Oh god. No. NO. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
WHY SUNRISE? WHY?!!!! IS THIS HOW YOU MAKE UP FOR THE CRAPPY PAST FEW EPISODES? WHY SHIRLEY?!!! WHY?!!!!!!!!!!
Shirley gets her memories back, wonders what to do, calls Suzaku out but meets Lelou as well, finds out Lelou is alone, decides to act on her love and gets killed in the end. Dammit, Sunrise. You just HAD to kill her off. Shirley was such a good girl, but she always get the short end of the stick. Sigh. It’s just so sad… even till the end, she loved Lelou so much that she would still love him even if she was reborn. Goddammit Rolo! GOD DAMN YOU, YOU GAY BASTARD!
*sniff* *sniff* Moving on… Orange-kun went to Lelouch’s side as well! That was just so unexpected there, but it was nicely done at the least. It’s really funny though that all his actions in the past were actually due to his loyalty towards Queen Marianne! Still, Lelouch just got a really powerful ally there now with that Geass Canceller, but it’s just… really unexpected. It is kinda LULZ that Orange-kun is now on the side of the guy who made him that way. But in a way, it’s a bit tragic as well I guess, since he was fighting all this while to atone for this failure to protect the person he admired the most, and later her son caused him all that pain as well. I’d say it’s a nice graduation from “comedy character” to “tragic character” for Orange-kun here.
Overall, I’m quite happy with this episode as the series is finally started moving back towards the things I like the most about it, being the mysteries of the Geass, not to mention turning back more logical and planned, instead of the haphazard storytelling of the past few episodes. I guess the main writers came back from their holiday.
There’s also a new OP by FLOW, which isn’t too bad, but doesn’t seem to be really memorable either, as well as a new ED by ALI PROJECT with more awesome Geass art from CLAMP accompanying it. The OP hints of interesting things, such as upgraded mecha and also space settings, and as usual of Sunrise OP sequences go, it’s pretty much spoilerific. The ED has the usual crop of awesome CLAMP renderings of the characters, and my favorite has to be this one of Lelouch and C.C.
Next week; emo Lelouch, imprisoned Cornelia, more V.V and ninjas!