pers 

RIP 5000 chars I wrote on cellphone keyboard about religious experiences for these photos. Thanks >.>

re: pers 

(looks at this selfie)
(looks at this selfie)

(looks at this selfie)

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re: pers, non-sexual nudity, female-presenting nipples, mh 

No one has // anything to tell
No thing is // a thing to tell
Only in
a darkness e'ver sealed: the yesterday
Only in
a flash of a briefest glint: the now
Only in
a darkness waiting for this light: the tomorrow,
On the Stage.

re: pers, hair selfies, eye contact, mh 

Anybody at all // it is possible to be
Anything at all // it is possible to be
Only in
a darkness e'ver sealed: our memory
Only in
a flash of a briefest glint: the coming-to-be,
Only in
a darkness waiting for this light: the tomorrow,
On the Stage.

re: pers, hair selfies, eye contact, mh 

Ah, actors! The Theatre is from the primeval continent:
Yes, dance!
Ah, my dears! Three times Seven Wonders is your adoration, riding on the Galaxy Railway
Yes, dance!

re: pers, eye contact, mh, non-sexual nudity, female-presenting nipples 

Just like a shining star // or like a shining firefly
Shining we are born // Shining we are gone
Shining we are born // Shining we are gone
Born and then gone, all of us

new hairstyle selfies, mh, eye contact, complex gender feelings 

O shine to be born— // O shine to be gone—
O be born and be gone // my own soul, gem, fire!
Shining it was born // and shining it was gone,
Born and it was gone // the Myself-star,
Eveningstar first-to-shine // Myselfstar,
O shine to be gone // Fireflystar!

Utena lyrics translation, fixed a line, mastodon has no edit button 

No One Has Anything To Tell
(S01E08, The 8th Duel, Second Duel Against Touga)

Music & Words: J.A. Seazer

No one has // anything to tell
No thing is // a thing to tell
Only in
a darkness e'ver sealed: the yesterday
Only in
a flash of a briefest glint: the now
Only in
a darkness waiting for this light: the tomorrow,
On the Stage.

Anybody at all // it is possible to be
Anything at all // it is possible to be
Only in
a darkness e'ver sealed: our memory
Only in
a flash of a briefest glint: the coming-to-be,
Only in
a darkness waiting for this light: the tomorrow,
On the Stage.

Ah, actors! You wore Time as masks in the Theatre of ancient continents.
Yes, dance!
Ah, my dears! The Galaxy Express is bringing the Wonders you adore, thrice seven.
Yes, dance!

Just like a shining star // or like a shining firefly
Shining we are born // Shining we are gone
Shining we are born // Shining we are gone
Born and then gone, all of us.

O shine to be born— // O shine to be gone—
O be born and be gone // the Myself-soul,
Shining it was born // and shining it was gone,
Born and it was gone // the Myself-star,
Eveningstar, first-to-shine // o Myselfstar,
O shine to be gone // Fireflystar!

Randomly decided to fansub the 8th Duel, Utena S01E12 spoilers, :boosts_ok_gay:​ 

I used to scanlate every week but fansubbing is different. It's interesting trying to fit the translations to time, especially for the song lyrics.

Girl Revolutionary Utena, episode 12: "For Friendship, Maybe." Only the section with The 8th Duel: Soi ("Self"). All translations mine.

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8th Duel commentary, Utena S01E12 spoilers 

Why we fight? Utena says she wants to care for Anthy better than Tōga ever would. She came for her "friendship", for Anthy, maybe. But Tōga replies, oh, so you want to regain your own self. Utena doesn't deny that, and in fact claims later that she wants to recover, literally, "what had been for me the normal"(rendered on the subs as "to take back my life"),

Tōga orders Anthy to "throw away her body", and extends the Sword of the Patriarch-God. Anthy kneels before the elegant longsword and brings her mouth to it; Utena can't bear to watch. But her body seems unharmed, maybe. Tōga holds upright the Sword, both sparkling gleefully.

Even in her private thoughts, Anthy refers to whoever is the current Owner of the Bride with the honorific of submission, as Master or Mistress. She won't drop the sarcastic "sempai" she has weaponised before, though; she uses the family name with polite distancing.

Duels are a game, ended when you slash a duelist's rose; but Nanami wanted to straight out murder Utena (or at least Nanami thought she did). Anthy can't understand why Utena is risking herself like this. But for all the talk of danger, Tōga seems content to show his prowess by slashing Utena's clothes, exposing her further with each stroke. She seems unharmed, maybe.

Anthy recognises the image of the Prince incarnate in Utena again. In a close repeat of the 1st Duel, again Utena's sword is broken and nearly useless, again she's almost defeated, again all seems hopeless, again she's facing the Sword of Dios Itself, this time engorged full bloom in the hands of a master. And again Utena somehow wins, without understanding herself what she's doing. What is this princely strenght that Utena draws upon? Anthy and Tōga are both exceedingly knowledgeable about this whole system, but both of them are shocked into silence by this.

There's one difference this time: Rather than directly defeating the enemy, what the princely power does is to release the Rose Bride coating from the Sword of Dios. When that happens, Anthy sheds tears.

Anthy repeats the exact same contract of submission as when Utena first won her, as if they hadn't been living together for so long. Utena narrows her eyes and cuts her off, addressing her Bride with pointed familiarity. Then she smiles. Anthy takes this in for a second, then returns the same smile. Utena has saved the damsel from the bad man. Utena has taken back her normalcy. Now she can have all those intimate moments again, just like before. Everything is healed. Everything is fine.

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