Showing posts with label Code Geass: Akito the Exiled. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Code Geass: Akito the Exiled. Show all posts

Friday, December 13, 2013

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled OVA 02

The second episode of Code Geass: Akito the Exiled came out a few months ago and I completely forgot about it until now. Better late than never I suppose. In the second episode, Leila, Akito and the three unwilling Japanese terrorist kids go on their first mission together.

Making your boss commit suicide is one way to get ahead in life.

Ayano finds out the running literally gets you nowhere.

Summary:
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.

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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.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled OVA 01

As many probably know by now, Code Geass is back with a series of OVAs focusing on the war between Britannia and Europe. I know the first episode came out over two months ago, but it's Code Geass that I haven't wrote about, so here's the post. It's not like I'm that timely with my anime blogging anyways.

Nice disarm technique by the pretty lady. Not a very smart move by the guy.

The EU really wasted their KMFs by using them as suicide bombs, considering that they held a considerable close range agility advantage over the Britannian KMFs.

Summary:
Around the same time when the Black Knights are rebelling against Britannia rule in Area 11, Britannia has also invaded Europe and is at war with the Euro Universe (EU). The EU's 132 regiment fails to recapture St. Peterburg and finds itself surrounded by Britannian forces at the city of Narva. The W-0 special unit composed of Japanese/Area 11 pilots are sent on a suicide mission to open up a lane for 132nd's retreat. The W-0 commander loses his cool during the battle and detonates bombs on the W-0 Knightmares to use them as suicide bombers, but the unit's strategist Leila Malkal takes over command of the unit after confronting the commander. Leila disarms the suicide bombs, and the final surviving W-0 pilot Akito Hyuga destroys two Britannian KMF squads on his own to force the Britannians to retreat.

After the operation, Leila and her team return to Paris where Leila is promoted Lieutenant Colonel by her boss General Gene Smilas. Leila asks for more support for W-0 including that from the regular EU forces, but Smilas rules it out. After Britannia's conquest of Japan, many Japanese people fled to Europe as refugees. The refugees are referred to as Elevens and are kept in specific areas and are looked down upon by mainstream EU society.

In addition to face carving, we Elevens can also have a technique to make you impotent for life.

In the evening, Leila attend an upscale dinner party and Akito accompanies her as her bodyguard. At the party, Leila doesn't bother to talk to anyone, but she is approached by her three adopted brothers. Leila was the daughter of Britannian nobles who defected to the EU. After her parents passed away, Leila was adopted by the influential Malkal family because of her noble heritage, and she also has an arranged marriage with one of her adopted brothers Johann who is a playboy. Johann approached Leila and starts saying rude things telling Leila to become his mistress instead. Having seen enough, Akito restrains Johann and threatens to carve up his face with a whisper. After scaring off Johann, Akito and Leila go sit on the balcony, where Akito offers to change and destroy the world if it doesn't suit Leila's tastes.

In a large abandoned subway station somewhere in the EU, a trio of Elevens youths led by Ryo Sayama deals with the mafia to obtain a Glasgow KMF. The mafia boss wants Ryo's gang to join them, but Ryo's group instead activates planted explosives to kill the mafia boss and his men. With the Glasgow in their possession, Ryo's group proceed with their plan to kidnap General Smilas.

Smilas is traveling with Leila and a convoy of escorts through the Eleven-inhabited regions. Akito is in the convoy inside a KMF transport truck. As the convoy passes through an abandoned city, Ryo and his two friends launch their attack by blowing away the road bridge used by the caravan. The limousine transporting Leila and Smilas barely brakes on time, while Akito's truck loses control and jams against the walls of the bridge. Ryo attacks with his Glasgow and destroys the remaining escorts, while Leila and Smilas are forced out of the car when Ryo's accomplice Ayano throws a bomb underneath the car, and Smilas is captured by Ayano.

Who needs a KMF to take down a KMF when you got a grenade launcher and badassery on your side.

May not seem like it now, but these guys will be one big happy family somewhere down the road.

At this moment, Akito shoots his way out of the transport truck in the Gardmare KMF and battles Ryo's Glasgow. Ryo shoots off the Gardmare's arms, so Akito jumps out on foot to face Ryo with a grenade launcher. Akito anchors onto the Glasgow with a cable shot from his grenade launcher and uses the high speed winch to tow himself underneath the Glasgow where he disables the KMF with two grenades to the groin. Leila tells Akito that she wants the target alive. Ayano knocks out Smilas and goes after Leila, but Leila disarms and restrains Ayano. With Ayano captured, Ryo jumps out of the Glasgow to surrender. The third member of Ryo's group Yukiya appears and threatens to detonate the bombs strapped to his body if Leila and Akito don't let his friends go, but Akito doesn't believe Yukiya has the balls to blow himself up. Leila asks what does Ryo's group hope to achieve by kidnapping Smilas, and Ryo answers because they want access to the newest KMFs so that he and his friends can make a place for themselves. Leila offers to Ryo's group to join the W-0, and as EU gunships circle overhead, Ryo realizes that he can only agree.

I can make stupid comments because I have the Geass.

Somewhere in Britannia at the headquarters of the Knights of St. Michaels, Lord Michele Manfredi discusses with his right hand man Shin about his knights' deployment to St. Petersburg in response to what happened at Narva. Shin wants command of the knights. Narva tells Shin that Shin will succeed him in five years and he sees Shin as his brother, but Shin is unsatisfied with the answer and uses his Geass to make Manfredi commit suicide.

In the early morning, Leila wanders out of her office in a castle and sees Shin using pebbles to represent the gravestones of the W-0 comrades who died during the previous battle.

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I liked this episode quite a lot. It was a nice introduction into the OVA series. A big reason is because I like slick mecha action, and Sunrise is usually very good with that, and something with significant budget like these Code Geass OVAs the action is extra-slick. The battle at Narva and the attack on General Smilas' convoy had some really fast yet detailed sequences with Akito kicking ass.

The action alone was probably enough to give me a favorable impression of the show. The other elements didn't look too shabby either at first glance. The OVA focus on the war in Europe, but Japan/Area 11 is still an important part of the story. The mainstream EU society isn't too keen on helping the Elevens refugees, but they'll depend on Akito and the Elevens who serve on W-0 unit. The EU's treatment of the Elevens will probably be one of the important themes of this OVA series.

As for the cast, we have Leila the smart, caring and not to mention beautiful female commander who has some trouble with her status in her adopted family, and then there is Akito the ninja-like Japanese bad-ass. And there are the three terrorists led by Ryo who are pretty bad-ass but not quite as good as Akito. It didn't really make sense how Leila could have Ryo and company join W-0 after they tried to kidnap a general and kills dozens of soldiers in the process, but I suppose the show must go on. We saw Leila's support team, but didn't learn too much about them.

It looks like Akito and Shin of the Knights of St. Michaels are brothers. Shin has a Geass of some sort that he used to make his boss commit suicide, and Akito has been Geassed, possibly by Shin. The questions are now how Shin received the Geass and what are the extent of his powers, and what has Akito been Geassed with. Nobody from the Code Geass TV series has shown up in this episode, but the preview shows that a couple of familiar faces will show up. This episode has made a good first impression. Let see where Akito the Exiled goes from here.