Having taken over the Fukuoka base in Kyuushuu, Sawasaki Atsushi of the old Japanese government – who had fled to the Chinese Federation – now declares the revival of Japan. Although the media questions the connection between this and the Black Knights, they have actually nothing to do with it. Reports state that the Chinese Federation is helping and that Chinese General Cao is calling this humanitarian aid. Lloyd, Cecile, Suzaku are all aboard the Avalon heading towards Kyuushuu, but Schneizel himself is back in Tokyo. Before he left, Suzaku had told Euphemia that he wasn’t qualified to be her Knight because he couldn’t forgive himself for disobeying orders. When Euphemia had asked if it was a burden for him to be appointed a Knight, Suzaku denied it and thanked her. He had also told her about how he had remembered he killed his father and how he wasn’t punished. Schneizel meanwhile is reassuring his men that martial law is unnecessary when Euphemia comes in asking if she can help in some way. He tells her that those feelings are enough, and then Darlton goes on to explain that Cornelia didn’t want Euphemia to do anything. Euphemia starts to wonder if this is because she decided on her Knight on her own, but Schneizel simply tells her that Cornelia doesn’t have the spare time right now.
Over at Ashford Academy, the student council is preparing for the school festival and discussing what Rivalz perceives as a war with the Chinese Federation. When Milly asks Nina about the outdoor booth that they’re borrowing from the art museum, Nina explains that she’ll be going through the formalities today, though she also mentions Lloyd and getting a present. As Rivalz then talks about how everyone is gone and Lelouch has changed, Shirley remembers how she had read in the note that she wrote about being surprised and confused that Lelouch was Zero. She had written back then that she’d confirm it when she saw him, and Shirley now wonders why she’s forgotten about all this. Onboard the Avalon, Cecile attaches the Lancelot’s new Float Unit and then asks Suzaku why he stopped being a Knight. He explains that he was troubling her, and he feels that she seems to dislike herself. At that time, Euphemia is at the art museum thinking about how she’s just a figurehead. She knew that from the beginning, but she still worked hard on the things she could do. Facing a painting of Clovis, Euphemia apologizes to her brother for meeting Zero and not capturing the enemy. She also hasn’t thought of a way to save Lelouch and Nunnally, and she admits that she doesn’t have the power Cornelia and Schneizel have. As she starts to cry, Euphemia explains that she had defied her sister in choosing a Knight, yet that symbol of knighthood had been returned to her.
In the waters somewhere aboard his submarine, Zero is telling the Black Knights that they won’t be joining Sawasaki because he believes that it’s a puppet government controlled by the Chinese Federation. He thinks that they should ignore that Japan, and when Diethard asks him to clarify their policy, Zero asserts that their goal is to establish an independent state in Tokyo. That answer gets Diethard quite excited, though everyone else is just surprised. When some start to protest because their enemy is a country that covers over a third of the world, Zero questions if they’re all going to wait for someone to come along and defeat Britannia. He feels that as long as they don’t personally do something, they’ll never get their chance. Back at the art museum, Nina has learned about Euphemia being there and she proceeds to jump out in front of the princess’s car. She’s immediately restrained by security guards, but Euphemia remembers who Nina is from the hotel hijacking incident and gets out of the car to claim Nina as her friend. By now, the Avalon has reached Kyuushuu and has come under a missile attack. The Avalon’s defenses manage to keep the ship safe so that Suzaku can launch in the Lancelot with its new Float Unit. Cecile, however, warns Suzaku that the Float Unit consumes a lot of energy, so he needs to pay special attention to the time.
As he’s flying towards the enemy, Suzaku gets a message from Lloyd explaining that they need to get Sawasaki Atsushi so that the Chinese Federation lose their excuse to intervene and would be forced to withdraw. Suzaku pilots the Lancelot to avoid the weapons fire from numerous attack aircraft and destroys them all before arriving at the enemy headquarters. Surprisingly, he then gets a communication from Sawasaki who knows he is the son of Kururugi. Meanwhile, Euphemia has brought Nina home and has given her a new dress to wear. When Nina explains how she saw Euphemia as a goddess for how she saved her at the hotel, Euphemia claims that she’s not such a splendid person, at least not compared with her sisters. Nina, however, doesn’t believe that’s true especially since she feels that she herself has no good points. Even when Euphemia calls her cute, Nina still feels that she’s no good. Euphemia realizes that Nina dislikes herself, but she then realizes that this also applies to her. After Nina reminds her of Suzaku too, Euphemia thanks Nina and says that she’s glad they met because she understands something now. At that moment, Suzaku is telling Sawasaki that this has nothing to do with his father and that he came to end this fight himself. When Sawasaki asks about the dream of an independent Japan, Suzaku says that the dream must be realized through the correct ways. He tries to deny Sawasaki’s accusations of an idea-less justice, but he then comes under heavy attack.
After losing his VARIS rifle and the Float Unit, Suzaku finds the Lancelot running very low on power. Sawasaki promises to treat him hospitably as the orphan of Prime Minister Kururugi Genbu, but that causes Suzaku to say that he can’t forgive them for using his father’s name here. Hearing that, Sawasaki comments on how Suzaku is stubborn just like his father. What Suzaku doesn’t know is that Euphemia is getting permission from her brother to privately communicate with him. Thus, he is surprised when Euphemia contacts him and asks him to fall in love with her. In exchange, she promises to fall in love with him. Then, after listing off all his qualities, Euphemia tells him not to hate himself. Suzaku responds to all this by noting how everything Euphemia does is so sudden, from the way they met to how she chose him as her Knight. More importantly though, Suzaku asks her not to hate herself no matter what happens to him. When that time comes, he wants her to completely erase his existence, and because he doesn’t want to trouble his friends, he asks her to make it a transfer out of school. Suzaku finally admits that the Lancelot’s energy has been used up, and he believes that he’s done for, so he sends his regards to Cecile, Lloyd, and Schneizel.
Realizing that Suzaku is ready to die, Euphemia tells him to live. This briefly triggers the after-effects of Lelouch’s GEASS instructions which said the same thing, but before anything else can happen, two giant red beams of destruction rain down from the sky and blow up all the enemy units around the Lancelot. Suzaku’s savior is the Gawain, piloted by none other than C.C. and Lelouch. Onboard the Avalon, Lloyd is completely shocked to see that the Gawain is able to focus the Hadron cannons since he was supposed to be the one to complete that weapon. He doesn’t know that Laksharta somehow did this through applying the Gefjun Disturber. However, Laksharta also recognizes that the development of the Float System is a loss for her, and she suspects that her opponent is the Pudding Earl. Back at the Fukuoka base, the Gawain lands and extends an Energy Filler towards the Lancelot. Zero explains that he’s going to strike at the enemy headquarters now, but Suzaku takes the energy pack and says that Zero’s wish won’t be fulfilled because he’ll do it first. Seeing the two Knightmares working together and blowing up his forces, Sawasaki tries to communicate with Zero, but Zero explains that the Black Knights are enemies of everyone who uses unjust violence. When Sawasaki claims that he’s doing this for Japan, Suzaku questions why Sawasaki ran away to the Chinese Federation. He thinks that Sawasaki should have stayed here for everyone’s sake.
Euphemia is happy to see that Suzaku and Lelouch are working together, though Cornelia, upon learning the news, wonders what Zero is thinking. Diethard recognizes that victory isn’t necessary in this battle since the Black Knights have participated, and rumors can now be spread so that their positions are told to the entire world. In the end, the Lancelot and the Gawain corner and capture Sawasaki together, though it’s Cornelia and the Britannia forces that take away Sawasaki the next day. Suzaku returns to Euphemia, but they are now embarrassed around each other and attempt to speak at the same time. This causes them both to laugh, and Euphemia finally says that she understands that the ideal nation or ideal moral cause are not such difficult things. She wants now to see smiles of the person she loves and the people she’s loved. When she asks Suzaku to help her, he takes her hand that’s holding the symbol of his knighthood and simply tells her “Yes, your highness.”
Well this was very much a SuzakuXEuphemia episode, though the ending leaves me a bit confused as to whether or not Euphemia and Suzaku truly love each other. At least for the time being, they don’t feel like they’ve quite reached the love love point. The whole confession – if you could call it that – part during the battle scene came off as seeming very odd to me even though I’ve known (and I’m sure everyone else has too) for a long time that they would probably end up together. Again, I’m just not feeling the love between them, at least not right now. Heck, I got more warm and fuzzy feelings from the friendship-through-mecha scene when the Gawain handed the Lancelot the Energy Filler.
Perhaps more interesting is the fact that Shirley’s note did indeed implicate Lelouch as Zero, and so Shirley does now technically know the truth again even though her memory is still gone. Here’s a shot of a note itself, though the words are a little hard to make out. I’m curious what the writers plan to do with her character, and I think it’s safe to say that she’ll have a fairly significant impact in the near future.
Other highlights in this episode for me include seeing C.C. in her flight suit. She’s incidentally wearing that for the cover of the second official soundtrack too. I was also amused by the fact that Laksharta called Lloyd the Pudding Earl. Maybe pudding was the favorite food that Lloyd used as a password in the Lancelot back in episode 17. As for next week, it looks like it’s finally time for the school festival. I hear big things are coming that have a lot to do with Show Spoiler ▼
Speaking of which, Pizza Hut had another appearance this week.