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Code Geass episodes 17-20 – I will now proceed to pleasure myself with this fish

fish timeYou’ve seen this screengrab before haven’t you, except with some choice subtitles under it. In the scene in question, Suzaku doesn’t even say anything. He has just jumped up from the water after having caught a fish. At most he breaths a little heavily and looks around wondering if he’s dropped his nipples in the water. There’s no time for a big subtitle to be dropped in. Throw in some other famous dodgy fansub screengrabs like Notto Disu Shitto Agen, going back to Geass and seeing these random scenes in actual context is a little weird. Not least seeing Euphemia as an actual character with an understandable arc, fears and dreams, and not just the one thing everyone remembers her for.

But that happens in the next batch of episodes. For now let’s talk about everyone’s fish masturbator Suzaku and his fine arse again.

suzaku arseThis tense standoff between Zero and Suzaku was ruined ever so slightly by Suzaku’s fine arse taking up the screen no Scamp we are not spending yet another Code Geass post talking exclusively about the character’s butts.

The end of episode 16 dropped a bomb about Suzaku that the next 4 episodes spend the whole time unpacking. Which when you consider the usual breakneck pace Geass moves at, it a considerable amount of time. As a boy he killed his own father, the prime minister of Japan, because his dad was planning on engaging in an all out war against Britannia which they would inevitably lose. Rather than lose the lives of millions engaging in a war that waw always lead to their own defeat, the 10 year old Suzaku killed his dad and Japan surrendered. Something Suzaku kept hidden away for years and years. Until some bloke read his mind and then he goes and tells bloody everyone. He tells Lelouch about it, he tells Euphemia about it, he even tells bloody Kallen about it. He probably tells Arthur the cat too at some point.

But since that day though, where his dad was believed to have sacrificed himself for the good of the country, Suzaku has basically been looking for a reason to do the same. He throws himself into every battle, even when death seems inevitable. He outruns guns because who cares if he’s hit. He agrees to suicide missions because he’s just looking for a way to die nobly. He pins Zero under an airstrike and refuses to move because he thinks in dying and taking out Zero, he can atone for what he did as a child. He hates himself and just wants a way out. Which is what makes the Live Geass on him especially cruel. He can’t end it. Even if he finds what he thinks is the perfect way out, he can’t end it.

suzaku knightedThe scene where Euphemia knights Suzaku ended up being weirdly powerful after all of this. It was someone acknowledging his efforts and rewarding him for what he’s achieved. An Eleven broke through the discrimination and proved himself worthy of respect. When he stood and faced the room nobody clapped at first. Instead there was a bunch of muttering about how Euphemia just wanted a piece of that fine Eleven arse no Scamp get of Suzaku’s butt. But then Lloyd starts applauding because he worked with him and knows his worth (also you get the feeling Lloyd doesn’t give a hoot about status anyway). But the interesting part was the character to applaud Suzaku next was one of Cornelia’s knights. Someone Suzaku had fought with and someone who knows the lengths he has gone too the battlefield to prove himself. It’s a little touch but I really liked that scene.

Plus it’s a big moment for Euphemia in that she does something all on her own. Before now she’s treated as just a figurehead. She attends an art showing where she’s told which painting to give the award to, some trashy painting of Emperor Fluffy looking magnificent, while the painting she said she liked was by someone with Eleven blood in them. Whenever she tries to help Cornelia or Schneizel (oh yes, our boy Schneizel shows up in these episodes), they dismiss her and tell he to just stay out of harms way. Her choosing Suzaku and inviting the criticisms that she just wants some Eleven arse is her way of proving she’s her own woman. She’s going to change this world as well through her own hands.

How that all turns out…well yeah, next batch of episodes and all that.

lloyd shockedWith the introduction of a flying mech in the latest episode, Code Geass has started down its path of a technological arms race. From here on in the mechs get increasingly elaborate with more parts strapped onto them, more powerful beams with more devastating force as the bog standard Knightmares become more cannon fodder. I know many people, especially mecha fans, were disappointed by this development from the original and especially in R2 because it drew focus away from the ground combat. I…well, right now I have no opinion because it’s been 8 years since I saw the original Geass and can’t remember that level of detail. However right now I am fully on board because it means we get to see more Lloyd being stressed.

I’ve hinted at this before, but Lloyd might be the secret best character in Code Geass. Every line out of his mouth is solid gold, from being delighted that there’s a terrorist attack meaning he can get away from doing paperwork to the sarcastic quips when he mentions to Suzaku some quirk of Britannian racism. He’s cynical while still being joyous and a touch eccentric. He sees through facades and can break them down with a single line but chooses to sit outside it and let his pet boy Suzaku do the fighting in his baby the Lancelot. He never appears flustered either no matter what nonsense Suzaku gets himself into. That is until his ex research partner shows up.

rakashataThere’s a load of cool characters hidden around in the background of Geass, particularly within the Black Knights. Diethard, the ex media dude turned revolutionary, is a favourite of mine (Ougi, on the other hand, not so much). But with Rakshata’s introduction she’s given the team this new fanciful edge to them that was otherwise only being provided by Zero. The fact that she hits buttons and opens briefcases with her fancy pipe is what sells her for me. That and the fact when Lloyd realises the technology he has been working on has been perfected by Rakshata, his old partner, he flips out and gets super pissed. Similarly Rakshata, upon seeing some of Lloyd’s inventions, gets equally irritated because she didn’t beat him to the technological breakthrough either. The more these two get irritated in their own ways, the happier I am.

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18 Comments

  1. Abonymous
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Maybe people were probably disappointed by battles being decided by technological superiority rather than strategy? Like how a poorly done Shonen power-up would make fights a bit anti-climatic. The more memorable battles of Code Geass had you wonder how Lelouch would make another miracle then have Zero gloriously play out his hand of grand plans and back-up schemes.

    I vaguely remember some battles of the second season. At least for the first half, knowledge of terrain proved useful while only a few Knightmares were equipped with float packs.

    If only Euphemia were in a Mecha show like Macross, we wouldn’t have the thing…

    • Scamp
      Posted May 14, 2015 at 6:28 am | Permalink

      I can see that logic. That isn’t really the case with the fight in the latest episode though. The point of the fight is that the Black Knights and Britannia, specifically Zero and Suzaku, teaming up and you see what happens when they work together.

  2. Leo
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Silly Zero, you can’t shoot Suzaku. He’s faster than bullets.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 14, 2015 at 6:31 am | Permalink

      Pretty sure that’s exactly what happens

  3. Canary Paint
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    I think I am enjoying this more the second time around.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 14, 2015 at 6:33 am | Permalink

      It’s been so long since I saw it originally that I can’t tell if I’m enjoying it more or less. But I’m certainly still enjoying it

  4. Adreme
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Its always nice when a classic actually holds up over time and does not turn out to just have been colored by childhood stupidity.

  5. Nazaren
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, it gets noticeably more “toy commercial-y” from here on out. I cringe whenever Kallen announces her new “Guren MK-11 Hyper-Bonobo S.P.A.Z. Duo” or whatever it is that episode. As long as the cockpit gets progressively more suggestive, I can deal.

    I guess it comes with the Sunrise/Bandai territory, but it didn’t bother me the first time around.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 14, 2015 at 6:42 am | Permalink

      I really like Kallen’s mech. Something cool about a robot that grabs an opponent and makes it blow up

  6. almostNEET
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Lloyd definitely. Though I suppose, that’s due to his lines being probably the best among all the minor characters. And then there’s his eccentricity and his VA. Seriously, Lloyd’s VA should get a special mention for making him sound so in-character like that. Especially when he’s about to make a sharp comment. I mean I know VA’s are chosen because of their abilities, but still…

    • Posted May 13, 2015 at 12:28 am | Permalink

      I discovered recently that my DVDs have the crew’s audio commentaries on them, and they’ve been moderately enlightening. (Well, the ones that don’t involve the animation directors. Unlike the VAs, the director and the writers, who sound more used to ad-libbing commentary, those guys are crap at saying anything remotely interesting.)

      Anyway, the one thing everybody agrees on was that they were all taken aback by Tetsu Shiratori’s take on Lloyd. His wild chewing of the scenery wasn’t at all what the writers had originally envisioned, but they found it perfect. Also, his introducing “Ah Ah !” in the first episode was complete improvisation. The other VAs found his performance liberating, enticing them to go wild.

      If you wondering why they only noticed this at the first recording and not during the auditions… Well, the producers only held casting calls for the main three characters (Lelouch, Suzaku & C.C.), with all the other roles assigned from the rejected VAs. “Okay, Ken Narita isn’t what we want for Lelouch, but he’ll make a perfect Jeremiah !”

      (The 4th episode’s commentary is mostly everyone sniggering about the Orange thing. That, and Ami Koshimizu being trolled about Kallen’s brother maybe being alive after all.)

      • almostNEET
        Posted May 13, 2015 at 6:21 am | Permalink

        well good to know I wasn’t the only one who thought so. :)
        though I must say this piece of trivia is quite interesting.

      • Scamp
        Posted May 14, 2015 at 6:47 am | Permalink

        Heh, that sounds pretty great. Admittedly as someone watching the English dub so it’s a little less relevant for me. I should dig through those extra features and watch them too

  7. Mormegil
    Posted May 13, 2015 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    It doesn’t seem like Scamp is a Suzaku hater, so that makes me happy.

    Man…I still remember the constant debates and arguments between Lelouch fans and Suzaku fans. They sure did get heated while this was airing, and then once again when it aired on Adult Swim.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 14, 2015 at 6:49 am | Permalink

      Suzaku just isn’t ~cool~ enough for people. He’s pretty great. And he can run on walls. What’s not to like?

  8. Canary Paint
    Posted May 13, 2015 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    I could never really warm up to Lelouch or Suzaku. They were both profoundly annoying to me at times, many times. It was the whole dynamic of the show that hooked me.

    The only character I really liked was C.C.

    By the way, Shirley is not to be hated. She is the personification of the whole mundane life vs. greatness theme that comes up in so many stories. The school was the “days when life was simpler” thing, but Shirley is the essence of what Lelouch is missing out on via his ambition.

  9. Johnny Joestar
    Posted May 18, 2015 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    I only watched the first 8 episodes of Geass before getting bored and dropping it, so I had no idea that the subtitle was fake. I honestly just assumed it was either Japanese innuendo for the sake of fanservice, or GG having fun with a more mundane line like “I’m gonna enjoy [eating] this fish”.

  10. joshherb33
    Posted May 19, 2015 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    this made my day so much better. that and the stream release for the third episode (or OVA) for ‘code geass: akito the exiled episode 3’

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