Reviews for The Three of Us: A Code Geass Christmas Fic
kyouruhi24 chapter 1 . 12/27/2009
i know this was supposed to be a happy and heart-warming fic.. but for some reason.. tears just seem to be falling from my eyes..

i feel sad for lelouch.. at the same time admire him.. he sacrificed a lot for nunnally.. tried so hard to please her (the thing with learning to sew so he'll be able to make a real dress for nunnally some day touched me deeply..

good thing suzaku is there... i love him..

oh well.. hope u make more suzalulu goodness!

merry christmas!
Francesca chapter 1 . 11/23/2009
so cute and IC...

They are so sweet as children... ç_ç
Arroyo Rose Cawston chapter 1 . 7/12/2009
Wow! I really enjoyed this one. It reminds me of O. Henry's Gift of the Magi and the Cratchett family in the way that the characters make do with what they have.
Lickumz chapter 1 . 6/8/2009
I'm very glad that I bothered to check your profile out for more Code Geass fics because this was absolutely wonderful just like Purple Flowers. This made my heart ache for Lelouch and Nunnally. And Suzaku was sweet. He actually took off some of his layers for Lelouch. Aww~ lol Unlike his usual self... I mean I like the dude but..man he can be a jerk at times.._ lol Well, I just wanted to express my appreciation for your gift for us Code Geass fans. Thank you!
mochiusagi chapter 1 . 12/26/2008
aw that was so cute!
xxxCodeTsubasa chapter 1 . 12/26/2008
Aw, cute - I love fluffy stories with them as children! Oh and Merry (belated) Christmas to you!
spare chapter 1 . 12/26/2008
This story was exactly the sort that I'd been looking for when I decided to browse through the fics under this anime. Something filled with innocence and Christmas cheer! Suzaku and Lelouch and Nunnally as children. A perfect read with a cup of hot chocolate, w00t. Thank you for writing this. -
J Plash chapter 1 . 12/25/2008
So I am reviewing my own fic for a reason :P Had to reply to that last anonymous review, just in case whoever you are happens to drop back in ;D

I take your point about the alt history and Rome (believe it or not, I had actually thought about that :P), but I do believe there's evidence in the anime that there's at least some form of lapsed, irreligious Christian culture operating in the background of Britannia. The instance that immediately springs to mind is R1 ep10, when Lelouch tells the Black Knights that (and I'm quoting Shinsen's sub, because I can't speak Japanese) 'even the Messiah had to perform a miracle to prove himself'. He says 'Messiah' in English, so it's not a poor translation of a more dubious religious reference. To me, that says that while Lelouch obviously isn't Christian, and his father definitely isn't Christian, Britannian culture has a similar sort of Christian background to that that gives us curses like 'omg' or 'holy jesus'. And if Britannia has that same lapsed Christian background, it would make sense that their non-religious, commercialised winter festival might be called Christmas...just as our non-religious, commercialised winter festival is called Christmas. I certainly don't think Lelouch regards it as a religious festival, but I think there's a reasonable chance they might have ended up with the name (and, as you mentioned, we don't know what the other options might have been, so it's the only one we can go with :P). I do think you have a point with a.t.b., though. It's a pretty unsubtle assertion of power, and it would make sense for them to arbitrarily assign a new name for the winter festival as well (though again, who knows what).

That aside, I think it's a fascinating point of consideration. Like you say, the churches are notably void of recognisable symbols. That doesn't really mean anything; many types of Christianity abhor symbols in churches, and I can think of hundreds of churches around the world with no more indication of sect than those pictured in Geass. You have to wonder though. The emperor obviously doesn't share his religious thoughts with his people (Cornelia is shocked to learn of his beliefs when she reaches the Geass order in R2), but what *does* he say? My suspicion with the churches would be that there may be a standard of multi-faith worship. Given the high level of cultural mixing in the Britannian empire, the general lack of religious fervor and the lack of a mandate from the emperor, it would make a lot of sense, and explain the lack of religious symbols beyond generic candles.

As for the rest of the review (:P); yeah, I'd expand that to say the concept of Lelouch and Nunnally actually having a remotely hard time as political hostages in a hostile nation hasn't been discussed much in the ficdom to date. There's a fair bit of 'and then they renovated the storehouse into a pretty cottage and danced in the flowers and were loved by all', and not a lot of serious thought ;D

Anyhow, if you do drop back in and see this, anonymous reviewer, thank you so much for leaving such a completely awesome review (I love discussing this sort of stuff XD)!
Anonymous chapter 1 . 12/25/2008
Sorry to nitpick, but I don't think Britannia celebrates Christmas either. Remember that Christianity spread through Europe due to the dominance of the Roman Empire around the third century AD. Since Britannia repelled the armies of Ceasar and remained untouched by Roman rule, it's unlikely that Christianity would have penetrated Britannian society too much. (After all, they refer to their years using the A.T.B. calendar, while the Christian world has used the A.D. calendar exclusively for centuries)

Likewise, if we look at the church that Lelouch and Mao played a game of chess in, or the church that C.C. was praying in at the end of the series, there is a distinct lack of Christian symbolism (no crosses, effigies of Jesus or Mary, etc), suggesting that, if Britannia has a dominant religion, it is something quite different from Christianity.

That being said, they'd still likely celebrate some sort of winter solstice celebration. Traditions such as "Christmas trees", the lighting of lights, giving presents, etc, actually predate Christianity anyway. It's just that their particular celebration wouldn't be called Christmas.

That all aside, I nonetheless enjoyed the fanfic. The particular concept of Lelouch and Nunnally having to hide their Britannian traditions to avoid the scorn of their "caretakers" is a concept that hasn't been discussed much in the body of fanfiction to date. And, in the absence of any information about typical Britannian holidays, Christmas was an acceptable substitute.
Warui-Usagi chapter 1 . 12/24/2008
This was ridiculously adorable. Lelouch is SO cute as a little kid. And so is Suzaku - he's not annoying yet. :P Very cute, and a wonderful piece to celebrate Christmas. All in all, very enjoyable. :D
LawliPop chapter 1 . 12/24/2008
That was so sweet! I love reading fics about them as children - and the fact that it's a christmas fic just adds to my love for it. X3 Thanks so much for writing this