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Picture Drama 16: Turn 19.02

 

Review by Chris Guanche

October 3, 2012

 

Summary

 

Rolo recalls the first time that he met Lelouch. He'd had many assignments before, but this would be the first where his target's memories had been rewritten. Rolo was nervous because of Lelouch's background, but also because Lelouch thought of him as a little brother. One day, Rolo returned home to the motherland and Lelouch commented that if was selfish of their parents to make him come back so suddenly. Lelouch asked if they're doing well and Rolo lied that they were and passed along the message that siblings should get along. Lelouch couldn't believe they said that because he and Rolo had always been like a family on their own. This was a first for Rolo because he'd never had a bond like that that existed between two people. One day, Lelouch gave Rolo a locket for his birthday that actually belonged to Nunnally. Lelouch realized that it looked rather girly, but Rolo vowed to treasure it. Rolo thinks to himself that Lelouch always wore a mask to everyone, even his friends. But privately, he could see Lelouch's real smile. At one point Rolo was dragooned into serving as a model for the photography club, and Lelouch explained there was no point in resisting Milly. Lelouch commented that Rolo's hair was too long for a model, but Rolo noted that he didn't have time for a haircut. Lelouch decided to cut his hair, and Rolo recalled this was something that Lelouch used to do for Nunnally. Although Lelouch cut Rolo's hair with care and passion, Rolo knew that this kindness was really for Nunnally. Rolo thinks that Lelouch was the first family he ever had and didn't want to let go of him. As he lays dying in the Shinkirou's cockpit, Rolo tells himself that he won't ever forget his time with Lelouch. He thinks it may have been just an illusion for Lelouch, but to him it was a time he doesn't want to forget.

 

Commentary

 

This picture drama features some recollections from Rolo that turn out to be in his last moments before death. We see how unsure he was about his new assignment to pose as Lelouch's little brother, but he eventually became accustomed to it. The love he received from Lelouch was a totally new experience for him, even though he knew that love was really intended for Nunnally. While this short presents a sort of positive side to their time together, there was also a negative one. Rolo may have come to love Lelouch as a real brother, but he was so obsessively possessive that it drove him to do things like kill Shirley. I don't think that Rolo's sacrifice to help Lelouch redeemed his character, and I don't think this short helps to redeem him either.

 

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