So a lot of people are probably still wondering why I “ignored a lot of the faults with Code Geass R2” during it’s run. Well there were two reasons actually, one is that I just plain didn’t feel that some of the common “faults” people stated they found with the show actually existed and they weren’t part of my opinion on the show to begin with, and the other is that I just wanted to wait to see if the show would find a way to address some of the faults with it that I did have in some way that would render them moot by the end. This was the case for a few of them, but not for all. So now that the show is over it’s time to spill the beans. It’s not a large list, but here they are:
-Gino’s character wasn’t handled very well at all for somebody Taniguchi said was going to be a major player
-The Knight of Rounds mostly came across as obstacles and foils for Lelouch, Suzaku and Karen to overcome.
-Episodes 5 and 12 could have been removed from the show other then a few key plot relevant scenes and it would not have made a difference. We really didn’t need 2 episodes devoted primarily to high school hijinks in that close proximity to one another.
-Episode 20 was needlessly confusing at times.
-Knightmare Frame battles become a little tedious and bland for the middle portion of the series.
-Lelouch was made to overuse the terrain effect battle tactic way to much in R2.
-Sayoko’s character seemed more like an Otaku pleaser then a real legitimate character and was one of the few aspects of the series that I actually had a hard time taking seriously.
-Same goes for Tamaki who was a rather unnecessary comic relief.
-Pizza Hut promotion got invasive at times and I just don’t like product placement period.
-Schneizel’s perfectness unhinging almost every plan Lelouch came up with for most of the series got a little out of hand at times and made him into a bit of a Gary Stu. I would have liked to see him struggle a bit more like Lelouch before the final arc. Even his retreat at the end of the China arc made him still look great and even at the end of the series he’s made out to be this amazing and worthy leader. I’ve never liked characters that never have to struggle (see Kira Yamato) so I have quite a bit of contempt for the way his whole story went.
Overall these are minor faults for me though and I’m not really too sore about them. No show is perfect or without it’s flaws, but I still won’t join the group that says the show was a total trainwreck, doesn’t make any sense at all, is poorly paced and 100% poorly written because I just don’t see it and didn’t have a hard time following the story, the characters actions and allegiances or the fast paced nature of it all.
This will probably be my last Code Geass related post unless something else major comes up. Again it was a fairly fun ride with some bumps of anguish along the way, but I intend to keep things a little lighter here this coming anime season. Perhaps I’ll do some coverage of MS Igloo 2 since it seems almost destined to get overshadowed by the much more popular and anticipated (for wholesome or “other” reasons) Gundam 00 Second Season, which is of course a shame. You won’t have to worry about lack of content though as I’m sure Deathasaurus has something planned and Klashikari also will be covering Clannad After Story. Perhaps even Skyfall might do something as well with ef – a tale of melodies. Until next time…..