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Geass R2

Bang! Bang! Boom! Boom!

Flashy episode, many revelations.

Recovered memories reveal that Lelouch and Suzaku missed each other in the shootout at the last season’s climax, and Suzaku easily overpowers Lelouch and brings him to the Emperor. The Emperor also has his own Geass, the ability to rewrite memories, which results in the Lelouch in episode 1.

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Facing his father for the first time in 10 years.

More pressing matters come up, with the Brittanian army cracking down hard on the Babel Tower. Taking control again, Lelouch easily counters the attacks, but Governor-General Carares lands a whole army on the tower, which pleases Lelouch greatly, as it’s going according to his plans.

Just like in Season 1, an irregularity pops up in the form of Vincent, a Knightmare frame based on Lancelot, which possesses some form of super-speed or mini-stealth, able to creep up unnoticed behind the enemy. While a majority of the Black Knights are killed by the Vincent, Shiseiken’s Urabe sacrifices himself to buy enough time for Lelouch’s plan to work.

Exploding the Babel Tower in to half, Lelouch manages to kill Careres who was foolishly waiting for Lelouch in the only escape route he thought possible. Lelouch heads for the Chinese embassy just down the road, and proclaims his bold return and the reestablishment of the SAR of Japan.

Outside the Chinese Embassy, the Brittanian army which has detected the location of Zero, tries to storm in, but due to diplomatic immunity, they are unable to do so. After they are asked to leave by Xingke, the Vincent from earlier arrives. Xingke tells him that the army has retreated and asks him if he is Zero’s follower instead. The pilot, Rollo, emerges and jumps out of the cockpit, declaring he is here to kill Zero, revealing a Geass sign in his eye as well.

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Rollo is evil!

Other things to note in the episode:

Suzaku is now given privy to the Emperor’s secrets, as he knows the existence of C.C and the Geass. The Emperor shows him the floating shrine that he is most frequently seen at, and tells Suzaku it’s a weapon to destroy gods and it’s name is the Lance of Akashia (akashia no tsurugi).

Kallen confronts Lelouch about keeping his identity as Zero and his Geass abilities from her, and she doubts her own devotion and feelings to Zero are her own or the result of a Geass. Lelouch reassures her that she made all her own choices and Kallen accepts it. They also exchange a cute moment when Lelouch comments on her outfit and she jumps away embarrassed. He later gives her his jacket, which was quite gentlemanly of him :).

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Lelouch’s still a guy too ^^

Quite a number of things happening up in this episode, but I’m impressed with how they structured this episode to mirror again, the second episode of Geass S1, with Lelouch commands easily pwning the Brittanian army, the appearance of the irregular unit and Zero’s flashy escape tactics, with results in the death of another Governor-General of Area 11. Gotta say, that position is surely going to be notorious one amongst the high-rank in the empire, with 3 killed or disappeared while holding the post.

One of the most important revelations of the episode has to be the Emperor showing Suzaku the floating shrine, and revealing it to be a weapon of sorts. It also confirms the Emperor has a Geass of his own and he has it on both eyes as well, with the power of memory manipulation. It it not known who is his contractor, however.

While more pieces of the puzzle that surrounds C.C. and the Geass have been revealed, equally more questions have been raised as well. Rollo himself is also shown to be the owner of a Geass, and he is arguably the biggest question currently, about his real identity and the power of his Geass. I wonder if Suzaku has also gotten himself a Geass?

Next episode preview shows Lelouch back at the Ashford Academy, together with Rollo in fact. I guess he’s still going to hide his alter ego and slowly discover the real identity of Rollo. I do wonder if Rollo already knows his real identity, and if he did, does Lelouch know as well? Looks like it’s going to be pretty tensioned later.

18 Comments

  1. flou Said,

    April 14, 2008 @ 12:03 am

    The Emperor’s geass is probably absolute obedience, rather than memory-wiping. That would make more sense.

  2. Totali Said,

    April 14, 2008 @ 12:15 am

    Lelouch noticed the thing between Kallen’s boobies.

  3. Daisuke Said,

    April 14, 2008 @ 12:56 am

    As for Rollo, hahaha, I knew it.

  4. Haesslich Said,

    April 14, 2008 @ 1:15 am

    Rollo having a GEASS – not unexpected. Now we can make comparisons between him and Satoko: “Nii-paaaah~~~~”

    As for Kallen – hey, she wanted Zero/Lelouche’s attention.. and now she got it. And his jacket, so I think she made out pretty well overall, even if it took a bunny suit to do it.

  5. Syaoran Li Said,

    April 14, 2008 @ 3:08 am

    Just adding some more, thanks to Onmi, that weapon that Suzaku saw with the Emperor may will play a bing role at the end of the season, since refers to Jupiter (Zeuz) and the power of the Geass.

    We’re on thr roller coaster officialy.

  6. semtex Said,

    April 14, 2008 @ 5:06 am

    Diethard is awesome, Nina suprised face was priceless

  7. Kona Said,

    April 14, 2008 @ 6:21 am

    Embarrassed Kallen is cute.

  8. Runningkid Said,

    April 14, 2008 @ 6:39 am

    No pizza hut this week. T_T

  9. Nagato Said,

    April 14, 2008 @ 11:34 am

    The Emperor’s playing everyone for fools. =(

  10. DEXTER Said,

    April 14, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

    Damn I believe this will not end it. This will need a 3rd season to finish it off. It’s too big for 25 episodes Lelouch needs to kill everyone especially Knights of the Round, Suzaku and Emperor Daddy so a 3rd season is needed. But damn I want to see the next episode already it’s so it exciting. Rollo will die first. I hate the bastard.

  11. DEXTER Said,

    April 14, 2008 @ 12:02 pm

    Damn I believe this will not end it. This will need a 3rd season to finish it off. It’s too big for 25 episodes Lelouch needs to kill everyone especially Knights of the Round, Suzaku and Emperor Daddy so a 3rd season is needed. But damn I want to see the next episode already it’s so it exciting. Rollo will die first. Bastard

  12. Smash-Fear Said,

    April 14, 2008 @ 8:53 pm

    Deithard was so rockin’! We’ll probably be milked for a third season, but it would be worth it. Rollo’s Geass power seems rather obvious; ever read Trigun? Dominic of the Demon Eye? Eh? Eh?

    I wonder what role the Chinese Federation is going to play in all this? Looks like the EU is going to be ass-raped by the Britannians, those jerks. And what’s with China having a seventh-generation Knightmare Frame? Just what have they been doing while Britannia has been bloating itself?

  13. semtex Said,

    April 15, 2008 @ 5:38 am

    Lulu used Geass on the chinese ambassador right? Didn’t notice the red eyes when I watched it the first time

  14. Telliamed Said,

    April 15, 2008 @ 7:31 am

    I don’t think so. The ambassador & his aides don’t act like they’re geassed. They didn’t seem too impressed with Britannia to begin with; I suspected a Chinese-Rebel alliance from the start.

  15. FlameStrike Said,

    April 15, 2008 @ 8:28 am

    Well the ambassador did have red eyes so I think he was geass’d atleast. The Xingke just followed his orders though. He also mentioned how they don’t have the Emperor’s mandate or something.

  16. biltwick Said,

    April 15, 2008 @ 10:41 pm

    The sight of Jupiter and Akasha are related, according to Random Curiosity, Akasha is the sanskrit word for aether, which is associated with the planet Jupiter…might be metaphoric, as Jupiter is the largest of the planets, and the king of the gods in Greek myth

  17. Kabitzin Said,

    April 18, 2008 @ 1:35 am

    The eunuch ambassador was being Geassed for sure. I am betting that the Emperor has something better than memory wipe, considering that Lelouch kinda did the same thing before, with only one Geass Eye (to Shirley). Perhaps the Emperor doesn’t have a limit on uses?

    Can’t believe the Emperor replaced Nunally with a brother!

  18. liathgirl Said,

    June 12, 2008 @ 8:27 pm

    This just proves my opinion of Suzaku from the first season, okay, I thought a bit differently but now I truly hate this guy. I mean common, you sold your friend out? Then again, he also sold out Japan in the first season, do we see a trend here? Suzaku will sell out his friends, family and nation for his own sense of justice. >:(

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