29
Sep
08

Code Geass R2 Ep 25 – final deculture!

Eternal glory.

Let’s begin the episode reminiscing about the…

...good ol days.

...good old days.

Everyone who was involved in a fight (Kallen vs Suzaku/ Jeremiah vs Anya/ Nunnally vs Lelouch) gives their two cents as to why and what they are fighting for. Their ideals and their goals, there circumstances and motives. And whilst we see that every side is in fact right in their own way, Nunnally drops the ball when she says that the world will hate Damocles and ‘unite under hatred’ for it. So even though Lelouch wasn’t going to initially, he finally used Geass on Nunnally to give him the Fleia key, and…

...she happily obliged.

...she happily obliged.

Meanwhile Kallen and Suzaku’s…

...epic battle...

...epic battle...

…comes to an end when Kallen through sheer dumb luck

...defeats Suzaku to death!

...defeats Suzaku to death!

Just before the half time is up, we see every dictators wet dream come true when Lelouch declares…

...his complete rulership over the world!

...his complete (and unchallenged) lordship over the world!

After the break Two months later, we see a newscaster describing the current state of the world and remember those…

...who have been lost on the way.

...who have been lost on the way.

Apparently Lelouch is out…

...on a parade...

...on a parade...

…celebrating the imminent execution of those who opposed him (ie The Back Stabbers Black Knights). However, it would seem that he didn’t manage to get all of opposition, especially now…

...they're planning an assasination attempt.

...when they're planning his assassination.

It doesn’t matter though, seems like a new enemy is here to oppose him.

Wait...

Wait...

...what?!

...what?!

And who is…

...C.C praying for?

...C.C praying for?

Everyone is just completely dumbfounded, and as ‘Zero’ approaches Lelouch, it seems that Jeremiah…

...is in on the plan.

...is in on the plan.

Whoa, whoa, hold up!

Whoa, whoa, hold up!

Lelouchs plan?!

Lelouch's plan?!

For a brief moment my cynical mind thinks that this is yet another typical Lelouch (and Sunrise) style bailout for a happy ending, although I couldn’t quite put together the technicalities of how this would be possible. I didn’t get time to think much longer though, as the mellow piano solo started playing in the background, I knew things weren’t what they seemed.

As the inevitability of things to come dawned on me, I realised that there really was…

...no other way out of this situation.

...no other way out of this situation.

What transpired next was the biggest twist in Code Geass history, and completely unnatural for Sunrise, when…

...as the moment of truth...

...the moment of truth...

...struck with piercing pain...

...struck with piercing pain...

...and tragic victory.

...and tragic victory.

Before falling, Lelouch does tell Suzaku of the agonizing trials and loneliness that await him as he brings peace to the world and leads it, for this is…

...Zeros Requiem.

...Zero's Requiem.

Even before his last moment, Nunnally realises…

...what really happened.

...what really happened.

For alas, the great prince is no more!

For alas, the great prince is no more!

But Zero will live on as the hope for mankind!

But Zero will live on as the hope for mankind!

The remaining minutes are spent showing how the rest of the world moves on, living…

...happily ever after.

...happily ever after.

What to say, the ending really took me by surprise. And the twist wasn’t the typical OMGWTF, but rather heart-wrenching. From the very beginning, Lelouch always had good intentions, and although his ways might have been morally questionable, the end result is undoubtedly achieved through sheer brilliance.

In no other anime have I really felt sad about the main guy dieing, save for Cowboy Bebop. Both Spike and Lelouch lived their lives in utter hardship, deceiving others of their own true intentions at the cost of appearing heartless, yet always striving for the greater good. And both of them met their ends in epic fashion, such that they transcend time (in anime world and real life) and are remembered as true heroes forever. The only other character that comes even close their greatness, in recent times, would have to be Kamina.

As a series, Code Geass defied traditional approaches to storytelling and character buildup. Even though some plot twists were thrown in just for the sake of it, the brilliance of Code Geass is undeniable.

Such was the charisma of Lelouch that we all loved him, despite his serious flaws, and despised everyone who opposed him. Everyone of us was rooting for him during any battle that he was in, cheering when he utterly defeated his enemies surmounting all odds through his sheer genius, and really hating on Kallen and all those bitches who stood against him (especially friends and family). Of all the would-be good guys throughout the series, Lelouch was the good guy. A true king among men.

Many people hate on Code Geass for it’s controversial plot twists, but I say screw all you haters! For me, this anime defied all logic and seemed just what I needed to get through the relatively drab anime scene nowadays. Definitely one of the best anime series of all time for me, and a sign of Sunrise rising to it’s former glory.

And on that note…

...see you next deculture!

...see you next deculture!


5 Responses to “Code Geass R2 Ep 25 – final deculture!”


  1. 1 Riana
    October 4, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    I may be in the minority but seriously…Cornelia,Ougi, Viletta, and etc. do not deserve a happy ending. Cornelia was too caught up in ‘praise brittania!’ up until the point where she kissed Schneizel’s ass. Ougi would have had his happy ending but also fell prey to Schniezel and fucked up his own future. Viletta’s just a waste of screen time. And the rest…aww the hell with them.

  2. 2 th
    October 4, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    I wouldn’t say that Viletta’s a waste of screen time, but this comming from a guy shouldn’t be a surprise. And you’re actually (hopefully) in the majority, when you say that the others shouldn’t have had a happy ending.

    I guess that as long as they realise how wrong they were, it’s fine. Unless R3 sees Suzaku going on a killing spree!

  3. 3 deathcrussader
    April 16, 2010 at 10:19 am

    nice piece of story hope i could have a copy

  4. 4 code geass
    November 5, 2010 at 4:16 am

    OMG i almost cried when i saw the last episode!! and neither did i’ve ever been sad of the death of the main character…. but, code geass, diffrent story!! i love this anime!

  5. 5 elena manahan
    August 26, 2012 at 11:21 am

    love it


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