[Code Geass R2 – 22] Evaluating the kiss
I had borne through the twenty-second episode yesterday with a jolly mood brought about by an inebriation to alcohol. In Code Geass R2, alcohol is always the answer. Of course I was disappointed: I believe most people were. So as not to be simply driven by the democratic feeling, however, I watched the episode once more. My general perception hadn’t changed: the episode remains to be full of bullshit, but at least it was another entertaining distraction.
This was my ‘Don’t tase me bro’ face.
I was actually full of optimism and hope for this episode: optimism and hope, according to Vaclav Havel, are two different ideas. Optimism is the conviction that everything will be all right; hope is the conviction that everything will make sense, regardless of what the outcome may be. Sad to say, however, everything did not become all right, and a lot of things also didn’t make sense – so much for hope and optimism.
Most have perhaps already watched the episode; each perhaps coped with it in their own ways. There was the abnormal power-up of
Strike Freedom Lancelot Albion; there was the pathetic defeat of the four Knights; there was the kiss of Kallen towards Lelouch; and whoop de doo!, there was also Nunnally, alive, as was stated in the spoilers.
The episode, of course, did not make sense for the most part. I would like to isolate a certain occurrence, however, that I believe has a special significance in the latter episodes: this is the occurrence of Kallen’s kiss to Lelouch.
Such a symbolic act, I would argue, forebodes the future occurrences in R2.
I was very irritated at Kallen’s density. Despite the time that she has spent with Zero or Lelouch, she still could not understand why he pushed her away, or didn’t react with any of her words. Did she not understand his request to be a suggestion that he wanted to be with her, if not as a lover, then as a friend? Had she not perceived that his impassiveness was his defensive mechanism or ruse so as not to hurt her any further? One has to remember that his call for Kallen to ‘live on’ didn’t happen too far in the past. If that was any precedent, Kallen should have understood that he treasured her more than simply a pawn, which was saying a lot. I guess people easily forget in R2.
The people that I have talked to have noted that this was Kallen’s death flag being raised: this is corroborated by the fact that Kallen and Lelouch said ‘sayonara,’ or some sort of a protracted, if not eternal goodbye as compared to ‘mata ne,’ or ‘ja,’ which is what is said among friends who will meet one another in the near future. If the pictures in the ED also serve more than merely art, it is C.C. who holds Lelouch in his arms, and not Kallen.
In addition, if these spoilers are true, someone important to Lelouch will pass away. As to who it exactly is, or even as to whether it is true, we still do not know.
Let us not end in a sad manner, however. There are still ‘anime’ a lot worse than R2.
P.S. I’m both a Kallen shipper and a C.C. shipper. In fact, I would like for both of them, along with Lelouch, to end up happy. I’m not siding with any girl for the ending.