bismarck who also seems to have a Geass hidden under his sewn eye. Either we have our answer as to how he was able to attain the title so easily or he was given it as a gift by V.V for earning the title.
Lelouch actually had very little screentime this episode, which was mostly spent forgoing any humanity that he tried to invoke when he refused to use his Geass on Li and Tian Zi to seperate them. Both he and Suzaku have thrown away any ideals they may have had at this stage and are now once again repeating the mistakes that resulted from Euphie’s death because of Nunally’s apparent demise. I guess this just goes to show that not everything always work out as people plan it to in this series, which sort of gives it a touch of realism I suppose. It also makes the opening theme highly ironic in it’s positive message of everything being honky dory which it most certainly isn’t. So anyway Lelouch just Geassed an entire sub division of the Britannia army to do his bidding and has made his way to where the Emperor is and sealed himself in to square off with him face to face. I’d like to remind people of the Chess game early on where Schneizel forced Lelouch into backing down while implying that he had to much humanity to face the emperor. Well now it seems he does and is more than ready to take the check by sacrificing himself with an illegal move. Forgoing the rules of war to win at all costs.
I’d like to point out that at this point I don’t believe there are any stritcly good characters in this series. It is all shades of grey and darker grey since good already died once at the end of the first season and again 2 episodes ago. At this point I’m going to leave any further speculation up to other people since as I said I’m not going to count this is as full episode nor try to rate it until I’ve seen the next one.
Just one rule though, no bringing up the Taniguchi interview as I’ve already read and discussed it to death. Sorry but people are delusional if they think there’s any information in there other then the fact that he had to readjust the first episode to meet the demands of explaining the backstory to a new audience. How we got to the point where people legitimately think that Taniguchi’s true vision isn’t being realized or that the series they are watching is some sort of phony is beyond me.