Really enjoyed the final episodes.
How both armies switched masters, it was an interesting twist. Certainly the ending now that we found out what the Zero Requiem was and why Lelouch seemed like he was sacrificing everything for.
The ending was sad in that, while it played out in some ways as we expected, ie. a tragedy… I wanted to see CC or Kallen’s love interest aspect have a more conclusive ending.
Very few people seemed to know what Lelouch sacrificed and why he did what he did. It was the reverse-martyrdom situation… I was on the edge of my seat til the very end. It was interesting to see Lelouch’s plan overcome all the odds, this was the one time where every calculation of his panned out exactly as he wanted.
So the question of import…
Spoiler Warning below:
Did Lelouch actually die?
Who knows, it’ll depend on each of our interpretations. That’s what makes a really special ending in my opinion (sure there are great ways to end with conclusiveness and no real question), but I really enjoy these endings of doubt. There was just enough door open in this case for a potential sequel, but if not it has a fairly definitive ending in some ways.
My view though is Lelouch survives.
- The ending scene where CC evokes his name as if he was beside/near her
- When the new Zero (Suzaku) came after Lelouch at the end, Jeremiah almost gave up and let him pass without much fighting. Also what was Jeremiah’s main role in the series… to protect his liege. In the ending epilogue he was a little too content at his failure and the end of the royal line… He must have known of Lelouch’s plans and perhaps knew that Lelouch might have been ok to be so content.
- The final scene between Lelouch and Nunnally… Lelouch was able to transfer his memories to her, this only happens when the Geass has reached full potential (as seen in previous episodes when the Emperor and CC did this when they were on death’s door) and the person has an ability to transfer the code. It’s possible that she has inherited Geass… Geass is perhaps living on? In which case if this actually happened, then Lelouch must have gotten immortality from the Emperor during the whole CC’s world.
Really entertaining series on the whole. It had a rocky start in terms of the story and our reception of it, and certainly the dub but as it progressed has been a series that has proven itself to be at least a very good series. Kudos to the production staff, the dub and overall english production especially as the episodes went on was stellar.
It’s certainly been a fun ride and I’m gonna miss it. I won’t have my weekly cliffhangers anymore!
They did leave an opening for a sequel though and Sunrise has hinted about the possibility… so who knows, we may see more in the distant future.