libraryseraph:

yomigaere:

tofixtheshadows:

Reminder to anyone who thinks that Ruka is the best guy in the series that he forces himself on Juri.

He pins her to a wall and kisses her while she’s struggling and she is clearly extremely upset by it. 

I can appreciate the sentiment of a guy wanting to save me from my most self-destructive habit out of love for me but if he’s going to be the world’s biggest abusive dick about it he can fuck right off instead. 

Not to mention that this is a heterosexual man forcing himself on a lesbian, essentially making this a case of attempted corrective rape (never mind the speculation that he did rape her in Akio’s car — which I don’t personally buy into for a couple of reasons, but the possibility is there and it’s horrifying). When I say Ruka is the worst homophobe in the series, I mean it.

Don’t forget what he pulled on Shiori. Even after what she did to Juri in the past, I still find it unnecessarily cruel for Ruka to dump a girl with such terrible self-esteem in front of the whole school, plus there was absolutely no need for him to screw her; I still think the only reason he slept with her was so he could give himself a reason to see her as a whore. I don’t care how much the entire fandom hates Shiori; she didn’t deserve that.

Having good intentions doesn’t excuse any of that shit.

~*~RUKA TSUCHIYA HATE LIFE~*~

~*~JURI ARISUGAWA AND SHIORI TAKATSUKI DEFENSE FORCE~*~

(via celestialbound)

comiqueer:

i just really like juri and shiori’s story. it was pretty toxic on both sides. like even if i empathized with juri, a lot of what went down was her fault because of a lack of communication. she never stopped to consider shiori, ironically, when she was in love with shiori. she never stepped in and tried to help shiori. and then shiori, coming to terms with her romantic love for juri. yeah a lot of what she does to juri is shitty, but juri didn’t treat shiori very well, either. she was very emotionally manipulative the episode when shiori comes back to ohtori academy.

and ugh like i really love shiori and juri. i think their story is one that’s familiar to a lot of queer folk, which is why i connected to it. especially shiori trying to deny that she’s in love with juri at first. she wanted to take something that she thought was important to juri to stain her pride, because juri is a proud person and this really hurt their relationship, because juri just couldn’t come to shiori and tell her how she felt, she just waited and waited and allowed the relationship to worsen.

shiori always felt second to juri. so she wanted to be better than her by taking juri’s ‘boyfriend.’ and when she finds out that it was really shiori who juri loved, shiori takes advantage of this. because she’s a needy and insecure person. and it’s also because she wants to distance herself from juri’s love as much as possible. because she’s scared, she’s never felt that way toward a girl before and it terrifies her. so she decides to hurt juri to make herself feel better.

i just ugh idk i love that narrative

especially when in that one episode shiori runs back to juri

i think that means that maybe they have a chance of healing their relationship. i like that it ended on that hopeful note. of course, it would take a long time, but i think it’s possible.

(via gendertears-deactivated20130109)

applebutterbomb:

In Revolutionary Girl Utena, the fighting sequences and the shadow girls and the sequence with Utena going up to the arena is all ritual and even though certain things change (the sequence with Utena goes up to the arena changes in the last arc and there are different songs during the fights) its essentially the same thing. They happen every episode, in the same order. And of course life is like that, but especially childhood. You don’t have a job, you go to school five days a week, you have certain days etc etc.

I think this is best shown in the scenes were Utena draws the sword out of Anthy. It’s involuntary for both of them. This contrasts with the movie, right before Utena gets sucked into the car wash and turns into a car. In that scene Anthy tries to get Utena to pull out the sword out of her chest and  but Utena pushes it back down. They are teenagers now, right on the line between childhood and adulthood.  Pushing down the sword was the first step towards adulthood and making their own decisions.

There is a scene that is similar in significance in the anime. Anthy rejects Otori and goes out into the real world by breaking out of the ritual by literally telling Akio that she will not be a part of the new cycle of rose duels. It’s just a great scene and I love that she breaks out of this huge cycle that she’s been a part of for so long. it’s an extremely mature action, especially considering the uncertainty that Anthy will face in the world outside of Otori and finding Utena. It’s also a role reversal, when Utena was a child, she swore she would save Anthy from her pain and now Anthy is the one to seek out Utena.

The Kunihiko Ikuhara Drinking Game

tumblmyrevolution:

“With Kunihiko Ikuhara in Los Angeles, the Akadot staff has been ushering the ‘Utena’ director around - going to the beach, cruising the Walk of Fame, drinking at the Sky Bar. However, Ikuni, the nickname by which we now refer to him, doesn’t drink. Wishing to include him in our drunken Angelino festivities, Akadot has made Ikuhara-san the focus of a new drinking game, which we now present to you.



The Kunihiko Ikuhara Drinking Game
Note:Granted, a basic knowledge of Ikuhara’s idiosyncratic ticks are essential for the game (as well as having Ikuhara in attendance) but this game, more than an alcoholic diversion, can serve as an educational piece on the habits of one Ikuni.
While kicking it with Ikuni, follow the proceeding rules:



Rule 1:
If his clothing ensemble consists of brighter colors than yours, take a drink.

Rule 2:
Every time he alludes to a girl’s beauty, take a drink and then offer her a drink.

Rule 3:
If he begins to hum a tune (using his characteristic “chu, chu, chu” syllables) as he’s walking around, take a drink. Take two if you begin to hum along.

Rule 4:
Every time he slips an English phrase he’s learned into conversation (we’re really looking forward to this rule when he finishes his English class) take a drink. Take two if it’s a whole sentence and down the bottle if it’s a recitation of Charles Bukowski’s essays on Los Angeles.

Rule 5:
Every time he comes face to face with a ‘Sailor Moon’ ad, take a drink. Take two if he then assumes that pose. If you also assume the pose, you’ve had a little too much, so drink yourself sober with another sip.

Rule 6:
Whenever Ikuni strikes a pose, everyone match it. If someone breaks before he does, the whole group has to drink

Rule 7:
Everyone match, with an alcoholic beverage, glass for glass what Ikuni sips of his non-alcoholic beverage.

Rule 8:
Whoever gets a direct answer about the meaning of ‘Sailor Moon’ and ‘Utena’ from Ikuhara-san deserves a free drink.

Rule 9:
If you stand up and spout a line from ‘Utena,’ give someone else in the group a ten count. If it’s in Japanese, have someone slam a shot. If Ikuhara answers you with the follow up line, you slam a shot. If Ikuhara glares out you with a stern expression cemented on his otherwise friendly face, don’t drink anymore.

Rule 10:
Every time a big Hollywood actress walks into the same room as Ikuhara, take a drink. If someone then proceeds to walk up to said Hollywood personality singing the praises of our own Ikuhara-san as a one of the pillars of Japanese animation, everyone else has to drink. If Ms. Hollywood then steals Ikuni away … game over.

Kampai!”
TW: rape, sexual assault, sexual slavery, child abuse
tumblmyrevolution:


Although the TV series touched upon Touga’s younger days, the film goes into more details – the wound of Touga that was never directly depicted.  In his younger days, Touga was a normal kid who enjoyed happy times with his friend Saionji Keiichi and his younger sister Nanami. However, he came to know his unfortunate fate from the time he was ordered by his parents to wear his hair long. His parents sold him to the Kiryuu family. Although he was an adopted son on the surface, the instinctive Touga knew what that meant. And in order to protect his younger sister, he accepted his lot. Being sold. We did not go into depicting what Touga’s parents obtained by going as far as selling their son. We would like you to think of it as a kind of metaphor. And Touga accepted in silence the sexual abuse from his new parents. His personality changed while he made a magnanimous show of enjoying the abuses in order to prevent his personality from splitting. The change took place in a spot so deep in his mind, that even those closest to him did not notice. Saionji and Nanami never noticed out of their innocence. And Touga never told his secret to anyone. It is said that a human being gains whatever he lost in exchange. So what did Touga gain in exchange at that point in time? It was the sense of alienation from being abused every night and seeing his innocent friend and sister during the day. The alienated self.
And it is out of this awareness of alienation that you come to obtain a higher humanity and sexual self-awareness. In the TV series, Saionji always felt that he was one step behind Touga. Although the two are more or less equal in terms of ability, what Saionji lacked was that sense of alienation.

-Enokido Youji

TW: rape, sexual assault, sexual slavery, child abuse

tumblmyrevolution:

Although the TV series touched upon Touga’s younger days, the film goes into more details – the wound of Touga that was never directly depicted.  In his younger days, Touga was a normal kid who enjoyed happy times with his friend Saionji Keiichi and his younger sister Nanami. However, he came to know his unfortunate fate from the time he was ordered by his parents to wear his hair long. His parents sold him to the Kiryuu family. Although he was an adopted son on the surface, the instinctive Touga knew what that meant. And in order to protect his younger sister, he accepted his lot. Being sold. We did not go into depicting what Touga’s parents obtained by going as far as selling their son. We would like you to think of it as a kind of metaphor. And Touga accepted in silence the sexual abuse from his new parents. His personality changed while he made a magnanimous show of enjoying the abuses in order to prevent his personality from splitting. The change took place in a spot so deep in his mind, that even those closest to him did not notice. Saionji and Nanami never noticed out of their innocence. And Touga never told his secret to anyone. It is said that a human being gains whatever he lost in exchange. So what did Touga gain in exchange at that point in time? It was the sense of alienation from being abused every night and seeing his innocent friend and sister during the day. The alienated self.

And it is out of this awareness of alienation that you come to obtain a higher humanity and sexual self-awareness. In the TV series, Saionji always felt that he was one step behind Touga. Although the two are more or less equal in terms of ability, what Saionji lacked was that sense of alienation.

-Enokido Youji

“I’m saying this for your sake.” How many times did I hear that as a child? An “adult” is not someone who has lived a certain number of years. We call someone who can exercise power an “adult.” A prince isn’t someone “who looks cool”; nor, of course, is a prince “a girl who dresses as a boy.”

Oh.

A “prince” is “someone who can exercise power”. What is that power for? Who is that power for? I stopped seeking to be sought after. That wasn’t being true to myself. I want to become “someone who can exercise power.” I want to become a prince. - For friendship, perhaps.

Kunihiko Ikuhara’s Director Commentary for Episode 12 “For Friendship, perhaps” of Revolutionary Girl Utena (via geekykristie)

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Speaking of Utena

athenaltena:

Something I was thinking about recently in terms of one particularly fucked up relationship in the show (and if you know the show you probably already know the one I mean) but spoiler cut in case people haven’t seen it:

[TW: domestic abuse, incest]

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During the Rose of Versailles, by wearing the uniform, Oscar hid her own body line - her own femininity. But now, times have changed. Even though it’s not yet a world where all women are free, this costume might allow her the chance to be a “woman.” We’re trying to envision a world where a woman can decide what she does with her own body. Utena decided to show off her own beautiful legs. She’s comfortable with her own beauty. That’s the type of world we were trying to portray.
Kunihiko Ikuhara,  Animerica Extra Magazine, 2000 (via geekykristie)

From the Utena Laserdisc Linear Notes:

  • Ikuhara: In the beginning, the Shadow Girls scenes stuck out like a sore thumb, but at this point, it's like the other scenes are the surreal ones.
  • Saito: It's true, the Shadow Girls scenes seem almost heart-warming somehow. It's shocking what we humans can get used to... The pointing fingers towards the end of the second section of the show [episode 20] were interesting, too.
  • Ikuhara: Weren't they just?
  • Saito: Was there some meaning to them?
  • Ikuhara: Oh yes. We're using an epoch-making technique there. (laughs) Ordinarily, viewers sense for themselves what about the show is interesting and why, but with those fingers, the production team is also supplementing their understanding, "This is the interesting part!"
  • Saito: So that's the deal... (laughs) I thought maybe there was some really profound significance to them, like they were clues to unraveling a mystery, or something.
  • Ikuhara: They have intrinsic significance too, naturally.
  • Saito: Really? Okay, then why were there more cats outside the window?
  • Ikuhara: Well, you see, that first cat met a pretty young thing and fell in love. And then, time went by, and children came.
  • Saito: So those things are indicating the passage of time, then?
  • Ikuhara: You're as sharp as ever. (laughs) All of them have something to do with the passage of time, yes.
  • Saito: Was "time" the theme of the Black Rose arc then?
  • Ikuhara: Hmmm... It wasn't a theme exactly, but "time" is quite central to this show as a whole. "Memory" and "time".
  • Saito: All right, then, what's the theme of this final third?
  • Ikuhara: Cars. (laughs)
  • Saito: Really? Cars are seriously the theme? (laughs)
  • Ikuhara: But of course. The sports car Akio Ohtori drives is the theme. Isn't that why we're doing this interview while we go on a drive?
  • Saito: What are you symbolizing with the sports car? Men? Authority?
  • Ikuhara: You see, when I was a child, there was something called the "supercar boom". Which might explain why even now, to me, cars like that gratify childlike desires in the adult world. That's the kind of thing they look like to me. When you grow up, there are fewer and fewer "toys". During childhood you want plastic model robots and stuff, but once you grow up, there are fewer and fewer objects of desire like that, right? Sure, maybe you think "I want a house" or something, but that's not quite the same thing as wanting a toy. The image I personally have of cars is that they're more or less exactly "adults' toys".
  • Saito: Huh. And what does it mean for Ohtori to drive one?
  • Ikuhara: That's about status. In the end, toys are things you can buy because you've got the breathing room to do so. People who own high-status brands of cars exemplify the symbol of the "adult with breathing room". That's one aspect of it.
  • Saito: Adult fun, adult toys.
  • Ikuhara: Right. It makes you think "he's really living large".
mirihugs:

i wanted to reblog this post so i screenshot it instead lmao fuck your inability to reblog asks tumblr.
ty kyanne

mirihugs:

i wanted to reblog this post so i screenshot it instead lmao fuck your inability to reblog asks tumblr.

ty kyanne

(via trickormiri-deactivated20121031)

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