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May 3, 2009 4:02 AM

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THIS IS AN ANIME ONLY DISCUSSION POST. DO NOT DISCUSS THE MANGA BEYOND THIS EPISODE.
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Fantastic episode only one left now.

 
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Jun 12, 2009 3:56 PM

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The duel in this episode really does feel like the end of the world.
 
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Sep 3, 2009 3:45 PM

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I cannot believe what happened at the end of this episode. I might be disappointed if it persists this way.
 
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Sep 7, 2010 9:14 PM

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Wow, I'm really impressed with this series so far. And to think I said I was on the verge of dropping it in the episode 3 discussion.
 
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Nov 15, 2010 2:28 PM

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Oh my oh my oh my


So close now!



「人間は。。。俺のもんなんだからさ。」
 
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Dec 19, 2010 9:09 AM

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What the...? Well, that was quite the plot twist at the end.
 
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Mar 19, 2011 10:28 PM

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WTF! Mind = Blown
 
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May 10, 2011 9:11 PM

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Jul 11, 2011 12:29 PM

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KeiranShikari said:


One of the greatest anime ever made? I think so.
"Yes, I have been deprived of emotion. But not completely. Whoever did it, botched the job."

- Geralt of Rivia
 
Aug 13, 2011 3:48 PM

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EPIC

This anime already got it's 10 from me.
 
Aug 14, 2011 2:06 PM

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KeiranShikari said:


This!
 
Aug 22, 2011 9:29 AM

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whyyyyyyyyy
 
Sep 19, 2011 4:51 AM

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Whaatt???!!
"Perhaps there is a universal, absolute truth. Perhaps it justifies every question. But that's beyond the reach of these small hands."
 
Dec 29, 2011 10:52 PM

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WTF!?
 
Jan 25, 2012 12:14 PM

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Wow, what a cliffhanger. Fantastic series so far, all that's left is for the ending to deliver.
 
Feb 1, 2012 9:55 AM

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WHY?!!!!!!!!!! Why Anthy!!! Why?!!!
 
Feb 22, 2012 5:06 PM

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amazing episode...WTF Anthy!!!! Cannot wait to finish this...already a 10/10 and top 5 favorite for me...
 
Jun 18, 2012 6:07 PM

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Like most I'm just wondering, what the fuck?
 
Jun 23, 2012 10:45 AM

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Yeah, I have no clue what is going on anymore. Even before Anthy's betrayal (that wasn't all that unexpected. Ugly bitch).
 
Sep 7, 2012 9:04 PM

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Well, there is a lot of crazy shit happening but a powerful episode nonetheless - very appropriate for the End of the World.
 
Dec 21, 2012 5:30 PM

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Errrrrmmmm. WAT.
 
Dec 27, 2012 11:20 AM

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Can people in this show teleport?
Even when I was in crowd, I was always alone
 
Jan 31, 2013 12:52 PM

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Anthy, NOOOOOOOO! D:
 
Mar 7, 2013 1:25 AM

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I hope the episode ending has more to it than what meets the eye...!
 
May 7, 2013 8:28 AM

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Ultra solid episode. Motives pls come back.

Overall the last cour was the most polished, kind of makes you wish the first two were a bit more, but I've seen it in other JC Staff productions, so I guess it can't be helped.

And now that I think about it, I've been waiting for the flying horsies forever, feeling a bit cheated right now.
 
Jul 1, 2013 8:54 PM

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i'll be sore if we don't find out why Akio went to all this trouble. it's all feeling kind of vague
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Jun 7, 2014 9:59 PM

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This last episode reaaaallllyyyy better wrap things up in terms of motives, character backgrounds etc. Either that or well-placed ambiguity. Because if I'm left with a really sour ending I'm not sure how I will feel about the series. These last 5-6 episodes have been quite good. Beyond that though, there was little to no plot movement for 30 episodes and tons of repetition.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the symbolism, music, and dark storytelling of the actual storyline, its just been covered up!! I need more of that and less repetition.

Fingers crossed for the last episode.
 
Aug 1, 2014 2:42 PM

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Well, Touga did warn Utena about Akio AND Anthy. And I still didn't expect that to happen. Well, at least I started to when it seemed like Utena and Anthy grew closer.
 
Dec 16, 2014 6:33 PM

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I am sooooooooo freaking confused.
 
Jan 11, 2015 6:43 AM

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Utena sure got some moves. Even the ouji-sama is astonished.

Himemiya the backstabbing scumbag, we'll see how this all ends soon enough I guess.
 
Jan 24, 2015 5:35 PM

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This episode cannot just be explained in purely words.
 
Mar 21, 2015 3:40 PM

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can't wait to see how this ends, I actually quite like the twist at the end. really going against what everyone thought would happen
 
May 29, 2015 4:27 AM

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A really fast paced episode. I have no clue what Akio's agenda is, he knows stuff that Utana doesn't but is never clear about it.
 
Jul 3, 2015 6:33 AM

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That ending of this episode sent shivers down my spine.
 
Aug 2, 2015 4:04 PM

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Great episode, didnt see the end coming.
 
Oct 8, 2015 6:29 PM

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I'm interested to see how the final episode plays out.

5/5
 
Nov 25, 2015 11:11 AM

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WHYYY ANSHIIII NOOO!

She just can't accept Utena as her 'prince.'

Really loved hearing the Student Councils' introduction one final time.
 
Nov 26, 2015 9:48 AM

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Deore said:
Really loved hearing the Student Councils' introduction one final time.


I love that Miki is just staring at his stopwatch, leaving it running… Lot of nice touches here.
 
Dec 5, 2015 9:26 AM

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Vau Anthy, that was some serious punch in the stomach - or even a bit lower,lol...
 
Feb 18, 3:46 PM

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I truly despise Akio but he did make some interesting points against Utena.

Anthy...WHY!?
 
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What in the hell was that ending!? This has got to be Utena's best cliffhanger yet but more on that in a minute. It's amazing to me how this is one of the tensest and most exciting 23 minutes of anime I've ever seen but not much really happens. Utena and Himemiya finally go to claim eternity and revolutionize the world. Akio shows up to take his place as the big bad. And the rest of the episode is just Utena and him fighting as they shout at each other about all that has happened. But it's incredible, aided by the fact that this is hands down the best duel in the whole series. Some of them particularly in the Black Rose Arc were samey, though I hesitate to say disappointing or boring. However the last arc has really pulled out all the stops especially in Jury and Touga's fight.

But this one takes the cake, the back and forth is brutal and savagely choreographed. The conflict between Utena and Akio feels singularly important, more than any we've ever seen. The outcome of this battle is important to anyone who has come to care about Utena and Anthy including the audience. And it doesn't help it's been such a long time coming. We've known about Akio being the End of the World, since about Episode 21, and as the full extent of his chaotic evil has been revealed the audience is forced to wait with bated breath until Utena discovers his true nature and finally does something about it. It's been so long coming the audience is practically screaming for it when they finally do fight and it's glorious.

It's a testament to Utena that this is not pure good vs. pure evil. Akio has little redeeming qualities despite his apparently righteous path in his youth. But I love how Akio points out that Utena is not innocent in all this either. She was seduced by his charms, but she still accepted his advances despite knowing he was engaged. This moral grayness, combined with the perfectly ominous final setting for the showdown, and the as always sublime and cacophonous soundtrack make it a positively apocalyptic final showdown.

I also liked some quick scenes we get with the supporting cast.The shadow players clinking martini glasses in the hot tub celebrating a great run (meta as always) brought a smile to my face. I loved the scene with the student council huddled around the flaming trash cans too. Nanami ended up being my favorite, as she had the most drastic arc and her huddling beneath them whimpering about how she just wants the whole thing to be over was real as fuck. I would be too, you've all been through a lot.

The ending almost completely upends the entire episode. Anthy seems to have reached a point of despair in her relationship with Akio, after attempting to commit suicide last episode. So what appears to be the ending, Utena without Dios standing strong as the prince and overpowering Akio felt natural. Which makes Anthy's abrupt betrayal all the more devastating. I don't know how tragic this finale is going to be, but it can't be happy after that certainly. At least there was a bit of levity in that fourth wall breaking preview. Mocking the ridiculousness of most anime endings made me laugh.
 
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Fuck me!!

Now this is a cliffhanger.
 
Aug 6, 11:36 AM

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A hologram machine. That might've been the most awaited answer for me, LOL.

Unbelievable. Even Utena cutting through cars without even moving her sword makes sense now. That also explains why Touga wasn't moving an inch despite the cars moving towards him, he already knew the truth.