05
Aug
08

Code Geass R2 Ep 17

The cruelty of life.

One of the most important things to me in an anime (or a movie, or even an RPG) is how good the characters are. Without them, any anime just ends up drowning in it’s own hyped up glory. The story, on it’s own, can only go as far the characters themselves; because in the grand scheme of things, it is human emotions that really matter in the end.

I could’ve taken the usual cynical route on the analysis of this episode, but this wasn’t a usual episode to begin with.

The episode starts with Lelouch going towards the Kururugi Shrine, to finally confront Suzaku as a man…

...as an enemy, and as a friend.

...as an enemy, and as a friend.

On the other side of the town, we’re shown a ‘decisive battle’ of sorts, raging between the Britannian army and the Order of the Black Knights, in an effort to take back Tokyo (and hence liberate Japan). Powerful soldiers and honorable Knights on both sides are duking it out for what they believe is right, amidst all the political games and hidden agendas. Will the Japanese get their freedom? Will glory be met in an epic battle with a decisive victory?

All these world changing events are happening, but to the one man who started it all…

...as an enemy, and as a friend.

...it doesn't matter.

He left everything to go meet a friend. All his schemes and grand plans are put on hold, for all he really cares about right now, is to save his little sister.

When talking to Suzaku, Lelouch accepts all of his faults and how bad/ critical things have become. Not once does Lelouch say that some of the events were due to sheer bad luck. That Euphy dieing is completely his own fault, and not because his Geass activated at the wrongest possible time. That Shirley’s death was all of his own making, and not her ill-fated meeting with Rolo. I suppose that Lelouch knew in his heart, that one way or the other, all of this was indeed his own fault. Somewhere down the line he just got too blinded by the ‘end’ so as not to realize how bad the ‘means’ were. Maybe it felt good to just let someone close to him listen to all the shit that he had done, and then perhaps be forgiven.

Obviously, after Lelouch’s confession, Suzaku kicked him…

...quite literally!

...hard!

Perhaps he wasn’t ready for such a straight confession from Lelouch either. In the end though, he realizes that Lelouch is in fact lying when taking the blame for everything. Suzaku eventually makes up with Lelouch, saying that all the ‘standing up for freedom’ facade he was touting, should actually become a reality. That Lelouch should bring peace and freedom to Japan (and the rest of the world).

Things finally start to look good. Having Suzaku as an ally is a key achievement, and perhaps the twisted plan of world domination might just become an honest quest to bring peace and happiness to all. The path to righteousness…

...begins now!

...begins now!

Not!

Not!

As we know, life really does have an uncanny habit of deliberately fucking with us at the best of times. These are the times when we loose faith in everything. Nobody’s you friend, nobody can be trusted, nobody can be given a chance. Your feelings have been toyed with; everything you believed in was a lie, everything you’ve worked for has been undone. It is in this rage then, that we break our own principles and do whatever the hell we want to…

...destroy everything!

...destroy everything!

And destroy Lelouch will, for he knows now that even the strongest of bonds can easily be broken. Old sins never forgiven, and betrayal is just a moment’s notice away. Life has a twisted course set for us, no matter how much we struggle against it.

As always, the well prepared Lelouch had a backup plan in case things went downhill. Using Geass on Gilford (Cornelia’s right hand man), Lelouch manages to save himself from his big brother, Schneizel. He returns now with renewed determination to not only save Nunnally and Japan, but to destroy everyone who will stand in his way, ie. returning back to normal…

...sans emotional attachments towards anyone, ever.

...sans emotional attachments towards anyone, ever.

Now, I was going to keep this post rather serious but…

...I couldn't help myself...

...I couldn't help myself.

Now we know where all that fatty food goes.

Now we know where all that fatty food goes.

And on that uplifting note…

...see you next week!

...see you next week!


2 Responses to “Code Geass R2 Ep 17”


  1. 1 szafar
    August 5, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Deep, very deep.

  2. 2 th
    August 5, 2008 at 7:37 am

    You forgot to put in “(/sarcasm)” at the end of your comment :p


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