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CODE GEASS – 22

Summary:

With Euphemia’s announcement in effect, Suzaku reports to her that over 200,000 people have applied for the Specially Administrated Japan. Euphemia attributes Suzaku being here as the representative of the Japanese people to why everyone believes in this new place, but Suzaku thinks that it’s because of Euphemia’s proclamation. When she tells him that she’ll be needing his help for various things from now on, he at first answers with his usual “Yes, Your Highness,” but her disapproving look cuts him off and causes him instead just to say yes. The television news is meanwhile reporting that this Special Administrative Zone will be a first for Britannia and is Euphemia’s own idea. In addition, tomorrow’s ceremony for this will be broadcast all over the world. At school, Nina tells herself that she’ll go with what Euphemia says. Schneizel is meanwhile complimenting Euphemia to Cornelia, and he talks about how this helps them with the Area 11 terror groups and public order. Cornelia says that she is personally opposed, but she’s still going to get the public policy moving as the Governor-General.

As for the Kyoto group, they don’t think that a Specially Administrated Japan is a bad thing, and Kirihara feels that this concession came about because of their resistance efforts. One of the others notes that he heard Kirihara had been promised a position in the new zone, but Kaguya is more concerned about what Zero and the Black Knights are going to do. At that time, the senior officers of the Black Knights are discussing how they’re losing supporters and members. Diethard attributes it to how there’s no risk in the new zone unlike in the Black Knights. They know that Kyoto is going to cooperate, but Kallen doesn’t believe in the promised equality. All this reminds Ougi of the conversation he had with Villetta about her wanting to enter the new zone. Because of this, he wonders to the group about participating in the new zone because it doesn’t conflict with what Zero’s been saying. However, Nagisa Chiba says that they could be disarmed under the pretext of peace, and Toudou feels that they would lose their independence. Diethard, however, notes that if they don’t participate, they would become enemies of freedom and equality.

In town, Lelouch gets dropped off by Rivalz so that he can meet with Shirley for some shopping. Both of them see and hear a noble beating a Japanese with his cane because he believes that the inferior people should obey the superior ones. Lelouch interrupts and uses his powers on the man’s bodyguard to get him to go away. When the noble tries to stop his bodyguard, Lelouch says that the noble has mistaken a borrowed strength for the noble’s own ability. He is about to GEASS the noble to go die, but Lelouch ends up quickly shutting his left eye right as Rivalz steps in to defuse the situation. Watching from nearby Shirley saw how Lelouch saved the Eleven, but she questions why he was with Euphemia before. She realizes that it is dangerous for her to get too involved with this. Returning home later, Lelouch tells Nunnally that Shirley never ended up coming and didn’t contact him. Nunnally notices that he’s worried and asks if it’s about Euphemia. He takes the chance to ask his sister if she likes Euphemia, and Nunnally says that she does. When she asks him the same question back, Lelouch says that he liked Euphemia.

The next day is the day of the ceremony, and the news reports state that there are many Japanese here in the arena and even more gathered outside. All attention seems focused on how Zero isn’t there, but he soon appears standing on top of the Gawain right as Euphemia is about to being the ceremony. Kirihara isn’t so sure what’s Zero intends to do and thinks to himself that everything is over if it’s found out that Zero is really a Britannian prince. To Euphemia’s surprise, Zero says that he wants to talk with her privately. Although Euphemia’s men don’t find any weapons on Zero, Suzaku still thinks that he’s dangerous and wants to come too. Nevertheless, Euphemia says that it’s okay and asks Suzaku to believe in her. They go inside her command vehicle, and she turns off all the cameras so that he can take off his mask. After doing so, Lelouch pulls out a ceramic and bamboo needle gun that wasn’t found by the earlier detector. Euphemia doesn’t think that Lelouch will shoot, and he agrees with her because she’ll be the one who will be shooting.

Back outside, Suzaku suddenly gets a flash in his head of the GEASS symbol and then turns around to see a green figure materializing beside the Gawain. Inside, C.C. notes that Suzaku can see it and wonders if it’s because of indirect contact and what happened on the island or if it’s because of that person. Because of this, she gets out of the Gawain. Meanwhile, noting that this ceremony is being broadcast across the world, Zero proposes that Euphemia shoot him. He thinks that if she surprise attacks him, Zero would become a martyr and her own popularity would plummet. This causes Euphemia to question what Lelouch is joking about. She wants to make Japan with him, but he feels that she’d be the same as Clovis if she forces it unilaterally. He plans to be revived miraculously and explains that people are weak to miracles. Right as Lelouch is saying that a messiah must be one person and that the people will know she’s an impostor, he experiences pain in his left eye. At the exact same moment, C.C. is trying to question Suzaku about something and gets the same pain.

The GEASS symbol on top of C.C.’s head lights up, and when Suzaku goes over to see what’s wrong, he touches her shoulder. This results in him seeing another set of visions similar to last time, except that now he’s also shown an image of Marianne. After Suzaku collapses, Euphemia’s guards rush over and also see C.C.’s GEASS symbol. Their eyes all turn red, and they experience visions that cause them to fall to the ground. Back inside the vehicle, Euphemia tries to help Lelouch, but he swats her away and tells her not to pity him any more. He opens his GEASS-active eye as he calls out her full name, but Euphemia stops him by saying that she gave up that name – she has relinquished her right to succeed the throne. Lelouch thinks that she did it for his sake, but Euphemia laughs and explains that she did it for Nunnally. She reveals how Nunnally had said that as long as she could be with her brother, she didn’t need anything else. That’s what led Euphemia to this decision. Lelouch calls her an idiot for doing this, but his tone has changed and he says that she was always Euphie before she was vice-Governor-General and a princess.

Euphemia then holds her hand out to Lelouch so that they can promise to work together. Although he says that she was the worst enemy for him, he shakes her hand and calls this her victory. The two then get to talking about how he was trying to get her to shoot him, and Lelouch reveals that no one can defy him if he gives a serious order. He says that it can be any order, but since Euphemia thinks he’s joking, Lelouch insists that it’s true. Turning towards her, he says that, for example, if he orders her to kill the Japanese, it would have nothing to do with her own will. Suddenly, however, Euphemia comes under the influence of GEASS and her eyes light up red. Although she tries to resist the order, she soon falls to its control. Knowing that his GEASS eye is active now, Lelouch realizes that he has become the same as Mao in that he’s unable to turn it off. He then tries to get Euphemia to forget the order, but she picks up his ceramic gun and runs out.

Around this time, Schneizel is calling General Bartley to say that he’ll be returning to the home country by the end of the day. Bartley reports that their experiment’s intelligence is limited to Area 11, so Schneizel suggests that they talk with the Rosenberg Laboratory. When the communication arrives, he wants it sent to him with the experimental machine. Bartley then mentions the ruins on the island, but Schneizel is thinking more about how everything will go well thanks to Euphemia. By this time, Euphemia has run back onto stage and asks the Japanese people if they could die. She wants them to commit suicide, but when she realizes that they won’t, she orders her soldiers to exterminate everyone and cheerily announces a massacre. Hearing this, Darlton immediately orders all the microphones and cameras to be turned off. Zero then rushes onto the stage to stop Euphemia, but two Britannian guards get in his way. He opens the slit on his mask to GEASS them, but before he can do that, he sees Euphemia shoot a man in the audience. When she orders her soldiers to hurry to kill everyone, Darlton questions what she’s doing and tells her to stop. Euphemia responds by shooting Darlton in the abdomen, and although she immediately apologizes to him, she also says that she has to exterminate all of the Japanese.

Suzaku wakes up around this time to the sound of screaming and gunfire. He tries to stop the soldiers and is shocked to learn that Euphemia was responsible for the order. Running through the bloody stands, Lelouch calls for Euphemia to stop and realizes that this is all because of his GEASS. A dying woman grabs ahold of him, but Lelouch now knows that he’s not the savior or a messiah. As she breathes her last breaths, the woman tells him that he’s their only hope. Feeling that he’s been burdened, Lelouch then runs into a wounded Darlton in the hallway. Pointing his gun, Darlton questions what Zero did to Euphemia, but he collapses soon after. Outside the arena, there is mass confusion even amongst the Black Knights, and images of the incident are breaking through the normal news broadcast thanks to Diethard. After Lelouch gets back onboard the Gawain, C.C. comments on how she’s surprised with this, but Lelouch says that it wasn’t him. Turning around, C.C. sees that Lelouch’s GEASS eye remains active and realizes what happened earlier. Elsewhere, the Emperor of Britannia laughs evilly with all that’s going on whereas Schneizel is shocked when he learns the news.

The rest of the Kyoto group has noticed that Euphemia is different compared to how she was up until now, and they talk about how they’re the only ones left. Kaguya finds it shameful that after everything, they consider themselves most important. When the men tell her that they remain for the sake of Japan, she asks what they plan to do if only they remain. She then questions what the point of the Kyoto group is if they don’t act now. Back at the arena, the Avalon arrives to pick Suzaku up and he then launches onboard the Lancelot. He doesn’t think that Euphemia could have ordered the massacre and is determined to find her. As Lelouch watches the Britannian forces break through the wall towards the rest of the Japanese population, he decides that the only thing he can do now is to make the most of this. After destroying an oncoming fleet of aircraft with the Gawain’s cannons, he starts giving orders to the Black Knights. After explaining that Euphemia has become their enemy and that the Special Administrative Japan was a trap to lure them out, he says that he wants them to destroy the Britannian military and to hurry to save the Japanese. As Lelouch sheds a tear with his now perma-GEASS left eye, he orders them to find and kill Euphemia.

Preview:

Even though I knew that this episode would be called “Bloodstained Euphie,” I hadn’t been expecting her to personally go out and start slaughtering people. That just made it even harder and more frustrating to watch since I liked her character. I mean, here she was having finally gotten through to her brother Lelouch, and then what amounted to an accident changed everything. A part of me had hoped that she would survive to the end of the series, but that just doesn’t seem possible now unless they find a way to get rid of the GEASS control on her mind. If that doesn’t happen, then she’ll continue her path of blood and violence until someone kills her. I personally think that it would be fitting if she went after Suzaku because he’s Japanese, and then he was forced to kill her because of the GEASS order to live that Lelouch gave him from before.
Actually, for everything not working out for Lelouch, everything actually worked out very well for Zero. I make that distinction because Lelouch had agreed to work together with Euphemia, but it’s Zero as the head of the Black Knights who profited the most from Euphemia going berserk. With all those dead Japanese, Zero’s now got plenty of reason to rally his troops against the Britannian forces. Still, Lelouch really shouldn’t have used that example about killing the Japanese when he was talking to Euphemia, but I guess there was no way he could have known that his GEASS activated. The root of the problem goes back to C.C. and Lelouch both experiencing pain at roughly the same time, and it’s still not clear to me why that happened. Nor do I understand why the image of Marianne appeared when Suzaku touched C.C. again. It would seem that much would be explained if and when we learn more about C.C.’s background.
I also want to go back to how shocked Schneizel looked after what Euphemia did. Certainly he was plotting through Euphie’s plan, but that look he had seemed so genuine that I keep thinking that he’s not as evil as he initially appeared. The Emperor, on the other hand, seems to know what’s going on and really is as bad as initially thought. Then again, that’s hard to say for sure since there’s so much mystery surrounding the Emperor. I wonder how much of a conclusion we’ll get with these characters in the next three episodes and what will be saved for next season. Next week is the final regular broadcast episode since the air-dates of episodes 24 and 25 are still undecided. Regardless of when that is, I get the feeling that things won’t end well…

March 22, 2007 at 5:01 pm
269 comments »
  • March 22, 2007 at 5:06 pmRoarr

    omg,,,,WOW….I CANT WAIT TILL THIS IS SUBBED,….OMMG….IM SPEECHLESS

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:06 pmVictor

    Wow…. Just wow….

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:07 pmGStrike-

    FTP woah the pink hair princess with a gun :o

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:08 pmOnly

    Awesome eps!

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:09 pmashiguru

    My god, that took me by surprise, what an episode, a complete reversal of what I expected to happen.

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:11 pmMisuzu

    I never saw this one coming a mile away =o.
    Absolutely amazing =o.

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:11 pmFreedomangel

    Oh My God! I cant believe it! GEASS turned on permanently, Euphie went on a killing spree….Just….Oh my God!
    There is Still 3 episode left for this season!
    When Will the next season Start

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:13 pmFreedomangel

    Oh My God! I cant believe it! GEASS turned on permanently, Euphie went on a killing spree….Just….Oh my God!
    There is Still 3 episode left for this season!
    When Will the next season Start?…Just……Oh My God!

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:13 pmrielle

    THAT WAS EVIL!!!!! HOW COULD HE TELL HER TO DO SUCH A THING?????!!?!?!

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:14 pmFreedomangel

    You said it! Evil!

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:15 pmjess

    CG is omg so good now

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:17 pmAina

    Omg. Poor little Euphie getting caught in the middle of this =(

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:17 pmSakura

    Well, apparently, Lelouch’s GEASS turned on and he didn’t realize and he joked about killing Japanese, according to the brief summary up there.

    My question is: C.C. is seen with her left hand over her left eye, with a shot of Marianne. Does that have anything to do with Lelouch’s GEASS permanently going on?

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:19 pmThe_Fan

    OMG!! This anime is amazing o_O !!!

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:21 pmrandom passerby

    OH. CRAP.

    This episode was INTENSE.

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:22 pmBakanekokun

    OMG O-O!!! does this mean that the geass is slowly taking over our protagnist? I didn’t expect a turnout with Euphie actually massacring the people…but YYYYYYESSSS way to go Sunrise on always putting me on the edge…

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:22 pmEd

    … why the emperor is laughing …

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:25 pmOmni

    The emperor laughing evilly fits with his character. I was more interested in the fact that Schneizel was so shocked.

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:25 pmrandom passerby

    @Ed:

    The emperor is loving every moment of watching this because he’s that evil.

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:26 pmChiuˆ2

    OH SHI­­, it finally happened him. Complete massacare by Euphie? WOW, that really caught me off guard!!! I wonder what will happen to Lulu now that he can’t turn off his geass………will he suffer the same fate as Mao?

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:34 pmstephanie

    HAHA this is goin sooo screwed HAHAA cant wait =)))))

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:35 pmNPm

    Awesome! permanent-Geass left eye

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:37 pmShin

    OMG

    THis is……what a plot twist

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:42 pmAiras

    The second shot from the Preview….
    Why she’s laughing??? Zero proposed to her????

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:44 pmjenn

    awww no, i dont want an insane lulu =/

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:47 pmRoarr

    o man euphie is gonna die???……Suzaku will be sad…this is turning into a very intense anime..ahh…..cant wait till next esp….argg..the dreadful wait..

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:49 pmNeco

    Lelouch so deserves to die, he may have been joking but he is responsible for turning a pure hearted sweet girl into a cold killer.

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:54 pmyamamotoyohko

    Maybe Euphie can be saved if C.C grants another person., for instance, Suzaku, Geass power so he could order Euphie to stop so she won’t be killed anymore. However, I think this is very unlikely to happen.

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:55 pmRift

    >>Lelouch so deserves to die, he may have been joking but he is responsible for turning a pure hearted sweet girl into a cold killer.

    Responsibility entails that he had some sort of free will or made some kind of choice that lead to Euphemia doing what she did. While you could argue that his actions lead to it, I would hardly say he made a conscious choice to cause her to massacre people – he didn’t know what he was doing because he has a power he doesn’t fully understand and can’t control.

    Otherwise, it seems like Lelouch is finally starting to stray down the dark path of Light – doing things he knows are morally wrong because of mistakes he’s made and to cover his ass. More than anything else, Light became a villain not when he started using the Death Note to punish criminals, but when he started using it against innocent people to defend himself and his own megalomaniac ideas. At least there’s hope for Lelouch – he clearly has qualms with ordering Euphemia’s death, whereas Light showed no such remorse.

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:58 pmRift

    I hate to double post, but something else occurred to me…

    As horrible and inhuman as everything that has happened is… doesn’t it do nothing but further Lelouch’s ambitions? Euphemia’s plans, which would have hindered him, have been torn asunder. Could it possibly be that he actually subconsciously, deep down inside, wanted this to happen? Now he has the perfect justification to rally the Black Knights and the Japanese people however he wishes.

    In which case, although I won’t argue that people can be held responsible for their subconscious thoughts, that does put a more demonic spin on Lelouch…

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:59 pmRai

    wow..things starting to go crazy

  • March 22, 2007 at 5:59 pmOmni

    Someone else speculated that Lelouch having ordered Suzaku to live and Euphemia to kill Japanese (remember, Suzaku is Japanese) will lead to Suzaku having to kill Euphie.

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:00 pmVictor

    @ yamamotoyohko

    Not likely to happen like you mentioned. Each person that is granted the Geass power has different results. Mao could hear thoughts and Lelouch can control/order people through his Geass eye. It may not be the same if C.C. were to grant Geass to another.

    @ Freedomangel

    It was mentioned somewhere on here that the next season will air this fall. Something about the creators taking a break between seasons.

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:02 pmrandom passerby

    @Rift:

    Lelouch’s eyes are tearing up as he orders the Black Knights to attack the Britannians head on. He knows that as freak an accident it was, he did something terrible. But he has the responsibility as Zero to retaliate against what appears to be blatant Britannian cruelty.

    Lelouch is a far better person than Light. He at least understands the suffering that he’s putting so many people through, as we’ve seen with Shirley, Suzaku, and now countless numbers of massacred Japanese.

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:05 pmMisuzu

    What if the other Geass girl grants Lelouche another Geass? Is it possible to have two Geass and use a certain one on a person? If the Geass power is determined by the user and not the granter, theoretically Lelouche could get a second Geass in his right eye and Geass people again that he already Geass’d before.

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:07 pmJuvyniled

    I don’t necessarily think this event makes Lelouch inhuman. It wasn’t his intention to turn Euphemia against the Elevens. This really sets things up for later, and it’s the breaking point for Lelouch to really become Zero more and abandon his original identity. Things up until now have been relatively calm and just when you think things couldn’t be worse (apart from the proposal), it is. This is really just a stepping stone for Lelouch to commit himself to his goal. Euphemia is the only half-sibling that Lelouch really cared for, and after her, there’s no restraining him from killing the others. Good episode.

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:09 pmrandom passerby

    @Omni:

    Suzaku being the one to kill Euphemia would be the most logical irony and best storytelling. Different spoilers have hinted and said that Lelouch will use Geass to “bring death to someone”, and that Euphemia “will die by his hand”.

    But that depends on how you interpret that. In theory, using Geass on both Suzaku and Euphemia does mean that he used Geass to “bring death” to Euphie, in the sense that he was responsible for making her a target that Suzaku cannot ignore if he is to live.

    I’m hoping that this “bringing of death” isn’t literal, but instead means that Suzaku and Euphemia’s orders will collide with each other.

    THAT would make some great storytelling. =D

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:12 pmTerry

    Well, I got it half right. Euphie definitely got Geassed, went insane and lost her innocence.

    Excellent! Cornelia lives! I didn’t look at the spoiler summary, and I wonder how they made Euphie stop; oh Boy…

    It looks like the director tried to salvage Lulu’s decency by making it an accident. I still think he should hang.

    If the second prince is shocked by his sister’s actions, then it would indicate that he has at least a brother’s caring soul. He may not be as evil as some people think.

    On a last bit of speculation, you asked: why is the King laughing maniacally?

    Could it be that he also has a Geass power, one that made him the way he is? Only the strong willed who overcome and control their Geass become King, according to C.C. – and C.C. has apparently been alive long enough to gift more than two little boys. Could she have succeeded (more than once?) We still don’t quite know why or how C.C. is distributing this power (to find suitable Kings in the heat of competition, just like the current Brittanian King prefers).

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:13 pmmango

    holy crap…i totally never expected this…
    lol the first thing that came to my head when i learned abuot lulu’s geass was: cant he put an eyepatch on? :D

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:13 pmTotali

    omg today’s GEASS was so awsome. Euphemia owned everybody lol

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:14 pmOmni

    random passerby: Yup, I agree – I would love to see that kind of storytelling. That being said, now that we’ve theorized it, it won’t be such a shock if it does indeed happen…

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:14 pmCamario

    Lelouch made a contract (whose exact terms he probably still ignores, which is a bad sign in itself) with C.C. in return for power, knowing that he’ll become lonely as a result. That equals tragedy, in essence.

    I don’t think Lelouch is going to be a Light clone. Even if he does end up becoming much more ruthless about his way of executing his vengeance, he’s been far more conflicted, internally, than Kira ever was. He’ll probably be forced to “kill” his feelings, on the surface, but I doubt he’ll be totally beyond redemption or, at least, internal conflict.

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:15 pmTerry

    Also, is this Geass power, in some why responsible for Marianne’s (Lulu’s mother’s) death? If it is, that would make one hell of a plot twist.

    I wonder what Lulu would say to C.C. about that…

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:18 pmKnightmare213

    Just shocked…that’s what I’m thinking right now.

    Looking at the next episode’s teaser, it looks like the massacre led by geass-ed Euphemia may continue. Either way, there is a high-probability that Euphie will actually die by the end of the series or before. I don’t know why for sure, but she may get killed.

    I’m wondering how everyone, especially Cornelia, would react to this. Would Lelouch come out and say that it was his fault (yeah right…), or something completely unexpected?

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:19 pmRift

    Okay, everyone seems to be misunderstanding exactly what happens… after watching the episode myself, events unfold fairly differently than what people are expecting.

    Lelouch meets with Euphemia and agrees to her plan, whole heartedly, and surrenders to her – genuinely, not an act. He decides to try her method of solving things, and the two are on friendly terms. He then jokingly asks her, “If I told you to kill the Japanese, what would you do?”

    For some reason, this triggers a command order to Euphemia – she’s also the first person to actively resist a Geass, although not for very long. (she screams that she doesn’t want to kill and clutches her head, but eventually the geass power overwhelms her)

    Given the circumstances of how it happens, I can’t say that Lelouch is at all at fault. What he says to her does not amount at all to an order to kill the Japanese – it’s tantamount to you saying something absurd to a friend as a joke, in a light hearted manner. There was no way for him to predict what kind of result it would cause.

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:22 pmakonjat

    the only thing that might neutralize the on going geass power might be either lulu die, c.c die or both,i think

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:24 pmRift

    The events of this episode also fundamentally change Lelouch’s character and motivations – no longer is he only out for his own personal gain or to make a world safe for his sister, but now he feels he needs to atone for his sin in, even accidentally, causing what has happened.

    Strangely enough, I think this could actually make Lelouch into more of a hero.

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:28 pmcbhl

    A) You’d think there was a way to become immune to GEASS by e.g. covering one’s eyes… In the future, can’t Lulu just keep his left eye covered, with a mask, or…?
    B) Euphie killing is very surprising. It also broke my heart. I wonder what Suzaku’s response is…
    C) I am thinking we’re going to be left on a cliffhanger soon (for some next season…)

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:29 pmjounin

    I don’t think Lelouch can be a hero. He could easily try to atone by revealing the truth, and saving Euphie’s reputation (he is a crown prince after all), but I can easily see him allowing Euphie’s reputation go deeper into the sewer. It will just be another event that he justifies w/ some logic and moves on. That’s the dark path he’s taking when any action can be justified as long as the results are achieved.

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:30 pmNigredo

    this…this episode is EVIL! such a plot twist, simply OMG

    Even though I knew what will happen thanks to those spoilers, I never expected it would be like that I mean look the smiling Euphemia killing people with her gun! it’s totally a slaughter >_

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:31 pmSniper

    So does anyone know what triggers Lelouch geass to be permanently?

    And what happen to cc.

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:32 pmSarsa-chan

    *sobs*
    I don’t want Euphie to die! But……if she survives, how is she gonna face the people around her. Either situations are horrible. She and Suzaku should just elope after this.
    I wonder if there’s a Geass that turns back time. ‘_*

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:33 pmbrooklyn otaku

    haha!!! killem all!!! but, it sucks now because we all know that at this point the series can only end with the fall of lelouch or most likely his death. bummer. but hell, should be fun anyway..” i wonder how he’ll die

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:35 pmCamario

    Euphie will probably die, but perhaps the Geass effect will be temporarily suspended before that, if the person who kills her isn’t a Japanese / there aren’t any of those standing around for her to massacre.

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:36 pmwhatever

    well lelouch is DIFFERENT than Light. Light has choice to not use the death note, but Lelouch has kind of no choice. Without that contract, he would have been death that time.

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:39 pmIrene Sharda

    This is such a cruel spin for all those involve. And I would have never thought of Euphie as a cold blooded killer, well, now all similarity she shares with Lacus is gone…
    Lelouch will have to cover his eye all the time now until he can understand his eye. And the only way all of this could be saved, is if Lelouch’s limitations change as well. Like he can geass someone more than once. Then he could stop Euphie from her rampage.

    However, her guilt could also lead her to commit suicide…

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:39 pmNeco

    /sigh this one episode has probably made me stop watching this anime… when ever I’ve watched an anime that brainwashes a character into their reverse personalities I can’t stomach to wach anymore of it. This is what killed Salty Rei for me.

    It was an accident but he has other alternatives to killing her, they could sedate her and confine her until the geass weres off (mind you they probably showed us the geassed girl last ep to show that commands last a HELL of a long time), mind you this would have to have Lelouch confess his ability and his accidental geassing her but that will be a cold day in hell… he hates to loose as we’ve already seen multiple times.

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:39 pmrandom passerby

    Well since we know all know that Geass orders are permanently in place and that they are active whenever the situation applies, we should know then that Euphie is on this “kill Japanese” rampage until no more Japanese are left.

    Once again I bring up my theory that Suzaku and Euphie’s orders will collide, and Euphie dies by Suzaku, as a result of all Lelouch’s Geass abuse.

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:41 pmNigredo

    @Sniper: I think the reason Lelouch’s geass became permanent is because he used it too often/much
    as for C.C she have some suspicion about Suzaku when she was gonna ask him, her mark on her forehead resonate with the Geass of Zero.

    after a second watch, I wonder what Darlton and Zero said to each others it’s not like Darlton letting Zero escape without an explication, as for Orange look likes he is close to being completed
    so at the end C.C is worried about Lelouch’s geass 2.0; as for Kaguya she is more strong willed than expected it’s a good surprise :D Kaguya=win

    P.S: Viletta naked on the bed seems kind of wrong, Ougi…you crossed the line, huh

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:42 pmLoikol

    I am completely speechless with this episode. I just got all sorts of emotions with just that ep. just crazy!

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:43 pmSand

    Nina is going to kill lulu after this.

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:47 pmRift

    >>It was an accident but he has other alternatives to killing her, they could sedate her and confine her until the geass weres off (mind you they probably showed us the geassed girl last ep to show that commands last a HELL of a long time), mind you this would have to have Lelouch confess his ability and his accidental geassing her but that will be a cold day in hell… he hates to loose as we’ve already seen multiple times.

    Well, while he does hate to lose, he did openly admit to losing against Euphemia to her, rather admirably… see, you know during a scene like that, where everything is going along smoothly and perfectly, that something needs to go horribly wrong.

    But yeah, like I said before, Lelouch can either take the path of repentance and become a tragic hero or he can take advantage of the opportunity this has created. While most might think it to be more admirable for him to do the first… what would that accomplish? Sure, he would save Euphemia’s reputation, but she’d still be a killer psychopath. But if he takes advantage of the situation, he can arguably become more powerful in hopes of throwing down his crazy father… who seems almost like he knew everything that was going to happen and laughs about it. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he and all those robed guys that were around him at the time had something to do with Lelouch’s geass becoming permanent when it did.

    …and if that is the case, and the Emperor really is the mastermind behind everything, and the true cause, so to speak, of Euphemia going insane (somehow, I think this is how it’s going to end up – makes everything more black and white, and I can’t see Code Geass remaining constantly grey – Sunrise isn’t that masterful in its storytelling) – then I’d say the most admirable thing Lelouch can do is use every resource at his disposal (within reason) to take his evil father down.

    Oh… and Schneizel, despite everything, doesn’t seem that bad a guy. He seemed genuinely horrified by the massacre – and I don’t think it was just because some plan of his was ruined, I think the massacre of the Japanese really did shock and disgust him.

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:55 pmp00k

    well, i guess this pretty much guarantees that euphie will die before the show’s end. the only question now is which side various people will take

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:56 pmbenihime

    Well, looks like suzaku will be the one to kill Euphie now. (“Kill all elevens” Geass vs “Live at all costs” Geass)

    I just hope the show doesn’t go all mopey and dark from here

  • March 22, 2007 at 6:56 pmDragoon

    looks like someone needs to invest in a solid snake eye patch (the cooler guns of the patriots one)

  • March 22, 2007 at 7:01 pmkai_22

    i have the presumption that V.V. is on the side of the emperor…

  • March 22, 2007 at 7:03 pmSpectrum

    Wow, just wow.

    Poor Euphie. ( And poor Cornelia by extension. ;_; )

  • March 22, 2007 at 7:03 pmNeco

    Ok just watched the raw and Lelouch is 100% responsible guys, he was having problems controling his geasse from the start of the episode, thats like walking around with a fully automatic weapon, the safety off, and a hair triger. The fact that he was experiencing pain and he was aware of having problems turning it on and off should have made him more carefull… and Lelouch is no slouch in the brain department… C.C. warned him what was comming with his geasse powers.

  • March 22, 2007 at 7:11 pmVan

    LOL this ep was just GREAT!

    I can’t believe it! Lulu’s gift isn’t the geass, but the INCREDIBLE ability to do SHIT! From the beginning he’s just screwing everything! He’s rolling a big katamari of mistakes! And now we can finally confirm that.

  • March 22, 2007 at 7:28 pmsvm

    Code Geass is becoming more and more like an Aristotelian tragedy D:

    Maybe a further “level up” of Lelouch’s Geass power could provide the way out of the current messy situation (such as being able to cancel orders like he so desperately tried to do in this ep).

  • March 22, 2007 at 7:32 pmMutio

    Nothing for weak nerves I guess..
    http://randomc.net/image/CODE%20GEASS/CODE%20GEASS%20-%2022%20-%20Large%2031.jpg
    Shocking episode indeed.

  • March 22, 2007 at 7:39 pmDuzell

    I have to say, it is getting better and better. I am for lelouch method. The peace would never last anyway. After all, Euphie would have gone against her father wish. He would have put a stop to it, this way Lulu have a bigger army at his back now for the battle against his father.

    Of course, he would plunge the world into chaos the moment he does succeed in overthrowing Britannia. After all, beside the Holy Empire, there is 2 other major power, the moment he shatter the Britians he would leave them ripe for conquest.

  • March 22, 2007 at 7:41 pmninjikiran

    wow…. poor euphie. :/ I dont think I wanna see this episode its not gonna make any sense in my head.

  • March 22, 2007 at 7:56 pmsoldierofdarkness

    @Duzell

    If the emperor was planning on stopping Euphie’s plan from coming to frutition, he would’ve done so. Apparently the kids can do whatever they want in their little own countries, hence why Schnezil approved of the plan, otherwise he would’ve mentioned it. It is also why he was watching, to see how it would turn out.

  • March 22, 2007 at 7:58 pmseeker4life

    Welcome to Tokyo, I’ll be your tour guide. Here in this wonderful country what the Britannians called area 11, there are boys who pilots giant robots that stand as tall as 50 feet and don’t need a driver license. Also high school students that will dress up every now and then, command u to do whatever they want and u won’t remember a thing about it. Let not leave out the male population that seems to read people minds and females who could be over 100 years old, but look no older than sixteen. Fortunately for the Gaijin, we have an special event every spring with our very own vice governess princess to start the celebration off by KILLING EVERY LIVING MOTHERF—ING JAPENESE THAT SHE SEES!!! OUR BEAUTIFUL EUPHEMIA SAMA NEEDS A LITTLE BLOODBATH TO REALLY GET THE PARTY STARTED. NOW U LAZY BASTARDS OF THE PUNCH-DRUNKS MOTHERS,LETS ENJOY THE BLOODY GLORY FOR OUR GREAT NATION BRITAINNIA!!!!! I hope your stay will be present one :)

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:02 pmMao

    .. Any chance of Euphie going after Suzaku? I mean He IS JPN after all.
    Really wierd plot twist though i did expect her and a slaughter… Jus tdidn’t know that she was the one that did it. o.0.

    Wow…. That just puts her far away from goody goody lacus clyne…… hehe Euphies Geass mode is her “seed” mode LOL

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:02 pmJuvyniled

    It’s just another one of those spontaneous situations where the timing of one event collides with another (Lelouch’s Geass flaring up at the same time he is discussing the matter with Euphemia). How to explain it? As with Mao’s Geass, it was only a matter of time before something ‘evolved’ with his Geass. The timing of it is a bit unreasonable since, but it’s not entirely absurd.

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:03 pmNanashi

    And the most tragic part of all is that she’s not going to remember a thing. She’ll have no idea why the Britannians will be treating her like a closet psychopath and why the Japanese will be screaming for her death.

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:07 pmSniper

    All those elvens should be blame on euphie she is the onw who created the Special Administrative Region. Which force Lelouch to show up. So I don’t think Lelouch should be blame.

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:14 pmNanaya

    This recent turn of events have made something change inside of me.

    There is no other way: Zero, you HAVE to die.

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:22 pmRift

    >>Ok just watched the raw and Lelouch is 100% responsible guys, he was having problems controling his geasse from the start of the episode, thats like walking around with a fully automatic weapon, the safety off, and a hair triger. The fact that he was experiencing pain and he was aware of having problems turning it on and off should have made him more carefull… and Lelouch is no slouch in the brain department… C.C. warned him what was comming with his geasse powers.

    First off, this is the first actual coherent reason to blame Lelouch, rather than just a “LOL LELOUCH MUST DIE”

    But it’s not very logical – do you expect Lelouch, from the mere fact that he had a headache slightly earlier while using the geass, to suddenly assume that when just talking to people he’s going to start geassing them? It’s also worth nothing that as viewers, we get a 3rd person omniscient view – we see Lulu’s eye flare up when he’s talking to the Britannian on the street, but he doesn’t. There’s really no way he could have known what was going on earlier. And even then, should he then assume from that that his geass powers are going to become permanent, and a stupid joke made to his sister will cause her to go berserk?

    No matter how you look at it, that’s rather unreasonable. It requires Lelouch to have somehow known there was something wrong with his Geass, which he had no substantive reason to believe, and then to act on that suspicion – and how? By never showing his face to anyone? …that would have gotten a little suspicious, wouldn’t it?

    The only real way to blame Lelouch for what has happened is to go back to the source – blame him for accepting the Geass power, without fully knowing what it does and how to control it. Then you can rationalize that a result of his decision to accept the Geass is the tragedy that occurs in this episode… but then think back. Could Lelouch have freely chosen not to accept the Geass? If he hadn’t, he’d have died.

    I have to say, I’m not a big fan of Lelouch… and yet I find it odd that I’m the only one defending him in this episode, where I can see no real way to blame the events on him. Obviously, as viewers, we’re horrified by what has occurred and want to place blame… sadly, that’s not something you can do. This was a tragedy of circumstance – if you want to a take a deterministic view, the laws of nature (unless you consider the Geass a violation of nature) made the results unescapable.

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:27 pmAiras

    Quoting Nanaya.
    The answer for a bloodbath is another bloodbath????
    You have to kill to stop the killing????
    That’s Zero’s way of thinking.

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:29 pmAiras

    Sorry for the double post.

    I was just thinking….. if Orange-kun was killed like 3 times and still is in the show, why not make Euphemia resurrect as the PinkTerminator we already have the OrangeTerminator… 2 is much better than 1 xD.

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:31 pmNanaya

    No. Lelouch cannot be blamed 100%. That is true. But just like the time he got civilians killed at the Battle of Narita, his actions (though completely unintentional) have brought about the deaths of so many unconcerned people again, the ones who look at him as a savior even.

    Unintentional doesn’t make it any less of a crime and a sin. It just means you can’t be directly blamed for your wrongdoing.

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:35 pmNanaya

    And yes. Even people should understand that to be able to do something, people have to be killed. And even though I completely adore Suzaku’s way of doing one’s best in not killing others, I myself am more of the train of thought that goes “an eye for an eye, till the other side dies”.

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:36 pmCarm

    Nice Shot Euphie ^_^

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:37 pmaeriolewinters

    this is just…lol, especially when it comes after a big debate in the animesuki forum about Lacus becoming evil… It shocked me so much, I don’t have enough words to explain this x_x

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:38 pmmango

    ugh…this twist is making me all sad…
    i dont want euphie to die, let alone suzaku to kill her (if the theory is correct)

    and this is just false hope but i say that someone else with geass will come out to “Save” this whole situation

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:40 pmfisherman horizon

    Speechless…..Euphie…..

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:41 pmDragoon

    BOOM HEADSHOT!

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:43 pmKnowngni

    all i can say is…. the shit really hits the fan

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:45 pmRift

    >>Unintentional doesn’t make it any less of a crime and a sin. It just means you can’t be directly blamed for your wrongdoing.

    Unintentional doesn’t change the sin, yes. But it does lessen the moral responsibility.

    Take two situations: one in which a man coldly bloodily shoots and murders another man. Another in which he does so on accident (*coughCheneycough*). Obviously, while the action is the same, the intent changes the crime committed (in a legal sense).

    The Battle of Narita situation was different – he knew that as a consequence of his actions, people would die. He might not have pulled the trigger, but he knew he would lead to deaths – this puts weight on him, because he consciously made a choice knowing the result.

    Here? He was SURRENDERING to his sister, and as a bizarre side effect of the conversation, she became a murderous killing machine. There was no intention or knowledge of consequence – while you can blame Lelouch for talking to her, you can just as easily blame Suzaku for letting Lelouch and Euphemia be alone together (if they hadn’t been, Lelouch wouldn’t have taken off his helmet, fiasco avoided). You can place blame on just about anything – but that means nothing, because there was no malicious intent or knowledge of consequences.

    So yes, intention does change things quite severely.

    As a character in a fictional show, you may still want Lelouch to die, because you just want to see him die to pay for things he’s done. And hell, you may even say blame him for Euphemia going crazy – but realize that this is just personal prejudice and desire to blame someone.

    Ironically, all the people that want Lelouch to die would probably use the logic “he’s a horrible person and the world would be better without him”, which is the same logic he uses to justify his actions – he wants to take down his father. So I ask you this: if to kill Lelouch, innocent people had to die, would you still want him dead? Because Zero biting the dust probably would lead to things just become worse for the Elevens.

    =P

    I’m reading waaaaay too much into this show, but oh well.

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:45 pmdxanato

    The emperors was laughing his ass off seen his little pink hair daughter go crazy killing Japanese.

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:51 pmJuvyniled

    Absolutely agreed to the argument that the Elevens are going to side with Zero. Despite all the negativity and horror of this situation, it has really given Lelouch a lot of support (not that he wanted it in this manner). It’s more personal spite than real reason for Lelouch to die though.

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:54 pmAsgardian

    I think everyone here is assuming that when his geass flared up when he was talking to the Britannian on the street his geass was accidental but I think it was intentional and he wanted to use it on him but his friend Rivalz or w/e got in front of him so he had to close his eye so it wouldn’t effect him as well. Lelouche was taken by suprise when his geass started being permenant and he cannot really be blamed for what happened in this episode.

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:59 pmNanaya

    No. Shooting a man by accident and killing him is manslaughter. You still killed the person. That person’s future, that person’s relationships. THEY WERE ALL KILLED WITH HIM.

    Also, before the Battle of Narita, Lelouch was just thinking of people as chess pieces without as much thought for their lives. Those people just died because he didn’t expect his toy to be as destructive as it was. SO killing ALL those people is grounds for forgiving that killer?

    The moral responsibility may be lessened, but murder is still murder. Accidental or not, successfully killing people that SHOULDN’T have died is still a sin. And whether you like it or not, Zero must do two things to atone for his sins.

    1. Succeed in what his goals are, without stopping, for the sake of the innocent lives that he has taken.
    2. He should DIE.

    That’s all.

    And yes, if it were to sacrifice only a few more people just to END all this bloodshed, then yes, I WOULD sacrifice those lives for the future.

    Suzaku may hate me for that, but that is why I have a great dislike for Lelouch. We are all too much alike.

  • March 22, 2007 at 8:59 pmYuzuki

    WOW, that was a huge twist in the story. I just realized something, back in episode 20, didn’t Euphie confess love to Suzaku? i wonder how that relationship will fare, seeing as how Suzaku is japanese and Euphie is on a japanese killing spree. What will happen to Suzaku’s status as her knight? If sunrise pulls a “love conquers all” twist, i think i’ll take a break from the series. Anyway Lulu can now use this to his advantage for a bit of political maneuvering.

    The only person he can’t geass is his sister, Nunaly since she’s blind(lucky Nunaly, poor Euphie). But now what will happen? Will Orange kun come kill Zero? or will he kill Euphie? anyone have a clue to what he is now, probably not human. Schnezil and Cornelia are probably going to be in a world of pain, trying to make Euphie come to her senses. Will they have to use brute force to contain Euphie? i think Schnezil was more shocked that a innocent flower like Euphie could become a cold hearted killer. It also could have been that he was caught off guard to finding out that Euphie could be so cold heart (without knowing that she was actually geassed by Lulu). Threat to his life and chances at the throne. Euphie may be a new candidate trying to compete for the throne in his eyes as well.

    Well the Purist Faction should be pretty happy now, since Euphie will probably let them make the Brittania army become Brittania only. Suzaku will probably lose his rank. Anyone wanna take a guess at how much longer the perma-geass effect last compared to the temp-geass? Lulu will have to find a really good way to explain to Cornelia, Nunaly, Suzaku, and Euphie(possibly after the geass effects end).

    @Nanaya
    I don’t think Lulu’s death will do anyone any good. Schnezil porbably had planned on letting Euphie create this Special Administrative Region, possibly to lure Zero out and hit Zero with an ambush or something. But i think the unexpected factor, Zero’s Geass, threw the plan out the window. Anyway you look at this, if the Special Administrative Region was not created, this episode would probably not have taken place. Then Lulu would probably have found out his geass became permanant when he used it on someone else and Euphie would probably not have become a killer/eleven (japanese) hater.

    @Mao
    i think sunrise took the personality of Kira Yamato kill in seed mode(Euphie in Geassed mode)regret later in the G-Seed Original series and Shin’s beserk heartless killing seed mode into Euphie for now. May Sunrise burn to a crisp. Euphie will bear the wieght of the sin of killing since she pulled the trigger, even if she was geassed. The only time i’ve ever seen Lacus look not innocent was when she was angry. That’s how Euphie looked like except with a smile. It’s scary even.

    I think Lulu’s power will get exposed sooner or later, probably when Euphie talks to Nunaly about the experience. I hate to see that scene, Lulu getting questioned and possibly hated by his own blood sister. Probably break his heart. My guess, depending on the possiblity of the Emperor having the geass power, went through the same thing Lulu did when he was young, and that’s why he’s crazy now. If that happens to be the truth, then wow, that is one messed up, cruel, brutal, and another horrible series, brought to you by Sunrise. Okay enought talking, i’ll be waiting for some responses.

  • March 22, 2007 at 9:07 pmKannie

    Uwaa~! Omgosh….such an intense episode…but I agree…I don’t knnow why, but I don’t want Euphie to die just yet….also, I don’t know why, but I sort of like the thoery with the emperor having Geass….I mean..He mysteriously talks to others like CC, he laughing crazily, and how CC said only those who can control it can become king. It makes sense….partly? He’s like a psycho person, he first geassed people to kill Marianne knowing Lulu would revolt and be sent away, then war would start. Then he would enjoy his own game of chess with his chidren as the pieces, and also, Clovis and whats his name had CC captured…though, it didn’t say, the King could’ve known and also he likes all of those mysterious artifacts and ruin things.

    Uwaa~!!! I want to see this, Lulu….I feel sad for him…you can clearly see he’s hurt by what he did on accident….uwa…..Lulu…..NOT like Light..Light was….well…..EVIL~! Hehe~!

  • March 22, 2007 at 9:07 pmRift

    Perhaps there is a ray of shining hope – thus far in the series, Euphemia is the only character who has resisted a Geass command at all, even if she did so very shortly and without much success.

    >>@Nanaya
    I don’t think Lulu’s death will do anyone any good. Schnezil porbably had planned on letting Euphie create this Special Administrative Region, possibly to lure Zero out and hit Zero with an ambush or something. But i think the unexpected factor, Zero’s Geass, threw the plan out the window. Anyway you look at this, if the Special Administrative Region was not created, this episode would probably not have taken place. Then Lulu would probably have found out his geass became permanant when he used it on someone else and Euphie would probably not have become a killer/eleven (japanese) hater.

    Yet more evidence that you can’t really blame anyone in particular – it’s a tragedy of circumstance. Even Schneizl… maybe it was an elaborate trap to lure in Zero. But does that mean it’s his fault Euphemia went crazy? That seems just as weak an argument as to say it was Suzaku’s for letting the two talk alone, or you can even claim it was Euphemia’s fault for proposing the idea in the first place or for talking to Zero alone.

    >>Euphie will bear the wieght of the sin of killing since she pulled the trigger

    While if she ever gets ungeassed, I agree, she probably would suffer from a serious guilt trip, I don’t think many people (viewers) would blame her. Of course, within the world of the show, is another matter entirely…

    >>I think Lulu’s power will get exposed sooner or later, probably when Euphie talks to Nunaly about the experience. I hate to see that scene, Lulu getting questioned and possibly hated by his own blood sister.

    Would Euphie blame him though? Like I’ve said time and time again, he didn’t do it on purpose – of course, matters of emotions often outweigh those of pure reason and logic, so she could hate him just because she needs someone to hate and blame.

    >>My guess, depending on the possiblity of the Emperor having the geass power, went through the same thing Lulu did when he was young, and that’s why he’s crazy now. If that happens to be the truth, then wow, that is one messed up, cruel, brutal, and another horrible series, brought to you by Sunrise. Okay enought talking, i’ll be waiting for some responses.

    I would actually find that very interesting… I kind of hope the Emperor does have Geass.

  • March 22, 2007 at 9:11 pmBakanekokun

    You know who is really EVIL..the emperor..clearly by that laugh he used everyone according to his “some” malicious plan.

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