“Believe in miracles and they will know your feelings.”
Screenshot redraw from episode 7 of Revolutionary Girl Utena
(( my fic for Femslash Exchange! was a blast to revisit one of my favorite shows of all time and give these two girls a chance to start over and heal ))
Steel lunged for her. Shoe soles squeaked and metal clashed. The opening was like a gaping wound left unattended. She parried and stepped forward.
A sure strike. The riposte rendered her opponent frozen. Applause swelled in the vast space. He bowed and thanked her, but Juri focused on the line behind him.
This one was slower and stiffer, akin to an old tree. Juri positioned herself to strike. One, two—like a dance. Lunge and connect. She skidded to a halt as her foil bent—another victory.
More applause, more brave souls queueing up to challenge on the fencing club’s unbeatable captain.
She sighed, disregarding the ache in her upper back and thighs. “Next!”
The following student approached and Juri almost dropped her foil.
Short, dark magenta hair framed the face regarding her. Anyone else and Juri would have lectured them on approaching without a mask. But Takatsuki Shiori wasn’t just anyone.
Someone said sniffily “not everyone thinks Shiori is bi” but I am like that is really stupid, girl is OBSESSED with how perfect, how wonderful Juri is and how Juri will never truly love her and oh, let’s just hide behind a tree waiting for her to go by so I can trail after her like a snarling puppy dog. Everything she does is ultimately for Juri’s attention. It’s twisted, self-hating, self-homophobic love, but it is love nonetheless.
Also, sometimes Utena’s symbolism is less subtle than at other times, and it wasn’t actually Ruka’s sword Shiori was secretly polishing wink wink nudge nudge.
If Juri was a straight man rather than a lesbian, no one would doubt Shiori was obsessively in love, with exactly the same childhood friend/protector narrative.
Just look: same hair color, same eyes.
Plus we never heard Mari’s last name before so it wouldn’t be a stretch to say she’s Shiori’s sister. And Tokiko is old, gotten married and most likely took her husband’s name, who’s to say that these girls aren’t her granddaughters.