Akito the Exiled 01: Did the Fanservice get Exiled too?!
So the show starts, and then we get the world spinning with its curiously drawn borders. And I say to myself, I say, I’m not going to swallow that bait. Let’s not get into the geopolitics of this thing. I just want to watch a show with cool characters prancing about and having their lives/limbs (ideally, life first, then limbs) torn apart by the historical whirlwind their forebears reaped yadda yadda yadda.
But then the world spins again..and again..and again. This is ridiculous, like the alternate world is begging for us to notice it. So now I’m like goddammit, Geass people, OK, I got it, I’ll pause the video and look at your friggin’ map.
And, well, the thing is so simple I spent more time resisting it than examining it. China controls Southeast Asia, India and Central Asia. One could actually list the countries it controls, since the people designing this map didn’t really redraw any borders, they evidently just used the Fill In option in Photoshop (Paint?) to have a bunch of countries be the same color as China. For example, the border between Kazakhstan and Russia seems to be exactly the same as it stands in our own planet, it’s just that Kazakhstan is Chinese. Hm.
And I guess Britannia controls the Americas and Russia, and now Japan. If so, then how come they invade Japan from the American side? Beats me. Maybe they have a treaty with China not to launch operations in that neighborhood?
Finally, Europe (sans the east) controls Africa. Once again, you can follow the contour of the map and see these fellas haven’t gone to the trouble of creating new boundaries, but just picked which countries go on one side and which on the next. Poland is on the European side, Romania and Bulgaria are on the other side (which I guess is Britannian?) so on and so forth. The lines are clearly based on 20th, scrap that, 21st century borders in our world, and yet we’re supposed to believe that this is an alternate universe with stuff diverging for the last two or three centuries~ It’s a fantastic coincidence, and I guess a meaningless one.
After this, the little bits of world lore get much better though. I like how the French in the screen actually relates to the appointment of Malcal as commander, with details on how it must be confirmed etc. And judging from the dialogue, I guess the “Europia” on the screen is not a misspelling, but it’s the way the country is actually named now.
Then at the party Malcal is reading the book on tactics by Guibert, which is a real book and which had a great influence on Napoleon. And since in this alternate history Napoleon was kind of the founder of the great European nation, it’s terribly fitting that Malcal would be reading precisely this in a time of inner conflict (the fact that it took me about 1 minute to find the exact same edition Malcal is reading on google books is a bit meh though whatever).
So far all of the secondary characters seem to be brutally corrupt or downright evil, or both. It really does seem like a dictator would be far better than a democratic leadership in this world, simply because one bad guy is better than 20 or a 100 bad guys, who of course are all elected by bad guys. Apparently when Napoleon tried to take full power (which, you know, in our world he totally did) he was doing it for the good of the land and yet he was stopped and executed. It’s a very odd (and creative) way to rewrite European history, I’ll give them that. Though ultimately the boldest rewriting is in the fields of Genetics and Linguistics, since apparently it’s not easy to distinguish physically between Europeans and Japanese in Geass world, and the Japanese are able to speak foreign languages without giveaway accents. Wow~
I didn’t at all get the Xin Hyuga Hannibal Mikhail dealio, but that’s too be expected. We’ll find out more about this soon. I wonder if those who have rewatched the first 2 seasons of Geass are actually getting stuff the rest of us aren’t?
Q: Where was the fanservice??
A: Next episode, judging from the preview.