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Watch & Learn: CODE GEASS #10

Guren's a word, right?

 Rodimus Prime?
 Rodimus Prime?

Huh. Is “Guren” some mecha-related word in Japanese? You’ve got to give or take an “R,” of course, but I figure there just has to be some connection between Kallen’s big mecha and GURREN LAGANN. I’m sure one of you lunatics has an answer. Enlighten me.

I forgot to comment last time that I noticed some quick additions to the intro’s animation. It isn’t a total overhaul, but there are a couple choice changes that better reflect the ever-evolving status quo. The most noticeable bit, of course, shows Lelouch in Zero garb leading the Black Knights - - and commenting on that has made me realize how quickly the total cast has just exploded. I feel like we’re almost up to BROTHERHOOD levels, only it's about 50 episodes earlier. And I should say that the intro’s grown on me enough that it’s something I’m looking forward to every episode (though I can’t say the same for the outro, I can’t even remember that enough to hum it!) The joyous, exuberant J-pop doesn’t exactly seem to fit the tone of such a daring, politically-charged show but, then again, why not? I’d rather have that any of the dreariness of, say, GUNSLINGER GIRL.

Anyway, as I’ve said before, I’ve been digging the battle tactics and strategy to be found in this show’s mecha action. The Brittanians’ counter offensive/ambush, Kallen using the environment against the enemy… it’s a lot more engaging to watch then the usual “bad guys shoot at us, so we shoot back” dynamic we usually wee. I also like how something of an arms race is developing with the mechs here. How the Black Knight's have scavenged, old suits while the Brittanians have those new, shinny purple ones; how the Lancelot has advantages of speed and maneuverability while the Guren Nightmare's got pure destructive power. It's a more interesting approach to creating a more clearly-defined playing field without resorting to boring RPG stats.

Watch this episode "Guren Dances" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.  

  

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here  &   here .  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk

zaldaron May 1, 2011 at 2:34 p.m.
This was where I dropped it as the tactics just got a little ridiculous I mean really?  LeLouch is going to be able to figure this stuff out...I mean I know he is good at chess, but this is a whole nother level.  The arms race for the mechs gets pretty ridiculous to.  But, then it gets even more crazy from here...(and the second time I just went with it and had a blast).

Wait till they get pinned in the cave....

I still say dreay is ok when it fits the show, as it does with gunslinger girls, but hate it all you want..I'll keep defending it just like bacano.  
ninjadude853on May 1, 2011 at 3:14 p.m.
Just wait till next episode, where the Lancelot and Guren meet each other for the first time.

Y'know I've wondered about whether or not Guren is a word too. Personally i think it's just a coincidence that two red mechs from shows released within a year of each other have the same name. But i don't know what it actually means.

The whole "arms race" aspect doens't get prominent until Rakshata shows up. It gets pretty ridiculous in the second season (in a good way).

And just out of curiosity, what did you think of what happened to Jeremiah? A lot of people (myself included) inexplicably love that rascist bastard. So what do you think of his death?

AgentJon May 1, 2011 at 3:42 p.m.
@zaldar said:
" This was where I dropped it as the tactics just got a little ridiculous I mean really?  LeLouch is going to be able to figure this stuff out...I mean I know he is good at chess, but this is a whole nother level.  The arms race for the mechs gets pretty ridiculous to.  But, then it gets even more crazy from here...(and the second time I just went with it and had a blast).Wait till they get pinned in the cave....I still say dreay is ok when it fits the show, as it does with gunslinger girls, but hate it all you want..I'll keep defending it just like bacano.   "
That he is good at chess is just symbolism for his strong understanding of tactics and strategy. 

Much prefer the third opening to Geass, which won't appear until the very end of season one. 
kashif1on May 1, 2011 at 4:53 p.m.
I love that mech, anyway i've seen the word gurren used elsewhere so it is probably a word.
Rexicon May 1, 2011 at 5:11 p.m.
guren means "crimson".
ninjadude853on May 1, 2011 at 5:34 p.m.
@Rexic: NOW it makes sense. Thank you.
Rxanaduon May 1, 2011 at 5:45 p.m.
Ok, so I just heard the following voices in this episode:
Zero... I mean the other, other,...uh...other Zero
and a few others I can't pinpoint to other fictional characters, but I still noticed them, so that counts!

Yeah, that's a bit wild how many recognizable voices there are in this show.


Lurkeroon May 1, 2011 at 7:29 p.m.
Seems like you're really liking this series Tom.

The theme song is rather catchy. Years after watching Geass it's still stuck in my head. It's called "Colors" by FLOW if you are interested.

And yeah, sometimes Lelouch's knowledge of tactics can sometimes seem exaggerated, but it never seems ridiculous in my opinion.
sotyfan16on May 1, 2011 at 8:49 p.m.
The Guren is my favorite Knightmare Frame of the series. The model only gets more awesome as time goes. And the fact that Kallen pilots it and Rakshata modifies it, makes a wonderful circle of badass hotness.

The tactics and battles are a big reason why I love this series. God I need to buy this boxset!
FoxxFireArt moderator on May 1, 2011 at 10:14 p.m.
The Guren translates as "Crimson Lotus". The color red is pretty much a national color for Japan. The term is used here, because this mech was specifically designed for the Japanese (thought this was technically constructed in India). Previously, the Japanese forces have had to use obsolete Glasgows that have been modified. More often bought on the black market. The Guren was specifically designed to be the first Japanese model. It was originally going to be sent to the JLF, but the Black Knights proved to be more popular. The Kyoto House, a collection of powerful Japanese industry heads, are the one who finacially backed the construction. You've seen little glimpses to one of their representatives.

The models that the Britannians are currently using are both Sutherlands and Gloucesters. The Japanese models are called Burai, but those are just modified Glasgows. If there is something you want to know about the KMFs. Just check out the concept page. I filled out information on all of them. They are basically organized by the generation of development and their appearance in the series. All the KMFs also have their own individual pages, as well.

As a person who really enjoys playing chess, I like that this series uses tactics in battle and always has a chess theme. Kallen's code name of Q-1. With the Guren, Kallen has truly become the Black Queen to Lelouch's Black King. The Queen is the most powerful and mobile piece on the board.

The Queen of Britannia is Suzaku in the Lancelot.
No_name_here staff on May 3, 2011 at 1:22 p.m.
@lurkero: Thanks for head's up about Flow. That's more J-Pop for my youtube play list.
vergiliuson May 3, 2011 at 8:19 p.m.
I always thought "World End" was much better than "Colors."

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