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.