Instead of episode nine, there was a CODE GEASS special aired this week featuring comedian Arino Shinya, idol Natsukawa Jun, comedy duo Sandwichman, comedy duo America Zarigani, and new voice actress Miyake Hitomi (who, as I mentioned before, will be making her voice actress debut with this Ashford character in R2 episode 12 on June 29th). This ended up being about on par with a recap episode, and though it’s a poor replacement for an actual episode, it was at least somewhat amusing to watch. A good part of the episode was just introducing the different aspects of the story (who Lelouch is, what GEASS is, etc). The rest of it had the aforementioned people in Akihabara going to the now infamous Hibaritei (a cross dressing maid cafe), going to Super Potato (kown for its retro games), going to an ear-cleaning shop, and it ended with Sandwichman doing some comedy skits. Most of that was only marginally Geass related, if at all. For me, the only really interesting part was the preview for episodes nine and ten, which I’ve uploaded below.
It seems episode nine will focus on the Chinese empress’ political marriage, and episode ten will have more Kallen vs. Suzaku as well as the new Shenhu Knightmare Frame piloted by Xingke. Xingke is shown to be conflicted between an alliance or protecting the empress, and so I would guess that the marriage is with some Britannian (and there are plenty of eligible bachelors there). An alliance would of course threaten the Black Knights, and that might be why Xingke appears to be going up against Zero at the very end when he’s in the Shenhu. Speculation aside, I’m looking forward to seeing what happens, and I hope we won’t have any more wasted episodes like this.