Making your boss commit suicide is one way to get ahead in life.
Ayano finds out the running literally gets you nowhere.
After making the former leader commit suicide with his Geass, Shin is promoted to the commander of the Knights of St. Michael and he promises to take out the EU's W-0 special unit.
At the big castle that serves as the W-0's home base, Leila and subordinates are waiting for their next orders. Ryo, Ayano and Yukiya (the three Japanese terrorists that Leila had "recruited" into the unit in the previous episode) try to escape/rebel but their efforts prove futile. W-0 finally gets orders, and they are to be launched behind enemy lines to somehow help the main EU force push the Britannians back. To show that she is being sincere to the Japanese trio, Leila also pilots a Knightmare in order to control some of the drone Knightmares that will be used in the mission.
Leila is in the battle to provide the eye-candy.
They should play the Flight of the Valkyrie for this scene.
Leila, Akito, Ryo, Ayano, Yukiya and a group of drones are launched through a rocket behind enemy lines. Upon landing in the forest, the Japanese trio immediately attacks Leila and Akito, but the five are forced to work together when they come under Britannian attack. The group head into the nearest town and run into an ambush by Knights of St. Michaels led by the battle hungry Ashley Ashura. The Knights take out Leila's drones pretty quickly, but Akito, Ryo, Ayano and Yukiya hold their own. Suddenly, Akito's Geass command activates while fighting against Ashley, and the effects are spread to Ryo, Ayano and Yukiya thanks to the mind-link mechanism built into their Wyvern Knightmare Frames. In their battle craze, Akito and cohorts begin to overwhelm Ashley's knights until Akito actually kills one of the knights trying to protect Ashley. This snaps Akito out of his Geass command which also stuns Ryo's trio who see the scene of a young Shin standing among a pile of bodies and using his Geass on the toddler Akito telling him to die. Ryo, Ayano and Ashura's Knightmares get disabled by the Knights when they were stunned, and the three are forced to bail out on foot.
The fights show a good contrast in styles between the Wyverns and the Britannian KMFs.
Took a while for somebody to actually die in this battle.
Shin, who has been watching the battle, arrives on scene with his golden centaur Knightmare to see for himself that his little brother is alive. Shin and Akito both exit their Knightmares, and Shin asks Akito to join his forces and die for him. Shin almost takes up on the offer but snaps out of it when Ryo arrives and starts shooting at Shin. Shin promises to return for Akito and orders his forces to retreat because the main Britannian forces are falling back.
Thanks to the distraction by Leila's team, the EU forces are able to push the Britannians back and take the town. Later at night in the makeshift EU camp, Leila asks Akito about Shin. Akito states that it's because they are brothers that Shin wants him dead. Akito adds that he has already died once, and now it's his turn to kill Shin.
People in Code Geass all have messed up families.
It ain't Code Geass without these two getting involved.
At the train station at St. Petersburg, Suzaku arrives by Royal Train escorting a man calling himself Julius Kingsley (who is Lelouch with an eye patch over his left eye) who claims that he is taking over the strategic planning for the European battlefront.
Another pretty good episode, especially the latter half. The first half was mostly Leila and cohorts waiting around, and the mini-rebellion by Ryo and friends didn't amount to much. Once the mission started we got a lot of fast-paced and entertaining mecha action. I find it funny that they had to launch the rocket into orbit and once around the Earth in order to drop the W-0 team behind enemy lines. I guess that makes it harder for them to be shot down. The W-0 team is certainly low on pilots, and it didn't help that three of the pilots attacked the remaining two after they first landed. Thanks to the battle though, it does look like Ryo and friends will be sticking around and fighting along side Leila and Akito.
Moving to the battle, the Wyverns, when in capable hands, hold a considerable advantage in close range agility, but the elite Knights led by Ashley are pretty good using the heavy swords, wheels, and anchor shots of their Knightmare frames to make it a fairly evenly-matched battle until Akito's Geass command kicked in. The fact that Akito and company only managed to kill one Knight and disable only a few Knightmares is a testament of the Knights' skills. The mind-link mechanism sure worked to the W-0's advantage this time... at least to a point until Akito actually killed somebody. Akito didn't have problems killing people before, so we are not sure what happened there.
The conclusion of the fight leads to a face to face between Shin and Akito. It's unknown how Akito managed to survive Shin's Geass command to go die and turned it into a killing craze. However, it's clear that Shin still holds an advantage over Akito and it'll be difficult for Akito to kill Shin face to face. We don't know why Shin tried to kill Akito and slaughtered his own family, but I guess he did to so he can rise up in the Britannian military to accomplish some goal.
The last interesting bit of this episode is of course Lelouch and Suzaku's appearance. Given that Lelouch is in Suzaku's company, this would mean that this OVA episode took place between the first and second seasons of the Code Geass anime after Lelouch was shot and captured by Suzaku. I guess Lelouch's dad forced/hypnotized Lelouch to help on the European battle front, and that's where Suzaku got his fame. Things will not be easy for Leila and crew if they are going against Lelouch and Suzaku.