Log Post #12 of 14
The student council is standing in a circle. Saying not to take their rings off until they find out if Utena succeeds or not. except Nanami, who has already taken her's off, and is crouching, watching some meat cook on a barbeque... wtf
Himemiya starts to regret what she did, and hesitates giving the sword back to Akio...
All of this is my fault. Do you hate what I've become? Perhaps, if I tried to be a prince like I used to be... no one would have to get hurt.he's crying as he says this...
Your pain and your suffering... I feel them always, as a part of me.Anthy:
Knowing everything of the world, you chose this path.Akio:
And knowing everything of you, I love you.
she gives him back the sword, he walks up to the Rose Gate..
The portal which seals the power to revolutionize the world.but then he notices something...
Here they come... ANTHY!
Utena grabs onto Himemiya's dress, tries to tell her not to go... Himemiya disappears from her dress.
a bunch of swords fly up toward Akio...
The million swords which shine with human hatred... They are stirred by the sight of this prince's sword.The swords bounce off Akio's feet, avoiding him and flying upward away from his feet.
Utena watches as the swords form a circle around Himemiya, and start flying towards her.
She takes the swords in place of the prince. That is the destiny of the Rose Bride. This is what Anthy has chosen for herself...
Utena is in pain as Akio uses her sword to slash at the Rose Gate.
she starts begging for her prince to save Himemiya.
Such a gentle-hearted girl... you weep for her? You see that rose-shaped gate there? Through that door lies eternity. That which shines. The power of miracles. With that power, anything is possible. It's too much for you. You're just a girl, aren't you? Besides, you don't have that power. With such power, you could do anything. You could free that girl from her destiny. But how the power shall be used...EotW:
Is for me to decide.Prince:
Come now, don't look so sad. You've tried so hard till now. No need to blame yourself. You've treasured the Rose Crest ring till now. A kiss, to show my appreciation...
Utena puches the ground, and manages to stand up...
Akio breaks Utena's sword on the door.
So, this sword won't work either... When will I finally regain the Power of Dios? Oh well, the Rose Bride still belongs to me.
Akio tells her there's no use in trying to open the seal. The prince sword has shattered...
You can't open it. I couldn't, so..she pushes him away...
Wakaba looks up at the observatory, the place where Utena lives with Anthy and Akio... aka the spiral staircase and platform.
Utena struggles to open the gate...
Seeing you is like seeing myself in the past...
Himemiya... you still don't know... The only time I've ever been really happy... was when I was with you.
This... fucking brilliant scene.. Utena cries, her tear bounces on the ground and hits her ring.
Akio finishes his drink, then notices the swords have stopped coming towards Anthy... He sees Utena, pulling a coffin open in a very strange, surreal background... shadows of swords are pointed away from her...
Don't open it! Don't you know what'll happen?!The swords retreat from Himemiya... and start spinning around in a circle rapidly... he screams... as Utena finally succeeds in opening the coffin.
I came here to save you.
But... who are you...?
I came all this way to be with you. So don't be afraid of this world where we can meet.
Inside the coffin, is long-haired Himemiya... Utena calls out to her.
Himemiya... at last, we meet!...
Himemiya, give me your hand!
No! Get out of here! The swords...!she just keeps reaching out and telling Himemiya to grab her hand...
just as their hands touch... Himemiya's hand slips off and she starts falling.... her and the coffin with weird lines coming out of it, fall off the tower.
I guess, in the end... I couldn't be a prince...
The sword forms a giant spike, that plunges towards Utena... no, toward the tower itself, destroying whole room and equipment... The spiral staircase and tower crumble just like the castle.
meanwhile, Wakaba rings on the tower's doorbell...
I guess Utena isn't home. I wanted to do homework with her.
The silhouette girls start talking about what they'll do when they get out of this school...
wow... the way this show clashes the dark, fantasy side of its story with the normal school slice of life stuff... now the students are just gossiping about Utena and acting like the event that just happened was nothing special at all...
Hey, who was Utena again?
Huh? Don't you know? Remember? She always dressed in boys' clothes. The teachers were always chewing her out.
Ohhh... now I remember. Didn't she get hurt very badly... a few months back and had to be hospitalized?
Huh? Hospitalized? I heard her friend or her boyfriend betrayed her... and she transferred to another school.
I heard she got in trouble with the Chairman and got expelled.
All the side characters continue on with their lives as if everything is normal again, except Utena is gone... Wakaba has a new friend that she jumps on and annoys now.
Anthy goes to her brother...
Now that Utena's gone, she is now just another failed dropout to the rest of this world. She failed to bring revolution. I'm rewriting the Rules of the Rose Crest. I'll be counting on you, Anthy.Anthy:
You really don't know what's happened, do you? ...It doesn't matter. By all means, stay in this cozy coffin of yours... and continue to play prince. But I have to go now.
Go? Go where?
She isn't gone at all. She's merely vanished from your world.
W-what are you talking about?
Chuchu jumps on Anthy's shoulder, carrying a luggage bag.
This time it's my turn to go. No matter where you are, I swear I'll find you. Wait for me... Utena.</spoiler>
Such an appropriately strange ending... My understanding of it is very vague, and when I try to put it into words it barely makes any sense at all.
Ssome random thoughts, although I doubt they are accurate...
That play that was describing how the girls of the world all rely on the noble prince and his eternal power to save them from their troubles... I think this was Akio's own world that he brought about with the "power to revolutionize the world". Akio made it so that, if you're a girl, you need to be saved by the prince. Anthy then took this power and revolutionized the world in her own way. She became the "evil witch" who stole the world's light.. Her being impaled with spikes and sealed in a coffin, that is the result of how Anthy feels about the rest of the world. That whole thing about Utena needing to become a "noble prince" in order to save Anthy, that's just Akio pushing his world view. From Akio's perspective, only someone worthy of being Anthy's prince can free her and take back the power to revolutionize the world. I think it's trying to imply that Anthy won't really be saved if Akio gets what he wants, because that'll just put things back to how they used to be before Anthy became a witch, so she'll just end up doing the same thing again.. In order to truly save Anthy and revolutionize the world, someone simply needs to show Anthy true friendship so that she no longer feels the need to seal that power away from the rest of the world.