19
Aug
08

Code Geass Ep 19

Divine retribution and the path to righteousness.

‘I am become death, the destroyer of worlds’. I wonder if Robert Oppenheimer made…

...such a face...

...such a face...

…when he uttered those words.

So, the episode begins with everyone reeling from the shock of using the nuke of the future, aka FLEIA. Lelouch, clearly in a state of crazed disbelief, orders Todo and the surviving soldiers to search for Nunnally. Ignoring him, they decide to return back to base where…

...big brother awaits.

...big brother awaits.

Yes, in a very smart move, Schneizel decides to come to the Order of the Black knights himself and “talk” to them.

Back in his room, Rolo brings back Lelouch and is on the phone with Jeremiah when…

...Lelouch notices something.

...Lelouch notices something.

Watching the little trinket he had meant to give to Nunnally hanging on Rolo’s mobile was the last straw for Lelouch, whereupon he completely lost it. He shouts at Rolo that how he was just using him and had tried multiple times to kill Rolo but was unsuccessful every time. Still in shock, Lelouch savagely orders poor Rolo to get out of his sights.

In the meanwhile, Schneizel is busy trying to convince the key members of the Black Knights how there were essentially…

...used like pawns...

...used like pawns...

…by Lelouch for his own agendas.

In a rather cute moment, we see C.C. in an innocently desperate attempt to…

...patch up her master.

...patch up her master.

Alas, wounds that cannot be seen can’t be healed.

Schneizel, on the other end of the hall, successfully turns the entire Order of the Black Knights against Lelouch by telling them of his Royal lineage and how he most likely used Geass on all of them to fulfill his own selfish desires. Enraged by the truth, they order Kallen to fetch Lelouch and then finally…

...confront him.

...confront him.

Realising that Schenizel is behind everything, Lelouch gives up and accepts lies that he used them all (even Kallen). This was the moment when I really felt for Lelouch. That he accepted defeat, and even in the most lowest point in his life, when everyone turned against him, he had the courage to go out in a blazing glory. UnFortunately, Rolo comes in with a Knightmare to save his beloved brother even as the bullets were raining down on them. He decides that Lelouch simply lied to him earlier, and blindly convinced himself to save Lelouch using any means possible. In the next (surprisingly) heart breaking scene, we see how Rolo continuously uses…

...his Geass...

...his Geass...

…in a fatally large area, despite Lelouch’s constantly interrupted pleas to stop. The next moments have to be watched, to be felt.

Afterwards, with…

...renewed determination...

...renewed determination...

…Lelouch promises to take his father to hell with him.

It’s strange, that an anime can stir up such emotions. I mean, I have seen many animes where I felt angry, enlightened, ROFL’ing and even crying. But the thing is, I have seen Lelouch rise from a regular emo kid to Godly heights using his newly bestowed powers to conquer the world, and then ultimately falling to the ground, losing everything he loved on the way. There’s just this sense of attachment, a sense of understanding that makes Lelouch so empathetic. The viewer experiences all the highs and lows of this one character so flawed, yet so brilliant, that we all have shades of him reflected in our own personality.

I suppose it’s all downhill for Lelouch from here on out; but I bet you he’s gonna bring down his enemies in an epic fashion the likes of which have never been seen before.

And on that enthusiastic note…

...see you next deculture!

...see you next deculture!

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