Okay. So I started watching Akito the Exiled OVA 2 (yes, I couldn't wait for next weekend, or much less the holidays). Besides, it's only an hour long.......
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(=_=) Because it's not as if I'm already perhaps maybe slightly short of prep time for the incoming testing week.
Anyways- I didn't come back up here to write about my still ever so strong relationship with Procrastinator-kun okay? I'm here to just rant a bit. On the OVA. About a particular character.
Now, if you happen to be one of those people who love Suzaku Kururugi (as in a character from Code Geass who yes, also makes an appearance in Akito the Exiled), it is highly recommended that you stop reading this post from here on afterwards- because the rant is, as you may have guessed by now, going to be about him. In Akito the Exiled.
Hey, I'm a hardcore Lelouch fan alright? And though they got along well in their childhood years, Suzaku betrayed Lelouch, so you can understand why I dislike Suzaku with a passion.
Okay. So, back to what I watched on Akito the Exiled that was supposed to be the blog topic (geez, I went on a long tangent).
As I mentioned before, in this second OVA, Suzaku makes an appearance. This makes perfect sense, seeing as this OVA series is based between seasons 1 and 2 of Code Geass (the main series), hence everyone is alive, well, and kicking.
Well. Everyone but Lelouch.
Now, just a heads up warning, this is far from being spoiler free. In fact, everything in my rant starting below will be FULL OF SPOILERS. So if you don't like them, don't read what's below.
Okay, so I'm assuming all the rest still following either have watched the series, don't care about spoilers, or just managed to not read the above warning.
Anyways, I mentioned that Lelouch is not alive, well, and kicking. Well, truth to be told, he is alive, but rendered to such a state that I wouldn't even call it being alive, but moreso living life as if he were an empty shell.
You see, back in the main series, what happened between the 1st and 2nd season was that Suzaku managed to capture Lelouch, and bring him to the Emperor of Britannia (his father and enemy). The Emperor of Britannia used his Geass power (look, I'm not planning on explainin everything, so if you're really desperate on following this, maybe this might clarify a few things) to alter Lelouch's memory, so that he couldn't remember anything from the time he decided to start a rebellion against his father.
Well, that was as far as the main series went with describing Lelouch's absence from the rebellion scene. However, in this OVA, I came cross this scene:
Don't believe me? Well, I can prove it: although that character which I'm currently describing goes by the name Julius and not Lelouch, he has the same voice actor, Jun Fukuyama. In addition, the decorative eye-patch that's being worn isn't just for the character appearance. Late in the 1st season of Code Geass, Lelouch's geass ended up becoming a permanent feature on his left eye; this not only meant that his geass sigma kinda remained stuck on his eye, but is also meant that his geass did not require him to consciously activate it. Seeing as his geass causes people (who make direct eye contact with his 'geassed' eye) to obey whatever he tells them to do, it therefore explains the existence of the eye-patch. It's to prevent Lelouch from using his Geass on people.
And the name change? Well, seeing as Lelouch had already proved himself a magnificent strategist (pulling an almost successful rebellion to overthrown the entire Britannian Empire, father included), I'm assuming that since his father, the Britannian Emperor, has geass that can alter one's memory, he would've changed Lelouch's memory, making him think he was a completely different person.
But as revealed through this clip, the whole "identity swap" seems to be a rather 'breaking-of-soul' process- hence despite being "alive", Lelouch does not seem to be well at all.
And that face that Suzaku made when he sees Lelouch like that (last image)? That just renewed my passionate dislike of him. Look, by handing Lelouch back to his father, not only did he betray Lelouch, but in the end, he even managed to snag a position in the Knights of Round (the most prestigious army rank- the knights of round are hand-picked by the Emperor himself). And after receiving nothing but benefits and the longer end of the stick, he shows that kind of attitude towards Lelouch, who lost everything (at this point in time)? He has got no reason to be like that- like I mean, I'm not even sure whether I would dislike him less if he looked more remorseful for what he's done, but that face, filled with absolutely no remorse, in fact dislike and disgust, is what really drove me up the wall here.
Ugh, it just made me so sad of Lelouch's position. He's just basically being used as a pawn here!!!! (even though I'm so glad to see him again, but not in this type of scenario...)
I don't understand why the producers always had to make Lady Good Fortune shine down upon Suzaku-- I think he's better paired with Lady Misfortune.
Oh and haha, it probably would've been better to mention this beforehand, but the guy who's featured in the first and last picture (the one with the black gloves, white and although it's not obvious but dark blue uniform) is Suzaku.