I forgot to post about RGU yesterday though I did watch the episodes. I apologize. I haven’t really been the best at getting my shit in order lately. One day I’ll update my LP!
Okay so after these three episodes we are now officially ascending the hill on the rollercoaster of tragedy. If you thought it was already tragic well that was just really bad news because we hadn’t even started climbing the hill. For the faint of heart you may want to stop watching after Episode 12 and make that the ending! Though I encourage everyone who can to stick with it with me because I dimly recall this anime being real good!
Before we get started it’s time for a mini installment of SGCBEIKAJILFA:
If you’ve listening to or paying attention to Nanami’s dialog in Japanese you can hear her saying her own name. Referring to yourself by your own name is a very immature/childish way of speaking. In anime, child characters often talk in this way so Nanami is speaking to her older brother as if she were still a child. It’s not cute.
That’s all, are you ready? Let’s get started:
Episode 10: Nanami is Not Even the Worst Person in this Anime.
Bye Saionji. 🖑🖕
Oh hey it’s his diary.
Touga probably isn’t going to do shit to bring him back.
Especially since Touga just admitted last episode that he set this whole thing up with the forged letter from the End of the World and probably…
Concocted and masterminded that whole fucked up incident under the castle even up to the point where he dives to save Utena and takes the sword hit.
Speculation spoilers over!
Haha, him incinerating that diary seals it, Saionji is probably gone for good. Nothing of value was lost. Burning that diary is the only good thing Touga will ever do.
Touga’s gonna scheme because he’s in no condition to fight Utena.
I can’t believe Utena just takes that slap. That shit really affected her.
Utena stop it. You are already a prince. Touga’s fucking mind games are getting to her.
That kitten is cute.
She probably actually really cares about him. He is probably the only person she cares about more than herself.
You may be wondering, Jenner is the incest gonna stop soon?
Do you really want me to answer that question?
Touga has got plans and I don’t like it.
Normally I would call Utena out on being tsundere here but I actually think she’s being sincere. She doesn’t really want anything to do with Touga but she feels she needs to pay him back for his heroics.
Of course Touga thinks it’s an act because he’s a piece of shit who can’t imagine anyone not wanting him.
The cat Nanami gave him in the flash back is in that box in this flash back isn’t it?
I mean, that’s not exactly true. There is something going on with her and Touga it’s just not romantic. If Touga can’t fuck you then he fucks with you. Oftentimes he does both.
I do think that since Touga has been playing up this chivalrous knight and noble prince act that Utena does respect him since he’s portraying himself as the kind of prince she wants to be. Let me state here and now that I am not a fan of this psychological manipulation Touga is pulling on Utena to get her to conflate him with the prince from her memories. It is absolutely a ploy to get the upper hand on her. Dude is awful.
No, Fefnir, Touga is not the worst person in this anime either.
Oh my god she kills the cat.
Nanami you suck.
Does Touga just have a warehouse full of those rings? I bet he does. But once again this is almost assuredly more psychological manipulation to get Utena to think he’s her prince. By her reaction, it’s working. Mad about it.
Also, dear creator of Utena. Implying Nanami is now a main character is not a good idea.
Note how Touga challenges Utena for Nanami, Nanami doesn’t challenge her herself. Like every other duelist has. This is a set up. He’s using her.
Hey get fucked Nanami.
She doesn’t know when to quit!
Bah. Fuck you, Touga.
Nanami you are just so fucked up and awful.
Friends since the box opens on the way down I’m gonna establish some canon here. Ignore the raven imagery, the kitten survives the plunge because cats and makes its way to shore where it is adopted by a nice anime family who spoil it rotten and it gets so, so, fat. It dies at the ripe old age of 23 having completely forgotten about Touga and Nanami.
Yeah, Nanami your job is fucking done now let that miserable piece of shit project his false airs of princeliness at Utena like he planned all along.
Episode 11: All According to Keikaku
When I watched this show with my girlfriend back in the early 00s she told me I reminded her of Wakaba.
Haha, the little hearts. I did make her meals just like that from time to time.
Takoyaki is delicious.
Yakisoba is also really tasty.
Why isn’t Chu-Chu dead yet?
Touga it’s your damn fantasy that you’re doing everything you can to turn into a reality and you suck.
Wakaba you’re not helping.
Juri knows what’s up. And no, I have no idea what’s going on with the balloons. It’s definitely symbolic of something.
Oh fuck you Touga, no it is not the victim’s fault.
I have complicated feelings about Anthy expressing sentiments like this. But Touga is a dick for this shut down.
Well that’s a threat.
You tell him, Utena! Anthy is a person, not some object to be owned, fought over, and passed around.
Utena no. Not like this.
Fuck you, Touga. Arghhh!
This fucker. His psychological manipulation is too fucking much and I hope she beats the shit out of him.
TOUGA KNOCK IT OFF! UTENA THIS SCUMBAG IS NOT YOUR PRINCE!
Sigh, Utena stop it. She really should know better by now. It’s not like it wouldn’t be good for Anthy but Rose Bride.
Anthy… Ugh I’m SO CONFLICTED. It’s impossible to tell if she’s being honest and sincere about this or if she’s just doing what Utena wants and saying what Utena wants to hear. I want her to want this. I would be a bad caretaker of the Rose Bride.
I mean, she’s on the right track she’s just going about it the wrong way. The solution is to liberate Anthy from her role as the Rose Bride and allow her to be just a regular girl. Ideally by finding some way for her to choose freedom for herself. But because Rose Bride this is a fucking mess.
Good Utena, get determined and kick his ass. It may be problematic as fuck but you are literally the only person who sees Anthy as a person and treats her as such.
“Until a doctor stoppage” is a reference to the “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” adage. They express a pretty much the same sentiment in Japanese. This is a pretty decent translation. Also the Shadow Girls are dating, I just made that canon.
Hey friends if you’ve been skipping the castle ascension sequences you wanna watch this one because it’s different. Utena hesitates. I’m not sure if that’s a good sign or not.
The way they look at each other aaah.
He’s specifically trying to draw out the ghost prince, what’s his angle?
OH YOU FUCKER!!
NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!
Friends she doesn’t even care about the power she just wants to save Anthy.
Touga don’t you dare.
DON’T YOU FUCKING DARE
Aaaaaaaaaaaaa you colossal fucker!!!
…Anthy… This cannot be pleasant for Anthy either. Agh.
Episode 12: Self Rescuing Prince
Alternate title: The One Where Wakaba Says All the Things I Am Either Thinking or Screaming at the Television.
She’s skipping class.
The covered name.
Gosh she’s devastated.
You can do it, Wakaba, I believe in you.
Wakaba don’t mention Anthy.
Actually maybe it’s okay she mentions Anthy.
Ugh, the Anthy leaving memory is gut wrenching.
Wakaba flailing about trying her hardest to lift her friends spirits, looking for any way to get her to talk or distract her. I know that feel, Wakaba.
A girl’s uniform? Nope, I don’t like it.
The onlookers are wrong, it doesn’t suit her at all.
Friends, being normal is bullshit.
Anthy don’t you fucking dare twist the knife.
I can’t tell if she twisted the knife or not, it doesn’t look like she did. You know Touga would have wanted her to twist the knife. Is she being defiant?
Wakaba is trying so hard. What a good friend. Wakaba is a ride or die friend.
They’re not saying you couldn’t win on skill alone, fucker, they KNOW.
Juri leaning on the 4th wall. She has a healthy contempt for Touga and I like it. She’s winning me back after the slapping incident.
You tell her Wakaba! A lesson for everyone, don’t be other people’s normal be your normal, whatever that is.
I’m mad too, Wakaba. This has really doused the fire in Utena.
Ugh, go away Touga. Nobody wants you here. Especially if you’re going to be flaunting Anthy about like a trophy. You make me sick.
No, he is still not the worst person in this anime.
Shut up and go away, dickbag.
Aaaaaah. Ew ew ew! Utena, c’mon!
Same, Wakaba. We are saying the same things. Get your filthy hands off her, Touga!
This cannot be even remotely pleasant for Anthy either.
TELL HIM WAKABA!
OH MY FUCKING GOD JUST THROW A FUCKING CHAIR AT HIM!!
Yes! Yes! Fine! A glass of water is fine!
Bah. Bah, bah, bah, bah, bah. Wakaba it’s more complicated than that.
Wow that slap! On one hand, yikes! On the other hand, fucking FINALLY.
Damn right you slap her back! Good on you, Wakaba!
YOU TELL HER WAKABA!
Wakaba rulz ok
Aww she took the handkerchief. Touga wouldn’t want that either. We might be seeing actually want from Anthy here, friends.
Damn right Wakaba! Don’t stop! NEVER STOP! Because this sucks!
This is the real Touga, a sleazy playboy who doesn’t care about anybody desperately trying to fill the void with sexual conquests that society has told him will satisfy him but that only leave him more hollow and lonely. He cannot have real companionship or form substantive relationships with anyone. He’s always scheming and using people. He’s reminds me of a sad MRA PUA scumbag. He’s pitiful.
Wow! Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! Okay that’s big. That’s REALLY BIG. That is 100% definite want from Anthy! Aaah, just leave and go to Utena, Anthy! Forget this fucker!
Yes. Yes. GO TO HER
Wakaba is figuring shit out.
Wakaba rulz ok
That’s right, Wakaba! You tell her!
Those bunk beds still going strong.
THANK YOU WAKABA! YES! TAKE IT BACK, UTENA! Go get yourself back from that fucker, don’t let him steal you from you.
SNAP OUT OF IT AND GO GET HER, UTENA!
There you go! There’s the real Utena!
Good fucking job, Wakaba. You goddamn hero.
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!
Go get her, Utena!
She’s gonna wipe that smug smirk off your fucking face, Touga.
Anthy’s gasp. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!
Same Shadow Girls, but I also no longer know what’s going on with the Shadow Girls.
Is that Juri’s sword?
It is! IT IS JURI’S SWORD!! Aaaah.
Juri you have done it, you have come back from the deficit! You officially rule again.
So symbolic having the woman (she’s a lesbian) give the other woman (she’s in love with a woman) her sword. That’s some good shit!
That sword doesn’t suit you, Touga. You belong in the garbage.
Yikes. Just because the sword can be used that way doesn’t mean it should be used that way.
It’s not beautiful at all. But it sure looks powerful.
I’m guessing this is like, Anthy putting her will into the sword. Yikes. It menaces with spikes of misogyny.
It’s okay, she’s a pro with broken swords.
Touga is cruel.
Utena isn’t interested in your bullshit any more, Touga. She’s wise to you now and done with your shit.
It’s not over, Anthy. She’s rescuing herself as much as she’s rescuing you.
Anthy: “This… this…”
Me: THIS IS WHAT A PRINCE LOOKS LIKE!
YES! FUCK YOU! FUCK. YOU. YOU DO NOT HAVE ANTHY’S WILL!
That tear, omg. She chose!!
Utena doesn’t need no fucking ghost prince shenanigans, the prince was inside of her all along.
Those smiles. :3
Back to the way it should be.[/spoiler]
For those that keep going I’ll see you on Monday with the next three episodes, and another short segment of SGCBEIKAJILFA.