This is the fifth post in a series as I look at the twelve best anime moments of the year from shows I watched. Key there being watched, as a few of these moments are going to be from some pretty old stuff, but I think they’re damn good enough to talk about at any time. This is a joint ABC blogging project with other contributions from Roxas, CCYoshi, Orion, Owen S, Xerox, Nekoron, Martin, Michael Huang, usagijen, and Moogy. Yeah, there’s a lot of us. If you haven’t seen Code Geass then go watch it now, as this post contains some massive spoilers.
Code Geass is definitely one of the more popular shows of the year. Its insane characters and melodramatic plot made for perfect endless blog speculation. While many would probably say the final tragedy of Euphemia’s massacre is the most memorable moment of the show, I differ and instead enjoy the final minutes of episode 25, essentially season 1’s cliffhanger. The setup is perfect, with an insane(r) Suzaku finally facing off with Lelouch on even ground. The reveal of Lelouch as Zero was a chilling moment, with the helmet cracking to reveal Lelouch’s now almost inhuman face, a man who has gone beyond the limits of good and evil. Kallen’s reaction is also great for summing up her betrayed feelings of love for Zero.
Everyone remembers the cliffhanger ending, with both Lelouch and Suzaku shooting at the same time before the screen went blank. While I hate that kind of non-conclusion, it definitely makes me want to watch more geass. The final moments really sum up everything I love about the series - intense character and plot driven melodrama - and hate - Lelouch’s and Suzaku’s endless stupidity. Lelouch really should of just hired someone to protect Nunnally already and Suzaku’s way too obsessed with his own ridiculous ideals. Still, I love the show and can’t wait to see the outcome between the two when season 2 premieres next year. My prediction: Kallen shoots Suzaku while Lelouch is injured by Suzaku’s bullet and Kallen is forced to rescue him.