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CODE GEASS – Picture Drama 01 (DVD Special)

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Summary:
Back in Imperial Calendar Year 2009, Lelouch carried Nunnally up a long set of stairs to the Kururugi Shrine. He had to explain to his sister that Japan was still under a system that elected a prime minister instead of having a king. Despite being only nine years old, he carried her all the way up because he didn’t want the Japanese to touch her. The two of them had been given a small storehouse to live in on the shrine grounds, and when Lelouch first saw it, he had been at a loss for words. Inside, Nunnally had asked him what kind of place it was, and Lelouch lied to her by describing it as somewhere wonderful. He had suddenly noticed that someone was there and demanded that this person show himself. It had turned out to be Suzaku, and he had told Lelouch not to talk with such a superior tone since this place belonged to him originally. Suzaku had seen Britannians as impudent for wanting to make Japan into a colony, but Lelouch pointed out that Japan also controlled underdeveloped nations through their economies, so they aren’t that different. Lelouch had heard all this from Suzaku’s father, but that doesn’t stop Suzaku from calling him a liar and revealing that he lied to Nunnally about what the room looked like. The two ended up fighting and Lelouch lost badly. Suzaku only stopped hitting Lelouch when Nunnally spoke up and he realized that she was blind. He apologized and ran out, and Nunnally proceeded to check if her brother was ok. Lelouch claimed to be fine and had figured out by this point that Suzaku was the son of Prime Minister Kururugi. Speaking in a retrospective tone, he explains that this is the first time that he met Suzaku. For Lelouch, who had up until then been surrounded by nothing but rivals and vassals, Suzaku was his first friend – and became his worst enemy.

The first DVD of CODE GEASS is out today, and with it came a four-minute picture drama special that shows what happened back when Lelouch and Suzaku first met at the Kururugi Shrine. I rather like this type of picture storytelling, but I’ll also admit that any additional CODE GEASS material, especially stuff explaining background story, would always be welcome. This in particular is interesting because we see here a lot of tensions already between Britannia and Japan as evidenced by Lelouch and Suzaku’s attitudes towards each others’ peoples. There’s a certain irony in the fact that by the time the actual series is taking place, Lelouch is fighting against Britannia and Suzaku is fighting for Britannia.
I look forward to seeing more of these picture dramas on future DVDs. Incidentally, the first DVD has the first episode in 16:9, and it looks very nice.

January 25, 2007 at 6:33 pm
21 comments »
  • January 25, 2007 at 6:48 pmmikeon

    Maybe Suzaku was a very very bad boy who liked to bully people until blind girl in wheel chair told him to stop beating up her onii chan.

    At least that’s what I get from the screencaps here.

  • January 25, 2007 at 6:57 pmGenestarwind

    That’s make sense^^ Maybe suzaku like the girl on the wheelchair!!!

  • January 25, 2007 at 7:11 pmKannie

    Haha, That’s what I was thinking….Suzaku..looks mean….

  • January 25, 2007 at 7:13 pmManji

    Where it all began…

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    Coming soon to a cinema near you

    This movie not yet rated (don’t like the cartoon image fool you parents…its from Japan! Remember what happened with the wolfs)

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  • January 25, 2007 at 7:19 pmHector

    Nunnally looks so adorable then and now. Someone should seriously beat up Suzaku sometime soon.

  • January 25, 2007 at 8:03 pmsoldierofdarkness

    Actually it was because Lelouch was a Britannian and Suzaku was a japanese. You really think those two go together?

    What happened was that Lelouch and Nunnally were given that storage room to stay in but unfortunately that was Suzaku’s hideout. The two hurled insults about how Britannia wanted Japan as its colony and how Japan oppressed other nations to the point. Then it bogs down to how Lelouch lied to Nunnally about the place they are staying in so Lelouch attacks Suzaku but gets beaten back. Thus, Suzaku is shaken when Nunnally speaks out so he runs off.

  • January 25, 2007 at 8:27 pmlinkinstreet

  • January 25, 2007 at 10:11 pmgeassconman

    Does any sub-group plan on releasing geass in dvd encode? that would be cool.

  • January 25, 2007 at 10:29 pmchupacabra

    @geassconman:
    Is uncertain since it was just released today (you’d know this if you did read above what omni wrote)

  • January 25, 2007 at 11:54 pmSakucita

    awww so cute

  • January 26, 2007 at 4:40 amMangaL0VER

    gotta agree wif hector…Nunnally looks cute now and then XD
    cheese-kun looks cute too…
    i wan one!! X3
    any1 got a link to an order form? =X

  • January 26, 2007 at 6:40 amHaohmaru

    Is there anyway you can upload this or put a torrent up for it. I would definitely like to see this.

  • January 26, 2007 at 9:46 amcf18

    Wait, the first episode has 16:9 but the rest go back to 4:3? Now that is stupid.

  • January 26, 2007 at 12:23 pmModel_X

    Nice artwork. I hope that it gets subbed.

  • January 26, 2007 at 7:36 pmKazumi

    i like the art a lot. *runs out to go get a copy* lolx.

  • January 27, 2007 at 2:16 amLike MJ-chan

  • January 27, 2007 at 2:48 amBelle Starlia

    ^^ It’s awesome they’re going into Suzaku and Lealoch’s backstory. I’ve always enjoyed the friendship they appear to have and I wondered about their respective backgrounds. I hope they put their back story in the animé, too.

  • January 28, 2007 at 9:31 amDefade

    Hmm…I’m not sure if this is asking too much, but is it possible for you to put up a few screencaps with the first episode in widescreen? Or maybe rip the OP and ED in widescreen format? I can’t believe MBS cropped Code Geass, and all along I thought that Sunrise made a great mistake in not making Code Geass a widescreen anime.

  • January 31, 2007 at 8:25 pmHotaru

    reminds me of CLAMP for some reason………

  • February 1, 2007 at 4:18 amOrphen

    well having read that my dislike for suzaku is reaffirmed even more :p

  • February 8, 2007 at 1:47 amRosegirl18

    @Hotaru –
    Clamp designed all of Code Geass’s characters…