GIANT NEON FLASHING WARNING: Your weekly Koihime Musou fix is in here! I’ll only be discussing two shows today, but trust me, both of them pulled out quite a few surprising twists heading to home base.
Guh, need to start going to bed early… Next week’s finale week and there’ll be a whole lotta blogging to do!
Koihime Musou (episode 11)
Where to even start? Guan Yu, Zhang Fei, and Zhuge Loliang wake up one morning to a battle raging right outisde the cave where they’d elected to spend the night. After routing the bandit side (who’d foolishly attacked them), they meet the leader of the ragtag peasant army, who is no other than Liu Bei, hero of the historical novel.
Woaaaaah! Hang on a minute, Koihime Musou! We had a deal! I agreed to keep watching no matter what crevices Cao Cao’s fingers crept into, and you agreed to turn all those awesome generals and advisors of yore into sexy girls with ponytails and garters! Liu Bei as a man?!? This means… This means… uhm, that I’ll watch again next week because it’s the finale and I’ve been blogging every week? Sigh.
All three girls take a shine to Liu Bei’s chops right off the bat — especially moe Guan Yu — and decide to follow him in his quest to quell the countryside by defeating the evil bandits plaguing the populace. This leads to a montage of Guan Yu and Zhang Fei leading Liu Bei’s armies and kicking bandit ass in style. And a pig.
But wait! All those other Tigresses we’d lost along the way are coming out of the woodwork! First it’s Ma Chao, whom the girls find taking a well-deserved nap after the above-pictured acid trip from some gnarly mushroom — and to paraphrase Freud, sometimes a mushroom isn’t just a mushroom. We also get glimpses of Zhao Yun and Huang Zhong with her adorable daughter; all of them have heard about Liu Bei and his new “helpers” and want to lend their strength to the cause. Coupled with the preparations for war that Zhuge Loliang oversees, methinks the season will culminate in an action-packed epic battle between the assembled forces of Shu and some nefarious menace: bandits, Cao Cao, back pain from having to haul their massive chests every week for three months… Take your pick!
On the one hand I’m sighing inwardly that Koihime Musou‘s writers woke up one freaking episode before the end in a panic and threw in some half-baked storyline so they can cook up a conclusion with a bit more riveting power than “this week the girls meet some other girls! And there are misunderstandings!” On the other hand, the prospect of finally watching all the girls together in some mind-blowing concentrate of sexy awesome is, indeed, quite alluring.
Ah, how far we’ve come. That I’m having a hard time waiting for the final episode should be a sign that the show is back on track to some extent. Or maybe it’s just the thought of getting my Huang Zhong/Zhuge Loliang fix. Kampai!
Code Geass (episode 24)
The more I ponder this show, the more I believe it’s taken a wrong turn somewhere along the line. I applaud the effort to have all characters switch sides; truly, it takes balls to make the viewer feel uncertain about people’s true allegiances and motivations. Who would have predicted a mere six or eight episodes ago that we’d be cursing the Black Knights’s involvement and cheering for Lelouch and Britannia? The tables have been firmly turned.
Then again, Code Geass‘s protagonists have lost some of their appeal because of the intricate machinations they’re dabbling into. Yeah, okay, Lelouch’s plans have always been rather impenetrable — and at times downright logically impossible — but the schtick with Zero Requiem is a blasted cocktease, pardon my French. As much as I desire to be on his side and cheer for him, I can’t, because I have no fucking clue what is going on!
If you’ll permit the analogy, watching Code Geass now bears an uncanny ressemblance to reading The Lord of the Rings. If you’ve read the books, then you know that Frodo getting to Mount Doom and flicking the One Ring in its burning lava flows (woops spoiler) happens, like, 300 pages before the actual end. The rest of the last book depicts the hobbits’s struggles to regain control of the Shire, which Orcs have taken over. Killing the Emperor was Code Geass‘s Mount Doom; now we’re wasting time fighting Orcs in an epilogue that can’t compare to what it could have been had the Emperor been present. Especially now that Lelouch’s made Schneizel his bitch.
I’m actually afraid to post any more screenshots from the episode because of the sheer number of surprises and twists (including one as the episode ends that will knock your socks off into orbit). But hey, why not talk about all the loose ends the show has not tied up?
- Karen’s brother. Could he be a character we’ve known all along? Closure potential: very very low.
- C.C.’s real name, as hinted at in passing during the Mao arc. Closure potential: call up Vegas right now and bet your right testicle/ovary on this one making an appearance.
- Zero Requiem. Closure potential: I sure goddamn hope so.
- Rivalz finally hooking up with Milley. Closure potential: please no?
- Marianne’s real body still exists somewhere. Closure potential: I give this one a 50/50 chance. After hyping her up as a pivotal character, her screen time was hilariously short.
- Suzaku being rid of his Geass so he can die. Closure potential: shit, I’ll hold him while Karen stabs him.