Not a particularly exciting episode, but Marianne finally makes an appearance, sort of. I can’t imagine how this is all going to end. For one thing, I don’t see any role for Kallen in the grand finale that’s being played out between the old man, the ambitious elder brother, and that good-for-nothing son who likes to play dress-up. :(
Suzaku is fashionably late in finally losing his cool and deciding to wipe out all Geass by force, considering the fact that Cornelia and Lelouch already went through this phase many aeon/episodes ago.
Schneizel reveals his hand without much fanfare and casually launches a coup d’etat over a spot of tea in the recreation room. “About that time eh chaps?” “…Righto.” I wonder how much he actually knows about this whole Geass business, like the fact that his father is immortal and is kind of hard to assassinate.
The old man is busy playing with his toys, which just happen to be million-year-old ruins that might just wipe out humanity through a Third Impact that makes us lose our precious AT Fields. I mean Ragnarok or whatever. I still have no idea what that this whole show is about, other than Kallen.
Lelouch is acting all bad-ass for now and frankly he should be invincible now that he has apparently lost everything that was once precious to him. He is like Batman, whose girlfriend died and who now has nothing important to him that can be taken hostage by his enemies, except maybe good old Alfred. But of course that’s what Lelouch (and Bruce Wayne) thinks. C.C. and Kallen are on their way! (And Batman is totally going to fall in love with a new girl in the next movie.)
Anyway Lelouch and the old geezer are going to spend the rest of eternity together. How gay.
Lelouch finally realizes something that he has overlooked all this time: instead of wasting his one-use Geass on a single order, he can simply order the person to obey him forever! (Plot hole alert.)
And now that the mysterious Marianne has revealed her personality to be that of a high school girl on steroids, the illusion of dignified royal grace and beauty has been shattered and the image of the Britannia lineage suffers another mortal wound. Lelouch’s whole family is fricking insane, which makes one wonder what dark shameful secrets Euphie bore.
After being showered with attention and glory to a level normally reserved for the main characters, and subsequently thrown aside with little afterthoughts by the cruel whims of the Power That Be (i.e. the producers), Xingke looks like he may yet play some mildly important role in the final encounter. Yeah, he probably gets to kite the annoying little spawns while the real hero tanks the last boss.
Recently I started reading Hatsukoi Limited by Mizuki Kawashita, the author of Ichigo 100%. It’s really awesome, but it’s also surprisingly short at only 4 volumes, compared to Ichigo’s 19. I’m having Tsukasa nostalgia.