Archive for the ‘Code Geass’ Category

Hataw Hanep Hero 2008: the biggest anime convention in the Philippines

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

I haven’t made much progress with regard to my anime watching. I have been doing my thesis for the past few days, and I also started reviewing for the medical admission test which is three weeks from now.

There weren't any good manga in the convention :c

There weren't any good manga in the convention :c

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Anime in the Philippines [one of many possible parts]

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

It’s time for a local (in terms of being about the state of anime here in the Philippines) post.

There's a lot more where that came from. :)

There's a lot more where that came from. 🙂

ABC5 is one of the few channels that air on free local television. It’s not the most popular channel in the Philippines (I’m guessing that that belongs to ABS-CBN right now judging from the budget they allot on their shows as compared to GMA), but it is quite pivotal in the dissemination or at least the rethinking of what is anime.

It’s the first time in local television that series like Code Geass, Noein, and Mai Hime are aired on primetime spots: in the bigger channels, or at least in the more popular ones, their primetime shows more often than not local drama series. Anime is barely given a mention, let alone aired.

It has recently changed with the barrage of decent to good anime (that do not cater only to kids) that ABC5 airs. While their dubbing remains to be wanting, the fact that they air anime during primetime slots and anime that do not only cater to children will at least initiate the thinking, even if only among few Filipinos, that anime isn’t merely for kids but for adults as well. I believe it’s a good start.

The dubs are, however, amusing, if anything. Shirley sounds like a man, and the voice actor of Lelouch doesn’t manage to portray Lelouch’s antics well. I’d argue that it’s the limits of the language, however, more than the dub itself: Tagalog is pretty much a language which attempts to waste as many words as possible in the statement of a simple idea. The very first episode was a reminder of Lelouch’s ideals, however: his principle that only those who are prepared to die can be the only ones that should kill appears here.

A friend of mine who watched the dub with me and who also was not quite acquainted with Code Geass remarked that CC was a very beautiful woman. I was reminded of the reason why I abhorred Lelouch dying so much: sooner or later, Lelouch will remain to be just another memory to her. I’m still hoping that something happened between them before he passed away, because otherwise it would be simply too tragic. 🙁

The lack of updates

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Today is the last day of our semestral break for this year. Because my days of being able to read freely were dwindling, I sought to read as much as I could the previous week (thus the lack of updates). It has become a ritual during the past years; I don’t think anything is bad with attempting to expound the horizons of one’s mind, however.

One wishes there <em>really</em> were a book like that.

One wishes there really were a book like that.

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[Code Geass R2] Another nail in Lelouch’s coffin

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
I wished there was a true kiss between them.

I wished there was a true kiss between them.

Well, I think this hammers another nail in Lelouch’s coffin:

I just want to point out that the official Geass-net mobile site explains in Nunnally’s profile that her blindness gives her the ability to see through the hearts of people just by touching their hands, and in the final episode she found out everything with said ability. Officially, that flashback scene had nothing to do with Lelouch and Codes.

C.C.’s profile has also been updated, and the final part of it now says: “Knowing that Lelouch does not hate her for giving him the Geass, she is now able to show her true feelings. With the realization of “Zero Requiem”, her time with Lelouch, who was able to forgive and accept her, came to an end, but the memories created with him has, without doubt, saved her from eternal loneliness.”

Having read this, C.C. appears to have been talking about herself when she said this line in the end: “The power of the king will isolate you… I guess it turned out a little different after all… right, Lelouch?”. The power of the king eventually leads to immortality (Code); C.C. had the power of the king and for a long time led a lonely existence, but she is now no longer lonely, thanks to her time with Lelouch.

Unless they update Lelouch’s profile with some kind of “but maybe he didn’t actually die” line, it seems to me that officially, Lelouch is 100% dead. None of the magazines seem to think the ending is at all ambiguous, and none of the staff and cast members seem to think so either. Okouchi, especially, appears to be pretty final about Lelouch’s death in his interview (“His life had not been in vain. That was why he smiled in the end”, along with his explanation as to why the punishment was necessary from the beginning). As for Taniguchi, he said only 2 things: (in the NewType interview itself) it’s up to the viewers whether they want to think of the ending as a Happy End or a Bad End. He thinks of it as a Happy End. As for what the epilogue meant, the viewers ought to work it out for themselves. The meaning behind C.C.’s final line appears to be part of what he wanted viewers to think about, though Geass-net’s already given us the answer to that. Lelouch’s fate, is, IMO, not part of what he wanted viewers to think about, because as far as the staff members are concerned Lelouch’s fate wasn’t at all ambiguous.

By the way, Shimomura Takaharu, one of the staff members involved with advertising, wrote in his “Parting message to Lelouch” (from Animedia):

“Let’s all go to the World of C” (For more details, refer to the R2 drama CDs)

Looks like SE6 will feature a track about everyone going to the World of C.

Tomikawa Kiyoharu (Production Desk) has this to say to Lelouch:

“Rest in peace. I’m begging you, please don’t come back ever again. (The animating process was just too much trouble!)”

Most of the staff members’ parting messages for Lelouch are pretty hilarious, and are in keeping with the Geass sense of humour.

The quote was taken from Celiss Galvea, among the most trusted translators of Code Geass information on the web.

Knowing more and more about the ultimate fate of Lelouch brings me closer to accept that Geass has finally ended. My only misgiving is that CC and Lelouch never really had a true kiss between themselves: I don’t mind if his ultimate fate is death, but I would want something to have happened before he passed away. I simply wish that, if ever there is going to be an OVA, they’d at least clarify Lelouch’s dedication and love for CC and vice versa.

See you space cowboy.

P.S. Taken from Zetsubun (thanks!)

From massive section dedicated to Geass in “Continue” volume 47:

Lelouch’s name is on the ‘deceased’ list. ;/

—–Congratulations on the completion of “Code Geass”!! It was a shocking final episode; did you have a difficult time writing it, Mr. Okouchi?

Okouchi: “No. The last episode wasn’t difficult at all; in fact, it was the middle parts of R2 that turned out to be rough going. For the final episode, [I’d/we’d] already decided on the ending when writing the script for the first episode of the previous series. Episode 1, Episode 25 (Episode 1 and the final episode of the previous series) and episode 25 of R2 — these episodes did not deviate much from our original plans.”

—–”Some unresolved mysteries still remain.”

Okouchi: “From the very beginning, [I/we] never planned on explaining everything. In fact, if you ask me, I think we might have overdone the explanations. While it’s undeniable that Lelouch’s story has ended with a full stop, the other characters’ stories are still on-going, and it’s not like the world [of Code Geass] itself has come to an end either. [I/we] didn’t want to end it by closing it up for good.”

—–”Still, isn’t it possible that defeating the wise ruler Schneizel, the person who was supposed to have brought order to the world, might lead to some [viewers] interpreting it as a Bad End?”

Okouchi: “That’s true. There are probably a lot of people who think of it as a Bad End, a tragedy, considering the protagonist’s, Lelouch’s end as well. However, Lelouch says in the first episode: “Only those prepared to be shot are allowed to pull the trigger themselves.” If you were to think of that as his pride, then I think his getting shot (killed) in the end was a logical end. Of course, I understand that not all of the viewers will accept this ending. There were people who wanted a happier ending, after all.”

—–”Was there a dispute among the staff members regarding the ending?”

Okouchi: “No. It was decided fairly naturally. During the “Code Geass” script meetings, there are many cases in which there were a number of disputes, but there were barely any when it came to the scripts for (the previous series’s) episode 25 and the final episode. I think everyone felt the same when it came to the end of the character that is Lelouch.”

—–”Why were you so bold as to choose this ending when the viewers might see it as a Bad End?”

Okouchi: “Bold… yes, we were so bold as to chose this ending. Perhaps the show that is “Code Geass” ending up this way was decided the moment Director Taniguchi and I teamed up. I suppose you can call it our sense of aesthetics, or perhaps a part of our psychological makeup.”

How would YOU rank Code Geass?

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

I can’t dwell on Code Geass forever, despite its lack of closure as regards Lelouch’s life or death. I have re-watched the last episode for about five times already; and what I got was that whether Lelouch lived or died, he still made the world a better place.

I dawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwed

I dawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwed

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CODE GEASS R2 – 25: YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

SPOILERS AHEAD HURR DURR
OKAY GUYS I’M IN TOTAL FANBOY MODE RIGHT NOW SO I’LL USE CAPS ALL THE WAY

– SUZAKU AND KALLEN FIGHT AND SUZAKU BEATS KALLEN BUT SHE’S RESCUED BY GINO.
– LELOUCH GEASSES NUNNALLY AND HE GETS THE KEY BACK BUT NOT BEFORE SAYING SORRY TO HER AND SAYING HE LOVES HER
– NUNNALLY IS BUTTHURT SO SHE CHASES LELOUCH
– LATER ON, SUZAKU AND LELOUCH TALK
– CC PRAYS FOR LELOUCH SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE
– LELOUCH WANTS SUZAKU TO BECOME ZERO AND HE DOES
– SUZAKU AS ZERO STABS LELOUCH
– ALL HAIL ZERO ETC.
– LELOUCH SHOWS THE DEATH TEMPLATE AND ‘DIES’
– NUNNALLY CRIES OVER HIM
– VILLETTA AND OUGI MARRY
– VILLETTA IS NOTICEABLY PREGNANT ALREADY
– ORANGE AND ANYA BECOME ORANGE FARMERS
– NUNNALLY IS THE NEW RULER I THINK, I’M NOT REALLY SURE
– IN THE END A MAN DRIVES A CARRIAGE
– CC IS AT THE BACK, LOOKING HOT AND LOOKING RURAL
– THEN SHE IS ALL SMILES
– THE EPISODE ENDS WITH HER SAYING SOMETHING AND THEN
– ‘NEE, LELOUCH?’

CC X LULU END YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

OKAY R2 IS ONE OF THE BEST SERIES FOR ME RIGHT NOW NOT BECAUSE IT’S GREAT BUT BECAUSE IT’S AWESOME.

Code Geass R2 – 21: a total failure, or the operative term is hypocrisy

Monday, September 1st, 2008

This is a ‘summary’ post of R2 – 21. While I do not usually write summary posts, I have given in to the requests of a friend and promised her to write properly on the occurrences of this episode. While I am in doubt whether the post will come out decently (reasons can be seen later), I shall try my best to write smart and sharp reflections. In the end, it’s not actually a summary post.

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Demons: Nechayev, Lelouch, and me

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Fyodor Dostoevsky, the great Russian author, has four major novels that are recognized (even until today) to be among the greatest in literature. To date, the most popular novel among these four is Crime and Punishment. One of his other novels, although lesser-known than C&P, is Demons.

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Demons was partially inspired by Sergei Nechayev, one of the leaders of the Nihilist movement, who was so single-minded in his goal of revolution that he disregarded morality: he did not mind political violence and murder. He was so single-minded that he alienated even his friends and family. (more…)

Why slice-of-life anime will never fade into oblivion

Monday, August 18th, 2008

I am currently celebrating the gifts of a four-day weekend: aside from the regular weekend, there are also two consecutive holidays, thus the absence of classes. It has been quite some time since I have been able to enjoy free time such as this: because of the break, I have been able to pick up on my reading and watching anime.

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Nationalistic fervor, and why even that is not enough

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

It was quite a week: there were three simultaneous booksales occurring, and I had a field week just choosing and purchasing books. More books were added to the sale in our local bookstore chain; there was a rummage sale in our library; and finally, there was also a sale hosted by our university’s literature society. I had taken advantage of the local bookstore sale the most: recent literary-award shortlisters, like Martin Amis and Colm Toibin, had their novels sold at 90 to 95% discounts. The same can be said about a new Penguin Classics version of Jose Rizal‘s Noli me Tangere (Touch Me Not) and Maxine Hong Kingston‘s Fifth Book of Peace. On one hand, I’m glad and grateful of the cultural Philistinism pervading our society, because it allows me steals like these; but on the other hand, it also makes me bitter: the novels I had bought are the novels that should be highly regarded for their quality of writing and thought, and not novel series like Twilight. It’s their loss, anyway, but I’m still bitter about it. (more…)