Season 1 Episode 8 The Black Knights
At the very beginning, before the intro song, it has C2 narrating. She says how Suzaku and Lelouchs destinies may already be unchangeable. This anime talks a lot of destiny. So right off the internet, this is the definition of destiny, ” The events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future. ” And yes I did have to put this definition on here. Destiny can be changed. Afterwards, it shows you Elevens in the ghetto as well as show you someone who was on a drug that will be introduced later. Nina, Milly, and Shirley are shown leaving the Tokyo settlement, all excited except for Nina who is scared and comforted by Milly. Nina is a character who bought too much into societies views and ended up fearing the Japanese people. She will develop even more later on in season 2. It then moves on to Lelouch inviting the terrorists into car which is luxurious and big. It’s reveals that it was from a nobleman who is most likely the man he substituted for in the chess game in episode one. Someone turns on the T.V. and the news reports that the Japanese Liberation Front, or the JLF, have taken over the Lake Kawaguchi convention center hotel, which was where Shirley and the others were going. Kusakabe planned to take over the hotel where they would take hostage members of the Sakuradite allocation meeting and anyone else there. Kusakabe is seen in earlier episodes wanting to take action, but Tohdoh objecting. The members of the Sakuradite allocation meeting decide how it’ll be distributed throughout the world. Area 11 produces 70% of the world’s supply of Sakuradite, which is said to directly affect world security. The outcome of the situation could change the balance of power between the nations of the world.
Cornelias men try to go inside the building for a hostage rescue operation, and fail at every attempt. Their best bet is to send knightmares through a tunnel running under the hotel, but kusakabe had a weapon waiting which wiped out the 3 knightmares sent. You then find out that princess Euphemia, Cornelias sister, is among the hostages, and that the JLF haven’t realized that yet. Suzaku talks to Lloyd and Cecile, and it shows that the honorary Britannian system doesn’t have the Japanese people accepted enough into the system. Lelouch watches the news while thinking about what to do. On one hand, he has to save his friends and make his organization known. On the other, he doesn’t want to use his geass on Cornelia for this and it’s too soon for his organization to fight. Coming to the conclusion that Cornelia would undoubtedly sacrifice the hostages, he wonders why she hasn’t already done so. Ohgi says how they were just a resistance group in which Zero interrupts saying that what they are trying to become are knights for justice. Unable to break through and not being able to go in with force since Euphy is inside, everything remains immutable for a while. Then the JLF drops a hostage off the building and threatening to do so every 30 minutes in which their demands go unanswered. In the middle of not knowing what to do, Cornelia gets word of Zero arriving. Lelouch knows that if Cornelia hasn’t gone in and sacrificed the hostages, something must be stopping her from doing so. With that in mind he goes and confronts her.
On the off chance he was wrong, he planned to use his geass instead. By touching up on Cornelias emotions, he is able to convince her to let him pass, and the JLF allow him to come inside as well. Afterwards, Suzaku receives orders to go into the tunnel to take on the cannon waiting inside. Quickly they realize he is just being used as a decoy for the royal guard to be sent in. Nina, being terrified, looks and calls one of the JLF members an Eleven. He gets mad and eventually the situation escalates until Euphy stands up for her, revealing her identity of being a princess, demanding to be taken to their leader. It then goes to Zero, who is talking with Kusakabe. Kusakabe claims to have done this to gain attention and to show the world that the Japanese aren’t dead. Zero says that they are stale and obsolete, that there was no saving them. It then shows Suzaku starting the operation. Instead of being a decoy, he tries to complete the mission by destroying the cannon and the foundation block. Euphemia is then brought to where Kusakabe and Zero were talking where Kusakabe tries to kill Zero. He uses his geass on him and the rest to make them commit suicide. Zero talks to Euphy and ends up saying things that revealed a bit of who he could be. It then goes to show you Suzaku destroying the cannon and the foundation block, surprising Cornelia. Lelouch then blows up the building for dramatic effect and has the hostages safe on life boats. Cornelia realizes she can’t attack Zero since those he saved will quickly become his hostages. This episode also shows how Diethard feels about Zero with him feeling compelled to let the broadcast air from the van Lelouch stole. In it, Zero gives a speech going like this,
People! Fear us, or rally behind us as you see fit. We are the Black Knights. We of the Black Knights stand with those who have no weapons to wield; regardless of whether they be Elevens or Britannians. The Japan Liberation Front cowardly took innocent Britannian civilians hostage, and then mercilessly executed them. It was a wanton and meaningless act, therefore they have been punished. Just as former Viceroy Clovis was punished for ordering the slaughter of countless unarmed Elevens, we could not stand by and allow such cruelty to be carried out, and so we made him pay for his actions. I will not repudiate battle on a fair and level field, but neither will I tolerate a one-sided massacre of the weak by the strong. The only ones who should kill, are those who are prepared to be killed! Wherever oppressors have abuse their power by attacking those who are powerless, we shall appear again. No matter how mighty, or formidable our foe may be! Those of you with power, fear us! Those of you without it, rally behind us! We, the Black Knights, shall be the ones who stand in judgment of this world.
It was an amazing speech after saving the hostages. A big show in which he was able to make his organization public and try to gain the support of the people. He spoke of how he punished the JLF for their actions as he did with Clovis. This establishes that he isn’t on anyones side, but standing for justice just as had proclaimed. And to quote Diethard, ” I trembled ! “