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  1. Public Bookmark 4

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    Anthy (finally) finds Utena but the shocking events of the last duel seem to have taken their toll. Only time will tell if Anthy can grow past being the Rose Bride. Meanwhile, Akio moves out of 'check'...

    This novel focuses on Utena and Anthy, culminating into eventual Utena/Anthy, and is a post-anime continuation from Utena's (stupid yet sweet yet wise) point-of-view.

    It's a strange and thrilling mix of friendship/romantic drama, mega-angst, unexpected humour, cliffhangers, WTF?! moments, magic, crazy philosophical/religious symbology, dreamlike-ness, sexual innuendo and more, searching-for-meaning etc. In other words, it replicates the moods/themes of the (so-beautiful) anime.

    Other characters include Akio, Dios, ChuChu, Juri, Miki, Saionji, Touga, Nanami, Tsuwabuki, Wakaba, Shiori, Kozue, and Keiko.

    PS. This is continued and completed in the sequel novel, 'Thorns Wither', which is a continuation from the events of 'Roses Grow', written from Anthy's point-of-view (darker, bittersweet, and surprising).

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    18 Oct 2021

  2. Public Bookmark 43

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    Touga thinks becoming the next Rose Bride is the first step in his new plan to grasp world revolution, although it turns out Akio did not fully explain the amount of stabbing involved. Nanami and Saionji think Touga should stop manipulating them, but they can't exactly leave him to suffer.

    And so Ohtori's next cycle begins, turning shakily towards revolution.

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    10 Oct 2021

  3. Public Bookmark 57

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    Anthy has conflicted feelings for Utena. Takes place just after the duel of Self.

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    10 Oct 2021

  4. Public Bookmark 6

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    “I think the point of falling in love is probably to die before the other person,” says Shiori, frowning at the crack. “That way you don’t have to be alone, ever.”

    “I would never let you be alone,” Juri vows, and something kindles in Shiori’s eyes. She crowds Juri back against the wall, all elbows and shoulders and sharp edges. Juri bangs her head on the stone, hard enough to see roses, but the pain barely registers, because Shiori is kissing her, with one hand tangled in the hair at the base of her neck and the other splayed out in the center of her chest.

     

    Or: How Juri became the Rose Bride, and what happened after.

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    10 Oct 2021

  5. Public Bookmark 4

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    "Anshi’s not used to seeing the stars when she’s on her back." Anshi finds light with Utena.

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    09 Oct 2021