Code Geass R2 – Updated Impressions
So it’s been a couple weeks since I last talked about this, and things have certainly changed. For better or worse is still up for debate but I’m feeling much better about the show than I was a few weeks ago.
First of all the plot is starting to rear its head which means the episodes are more concerned with moving the story rather than showing us some extremely well-endowed females. The developments have been huge. Shirley died, which was slightly expected. On the contrary Orange-kun killed most of Lelouch’s guards solely to test him and then join the Black Knights, which was completely unexpected. C.C. has reverted back to a slave girl, which so far has led to an interesting dynamic with Lelouch. The Black Knights did their own mass murder, and King Charles became invincible. Not to mention Kallen managed to beat the snot out of Suzaku.
All this has allowed the central characters of Lelouch and Suzaku to slowly become stronger characters. They have both experienced serious hardships, with Shirley dying and Suzaku’s near forceful application of the Refrain drug on Kallen, not to mention that trippy episode taking place in the Sword of Akasha. The previous episodes came together with Lelouch and Suzaku finally fully come to terms with each other identities and their intentions, ending with Lelouch begging for Suzaku’s help to protect Nunnally.
While we’re only at episode sixteen, with seventeen coming out later today, things have finally started to heat up. It now seems that a lot of the pointless episodes were simply trying to establish that Lelouch likes Shirley. It was almost as if the production team needed to kill her off but couldn’t make it count since Lelouch, throughout the first season, was generally an obvious, emotionless git.
Unfortunately this also created some useless plot lines. For example that supposed twist that ‘Holy Shit! The other Knightmare pilots live there now! What a surprise!” which I never got since they pretty much lived there in the first place. Really I think those last minute corny plot twists were just lame attempts at trying to get our attention for episodes that were going to be mostly Lelouch – Shirley focused.
The way things are looking, it seems that things are certainly looking up. I admit that the last few episodes were not amazing episodes, they were intriguing and entertaining in their own merit. I think that this meeting with Suzaku will initiate the climax of the second season and I can only hope that it’s smooth sailing from there. In the end you should rewatch the first few episodes of the first season. While the fan service was not as plenty, it was still there. It just wasn’t at the point yet where we could determine what was fanservice and what was plot. Also other than the first two episodes the series wasn’t all that interesting until the appearance of Mao, after which things became more serious.
So yeah, in the end we just have to hope that the writers know what they’re doing. They seem to have a good idea of the way things are going to go from here, and I just hope it’s another trip down to crazy. This always happens with second season of a show. Everyone complains about the first few episodes of a new season because they aren’t as good as the last episodes of the previous season. Of course the first ten to fifteen episodes aren’t going to be all that exciting, they’re still setting up the plot. Actually everything really depends on these next few episodes. If they are utter garbage that give one merit to completely abandon the series, as here is when the actual meat of story begins. Still, as a confident fan of the series I can only imagine that these next few episodes are going to be awesome.
Oh and sorry, I think there were spoilers in there somewhere.