Code GeassR2 4koma: Episode 21 & 22

I've shared all these comics on my Anime Vice blog, but I thought I would add them here as well. If you haven't seen the series, at times, you might not get some of these jokes.
 
Just out of precaution. I'll put this in NSFW mode(near female nudity)

This one starts off with one of my favorite drawings I have ever done of Lelouch. I do have to say that digitally painting all those books was a monster of a headache.
 
Just in case you don't understand. That is Lelouch's mom. That's why he's so disturbed. This joke basically perpetuates the running gag I've had in these 4komas that Lelouch's family is filled with seriously messed up people, with himself as the only sane one. Really, there are just some things that we should never know about our parents. Not only did Lelouch see 'that' but Marianne shows up at the end to tell him the truth about what happened to her and Nunnally. A bit of news that, in the anime, Lelouch didn't take well.
 
Now, a fun fact about this one. I actually drew that third panel completely uncensored. I added the censorship up later so I could present this to a wider audience. In a way, I think having the censor bars up makes it much more funny. Marianne's nickname was known as "The Flash" in her day. the deviantArt website ended up putting a mature content warning on this one anyways. Meaning someone must of complained. 
Here we have a nice and tender moment. This was almost my last of the Code Geass R2 4komas. It was at this point I stopped making them weekly. I wanted to know how things ended before I spent any more time making these. I really like how Lelouch looks in that third panel. 
Thanks to the video linking software on Comic Vice. I can actually share with you the song that was playing in this scene that is mentioned in the first panel. Just play this:
  
I had noticed that through out the entire R2 season. It seemed like Kallen's story was about becoming closer and learning more about Lelouch. She started out angry and refused to call him by any other name then Zero, but time passed and she started to use his real name much more often. It came to the point where she only called him Zero in front of others who didn't know his identity. I started to notice that every scene the two had alone it seemed like they were becoming closer to each other, but always something or some one would interrupt that moment. Finally, in episode 22 they had a scene together without interruption.
 
At this time in the story Lelouch was now Emperor. He was pretending that he didn't know how anyone was. He even ignored Rivalz. It was Kallen who met with him at Ashford. He even acted like this was their first meeting. Yet, oddly enough Lelouch asked to take the long way around, claiming to be a bit nervous. As they approached Student Coucil building, Lelouch broke character when it was just the two of them. He mentioned how nostalgic it felt to be back there. Kallen opened up about what she's been feeling and tried to get Lelouch to answer her question. That question was what did she mean to him. He didn't respond, but when she walks away he whispers a very soft, "Farewell,... Kallen.".
 
Pretty much a day or two after this episode aired, there was an interview published in Newtype magazine with Kallen's voice actress, Ami Koshimizu; and she was asked about the kiss scene. Ami talked about how the director told her that the kiss itself was more a desperate attempt to get Lelouch to say something, but after she kissed him it suddenly dawned on her that she's been in love with him this whole time. She had just been confusing these feelings as loyalty. At that point she didn't feel she could go with him. 
After the series finale aired. A character poem was published that was written as Kallen's thoughts about Lelouch. No matter how many times I read it I always find it heartbreaking. This is a translation of that poem:

勇侠青春謳 
" Until I met you, I was only merely covered with thorns.
I wanted to change this truth.
I seethingly and recklessly acted, then I didn’t believe that anything would come out of it. 

When my brother was gone,
I heard the sound of the heavy doors closing behind me.
I cannot allow it. I will fight to the bitter end. I decided that I would not go back.
Then, someday, I would have died like my brother.

Until the very end, Kallen Kōzuki would not abide by authority.
That bit of willpower I was carrying with me, slipped away from me, and I can feel it faintly.
At that moment, I envisioned you as the star at the break of dawn, calling to me. 

If I would think that this is for you, my body would feel light.
Whatever struggles there were, the pain would go away.
I would be the first to come rushing to your battlefield,
raging like a lioness, and crushing your enemies.
I would stand being muddied so that I could create a path for you. 

Looking back, it's mysterious.
Even though I should have loathed and rebelled against Britannia's tyranny.
Without knowing it, I held personal devotion only for you. 

Lelouch, about that parting kiss,
even if it was a lie, if you had said, "I love you,".
I would even follow you to hell.
You knew that, didn't you?

That's not like you.
You're good at manipulating people just by your words.
Really, it's not like you to be kind.
Is that why you told me to 'live on'?
I fell in love with you not just because of that kindness. "

Something I noticed about the scene. Sure Lelouch didn't say anything to Kallen when they were alone, but he also didn't lie to her either. The fact that he pretty much asked to be with her alone and whispered that goodbye. When we consider the ultimate outcome of Lelouch's plot. I believe he wanted to see her one last time before he went to his death. He knew he was going to die, but wanted to see her. Lelouch was trying to create a world where he would be seen as a villain so the world would unite after the death he created for himself. If Kallen had come with him, she would of been seen as a criminal too. I think that's one of the reasons why he didn't say anything at that time.

 -Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.-
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