When I saw this, I wanted to cry. What the heck?
It took me ages to finally continue watching Code Geass. Through episodes 18 and 19, I shook my head with disinterest, boredom and absolute facepalm, and believed the whole show would never come to a decent closure. While I was reading blog postings on the following episodes, I lost interest in continuing altogether because I felt the story completely sunk into nonsense. (Marianne and Charuru plot some silly, evil plan and abandoning their children? Lelouch and Suzaku rule Britannia? Hello?)
However, I was wrong on two accounts: First, marathoning the last episodes were a lot of fun to watch, and ultimately it didn’t matter to me anymore that the story made no sense at all. Second, the twist at the end came as the biggest surprise of all to me, and I found myself getting all emotional. To me, it was the perfect end, because it finally shows Lelouch’s real nature:
First of all, the “Zero Requiem” plan is a strategy. What kept bugging me about Code Geass was that Mr. Almighty-brilliant-chess-player actually did nothing but coming up with a surprise tactics all of a sudden. He never had any plans or a direction he is going towards, he’s changing his tactics three times per episode. The Zero Requiem plan however spans over months and was planned out since Charles died. When “Zero Requiem” was revealed, it actually made a lot of sense.
Second, no matter what happened before (and honestly, I have forgotten the majority of the storyline of Code Geass), Lelouch’s suicide shows that he actually, truly cared for the world. The plan was for the world and not for Nunnally or himself.
And finally, Lelouch and Suzaku went back to being so close to the point that one asked the other to kill him, so that Lelouch died the death he wanted.
Now that I have my happy end, I can finally turn away from those evil, nagging “You should be finishing Geass”-thoughts that have been haunting me all this time and look back at 25 episodes of enjoyment.
PS. I also approve of this outfit. It looks so… austrian?