(A) Code Geass R2 24 (rant)

Actually, I don’t really know what I should say more about the show. The show is… frankly speaking, actually, “has” ended for me a long time ago, and watching more of it going on to a downward spiral of disharmonic logic and sheer whacked out plot is just really hard to see when I actually liked the show before. It’s just like watching a distinguished war hero trying to wage another war just to experience past glories without taking in to consideration the feelings of the normal citizens who respect him and are willing to die for him, so he takes full advantage of it for his own joys at the cost of other’s happiness. Long analogy is long, but it best sums what I feel towards this series now. Sigh.

Let’s see, Schneizel makes for a joke villain especially now that he’s became Lulu’s bitch. I mean, I read all the spoilers but it still didn’t prepare me for the sheer madness/stupidity of his motivations… which is none apparently. So for the first time, we actually have an antagonist that just decides to confront our protagonist because he thinks he’s supposed to do that. And really, Scheneizel as the first end-boss was fun for a moment but he turned oh-so-lame by running away at 70% HP! On the bright side, I think it was his just desserts to become Lulu’s bitch.

And Lulu. Oh Lulu. Admitedly the video recording was some impressive shit, but it certainly is stretching the limits of logic there since it had flawless timing. Heh, seriously, watching him run up all that flights of stairs after his Shinkiro got pwned was just hillarious. Should’ve shown him panting for the extra LULZ factor.

Then finally, Nunnally. Oh poor Nunnally. She sure has got her character messed up a lot at the endgame. Plus the sudden “OMG SHE CAN SEE!!” revelation was actually quite “WTF!” after you rewatch it again. I mean, like it’s done so damn arbitrarily that I’m surprised at why I went “WTF!” in the first place.

Now, I’m just wedging all my hopes for the final episode to actually tie up the loose ends. Somehow, I’m thinking we’ll never ever know what is the real truth behind the “Code” after all. They’ve been quite masterfully covering and throwing attention away from that part of the story up so nicely with all the SHOCK and AWE plot twists and developments. Perhaps they’ll leave it that way to open a possibility of another sequel/series/spin-off.

17 Comments

  1. The Hologram Said,

    September 24, 2008 @ 6:34 am

    Lol negative death count!

  2. EX-Keine Said,

    September 24, 2008 @ 7:01 am

    I demand that Goro Taniguchi have a complete, clear explanation in a full season director’s commentary. For some reason, I have a strong suspicion that R2 went the way it did because of the airtime slot it got, thus I’m speculating what kind of audience would be watching during that time at around 5 PM JST. Wasn’t the first season aired in the early morning hours back then? Whatever, I’m not going to say much more before the supposed “Grand Finale” of the series. I’ll treat the occasion by getting Pizza Hut, fitting, isn’t it?

    If R2 were to stand exclusively by itself, I would’ve liked it better if it was called s-CRY-ed, where the yelling was genuine and major punches were thrown.

  3. Kresnik Said,

    September 24, 2008 @ 7:30 am

    If Nunnaly was able to open her eyes and see, why would she searching around for the detonation stick anyway..? There’s too much unexplainable logic to this show.

  4. sadakups Said,

    September 24, 2008 @ 7:47 am

    I was rewatching the first season a few days ago and I can see the disparity between how well done it was made in comparison to the second season. True that the first season almost ended in a trainwreck, but it was kinda steered into the right track towards the end, ending in probably the most unforgettable cliffhangers I’ve seen in an anime.

    Ever since Episode 18, I stopped caring for R2 despite still watching it. Right now, I just want it to end in whatever way possible just to get it out of my system (and prepare myself for Gundam 00). It’s not as bad as GSD’s trainwreck, though, and my only wish that it ends at Episode 25.

  5. JasonP Said,

    September 24, 2008 @ 8:25 am

    I don’t get most of your comments, because I don’t see the show in this way. I think it was pretty clear after the initial story of Zero that the show is about the choices Lelouch makes and their consequences for him (more than for the world around). For me its never been a villain-of-the-month show, or an exploration of the Codes and their Geass. These are all tools to both put pressure on Lulu and empower him respectively. Thinking this way, the only thing that remains to be shown is what exactly is the Zero Requiem he has dreamt up and how that resolves.

    That said, the second season has lacked focus and been really choppy. So its not as good as season one, IMO.

    I might be alone in actually thinking the Nunnaly angle is interesting, esp. if she has no Geass at all and is some of kind of mutation that can resist Geass powers. *shrugs*

  6. tortoise Said,

    September 24, 2008 @ 8:39 am

    “but it certainly is stretching the limits of logic there since it had flawless timing”

    qft
    and it isn’t the 1st time it happens

  7. Camario Said,

    September 24, 2008 @ 8:43 am

    I agree with certain things (Schneizel being a poor villain who could have really used an actual motivation) and disagree with others (Nunnally’s blindness was always psychological, even if Geass-induced, she just needed to get over it), but not much I can say other than “I’m still not there yet, sorry.”

    However, I will say that I don’t enjoy R2 as much as I enjoyed the first season, if that helps any.

  8. Mango Said,

    September 24, 2008 @ 8:49 am

    “If Nunnaly was able to open her eyes and see, why would she searching around for the detonation stick anyway..?”

    Because she couldn’t open her eyes during the time she was searching, because of Charles’ geass-induced trauma. But at the last second of her searching around, you see her pause and then look right at the trigger: in her desperation, she apparently conquered the geass-memories and was finally able to open her eyes

  9. Avisch Said,

    September 24, 2008 @ 9:22 am

    “The show is… frankly speaking, actually, “has” ended for me a long time ago”

    Oh man I know what you mean. Cause this is the way I feel too (ended for me between Nunnally’s “death” and Lelouch becoming emperor)

    (I’ll speak in past tense, because it’s nearly over)

    The show still had some level of seriousness with the relationships getting strained. But yeah it’s easy to see why people can’t take Geass seriously.

    I admit I was disappointed by the mid-part of R2, the characters never got some nice development, it was just event after event playing out. Also the “revelations” didn’t leave much too really enjoy. But the show was just been fun to watch and thats that.

    But I really really do hope. That somehow we get to know what the original direction that R2 was meant to take.

  10. Michael Said,

    September 24, 2008 @ 10:40 am

    CC and Lelouch ending still makes it one of the most AWESOME shows ever.

  11. tycoex Said,

    September 24, 2008 @ 10:44 am

    One of the main things messing up Geass to me is that no one seems to die anymore…. Apparently getting the crap shot out of you doesn’t actually kill people in Geass…

    (It’s always been that way but it seems like it’s been getting worse and worse.)

  12. RockhardJohnson Said,

    September 24, 2008 @ 3:51 pm

    I think it’s pretty clear that the Code and the Geass are the will and desire of humanity personified and given form and power. Though humanity isn’t concious of it’s own will of course because of the whole mask thing. They definitely aren’t going to explain this because it’s more of a symbolic concept that the viewer is supposed to interpret then a concrete force or idea.

    Basically it’s the Ide all over again, only destructive in a mental way instead of a physical way.

  13. Omisyth Said,

    September 24, 2008 @ 11:09 pm

    “Perhaps they’ll leave it that way to open a possibility of another sequel/series/spin-off.”

    Unless the show ends now, I will find every copy of every episode ever created and burn it with fire. Then I will burn everyone who ever had any relation to its production.

  14. Zelgadar Said,

    September 25, 2008 @ 2:53 am

    @Omisyth: Now you’re definitely trying way to hard. You oughta take trolling lessons from someone good at it.

  15. Kaisos Said,

    September 25, 2008 @ 5:40 am

    @Omisyth: I agree. MAKE IT STOP.

  16. biankita Said,

    September 25, 2008 @ 10:25 pm

    seriously, the season started out quite promising. but nowadays, i speculate more how it would have ended if it was just one season more than all the crap that they’re pulling right now. everyone who died is coming back to life. if i see rollo and shirley rise from the grave this sunday, i will throw a hissy fit.

  17. Yasashi Said,

    September 29, 2008 @ 1:20 am

    I really agree that a lot of stuff was played out. Also THEY NEVER SAID CC’s NAME I HATE THEM FOR THAT.

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