Does that mean you don’t trust our surveillance?!
I wonder if Rolo is really as upset as he looks when he asks Suzaku that. (The quote and the screenshot are from Code Geass R2 Turn 5: Knight of Rounds.) And if so, why is he upset? Is it simply because he is afraid Suzaku might find out that Lelouch has regained his memories, or is it also because he has hurt Rolo’s professional pride? It’s probably mostly the former.
Suzaku is very friendly, too. He is never rude to Rolo, actually. He explains that it is also because of C.C. that he wants to continue the surveillance. When he tells Rolo to continue acting as Lelouch’s Little Brother (something that he certainly does not mind), Rolo responds: “Yes, Mylord!”
I’d like to know how Rolo addresses Suzaku when they meet as ordinary students. We never see, or rather hear that in the show. Suzaku-kun? Kururugi-senpai? What do you think?
By Asato. Artist not only of the week, but of the month, I guess.
How Rolo Rolls Special 3: How Rolo Smiles!
Of course, “How Rolo Laughs” would have been a much nicer title for this special; unfortunately, Rolo never does in the whole show, except in flashbacks, but these are only stills. He laughs in The Miraculous Birthday, and even as the Mock Turtle in Nunnally in Wonderland, but never in Code Geass R2, and if that isn’t sad, I don’t know what is. And even the occasional smiles that he musters make one feel uneasy way too often.
There is his cynical smile when Lelouch tells him that Rolo needs him for the sake of his own life, the slightly obsessive smile when Lelouch returns from the Chinese Federation and the stalkerish smile when Rolo keeps watch at Lelouch’s bedside. Worst of all is Rolo’s maniacal or deceitful smile before he kills the children that are still members of the Geass Order. What can we say?! That kid does have a lot of problems.
It is clearly not Rolo’s fault that he sometimes looks so strange when he smiles or even laughs in official Code Geass artwork. Sometimes he looks like a total Shota, in other instances his smile appears completely moronic; pardon me for saying so. This may have to do with the fact that some artists deliberately try to give him a Shota-esque appearance, sometimes they simply seem to be unable to give him a decent look. (One could probably pinpoint this down to individual names if one tried.)
There are decent scenes with smiling Rolo, too, though. He looks very nice when he smiles about his Big Brother’s eccentricities when they are both riding Rivalz’ motorbike. The scene where Rolo looks most happy is unfortunately when he thinks the Britannian Army has arrived at Babel Tower to rescue them. He couldn’t have been more wrong. He has that grim and determined smile both when he fights V.V. and when he saves Lelouch from the Black Knights. He smiles widely when he admires Lelouch for his ability to calculate the Shinkirô’s Absolute Defence Field. His smile when he’s dying is just bittersweet. Rolo seems to smile more in the afterlife, given The Miraculous Birthday. Fortunately, there is also some good fanart that shows him with a happy smile.
So we can conclude that even though he is a troubled boy and other emotions may come to him more naturally, Rolo is not cut off from happiness after all.
What are your thoughts?
Uh-oh, someone’s jealous!
Do you remember this scene from Code Geass R2 Turn 2: Plan for Independent Japan? Rolo is confronting Xingke, plainly telling him that he, a boy in his school uniform, has come to kill Zero. The cherry on top of this stunning self-confidence is the casual manner in which Rolo answers Villetta’s (and Lelouch’s) call on his green mobile phone in the face of his enemy, and Xingke is waiting it out patiently, which is just as astonishing as the fact that he is taking Rolo perfectly seriously. He must have made an impression.
Look at this! Someone managed to draw Rolo with a natural smile. Rolo seems to be in Heaven in this picture, so maybe this is the only place where even he can smile like that.
If you know, who the artist is, please drop me a message.