Code Geass R2 17

Code Geass R2

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.

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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.

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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!

Code Geass R2

Code Geass R2

16 Comments

  1. geister Said,

    August 4, 2008 @ 12:45 am

    inb4 Lulu X Guilford doujins at C74. :X

  2. Blue_Mercy Said,

    August 4, 2008 @ 2:04 am

    I think you mean geassed into thinking he’s Cornelia, not Euphemia.

  3. Ithekro Said,

    August 4, 2008 @ 2:20 am

    A slave, her Cheese-kun, and her wedding band(-aid).

  4. manga Said,

    August 4, 2008 @ 3:46 am

    The part which I think Lelouch will regret the most is sending Rolo in after Nunally…

    But I don´t know. Next week will tell. Nice backup plan from lelouch though. He didn´t break his promise, but why he believs that Suzaku lied to him is one big question.

    And Suzaku using Freya on Lelouch is out of the question, atleast if it has the same blow up radius as before since then he´ll kill himself = going against the geass order.

    Kinda irritating episode since Lelouch bows down to Suzaku when he really hasn´t done anything wrong. Not with intention anyway.

    I don´t understand why he tells Suzaku that he geassed Euphie and makes it seem like just a turn of events he planned. It was a freaking misstake. Did Sunrise forget about it themselves?

    Oh my god this is going to be one hell of a trainwreck series.

  5. Camario Said,

    August 4, 2008 @ 4:38 am

    manga: “The part which I think Lelouch will regret the most is sending Rolo in after Nunally…”

    Could be, we’ll see.

    “He didn´t break his promise, but why he believs that Suzaku lied to him is one big question.”

    He may think Suzaku’s shock is just acting…and the idea of being captured once more would understandably make him turn paranoid, especially after supposedly being so close to an understanding.

    “And Suzaku using Freya on Lelouch is out of the question, atleast if it has the same blow up radius as before since then he´ll kill himself = going against the geass order.”

    Depends on what exactly is meant by “using Freya on Lelouch” and how big the blast radius is…is Suzaku supposed to lure Lelouch out of the city and blow him up at long-to-medium range, while standing outside of the blast area? That wouldn’t require him to die, would it? Either way, next episode should answer that.

    “Kinda irritating episode since Lelouch bows down to Suzaku when he really hasn´t done anything wrong. Not with intention anyway.”

    But he is, in fact, responsible for many deaths and tragedies, one way or another. Even without intention.

    “I don´t understand why he tells Suzaku that he geassed Euphie and makes it seem like just a turn of events he planned. It was a freaking misstake. Did Sunrise forget about it themselves?”

    Because that’s what Lelouch thought Suzaku wanted to hear. And was probably right about it, at least at the start of the conversation.

    Do you think Suzaku would have listened to excuses and agreed to help Nunnally, if Lelouch wasn’t at least willing to admit to his sins?

    From Suzaku’s original point of view, Lelouch was, in fact, just a devil who did all that intentionally. He changed his mind a little, but only when he noticed Lelouch was lying and taking all the blame.

    So indeed, Lelouch lied all the way through, but I don’t see any problem with that.

    It’s in character for Lelouch to lie, and to publicly paint himself as more evil than he is inside. He’s done it before. You might want to think about that.

    “Oh my god this is going to be one hell of a trainwreck series.”

    I wouldn’t use that word, but maybe… just probably not for the same reasons you are thinking of, going by the above.

  6. liathgirl Said,

    August 4, 2008 @ 9:33 am

    Suzaku and Lelou both got screwed on this bargain. Lelou’s brother is so . . . creepy, the way he manipulates people is even worse then Lelouch.
    Sadness that Lelou and Suzaku have gone their separate ways largely because of the manipulation of Britannia. But what can you do when Britannia wants to keep their little Japanese Lapdog?

  7. Jounin Said,

    August 4, 2008 @ 1:13 pm

    I am going to have to disagree w/ Kurogane in that Lelouch has a lot more redeeming to do than Suzaku does. In fact, it was Suzaku who almost redeems Lelouch by demanding that Lelouch stop manipulating and lying to people and adopt Euphie and Nunnally’s vision. We know that Lelouch was never truly serious about trusting Suzaku and was going first to the safest option because he set up a backup plan in Geassing Gilford.

    And that is Lelouch’s greatest failing as a person: not trusting anyone and thinking that he is clever enough to manipulate people into doing exactly what he wants. Hasn’t he learned by now that the perfect plans can never account for every action of every person, especially now that Schneizel has a recording of his confession?

    That is not to say that Suzaku doesn’t have his own failings as a person, but questioning his own actions and wondering if what he is doing is right isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially when you compare it to Lelouch’s assurance of his own convictions (fueled mainly by his victim’s mentality and quest for vengeance) regardless of the body count.

  8. tyco Said,

    August 4, 2008 @ 1:14 pm

    I don’t think that Suzaku is still under the Geass order, didn’t Jeremiah break it? Or am I mistaken.

  9. Magnius of the Chaos Said,

    August 4, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

    How is getting a backup plan a testament to Lelouch not being serious about trusting Suzaku? The fact that Lelouch went to meet Suzaku speaks volumes about Lelouch deciding to put his faith in Suzaku protecting Nunally. Lelouch knew that Suzaku had quite the hefty grudge against him. Yet he still went there, and alone, just as Suzaku specified. If Lelouch never intended to trust Suzaku, then he wouldn’t have gone alone. He could have brought the Combat Maid or the Lord of the Orange along with him. He CHOSE not to do that; he CHOSE to trust Suzaku for the sake of his sister. And he was shocked when he thought Suzaku betrayed him, which means that he never expected Suzaku to turn him in. Which is true, since Suzaku himself had no idea bout the thing.

    Getting a backup plan is more of a testament to Lelouch being naturally cautious. After all, Lelouch always seems to have a backup plan with him. The Geassing of Guilford was no different. And guess what happens? Shit happens, and the fact that Lelouch Geass’d Guilford was the only thing that kept him from being incarcerated. There’s a difference being naive and trusting. Lelouch was trusting yet cautious; Suzaku was being naive by not noticing that he was being followed. I mean, one or two men, you might not notice. But he was tailed by a freaking unit PLUS two or three FUCKING KNIGHTMARE FRAMES. SLOW, MUCH?

    I don’t really blame Suzaku for not trying to do anything drastic when Kanon and friends jumped out to take Lelouch. It was a sudden moment, and Suzaku was never really been a quick thinker. He’s fast on his feet, sure, but he’s not too good at dealing with a situation like that. Then again, who would? What I do blame Suzaku for, however, was simply returning and not doing anything instead of staring at his Knightmare Frame and wondering if he should use it against his (former) best friend who suspects him of betraying him. And his own people too. Yeah, can’t forget about that.

    What Suzaku needs to do is come out with the Lancelot and the Freya, aim it at the fucking Brits and blow the fucking sons of bitches away. Nina the batshit insane racist, Kanon the creepy condescending dude and Schneizel the pedophile. Lloyd and Cecile can live, though. As long as two of the three fuckers die, I’m quite satisfied.

    Meeting Suzaku after Geassing Guilford was a sign of trust intermingled with caution. Sending Rollo to save Nunally, on the other hand… that’s just fucking naive. Sending the psychotic brother who wants to claim you for himself to save your sister, who you devoted you entire life to is a fucking. Stupid. Thing. Period.

  10. Kinny Riddle Said,

    August 4, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

    Surly Lulu must have known that this is the very psychotic fake-brother that got Shirley killed, since Rollo admitted that right away. Either Lulu has some card not yet revealed or he can become as daft as Suzaku when it comes to his sister. :)

    And sending Rollo and gang in was supposed to be a secondary resort, since ideally Lulu had wanted to rely on that faint hope of friendship that he had with Suzaku to protect Nunally, which was why he was willing to beg and grovel on his knees and take all responsibility without bothering to defend himself. Of course, Schneizel’s intervention ended all that.

    I’m with Magnius in that there’s nothing wrong with Lulu being genuinely trusting yet also being cautious at the same time. If Suzaku were a bit more careful, then Lulu wouldn’t be caught, and Guilford’s Geass wouldn’t be activated, and so no harm done there. Having a backup plan is just for peace of mind, an insurance policy in case shit does happen, which unfortunately did.

  11. manga Said,

    August 4, 2008 @ 4:56 pm

    Camario: Sure, I agree with a you on a lot of points you make.

    But with Lelouch being captured, I feel that he is afraid, and while you’re afraid, your head isn’t working straight, but I thought he would have gone past that by now. I was wrong.

    Sins, yeah he has commited a lot of sins and he acknowledges them. As soon as he has made them he has understood that it’s his fault and he feels sorry for it.

    And yes, I’d call this series a trainwreck with the comming episodes as it seems now.

    Wonder why Kallen still hasn’t gotten her Guren back though.

    Next ep will have to show us a lot of things to be satisfying.

    tyco: jeremiah went from secret geass hidout directly to find Lelouch, he didn´t have time to use the geass canceller on Suzaku, and Suzaku asks Lelouch directly why he ordered him to live. So I´d guess it´s still intact, otherwise Suzaku would have joined Euphie long long ago.

  12. Reyz Said,

    August 4, 2008 @ 5:40 pm

    Well thinking back of it Orange contacted Guildford before Charles crashed the UFN party so Lulu had planned to use him even when nothing was threatening his sisters life and besides there’s no way he could have known that Guildford would be there. Sure if he got caught there’s a big chance that Guildford would be somewhere around but think he had a different role to play all in all. Either that or everything just happened by coincidence. So yeah don’t think it was a back up plan and that he really went there believing in Suzaku that he’d come alone and not bust his ass.

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  14. Kinny Riddle Said,

    August 4, 2008 @ 9:15 pm

    Reyz, when Lulu initially Geass’ed Guilford, I believe he really did intend to use Guilford as a backup plan should Lulu ever get caught in Japan doing whatever for his global domination (TM) plans. Since he knows Guilford will be stationed in Japan for the duration of the oncoming war, if he does get caught, Guilford should be more or less nearby to save “his princess”. So it certainly came in handy.

    A funny thought on crack just came to my mind as I type, any yaoi fangirls here suddenly fancy Guilford x Lulu? Only that Guilford thinks Lulu is “his princess”. XDDD

  15. liathgirl Said,

    August 4, 2008 @ 11:43 pm

    Okay, maybe ‘Redeem’ isn’t a strong enough word for this Anime? At this point, I’d say none of the characters are attempting to ‘Redeem’ themselves. They get close, but damn it all if they don’t get pulled back into the fray. I’m surprised that Nina didn’t go ape-shit on those guys when she heard about Zero.
    I’m taking a shot in the dark here on this one, but I’m remembering first season and I think I’m starting to put something together with C.C and Lelou’s mother. We may assume that C.C and Marianne knew each other, but does anyone else feel like there’s something more? Maybe the reason why Marianne was killed was because she had a Geass and hers was fully developed before Charles was. That would certainly give Charles a reason to want her dead wouldn’t it? If his goal was to obtain the immortality of both V.V and C.C it certainly does make sense. He could have sent Anya to kill Lelou’s mother and then erased her memory so that she wouldn’t be able to tell anyone what she did. The only thing I’m missing from this equation is what kind of Geass could Lelou’s mother have possessed that made Charles afraid enough to kill her?
    Just a shot in the dark . . . but it does make sense, considering what Cornelia told us at the end of Season one. Lelou’s mother sent all her guards away the day of the attack, and no one knows why least of all Cornelia who was supposed to protect Marianne.

  16. EvilDevil Said,

    August 5, 2008 @ 2:47 am

    “A funny thought on crack just came to my mind as I type, any yaoi fangirls here suddenly fancy Guilford x Lulu? Only that Guilford thinks Lulu is “his princess”. XDDD”
    it burns, it burns my eys!!!!

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