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Having arrived on the Chinese Hourai Island, the Black Knights are welcomed by Xingke and the eunuchs, and they start to settle in. The group has gotten a new shipment of Knightmares, and they also have a new warship, the Ikaruga, which uses the Gawain’s systems. Rakshata explains that the Shinkirou, a new Knightmare, also uses the Gawain’s systems since the Gawain was a mess when they pulled it out of the sea. As for the Siegfried that sank with the Gawain, Rakshata had searched for it but never found it. Diethard and Zero meanwhile put together an administrative unit, and though Kallen still isn’t sure if they can trust Diethard, Lelouch feels that it’s hard to get a man of his talent for information manipulation. Seeing Lelouch strategizing makes Kallen think that he’s okay again, though she then gets lost in thought and accidentally falls on top of him. While in this position, Lelouch asks Kallen if she’ll return to Ashford with him once this is all over, but he’s interrupted by C.C. who is looking for some Tabasco sauce for her pizza.

The three are then summoned by Kaguya to the Ikaruga because she has important news: the Chinese Empress is going to enter into a political marriage with Odysseus, the first prince of Britannia. Zero thinks of it as the worst case and suspects that there’s someone else behind this. At this very moment, Xingke is watching as Schneizel and Kanon arrive in the Chinese Federation, and he feels that the Empress is being sold off to Britannia. That night, a reception banquet is held for Odysseus and the young Empress, and two of those in attendance are Suzaku and Cecile. When Suzaku wonders if the Empress consents, Cecile notes that they can only believe what the other side says and that this is part of the road to peace. Gino and Anya are here as well, as are Lloyd and his fiancée Milly. What gets everyone talking though is the arrival of Schneizel with Nina, and since Nina is nervous, Schneizel reminds her that Euphemia was always regal. The three Knight of Rounds have been directed by the Emperor to follow Schneizel while they’re here, and when Nina asks Suzaku if everyone at Ashford is well, he points her to Milly.

While this party is going on, Xingke’s aide Zhou Xianglin is explaining to him at an undisclosed location that a secret agreement has already been arranged between the eunuchs and Schneizel. According to her, the eunuchs are getting Britannian nobility titles in exchange for the marriage and ceding of territory. Xingke’s men want to put an end to the wedding, but Xianglin points out that a coup d’état here would lead to war with Britannia. As he considers the options, Xingke recalls how he had once been captured for showing mercy to a prisoner and how the Empress had spoken up for him. Sometime after that, Xingke had decided to enter a military academy, and when he told the Empress, she revealed that she wanted to go see the outside world too. Because of this, Xingke had vowed to take her outside some day and had pinky-swore on it with her. He is thus conflicted now between protecting her or letting the alliance for peace go forward. Back at the party, everyone is shocked when Kaguya suddenly shows up with Kallen and Zero, and seeing Schneizel confirms Lelouch’s suspicions that he was the one pulling the strings.

Unaware of what’s happening in the main room, Milly and Nina are out on a balcony, and Milly is glad to see that Nina is doing well. She offers advice if Nina ever needs it, but Nina reacts by saying that she hates superficial women. Nina remembers how Euphemia hadn’t run away and had risked her life to save her, and she doesn’t want to hear just sympathy from Milly. She then accuses Milly of always playing around and using Ashford as a shield if she is troubled, like she’s doing with the engagement to Lloyd. Nina also feels that Milly is always looking down on her, and she thinks that although Milly pretends to be like a parent or guardian, she’s soaked in hypocrisy. Nina finally demands that Milly acknowledge her, leaving Milly at a loss for words. Meanwhile, back in the main reception room, the young Empress learns that the eunuchs planned to give the Black Knights as a tribute to Britannia. Guards surround Zero, Kallen, and Kaguya, but Schneizel instead proposes a temporary stop to the fighting because today is a festive occasion.

Knowing that Zero might try something against Schneizel, Suzaku steps in between them, and Kaguya tries to diffuse the situation by asking Suzaku if he remembers her since she’s his cousin. She also reminds Suzaku that Zero had saved him once before and questions if Suzaku would carry out capital punishment for such a person. Zero then challenges Schneizel to a game of chess, and if he wins, he wants Schneizel to hand over Suzaku to Kaguya. He knows that as long as Suzaku isn’t around, he’s free to use his Geass power on everyone at the party. Schneizel’s condition, however, is that if he wins instead of Zero, then Zero has to remove his mask. Zero accepts, and so the two begin playing. The chess match is tough for even Lelouch, and he decides to make a play using his King, but Schneizel responds with his own King piece. The two get close to a threefold repetition, but instead of letting that happen, Schneizel moves his King forward to the space right in front of Zero’s King. Zero views taking this as surrender, but he can’t accept such a disgraceful move, so he moves his King back. Seeing this, Schneizel comments that the Emperor wouldn’t have hesitated to take the enemy King, and he feels that he now understands a little what kind of person Zero is.

Just as Lelouch is getting really pissed off at Schneizel, Nina attempts to attack him with a knife. When Suzaku holds her back from trying to avenge Euphemia, she questions why he’s doing so and reminds him that he was Euphemia’s knight. Realizing that she’s right, Suzaku loosens his grip on Nina enough for her to free herself, however Kallen then stops and disarms her. Nina thinks that Kallen should understand because she’s half-Britannian, but Kallen asserts that she’s Japanese, and this leads to Nina calling Kallen an Eleven and demanding her goddess Euphemia back. As Nina falls to the ground in tears, Suzaku concludes that she’s another tragedy that Zero caused. Lelouch, on the other hand, feels that he can’t turn back. With the incident over, Schneizel brings things to a close by asking Zero not to attend the ceremony tomorrow. Over at the main table, the young Empress realizes that after the marriage ceremony, she’ll be able to leave the palace, but it’ll be going to Britannia as a prisoner, and she won’t be able to come back.

The young Empress heads into the wedding ceremony the following day with this on her mind, and she’s shocked when Xingke suddenly bursts into the chapel to put a stop to everything. As he fights through the waves of guards, Xingke realizes that though he wishes for the starved people to be saved, he’s thinking about the Empress now. He doesn’t know if him doing this is in line with what she personally wants, and he thinks that she probably doesn’t remember what happened six years ago, but he had sworn to bring her to the outside world, and so that’s what he’s doing. To Xingke’s surprise, the Empress suddenly starts calling out to him and waving her pinking in the air, signaling to him that she does remember. Before he can reach her though, Zero suddenly appears beside her and thanks Xingke for making it easier for him to make his move. He points a gun to the Empress’ head to prevent Xingke from approaching, and though he goal was to stop the wedding like Xingke wanted, Zero intends to take the bride. Xingke calling him evil only causes Zero to start laughing evilly.

Meanwhile, in a desert somewhere, V.V. and Jeremiah are discussing Zero’s true goal, and V.V.’s made some arrangements for him. Jeremiah feels that as long as the adjustments are completed, then C.C. and Lelouch are no match as enemies, and he promises to do his utmost to live up to expectations.


You know, it’s only been two weeks, but I really missed watching CODE GEASS. This series has a knack for filling its episodes with exciting moments, from the KallenXLelouch tease to Nina going crazy again to the crashing of the wedding. And I certainly didn’t expect to see Lelouch capture the Chinese Empress like that, though it makes sense now why Xingke was opposing Zero in the preview for episode 10 that aired last week. In any case, my gut reaction was that it’s kind of stupid for Zero to pull this kind of maneuver. He could theoretically have Xingke’s faction on his side if he hadn’t, and they could have worked together to take down the eunuchs and Britannia, but now he’s everyone’s enemy. I think part of this reaction stems from how much of the episode was spent portraying Xingke as a lolicon an honorable guy, and so Zero’s move alienates him and paints Zero as, well, evil.

They of course saved the best for last (or the fan favorite anyway) with Jeremiah’s reappearance. Him being with V.V. is as dangerous a combo as having him under Schneizel’s scientists, perhaps even more so since it appears that V.V. has told him everything and has improved him with a new mask and all. I thought Jeremiah’s appearance at the end of the first season bordered a bit too much on the fanservice side, and I hope that he’s better utilized as a character this time around. This end-of-episode cap, by the way, is too amusing not to mention.

Next week looks to be one big battle between the Black Knights, the Britannians, and Xingke’s faction. The preview indicates that the match-ups will be Kallen vs. Xingke (in his new Knightmare) and Toudou vs. Suzaku. Maybe we’ll get to see some of the new hardware that Rakshata was talking about too. I suspect Xingke won’t be finished off so easily, but I really have no idea how this’ll get resolved, so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens.

June 8, 2008 at 6:36 am
  • June 14, 2008 at 9:49 amshadowblack

    On the topic of Karen: Her code name is (and has been from the start) ‘Q1′. Wanna bet that ‘Q’ is short for ‘Queen’? The most powerful and second most important piece in chess (second in importance only to the King piece)? So she’s most definitely NOT like Misa from Death Note (who was just another tool for Kira).

  • June 14, 2008 at 10:07 amL

    ALL HAIL QUEEN KALLEN! Kallen-sama! haha. rocks.

  • June 14, 2008 at 1:08 pmdragon

    i agree, i know the misa reference wasn’t the best one. haven’t really thought of kiyomi. sorry twas a bad example. ^^ actually thanks for pointing it out, blah that was bad. misa is nothing like kallen. i took in so much recently between all my posts on here as im watching, so it was hard to think. its like writing an essay, but then you have other people proofread it for you, you can see things in a new light.

    i’m the same, about kallen. except that i’m for her x lalouche. guess we’re polar opposites on that. respect and admiration are facets of love; prerequisites. i also want to point out that there seem to be quite a few girls who take to lalouch. on so many different levels too. there was shirley, euphemia to name two. the reason i think they’re getting closer is the fact that lalouch is no longer fighting for just himself. that also allows kallen to pivotly increase her role. there is also the matter with cc with many of her actions, people seem to like to tease kallen about her feelings, especially cc. even lalouch teases her. even in the babel tower she was ticked off but lulu said that her heart was her own and that she chose him. not just in a zero sense but as we’ve been seeing i think that the signs are there. basically the idea that she is no longer being manipulated and the idea lalouche is not just fighting for himself anymore begs into question some of these feelings as respect and admiration. asside from cc, kallen is the only one who knows his idenity and who knows him outside of school. plus it was kallen who went to see him at his darkest hour in episode 7, where she slapped him when he almost kissed her in his depressed state. lalouche meeting up with milly, rivals, and shirley was also seperate. in episode 9, zero takes off his mask and she is talking to lalouche and she actually thinks back to when he was going to kiss her and ends up falling on top of him. she asks him why he came back, and says her by name asking her to go back to ashford academy with him when the fighting is over. to back out of their universe just a bit, i think that there are situations in other drama situations from other japanimation, even live movies that focus on drama. so i think that whole situation is served to point out development between their human characters, not just the relationship between bodyguard/subordinate/follower and zero.

    Q1….. i completely missed that. i love it. i think that works really well, especially considering q1 is not a coordinate on a chess board… queen and king huh. too bad misa amane was a tool…

    long live kallen, lalouche, and the pizza girl! ^_^

  • June 14, 2008 at 1:22 pmdragon

    i misread in your post, about how you hope kallen wasn’t like misa. when i said we were polar opposites. i’ve become a strong advocate of lulu’s inner circle so yeah looks like we’re both hardcore kallen fans ^_^ i started to like pizza girl too, XD kallen is definitely the QUEEN. -_^ she gets upset too when lalouch tells cc things and not her. haha like about the urabe pilot issue and lalouch counters about their ‘relationship’ i thought that was funny. then when cc and lalouch switched places when they took the chinese consulate and kallen was all smiles thinking she was talking to lalouch after hearing that long speech. hah, she even asked why they were hiding things from us and cc pointed countered by asking if it was more like “me” instead of ‘us’.

    i don’t think the feeling of traitor fully applies to lalouche when it comes to suzaku. i think it does when you look at the relationship between just the two of them, but technically suzaku is more of a traitor to japan and for selling out his friend to the emperor. lalouche has no country so hes going to create his own :-D the united states of Japan! ^_^

    this is fun, so many ways to look at everything. its like a universal looking glass. no matter how you look into it, its never the same and you always see something new.

  • June 14, 2008 at 1:32 pmdragon

    got to love the victory music that plays when lalouche ”clears the objective”. like what plays after they first reach the chinese federation. also i liked the 1st episode, conveying the whole ”we’ve come for you, lalouche” feeling when the bk attack the tower.
    he says, “it was not i who was at fault, but the world! i world must be changed, i will change it” just as kallen and urabe crash through the roof, and with the dramatic music its like , lord zero, please issue your orders,”. pretty damn cool, huh.

    when i think of code geass i’m reminded of the drama and sequencing of the game final fantasy tactics.

  • June 14, 2008 at 7:11 pmdragon

    love this song!! 3rd opening, love kallen

    i’m probably going to wait to post until the next review. _^
    think it’ll be up soon enough.

  • June 14, 2008 at 7:13 pmdragon


    link for song ^_^ its called wings in my eyes, interestingly enough. i just realised its pointless to wait til the next episode we can still talk here until its posted. 0_D

  • June 14, 2008 at 7:41 pmL

    Heh I am curious dragon, when did you pick up this series?

  • June 14, 2008 at 8:37 pmdragon

    just last week… exactly. i started off watching it on adult swim after bleach and death note which i am really into. so i thought. hey whats this. i watched the first episode and was bought in my the simple fact that this guy just got this power and he ordered enemy soldiers to kill himself by his royal name… -_- wow. then i keep watching nothing changes just keep watching through the next month. by the 2nd episode he was commanding people like a king does on a chess board. i immediately thought light yagami, and wow this guy lalouche is freaking tough as hell. so yeah lalouch is awesome, and i like kallen and cc, their personalities are attractive and it just so happens that my favorite colors are red and green. emotion in the voices is exceptional. so just this last week i watched episode 7 on adult swim and i just had to see what happens next so i came online all sunday morning and monday watching all the way up to episode 9 in the 2nd season. so yeah i absolutely fell in love with the ace of elevens and pizza girl. not to mention my older cousin likes to do research on our family last name, i don’t know any details, but from what i’ve heard supposedly i’m of royal blood of ireland, that we have castles still standing in poland, sweden, who knows what else and i had an uncle named sir francis drake. oh one i learned a few months ago some of my ancestors came here on the santa maria- one of the ships that traveled with the mayflower. -_- so yeah. so code geass is really amazing. i think its cool as hell. ^^

    too bad i can’t meet a witch… if only haha Xd

    and you?

  • June 14, 2008 at 8:40 pmdragon

    last name is polosky. well thats the one that exists legally today. i have no idea how my cousin does her research. shes a bit far away.

  • June 14, 2008 at 9:14 pmL

    Well that explains it. Because people usually do not make so long comments on the show as a whole, if they have been watching it all along, since they would have probably stated their points long ago. So I was guessing you picked up the show only recently. So US just started airing it recently on Adult Swim dubbed, which made you like it so much that you began to watch it subbed? Subbed episodes are nicer, personally. The Japanese voice actors give so much life to the characters.

    I only started watching a few months back, actually, so I did not suffer from having to wait for the one hr finale of the first season, and before I knew it, the second season was already out.

  • June 14, 2008 at 9:53 pmdragon

    yeah thats basically it. except that even if i had been following since the very first episode i still believe in talking about different points. its like continously sharpening your blade so it will never become dull. i’m passionate, thats just the kind of guy i am.

    now we have to wait like everyone else. its going to be fun. as for the subbed, i know what you mean. dubbed also has the advantage of mental and vocal clarity where as the subb serves to sort out any details left out. i think the emotions are there as a whole, but its always nice to watch both. especially if you’re going to absorb yourself with something like code geass or death note. i like to explore new ideas and possibilities and see how i can shape those emotions into real life. like ethics and morals, philosophy and the human element itself. i try to draw all the possitive aspects that i can so that my vision of the future remains clear. of course most people don’t give a 2nd thought and move forward too quickly, not stopping so much as the world around them becomes a blur and they’ll never see anything but what they’re own emotions build in place of ideas and possibilities.

    anyways i make a point of defending all and get trampled for it, someone has to keep their head up and find discovery. its not nessessarlly the truth i would seek in my analysis of anything but rather discovering and exploring and establishing. so i can really immerse myself into dubbed or subbed and come away with the same emotions. most people aren’t able to do that much ^_^ its just how i am, if i listen to a song i can listen to it 30 times over before i get tired of it or watch something on a screen and take as much as i can from it. i try to look not at the stars from earth but at the earth from the stars, so to speak.

  • June 14, 2008 at 9:56 pmshamaticgrl

    O.O so much to read! I hate working >.> Just wondering who got you into Code Geass L? Dragon was watching it on Adult Swim what about you? I got into it in my school club a friend of mine brought in the DVD and I the only Junoir in the class would not stop talking about it. lol I finally got my sister to watch it with me too. lol just realize theres two royal blood here not including Lelouch XD. time to eat

  • June 14, 2008 at 10:40 pmshamaticgrl

    Personally I like watching the subs better than the dubs. At times they pick the worst voice actors for the characters and it ruins the character feature. I did some research and the guy that does Lelouch voice used to be the Green Power Rangers and that totally ticke dme off so I decided not to watch the dubbed. I don’t think it’s bad to be analytical, I don’t see any problem with that but most people do and it’s said cause they’re missing out on a lot of insight.

  • June 14, 2008 at 10:43 pmdragon

    i haven’t been this involved in a series since xenosaga. ^^ 3rd opening is epic win. it really comes out at you. especially if you like the music its earth stopping. :P i especially like how the characters split apart – artistically. its really a testament to lulu, kallen, and the rest of the main characters getting pulled in different directions.

    still thinking of the c.c. theory. cannot wait to see this next episode. episode 12 will also be fun, its called love attack 0_o

  • June 14, 2008 at 11:09 pmdragon

    i know what you mean shamaticgrl, i know a lot of dubbs are not that great quality wise. maybe it doesn’t phase me as much as others. the english va of lalouche was the green ranger? you mean the original, one who played tommy? mm lol like i said that fact passed me right by, didn’t phase me ^_^ overall i think the dub is pretty good, each of the characters va seem to fit well for american. if it means anything, i’m not complaining either lol i’m not a purist say like … viletta… or jerimiah ^^ orange

    its funny cause everytime i watch the opening on season 2, and i hear I CONTINUE TO FIGHT and i see jerimiah walking on the beach i just can’t help but laugh. hes misunderstood the whole series, you can wonder what he will do next.

  • June 14, 2008 at 11:40 pmshamaticgrl

    If Jeremiah were to walk up to me I’d say “Look Lelouch! Now go Jeremiah Hulk!” I wait waiting for the next episode cause I’m impatient and eventually that leads to me snapping at my parents.

    The first asian power ranger is Lelouch voice, lol.

    I’m just glad i have their soundtracks WOOT! I haven’t been into any other series since they finished Shaman King and that’s about 2 or 3 years now.

  • June 15, 2008 at 2:12 amdragon

    oh yeah, wasn’t that adam? he was the black ranger lol so changed careers huh ^_- you have the code geass soundtracks? the music is pretty amazing. there are few songs that i really like. other than wings in my eyes, there is stories, strange girl, masquerade, and some tracks on the ost i’ll have to find somewhere. there is one song that plays in the first episode right when kallen gets in her guran to chase after lalouche. it sounds like xenosaga music to me.

    one thing that i’ve noticed recently is that cc talks to herself. i wonder if that is supposed to have any meaning. i’ve checked her profile on wiki, it seems to suggest that she is talking to marianne like i thought. theres nothing else beyond that however.

    just finished watching cg episode 8 dub on adult swim. black knights are formed! -_! listening to 0′s song now… LOL you never whats going to happen when that music starts to play, just fear the words, ”the conditions have been cleared”, i feel like there is a caption saying that on my screen and that i’ve just completed an stage on Final Fantasy Tactics -_- hah. cool. haha nightmare is another just the same ^_^ maybe representing zero’s ruthlessness. ;^^

    i remember shaman king. didn’t see the last what 2 episodes, cause that main villain got more powerful when they tried sealing him with 1000 beads and he said they needed 100 million now or something. i forgot about it after that. it was fun to watch.

    okay while im thinking about it, i didn’t like kallen’s english voice at first…… at first…. then after hearing both her act in school, and her real self. i just have to say not bad at all. pretty good i must say,

    lol i remember reading a comment earlier about jerimiah being comedic effect, that hes like team rocket ……. haha

  • June 15, 2008 at 2:44 amdragon

    heh i have to completely agree with the points kalessen made with the sub/dub issue. theres no solving it unfortunately, thats just how we humans are. ^_; yeah i noticed lulu’s va was also vash from trigun. it was decent, too much dessert though. i hate super hot places. beach is okay though. ^^ as for todou i listened to him talk briefly tonight as i watched episode 8, i thought the same thing. his voice is a little high. its okay though as long as the actor keeps the emotion there, i’ll get used to it and forget about and probably like it. if anyone knows, like nick bass did the voice for sephiroth in the first kingdom hearts game. most people complain and say he has to have a deep voice argh!!! i’m just like ‘No,’. doesn’t matter if you like the guy or not, he is a professional vocalist and since sephiroth appears to be young enough i thought nick bass’ voice along with the character were surperb in their execution. unfortunately people whined about it cause they’re ignorant fools (haha) and we got a “d-eee-per” voiced sephiroth. -_- good thing i got out of final fantasy 7 when i did…

    actually i watched death note and bleach not too long ago and after my rush experience with code geass as i watched the other 2 animes and i’m like this isn’t exciting at all! lol

    i was actually wondering about how Lalouche’s geass will become stronger. anyone any ideas? i could go into a whole host of things. suffice to say if lalouche were to go out of control through his father somehow or get tricked into issuing himself an order through his own geass, what would happen. would anyone save him. i doubt cc could help him, she might be captured or occupied with v.v. and lets face it kallen would be at a disadvantage. keep in mind this is all hypothetical based on current information. how would kallen be placed.. im thinking about the nature of lalouche’s power. the power of the king that influences the mind through absolute obedience. Q1, Kallen by herself would be severely limited in what she could do, so add in the fact shes lulu’s bodyguard and faithful follower, it would be interesting entertain the notion of kallen getting a geass herself, from cc who lets say is unable to help/ thus save lalouche. if it were to be conceived, i’d think that Q1, Kallen,…. idk for all intents and purposes think of the series and lalouche’s plans and strategies and tactics have themes and rules that are remarkebly similar to the game of chess. it sounds corny but anyways, she’d get the power of the queen – in keeping with the chess theme lalouche works with. so what would her geass be able to do? simple, instead of having power like lalouche does over the mind, she would hold the same power over the heart. so she’d pull this off somehow near the end and save lalouche. just thinking since the queen in the game of chess is the most powerful peice on the board, and also you could say in the game of chess that the queen acts at the kings personal bodyguard. its all looking way too far ahead, but its interesting to think about.

    before anyone says anything about rolo, i’m going to predict that he dies in order to save nunally, a sister that he feels jealousy and envy towards. reason being that academy isnt going to cover lalouche forever and so v.v. might do something to influence rolo. anything could happen really.

  • June 15, 2008 at 2:52 amdragon

    oh i remember that comment! common sense is something suzaku lacks, seriously. idiot. i’m on the verge of wanting him to just… die. i know hes good and all, but like… if he keeps being a jerk… thats putting it lightly, there was to be something to change his mind. because all he’s been doing is ignoring just that, common sense.

  • June 15, 2008 at 3:33 amdragon

    yes. indeed. predict wasn’t the best word. i wasn’t sure how to word it. its another idea based on little information but for what we have. so its still fun to make predictions. i think intuition betrays our sense of perception. so i try to make use of it the best i can. ^^ its fun

    i see. i dont want them to die either. it’d be sad if lulu and cc died, imagine kallen how she would feel. wow. i’m also getting the notion that lalouch is vastly out numbered and could be overwhelmed by all the various personalities who are trying to kill him.

    not only that, i feel as if even with rolo’s geass and the power it has, it just wont be enough to stop vv and charles and jerimiah. unless lalouche can somehow use schneizel to his advantage. after all we do know that charles’ the emperor’s children are fighting for the throne… so what truth could we hear from schneizel? i dont think it will be anything that we might expect. point is zero really needs more allies. not sure if he does for certain. its all so complicated really.

  • June 15, 2008 at 3:43 amdragon

    if there was a way we could narrow down what might be c.c.’s wish in the contract might help a whole lot.

    hey did you ever see my c.c. theory? its a few pages back. i think it was between 12 and 15. i have it saved. i’ll paste it. i want to hear your insight on this. also i was reading some of her profile on wiki, and it said something about how she talks to herself a lot, like shes talking to marianne or someone. also i have a suspicion that atasha’s sword isn’t just used to kill gods, anyways here is my c.c. analysis and theory.

    “””in an effort to talk about other things ^_^ i started watching season 1 episodes again. frame…. by frame… sooo i noticed that C.C. may possibly have a connection to lulu’s mother marianne. just from some of the scenes where she watches suzaku and lulu playing together on a small hill – patch of earth. then i saw a picture of what i thought was her at the time of the britanian attack. can’t remember if that was her. it looked like her. anyways not just that, there was some of cc’s statements early on suggest some kind of relationship to the past. she first sets eyes on him in episode 1 season 1 and says something to the effect of, ‘its you, finally i have found my…’ during the chase scene at the beginning. so does that make lulu her, target?

    i do remember scenes from cc’s past… as she was living through the flow of time… i think there were shots of crosses… maybe from gravestones or no, churches. people were yelling, “witch,”. perhaps c.c. made a friend in marianne. i have theory. the whole explanation for mariannes death… i think there were 3 seperate stories told. there was the 1st being terrorists killed her. this was told to the general public. most people wouldn’t give it a 2nd thought and swallow it whole. then 2nd story comes to those who are ”insiders” and viral gossip going on between the high nobility and elites. this story detailed that it might have been an assassination by someone from within the crown. yet these people are ignorant and laugh it off as nothing unusual. after all it was because of the whole deal with the ashford family rising to prominence. i think infact that this 2nd story is nothing but a half truth. the assassination was real, but the part about the ashford family rising to prominence… it probably wasn’t a lie, but more of a scapegoat to blame to advance the crown’s political agenda. in other words that part was a cover story for an added measure of security. now as for that 3rd story, all the details aren’t clear, but i suspect that whatever relationship marianne had with c.c. was a problem with charles. the emporess marianne probably went against charles wishes…. his wishes were to fufill the contract with v.v. and destroy the gods using atasha’s sword. so this could explain why they’re looking for c.c. so badly. because they need her to activate this weapon. anyways, marianne likely refused charles plan preferring kindness and love equality etc, and she knew she was condemmed to die. i also heard somewhere i can’t remember where exactly, but that day-week she was killed, she sent cornelia and her unit elsewhere – they’d been tasked before with guarding marianne. i’m going to say that since marianne knew or felt she was going to die, she sent her guard away in order to protect them. from what we’ve seen, it looks like she was killed in her sleep, as shes dying we see her eyes open as if she awoke to her own death. and nunally being traumatized by this – and being shot in the legs. so i’m thinking marianne would have told c.c. to keep her son safe, don’t let him die, find him. to that effect. cause i can put together that lulu wasn’t immediately around at the time of his mothers death because otherwise he’d have died too. thats why he waltzed into charles court about his mother. so charles sent him and his sister off to japan as political tools for play in the ashford academy. so c.c. looks for lalouch… so she makes it to japan and finds him…. it just so happens she gets caught up in the britanian attack on japan and gets captured. so clovis starts doing experiments on her. then 7 years later, a japanese resistance group steals ”medical equipment”, which is reported to local authorities and the public as toxic gas. the resistance think this too, except that lalouch finds c.c. first and before he would have died, she gives him geass. the power of absolute obedience – the power of the king. code geass begins..

    so what could c.c.’s promise be from lalouche? i’m pretty sure she never actually told him yet- maybe she did and we dont know it. likely cause it relates to his mom, or no rather because it relates to a world that his mother marianne wanted to protect- or maybe she wants to die or become mortal? anyway, as for cc., she is very zealous to not let lalouch die; and insists them to, ‘both be in this together,’ and ‘accomplices’. she says to him when he comes home, walking into where nunally is making paper cranes, she says, ‘welcome home, lalouche,’ and ‘he made a promise about our future together, right?’ lol the last quote was funny i thought cause she was talking to nunally who doesn’t know anything about whats going on and to further comfirm herself to lalouche. so what is that promise? anyone want to take a shot at this?”””

  • June 15, 2008 at 4:05 amL

    I live in London, so there is no Adult Swim or TV Tokyo to let me watch my anime on TV. So I either watch them streamed online or I download them. Speaking of subs leaving certain things out, that might be true, but you should download the good quality ones. Certain fansubbing groups go a much more serious job than others, and they go all out to explain certain terms. Also, if subs have the problem of leaving certain things out, dubs have the same problem as well. Because of linguistic differences, it is simply different to translate some Japanese terms to English. E.g. ‘shinigami’ probably holds greater impact, than say ‘soul reaper’. To admit, I did not watch the dubbed version of CG. I have been following the subs all along, and it was only that the dubs came out. I mean Fukuyama Jun is so awesome voicing his epic speeches, I wouldn’t want to hear anything else. I would watch raws if I could, but my Japanese is not too proficient.

    Oh I picked up Code Geass on myself, with no introduction from anybody whatsoever. Just saw a summary and the screencaps of an episode on some anime blog and thought this looks like one cool show- downloaded it and finished it in 2 days. But the cliffhanger ending was pretty turn-off, but typical Sunrise. Then before I know it, Omni blogged the first episode of R2 and here we goes.

    I did not dislike Suzaku in the first season, but after the first two episodes of the second, I simply LOATHED him. I did not like the Zero in Season 1 either, but Zero this time round is proving to become more of an hero than he was in the pilot season. I loved Kallen right from the first episode, when I first saw her fighting in the knightmare frame. Did not think much of C.C., until the start of the second season. Besides, C.C. dressed in Black Knight outfit is just pure win.

    And episode 10 is airing now in Japan as I speak! But we would have to wait a few hours for Omni summary, and a few more for the subs to be out ):

  • June 15, 2008 at 4:16 amdragon

    i know. now that you say that, i’m thinking at how much information of the plot is put into each episode. there is a lot that happens from start to finish. i was really omg when suzaku came up to lalouche at the academy and put him on the phone with his sister. then the next episode it gets resolved as easily as it started, with rolo. that scene was also a good way to show rolo’s increasing loyalty and trust in his brother/zero.

    so nunally’s caretaker, sayoko? the maid. lalouche revealed himself to her on the iceberg ship. not sure if there is any signifigance to that. so lalouch wants to take louyang, he has tianzi right now. so he’ll have almost enough power to stop britania. so what are your thoughts on cornelia and cc?

    that is true, zero is known for miracles. its interesting about zero’s name. britania takes over its colonies and replaces their names with “Area’s and numbers”. Lalouch was abandoned by his country, so he doesnt have a country. it might be that reason he named himself zero. or possibly area 0… if there was such a place would be the britanian mainland. or maybe 0 because he wants to free all the area colonies from britania.

    its 4 in the morning eastern time, i’m going to get some sleep. looking forward to tomorrow, or well no, later today.

  • June 15, 2008 at 4:23 amdragon

    i feel the same about suzaku. i hate him. i’ve always loved kallen and pizza girl right from the start. they got better and better each episode. the drama in the 2nd part of the 1st episode in R2 was great. Lalouche is really starting to shine. then he had his lapse with nunally then he found himself again and his reason for fighting was not just for nunally anymore. the symbolism in the outro of season two is also epic. love kallen in devil wings… and holding lalouche’s jacket.

  • June 15, 2008 at 4:27 amdragon

    cant wait to see lalouche and his inner circle – kallen and cc kick as-S

  • June 15, 2008 at 4:35 amdragon

    eclipse is pretty good i’ve found after watching all the r2 episodes so far. they sound good.

    i think suzaku will switch sides at a critical moment. he seems to talk with charles a bit. imagine if he knew some of the things charles talked about when he wasn’t there. i really think he will. im almost waiting for it. still an idiot. about zero acting evil in his schemes, i dont mind so much i just think thats part of his character and his alias.

    jerimiah im with you there. he should have stayed dead. of course its not horrible hes still alive either. he is like a wild card on the enemies side. who knows there could always be room for a show down of villetta who may or may not switch sides cause of ogi and they face off.

  • June 15, 2008 at 4:44 amL

    Kalessin, you are probably in the minority since the reason why the producers brought him back was fanservice. I for one, thought he was quite amusing, but when he became too much of a pest, and a powerful one at that, then the producers had done more than they should. I mean, in terms of plot driving, this is pretty much a redundant character that does no progression for the show, but simply add another layer of obstacle that must be overcome. Besides, a character that is simply driven by pure revenge is simply too simple as a character to like. There is nothing complex about him whatsoever. Basically, Zero caused his life to break up, and so he became pissed, and that is it. Boring.

    I do not really care if Suzaku changed sides, actually. He should just get killed by Kallen or Kaguya-sama. I mean, the way he showed no remorse whatsoever when the latter said the Six Houses of Kyoto were eliminated was just.. disgusting. Talk about forgetting your roots, huh. Either that, or Zero should manipulate him, then that would be fun. I do not like Kira personally and I like L, but a scene where Zero does a Kira-face when Suzaku (like L) lies dying helplessly, knowing that he had been betrayed but not being able to do anything, will give me ultimate satisfaction in the world. A typical Zero-evil-laugh would cement it totally then. Ah, what fantasy.

  • June 15, 2008 at 5:09 amdragon

    suzaku is… i despise him. i understand him, but hes .. gone too far. selling out his friend, so charles can rewrite his memories and those of his friends, killing his father, all while lalouch still believes in him. that last thread of hope lulu has with suzaku is that promise. of course he might live. -_…….

    kaguya seemed to be able to deal with suzaku at the party quite well, too bad like she says, that you can’t kill with just words. in a way i find that expression scary.

    jerimiah – i’m sort of neutral with the whole thing. he might end up serving as some well hidden and random point that somehow connects to cc and lalouche.

  • June 15, 2008 at 5:12 amdragon

    so many ways to look at everything. ah well, its like we come up with certain details and we proofread each others works as if they are essays. all in good sport. fun ^_^

  • June 15, 2008 at 5:19 amL

    ‘kill with just words’. Eden from Heroes anyone? What a cool geass that would be.

  • June 15, 2008 at 5:21 amdragon

    L just noticed you said about the episode airing, its over now, but yeah i cant wait for the new summary. they are pretty good here as well.

  • June 15, 2008 at 5:27 amdragon

    L i just noticed you said about the episode airing, its over now, but yeah i cant wait for the new summary. they are pretty good here as well.

    that kind of power would be too powerful i think, for a geass anyway. its interesting to note that because lalouche’s geass seems to have so many restrictions on its use that if it became more powerful maybe some of those restrictions would disappear. of course how could you control anything if lalouche were to experience the geass runaway effect, like what happened with mao.

  • June 15, 2008 at 5:35 amdragon

    oh thanks kalessin. lol i’m falling asleep at my desk! -_^ lelouch. thats intersting. ladle .. hm ^^ we see that he’s good at cooking and maybe he stirs the pot? in other words he’d have an effect on the era. possibly. shady and suspicious sound right too.

    well think of our own names. all names have some meaning or another, just as all words have a meaning. i remember playing zelda for n64 a long time ago and wondering, i’ve never heard of the name zelda before… i know its a real name, but often times artists and producers want to give their creations some sort of uniqueness sometimes through mixing names together, something that can symbolize them or make them stand out. or it could be just like you said, as nothing which it might also be.

  • June 15, 2008 at 11:40 amshamaticgrl

    lol I like the naming of Lelouch lol ladle XD who would of guessed.

    Someone was talking about what possibility of Lelouch Geass will get stronger and I’m guessing it can go to longer range. IN season 1 he did state his Geass only affect an individual at a certain distance.

    I don’t think i like the fact that if Kallen would get a Geass. For me I think there’s too many characters….(so hard to think of the characters as just characters and not human) has geass.

    Looks like everyone loves Kallen and C.C! Who wouldn’t? They’re so awesome and I just adore C.C new outfit. Once I go to Otakon I’m gonna buy that Outfit and hang it in my room. O.O I probably won’t be able to reply to anything else since it’s fathers day and I have to go somewhere with my family but can’t wait for ep 10.

    keep up with the incredible essay!

  • June 15, 2008 at 1:44 pmdragon

    oh hey happy fathers day. ^^

    the kallen geass was hypothetical, if it was to happen at all, it likely would be near the very end or close to it. its neat idea considering the ongoing chess theme of the series,

    also remember, there seems to be or at least have been in the past many of those like cc and vv, those who can give geass. it was vv who gave rolo his geass afterall and cc who gave mao his geass. also got to be mindful of britania’s research on cc and also vv’s influence. i know they’re just games in an alternate universe in the anime, but in lost colors it seems to imply that people can be either given geass, or about to be given cells from cc to obtain geass like powers. i know what you mean, and i agree partly, but its also not inconceivable. besides shes part of lelouch’s inner circle. since she is the leader of zero’s personal unit i’d think that she’d want to play more than just pilot when lelouch confronts the final boss. i could see lelouch going out of control and cc would have a problem on her hands, so thats why i believe with geass or not she needs to be there too. shes trying to get closer to lelouch as well.

    also mao’s plot was simply to advance the underlying plot, about cc and geass. i can see where it was great when only lelouch had geass, but from what i’ve seen from mao, to rolo, and britanian research its not inconceivable. maybe nothing will happen in the series, but i’d say its a definite possibility within the code geass universe itself.

    also heard there would be a new opening ending starting episode 13, ^_^

  • June 15, 2008 at 1:48 pmdragon

    switching to episode 10 thread. place any replies to my previous post there.

  • June 21, 2008 at 10:08 pmAndy

    I wounder that Jermiah is the top class of the Round Knights or he will be the replacement for Suzaku.

  • June 21, 2008 at 10:12 pmAndy

    It is just me or the Knights three guy are really acting stupid.

  • June 26, 2008 at 7:07 pmAndy

    Lelouch’s evil laugh is getting too old right now. Can’t just play the hero guy for the crying out loud.

  • June 26, 2008 at 7:09 pmAndy

    The Organ guy is back and better than ever and special the organ mask its pretty cool

  • May 4, 2009 at 10:20 amBlacksun88

    i know it is sort of late to mentioned here, but nina is so far the only anime character that truely piss me off with her personality. i just hope she will just disappear in my favourite anime series (although i know she didnt die at the end of r2)

  • June 11, 2009 at 4:17 amDimeric

    What the hell was up with Schnizel, or whatever his name is, with moving his king next to the opposing king?

    Doesn’t he know that in chess that is an illegal move? You cannot put your own king in check/danger. No matter what he would have been forced to move his king back and move his king somewhere else.

    If his king had no moves then he’d have to move another piece. The fact that Lulu doesn’t mention it as an illegal move or no else even watch says something is crazy.

    On a brighter note all girls were hot in this ep, especially Millay and Kallen on top of Zero. xD

  • July 21, 2009 at 10:02 amrinne

    nina is the one and only person in this anime that i hate from the bottom of my heart.
    she is ugly, mean, stupid (ok…in moral terms) in every way possible.
    btw, did i see 13-year-old empress tianzi with curves?

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