Okay, first of all, remember how I said I was losing the will to care about blogging? This is still sort of true, so this week we get the bullet point thoughts summary instead of the usual wall of text. People seem to have issues with reading too much I’ve found and been told and this is especially true with Code Geass and anime topics. It causes them to get into lol fits so I’m using the KISS method for the rest of the series. Okay? Okay…….
Tamaki: “Raw Raw Fight The Powaa!”
-I like that they took the time to show all of the major characters personal convictions and feelings before going into this final battle. There’s still a lot to be done, but that was a good start.
Schneizel: “Kierchies…I Mean Ummm…Kanon…Switch To Attack Formation Delta…No Sigma…I Mean….Yeah Sigma!”
-We also have the long overdue return of army to army combat after all the duels we’ve seen recently. The sides all feel reasonably balanced to. Lelouch’s large numbers are balanced out against Schneizel’s one shot one kill Fleia for now, and Lancelot Albion and Jeremiah is balanced against Guren Seiten Hachi and the Black Knights. Everyone who has a custom Knightmare Frame also gets some decent screentime and gets to contribute to the battle a little, which was good to see. I hope the next episode continues this trend and doesn’t get to bogged down in a Guren/Lancelot duel.
Sayoko: “There Was This Confusion….Something About A Disinformation Campaign By Schneizel To Convince People She Was Teleported Away By Fleia. He Planted This Message In It’s Results Readout….I Don’t Know About This Guy But I Saw It….Rohmeyer Was Missing…..And I’ve Finally Found My Place In This Story….Cough….”
-My decoy ship theory was as I suspected 100% correct. Swapping the Knightmare Frame Honour Guard to Rohmeyer’s ship while risky seems to have done the trick and drawn attention away from Nunally’s vessel in the heat of the search. All part of Schneizel’s plan to hide her from Lelouch so that he would continue on his destructive path and use her and his actions against him at this point. Schneizel truly seems to know his brother better than anyone.
Cornelia: “FOR MY BROTHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERS!”
– Cornelia’s death was tragic and not in vain like I suspected, but it’s kind of a shame that we the viewers are the only ones that get to see it. In the end she chose old-fashioned justice and chivalry over Schneizel’s brand of absolute justice and her death and last words serve as a bit of a reminder to consider whether there is a limit to how far one can go in ignoring the means. It kind of enhances my feeling from last episode that the age of Knight(mare frame)s is coming to an end in the face of souless weapons like Fleia and Schneizel’s automated turrets.
Viletta: “Wait….Am I…Regnant?!”
– We sort of gloss over certain things like Villeta’s pregnancy and the fate of Sayoko after the decoy ship deal. She looks pretty roughed up so I assume she fought her way out of captivity so she could find Lelouch/Jeremiah and she was the one who Schneizel claimed had disagreed with their plans and left last episode. It’s a shame, but I agree that some details continue to be sacrificed for the sake of giving certain side stories quick closure and focusing on the immediate storyline.
Lelouch: “This Hand Of My Trembles With An Awesome Power! It’s Uncomfortable Feel Cries Out For Me To Lie To You!”
-Lelouch still seems very broken up about Nunally and I like that they showed his hands shaking and trembling as he was putting on the bad guy mask for her. It took a lot of improvising on the spot, but if he could do it for Rolo out of necessity (see the Shirley incident) then he absolutely must do it for her and at this point he has to for the Zero No Reqiuem it seems. At least the two have broken away from each other and are still following their own ideals. It’s a shame that they have to be on opposite sides at the moment because of bloody Mr. Perfect Schneizel who seems to be stealing everything from Lelouch over the last 4 episodes. Nunally, you will kindly hand your Mary Sue title over….give it…hey come on…there we go…Schneizel El Britannia, I hereby declare you this shows Gary Stu.
Nunally: “I’ll Trade You My Mary Sue Title…..*Chirp*”
-Nunally doesn’t strike me as evil so much as misinformed. Schneizel has her convinced that she is doing the right thing and is painting Lelouch as a monster, while hiding his own sins to make him look like a Gary Stu saint. If she thinks she’s doing it out of a duty to right the wrongs of her brother then I think she’s game. She’s shown a lot of growth in strength and it’s a shame that she feels she has to become a monster to stop a monster without realizing that the person standing right next to her is the one true evil….sort of. Also she has no knowledge of the limiter being removed from the bomb and cannot survey the damage, nor does she even likely know how powerful it is to begin with. For all we know Schneizel told her it was a small area of effect that would take care of Lelouch and end the fight.
Schneizel: “There’s This Book You Should Read Cornelia. It’s Called The Prince By Niccolò Machiavelli And Oh The Things I Have Learned From It. It Was My Favourite Book While Growing Up….”
-Schneizel doesn’t strike me as being as generically evil as I would have thought from hearing about his actions. He’s just another person like Lelouch and Suzaku, one who cares only about the results and not the means in getting there. Thus if he thinks he can achieve everlasting piece for the world by becoming what is essentially Dancougar Nova (terminating agressive military actions with overwhelming force) then he will.
Xingke: “Confound That Human Deceny I Can’t Seem To Get Rid Of….How Much Longer Do I Have To Deal With This Schneizel Anyway?”
– The Black Knights, or rather the UFN does not support Schneizel’s use of Fleia against innocents, but rather they support Schneizel’s initiative to get rid of Lelouch whom they see as a threat to world peace. They know nothing of Schneizel’s true plans or I think they would have turned on him just like Cornelia did. Now that Schneizel broke his word and used Fleia anyway out of desperation, I’m thinking there’s a chance they could break away into a third faction next episode. Wouldn’t it be weird if that side then came out on top and that was what Zero’s Requiem is? Also I realize now that they really just don’t know about Schneizel’s orbital nuke platform plan. That’s another reason they haven’t broken away from him. If they do know about Pendragon’s fate then I also doubt they have much sympathy for the capital. How many of their citizen’s have died at the hands of Britannian’s in pure cold blood. Yeah, they probably see it as justice that if Japan got nuked by Fleia then so should Pendragon.
So everyone now has their place and role in this final battle and although I never would have called who was going to end up on who’s side by the end, but it works in how they got there. Nobody is really evil in all of this I think. Everyone seems to want the same thing in peace, it’s just that everyone has a different ideal on the way it should be attained. I can’t really predict where it will go from here, but I have full faith that it will be a satisfying and memorable conclusion to this series.
Overall a great setup episode and a well earned 9/10 from me. Two more episodes and I’m freed from the obligation of finishing up my writing of this series and can pursue other less stressful interests. Trainwreck my fucking ass….
Rating: Nine Out Of Ten