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17th-Aug-2008 10:03 pm
Geass - we all have secrets
I started following Code Geass R2 back in June, when Reborn was going too slowly for my liking. And it just so happens that Geass belongs in the category of, "The viewers are but toys in the hands of Sunrise, and Goro plays with us all for sport". Geass should come with a warning that says: Cliffhanger, Playing-Mind-Games-With-Viewers, Constant Heart-Breakage Expected.

I still don't regret it.

I have several very specific character Types I like (they usually come in two categories: the Cute Idiot, and the Cute Overprotective Obsessively-Loyal Character), but the other one I tend to have Instant Love for is the Small, Cute Thing with the Nii-san Complex (see FFAC's Kadaj and GunXSword's Joshua Lundgren). So my Geass favouriite was not only completely unexpected, but also entirely predictable.

Spoilers for Episodes 1 - 19 of Code Geass
Warning for an avalanche of screencaps





So Lelouch Lamperouge woke up from the events of Season 1 minus several important memories, but with a little brother. Lelouch has been unfortunately Geass'd by his father into believing that Rolo is his brother, so he's been living a very happy Nunnally-free life without being aware that anything's wrong.

And in Episode 1, Lelouch falls off a platform, and Rolo tried to save him:





One thing I like about Geass reviewers is that the men tend to be very aware of the kind of alternate-viewership a series like this attracts. The four main anime reviewers that I follow for Geass are all men (for the episode summaries and the future speculation), but the funny thing is that even they can see the hints, and will crack me up with comments like, "In before the Lelouch/Guilford doujin at Comiket", "Oh no, not another gay partner" (that was for Gino/Lelouch, by the way), and, "Sunrise seeme to be saying, 'Aren’t they just the cutest couple? Please go and create hordes of yaoi doujin after watching this episode.'"

Speaking of "that episode", let me show you what inspired the last comment:

The build-up:






I thought this was a cute picture.

AND CUE THE SAPPY FLASHBACKS:











It gets to the point where Lelouch has to Geass a teacher to get him to forget all the "irregularities" with him and Rolo.



One poster, in particular, expressly wondered, "Why do the memories of Lelouch and Rolo seem rather... gay?" in one of the best set-out flashback-analysis posts I've ever seen. And this is particularly surprising because the poster is a guy! I've yet to find a girl who'd set out those scenes in such detail and wonder why Lelouch and Rolo seemed so close.

For my record, though, it is unusual. I have two brothers, and they don't act like that.





So Lelouch's new little brother has a special magic trick: he can stop time. It unfortunately makes me think of Hayley Westernra songs with lyrics such as, "If I could stop this moment forever", and that line in Big Fish where Ewan McGregor's voiceover says that when you meet the one you love, time stops.

Rolo can stop time, but there's a catch:



His heart stops every time he uses his powers.

So I reversed the order for this set of screencaps:











Code Geass R2 Episode 19 Spoilers

The level of audience emo was spectacular and, because I am cruel, highly amusing. HEY I LOVED THE KID, okay, but he was no angel, although he was very very sweet. (Shirley might disagree, but, knowing her, she... might not)

THAT SCENE FROM EPISODE 19 (youtube), titled by its poster as, "Rolo Loves His Niisan".

You can DL Rolo's locket song from this post here (locked to the Geass community). The Japanse text and translation for Rolo's song, though, isn't locked.

Episode 20 preview, where Lelouch's voiceover says, if the translations are correct, "Rolo, you were not Lelouch vi Britannia´s brother. You're Lelouch Lamperouge´s brother."

My favourite moments are actually when Lelouch is in the Shinkirou cockpit with Rolo, and he's yelling at Rolo to stop because he (Lelouch) has no more reason to live, and he tells Rolo stop using his Geass (because Rolo's told him before that when he uses his Geass his heart stops). Rolo doesn't listen and keeps Geassing the opposing pilots (and Lelouch, because he's in range), anyway.



I loved how worried Lelouch looked. Although it was probably more along the lines of, "Damn! If he collapses the Shinkirou's going to fall and we're both going to die!"

Someone described it as, "STOP I-" /timestop/ "Rolo-" /timestop/ "Your Geass -" /timestop/.

This kind of looks really creepy if you don't know the context:



But you know, back in Episode 4 when Lelouch told Rolo that the time they'd spent together wasn't a lie? And then Rolo comes back in this episode and tells Lelouch the same thing. Funny that, Lelouch's lies becoming Rolo's truth.

The quick impressions translation on the Geass community isn't entirely correct, though, the dialogue between Lelouch and Rolo when they are in the forest should be saying, as per aestalitz's comment here, goes more like this:

Lelouch asks Rolo, "Why did you save me? You -"

And Rolo answers by saying, "Because Niisan is a liar. It was a lie, wasn't it? (When you said) that you wanted to kill me, that you hated me."

Lelouch, "I see. [I can't hear what he's saying here.] As expected of my little brother."

The quick translation had it in this order:

# ¨As expected of my little brother¨ ;__;
# ¨If it´s for Niisan, anything is okay¨ ;__;
# ¨That´s right. Your brother is a liar¨ T______T

(although understandably the writer could have been distressed and not put it in the correct order, which, um. Would change something.)

Uh but I think Lelouch hated Rolo when he said that! It was nice of Lelouch to lie, though.



Last thing Rolo sees. (Not too bad, I think.)


Comments 
17th-Aug-2008 03:21 pm (UTC) - I STUBBORNLY USE MY REBORN ICONS ON U.
Oooooh! ♥!

THE ART IS SO LOVELY! *PAWS AT IT!* Maaan, I wish I had time (and the attention-span needed?) to get into this series... They look like little princes. This princess definitely approves.

I wish I could type more, haha. I have the urge to spam you silly, but there's nothing else I can say about Code Geass. I know next to nothing about it. Sorry. T__T

On another note, I have the obligatory cold sore which means I will see you soon. ;)
17th-Aug-2008 03:52 pm (UTC) - USES GEASS ONES BACK
♥ You're so cute. Um, but you would really not like this series: too much emo, too much betrayal, but very very pretty. You would probably not ship the same pairing as me. XD You look like you'd be a Lelouch-and-Suzaku fan.

IT IS TOTALLY OKAY. ;D UNTIL JUNE THIS YEAR I COULD SAY NOTHING ABOUT GEASS EXCEPT, "VERY PRETTY."

XD! Ironically, it's only when my attention span got VERY VERY SHORT that I was able to get into the series. Um. Only because I was bored with the one I was following.

*laughs* Oh dear, dear. Take care of yourself, sweetheart. You'll be here alarmingly soon, and I still have not thought of a good restaurant to take you and your mom. :(
17th-Aug-2008 04:31 pm (UTC) - HAVE SOME MORE REBORN!
I'm not sure... I'm actually into emo and betrayal lately! *laughs!* I guess it depends on my mood? xD! I've spent the LAST TWO WEEKS reading this enormous HP fanfic (EPIC IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT!). It's deliciously angsty. ^^;

I don't even know the names of the characters! xD! I like the dark haired dude in all the screencaps you posted... and the little blonde boy is Lelouch? I think? X.x

I can't seem to balance my fandoms anymore. =/ It kind of bugs me. I wish I could be into loads of different ones like you are (or at least switch once in a while!). I'm fandomless at the moment. *grin!*

You're worried about the restaurant?! xD! I'm more worried about what to wear! *laughs!* Sweetie, wherever you choose to take us... I'm sure it'll be fantastic? Besides, YOU will be there! I don't really care about anything else. I trust your judgment. =)
17th-Aug-2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
From the screenshot above, I have done a test in Photoshop and conclude that:


'nuff said.
Of course non on Lelouch unless I missed it--
17th-Aug-2008 03:50 pm (UTC) - HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY THAT ILU.
I SAW IT TOO. But I kept quiet because I thought, "I am sure it is only my eyes that are LYING TO ME."

HE'S TOTALLY BLUSHING. ♥
17th-Aug-2008 04:07 pm (UTC) - 143!~
I actually stopped watching at the end of S1, and proceeded to read summaries of episodes for S2 online instead. I simply haven't the patience to wait for the download anymore XD

Oh going OT here, but i'm sure you've seen the latest Abyss anime trailer?! Mieu is SO CUTE!
17th-Aug-2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
ALDJDCLAMSDCJDMCJASD *HEADWALL* This ep of Geass just KILLED MY BRAIN SO HORRIBLY BADLY.
17th-Aug-2008 03:59 pm (UTC) - EEEEE GOKUDERA AND HIS CAT.
*PAT PAT PAT* I FEEL YOUR PAIN. But as for brain-killing, you mean the Guilford-thinks-Lelouch-is-Cornelia episode didn't kill your brain? Which was also the LET'S BOMB TOKYO episode?

Or the previous Lelouch-and-Suzuku-NEARLY-MAKE-UP BUT DON'T episode?

This one was more heartbreak than brainbreak for me, and, oh yes: I spoil myself silly every time, so it doesn't hurt so badly.
17th-Aug-2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
*Rolo fan since the beginning...!*

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17th-Aug-2008 04:01 pm (UTC) - ALWAYS!
*SENDS YOU LOVE AND COMMISERATES*

Ie. *cries in your corner*

I LOVED HIM TOO. ♥ And even when. That Shirley thing. I was, "I DON'T CARE I STILL LOVE YOU."
17th-Aug-2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
I... totally haven't watched the latest episodes (read: ...I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE I STOPPED EITHER, BUT I'VE LET MYSELF BE SPOILT BY MY BROTHER?) but I was so happy and sad and touched that Lelouch + Rolo = BITTERSWEET ENDING.

;_________; Now I must worry about Lelouch.
17th-Aug-2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
GAH!!!! Rolo was growing on me! I wanted to deny all spoilers saying he'd die, but I couldn't deny it anymore after listening to SE 2 T__T His song spoke of his death *cries* ROLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*sob*

Have you played the DS game for R2? It's actually really funny ^^ All the dead characters come back to life too.
18th-Aug-2008 02:15 am (UTC)
P.S. I suddenly feel like having a Rolo locket on my cell *cries*
17th-Aug-2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
You know, I always thought the scenes with Rolo and Lelouch were gay too (which was very amusing XD), but I couldn't help but wonder that Lulu saw Rolo as the sister he was replacing rather than the boy he was. That sounds confusing.... I don't mean he saw him as a girl, but that his instincts still acted upon what he would do with Nanally in a normal situation. Just as he said that locket was a gift for her, but he gave it to Rolo instead.

Maybe I'm wrong, I dunno. TT'' This episode made me cry though, even if Rolo wasn't my favorite... It was hard to watch everyone betraying Lelouch too. .-.
18th-Aug-2008 07:49 am (UTC)
I totally want to watch CG because of Rolo. /)_- But having to sit through Season 1...

Anyway, you can has Baccano! here!
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