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Code Geass R2 episodes 13-16 – Come at me bro

come at me broAfter faffing about with those bollocks-less Chinese last arc, it’s great to see the return of a genuinely great villain again. One who when you threaten him calls you out. One who when you shoot him in the chest, he just stands there and laughs at you. There’s that brilliant moment where Zero stands with half the world at his back, broadcasting to everyone on how they plan to take Japan back from Britannia. Only for right at the moment he’s made his big speech, Emperor Fluffy hijacks the stream and in a move that outdoes any piece of grandstanding Zero ever pulled off, stares at Zero and yells “COME AT ME BRO”.

Actually he says “have at me” but that’s basically the aristocrat version of come at me.

desertThese latest episodes were such a stark, dramatic improvement over the past couple of R2 episodes. It was as though the staff washed their hands of the whole rubbish Chinese arc and said “right, let’s bring back what made this show good again”. There’s the ridiculous reveals and schemes, such as the one above where Lelouch convinces V.V that he’s sitting at home in Japan when he’s actually sitting in a fake room in the middle of a desert. What, did they bring all his furniture to the desert with him? Where did they find the time to construct this elaborate set piece? Did he get the Black Knights to do this? Who cares, it was a wonderful dumb moment and long may Geass continue doing dumb shit like that.

The biggest change though that marked Geass returning to its best was the massive writing quality increase. I’m not sure what quite happened to the writers for the first half of R2, but it was riddled with cliches. Lines like “no you are the one who will be sorry” and random unintelligible technobabble dominated proceedings. It was a touch depressing to see the dialogue drop in quality so much. Maybe it was the new OP that changed everything? I never mentioned it before, but the first OP for R2 was awful so it’s wonderful to have this new one inject a bit of energy back into the show, and apparently bring better writers too. Lelouch’s words carry more meaning. The angry retorts from the villains have more attitude and bombast. Every line that comes out of Emperor Fluffy’s mouth is gold.

that emperor fluffySome of the shots used are pretty great too. Part of this comes naturally when the show gets all weird at metaphorical spaces with the world of C and Geass lore rather than mecha gun battles, but they frame it really well. Emperor Fluffy wouldn’t be as imposing as he is if they didn’t keep framing him correctly. Orange’s rather ridiculous return wouldn’t have worked if they didn’t shoot it so dramatically. It even managed to make me temporarily forget how contrived his return is. But only temporarily. Good lord Orange, the whole piece about you being a follower of Lelouch’s mother was so clearly pulled out of your collective asses at the last minute. When was Orange ever so obsessed with loyalty anyway? I seem to remember he was desperate to prove himself and get his rank back because he was a pompous nobleman who couldn’t handle the idea that he was being considered of lower status than he believed he deserved. It had jack shit to do with loyalty. But OK, if that’s what it takes to bring back this surprising fan favourite character than so be it.

tamakiTo be honest, there are way better side characters than Orange. I’ve mentioned how great Lloyd is plenty of times. Cornelia continues to shoot up in my estimations too. I loved that within 5 second of meeting V.V she hurls a throwing knife into his forehead. I’ve also developed a soft spot for Tamaki, the Magikarp of Black Knights. Except he doesn’t evolve ever, so a Magikarp that has an Everstone instead of a kidney. I love that he’s the sort of brainless thug that gets involved with terrorist groups like this but just so happened to stumble across Zero at the exact right time. In the first season he was the first to call Zero a big fat phoney, but then in R2 he’s the biggest supporter of all and refers to himself and Zero as buddies. When they were capturing the school at the end of S1, he was waving his dick about and threatening to shoot the students because he was drunk on that power. He is the reality of what most small terrorist organisations or organised crime groups consist of, but because he’s been around from the start and somehow still survives, he remains in the group.

world of cI suppose I should touch on some of this Geass stuff since it will all become very relevant when we start to try deal with that monster that is The Cart Driver Himself. So the geass power is held by people like C.C which makes them immortal. They give part of that power to random people such as Lelouch, Rolo, Mao. Emperor Fluffy and so on with a request that they must fulfill a promise of theirs. The promise, for the most part, appears to be being allowed to die. The curse of immortality and all that. So they transfer that power over fully, they die and in return that new person becomes immortal.

To someone like Emperor Fluffy, immortality sounds pretty wonderful so of course he’s going to take that from V.V. Hence why I guess V.V looked like he was about to die, unless I misinterpreted that scene. He was no longer immortal. Emperor Fluffy is, but Lelouch did some mind bongly woogly doodly that doesn’t make any real sense, convinces C.C that all she really wants is a friend and that effectively completes her contract. Which is why C.C returns to her past self. Lelouch now holds the power of the Geass all by himself. I think. I don’t know, I got rather confused by the whole thing. I’m sure we’ll have plenty of time to discuss all of this when the final episode comes around anyway.

Oh yeah, and Shirley died. That was a thing that happened.

…who cares, here’s Kallen giving Suzaku an uppercut.

hurrah

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14 Comments

  1. Baphomet
    Posted June 18, 2015 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Except you don’t leave your Rattata in your PC because you need that Raticate to complete your Pokedex.

    • Anon
      Posted June 18, 2015 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

      But then you find out later that the effort you put in to evolve that useless rattata is for naught since raticates are all over the place in the later areas.

      @ontopic

      I almost forgot Shirley died on this one, I was thinking good riddance when that happened becase she was annoying and one of the few major characters who was oblivious to everything that’s been happening with lulu/zero.

      • Scamp
        Posted June 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

        There really are Raticates everywhere. Although in later Pokemons fuck trying to catch all the pokemon

  2. Posted June 18, 2015 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Orange’s backstory was first mentioned in one of the picture dramas for the first season, so it doesn’t come entirely out of nowhere.

    Those picture dramas are of relative interest for this kind of background (there’s also more about the circumstances of Lelouch & Nunally being sent to Japan, and their relationship with the Ashfords), although half of them are merely excuses for ridiculous fanservice. (The crossdressing one is kinda fun, though.)

    … They still can’t achieve the miracle of making Orange-kun compelling, though.

    • Madonis
      Posted June 19, 2015 at 2:51 am | Permalink

      Here is a summary of the picture drama in question about Orange’s past, which predated R2 by almost a year.

      http://randomc.net/2007/05/25/code-geass-433-picture-drama-05-dvd-special/

      It’s true that about half of them are just comedy, random silly antics and fanservice, but I particularly appreciated both the picture dramas and sound episodes when they provided interesting information. Anyone who likes Code Geass should make an effort to seek them out.

      Sure, Orange is more awesome than compelling. There is a difference, but I like him that way.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 19, 2015 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

      Once I’m finished covering the main season, I might do a post on the picture dramas and other random Geass material. I’ve always meant to check out the different mangas for example

  3. Nazaren
    Posted June 18, 2015 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    The whole “Geass arc” seems to spring up from nowhere and feels rushed, but it is way better than the China arc. The whole show isn’t really about geass, but it would’ve been nice to get some less vague and babbly detail, or more history.

    Then again, this glorious site may not even exist if they did that…

    The Shirley death scene walks the line between corny and chilling. Lelouch’s scream usually gives me the drama-shivers, but sometimes I can’t help but laugh.

    • Madonis
      Posted June 19, 2015 at 3:01 am | Permalink

      Ultimately the show is more about Lelouch than Geass, that is quite correct, but I think that’s also why other side materials and new productions like Akito the Exiled still have the opportunity to address some of the gaps in our knowledge. I wouldn’t be surprised if they eventually do start to explain the origins of the power, even if it wasn’t addressed in detail during the main story of the TV series.

      • Scamp
        Posted June 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

        The Geass shit is super weird, in a trippy way that’s different to what weirdness Geass usually brings. It does feel like it comes from a different show. Which is maybe why it’s better for it to literally come from a different show like Akito.

  4. Madonis
    Posted June 19, 2015 at 3:11 am | Permalink

    Tamaki is almost appealing with his brand of conveniently self-serving behavior and transparent idiocy, but I’d hate him if he were a real person.

    Rather than just wanting a friend, I had the impression that C.C. wanted to be loved for real. That’s also why her Geass was all about making people love her, ironically enough.

    Curiously, V.V.’s personality seemed to revert to the time just before he got the Code…and the same happened with C.C. when she lost her memories.

    For the record, I actually liked the Shirley episode, despite not necessarily being the biggest fan of the character on paper. She was too much of an obvious victim of fate for my taste, but I thought her death scene was fine.

    I also appreciated how the episode had this theme about not being able to trust people. Which is, one way or another, relevant to Lelouch and Suzaku given they are always lying both to themselves and others, without easily letting others into their inner circle, even if they’re not horrible people at their core.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 19, 2015 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

      I thought the Shirley episode was very well done on its own from a writing and directing standpoint. I just couldn’t give a hoot about Shirley herself

  5. phantomrenegade
    Posted June 19, 2015 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    As a mech fanboy to me the best thing about orange was always his mech, which kind of made me like him too, i always really liked how different the spinning orange of doom was even in the second season.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 19, 2015 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

      It certainly is one of the weirder mech designs. I’ll always personally like the Lancelot and Guren simply because they were the original 2.

  6. Nagisa33
    Posted June 20, 2015 at 5:50 am | Permalink

    What would happen if Emperor Fluffy and Lady Gaga from KLK meet?

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