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Summary:

From her command center, Xianglin gets reports of what’s going on inside the palace and realizes that their plan is being used by Zero. Toudou meanwhile bursts onto the scene onboard his new Knightmare Frame Zangetsu, but before he can attack Schneizel, Suzaku arrives on the Lancelot. This allows Schneizel to get away safely with Odysseus, and Zero makes his own escape with Kallen and Kaguya via a container carried by Nagisa’s new Knightmare Frame Akatsuki. Suzaku notices Zero leaving, but this takes his attention off Toudou long enough for Toudou to cut off part of the Lancelot’s Float System. Without it, Suzaku isn’t able to chase after the Black Knights, and Zero recalls Toudou from the battlefield. They regroup at a moving truck that’s being driven by C.C., and Toudou and Kallen take care of their immediate pursuers. Once on the truck, the young Empress realizes that she’s outside the palace now and learns that Kaguya had remembered her dream to leave. Zero then informs her that he wants the United States of Japan to be part of a larger United States alliance, and he needs her for the United States of China. Zero intends to have this alliance oppose Britannia, and they’ve already been in contact with the Indian Army and have also gotten confirmation from Mongolia and Burma.

When Kaguya changes the subject to Xingke, the young Empress reveals the promise he made to her six years ago, and this causes Kaguya to call him the young Empress’s destined one. At this point, Zero leaves the conversation and joins Tamaki and C.C. in the truck’s cabin. Tamaki ends up asking him about becoming the minister of finance, but C.C. thinks that Tamaki should just be the Grand Minister of Banquets. The truck then arrives at a destroyed bridge, but instead of being a dead end, it’s actually a Black Knights trap for the Chinese forces still chasing them. The Chinese forces thus get annihilated, and when the Eunuchs get word of this, they have no choice but to turn to Xingke. Sometime later, the truck rendezvous with the Ikaruga, and Diethard reports that the reinforcements from India have already arrived at Hourai Island. The Ikaruga’s return path is not clear though because its Knightmare escorts suddenly come under attack by a new enemy: the Knightmare Frame Shenhu piloted by Xingke. He demands the return of the young Empress, and when Kallen flies out in the Guren to challenge him, he matches the Guren’s radiation wave cannon with the Shenhu’s charged particle cannon.

Recognizing the unit, Rakshata reveals to Zero that it was her team that created it, but at the time, no one could handle it. She now suspects that the Maharaja handed it over to the Chinese. On the battlefield, Xingke uses the Shenhu’s slash harkens to grab the Guren’s leg, but Kallen sees this as an opportunity to strike directly at her opponent without him being able to get away. Unfortunately for her, the Guren runs out of energy right before she can use her radiation wave arm, and Xingke successfully captures her. He holds her hostage and once again demands the return of the Empress, but he then starts coughing up blood again. Luckily for him, Chinese Federation reinforcements arrive before anyone else can challenge him, and he’s able to bring Kallen to the Chinese warship without incident. Since they still have radio contact with her, Zero tells Kallen not to give up and vows to save her. Diethard, however, advises that they retreat because he sees Kallen as just a single soldier. He proposes that they preserve their forces and join up with the Indian army, and he thinks that doing anything more than what Zero had already said to Kallen would be favoritism that would destroy their organization. Faced with a hard decision because Diethard is pressing him to separate compassion and judgment, Zero eventually decided to go after Kallen, citing the possibility that the Indian army would betray them too.

Meanwhile, back at the palace, Schneizel has decided not to do anything until the Chinese Federation requests it. Suzaku thus gets some free time to sit down with Anya and Milly, and Anya shows him some of the pictures from the Ashford welcome party that she has on her cell phone. One of them is of Lelouch and C.C., and when Suzaku identifies Lelouch, Anya recognizes it to be the same person she as a younger picture of. Back on the battlefield, both Xingke and Zero lay out strategies against each other for their forces to follow – Xingke has his Knightmares push forward through the middle while Zero tries to trap them with flank attacks. However, Xingke is doing this merely to see what moves Zero takes, and he then floods the area they’re fighting on with water from a nearby canal. This causes the Knightmares caught in it to start sinking into the ground, and Zero realizes that Xingke had figured out what he would be doing and had set this all up. With the Black Knights forces stuck and Toudou still in his own way, Xingke sends the rest of the Chinese Federation forces forward at the Ikaruga. Faced with the impending defeat, Zero finally decides to take Diethard’s advice and orders a retreat to a place he had scouted out beforehand. He now recognizes that Xingke has his level of resourcefulness and Suzaku’s level of heroism, and he wonders if the heavens gave Xingke both.

As a parting gift, Zero has the Ikaruga fire its two Hadron cannons at the Chinese forces and manages to destroy a good number of the Knightmares. By nightfall, the Black Knights regroup at the mountain tomb where all the past Chinese emperors are enshrined, and since the place only has one entrance, they face the Ikaruga with Hadron cannons out in that direction. While the Black Knights wait for potential reinforcements from the Indian army, the Chinese Eunuchs meanwhile turn against Xingke for rebelling against them in the first place. They keep him in check and don’t need him anymore because they’ve asked for powerful reinforcements from Britannia. Xingke, however, feels that the Eunuchs don’t understand the person they’re dealing with in Schneizel – the man who took half of the E.U. With all this in play, Zero decides to order Diethard to make some preparations, and he vows to win under this seemingly hopeless situation. Back in Japan, Shirley, Rivalz, and Rollo watch a news report detailing what’s going on in the Chinese Federation, and Lelouch – who is there as well – takes a phone call from Milly saying that she’s safe and sound.

Preview

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Alright, things got to the point this episode that I didn’t know who to root for anymore. The battle was interesting because it pitted two masterminds against each other (kinda like watching Light and L trying to outwit each other), but the sides kept changing. Based on the way his character has been developed, I just couldn’t see Xingke as an antagonist – but nor could I see Zero/Lelouch as such (even though some of the things Zero does can seem pretty bastardly). Fortunately it looks like they might end up on the same side again after all. I think all Zero needs to do at this point is to convince the young Empress that he’s on her side and then use her to win Xingke over. If she’s truly all that Xingke cares about, then it should be an easy decision for him since he already doesn’t like the Eunuchs.

The other interesting development this week was how Lelouch appears to have a doppelganger now. Either that, or he’s somehow traveling back and forth from a siege situation in no time flat and without anyone noticing. This could also be someone’s Geass power, but what’s curious to me is the purpose it serves for the story. It feels too major for it to be just someone in disguise or someone covering for him – especially since they made it the end-of-episode cliffhanger – and I would guess this is the introduction of a new power or an introduction of a new character. I didn’t see any obvious clues in the preview for next week indicating anything like that though, so who knows. The preview does manage to have plenty of other juicy images for the upcoming battle, including more Jeremiah, and it also reveals that the new OP/ED will start airing on July 6th.

June 15, 2008 at 6:31 am
443 comments »
  • June 19, 2008 at 10:50 pmshamaticgrl

    lol I always laugh at newly/old comments like sui. It’s getting old just reading “Lelouch won’t use the empress against Xing ke”

    @wing
    Your endings suits me well too but i’m not sure about #3 or 5 I wouldn’t want to see her die but hearing that she no longer immortal is fine with me.

  • June 19, 2008 at 11:26 pmKalessin

    @WingZero zxt

    Okay, I was afraid that I wasn’t clear enough on the whole “United States of United States” bit, but I’ll try with a longer explanation. The United States is a group of states which have united together under a single government. As such, having the United States of Japan is really rather odd to begin with since you aren’t really uniting anything, let alone states. Japan is already a single country. But on top of that, to have the United States of India, United States of China, and whatever United States of X Zero mentioned in episode 10 group together is uniting a group of United States. So, you’re you get a United States of United States or however you want to put it. Overall, using the term “United States” really doesn’t make sense in the way that Zero has been doing. At best, uniting various countries like he seems to intend to do could result in a United States, but none of the stuff that he’s labeled as “United States” thus far makes much sense. I guess that the Japanese writers were just thinking of the US as a place of freedom or something and decided to use the term but changed it to United States of Japan instead of America since they’re dealing with Japan.

  • June 19, 2008 at 11:33 pmshamaticgrl

    Burma is the other place :D

  • June 20, 2008 at 12:21 amshamaticgrl

    Japan, China, India, Burma and Mongolia are the countries Lelouch is trying to gather

  • June 20, 2008 at 1:21 amdragon

    mongolia was the other one! i always said indian troops, mongolia, and ….. that other region. -_- What i want to know is once he does this, that’ll mean he “almost” has enouch power to stop britania. but what else could he do?

  • June 20, 2008 at 1:39 amKalessin

    Eat a banana split. That’s obviously his next plan. What else could it be? I can’t believe that you couldn’t see it….

    In any case, he’s obviously planning to use that group to take on Britannia – almost certainly with an army from that group. If he thinks that that’s “almost” enough power to take on Britannia, then he’s obviously looking for more power. The two ways that I could see him getting that power are to either get more countries on board (it would almost certainly be the EU given the general dearth of countries in the world of Code Geass) or he is looking to get some kind of tool or weapon to take on Britannia – be it a way to make his armies more powerful, a way to weaken Britannia for the inside, or something else that would give him the advantage.

    Regardless, I find it an interesting change for Lelouch to be thinking that once he meets his next objective he’ll be almost powerful enough as opposed to if he meets his next objective, he wins, since that’s the way that he seemed to be thinking at the end of season 1 and he’s already way more powerful militaristically speaking than he was in season 1 – even without the support of his list of “United States” of X’s.

  • June 20, 2008 at 2:37 amdragon

    no i mean ‘almost’ is in Lelouche’s words. Thats where i was getting at. plus its nice to get other people’s thoughts. ^^

    Thought of the EU as well. Getting them aboard as well. There are a number of ways to do things. You’ve outlined some good possibilities for what Lelouch may do. i’m already waiting for that invasion of the Britanian mainland. i could imagine Lelouch calling the event D day lol…

  • June 20, 2008 at 7:33 amshamaticgrl

    That would be most interesting to watch D-Day in Geass I can imagine Zero dolls lining at the beach XD and dropping the atomic bomb on charles! :o

  • June 20, 2008 at 8:41 amWingZero zxt

    Awesome stuff what i do think is that lelouch will not loose again OOOH think how long and grand will his evil laugh be when he finally triumphs!!!!!

  • June 20, 2008 at 10:21 amshamaticgrl

    I love his evil laugh it’s so adorable! I’m planning to take every evil laugh of his and make it my ringtone…some how. Can you imagine C.C evil laugh? lol

  • June 20, 2008 at 2:40 pmdragon

    my favorite evil laugh is in episode 7 where he has a bunch of thugs and a noble dancing, marching, doing pushups, etc. love that one. :d

  • June 20, 2008 at 5:05 pmWingZero zxt

    The best one was the combo phrase in ep 9 i feel but i also love the evil chuckle he did in the shopping mall in the way to meet rolo

    My current ringtone is Avalon it makes every time i pick up the phone a memorable ocassion your idea is good too though!

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    ‘OH is that Right! hmmmmmmmhahahahahahauhahahaahahhahha HAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!’ Glorious

  • June 20, 2008 at 5:09 pmWingZero zxt

    although the mest one of all time is still the one in episode 23

  • June 20, 2008 at 5:11 pmdragon

    i think i liked the one in 7 because of the echo like sound. was sweet.

    this is random but kallen seems a little angry there. eclipse sub episode 10 – at 10:40, keep playing that noise she makes a few times over, pretty violent there. scary. :P can’t wait to see her fight again, if she is rescued next episode.

  • June 20, 2008 at 5:16 pmWingZero zxt

    well yeah she always grunts shes likea female yoda! no-one notices he grunts until they see it the seocnd time then say HAHAHAHA thats amusing

  • June 20, 2008 at 5:18 pmKalessin

    LOL. I was reading posts from some of the episodes early in the season and I found someone else who was posting under the name Kalessin. I guess that there’s another Earthsea fan around here. I didn’t start posting here until episode 9 of R2, however. It would have been kind of hard for me to post comments on the first few episodes of R2 when I didn’t even see the first episode of Code Geass season 1 until after the 7th episode of R2 had shown in Japan….

  • June 20, 2008 at 9:58 pmKalessin

    LOL. I was reading posts from previous episodes and I found someone else who was posting under the name Kalessin. I guess that there’s another Earthsea fan around here. I didn’t start posting here until episode 9 of R2, however. It would have been rather hard for me to post comments on the first few episodes of R2 when I didn’t even see the first episode of Code Geass season 1 until after the 7th episode of R2 had shown in Japan….

  • June 20, 2008 at 10:47 pmKalessin

    LOL. I was reading through posts from previous episodes and I found someone else who was posting under the name Kalessin. I guess that there’s another Earthsea fan around here. I didn’t start posting here until episode 9 of R2, however. It would have been kind of hard for me to post comments on the first few episodes of R2 when I didn’t even see the first episode of Code Geass season 1 until after the 7th episode of R2 had shown in Japan….

  • June 20, 2008 at 11:46 pmshamaticgrl

    lol I never posted on here I usually just read the descriptions and leave but something told me to post a reply on ep 9 and that’s when i just kept going.

    @wing
    I agree the best one was ep 23 where he’s laughing his head off killing all the britannian soldiers

  • June 21, 2008 at 12:08 amWingZero zxt

    @Kal it was like that for me during season 1 i didnt strt watching code geass til the first 7-8 episodes were ut but i had them all winthin the day!

  • June 21, 2008 at 12:45 amdragon

    i’m so glad i started not to long ago. i got to watch the 1st season and 9 episodes of r2. now i got to wait like everyone else. ;)

  • June 21, 2008 at 7:54 amWingZero zxt

    ASHITA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!TOMOROW!!!!!

  • June 21, 2008 at 8:02 amKalessin

    Well, it appears that my attempts to get past the spam filter earlier resulted in multiple versions of my last post being posted. Sorry about that. The spam filter blocks just about everything that I try and post on any machine other than the one at home that Omni whitelisted for me. I guess that it has a thing for me….

    Regardless, something tells me that WingZero zxt is excited about tomorrow….

  • June 21, 2008 at 8:46 amshamaticgrl

    I think i’m gonna cry. T_T i made it too saturday without nagging at my sister. now all we need is wait a couple of more hours than we get our wish of the week.

  • June 21, 2008 at 3:27 pmAndy

    I still don’t get it. Which one is the good guy for crying out loud. Is it Leluuch aka ZERO or Britannia Empire! Can you make up your mind.

  • June 21, 2008 at 4:28 pmdragon

    thats the beauty of life. there is no set ‘good’ or ‘evil’. though if you have to choose one and since this is an alternate universe, the terrorists are the good guys. Lelouch and his OoTBK are the good guys. After seeing the discrimination and oppression by Britania as a whole I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a world governed by them.

  • June 21, 2008 at 4:30 pmdragon

    I would however love without question to be able to pilot a knightmare frame. Guren maybe. ^_^

  • June 21, 2008 at 6:42 pmWingZero zxt

    @Andy tut i will help you fill your moral void! Remove motives from the equation whos philosophy do u beleive in! The Emperors Social Darwinism or Lelouch trying to make a safe peaceful world without war where everyone is equal?

  • June 21, 2008 at 7:07 pmAndy

    If any one hearing this just tell me one thing. Whos is the bad guy man!

  • June 21, 2008 at 7:13 pmWingZero zxt

    OBVIOUSLY THE EMPEROR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the Rasisct Emperor who wants to RULE THE WORLD THINK STARWRS EMPEROR BUT EVILERERERER!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 21, 2008 at 7:14 pmWingZero zxt

    Actually better question have only only just started watching this?

  • June 21, 2008 at 7:41 pmKalessin

    Neither side is pure in their actions. Zero’s cause is certainly a better one. The Black Knights are seeking a world of freedom while Britannia is attempting to put the entire world under its heel. Lelouch himself generally seems to have good intentions and doesn’t tend to do things that you’d generally consider outright evil, but he does do things that sure are close – albeit in a good cause. If you believe that the end justifies the means then Lelouch is totally justified. Otherwise, he’s probably being nastier than he should be at times, but overall he’s being a good guy. The Emperor on the other hand just seems to be acting nasty in general at this point (though I suppose that we could find out about some redeeming quality of his later on). I suppose that Suzaku would be the other one to discuss if you’re looking to discuss how good or evil each side is being. He certainly talks like he’s a good guy, but his actions sure don’t result in good guy kind of results and most people around here label him as a hypocrite and appear to have him at the top of their anime hit list.

    Of course, I’m guessing that Andy’s comment is basically a complaint that Zero can’t stick to being an outright good guy like would be more typical in your average story (and on some level I agree), but Code Geass appears to prefer to have more greys in their characters actions than outright whites or blacks in spite of how much it likes to use chess analogies.

  • June 21, 2008 at 8:09 pmshamaticgrl

    @Andy
    If you just seen this episode I highly suggest you go back and watch the first season and that’s where you get your precious answers.

    @Kalessin
    I like stories that are grey. they’re more dynamic

  • June 21, 2008 at 8:18 pmKalessin

    @shaticgrl It is certainly true that stories that are outright black and white don’t tend to be as interesting. However, I think that it’s much better if the protagonist is more white than black and the antagonist is more black than white. It’s particularly off-putting when the protagonist starts doing acts that aren’t just grey, but black. Even if they generally do good things, if the do a few things that are outright evil, it gets really hard to root form them – particularly if these evil acts aren’t acts that they regret in any way shape or form. In effect, it’s off-putting when the protagonist can be labeled as a “bad guy.” That’s one of my main complaints about Death Note. The main character is the bad guy.

    Now Lelouch certainly isn’t Light Yagami, but he has done some things that aren’t particularly great in his quest for justice. On some level, that makes him more human, but if he starts getting nasty enough, then pretty soon you have a show where both sides are the bad guys. So, grey is great, but I think that it’s better for the good guys to be a light grey and the bad guys to be a dark grey.

  • June 21, 2008 at 9:01 pmdragon

    From what we’ve seen and come to know, there are sooooo many different shades of grey. Which is a good thing. Great points Kalessin.

  • June 21, 2008 at 11:49 pmshamaticgrl

    yeah but i’ve seen to many shows that are black and white and it’s rare for me to find one that’s what dragon would call “different shades of grey”.

  • June 22, 2008 at 12:17 amshamaticgrl

    Code Geass in a couple of hours. YESH! But I won’t be able to comment until 5 in the afternoon all because of WORK! that dreadful word. How i wish this world is like Code Geass/Gundam/Shaman king/every anime out there than life wouldn’t be so redundant.

  • June 22, 2008 at 1:44 amRemmell

    Here’s hoping that they get Kallen back in this coming episode. I’m worried she may remain captured and the Chinese Eunuch Generals will hand her over to the Britannian forces.

  • June 22, 2008 at 1:53 amdragon

    Here here!

    I got a question. Just watched episode 9 dub, season 1. Kallen slaps Lelouch. I know why. What I don’t know is why Lelouch seemed to have a small grin on his face after she walked away. Does anyone know why?

    Did he say what he said to draw off suspicion of himself – as zero? Or did he intentionally say what he said in order to ‘enlighten’ Kallen in such a way that she would come to the desired conclusion herself – about her mother?

    Funny how Lelouch seems to like Kallen’s punishment. She had a gun pointed at him and all he does is smile walking right into it. Bold. Lelouch knows what hes doing. ^^ No wonder Kallen swoons over him. Aside from ALL of the other reasons – black knights, freeing japan, etc. ^^

    As for shades of grey I’d say even Death Note is moreorless black and white. Basically that show we see Black, 2 shades of grey for both L-allies and K-allies, and white. Throughout that series black and white switch places while the shades of grey remain the same.

    Code Geass is like a continuous barrage of Fireworks. ^^

  • June 22, 2008 at 1:55 amdragon

    fireworks with – colors.

  • June 22, 2008 at 9:36 amshamaticgrl

    Colors by Flow!

    Maybe he grinned because Kallen didn’t fall for it? He might already know Kallen has feelings for him so he’s probably testing if she would submit like any other idiotic girl would or slap his poor pretty face. :D

  • June 22, 2008 at 9:46 amWingZero zxt

    lol great prediction Remmell

  • June 26, 2008 at 7:05 pmAndy

    Planning save Kallen, but his really intention is tiring to make Shirly’s wish come true to bring everyone his friends to see the fireworks, right!

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