Get out of Suzaku’s way! He’s a man in love! Well, he and Euphemia never really consummated anything - - they didn’t even hold hands - - so maybe that’s debatable. I’d say his rage clouds his mind enough to get him acting rashly but, seeing as how he fell for that same trap with the inhibitors once before, I don’t know if we can blame this one on love. I’ll give the kid some credit for finally decking out that creepy tech supervising the Lancelot, at least. That was… oddly satisfying.
Getting back to the subject of love (‘cause that’s what we’re all about at Anime Vice) I like how Villetta basically got her amnesia beaten out of her last episode when she was bumrushed by those ornery Elevens. That scene won the award for most ridiculous moment last episode - - c’mon… the goons barged in the very second she hung up the phone! - - and her little scene with Ohgi wins the prize again for this episode. Of all the awful betrayals! She just reaches into his jacket pocket like she’s grabbing a tin of Altoids, pulls out his gat and POP! Goodbye, sweet prince. No love lost. I have no more questions about the affair except to ask… is she supposed to be Indian? Platinum blonde hair aside, she doesn’t look nearly as WASPy as the other Brittannians.
I’ve learned to trust my gut, and my gut’s telling me that there is NO WAY that VV’s a dude. I had the same hunch about Dilandau when I was watching ESCAFLOWNE and that hunch proved correct in the end (even as more experience anime fans questioned my intuition.) Right now, I’m predicting that VV’s particular geass ability allows for the immediate change of genders. It might seem like he’d be responsible for Cornelia’s lieutenant betraying her, but that’s obviously a red herring.
Watch this episode "The Collapsing Stage" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.