You’ve seen this screengrab before haven’t you, except with some choice subtitles under it. In the scene in question, Suzaku doesn’t even say anything. He has just jumped up from the water after having caught a fish. At most he breaths a little heavily and looks around wondering if he’s dropped his nipples in the water. There’s no time for a big subtitle to be dropped in. Throw in some other famous dodgy fansub screengrabs like Notto Disu Shitto Agen, going back to Geass and seeing these random scenes in actual context is a little weird. Not least seeing Euphemia as an actual character with an understandable arc, fears and dreams, and not just the one thing everyone remembers her for.
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But that happens in the next batch of episodes. For now let’s talk about everyone’s fish masturbator Suzaku and his fine arse again.
This tense standoff between Zero and Suzaku was ruined ever so slightly by Suzaku’s fine arse taking up the screen no Scamp we are not spending yet another Code Geass post talking exclusively about the character’s butts.
The end of episode 16 dropped a bomb about Suzaku that the next 4 episodes spend the whole time unpacking. Which when you consider the usual breakneck pace Geass moves at, it a considerable amount of time. As a boy he killed his own father, the prime minister of Japan, because his dad was planning on engaging in an all out war against Britannia which they would inevitably lose. Rather than lose the lives of millions engaging in a war that waw always lead to their own defeat, the 10 year old Suzaku killed his dad and Japan surrendered. Something Suzaku kept hidden away for years and years. Until some bloke read his mind and then he goes and tells bloody everyone. He tells Lelouch about it, he tells Euphemia about it, he even tells bloody Kallen about it. He probably tells Arthur the cat too at some point.
But since that day though, where his dad was believed to have sacrificed himself for the good of the country, Suzaku has basically been looking for a reason to do the same. He throws himself into every battle, even when death seems inevitable. He outruns guns because who cares if he’s hit. He agrees to suicide missions because he’s just looking for a way to die nobly. He pins Zero under an airstrike and refuses to move because he thinks in dying and taking out Zero, he can atone for what he did as a child. He hates himself and just wants a way out. Which is what makes the Live Geass on him especially cruel. He can’t end it. Even if he finds what he thinks is the perfect way out, he can’t end it.
The scene where Euphemia knights Suzaku ended up being weirdly powerful after all of this. It was someone acknowledging his efforts and rewarding him for what he’s achieved. An Eleven broke through the discrimination and proved himself worthy of respect. When he stood and faced the room nobody clapped at first. Instead there was a bunch of muttering about how Euphemia just wanted a piece of that fine Eleven arse no Scamp get of Suzaku’s butt. But then Lloyd starts applauding because he worked with him and knows his worth (also you get the feeling Lloyd doesn’t give a hoot about status anyway). But the interesting part was the character to applaud Suzaku next was one of Cornelia’s knights. Someone Suzaku had fought with and someone who knows the lengths he has gone too the battlefield to prove himself. It’s a little touch but I really liked that scene.
Plus it’s a big moment for Euphemia in that she does something all on her own. Before now she’s treated as just a figurehead. She attends an art showing where she’s told which painting to give the award to, some trashy painting of Emperor Fluffy looking magnificent, while the painting she said she liked was by someone with Eleven blood in them. Whenever she tries to help Cornelia or Schneizel (oh yes, our boy Schneizel shows up in these episodes), they dismiss her and tell he to just stay out of harms way. Her choosing Suzaku and inviting the criticisms that she just wants some Eleven arse is her way of proving she’s her own woman. She’s going to change this world as well through her own hands.
How that all turns out…well yeah, next batch of episodes and all that.
With the introduction of a flying mech in the latest episode, Code Geass has started down its path of a technological arms race. From here on in the mechs get increasingly elaborate with more parts strapped onto them, more powerful beams with more devastating force as the bog standard Knightmares become more cannon fodder. I know many people, especially mecha fans, were disappointed by this development from the original and especially in R2 because it drew focus away from the ground combat. I…well, right now I have no opinion because it’s been 8 years since I saw the original Geass and can’t remember that level of detail. However right now I am fully on board because it means we get to see more Lloyd being stressed.
I’ve hinted at this before, but Lloyd might be the secret best character in Code Geass. Every line out of his mouth is solid gold, from being delighted that there’s a terrorist attack meaning he can get away from doing paperwork to the sarcastic quips when he mentions to Suzaku some quirk of Britannian racism. He’s cynical while still being joyous and a touch eccentric. He sees through facades and can break them down with a single line but chooses to sit outside it and let his pet boy Suzaku do the fighting in his baby the Lancelot. He never appears flustered either no matter what nonsense Suzaku gets himself into. That is until his ex research partner shows up.
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There’s a load of cool characters hidden around in the background of Geass, particularly within the Black Knights. Diethard, the ex media dude turned revolutionary, is a favourite of mine (Ougi, on the other hand, not so much). But with Rakshata’s introduction she’s given the team this new fanciful edge to them that was otherwise only being provided by Zero. The fact that she hits buttons and opens briefcases with her fancy pipe is what sells her for me. That and the fact when Lloyd realises the technology he has been working on has been perfected by Rakshata, his old partner, he flips out and gets super pissed. Similarly Rakshata, upon seeing some of Lloyd’s inventions, gets equally irritated because she didn’t beat him to the technological breakthrough either. The more these two get irritated in their own ways, the happier I am.