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Turn 7: The Abandoned Mask

 

Review by Chris Guanche

May 21, 2008

 

Summary

 

In a speech in front of an enormous crowd, Charles recites several of the Ten Commandments and states that justice and morals are lies used by the weak to defend themselves. The real truth, he says, is survival of the fittest, and Britannia will destroy the world's lies. Elsewhere, as the Logres continues to descend, Suzaku smashes into the garden with the Lancelot Conquista and rescues Nunnally. Lelouch is ejected into the air and picked up by the Guren, and the Logres crashes into the ocean and explodes. Later, Lelouch wakes up at school with Rolo watching over him. Lelouch asks Rolo what he was mumbling, but Rolo doesn't tell him that he mentioned Nunnally's name. Lelouch thinks to himself that Zero's existence is an obstacle for the peaceful world that Nunnally wants to create. Also, with the Britannian army and Suzaku protecting her, she doesn't need him anymore. In the student council room, Milly gathers fireworks and other supplies for a field trip. Shirley asks Lelouch why he looks depressed, but he covers it up. At the government building, Nunnally introduces herself as the new governor. She then announces her intention to reestablish the SAZ, sending a shockwave throughout the crowd of nobles. Nunnally acknowledges that the first SAZ had problems, but its goal is true, so she asks the Black Knights to participate. After the press conference, Suzaku tells Nunnally that she surprised him with her announcement. She asks him if Euphemia was wrong with what she was trying to do, and he answers that she wasn't. Lelouch rides a train, but when he gets a call from Kallen, he breaks the phone in half and throws it out the window. In the port of Yokosuka, the Black Knights submarine is hidden inside a tanker. Tamaki speaks with Ohgi and dismisses Nunnally's announcements, saying it's just a trap to lure them in. Tamaki wants to keep fighting, and Kaguya arrives, asking where Zero is. Tamaki suggests that he might be having an affair, and Kaguya thanks C.C. and Kallen for taking care of Zero while she was gone. Lloyd visits Suzaku in the hospital, but he only finds Cecile with injured Guilford because Suzaku left to chase the Black Knights. On the train, Lelouch uses Geass to make everyone leave him alone in a car. Rolo uses Geass on the conductor's car to change all TV screens to Nunnally's address, and Lelouch runs away at the train station, with Rolo following. Elsewhere, Suzaku sets off with a fleet of ships. As he wanders the streets, Lelouch encounters several Elevens harassing another Eleven, so he Geasses them to do ridiculous things such as push ups and dancing. The next day, Kallen enters the Shinjuku Redevelopment Zone and finds Lelouch about to inject himself with Refrain.

 

Kallen grabs the Refrain and tells Lelouch that even if he failed once, he should come up with another plan. Lelouch asks Kallen to comfort him and moves in to kiss her, but she slaps him. Kallen tells him he has a responsibility as Zero and runs away crying. Lelouch almost gives chase, but he stops when Rolo appears in front of him. Rolo tells Lelouch that if Zero disappears, Area 11 will be peaceful and he can go back to being a normal student. Rolo says he's not going anywhere and will stay with Lelouch forever. In a video conference, Charles asks Nunnally why she volunteered to be the governor of Area 11, and she tells him that Lelouch has protected her all her life, so she doesn't want to make the wrong decision and embarrass him. C.C. tells Kallen that Zero's mask is a heavy burden because its wearer shoulders the burden of not just the Japanese, but the entire world. The Britannian fleet approaches, and Suzaku hails the tanker, stating that he intends to inspect them. Lelouch and Rolo return to school, and he figures everyone went on the field trip. He then sees fireworks from behind the school and runs over to see who set them off. He finds Milly, Rivalz and Shirley, and he's surprised when he sees Shirley with a paper crane. She tells him that making them grants a person a wish, but she doesn't remember that it was Nunnally who taught her how to make them. Her wish was to do fireworks with everyone, including Suzaku, Kallen and Nina. Lelouch recalls having a conversation with Suzaku about what form happiness would take. Suzaku said that happiness would be glass, and at first glance it shows nothing, but from a different angle it reflects light. He then recalls Nunnally saying she wanted to fold one thousand paper cranes to wish for a peaceful world. Lelouch then finds that he's crying, and he tells everyone he wants to light fireworks. He thinks to himself that his fight isn't just for Nunnally anymore. The Britannian fleet opens fire on the tanker, and the submarine escapes as it explodes. Suzaku orders the Portman IIs to launch and chase after the sub, so Tohdoh orders the sub to dive deeper. Lelouch then calls Kallen and gives diving orders, while Suzaku launches in the Lancelot Conquista. Lelouch tells them to fire torpedoes with a time detonation at a spot with no enemies and deploy anchors. The torpedoes explode around a methane hydrate tank, causing bubbles to rise to the surface and capsize Britannian ships. Gino and Anya arrive, as does Lelouch in the arms of the Vincent. Suzaku prepares to fire, but Lelouch tells him doing so will violate Nunnally's will. He announces that he's accepting Nunnally's invitation and orders the Black Knights to join the SAZ.

 

Commentary

 

Lelouch certainly isn't in the best of positions at the start of this episode, with Nunnally in the hands of the Britannians and pursuing her own agenda to create a peaceful world. Since he's been fighting to do that on her behalf, the fact that she's doing it now sort of negates Zero's purpose. We see the burden that being Zero has on Lelouch, as he falls to the point of almost using Refrain to escape to the past. It's rare to see this kind of vulnerability in him, but unfortunately Rolo is using that vulnerability to get close to Lelouch and try to make him forget about Nunnally. Luckily, Lelouch finds his way and returns in time as Zero to save the Black Knights from Suzaku's attack. Of course, they clearly aren't happy that he's come to announce their participation again in the SAZ. It'll take some serious convincing on his part to get them to agree to this again.

 

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