“That long ago? He must be your destined one!”
The episode begins where the last went off: the abduction of Empress Tianzi. Back in the Chinese rebels’ HQ, Xiang-lin recieves news of Zero’s monstrous act.
Inside the wedding hall, Zero pulls the empress in his escape, with the help of Toudou, piloting a new knightmare frame, Zangetsu. Suzaku, in his Lancelot, manages to hinder Zero’s plan of snatching Schniezel; he faces Toudou’s frame, which is almost at par with his own. Toudou destroys Lancelot’s float unit but loses Zangetsu’s left arm due to Spinzaku (Suzaku’s spin-kick of death). I’m still amazed he can do that with a mecha.
Moving on, the High Eunuchs capture their rebellious subordinates while Zero and Co. escape via a huge truck. Oh, C.C.’s on the wheels and she’s decorated her place with Pizza Hut’s Cheese-kun stuff. Zero tries reasoning with the empress about the United States Alliance, the new axis of power to counter Britannia but to no avail; the empress obviously isn’t the intellectual type and therefore not Zero’s type, which C.C. points out later. Kaguya asks Tianzi if Xingke is her destined one.
The truck stops before a gorge – dead end. The bridge is gone, and the chasers think they’ve caught Zero. ‘Lo and behold: a surprise attack begins as the hidden knightmares ambush the Chinese. Xingke tells the idiot Eunuchs Zero’s supposed escape plan. In return, the Eunuchs granted him the use of the new knightmare.
Now back in their movable base, Ikaruga, Zero frolicks. Joke. The bridge bunnies inform Zero that the knightmares in front of them have all been obliterated from the face of the earth. One of the most ugliest knightmare frame ever develop appears in front of them. Xingke, over the radio, orders the Black Knights to give the empress back.
Guren appears and battles Shen Hu equally. Apparently, Lakshata’s team developed Shen Hu at the same time they made Guren; the difference is that Shen Hu’s a more technologically advance model. Shen Hu’s Tian-e Ba Wang heavy particle cannon equals Guren’s radiation wave cannon. Zero gets pissed since India didn’t give him that knightmare. Diethard comments that India isn’t ideally unified.
During the heat of the battle, the Guren loses energy and gets captured in result. Lelouch tells her that he’ll save her and to not make any foolish moves. Diethard proposes to retreat; choosing Kallen over the safety of the whol organization is clearly not high on his list.
In Avalon, Anya shows her phone’s photos to Suzaku and Milly. Since she has Lelouch’s child pictures, I deduce that she’s been taking pictures at the same time she’s still trying to walk. No offense. I love this loli. Moving on, Zero decides otherwise and orders the Black Knights to rescue Kallen.
The battle wages as China and the Black Knights duel. Toudou takes on Xingke. Suddenly, as Zero’s forces move in for the kill, water from the canal reaches up to the knightmares’ knees. Lelouch believes he has this figured. Xingke points out that the land there’s weak, and soon enough, the Black Knights’ knightmares slowly collapse into the mud. Before Xingke can fire his whatzit-called heavy particle canon, Toudou hits Shen Hu and the beam loses its target. Zero decides to retreat, but before that, he fires Ikaruga’s (their main ship’s) hadron canons to decrease the opponents’ numbers.
That night, the Black Knights hide inside Tiandi Bashiba Ling, which is the tomb of all China’s emperors. The High Eunuchs back-stab Xingke as they decided to call the aid of Schniezel’s Avalon, and the two knightmare frames: Tristan and Mordred.
First off, I really have to apologize for not being able to blog very much. Heck, I didn’t know college can be this demanding. Also, I’ll update pics once the site’s fixed. Somehow, wordpress isn’t uploading the pics I need. Okay.This is a very kickass episode: Lancelot gets kicked out of the fight early on, and Zero finally meets his match in the form of Li Xingke. I don’t really like the new knightmare; it’s ugly. I’d pick a Sutherland anytime. Moreover, this episode will more likely begin the bigger stage, as Zero announces it.