While W-0 is away, Leila and the remaining crew at base find themselves surrounded by Britannian Knightmares. Piloting the Vercingetorix, Shin Hyuuga leads the enemy charge, having usurped the position of Grand Master in the Knights of St. Michael. With her core members unavailable, it's up to Leila to protect her comrades, but this may be much tougher than she realizes: a spy lurking among them is finally ready to reveal himself.
Left with no choice but to surrender, Leila arranges a meeting with Shin in order to ensure the safety of her squad. But as negotiations begin to fall apart, Akito and an unexpected ally return in the nick of time to turn things around.
**Please note that this is simply a current review status as of episode 4, since on MAL they split up the episodes into 5 different sites. And yes, I know I don't have any reviews on the previous 3 but this is simply done for the sake of the final**
Alright, fourth episode of a 5-part OVA series in the Code Geass: R1.5! Onto the criticisms.
This episode seemed... odd. Why in hell did you need to send your attack squad in a rocket? What with the advanced technology they had, they could've analyzed the blimp for any defensive AA and just simply fly them in
instead of rocketing them in.
Why did the three (Ryou, Yukiya, and Ayano) try and stop Akito from killing Ashley? Were they feeling sad for Akito because he had already experienced the death of his entire family, save for his brother? They didn't want him to go insane? He's only insane at times due to the effects of his brother's Geass so I guess this is... plausible.
The amount of times I heard the music played over and over... is it really that limited? Then again, sometimes it seems to fit alright, and it's not like the old Code Geass series didn't reuse their soundtracks repeatedly.
Other than those three outstanding errors, I can't really find much wrong with the story, art, sound, and characters. Story progression seems fine so far, the art is... the same as ever, the sound is nice especially with the fights and gun sounds, and the characters... still seem alright.
Again, this fourth installment didn't disappoint me. My, it feels like I'm watching Code Geass all over again (though the parent series is still way too awesome to compare to this). The episode is as epic as the previous ones that it took my breath away. To be honest, I like the plot twists and the hints in this episode. I never thought that thing would be possible. The story development is well thought (and I must say well executed too). Wow. Just amazing. But the writers are somewhat teasing the audiences again. They seems to be (well, in my perspective) stirring up chemistry between
Akito and Leila. Ugh, they made me remember Lelouch and C.C. But still, it's just my opinion out of my observation, it can be I misinterpreted it or what (but I'm hoping that there would be a romance in this mini movie series though).
I would like to praise whoever draw those Knightmares. They were absolutely beautiful. Esp the gold one (Lord Shaing's Knightmare). I really really like the design. But Akito's stunning too. Actually, all of them are amazing. In terms of the individual characters, they are drawn pretty well. the animation is good (but I can't say it's flawless but nevertheless it's still amazing).
I love Yukiya hoho. I like him the very first time he made his appearance. He's such a genius and a tease. Akito here is as amazing as usual. But what I really like is his character development. I knew it. That kid is too softhearted. Then there's Leila. My, my. She's really a reliable leader, isn't she? She, once again, showed her strong merits here. But what really shocked me in awe is her character development. My, my. I don't want to spoil so if you want to know then you better watch it.
I once again heard "More than Words" which is one of the movie's featured songs. Ah, I really adore that song. Kudos to whoever sang that one. But seems likes I've taken a liking to the new song at the closing credits too. Still as mellow as ever, but it's touching and sweet.
Truly entertaining. I never once taken my eyes off the screen because I don't want to miss any crucial scenes in the movie. Hopefully, the last installment wouldn't be disappointing. I had enough of lame endings already.
I am getting doubt about this, reviewing every one of these Ova-movies. Maybe i should have just done one at the end of all 5 episodes, but i am in too deep now to break the pattern. So here it is, the fourth entry of the misfortunes of leila and akito.
Story: From a story-standpoint, i think this is the strongest part so far. There is a lot of betrayal, schemes in general and Akito's brother gets more and more threatening. It starts with a nice action-sequence, but then it removes a good chunk of the main cast for the greater duration of the movie and
leaves us with Leila and her merry band of sidecharacters. I enjoyed that, i was never that fond of Akito to begin with. That said, while the story did improve, i still didn't feel it at all. Engaged is not the word i would describe when i talk about my feelings for this plot. It was okay, i can't quite call it good yet, as much as i try. Also, how the hell did Hyuga capture Lelouch and Suzaku. Last thing they showed us, the knight of seven kicked the butt of Hyugas red-haired subordinate. But whatever, that is just another sign of the time-constraints, maybe this whole series could be really good, given a regular show with 20-something episodes. Maybe.
Art: It's the same art. Apparently i called it "very good", given my score. I don't know, that might be a little much, but i can't back off now. Also to note: less fanservice, they pretty abandoned it for this part. It was getting ridiculous, i gotta say.
Sound: Nothing new to report. The Ending is growing on me, but nothing to warrant a higher score.
Character: I think the Characters improved a little, especially the main-villain. I don't quite understand his motives yet, but there seems to be something. Maybe it's just raging madness, they still got one more chance to explain it. I don't like this ashley-guy. Was that his name? He is all over the place, first a violent psychopath who pulls the trigger of a 1/6th loaded gun on people, than he goes on a vengeful crusade and in the end, spoiler, by the way, he becomes the buddy of akito, just because he was out of bullets to shot him. Well, okay then, now i kinda want to lower the score.
Enjoyment: I'm being to soft, i don't actually enjoy myself that much watching these movies. I want them to end, i just want to get them over with, but not because i think they are bad, only...not that interesting. It's only a six, i can't give it an eight anymore.
One more. Then i can close the chapter of Code geass. I'm repeating myself. But it won't be a tearful goodbye. But hey, i don't want to jinx it, maybe the last movie will completely blow my mind. I just doubt it.