Yeah, I’m going to hell.
I really don’t see the significance of Nunally being the final challenge that Lelouch had to get past in the series. I understand that him doing the exact thing he’d sworn not to do is significant, but overall, Nunally’s sudden character shift from helpless murderous loli to grandmaster of the plan to unify the people of the world just seems odd. Plus the fact that her ability to break Charles’ Geass didn’t count for shit against Lelouch’s. Maybe there was some sort of time limit involved, I don’t know. But clearly by this time Lelouch has made his resolve to do the exact thing Nunally was going to, albeit a bit more martyr-ish. It’s funny how he says the only people who should shoot are those who are prepared to get shot themselves, and yet Nunally’s willing to kill everyone but unwilling to sacrifice herself for what she believes is the greater good. Which proves that I am right in laughing at Falloli.
The fight between Kallen and Suzaku was awesome, and by far one of the best of the series. It’s an understatement to say that by this point Code Geass is much less of a mecha anime, but it’s great to see the writers didn’t forget that Knightmares are supposed to facilitate battles. What made it better was the music playing in the background, which I don’t think I’ve ever heard from the series before.
Not dure what the random RivalzXMilly filler was for, or did the writers think that we’d forgotten how amazing the LOLAshford episodes were?
Orange-kun is the GARest character in this series BAR NONE. He leaps out of an exploding mech which just escaped from another exploding mech, flies through the air and still has the time and style to say lines like that. ALL HAIL ORANGE! What I don’t get was him activating his Geass Canceller and using it on Anya, only for the fact that Anya’s memories are supposed to have returnednever being mentioned again. She looks like the same dead-eyed loli at the end of the episode.
Farewell Lelouch, your FABULOUSness and heartfelt desire to change the world shall be sorely missed. It’s nice to see how in the end the show just takes a step back from itself to focus on its main character among the cast of thousands. I don’t really care about anyone else in this show except for Lelocuh, so having him die is a good and bad thing in my eyes. On the postive side, his plan works, and with what at the time is considered to be the embodiment of evil and corruption killed, the world unifies to correct the mistakes of the past. Of course, it’s by no means as simple as that, and the world of butterflies and rainbows that exists after his death is kind of unrealistic, but still slightly believable (which I never thought would happen for this series again). On the negative side, Lelouch was most definitely the most well-developed character in the show at this point and for him to die, though it was justified, still saddened me. One of the best parts of the episode was seeing all of Lelouch’s friends who didn’t know what he had planned shouting in desperation, even if they were about to be executed. (Does anyone actually get executed in this show?). FRIENDSHIP TRANSCENDS ALL. Oh Nunally, you’re so fickle, saying you want to kill Lelouch then changing your mind at the last minute. The only reason I was glad that she was alive at the last point was because she gave Lelouch some closure before he died.
Firstly, Victorian/traveller style C.C is awesome and added to the C.C Moe Repetoire. Ponytail ftw.
Secondly despite what a huge amount of fanboys/girls might say, Lelouch HAS to be dead in order for his sacrfice to have any sort of meaning. Him being alive due to some sort of immortality or all of that R2 = RR = Lulu crap (as well as the other, more believable erasons that I’m purposefully not mentioning in this mini-rant) would just cheapen the ending and I would most likely not view it in such a favourable light.
Fact of the matter is, I don’t care. Series is over and I’m not pissed off, and that’s good enough for me. I’ll leave the ridiculous amount of speculation to other bloggers, commenters and every other person who’s seen the series. And /a/. Good ‘ol /a/.
So, let’s see what outstanding questions we have from the world of Code Geass:
WTF is C.C’s name?
What’s the Code in realtion to the characters? I mean, really, what is it?
What were Anya’s true memories?
How did Suzaku survive an exploding Knightmare frame?
Why the fuck would you make Ougi Prime Minister? So he could ruin all diplomatic relations in existence?
Why does Tamaki still SUUUUUUUUUUCK?
How can Suzaku dodge 3 Knightmare frames shooting at him at the same time?
Is Xingke finally dead due to his terminal illness, or did he just not get invited to Ougi’s wedding?
WHERE IN THE HELL ARE MAH SPACE BATTLEZ?!
Why did they launch Damocles into the sun? I would have turned it into my own personal theme park, complete with machine gun turrets. Of fun.
Will anyone ever surpass Schneizel’s P.I.M.P suit?
Is NOM NOM Kallen as godly as I think she is?
Were all those Todou death flags for nothing?
Why did Nunally suddenly see Lelouch’s memories when he died?
Was everyone wishing with a SayokoXOrange-kun end and was dissapointed with the result?
Who’s stupid decision was it to take the mellow, calm, beautiful ending of the series and completely fuck it up with ALI PROJECT?
*insert BL joke of your choosing*
No-one is man enough for you Anya.
I’m pretty sure we were one more “Pudding King” insult away from a cat fight at this point.
Second greatest one-liner ever.
Anyone else get Gurren Lagann vibes?
SPIN ON, ORANGE-KUN!
That’s the look of someone who’s been sexually violated multiple times.
And LIKED IT.
It surprises me how they manage to spell consummate right, but change “of” to “the” for some reason.
And what an unfortunate choice of wording is “consummate”.
The two consummated many-a-time.
Arthur, you are a King among men.
Chained up Schnezel? I’d hit it.
I actually think it would take several nuclear warheads just to slow Suzaku down.
Orange. Orange farm.
If only someone killed half the people in this picture, I would have been happy.
So, generally, what was good about Code Geass R2?
- Its animation and designs were mostly top notch. Knightmare battles serve as good examples, as well as emo facial contortions.
- Its ridiculousness is what made the show watchable when there wasn’t much else to stick around for. Making fun of it and laughing innoputtunely became a pasttime for each episode.
- Pizza Butt and Kallen-Service and Sayoko the SupaNinjaMeido.
- Lelouch’s character development was surprisingly deep in retrospect, and I’m surprised at how much I ended up empathising with his character above all else.
- Symbolism. Lots and lots of symbolism gives you more to think about in the series and leads to ultimately inconclusive specualtion, which is always good.
And what wasn’t so good?
- The rapid shifts in the plot and the characters themselves. Events that occured in the show didn’t sem to warrant such drastic changes in the story or characters, so it felt kind of haphazard all the way through.
- The anticlimatic anding to Charles’ story. That was just disappointing on multiple fronts. Especially his Rocketmoto/Pink sparkle death.
- The huge cast. It would have left so much inconclusive, that if they actually hadn’t started killing off characters like crazy, the ending would have ended up being a jumbled mess. So they never should have had such a large cast in the first place.
To be honest, you could most likely speculate and theorise about Code Geass till the cows come home, and still end up not truly figuring out half the stuff in this show. But I will say that with the finale Code Geass has earned back some of the respect I once had for the show. Undoubtedly, R1 is the better season (you know, the season before everything jumps the shark multiple times) and R2 could’ve been better.
This is primarily a story about one boy’s quest to change the world for the better and, after numerous trials, changes in his perception of the world and himself, and even his own death, succeeding. I think that if the series had expanded in a slightly more controllable manner, the build-up to the end would have felt a lot more satisfying (and less retarded).
Overall, I’m just glad this fiasco is over, and I can try and get back to blogging an anime for more than just the hits :p.
A haiku, for Lulu.
FABULOUS, the king.
Sacrificed for his people.
All Hail Lelouch.