I lost it at the end.
Okay, I had to check out the Van Eyck thing. I was a bit in denial because, come on, every single person can’t look like President Putin!
There are no words to describe how wrong I was.
Ikuhara's Episode Commentary:
34: "The Rose Crest"
Has the prince become a mechanism to allow princesses to exist?
Or is the existence of his princess the only thing holding up the sleeping prince’s noble heart?
The “Rose Bride” is born.
I’ve prepared three points of view.
The prince as a victim. Akio is what the ruined prince has come to in the end, the “End of the World.” The prince’s tragedy.
The Rose Bride is born: she saves the prince, and in exchange for keeping him all to herself, she bcomes the “witch,” and that is the tragedy.
Ream after ream of faxes come in to the prince’s mountain hideaway. I wonder if these sort of expressions feel a little dated. Would it be text message after text message now? Or flame after flame on the internet? Oh, but I guess you can just block texts from people if you don’t want them. No, no, a prince mustn’t do something like that. It must be rough being a prince in any age.
Yesterday it was pointed out to me that unlike the other duelists, Tatsuya’s issues didn’t “devolve” into a caterpillar then leaf despite all his conflicting statements. This either means there was nothing beneath the surface for him, no “deeper” issue or it was all an act to gain sympathy. I’m personally going with a little of both.
Which kind of erases the idea that “why am I not good enough” was the core of his issues- there IS not core to his issues,the why am I not good enough was not some deeper level, but said in the same breath as “I want her to be tarnished”, it was all the same “why didn’t she choose me” rant. There was nothing deeper there at all.
His breakdown was not induced but entirely his own surface level shit. Basically probably a big reason he didn’t get to be a duelist was there was nothing beneath the surface to motivate him- he was just a creepily entitled guy who wanted nothing more than sympathy for his sad lot, like some angsty dude on a message board looking for other mras to pat him on the back about freindzoning. And Mikage gave it to him.
Anyway, thankfully moving on to Wakaba.
Okay, so, I love this episode.
It’s basically an episode that explores the angst of BEING A SUPPORTING CHARACTER. Like, I love that kind of meta shit. Wakaba KNOWS she’s the “normal” character of the show, the designated cheerful civilian best friend, the girl “not in the know” to what all the main characters are up to. And being left out, being shoved to the side, that makes her feel useless and insecure and shitty. She KNOWS Saionji is involved in something special and epic and if she latches onto him she’ll be special too.
I love that her infatuation with Saionji is not really about HIM. It’s about Wakaba’s need to be recognized, to be acknowledged. She’s tired of being the nice girl everyone ignores and walks over, she wants to feel special and above it all. So she desperately attaches herself to Saionji so she can be involved in the big events of the show by association. And the kicker is, IT WORKS. Wakaba latching herself onto Saionji allows her to be part of the Black Rose arc and get her own spotlight episodes. But she knows her time is fleeting , that after this episode she’s done and back to being out of the loop, and that makes her utterly furious. It’s so delightfully meta.
is as much of a shithead as Saionji, imo
Okay, the first and most important thing to not about the episode is that Mikage lied to Tatsuya when he said the reason he was rejected from the Mikage seminar is because he was a good person. And the viewer was never supposed to sympathize with Tatsuya and the viewer was supposed to recognize that he was a Nice Guy TM.
This is confirmed in Ikuhara’s episode commentary for this episode:
‘Why is it that “the path he must take does not lie here”?
In any other show, a character like him probably would have been designed to gain the audience’s sympathy. However, this is Revolutionary Girl Utena, and the Black Rose arc no less. Anyone to open the door must be baptized.
There are many things in this world that don’t go the way you want them to. But even so, the onion girl is trying to be someone special. She’s fighting.
Isn’t that exactly the story that the Black Rose arc is trying to tell? That’s why there’s no path here for the boy who’s decided to just pray for her happiness from the sidelines.
In most cases, the things that don’t go the way you want them to have been decided by a system. How should we fight when we’re up against a great power, one difficult to oppose? That’s why there’s no path here for the boy who’s quit opposing it and decided to just pray for her happiness from the sidelines.”
Basically Ikuhara is saying that the reason Tatsuya is rejected is because he’s not a fighter and he doesn’t have anything to fight for. He is the boy who watches and waits for things to happen and then gets upset when they magically don’t happen. He thought just being present was enough to get Wakaba to swoon over him and make her happy, and he really had no interest in fighting for her or getting her to understand his feelings when she didn’t understand them magically the first time. Unlike Wakaba, he’s too entitled to put in effort.
So, basically, Tatsuya would have made a shit duelist because he has nothing he believes in and no willingness to fight for what he believes in. A guy who doesn’t fight isn’t gonna make a great opponent for Utena.
Mikage either told him “hey you’re a good person go away” because that was the easiest way to dismiss him or orpnhfr Zvxntr vf n ovg bs n Avpr Thl uvzfrys, jung jvgu ubj ur cvarq njnl nsgre uvf ynql naq xvyyrq crbcyr sbe ure gb gel gb jva ure snibe naq jnf fhcre pbashfrq jura fur qvqa’g “nccerpvngr” vg. Ur znl flzcnguvmr jvgu Gngfhln rira juvyr erpbtavmvat ur’f abg n tbbq svtugre. rot13 translator.
I mean, even without this info, it’s not like you can trust Mikage to judge correctly what a “good person” is. Even his boyfriend thinks he’s a terrible man.
I still se as the good guy and I wish she had ended with him
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As I feel an intense need to spread TNN and RaphaelxMikael’s love all over the world here is my another rambling on the subject in the form of little survey :3
1. When I started shipping them
2. What I think their challenge is
3. What makes me happy about them
4. What makes me sad about them
5. What moment I wish had never happened
6. Who I’d be comfortable them ending up with, if not each other
7. My happily ever after for them
1. Well, I didn’t even have to start cause it was obvious as hell, when I first saw screenshots from the show, that they are together. As a matter of fact, my first contact with TNN was only through pictures and occasional screenshots from the show, since back then there was virtually no site were you could watch or download the series. But even only with pictures their cuteness managed to steal my heart (I still remember the first picture of them - the one where they are holding hands on bedsheets - that made me melt into a puddle of pure squeal every time I looked at it. And it still does)
2. While I’m pretty sure there is no literal obstacle or rival that could pose a possible threat to their relationship I do think that most of their problems could stem from their personalities - mainly on Mikael’s part. It might not be so obvious but their whole relationship basically hangs on Mikael’s ability to see and sense angels, which I think wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that comes from his love and obsession with them. In other words. as long Mikael loves and believes in angels he can produce enough power in himself to see and touch them. But be there something that manages to shake that certainty in him - poof, and he loses it and gets lost. And while we don’t know how other angels may feel about that particular ability of Mikael’s it is quite obvious that it means a hella lot to Raphael so he tries to do everything to keep Mikael being attached to him. It’s not a big deal actually, as it’s obvious that Mikael loves him but the problem lies somewhere else - while Raphael must keep Mikael attached to angels he also doesn’t want him to sacrifice himself for their sake (that is, he doesn’t want Mikael to become one) since we saw what Mikael’s obsession with angels can do to him. So he must always balance that delicate line that keeps Mikael attached to angels enough for them to touch and not strain it too much so that Mikael won’t be trying to become angel himself at any cost. And to do that, I think one thing is required - that Mikael is convinced that he is worthy to be considered an angel in his current form, in others words, Mikael’s self-acceptance. And what a better way to make a person accept himself if not through loving them the way they are?
Raphael is Mikael’s lifeline - as long Raphael is with him Mikael has something that keeps him in the present, current state and stops him from basically nuking himself from existence (along with Noelle and Silky). And for Raphael, Mikael is kinda his respite from loneliness and boredom I guess - as long as Mikael’s with him, Raphael can still enjoy life and relive that lost ”human touch”.
3. That they’re totally canon and one of the most full-fledged relationships in Tenshi ni Narumon, that they are madly in love with each other (even if one of the participants has some problems with admitting that) and they have the whole eternity for each other
4. That there is virtually no fandom of this pairing (to say nothing of TNN). The series itself is one of the most original and profound out there, addressing many social (family, gender roles, fatherhood and motherhood, sibling relations), psychological (self-image, personality disorders, insanity) and even metaphysical or philosophical (nature of love, importance of human touch, loneliness, good&evil, importance of life, death, ambition, beauty, perfection, etc) and I dare to say that Raphael and Mikael’s relationship (even if not intentionally) incorporates many of these themes and presents them through the interaction between these two characters in one of the most beautiful ways.
5. Mikael’s freakout and breakdown… was almost painful to watch at some point, but I think it served to show just how much damage can an intense self-denial, self-loathing and obsession cause to an individual (and maybe, that a homosexual relationship is sometimes more healthy that a forced heterosexual one, but that’s just me:P) The screenwriter of the series stated in one interview that the basic message she wanted to convey was that one should live according to one’s desires and she added that it doesn’t have to mean that one needs to become necessarily selfish because of that, but that one shouldn’t deceive oneself and pretend. Being oneself, being true to what one thinks&feels is a lot more rewarding than constantly playing role one not fits in or lying to oneself about one’s true feelings.
6. Hard to say cause I can’t really envision them with anyone else besides each other, and not even because their look so sweet and hot together:P There’s also the matter of personalities and… pretty unique circumstances surrounding them.
For the start, Raphael is basically dead and can’t interact with humans so that hinders any possible relationship he could have with anyone. If he was a regular human, as he probably was as Fuyuki I imagine him ending up with some girl and building up a happy family with kids in a small, comfy house, somewhere in the countryside maybe (his cohabitation with Mikael kinda gave off that vibe to me). I don’t even count his relationship with his sister, Natsumi, because I think it’d be safe to say that as much as he must have loved her dearly his feelings for her never reached that obsessive level that Natsumi demonstrated. I believe he must have been aware of how his presence in his sister’s life hinders her growing up and stops from creating any other healthy relationships, be it friendship or romantic love (Kai was treated just as a substitute of her brother and all other boys were non-existent at best or stupid perverts at worst) so, at least on symbolic level his death, as painful as it was for her, was kind of necessary for her to let go of that idealization (she and Mikael are pretty similar in this regard - both are idealizing something beyond the rational point and in a result, they allow it to control and consume their whole life).
As for Mikael, well, considering how fragile his sense of identity is it’s kinda hard to envision him in any kind of healthy relationship with anyone, be it girl or boy. The problem with him is that, as Raphael described it accurately, Mikael is basically a baby. I doubt any girl would want to stay with a momma’s boy in a long-term relationship. On top of that, he has a tendency to play a role of a kind, chivalrous gentleman so while he might behave courteously on the first contact and continue being so on the superficial level (as indicated by for example, his interaction with Sara), I suspect the moment the girl would want to get closer to him things might go pretty awry. I believe that deep down Mikael doesn’t hold women, or humans in particular in a very high regard - he is either patronizing or contemptuous towards them.
He’s just too needy and “bitchy” - a traits that could turn out to be destructive and fatal for relationship if, for example the girl was not strong enough to know how to handle him. Raphael is, so he mostly finds Mikael’s childish side amusing and endearing.
7. Them staying together the way they’re now is obviously the best for them. They like yin and yang to each other - remove one from another and the hell will break loose.
Simple fan edit by Dejicita on Twitter. Looks 100000x better; more expressive face, smaller cranium, A+++.
The handwriting says “quickly fixed in SAI”.
lol, this. I don’t understand the people that keep telling fans who dislike the animation problems to shut up and use the reasoning that “It’s supposed to be like the manga! It’s supposed to look like that because it’s based on the manga!”. It DOESN’T look like the manga. It’s not nearly as expressive as the manga is, and it has a lot of technical issues.
No one actually has a problem with the manga style, but rather how badly they executed it in the new anime trailer.
I’m so tired of being told “NO IT LOOKS LIKE THE MANGA JEEZ DON’T YOU KNOW ANY BETTER” when it looks nothing like Naoko Takeuchi’s art style.
that simple re-edit fix is super appealing and way better! look, her eyes are focussed! they’re in proper perspective! her hair’s been pulled back to keep the focus on the actual importance of the scene here (the…transformation) and my goodness, look at how much the edit looks like Naoko Takeuchi’s style and how expressive it is.
Sailor Moon Crystal official TRAILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Watch here: http://sailormoon-official.com/animation/news/crystal_2.php