Episode 2: For Whom the Rose Smiles

SCRIPT (version 1.0; 9/9/1998)

Rinbu (Opening Song)

Girl Utena-sama!
Girl Good morning!
Utena Morning!
Girl She's so cool!
Nameplate Ohtori Academy Junior/Senior High School

Title For Whom the Rose Smiles

Utena Morning!
Girl Morning!
Boy Someone's love letter got posted here. hmm... let's see... "and in my dreams, I was dancing with you, Saionji-sama."
Utena Morning, Wakaba! That's a change, you reading a book. What's it called, huh?
Wakaba For a long time... the heroine has a secret crush on someone, but ends up with a broken heart. Luckily, the next day another guy appears and they get married. When I first read it, I thought, "No way! This sucks!" But now I love it! Yes! I'm yours, Utena! Utena! Utena! Utena-sama! You're all mine!
Utena Uh, listen, Wakaba... Would you do me a favor and stop saying things like, "I'm yours?"
Wakaba How come?
Anthy Good morning.

touga If the egg's shell does not break, the chick will die without being born. We are the chick; the egg is the world. If the world's shell does not break, we will die without being born. Break the world's shell!
touga,juri For the sake of revolutionizing the world!
Touga Have you received your new letters from the Ends of the World, Councilors?
Juri Yes, we have.
Touga We have all been meeting and carrying out the letters' instructions. As it says in this one, Saionji was defeated yesterday. And the Rose Bride became engaged to the girl who won the duel.
Juri Is someone outside the Student Council receiving letters from the Ends of the World?
Touga Who's to say? However, she WAS wearing the Rose Signet. I saw it with my own eyes.
Juri Who is this girl?
Miki Tenjou Utena. She's quite well known in junior high. Popular, too.
Touga And gallant... and cute...
Juri This isn't funny. Another participant in the Duels was added without our knowledge. If that ever happens again...
Touga And if it does, what then? You'll quit the game? The Ends of the World sends the letters to us unidirectionally. Whether or not we obey them is our own decision.
Miki With this Rose Signet, the gates to the Duel Arena opened, and the illusionary castle appeared, just as the letters said.
Juri I know. I could never quit once I saw that spectacle.
Touga True. The Ends of the World writes in the letters --- "The one who wins a series of Duels and becomes engaged to the Rose Bride, shall eventually reach the castle and receive the power to revolutionize the world." And so, we must keep fighting.

Wakaba God is so cruel, giving us, best friends, different rooms!
Utena Well, what can you do? It was the Student Council's decision. Anyway, I heard I got a single room. That's about right for my cool lifestyle.
Wakaba But East Hall has been empty for over ten years. I bet it'd be pretty tough to clean it all up.
Utena Ten years?...
Wakaba Well, cleaning it up all by yourself should be about right for your cool lifestyle! Anyway... my room is on the third floor of South Hall. Drop by when you're tired of the haunted house. See ya!
Utena Haunted house?

Utena Hey! This is a pretty cute house! Damn, Wakaba scared me for nothing.
Utena Hello? Tenjou Utena here! Isn't anybody here?
Utena Don't tell me I'm supposed to live here all alone... Let's see, the farthest room on the second floor...
Utena Ten years, huh? It might be...
Utena Here goes!
Anthy Pardon me, Utena-sama. I'll be finished shortly.
Utena How come you're here?
Anthy We're to be sharing this room together from now on. Pleased to meet you.
Utena Pleased to meet you, too... Isn't this supposed to be a single room?
Nameplate Tenjou Utena Himemiya Anthy
Utena Guess not... Us sharing a room together is a curious coincidence. It's looking mighty clean, there. Sorry to make you do it all by yourself.
Anthy Well, I did most of it last night.
Utena But they only announced room assignments a short time ago.
Anthy Us sharing a room together is no coincidence. It's because of the Code of the Rose Signet. I am the Rose Bride, and so...
Utena "Bride?"
Anthy I am to be engaged to the winner of the Duel.
Utena Is that okay with you? Let me ask one thing. That mirage castle, and that magic sword, what in the world are those things?
Anthy They are mysterious, aren't they?
Utena "aren't they?..." You don't know either? How can you be involved in all that and not know?
Anthy Utena-sama, why are you always wearing men's clothes?
Utena 'Cause, well... I just like it.
Anthy The same for me. Does it bother you, having us here?
Utena I wouldn't say that exactly... Huh? Did you say, "us?"
Anthy Let me introduce you. This is my friend Chuchu.
Utena Your pet?
Anthy My FRIEND. Oh, my goodness!
Utena Here ya go. Nice to meet you, Chuchu. I'm Tenjou Utena. Would you be my friend, too?
Anthy This is the first time Chuchu has ever taken a liking to another person, Utena-sama!
Utena Um, look, would you stop calling me "Utena-sama?"
Anthy But you're the one I am engaged to, Utena-sama.
Utena There you go again...
Utena That Saionji guy was wearing a ring just like mine. Do you know what it is?
Anthy All the Student Council members have one. It is the Rose Signet. Anyone who has that ring is entitled to participate in the Duels. So, since you are the current champion, one by one, you will be challenged to Duels by the other bearers of the Rose Signet.
Utena You've gotta be kidding! No way I'm going to keep fighting those pointless duels!

(Commercial break)

Saionji Oh, it's you, Mr. President.
Touga Did I interrupt you, Mr. Vice-President?
Saionji No. At least, you're enrolled in this club.
Touga So, is the captain of the Kendo Club going to fight the Junior High kid again?
Saionji Of course. The power to revolutionize the world belongs to me. For someone like her to be engaged to the Bride would be a travesty.
Touga That can't be helped. No matter what you say, she... Himemiya Anthy, will become engaged to the Victor of the Duel.
Saionji NO! She belongs to me! She wrote explicitly in our exchange diary that she'd obey me forever.
Touga So... you two kept an exchange diary?

Utena Aw, man... There's really nobody but me and her in this dorm? Is this also part of the Rose Signet Code? Chuchu! Can you go bring her right away? If she doesn't show soon, I'll have to eat dinner all alone in this big old dining hall.
Saionji Why, Anthy!? Why can't you obey me!?
Anthy I'm sorry, Saionji-sempai. It's because I'm engaged to Utena-sama now.
Saionji But when we were engaged, didn't you swear you'd dedicate yourself entirely to me?
Anthy True, but that's a thing of the past. My engagement to you is over and done with. Please give up on it.
Saionji How shameless! How shameless you are!
Utena You're the shameless one!
Saionji Ah, you again. Well, this is fortuitous. In our last Duel, I let my guard down. Why don't we settle once and for all... just who the Rose Bride will belong to, eh? Tomorrow after school, we'll have a rematch at the Duel Arena.
Utena That's insane. I'm not about to fight a Duel for no reason. Yesterday, I fought for my friend, Wakaba. I don't care about any of this "Rose Bride" stuff.
Saionji However, I do. And if you intend to stay engaged to the Bride as a Duelist, then you cannot refuse. Those who disobey the rules of the Student Council will be expelled from the Academy. That's a school regulation.
Utena Fine, then I accept. I'll meet you at the Duel Arena tomorrow after school.
Anthy I thought you weren't going to accept any Duels...
Utena What could I do? If I didn't accept the Duel, I'd be kicked out of the Academy. I'll just throw the Duel. After that, no problem, right?
Anthy Well, whatever you like.

A-ko I wonder, I wonder... do you know what I wonder?
B-ko There's going to be another duel out back in the forest today.
A-ko The time has come to settle things once and for all.
A-ko I'm done for...
A-ko But it's okay, 'cause I lost on purpose!
B-ko But beware, brave warrior,
A-ko do you know how difficult it is...
B-ko ...to lose on purpose?
A-ko I wonder, I wonder...
A-ko&B-ko Do you know what I wonder?

Absolute Destiny: Apocalypse

Saionji You know the rule...
Utena If the rose on my chest gets scattered, I lose, right?
Anthy Do be careful.
Utena I will. It's foolish to get hurt when you know you're going to lose on purpose.
Anthy O Roses of the noble castle,
Anthy O Power of Dios that slumbers within me,
Anthy Harken unto thy master and reveal to us...
Utena ...the power to revolutionize the world!

Paleozoic in the Body

Saionji I have you now! Pretty courageous of you, valuing that rose more than your own life. You understand, don't you? The one whose rose gets scattered loses, whether they live or die. The Sword of Dios doesn't have any special powers per se. It is a champion's sword, belonging only to the best.
Saionji Yesterday I just wasn't very focused, but obviously the difference in our skills is vast! That sword, and Anthy as well, belong to me. They are my -- Saionji Kyouichi's -- flowers. Prepare to die!
Touga What happened just now? Is that the power to revolutionize the world? The Power of Dios?
Anthy Weren't you going to lose on purpose?
Utena It wasn't for you, but for Chuchu. If you and Saionji were together, he'd probably pick on Chuchu, right?

TITLE Preview of Next Episode
Utena Great, Himemiya! I heard you got nominated for Queen of the Ball!
Anthy But I'm not going. After all, I won't know anyone at the ball.
Utena That's why you should go. You'll get to make lots of friends!
Anthy If you insist, Utena-sama. --- However, a trap is in store for me at the ball...
Utena Next time on Shoujo Kakumei Utena: On the Night of the Ball
Anthy The Absolute Destiny: Apocalypse.

Truth (ending theme)


Project & Original Story: Be-PaPas
Original Concept & Series Director: Kunihiko Ikuhara
Original Concept & Original Art: Chiho Saito
Original Episode Script: Yoji Enokido
Original Episode Director: Shingo Kaneko
English Translation: Yasuyuki Sato
English Script Editing: Al the Editing Guy, Microman M-256, Robert Paige, Sailor T, & Utena Translation Project
English Script Checking: Yasuyuki Sato
Translator's Note: Yasuyuki Sato


Title       For Whom the Rose Smiles
The title to this episode "Taga Tameni Bara wa Hohoemu" is a takeoff of the movie "Taga Tameni Kane wa Naru", or "For Whom the Bell Tolls."

touga      If the egg's shell does not break, the chick will
	   die without being born.
touga      We are the chick; the egg is the world.
touga      If the world's shell does not break, we will die
	   without being born.
touga      Break the world's shell!
touga,juri For the sake of revolutionizing the world!
A similar idea is found in "Demian" by Hermann Hesse. Probably, BePapas referred to it.

Excerpts from "Demian" by Hermann Hesse (1877-1962):

"Der Vogel k,Ad(Bmpft sich aus dem Ei. Das Ei ist die Welt. Wer geboren werden will, muss eine Welt zerst,Av(Bren. Der Vogel fliegt zu Gott. Der Gott heisst Abraxas."
[Ed note: I'll try to find the German for this, as the special characters got mucked up somewhere along the way.]

Excerpts from the English translation of "Demian":

"The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must first destroy a world. The bird flies to God. That God's name is Abraxas."
Excerpts from the Japanese translation of "Demian":
"Tori wa Tamago no Naka kara Nukedeyou to Tatakau. Tamago wa Sekai da. Umareyou to Hossuru Mono wa, Hitotsu no Sekai wo Hakai Shinakereba Naranai. Tori wa Kami ni Mukatte Tobu. Kami no Na wa Abraxas to iu."

The content of this page is (C)1997-1999 Yasuyuki Sato; (C)1998-1999 Project Utena Encyclopedia.
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