Requiem for an EmperorOctober 11, 2008 at 10:13 pm | Posted in Thoughts | 3 Comments
Tags: Ali Project, わが臈たし悪の華, コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュR2, シー・ツー, ルルーシュ・ランペルージ, C.C, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2, Death Note, God Emperor of Dune, Kururugi Suzaku, Lelouch Lamperouge, Leto Atreides II, Nunnally Lamperouge, Yagami Light, 枢木 スザク
I finished watching Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 yesterday, after three sessions of four episodes sometime last week, the subsequent fifteen on Wednesday, and the final five yesterday (Here’s a summary of the finale). It’s been great, really, notwithstanding the news that director Taniguchi Goro came out saying that he couldn’t finish the show the way he wanted to due to ‘scheduling difficulties’ *cough*, and a, to some extent, expected ending reminiscent of Death Note‘s.
So what do we have here? Nothing, I think. I am left in a temporary void. I’ve been waiting for the second season for ages, and it’s gone almost as soon as it fell into my hands. Have to blame my own insatiable greed for that, I guess. What other show do I await now? Nothing. I have two Code Geass games in storage, but now that the second season is over, I really don’t feel like playing them anymore. Emperor Lelouch vi Brittania is dead. So is anything related to Code Geass, at least for me.
It’s odd… in the beginning, I didn’t like R2. I think I can blame the character of Rolo for that. He was a put-off, for some reason. No matter. It just got better and better, although I couldn’t help but notice how rushed everything was. Quite surprisingly, the one character I never thought I’d come to dislike was Nunnally (Come to think of it, I’ve never cared much for her), especially since she was so easily duped by Schneizel. Suzaku, that idealistic death-seeking tairyoku-baka was someone I could never stand, what with that irritating mouth of his constantly spouting crap like “I’ll change Brittania from the inside”, but he eventually earned my forgiveness with his participation in Lelouch’s Zero Requiem plan.
Speaking of which, damn that plan. Why why why?!! I suppose it had to happen- it was after all, probably the one way almost everyone could be made happy, with the exception of Lelouch’s sister Nunnally, and Suzaku, who got his just rewards by having to live out the rest of his life as Zero. These kind of endings just come to you, I guess. It’s like Death Note, where a world with Light as supreme ruler, although appealing to the Light fanbase, just isn’t a shocking/entertaining enough conclusion to a superb series.
The ending does remind me somewhat of God Emperor of Dune, where Leto Atreides II turned himself into a living god and purposely directed the hatred of the universe towards himself for humankind’s own good. I can’t help but wonder if Taniguchi was influenced be G.E.D during production of the show. Back to the point (Was there really one, for that matter?)…
I wish. Yes, I suppose that’s the reason I’m really writing this post. I wish that Lelouch had somehow gotten the code for immortality, and will spend the rest of his neverending life with C.C. I wish that he could have remained Emperor. I wish that he is not a mere voice in C.C’s consciousness. I wish that the world wouldn’t hate Lelouch. I wish that… Sunrise will never, ever make a sequel to R2, despite everything I’ve just said, no matter how odd that sounds.
The corrupt world is a monster; “What is justice?”
Struggle against it before you ask that, oh wicked flower
Gaze at the eyes that look to a hypocritical dream
There’s no such thing as being able to distinguish between holiness and evil
Light ceases; like a fetus
You sleep in the womb of darkness
Indeed loneliness is dear
It’ll become your sole ally, right?
Smear them one by one with blood
Being born into this period,
Oh, chosen princes
Indeed fighting is a banquet
Ah, I am a beautiful omniscience
The mother of love gives birth to you
What nurtures you in this milk
Is your brethren of hell
The mark of a revelation; “What is the truth?”
Without even knowing that, the seed is buried and concealed
With a double-edged sword, turn your sword on a pulled sword
Only believe in the things that you must protect
You release yourself as you are
Goodbye, Lelouch. I probably sound like some teary-eyed fangirl. But do I look like I care?