Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Anime Review: Bleach ep. 82 and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion ep. 22

Bleach 82: Ichigo vs Dalk! Appearance of the Faded Darkness

Review
Since Yoshino's death a few episodes back the episodes since then have slowed down the pace of the "Bount" arc. With this episode Bleach returns to the action this series is known for. Though the fights in this episode still does not compare to some of the great fights we have seen back in the "Soul Society" arc. Still the new appearances of the Bounts dolls, do to the power up from the souls they have been drinking from the previous episode, starts to make me wonder how Ichigo and co. are going to be able to defeat the powered up dolls since Ichigo did not fair very well against Koga and his doll Dalk. It was actually only do to a timely arrival/takeover of Ichigo's hollow that allowed him to win. It looks like if Ichigo does not gain back the power of his bankai he will continue to have to deal with his inner hollow. Speaking of Ichigo's inner hollow I got to give Ichigo's voice actor Johnny Yong Bosch making Ichigo inner hollow sound like such a twisted version of Ichigo. The appearance of Ichigo's inner hollow definitely gave this episode the needed boost of being slightly above average.

Episode Rating - 7.8/10

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion 22: Bloodstained Euphie

Review
Wow! Just wow. After it looked like Code Geass may end up having a happy ending for all the main characters the people behind Code Geass gives us an ending that left me with my jaw on the floor. The last few episodes including the first 10 of this episode has shown that Lelouch and Nunally maybe able to live a happy life with Euphie and Suzaku. I got to say that the meeting between Lelouch/Zero and Euphie was a very touching scene because Euphie out the nice brother side of Lelouch that he only shows when he is around Nunally. And for all the "evil" Lelouch has done in the past as Zero in the end Zero is just a mask Lelouch wears to do what he cannot do as Lelouch Lamperouge Britannian high school student. The true Lelouch is the warm brother he is when around Nunally and Euphie which is what makes the last ten minutes of this episode so shocking and sad. In the end it looks like CC warning to Lelouch that he would loose control of his Geass came true in the worst moment possible because it was a small joke Lelouch tells Euphie upon agreeing to Euphie piece treaty that she should shot all of the Japanese in the crowd when his Geass goes control. The amount of bloodshed we see when Euphie starts shooting all the Japanese in attendance is just shocking amount for any anime let alone TV show. What makes it more sad is when Lelouch orders the Black Knights to kill Euphie while unsuccessfully holding back his tears. It is moments like this that makes me draw comparisons between Code Geass and Deathnote as well as the differences between the two animes. Also throwing in the subplot of Suzaku seeing some of CC history when they came into contact just shows how the people behind this show have been laying the groundwork all the way back to earlier episodes that lead up to the events of this episode.

Episode Rating - 9.5/10

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