Another random find… And what a find! I couldn’t believe my eyes!
This Rose Crest has the perfect shape and colours, it looks very, very close to the real thing. The main deviation is the crest itself - there are three versions (manga, anime and movie), and this one doesn’t look like any of them.
But there was an official version of the ring (released with a special edition of the manga by Shogakugan, I think) with this design. For some reason.
On the other hand, that version was copied and bootlegged from here to hell, so I can’t know if mine is even official. It has nothing engraved anywhere, though, so I suspect it is a bootleg.
Not that I give a shit. It is perfectly recognisable to serve as atrezzo, and very cool looking as well.
Not that I would be able to wear it, even if I wanted:
Why am I so small? ;P
If I ever figure out which materials to use, I’d love to craft my own anime and movie rose crests :3
What is Revolutionary Girl Utena about? It looks really interesting
Revolutionary Girl Utena is a classic anime from the 90′s. It was hugely influential and is regarded as one of the most formative anime of all time.
As for what it’s actually about … uh …
To quote the summary on myanimelist:
“After meeting a travelling prince who consoled her after the deaths of her parents, Utena Tenjou vowed to become a prince herself. The prince left Utena only with a ring bearing a strange rose crest and a promise that she would meet him again some day.
A few years later, Utena attends Ootori Academy, where she is drawn into a dangerous game. Duelists with rings matching Utena’s own compete for a unique prize: the Rose Bride, Anthy Himemiya, and her mysterious powers. When Utena wins Anthy in a duel, she realises that if she is to free Anthy and discover the secrets behind Ootori Academy, she has only one option: to revolutionise the world.”
That sounds pretty straightforward and it may seem that way at first but Utena is actually one of the densest, most symbolic anime of all time. Everytime I watch it I feel like I see something new and if you do watch it I highly recommend reading someone’s analysis along the way or else you might have trouble understanding what’s going on. (I recommend @ladyloveandjustice ‘s episodic analysis which can be found here)
As for why it’s worth watching, Utena is a wonderfully deep show with complex interesting characters and strong feminist and queer themes. It’s not the most well animated or fast paced of shows but if you’re willing to sit down and give it your attention it’s definitely worth it. People often call Utena a magical girl show and it does have some similar traits such as stock attacks, an episodic format and transformation sequences but I don’t usually call it that myself because Utena is a very untypical version of a magical girl show. If you do watch it be aware that it comes with a serious trigger warning for rape, incest and other dark themes. None of it is particularly graphic or gratuitous but it does need the warning.
Utena is one of my favourite shows of all time. And it also has elephants on surfboards. Yes really.
The witch having imprisoned the prince plunged the world into total darkness. The witch still wanders our dark world even now. She searches for young, noble souls to sacrifice anew! She seeks to keep another from bringing light to the world! All so darkness will reign. Beware! Beware! She’s still around, somewhere in this world. You, too… must beware!
Once in 1906, Nicholas was swimming in the surf with his four daughters when a large wave swept over them. The Tsar and the three older daughters rose to the crest of the wave, but Anastasia, then five, disappeared. “Little Alexei [aged two] and I saw it happen from the beach,” wrote the Tsar’s sister Olga Alexandrovna. “The child, of course, didn’t realize the danger, and kept clapping his hands at the tidal wave. Then Nicky dived again, grabbed Anastasia by her long hair, and swan back with her to the beach. I had gone cold with terror.”
So I’m not sure yet if I’m going to just use these as little boosts to focus my intent or as a sort of divination widget, but I had a bunch of spare plastic “gems” leftover from a craft project that are now rune-ified. I used a gold sharpie to inscribe the back of each one with it’s symbol, and then mixed corresponding colors of acrylic paint to seal them with.
There are 17 altogether:
10 for the original Sailor Senshi planetary bodies, plus earth for tux/chibs
4 more for the largest objects in the asteroid belt since Pluto and Ceres share rank as planetoids and I like using the quartet in my astrology anyhow.
3 for Jungian dream aspects with a personal magical girl twist; alchemical arsenic on black, star/sol symbol on white, and simplified Utena rose crest on “light red”
I’m not sure these will cover all aspects of every situation, but I figure it’s a good start for broad strokes and I feel way more comfortable using pop magic to start casting than Nordic runes. Kinda chaotic Serenitism, in a way.
“But as the sun rose I crested the mountain of my self-pity and remembered I was always going to die at the end of this life anyway. What did it really matter if I spent it like this—caring for this boy—as opposed to some other way? I would always be earthbound; he hadn’t robbed me of my ability to fly or to live forever. I appreciated nuns now, not the conscripted kind, but modern women who chose it. If you were wise enough to know that this life would consist mostly of letting go of things you wanted, then why not get good at the letting go, rather than the trying to have?”