FreezeFrame: Geass of War…or not
What just happened? Lemme watch that part again…
Uh…is she doing what I think she’s doing? Wow? LOL?!!!
And the one girl in the show that nobody cared about just skyrocketed in the ratings. Forget Simoun, Strawberry Panic, Mai Otome* – Code Geass just took over as the yuri champ of anime! Indeed, we’ve seen many shows that just titillated us with girl on girl kissing, endless blushing, and a fiendish yuri predator with an Osaka accent, but when has yuri ever rounded third base in mainstream anime…on screen? Granted it was only a single girl with some wallet-size picture, the sheer vulgarity of it makes it more than deserving of recognition.
Nina really did it this time…the last time we saw convulsing of this degree was Elizabeth Berkeley in Showgirls flapping around in the pool like a dead fish out of water. Who would have thought that the prude was actually the most ecchi? Wait, didn’t I see this in that movie with Uma Thurman? Maybe Nina has superpowers too…her own Geass. Then again, it seems like all Geass users came into contact with C.C. at some point – mmm… C.C x Nina doujins, anyone?
At the very least, she’s lucky that the one to
walk roll in on her was a blind girl. I can imagine at least fifteen different doujin-worthy alternate situations that could have arisen had it been anybody else…and about five others involving an electric wheelchair. Then again, this might be the overwhelming debut of the crippled-blind girl moe mode. Ah, anything’s possible.
Which ultimately brings me to my main question – what is Code Geass about, anyways? The Great Neko Chase episode was arguably the most entertaining one so far – highlighted by Kallen seemingly more perturbed that her first kiss was going to be stolen rather than the fact that she just blasted away half a dozen pilots days prior. Even the whole Zero thing has seemingly taken a back seat to C.C. and her Pizza Hut Bonta-kun. Keep in mind that Gundam Seed (and even that sham Destiny) never really strayed too far from its original purpose…sure, we got to see Lacus’ frilly costumes and pseudo-Lacus bounce around in some pop concert, but those were all within the context of the epic war that was going on. Geass? Besides Nina’s climactic moment, other highlights include Kallen’s shower scene and C.C.’s getup in episode 14. None of these really fit with the context…not that I’m complaining. But you know what – this ain’t Gundam, as much as it tries or tries not to be – and in the end, that’s a good thing.
Just like neo-Kanon has successfully distinguished itself from Haruhi, Geass is its own unique beast, even with the pink-haired bimbo and the two megayaoi male leads (they even have their own secret sign language…teeheehee). Part of that uniqueness is in the frequent
distractions side-stories that crop up; another is the addition of characters like C.C., and now Nina, who completely change the makeup of the show. It’s like getting our seasonal Gundam fix, with a lot of extra flavor.
I can only hope that this Nina x Euphemia thing plays out to the finish…
*Yes, I haven’t posted in a few months because I was on strike after Omni chose Mai Otome as the top anime of 2006 – as one of the most covertly-vocal fans of Haruhi, I wasn’t going to let it go without protest. Yes, a very silent, loooong protest…