Monday, December 12, 2016

C.C. and Lelouch are in Love

It has been a long time since I posted.  I have two kids now, work is super busy, all the normal excuses people give for putting things off.

The reason for my return is just to provide a counter balance to some of the things I read today, which is in regards to one of the most important relationships to happen in the last decade: Lelouch and C.C.

I'm not sure what started me down this rabbit hole, but as I have been rewatching Code Geass upon the announcement of part three being released, I started paroozing online just to see what the fandom thought on the shipping wars of Code Geass.

Some of the "definitive" answers I saw online in regards to questions like, "Do C.C. and Lelouch love each other?"  and "What is their relationship?" were mostly along the lines of "They are good friends," or "They have a completly platonic relationship."

To that I say, Bullshit.

I don't know what show you watched, but to accept any possibility other than Lelouch and C.C. are lovers, you are intentionally ignoring storytelling cues that are some of the most blatant in any modern anime, save things like Bakemonogatari or Sword Art Online where the main characters actually hook up and become an item.

It starts at Episode 11, where Lelouch specifically says to C.C. "you are beautiful".  He uses a snow metaphor, but it's clear as day because C.C., hours before had directly compared herself to the snow.  Then he says the snow is beautiful.  It doesn't mean they are boning... yet... but it shows that Lelouch finds her attractive and he starts the relationship.  This is key because a lot of the counter posts I've read online says if there is a love affair it is one sided.  It isn't.

The end of the first season has the linchpin of the entire argument that they are a couple and that is when C.C. kisses Lelouch.

Let me just emphasis how fucking important that is in anime.

I just recently finished watching Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works, the anime.  The last episode, SPOILERS, is an epilogue in which is shows the two main characters going to college and living together, and there is no doubt in the viewers mind that these two are a couple.  They are in it for the long haul, they touch each other affectionately, they are playful.  But... they never kiss.  Not once.

Kissing is just not something that is frequently depicted in anime.  I could go on for paragraphs on why this is culturally, but I won't.  I think anyone who has watched more than five anime understands this.

So this isn't just some unrequited kiss.  This is a declaration of love and that these two characters are both attracted to each other, and clearly care for each other.

Season 2, which I won't go into to many more details of examples, if any at all, more just confirms this relationship not by singular moments, but by their overall attitudes to each other.  C.C. holding Lelouch as he breaks down, the overall support, and of course that ending.  These two are just as much together as Rin and Shirou are in Fate/SN.

This is why I'm confused as to why this is even a confusing issue for anyone.  Yes, I am confused about the confusion.

They have an attraction -> they kiss -> their relationship is fundamentally changed in Season 2.  Not of friends, but of two companions who love and care for each other, deeply.

The only reason their relationship doesn't develop further into a physical one, is a matter of when and where would they have the time, considering everything else going on in their life?  And even then, we don't know what happens when they aren't on screen.

All I am saying, is if you can't see that C.C. and Lelouch are a romantic pair, you are intentionally not seeing, because it is blatantly obvious.  You are ignoring not just decades, but centuries of storytelling devices that let the viewer know, "Hey these two characters are together."

That's it.  That is all I will say on it, pending Season 3, which I hope starts with showing C.C. and Lelouch with little Lelouch Jr. in the first scene.