Thursday, December 19, 2013

Attack on Cornelia (S1E07)

DIRECTOR: Noriaki Akitaya

WRITER: Ichiro Okouchi

ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 17-11-06 (JP) 08-06-08 (ENG)

Perhaps previous posts have been rather cruel to Ichiro Okouchi. Perhaps the prior comments, though made with a degree of facetiousness, were simply too harsh for the imaginative scope that encompasses Okouchi's writing and that this particular author should relax a little and soak it all in to its fullest and not pick at it as the episodes come. After all, Code Geass is one of the most popular anime in the Otaku Communities, renown for it's characters, plot, and amazing soundtrack. After all, the one shaming this great writer who gets paid for his works is a mere blogger on a free website, they must be utterly jealous. Yes, that has to be it.

If only Ichiro Okouchi could remember the previous episodes, maybe that would be the case. Odd time to be bringing this up, seeing as Attack on Cornelia is nothing more than a shortened reenactment of the first two episodes of the series, even down to the same director was brought in to replicate his attention-drawing work of the opening story arc, though with the purpose of showing that Cornelia is a threat to be taken seriously. Though there are a few things to be said throughout, the opening flashback is what really shows off Okouchi's flaws, highlighting every detail and magnifying the appearance.

Starting off, Lelouch is a child, the scene taking place eight years earlier, days after the death of his mother, Marianne, who, as mentioned before, was such a tragic loss. A character the audience doesn't know being killed in a cut scene, away from the main story; oh how masterfully Ichiro tugs at those heart strings. Sarcasm aside, Lelouch announces that his mother is dead, his father brushes him off, and he throws a tantrum because the emperor didn't protect his mother or visit Nunnally. But that's all justifiable. What isn't is Lelouch's line.

I'm sick of the fighting and scheming over who will succeed you.

Well, that would be wonderful Lelouch, a very interesting plot point in the royal family, showing possibly how and why Marianne was killed, especially with the overlay of the nobles whispering about how it had to be someone from the capital. Again, even something as simple as this is ruined by the failed attempts to create three-dimensional villains. It is seen in the Audio Drama The Imperial Siblings, Schneizel (yet to really be introduced), Cornelia, and Clovis are talking about who will become Viceroy of Area 11, and they talk about how Marianne was the one who demonstrated the knightmare frames, with such fondness for her memory, Euphemia mourns the loss of her two playmates, and that Clovis requested to the emperor to be viceroy in memory of Lelouch and because, "That land is Lelouch's final resting place. I want to make it as quiet for him as I can." Which completely counters the argument Lelouch made of why he gave up his throne. This is added

more when the royal siblings assemble in season two, headed by Odysseus, the heir to the throne and oldest of the children. No one questions his crown and not even Schneizel, who is universally seen as a much better choice, bothers to even try and claim it for himself. So where is all this fighting and scheming Lelouch? I'm sure the audience would like to know.

They know the truth!

To only befuddle things more, Lelouch plans to answer Cornelia's invitation to play a little game, using a new group of terrorists we don't care about, so when they're all killed, it was just a check off the list on how to make Cornelia intimidating. But before he leaves, there is another interesting scene where C.C. attempts to stop him, pointing a gun at him and saying she can't have him dying and that she would rather maim him then let him go die of his own accord until the contract is completed. Lelouch threatens to commit suicide and then C.C. lets him pass, presumably impressed by his display of stupidi-determination. Of course, the most pressing matter in this scene has to be, where did Lelouch get a Britannian Grunt uniform and guns? What army surplus store was so overstocked that they were selling this? Of course, there's also the fact that Lelouch still doesn't know what the contract is, at the very least the audience doesn't, or that Okouchi, apparently, forgot Nunnally even existed for the episode. After all, Lelouch's reason for living in the first episode doesn't matter a week later. This entire scene goes nowhere, doesn't add up, and simply fills up time. What was the purpose of these three minutes? C.C. maiming Lelouch, then how would he care for Nunnally, let alone if he killed himself. Then the contract is completely danced around, and aggravating with how Lelouch seems to know what it is. And where did he get all this stuff? It looks like there's a hole in the plot.

It's okay, there's nothing important up there anyway.

Regardless, Lelouch fails, because the only right thing the writer did was avoid the "Villain of the Day" motif, and C.C. saves him by using his Zero outfit, causing a distraction so he can escape. Lelouch reveals how much of a sore loser he is and then claims that he'll raise a "Nation" to defeat Britannia. Funny, because he is most noted with saying that liberating Japan is not a priority of his. Wouldn't it be more logical to start small, liberate Japan, gain an alliance with the EU or Chinese Federation, then go for Britannia. Not only is he narrow-minded, but also egotistic. What a horrible combination for a main character. Not only does he show how inadequate he is to actually lead the story, but he's seen standing beside an obviously more capable character. When posing nude, one does not stand by a horse.

Remind me, why am I not the main character again?
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