Episode 2 – Code Geass: Rozé of the Recapture


For the previous week, I have been questioning: have I been taking a look at Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion by rose-tinted glasses? After a lot reflection, I am fairly positive I am not. For all it will get meme’d on lots for its melodrama and pizza product placement, it was thoughtfully structured and well-paced with character writing that managed to maintain characters likable whilst they have been morally gray of their actions and motivations. Nicely, the primary season did. R2 had some questionable narrative selections of its personal. Both approach, the second episode of Rozé of the Recapture has carried out little to assuage my doubts it may recapture the magic, irrespective of how exhausting it tries to remix it.

Okay, there’s one little bit of magic it manages to get again, which as soon as was sadly misplaced when the Knightmare Frames developed the power to fly. Knightmare battles make up a large chunk of the episode, and they’re, to make use of some poetic language, actually cool. I am not the sort of mecha fan who pays shut consideration to specs and technicalities and different particulars; the robots are actually solely vital to me insofar as they inform the characters and plot. Regardless of this, Knightmare Frames have at all times held a particular place in my coronary heart. They skate as an alternative of strolling or operating, which, mixed with the Slash Harken grappling hooks, means their fights are uniquely fast-paced and pushed by agility and momentum. When the Float System was launched, my coronary heart broke as a result of the essentially distinctive motion turned genericized.

I do not know why precisely the Knightmares haven’t got Float Methods—possibly the brand new manufacturing crew appropriately decided that gravity and physics make for extra thrilling battles reasonably than any in-universe clarification—however I am definitely not about to argue. Sadly, I do not assume we’re getting hand-drawn mechs again when the collection has already moved to the 3DCG strategy, however I do commend the animators for giving them that essential sense of weight, which is even tougher to do with laptop modeling than conventional strategies.

The plot, nonetheless, was not fairly as much as snuff. After the tip of final week’s episode, I assumed breaking into Abashiri Jail could be a prolonged, troublesome course of requiring weeks of intel-gathering and several other failed makes an attempt. Nope! Regardless of the dialog between baddie-of-the-week, a person with actually unflattering blue hair named Arnold, and the warden, it is fairly straightforward for Rozé and Ash. Positive, they’ve the assistance of some reconnaissance handed over in a reasonably unfunny scene the place the Tamaki clone will get pissy and immediately forgives Rozé, after which a lady with large tits named Yoko will get attractive over seeing Ash in his underwear. However lower than ten minutes after we realized that was Rozé/Sakuya’s aim, the Seven Shining Stars launch her and Ash on the jail of their Knightmare clinging to a comically large missile. Rozé seems within the management room and tells them to launch the prisoners whereas Ash goes to make a gap for the Seven Shining Stars to interrupt in and save their basic. And that is that.

Now, the best way Sakuya turned off her voice changer to problem the order does increase some questions. Her geass apparently works by her talking reasonably than eye contact like Lelouche’s, which is easier. Nonetheless, this means that it needs to be her personal voice, not filtered by the changer, which does add some attention-grabbing wrinkles. Presumably, it is crucial that she preserve her id as a princess secret; revealing her true voice would critically compromise her disguise. The voice changer additionally one way or the other modifications her eye coloration, presumably to make it simpler to move as totally Britannian reasonably than mixed-race, which might make it a lot tougher to persuade the world that she and Ash are brothers. Even when she weren’t acknowledged as Sakuya Sumeragi, being seen with out her voice changer would increase loads of questions that might be exhausting to reply whereas protecting her cowl.

Sakuya and Sakura have their touching reunion, which feels utterly unearned as a result of I repeat, we simply came upon who these two are and their scenario. It does end up that Sakura is Sakuya’s physique double and never her twin, a minimum of. I’ve zero emotional funding in these two and their relationship. The scene cuts mercifully brief when the warden, whom Sakuya geassed off-screen, is available in to warn them that the Weiss Queen is coming. In the meantime, the not-Black Knights discover a bunch of generic Knightmares to battle in to rescue their captured Common Kuroto. Wow! How handy!

However what’s not handy? A gal-coded Indian-Britannian by the title of Catherine Sabathra in an impossibly quick pink Knightmare snatches Sakura up earlier than she will get into the escape vessel and whisks her away. Oops. Possibly it is best to have modified out of the heavy kimono and hurried a bit of extra as an alternative of taking these dainty little steps, Sakura!

Catherine desires to depart, however Arnold desires to remain and battle the Anonymous Mercenary who has killed so a lot of his males. Sakuya frees Kuroto. The Heather Gray Knights cry a bit of. I do not care.

Arnold and Ash battle. Arnold’s Knightmare has large shields that he thinks are impenetrable, however Ash zips round and hits him actually exhausting, so he explodes. It is a good battle however I’ve to marvel why the jail has this HUGE area that is actually nice for Knightmares to battle unencumbered. Plus, the place are all the opposite prisoners? Weren’t there any guards that weren’t affected by Sakuya’s geass? Everybody appeared to have the ability to discover precisely what they wanted with no problem in a really brief timeframe, although the jail was huge. It is all simply so frictionless

Because the Black Knights Besides Not Practically As Likable Or Attention-grabbing have fun the liberation of their basic, Rozé/Sakuya lies on the roof and displays on their accomplishments. I am feeling fairly checked out at this level; like Sakuya, I’m ruminating, however as an alternative of their accomplishments on the present’s failure to ship something besides some admittedly high-tier mecha battles. However then Ash comes out, and the episode’s ending twist drops: years in the past, Sakuya geassed Ash into being her ally. As soon as the Neo-Britannian Empire has been expelled, she intends to kill him.

I think about this twist will drive some folks off since it’s, like so many parts of the present, far too just like a few of Lelouch’s personal relationships. However me? I liked it. Sakuya has, up up to now, been far too virtuous to be a correct Code Geass protagonist. However the stage of mind-control she’s pulling on Ash? It is fairly tousled, even when it is to outlive, and primarily based on the best way he squirms when she asks if she’s an important individual to him, he is skilled some ache and confusion over it. This goes double since she’s planning to homicide him when the whole lot is over. Lastly, some ethical ambiguity! It does not make up for the present’s shortcomings by way of pacing and character writing, however I am glad to lastly have some texture to the proceedings.


Code Geass: Rozé of the Recapture is at present streaming on Hulu and Disney+, relying in your area.