Artwork by M. G. Nemesi.
What they say!
HAPPY EASTER 2014 EVERYONE!!!
Have a great holiday!
And lots of thanks to M. G. Nemesi, who worked so hard to get this picture ready in time.
I don’t know how she does it so quickly, but I think she has done a marvellous job!
Lelouch and Rolo Lamperouge are © Sunrise.
The perfect Easter motive, even if was actually a new year’s motive for the Year of the Rabbit. Happy Easter, everyone!
Code Geass and Religion
Today is Good Friday and Easter lies ahead, so I will do what I have wanted to do for a while and write a few lines about Code Geass and religion, or rather, religion in Code Geass.
It has often been said about the Holy Roman Empire that it was neither Roman nor particularly holy, this statement holds even more true if we talk about the so-called Holy Britannian Empire, which does not include the British Isles, for starters, and whose official raison d’état is a form of Social Darwinism. If I recall correctly, even the main street of their capital Pendragon is named St. Darwin Street. In one of his infamous speeches, let’s call it the “The World is Full of Lies!” speech, Charles ridicules the Ten Commandments and claims that people only make up such rules to protect themselves because they are weak. This whole empire is, in fact, a travesty of the idea of holiness.
Geass itself is some sort of Celtic magical power, its use to defeat Caesar’s invasion of Britain in 55 BC marks the beginning of the Britannian counting of years, a.t.b. (“ascension throne Britannia” in perfect Engrish). The “God” that Charles wants to kill is merely a chiffre for the collective subconscious. Being a member of the royal family apparently does not help to make you a religious person either. Cornelia explicitly states to Bartley that “there is no such thing” as God (or gods). The EU or “Euro Universe” is not much better, since their calendar starts with the French Revolution, if I gathered correctly. So no Anno Domini or Year of the Lord anywhere.
Still, some vestiges of Christianity remain, even in this world. For starters, even at Ashford Academy they still celebrate some strongly secularized form of Christmas, involving Christmas angels (Rivalz), but also raindeer (Rolo and Lelouch). In Akito the Exiled we see a Russian Orthodox church in what is called Euro-Britannia, a part of today’s Russia. Interestingly enough, the orders that protect Britannia’s rule in these parts of the world are called the Holy Order of Raphael and the Holy Order of Mikhail (or Michael). When Prince Odysseus tries to marry, Tianzi, a clergyman that looks like a bishop (since he is wearing a mitre) is present, as is the case when the Archduke of Verance acknowledges Shen Hyuga Shaing, invoking “the Heavens, the Earth and the Holy Spirit” (which sounds pretty random) and young C.C. received her Geass from a person that looked like a nun and talked to her inside a church building.
In short, some vestiges of Christianity survive inside the Geass Universe, but they do not matter much, from an in-story perspective because Christianity has been superseded by the ideas of Enlightenment and the French Revolution within the EU, and by the concept of Darwinism and survival of the fittest in Britannia. From an external perspective, I daresay that the Japanese writers were not really familiar with Christianity and only had a rather superficial understanding of it. Moreover, Christian teaching and philosophy does not match with the story’s philosophy either. All in all, this makes for a world that is certainly interesting to watch on TV, but is certainly not one I would like to live in.
How do you feel about this?
Going anime for my next commission. ♥
can you tell who this is??
Also trying a more sketchy lineart style, kind of like what I do when I draw using my BICs. :D
I am really looking forward to this!
【手ブロ】兄さん大好き (I Love Big Brother)
I don’t get all the details, but it’s basically Rolo telling Lelouch that he loves him.
Karaoke Rolo (also not the official title)
Probaly singing his character song.
I like how confident he looks. And look at his pinkie!