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:
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.)