Guess what I found out today?
This blog is ranked #1 on Google for the keywords “karen bondage code geass“. Go ahead, try it; you’ll just end up back here.
Part of me is sad beyond words at this turn of events, but then again, another chuckling part is tickled pink that my favoritest anime character has become so popular, and in some twisted perverted way, I am at the forefront of her popularity. Even if it involves handcuffs!
But since we’ve broached the Karen topic, why not ride it for a while and expound on why I like her so much? Aye. Full speed ahead it is, then.
Okay, so Karen is sexy. Acknowledged, accepted and embraced, since it does make it easier to cheer the girl on when she’s striding into battle in a form-fitting body suit and that uber-cool red bandana. But as a character (and not just spanking material) she’s a bastion of sanity in a world full of egomaniacs spouting moralistic drivel. Although the writers are trying their damndest to push her onto Lelouch, it’s funny that Karen as a character will have none of it, as when she bitch-slaps the douchebag after he asks her to “comfort” him. Karen 1, Lelouch’s seduction technique 0.
She also has an interesting backstory that’s been partially revealed to us: her father is Britannian but her Mom is Japanese and working as a maid in the new household, out of sheer love, so she can be near Karen. Then there’s her brother’s involvement in the early days of the rebellion and his demise, which have driven her to follow in his footsteps, although this subplot has yet to be explored. Not the optimal family situation, and one that has created a dichotomy in her self-image: in public she is Karen Stadtfeld, the sickly but well-meaning Ashford student, but in private she is Karen Kouzuki, the Black Knights’ best Knightmare pilot.
And speaking of her Knightmare, the Guren Mark II, it doesn’t wield a lance, sword, gun, lasso, or even a shield. Nope. It has a GINORMOUS CLAWED HAND, and its ultimate attack involves grabbing its opponent’s face and melting it. I’m sorry, what was that? Is that the most awesome attack ever, you ask? Why yes, my friend, indeed it is. And when she rides Guren, Karen fights. She does not hold back. She sweats, she screams, she gives it all she’s got and doesn’t hold an ounce of badassness back from those ignorant enough to stand in her way. She gave every Rounds member a run for his money, including Suzaku, and as a matter of fact, even held off two Rounds when Guren got its wings. The only reason she’s now in the Britannians’ hands is that her Guren ran out of energy fighting Shen Hu, the Knightmare that no one should even be able to pilot. Jeez, thanks Code Geass, why don’t you throw a few more crippling handicaps and obstacles in the poor lass’s way.
Part of the reason why I’ve found the last few Code Geass episodes ho-hum is that Karen’s been on leave, so to speak, since episode 10 and her capture. I feel a bit weird for “missing” an anime character, but there you go. Plus she always makes the cutest, funniest faces.
Today’s Karen is: NOT PLEASED (with the bondage, not my outpouring of gooey fan love)