asdjkladl those two Rosiel/Lucifer cosplay photosets are giving me so many feels because it’s a duo that’s not being talked about often (or perhaps it’d be more accurate to say that Angel Sanctuary isn’t popular enough…)
I adore the heartbreaking scene where Rosiel rejects Katan because he doesn’t want him to witness his detoriation even though Katan is the one person who’d never reject Rosiel, regardless how low he falls, in mind or in body. Rosiel’s mental state had already taken a turn for the worse very early into the series, something Katan was aware of, but still he decided to follow Rosiel and stain his hands for him. Physical detoriation doesn’t even compare to that, but to Rosiel, his physical appearance is everything (for reasons unknown to Katan) because he does actually think that it’s the only thing that gives him any worth.
Katan even goes as far as speaking out against Lucifer (a figure considered to be extremely dangerous at the time), but as soon as Rosiel, shielded from sight by Lucifer’s cape, tells him in a seemingly cold manner not to come any closer, he… gives up immediately, presumably because of the hurt of being rejected, not just because he’s blindly obedient.
And it hurts you as the reader because Rosiel, in the very next scene, confides in Lucifer, who does not care - precisely because it’s clear that Lucifer doesn’t care. I adore this scene (page 21-23):
Rosiel: These are literally her eyes and her lips! Shall I kiss you? With my sister’s lips… When I am one with Alexiel again, I’d even sleep with you. Tell me, am I beautiful?
Lucifer: You’re hideous. No one… No creature in this world is as repulsive as you.
Rosiel: And yet they are warm, your arms. My Prince.
Among the reasons Rosiel chooses Lucifer to lean on is because Lucifer doesn’t pretend to care and has never pretended to; Rosiel is capable of understanding apathy, but his mind probably cannot grasp genuine affection due to his past (being born as a misshapen creature to rot away), which includes being seemingly rejected by Alexiel, the one person he thought would be accepting of him due to their bond as siblings.
His entire existence is built around the stolen/borrowed beauty, and it’s shown plainly throughout the manga that it’s that beauty which he uses to manipulate those around him. Whenever Rosiel asks his famous line “Am I beautiful?” or orders people to tell him he’s beautiful, I’m inclined to think that it’s not so much for confirmation, but mockery and humiliation: He’s forcing the world that has shunned him for his hideousness to bow down to his fake beauty, be it out of fear or as a result of infatuation. Yet few people actually understand just how rotten Rosiel is in the face of that stunning beauty - and when Lucifer speaks to him, Rosiel is aware that he’s looking at his very core. Lucifer neither fears nor loves Rosiel, whereas Katan adores him (understandably so since Rosiel created him) to the point of neither being capable of seeing nor voicing what Rosiel is trying to tease out of Lucifer in that scene and what he longs to hear.
I adore the follow-ups to that scene just as much, with Lucifer being shown carrying the weakened Rosiel while Katan is the only person to realize that the puppet who took Rosiel’s place isn’t actually Rosiel - because Katan is the one who does in fact question Rosiel on a constant basis even if he doesn’t end up voicing that.
And there’s just something very tender in the next few sentences (page 17-18) Rosiel speaks to Lucifer as well:
"Kill as much as you please. It’s our fate to walk in rivers of blood until our dying day. I’ll go with you, wherever you go… Until we have reached the end of our journey. From the summit of hell to the graveyard they call heaven. Carry me on the wings of death, wherever you go."
I don’t talk about the phallic imagery in RGU a lot, I’m aware, since it falls into the stuff that ‘I’d cover if I wanted each liveblog to take 4 hours’, but I think this scene is interesting enough as it juxtaposes Akio’s views on Utena (and women, to an extent) and Touga’s shifting outlook.
Akio is surrounded by cactuses, each a symbol of how he views women as objects to be corrupted, pierced, damaged, and how he ultimately wants the same for Utena. Not in so bold a term, but what he wants certainly isn’t what’s best for her. The number of them represents his views that all women are to be like this for him, as he surrounds himself with symbols of his masculinity and power over each women he encounters. Not a single cactus flowers, as the affection he would need to feel for these women in order to cause the bloom, isn’t there.
Contrast Touga. His cactus is singular, small, and he holds it close to him rather than surrounding himself with it. It represents the value he is coming to place onto Utena. Yes, he’s still naive, the cactus still has it’s piercing thorns, but it blooms with new affection as well. He holds the single plant as an expression that he views this about 1 woman, not all, as in Akio’s case. You could imagine perhaps that these is a different set of cacti for each woman he knows, as they all begin to hold singular meaning for him now, due to the way his attitudes are being altered.
Ooo I like that take on the cactus! o3o
I also took the flower as a sign of his feelings for Utena. I do think its interesting that the flower is yellow, his sister’s color. Yellow flowers also mean jealousy. ovo
HOLY CRAP YES.
Well, they’re both yellow and orange, which in flower terms tends to mean more platonic affection, admiration, friendship, genuine fondess, and yes, yellow for jealousy—as opposed to pink and red, which tends to be sexual and romantic love. Not that Touga DOESN’T want to bone Utena, of course he does. But his usual color red is about sex more than anything else. Now he’s starting to develop actual feelings beyond lust. It’s the “love that blossomed in winter”—true affection that developed far too late.
Part of Touga’s freak out when Utena defeated him was not just that he didn’t win and he isn’t used to it. His whole schtick has been pretending to be a prince to get what he wants, and this is okay to him, because power runs the world. Purity will just get trampled, only the powerful survive, and you’re a fool to believe otherwise. You might as well start playing the game now before everyone else catches on(it’s a pretty understandeable worldview when you may have been sold as a child—bartering for power using your body is FUCKING SCARY when you consider he’s what, 17 years old?) . He had every reason to get what he wanted, and Utena won purely with the power of a pure heart. She destroyed his entire worldview(and he may have been revisiting earlier trauma since no doubt that worldview was born from him thinking “this is just the way the world is” after it happened—he is so textbook child molestation victim it’s ridiculous). Even when he seems to get better and starts working for Akio in earnest again, you can tell it’s a niggling doubt in the back of his mind. He’s now able to see himself and what he wanted to be in Akio, and is asking himself if it’s really what he wants after all.
Which ultimately leads to him concluding “holy shit this guy is trash and therefore I am trash welp might as well sacrifice myself to keep the Trash King from destroying the only good thing in the world.” Touga knows the “victor” wins absolutely nothing but a stab in the back. His previous duels with Utena had been mind games and he clearly didn’t care about having the Rose Bride. I think it’s pretty obvious he’d let Saionji win the Rose Bride back after he’s gotten Utena to succumb to him, if things had gone differently. But he actually cares about winning the lat duel. He’s warned Utena more and more against it the closer she gets to the final duel. He solemnly insists that every member of the Student Council stay and watch it. It’s like a complete inversion of the time he “saved” Utena from Saionji. He’s actually saving her from something, but will get absolutely nothing from it. The night in the dueling arena is him steeling himself to sacrifice himself and make Utena totally fucking hate him yet again because he’s accepted that he is a trash baby that only destroys innocent things. Why else would someone with as much social intelligence as Touga follow up a wistful night under the stars with pinning Utena against a tree and demanding she be “his woman” if he wins? I mean, he’s a giant piece of shit, but he’s not a social <i>idiot</i>—that’s like something he would make fun of Saionji for doing to Anthy. This is the sort of shit that make Utena lose her shit at Saionji. And he knows that. But he’s realized that he’s too fundamentally broken and fucked up to not hurt her if he were to somehow have her. He sees himself in Akio and that makes him fucking hate himself now. So he might as well go out with a bang protecting possibly the only thing he ever loved and throwing a kink into Akio’s plans. He may as well, in his own fucked up way, attempt to be a genuine prince for once in his life.
I know some people will think I’m reaching with Touga’s motivations for his last duel, but consider this: http://www.broomstick.org/utena/names.html
All of the members of the Student Council have last names that conjure up imperial power in Japanese history. What is the most famous Kiryuu known for? <i>Betraying his master.</i>
one of the concept design test i did for rare ltd.
White Northern Lights in Finland
Evening doodle of cute magical gfs in modern day clothing uwu
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I wanted to draw more characters from vlr, but due to time constraint i drew only my favorite uwu
gpoy otp: mitsukiki (mitsuhide lowen x kiki seiran) from akagami no shirayukihime
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