Physics in Code Geass
As is well known, in most anime the laws of physics are different than in real life.
However, the more “serious” an anime is the more realistic it usually is, and thus the laws of nature are usually more similar to those in real life in order to avoid seeming like some crazy cartoon.
In Mecha and Apocalyptic Anime & Manga, the thread “Lacus Clyne V/S Euphemia li Britannia” has several posts which touch on Code Geass physics.
In my post number 15 I responded to a poster who wrote:
“Lets see, I hate both of them. The 'all-good' kinda character who can do no wrong. I haven't seen Lacus Clyne before, but I'd prefer her to Euphemia. The first time we saw her she'd just jumped out of a second-story window, and would have gone Splat if Suzaku hadn't caught her. She obviously wasn't gonna land safely.
There. Stupidity in all its glory”
“Neither Lacus or Euphemia is all good nor can do no wrong. But Euphemia is the only character in her show who is good enough to be worth liking or caring about.
I think I remember that Euphemia said she had made a rope by tying bedsheets together and was climbing down it when she fell.
Euphemia might have liked to think that Suzaku saved her life by catching her. But deep down she probably knew enough physics to realize that if one person standing on the ground can catch another person without any injury or pain to either then the falling person would not have been hurt badly by falling a few extra feet to the ground.
If Euphemia fell about four feet past Suzaku's arms to the ground she would have added about four feet per second, or 14,400 feet per hour, or 2.727272 miles per hour, to her speed. Adding the effects of walking into a wall at less than three miles per hour to the effects of a collision which is not bad enough to hurt someone at all gives a collision which is still not bad enough to hurt someone badly.
And even if a person is killed instantly by a fall they probably won't "go Splat" when they hit. I have read that the bodies of persons who jumped out of flaming aircraft without working parachutes from heights of hundreds and thousands of feet were found and identified. You may prefer to imagine that objects with identifying inscriptions were fished out of pools of glop, but I think that probably the bodies were intact enough for identification.”
Anyone who thinks they have a strong enough stomach can do more research on the “Splat” topic but I think most of us will be better off just accepting my statement that someone who falls off a relatively low-rise building is not going to “Go Splat” even if they do land hard enough to be killed instantly.
In my post number 18 I responded to a poster who wrote:
“I know this is off topic, but I am too much of a physics nerd to let this go. To say that your math is off is an understatement (and please, I am correcting you because you really, really wrong here; if you want to correct me, PM me instead).
Your math is only correct if Euphemia was barely moving at the time that she hit Suzaku, which is not true; you are not taking into account the fact that Euphemia was falling down at the time, not just moving. Since Euphemia is FALLING, she MUST be going at LEAST 9.8 m/s (32 ft/s), as that is the gravity constant (9.8 m/s squared). If the video is anything to go by, she was at least 4 stories up which is about 20 meters or 60 feet in the air. At about 25 feet, you are most likely going to break BOTH of your legs and injure your spine; at 35 feet, the fall is potentially fatal.
Given this info, she must have been falling at 9.8 m/s (20 meters/2.04 seconds [the time it took her to fall]), which is 21.9 mi/h. Getting in a car accident at 21 miles per hour is not going to be pleasant (most likely whiplash), but at least you are surrounded by metal on all sides and are restrained in your seat (hopefully). If one hits concrete at this speed, bones are going to break, if not pop out your body, and there is good (but definitely not certain) chance that you are going to DIE. And this is if Suzaku WASN'T standing there, which, for all Euphemia knew, he wasn't. With him there, he slows her down (slightly), but not enough to avoid injury to Euphemia or himself. If Euphemia is about 110 pounds (50 kilograms), she is still traveling at 21.9 miles per hour. Stopping that with your body is going to seriously injure you.
Of course, none of this really explains why Euphemia made the decision to jump out of the window in the first place.:wacko.”
“My math is not off. It is a fairly correct calculation of the extra speed that falling about four more feet to the ground would have added to Euphemia's velocity if Suzaku was not there to catch her about four feet above the ground. MY point was that Euphie and Suzaku showed no ill effects from his catching her, and falling an extra four feet would not add enough velocity to make the fall significantly more dangerous. Thus Euphie would not have "gone Splat" if Suzaku was not there to catch her.
Why do you say that Euphemia jumped out of a window? Did the episode show her jumping? I just remember seeing Suzaku catching her. And I think she told him she made a rope out of bed sheets and was climbing down it when she fell.”
So what do you think about the physics in episode 5 of Code Geass?
Do you think that Euphemia was stupid enough to jump out a window to what would have been certain death if Suzaku was not there to catch her?
Do you think that Euphie fell only a short distance before Suzaku caught her and thus would not have been badly hurt if Suzaku was not there to catch her?
Do you think that the world of Code Geass must have a much lower force of gravity, thus badly injuring its credibility as drama?