This is a static copy of In the Rose Garden, which existed as the center of the western Utena fandom for years. Enjoy. :)

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Shiva Indis
Juri Jeerer
From: Kashira-sei
Registered: 07-08-2007
Posts: 48

December 1997 Animage Ikuhara Article

I popped over to my parents house and found that my mother tidied up the basement, where a not insignificant amount of neglected belongings of mine can be found. Among them I found an old issue of Animage from right around the time the Utena TV series completed. And in this magazine I found a two-page spread dominated by a photo of Kunihiko Ikuhara. There's an article he wrote in there too - evidently an installment in a series Animage had going on directors and how they ply their craft.

Skimming it, I saw the phrase "avant garde" in katakana. Yep, that's our guy.

I googled something like "December 1997 Animage Ikuhara Article" to see if it had been translated or anything, but it didn't seem that way. Before I commit myself to the effort of scanning or translating the thing, I wanted to see if it rang any bells with anyone here. The first line translates along the lines of "Let's put out a book".

And this is the first time I've ever appreciated the fact that my laptop has a camera:

I am an actor cast eternally,                                    Armless, legless, still existing I am,   
The eternal me and the eternal stranger,                     I am all the mysteries in creation, 
Male/female, positive/negative are the two of me,                 My birth, the absolute birth,
Even light casts shadows, making a pair out of me and me,                I am disconnected,



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