28
May
08

Code Geass R2 episode 08

As the Knights of Round are retreating, Villetta too ordered her men to withdraw while worried over Rollo to get caught in that confrontation as this would jeopardize her position. Meanwhile Zero returns to the submarine to join the Black Knights. More after the jump.

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The members begin to question Zero’s decision of joining the Special Administrative Zone of Japan but Zero pointed one question to them: What does it mean to be a Japanese? At the Governor-General’s office, Nunnally’s assistant, Miss Lohmeyer, reminds her to discuss with her first before deciding things on her own in response to her announcement of the Special Zone. At Ashford Academy, Suzaku tells his friends that he will be absent from school in preparation for the launching of the Special Administrative Zone. Shirley then asks Suzaku if Kallen can be exempted and pardoned while the rest supports her including Lelouch. Hearing this from him convinces Suzaku that Lelouch has really not regained his memory back. At one scene, Suzaku was about to get assassinated but Lelouch’s Geass that obliged him to survive made him to counter the attack. This irks Suzaku because it is his intention to seek death as his punishment – the Geass that Lelouchs used on him contradicted that principle of him, thus bending his will. At the Dallas Research Lab, Nina is working on her project when Schniezel comes in with Kanon. Later she joins them on a horse carriage and she thanked Schniezel for supporting her in her works. She recalls of what happened during the Black Rebellion when the bomb she invented failed to explode, explaining how that ordeal was overcome with. However Schniezel assures her that she did that before for Euphemia’s sake and so are many others who believes in Euphemia. Meanwhile in Area 11, Suzaku is with Anya when an officer comes up to him to seek his approval for the execution of the assassin who tried to kill him earlier. He is reluctant to give away his signature. So Anya gives the approval instead, reasoning that any Knights of Round will do for the approval. She wonders if he is a masochist, pointing out that he still chose Area 11 despite being a hated figure there. He replied that no one will ever understand him, except for one – Euphemia – and he considers himself as a sinner in the beginning.

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Then Gino comes in to inform them about their meeting with Zero. Joining them are Lloyd, Cecile (in a skimpy dress) and Lohmeyer. Apparently Lohmeyer was the only sensible one to point out how revealing Cecile’s dress is, even for such a meeting. That, I would have to agree. Their video conference is online and Lloyd immediately asks whether the Zero they are speaking to is the real one. Zero answered that the person behind the mask should not be a matter but rather the actions. He then informed that the Order of the Black Knights unanimously agrees to join the Special Administrative Zone of Japan with one million people participating but only under one condition – to let him go free. The Britannia side sees this decision by Zero as cowardly and betrayal against the Elevens. Though none of them yet to agree to his demand, Lohmeyer laid out her legal standpoint of how to release Zero as an exile. Suzaku then reluctantly agrees. Afterwards Suzaku informs the result of the meeting to Nunnally at the mausoleum where Euphemia was laid to rest. They are there to pay their respect by lighting a candle and place it on the pool. They noticed that there was already another candle lighted for her behalf. What they do not know is that Lelouch is seen walking away from the mausoleum (this suggests that he is the one who puts the candle for Euphemia). The day reckoning arrives when Shizuoka Ghetto is picked as the place where the Special Zone will be created. As promised by Zero, over one million people gathered there with the Black Knights in the midst. Xingke is seen with his aide, Zhou Xianglin, as they fly over the crowd. He tells her that he will return to the Federation once the new ambassador is appointed. However he sees this as an opportunity for his future plans. In the middle of his conversation, he coughs out blood, indicating that he is sick and soon to succumb from it. Nunnally welcomes all the people gathered there in her opening, before Lohmeyer begins to explain the required conditions. She also tells them that Zero will be the only one to be exiled from the Empire.

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Suddenly Zero appears on the large screens and asks Suzaku what it means to be a Japanese. He full-heartedly answers that it is by the heart and Zero agrees to that. But this only confuses him how does this could related to him being the only one to escape. Without warning, the Black Knights activated a smoke screen and the Britannia army expects that it would turn out as a revolt from them. What they did not expect (including myself because it’s crazy) the whole million lots turns in their Zero costume (and also a dog). What this means is that everyone who is now disguised as Zero is supposed to be exiled under the agreed terms (because only Zero can escape) and now they are about to flee to a new land. Also backing the plan is the Iceberg ship from the Chinese Federation which is used to carry one million people who are now on exile. The Britannia army is frantic to find the real Zero among the crowd (of Zero) and Villetta joins the search. As she threatens the Elevens to take off their mask by force, another Eleven (or should I say Zero?) wanted to fight back but Ougi (who is also Zero… @_@) stopped them. She suspected that the person is Ougi though he denies this. Oh, the heartache! Suzaku is now in a dilemma whether to stop these people or to allow them go away. In this way, Lelouch believes that Area 11 will be spared from the possible bloodbath between Britannia and the Black Knights and Nunnally will not be stained by this. Lohmeyer decided to take things with her own hands by shooting at one of the many Zero but Suzaku stopped her and gives his ultimatum to let Zero (all one million of them) go, just as what Lelouch had expected. Zero appears from the Iceberg ship to deliver the good news of the promise. While saying this, he opened his mask a bit to reveal his true self to Sayako who is on the ship, very much to her pleasing. And so, one million Zeros move to the ship and begin their exile. Meanwhile Xingke receives this news from Xianglin and he figures that it is his turn to make a move.

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Thoughts: Whoa! That was unexpected. The writers are witty enough to come up with one million Zeros (it’s like seeing Zero everywhere) and Zero as a figure comparable to Moses. One million people (and a dog) choose to join Zero in his exile by turning themselves into Zero. That fits well to Zero’s demand in the first place anyway. Although Lohmeyer resist this move, she must be aware that she is also the one who proposed the exile in the first place. So the blame should not be shouldered on Suzaku alone. Speaking of Suzaku, in this episode, he is seen as an unexpected hero though the exiled Elevens (who now declares themselves as Japanese) would not thank him for it. Again, remnants of the incidents from the first season reoccurs in this episode, a gentle reminder of how the previous mistakes can be corrected. Another witty move from the writers is how Zero is depicted as Moses, promising the Japanese to bring them to their new promised land. The promised land in this context is of course, an independent state where Japan lives on. Hey, nothing biblical here. Just radical politics. It is also funny to see of how obvious some people in the crowd who are not Zero. Heck! There’s even a fat Zero. Despite of everything¬† strange that happened in this episode, I must say things turned out the unexpected way. In a good way, of course.

I like the fact that some questions (points at Nina) are answered in this season. At least now we know how the bomb did not go off. Well, it just didn’t. With Schniezel on her back, Nina is set for an explosive comeback to the story – depends on whether or not she succeeds in the project. The romantic couple in the story – Ougi and Villetta – has brief meeting and sadly ends with yet another seperation. Hoepfully things turns out better for those two. Oh, did I mention about Omni’s theory about Schniezel possible power bid by the fact that he is supporting Nina for her nuclear bomb project. It is especially suspicious when he also mentioned that he believes in Euphemia. Maybe he too does not share the same ideals as his father, the same how Lelouch perceives it. Nonetheless it’s Xingke’s turn to show his power play with the Federation in the next episode.

Next episode: Oh, did I mentioned that there is no episode of Code Geass R2 next this week? Guess what, there isn’t any. Apparently the next episode was preempted in respect for the recent earthquake in China. Instead this is replaced by an entertainment variety show. Hmmm… so what to do for that time being?


7 Responses to “Code Geass R2 episode 08”


  1. 1 Loba
    29 May 2008 at 1:26 pm

    It’s a ripoff from v for vendetta…

  2. 29 May 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Is it? I guess that’s a better reference. Partly because I don’t watch V for Vendetta. Yet. Now it’s Z for Zero, aye?

  3. 31 May 2008 at 10:33 am

    @Loba

    Fine, V For Vendetta is a ripoff from Spartacus.

  4. 4 Spectator
    31 May 2008 at 10:50 pm

    What to do for the time being? Well, maybe watch the “replacement episode”? Since it has been made offical that this eoisode will contain previews or at least show some stuff from episode 9 & 10, it might be worth to check out for that at the very least :3.

  5. 1 June 2008 at 11:31 am

    Well, there are still other animes to watch. Soul Eater, Nabari no Ou, Golgo 13, Macross Frontier, to name a few. Heck! I even have some other winter animes to catch on to.


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