Finally, an honest showdown between Lelouch and Suzaku.
While Xingke leads a bulk of the UFN forces in to battle off Japan’s coast, Lelouch sneaks in and meets Suzaku at the promised place. Suzaku immediately asks for clarification over the actions he did, namely the Euphie and Shirley’s deaths and Lelouch himself takes full responsibility of it.
Lelouch kneels down, as a sign of desperation, which angers Suzaku, and he steps on Lelouch, telling him to perform miracles and revive back Euphie, but Lelouch tells him it’s beyond his powers and he can’t undo the past anymore, but Nunally’s still alive.
Suzaku questions Lelouch more about the past major events that the Black Knights have done, and Lelouch answers to it all that it was for his own purposes, but Suzaku doesn’t buy in to it, as he believes Lelouch is merely taking all the punishment to himself. Offering his hand to Lelouch, he tells Lelouch to make his lies of being a “protector of justice” true so that they can make a peaceful world for Nunally.
Reaching out for his hand… both of them are interrupted when a squad of Brittanian soldiers and Knightmares surround them, lead by Kanon. Lelouch is quickly apprehended and faces off with Schneizel for the first time in years. Schneizel offers Lelouch a lifeline, but he doesn’t accept it.
Right on cue, Lelouch’s backup plan, Guildford, who was Geass’ed earlier to hypnotize him in to thinking Lelouch is
Euphemia Cornelia, is triggered and he springs Lelouch out, with Lelouch saying goodbye forever to Suzaku, his first and last best friend.
Suzaku is in hot water himself as well, as Schneizel presses him on to the issue of his allegiance and the ultimate question of Zero’s trump card, the Geass.
Meanwhile, Lelouch proceeds to Tokyo to launch his ultimate plan, which is to take over the city, with the help of the Gefjun Disturber, and save Nunnally first and foremost. Inside Shinkiro, Lelouch experiences a combination of sadness and anger, commenting that he should’ve been cold-hearted from the start, instead of relying on friendship and compassion to save Nunally.
Inside Avalon, Schneizel finally finds out about the Geass, thanks to Suzaku, and he and his forces head back to Tokyo to face Lelouch. Suzaku is chided by Kanon, and Suzaku thinks to himself, “Do I have no other choice than to pilot the Freya-equipped Lancelot. To use it on Lelouch…. ”
Sigh… another episode where Suzaku almost redeems himself but gets screwed right back up in the end.
This was definitely an important episode, with a major turning point, since Lelouch has finally decided to cast off any more delusions of friendship with Suzaku.
Despite that, their showdown was truly an emotionally-charged one, as both sides have definitely wronged each other in many painful ways, despite starting out as good friends. I personally think it was really redeeming of Suzaku to still try to believe in Lelouch, but sadly, he really fails at the end for not taking a stand on the side of “friendship”, instead going back to his perceived-“moral high-ground” of being loyal to the Empire.
To be honest, I really think Suzaku is a coward, doing things that he believes are “right and just” instead of the harder path of his own choosing. Does he really believe in the actions he has taken? Does he still not have any feelings left over from his friendship with Lelouch? The bigger problem is… does he even believe in himself?
And as for Lelouch, he has had this failings but, ultimately, they’ve really painted a very human picture of him throughout the series, and this episode reinforces that more, with his pleas and with his willingness to shoulder all the burden of his past actions on himself.
Ultimately, this has been a really dividing episode, with betrayals abound and friendships broken up, and I’m really glad to see back this level of quality from Sunrise, proving they can still spin a very engaging and emotional story. This has almost redeemed the “China arc” from earlier!
After this, I’m definitely having back a decent (not high yet, mind you) level of hope for Geass R2 to cleanly end the saga of Zero in an epic manner. Hopefully, this means no deus ex machina type endings….
Next week; lots and lots and lots and lots of Knightmare fighting. We’ll probably see the secret Geass weapon that Charles seems to be activating too.
Oh right, before I forget, can’t have an episode of Geass w/o some form of fanservice! I’m glad they manage to slip in 5 seconds of C.C this week! Just the right amount to be noticed yet not to be obstructive to the plot development!