Masked Men's History, Naked Memory
original photo memorial
-- Zero and Lelouch: Student Council Album --
(writer: 加納 新太 | Kanou Arata)
G: Hey, President Rivalz. …oh, what’s that?
K: It’s an album of Lelouch’s and Zero’s photos.
R: Kallen told us before, didn’t she. About Zero and…Lelouch.
G: Oh, yeah…
R: About the hero Zero, and the Emperor Lelouch, and the Lelouch we knew.
R: But to us they’re intertwined. So I thought that maybe you guys would think it’s a bad idea to collect these pictures in the one place.
G: I see…I’m actually a little interested myself.
K: See, it’s fine so show us already!
G: Okay, okay. Shall we look at them one by one — ?
G = Gino; K = Kallen; R = Rivalz. Info + translations under the cut.
Original scans here, courtesy of Eggy. You will need membership to the CG LJ comm to view the post. Previews of page 2 → 11 here, only so that you may get a feel for how the pages are laid out (since I’ll be chopping them up to make it easier to match up the conversation to the images); preview of page 1 above. For those who want to play along at home, transcript here.
[ 2.1 ]
G: We’re starting with the Zero mask?
K: This photo is one of mine. It’s a rare pre-debut picture of Zero.
R: He looks super mysterious.
G: So at the time, you didn’t know that this person was really Lelouch-senpai, right? You really trusted him, huh.
K: ((aside)) In the end, he didn’t cast a geass even once on the members of the Black Knights…
[ 2.2 ]
R: Shirley wanted a candid picture of Lelouch, so I took this photo for her.
G: So basically, you creeped up on him while he was sleeping?
R: I didn’t have a choice! He’d always put on a perfect smile whenever I turned the camera towards him!
[ 2.3 ]
K: This is a picture of Rivalz failing to get with the program, huh
R: No! I didn’t have anything to do, so I came along to help Lelouch.
G: Seriously? That cheapens the date!
R: I really livened things up!
K: You could have at least let them take a photo by themselves.
[ 2.4 ]
G: What’s this? A picture of a wild beast carrying its prey in its mouth as it moves? Aaaah, if I look closer, I can see it’s actually Kallen.
K: How about I knock you down a million times.
R: You were pretending to be a fragile princess, then. Unbelievable, isn’t it –
R: Putting on that act was really tiring. I was hungry!
[ 3.1 ]
G: Oh, this is a famous picture!
K: Yeah. The moment Zero and the Black Knights debuted onto the world stage. By the way, the person on Zero’s left is me.
R: Ah, you really are.
K: At that time, President Milly, Shirley, and Nina were being held hostages by the terrorists. Lelouch probably wanted to save them…
[ 3.2 ]
K: These are the Black Knight’s first members.
G: The ones that supported Zero from the start…
R: Mrs Viletta’s husband is in the middle.
K: At the start, we called ourselves the Ougi Group. That’s Nagata, Inoue, Yoshida. They were all friends with my older brother…
[ 3.3 ]
G: They’ve left us. Suzaku and that cat.
R: That Arthur was always biting Suzaku!
G: You know, that cat was really attached to Suzaku when we were in the Viceroy’s Palace.
K: Fond, but biting?
R: Like Lelouch.
K: Rivalz, that’s too fitting.
[ 3.4 ]
G: Hey, that girl looks just like Princess Nunnally…
R: What kind of trick is this? What the hell?
K: Oh, that’s right. We still need to return your memories. I wonder where Jeremiah is…
G: What? What?
K: That’s why that Nunnally is our Nunnally.
[ 4.1 ]
R: I added this so that the bike could be ridden in a side-car at the start. I used my earnings from my part time job especially on this.
G: Couldn’t he just have ridden behind you?
R: He didn’t want to hold onto another guy’s back.
K: That’s typical of him. So typical.
[ 4.2 ]
R: Even the perfect Lelouch has a weakness: sports.
G: That’s a good look he’s got going on.
K: Heh, it really is.
R: But he can ride a horse.
G: Maybe it’s because he sucks at team sports?
[ 4.3 ]
G: …what’s this?
K: Haven’t you seen this one already? It’s the student council dressing up as cats and putting on a show to welcome Arthur.
G: Did you dress up too?
R: I think someone said that you were already cat-like.
K: That pissed me off.
G: Well, that was in the past, so it’s fine already, right? Come on, wear a cat suit. I want to see!
K: Hell no!
[ 5.1 ]
G: Oh! That girl!
R: Wait, you know Nina?
G: She’s the cute scientist that was always hanging around Schneizel!
K: You’re always so shallow.
R: She hasn’t come back in ages. My science grades are dying without her.
[ 5.2 ]
G: Huh? Hey, what are you guys making here?
R: Stage props for the school festival. It’s a picture of Milly giving out instructions, and us two boys doing the manual labour.
G: I wanna spin the pizza this year. I’ll show you how it’s done!
R: Wow, you’ve really gotten your hopes up. Looks like Kallen’s corrupted you.
[ 5.3 ]
G: Isn’t this cute, us in our favourite outfits?
G: Two boys in aprons?
G: It’s fine, right? There’s meaning in matching outfits.
G: Two people who, even though being of high backgrounds, are extremely good at cooking. G: Guys, how’s the cooking?
G: But it’s not just dorm life.
G: If it’s heating up war rations, leave it to me!
G: Aaaaaah, this kinda sucks.
[ 6.1 ]
G:This was a historical event, wasn’t it. Princess Euphemia’s declaration of the Special Administrative Zone of Japan.
R: Even now the full story hasn’t been made known. Kallen, do you know anything?
K: (to herself) …yeah, it’s not like that. There was no way he’d use the geass on people close to him. Something had definitely happened…
[ 7.1 ]
G: Hey, I know this! This is the remodeling of the rooftop garden, yeah?
R: It’s rare to see Rolo in a pic. Where’d he go? I wonder if he’s hurt somewhere. I wonder if he’s hungry..
G: Kallen, you don’t know either?
K: …mmm, yeah. It’s a worry….
[ 7.2 ]
K: This is another one of my pictures.
G: Hey, I know that guy in the middle. Shinichiro Tamaki.
K: Tamaki’s famous, yeah.
G: He’s the drunk one, yeah? And the one in front of him is Asahina, Tamaki’s one and only best friend.
K: I think you’ve gotten the wrong info.
R: That’s what Tamaki told him.
[ 7.3 ]
K: Did this happen when I wasn’t around?
R: Yep. Yukata and fireworks. That’s what makes a Japanese summer, right?
G: Hey, what’s the difference between a ‘kimono’ and a ‘yukata’?
K: Um, yukata is like a dressing gown you can wear outside of the house…I think?
K: Oi, what dirty thoughts are you thinking?!
[ 8.1 ]
G: What is this. His athleticism actually rivals that of a member of the Rounds?!
R: This picture raised a debate throughout the school.
K: Oh, this is probably. … /muffled giggling
R: Do you know, Kallen? Tell us already!
K: Ahaha, okay. The truth is, Lelouch actually has excellent reflexes. ☆
[ 8.2 ]
R: Aaaah, President Milly, why did you have to graduate. You seemed to have the energy to be a student for ten more years.
K: I think I know why. …maybe.
K: I think it’s because she had become an adult. Because she had the resolve to fight something figure, definitely.
R: Oh….so that’s how she felt.
K: Try to understand.
[ 8.3 ]
K: The Black Knights at their height. I think it’s a photo to commemorate Zero’s entry, at the beginning and at the end. It’s a recent picture, but there are already some people who are no longer with us…
R: Hey Kallen, you’re not in the photo?
K: At the time I was in a Britannian…
G: You were wearing a dress that showed off your chest, weren’t you?
K: It’s not like I wanted to wear that thing!
[ 9.1 ]
G: These guys made history. Overthrowing the Holy Britannian Empire, just the two of them.
R: Why’d they do such a bothersome thing without saying anything…
K: Don’t you get it? They’d probably done that because you were a valued friend.
G: Yeah. Suzaku was that kinda guy.
[ 9.2 ]
G: Next is the United Federal Nations hijacking, huh…
K: Sorry. It’s hard for me to look at this picture. It’s just that at the time, there was some stuff that I was working through.
G: No. The person who had come to such realisations wasn’t you.
K: But –
G: For your sake, you weren’t allowed to realise. You know that already.
[ 9.3 ]
[ 10.1 ]
R: …hey. What’s this.
G: Aaaaah, the Empress Tianzi was so cute. I just wondered if I could get a little closer, so…
K: About Anya – are you a lolicon?
G: You’ve got it all wrong. I like beauty regardless of age. Same goes if they’re older.
[ 10.2 ]
K: I still don’t know what happened for the two of them to end up like this, but…
R: But this wedding was really fun.
K: Yeah, it really was. People from all kinds of backgrounds gathering to celebrate the one occasion.
G:I hope only good things happen from here on.
K: Mmmm. We all do.
[ 11.1 ]
R: This is the last picture. We decided at the start that the last page should have this picture.
K: This picture’s also stuck on the corkboard in my room.
G: Aaah….yeah, this is a good picture.
R: Isn’t it? It’s, like… I can’t find the words.
K: It feels like Lelouch’s with us.
R: Yeah. Yeah, that’s it. This is such a candid photo of him. He had this kind of air about him.
K: If I look at this place in a certain way, I feel like I can hear his voice. That stupid, contrary idiot.
G: Kallen, are you crying?
K: …I’m not crying. ‘cause it’s a happy feeling.