Retrocaustic: Code Geass – Episode 2

Code Geass is stupid. But how stupid? Let’s find out together.

Don't think about it too much, or this happens.

Don’t think about it too much, or this happens.

Episode II – The White Knight Rises

  • As of August 10, 2010 of the Imperial Calender, “Britannia” still does not have an adjectival form.
    • Nor did Christianity ever happen.
  • Wait, Japan was defeated less than a one month? What? Japan is, like, the size of California, but spread over four islands and surrounded by water. It took the Nazi blitzkrieg three weeks to overrun Poland, and that was an unfair matchup over flat, open European plain. I don’t care how fancy your Knightmares are (which they aren’t); you can’t overcome geography. There are only a few spots where you can conduct an amphibious invasion of the country, all a huge fucking bitch to pull off. No. Fucking. Way.
  • See? The Japanese have a word for pride. 誇り is even used here. So why did Rivalz use “puraido” last episode? Does the Japanese language suck?
    • Yes, this is fucking important.
  • Blah blah, the Japanese are now Elevens for some reason. We get it. Don’t tell me we’re gonna get this exact same recap for the next six episodes or something.
    • Sigh, we are, aren’t we?
  • Oh God, it’s a Suzaku-themed episode.
  • EVERYONE IS DEAD.
    • Except C.C, tee hee.
  •  Enter Villetta, Tragedy Bait 2.0.
    • And whose hair is in violation of every military regulation ever.
      • What nationality is she, anyway? No one has golden pupils. No one, Japan.
  • Wait, those murderous idiots were part of the royal guard? Who puts sociopaths in the royal guard? Or sends them to track down POISON GAS? Hasn’t the Holy Britannia(n) Empire invented special forces yet?
  • Well, she just fired a giant rifle at an innocent student in the middle of a small, metal warehouse. Lelouch is now deaf.
    • Did those massive bullets not have any force when they brushed past him at a zillion miles per hour? Are the laws of physics a lie perpetuated by the Illuminati? How is he still standing up?
    • Not to mention shrapnel. In a parallel universe where physics behaves somewhat consistently, Lelouche has a giant piece of iron sticking through his sternum right now.
      • If I lived in that universe, I would not have to keep watching this.
  • Oh dear, Lelouch’s magical powers have limits. How inconvenient.
    • Luckily for him, Villetta is an idiot, as you shall soon see.
  • “Alan Spacer.” That’s the best you could do, huh, Lelouch? “Alan Spacer.”
    • Bbbbbth ha ha ha.
  • Yes, Villetta. Exit your machine of war, where you’re perfectly safe, right after you’ve just examined a horrific scene where a dozen royal guards have been obviously gunned down in cold blood and there’s a suspicious Britannian student who should not be alive or here in the first place. Yes. Nothing is suspicious about this situation whatsoever.
    • Oh look, that didn’t go very well.
      • This may have consequences, Villetta. Bet you feel stupid now.
  • Where did all the bodies go? Lelouche already used his Geass on her. He was just one guy. Did he use the Knightmare to cart the bodies away? Did he make Villetta do it?
    • No, he shut off his Geass right after his gave her the command. So where did the bodies go?
      • Hey. Did you guys forget about continuity?
        • You did, didn’t you? Fucktards.
  • Gee, MSGT is alive, even though he was shot in the spine with a gun at point-blank range with no obvious protection. How did that happen too?
    • I think I need to stop asking this question.
      • How can he move around? Why is able to get up like that? He was just shot two hours ago.
  • No, I don’t buy that a fucking pocket watch was able to block a bullet. I mean, look at that thing.
    • SILLY.WATCH
      • Did the bullet just evaporate after it went through the glass? Why isn’t it more damaged? What the fuck?
        • WHY DOES NOTHING IN THIS SHOW MAKE SENSE.
  • Elevens say gods live inside objects. Do they? I think that’s simplifying it a bit, you moron.
  • They think the POISON GAS was released? Are they, um, stupid? Do they not see and hear the massacre going on in the ghetto they are actually in right now?
    • They are very stupid.
      • Hey, MSGT, do you still think you can change the system from within?
  • Lloyd, what are you doing? Why are you handing this random person you met an hour ago the keys to your Empire’s superweapon? Shouldn’t you, like, examine him first? Get some physical and psychological data on him? Make sure he’s not crazy? That sort of thing?
    • I like how they obviously dodge the question and implication that MSGT clearly has no experience with one of these machines whatsoever. Why is Lloyd doing this? How does this make sense from his perspective?
  • Lloyd, I’m pretty sure you have oversight. You have to get this guy cleared for piloting a Knightmare. And he has to go through training, be commissioned, etc. Is this even a fucking military?
  • Wait, whom did those random tanks just kill? They didn’t look like Japanese people at all.
    • I’m right. Look at the frame.
  • Ah, Kallen Stadtfeld’s Derriere returns. Out of thin air. Like magic. From pixies.
    • Sure, I’d be willing to accept pixies at this point, given how retarded everything else is this series is.
  • Man, it’s a good thing the Holy Britannia(n) Empire hasn’t invented the concept of radio intercept yet, otherwise Ohgi and Kallen Stadtfeld’s backpack radio transmission might be compromised.
    • They spent all that money on building Knightmares. That’s my explanation. Or pixies.
  • Kallen, no. Playing decoy is a bad idea. You’re painted fucking orange. You’re a walking target. You’ll just get sniped by helicopters or a bazooka or something, and then you’ll die.
    • And what the fuck is Ohgi gonna do? He has his backpack radio and one random guy with a bazooka. How he is going to evacuate forty million people?
      • Does anybody think about what they’re saying before they open their mouths?
    • Also, you should be trying not to get caught period.
      • Not that they seem to be interested in taking prisoners anyway, you idiot.
  • Cut to Shirley in the girl’s locker room, right after you show people being slaughtered in a war zone. This show flows like the music of Bach.
    • Or diarrhea.
  • [5:37] That’s a Tomagatchi. Is this 1997? Is Nickelodeon still good? Is the Gameboy all the rage? Why is Shirley’s phone stupid?
  • Man, it’s a good thing gunshots and giant machines of death aren’t loud, otherwise Shirley might suspect something.
    • That is gunfire, Shirley. Can you not hear it? I’m pretty sure Knightmares aren’t soundproof.
      • Although I have nothing to base this on, really. These things are ridiculous, after all.
  • How. Does. Lelouche. Know. How. To. Pilot. This.
    • How?
      • HE HAS NEVER BEEN IN ONE BEFORE.
  • Surprise: the Britannimericans aren’t livecasting their massacre to the whole wide world. Next week: will Tyrion get a fair trial?
  • Yes, Lelouche. The tyrannical government is going to spin a cover story about the massacre. Yes, you have to spend five minutes figuring this out.
    • What a genius.
  • I also have to wonder how a military Knightmare has access to the civilian cellular network.
    • And Bluetooth.
  • What did you just say, Lelouche? “They can’t call in reinforcements?” Uh, yes, they can. They control the media. They control everything. They can bring in whatever-the-fuck they want.
    • What a genius.
      • I’m pretty sure it’d be hard for you to get out of the Shinjuku ghetto by yourself with or without them calling in reinforcements.
  • So Kallen Stadtfeld’s Derriere is spotted, as predicted.
    • And now the men are chasing Dat Ass.
  • Lelouche magically knows her radio code, even though there is literally no physical way he can know it.
    • If you know what I mean.
  • Man, it’s a good thing the Holy Britannia(n) Empire doesn’t have air superiority in its own backyard, otherwise running on an elevated, exposed railway might be a bad idea.
    • Jeremiah, why are you chasing her? Call in the helicopters and planes you have slaughtering people and shoot her in the face.
      • And that’s not a euphemism. I mean actually shoot her in the face with bullets and end this monstrous baby of a series before it grows and devours all life.
  • Oh look, a train is using the railway. One has to wonder why the train is running through an ACTIVE WAR ZONE.
    • No, no, Lelouche totally planned this, even though there is literally no way he could have.
  • Why didn’t Jeremiah just jump onto the train like Kallen Stadtfeld’s Derriere did? Is he gay? I can think of no other reason why he’s letting the train push him back. What is he doing?
  • Lelouche ambushed Jeremiah. How did he do that? How did they not detect the giant machine of war moving into that building?
    • Gee, the giant machine of death that costs ten billion dollars each was just rendered utterly helpless by rifle fire aimed at its leg propulsion units.
      • Lelouche is a genius.
    • How did Lelouche vanish? Has the Holy Britannia(n) Empire not developed radar? Knightmares do not have stealth. They are probably the unstealthiest things ever invented by humankind. How did she not notice Lelouche leaving?
      • Pixies.
  • Lelouche, you did not predict a train filled with Knightmares would be running through an ACTIVE WAR ZONE unescorted. You did not.
    • Also, it’s a good thing they’re standing around on this open, exposed, elevated railway in the middle of an ACTIVE WAR ZONE that is actively being destroyed.
      • The Holy Britannia(n) Empire deserves to burn.
  • So now they have Knightmares, the machines that were just easily defeated with basic tactics.
    • And, of course, each and everyone of these ragtag Japanese resistance fighters knows how to pilot them.
      • I’m just gonna go find the nearest airbase and hop into a plane. Let me see how far I get. I’ll be back.
        • It turns out they stopped me at the front gate and arrested me.
          • Hmm, well, they let me in for some reason, but it turns out I don’t know how to fly a plane because I haven’t trained on it ever, flown hundreds of hours, or been certified.
  • Also, why is that woman in the train car wearing a miniskirt in an ACTIVE WAR ZONE? And a pink shirt? Hey, how about you wear something remotely camouflaged or practical?
  • Ha ha ha, that was Sasuke’s voice. I caught you, Sasuke.
    • THAT’S IT. NINJAS. IT EXPLAINS EVERYTHING.
      • Except nothing.
  • Kallen Stadtfeld’s Derriere rightfully wonders how the fuck any of this is actually happening.
    • Unlike me, however, she is wise and stops asking this question.
  • Meanwhile, the massacre has been conveniently paused and the Britannimericans, who outnumber these Japanese a zillion to one and have complete air and information superiority, are doing absolutely nothing.
  • Gee, I wonder what that building is. It couldn’t possibly be the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. That’s never been seen in an anime before.
  • Lelouche, it seems like you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing, probably because you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing.
    • Wait, when did he have the time to get that chess piece? Does time not work the same in this parallel universe?
      • Pixies.
  • The Britannimericans are discussing the overwhelming superiority of their army that they are not using.
  • Clovis is on the scene for some reason. This man has no military experience and is clearly a fucking retard, but the military just goes along with it. That’s how militaries behave.
    • Man, it’s a good thing none of these random subordinates have ears, otherwise they might wonder who this “girl” is they’re very suspiciously talking about.
  • Let me get this straight: the Britannimericans stripped these Knightmares’ IFF transponders for some reason, loaded them onto an unescorted train, then sent that train through an ACTIVE WAR ZONE.
    • Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm……………….
  • Dude, what the fuck did you just say? “The Britannians won’t use traps because they have absolute military superiority”? What?
    • Who let this retard into a giant machine of war? Go make him read Sun Tzu before you let him anywhere near a knife ever again.
      • Good God, these people are going to get themselves killed.
  • HOW DOES OHGI HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE PILOTING A KNIGHTMARE? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGHH–
  • Uh, if these signals are being intercepted (which they are), your plan is fucked anyway. Who cares if you tell them their name or not?
  • How does Lelouche know any of this information to this level of precision? Generals would be jealous over his Command and Control.
  • Clovis is a racist, because he called the Japanese “monkeys.” This is the opposite way to make people hate someone.
    • Unless you’re a sixteen-year-old anime fanboy that falls for this kind of shit. Then it works perfectly fine.
      • I feel so bad for these Japanese voice actors having to pronounce all these weird-ass English words. Their mouths must bleed after each recording session.
  • How did the Britannimericans not know they were there?
    • They did. They obviously did. There is no way they did not know.
      • I am going insane.
  • If Lelouche has complete knowledge of the battlefield in his random-ass Sutherland, why don’t the Britannimericans have it too with far more platforms at their disposal?
    • Pixies.
  • The Holy Britannia(n) Empire could not have conquered a tree house, let alone a developed country, with this level of incompetence.
  • Wait, what? That was, like, four Knightmares v. three of the exact same model in an open battlespace. How did the Britannimericans hit nothing and the Japanese hit everything?
    • Also, why aren’t their screens showing the enemy units as well?
      • Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?
  • “The enemy has five options.” You don’t know that, Lelouche.
  • Don’t you have radar? You do. I know you do. Use it, for Christ’s sake.
  • Jeremiah, you have no inkling as to the tactical situation. You ejected. Go home and fuck Villetta.
  • I don’t know what’s happening. Nothing makes sense.
  • Kallen Stadtfeld’s Derriere randomly fired a lance or whatever into some random point in the asphalt, causing a massive earthquake that swallowed all the Britannimerican Knightmares. Sigh.
    • No, Lelouche, you did not know that would happen.
  • Uh, Lelouche, why do you think you can defeat a world empire after toying with rank idiots? Are you an idiot too?
    • Yes.
  • ARE WE ONLY HALFWAY DONE WITH THIS EPISODE JESUS GOD WHAT AM I DOING.
  • So, MSGT was allowed to pilot the Empire’s superweapon after “reading the manual.”
    • Pixies. Fucking pixies.
      • I need some pixie dust.
  • HE WAS JUST SHOT TWO HOURS AGO. HE IS NOT FIT FOR COMBAT.
    • That outfit is ridiculous.
  • “I don’t want you to do anything reckless.”
    • She says as she’s letting this random, unknown person pilot the Empire’s superweapon.
      • Ha ha ha ha ha ha.
        • Pixies.
  • Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh, her name is Cecile. She’s a woman. That’s why it took two episodes to find out her name.
    • Wow, the Lancelot has no eject system? Well, no matter. It’s a Knightmare. It’s highly durable and can withstand all conditions easily.
      • Except the slightest amount of directed weapons fire.
  • Huh? There have been 7 generations of Knightmares? What?
    • What?
      • No, seriously. 7 generations?
        • Actual military engineers developed six previous generations of these retarded weapons?
          • Have they not drank themselves to death yet?
  • Energy Filler. That about describes this startup sequence: filler.
    • Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn.
  • This startup sequence has twenty phases. Somehow this is a good idea.
    • My god, the Engrish. I hope these voice actors get dental.
      • Oh, now they move the first-aid trucks away from the untested Knightmare frame while it’s in the middle of its fireup sequence.
        • Good luck, all you other patients in those trucks.
  • Why does Lloyd say “full throttle”? Would half the Japanese viewers even know what that meant? Or even make heads or tails of it whatsoever?
    • It must suck to be a Japanese person over the age of thirty.
  • Suzaku has some pain from the bullet wound to the spine he received two hours ago. I’m sure it’s fine.
  • So, um, how did that random Japanese pilot survive a bitchslap to the face from the Lancelot? That seems, I dunno, impossible.
  • How is no one detecting this massive machine of death? How do these things ever have the element of surprise over anything?
  • Oh look, Lelouche is racist too.
    • Also, I think Sasuke just died. YAAAAAAAAAAAAY.
  • How do the Britannimericans have energy-repulsion technology? Why haven’t they ever used this revolutionary technology before? And they managed to fit it onto the arm of a Knightmare?
    • Bullshit.
  • How is Lelouche not tracking this thing from his Omniscient Knightmare?
  • Damn, that shield must use up a lot of energy.
    • It’s also hardly surprising a bunch of inexperienced guerrillas have no idea what they’re doing, Lelouche.
  • Uh, MSGT, do you not realize you are working for the Evil Empire? Are you that stupid?
  • LOL, Suzaku just broke that woman’s fall with the metal hand of a Knightmare. That woman is dead.
  • Why did Suzaku just stop? He was winning. Why stop?
  • Did that Japanese guy just suggest that unleashing POISON GAS onto the city would’ve been a good idea?
    • I dunno whom to root for. Everyone is a mass murderer just waiting to happen.
  • Why did Clovis do any of what Lelouche asked him to do? He didn’t use his Geass on him. Why?
  • Oh thank God, the episode is over. I have a date with a razor.
    • PIXIES.

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