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Turn 12: Love Attack!

 

Review by Chris Guanche

August 23, 2008

 

Summary

 

In the secret base, Lelouch expresses annoyance at the Knights of the Round being on the student council, as well as Sayoko kissing Shirley. Sayoko shows Lelouch his schedule for the next day, which includes 108 dates on a 24 hour basis. Shirley takes a shower and wonders if she and Lelouch are dating now. She tries to talk to Milly, who is lost in thought, and overhears several other girls talking about their upcoming dates with Lelouch. The next day, Sayoko briefs Lelouch on his schedule, which includes dating girls and signing a trade agreement with the Chinese Federation. At night, Lelouch sneaks back into school and is confronted by Anya. She asks him if the picture she has is of him, but he lies and says it isn't. Gino and Rivalz then show up, and Gino says he wants to do underground chess gambling. Lelouch then runs away when a flock of girls appears and runs into Shirley. Lelouch tries to give Shirley a shirt as an apology, but Shirley isn't accepting it. Just then, Milly appears on the balcony and announces her graduation event: a Cupid's Day where boys and girls wear colored heart-shaped hats. If you get somebody's hat and put it on, you have to become a couple. At the Britannian capital Pendragon, Schneizel and Odysseus meet with their sisters, Princesses Guinevere and Carline, as well as Bismarck Waldstein, the Knight of One. The bratty Carline says she doesn't care about Nunnally or Area 11, and Guinevere says things would be easier if Cornelia were around. She asks Bismarck if he's heard anything about Cornelia, but he says not even Guilford knows where she is. Schneizel wants to move two divisions to Mongolia and use a combination of threats and diplomacy to steal half of the Chinese Federation's territory while they're divided. Bismarck informs Charles about Schneizel's plan, and Charles comments that only fools wage war. In China, Cornelia breaks into the headquarters of the Geass Order and kills several guards. At Area 11, Guilford wonders where Cornelia is. Suzaku and Gino arrive for a meeting. Elsewhere, Kallen is held captive and receives a surprise visit from Nunnally. At school, Lelouch thinks of how he can use Cupid's Day to take care of all these girls. He wants Viletta to take his hat, but she thinks that'll create misunderstandings. Viletta suggests using Shirley and points out that Shirley shot her to protect Lelouch. Suzaku calls Milly and apologizes for not being able to come to her event. Milly begins the Cupid's Day event, and Lelouch is surrounded by girls. Milly ups the ante by offering to increase the club budget for whoever brings her Lelouch's hat. All the girls charge at Lelouch, but Rolo uses his Geass to freeze everyone and drag Lelouch into a locker.

 

In China, Bartley and his men want to run away, but just then Cornelia arrives. He asks her to save them because Charles has them on the path to destruction. Gino is chased by several girls, and Lelouch reviews the situation with the Knights of the Round. He concludes that Gino is just there for fun, and Anya has some minor suspicions about him. As Lelouch walks through the library to trade places with Sayoko, a girl named Meeya Hillmick grabs his hat and proclaims that she's his girlfriend now. Lelouch uses Geass on Meeya to get his hat back and trades spots with Sayoko. Outside, the entire rugby club ambushes disguised Sayoko so they can get increased funding, but she performs amazing athletics to escape. Lelouch tells her to stop doing weird things because it'll make people suspicious about him. Sayoko runs through a crowd and dodges a fireworks attack, as well as a trap set by Meeya and other girls wearing skimpy outfits. Shirley wonders how Lelouch suddenly became so athletic. Rivalz drives through the campus and hopes to get Milly's hat, and he's surprised to see Anya fly overhead in the Mordred. Because the Mordred has mobilized, the Britannian forces suspect Black Knights activities and dispatch a Knightpolice squad to the school. With Anya involved now, Lelouch tells Sayoko to move to the final part of the plan. Anya chases Sayoko to the library and smashes through the wall. The real Lelouch jumps out and saves Shirley, and Anya spots both Lelouches. Shirley asks Lelouch why he kissed her, and he says he likes her, but she thinks he's lying. She tells him he hasn't been himself lately, but she forgives him. She asks him to close his eyes to return the favor, so she grabs his cheeks and steals his hat. He thought she was going to kiss him, and she tells him she'll make him fall in love with her someday. Outside, Gino talks to the police, and students are disappointed that the most obvious result happened with Shirley getting Lelouch's hat. Milly declares the end of the event, and Sayoko comments that she seemed to be a bit serious about everything. Milly tells Lelouch that he finally got the point, and she says she was getting tired of Lelouch and Shirley not getting anywhere. Suzaku lands and congratulates Milly on her upcoming graduation. Later, Milly cancels her engagement to Lloyd and becomes a TV weather girl. Shirley walks through the street and is hit by Jeremiah's Geass Canceller. V.V. has Jeremiah sweeping the entire settlement to undo anyone under Lelouch's Geass control. With Charles' fake memories undone, Shirley suddenly remembers everything, including the fact that Lelouch is Zero and is responsible for her father's death.

 

Commentary

 

After wrapping up things in China, Lelouch returns to Area 11... for a school hijinks episode. Now, I don't mind school hijinks as occasional comic relief, but at the halfway point of this season, there's a lot to accomplish and time is being wasted on yet another "chase Lelouch through school while hilarity ensues" episode. There are some interesting bits here, like Cornelia penetrating the Geass Order and Jeremiah slowly un-Geassing Tokyo, but they're just in the background here. We're also introduced to Bismarck, the Knight of One, as well as two more Britannian princesses, but they also get hardly any screen time. Also, at the end of the episode, Shirley regains her memories after Charles had overridden them with false ones. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much of a dramatic impact because the exact same thing happened in the first season when she discovered her own letter about Lelouch and Zero. Overall, it's not that this episode is horrible or anything, but it's not where this series needs to be right now.

 

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