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Picture Drama 9: Stage 23.95

 

Review by Chris Guanche

January 9, 2008

 

Summary

 

In the aftermath of Euphemia's death, Suzaku wonders why he's still thinking of fighting and piloting the Lancelot. He concludes that it was probably decided back when he last saw Lelouch as a boy. Seven years earlier, Lelouch told Suzaku that he and Nunnally would stay dead so that they wouldn't be Britannian pawns anymore. Suzaku asked if they were going to live on their own, and Nunnally answered that she didn't mind as long as she was with Lelouch. Lelouch explained that they'd be with the Ashfords, and that he wouldn't trust them completely. He said the Ashfords had their own problems and viewed him and Nunnally as insurance. Lelouch asked Suzaku if he was going to stay with his master, Kyoshiro Tohdoh, but Suzaku said he couldn't contact Tohdoh. Lelouch then asked about the Sumeragis, but Suzaku said Kaguya was the only remaining successor. Nunnally took Suzaku's hand and recited a saying of Marianne's that one day a helping hand would reach out to him. Suzaku recalls that at the time he figured he'd never achieve anything and that their happy childhood was over. Suzaku believes he was the cause of them having to part, since on that day he murdered his father, Genbu. He thinks that everything could have been different if he'd spoken to Lelouch about it that day, but he couldn't bring himself to do it. When Lelouch declared that he'd destroy Britannia, Suzaku thought that there might be salvation for him. Suzaku knew at the time what he was going to do, and since then, time has stopped for him. Suzaku thinks of what could've been in the last seven years, but he concludes that it's too late now. The results of his mistake are clear, and he thinks of Lelouch. He says to himself that if Lelouch is who he suspects him to be, that makes Lelouch his best friend, as well as his primary enemy.

 

Commentary

 

This picture drama brings us close to the end of season 1. It's set near the end of episode 23, just before Suzaku calls Lelouch and speaks to him about what they're both fighting for. In that conversation, it seemed as though Suzaku already knew that Lelouch was Zero, and his internal monologue here confirms it. This picture drama is particularly interesting because it gives some insight into Suzaku's thoughts. Throughout the course of season 1, we see that he's constantly conflicted between alternatively justifying and trying to atone for his father's murder. That, of course, ends up becoming something that Lelouch calls him out on. It's uncertain if season 2 will continue the picture dramas, so for now, this is the end for them.

 

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