Touga (standing with Saionji): Whoever believes in true friendship is a fool.
Utena (walking away) Didn’t you know? I am a fool.
This scene basically sums up why I love Utena Tenjou. You tell ‘em gurl.
She screws up, but she never gives up on anyone. Even when all of her beliefs have been upturned and she’s seen the world isn’t the place she thought it is, she doesn’t let go of her core - she wants to help, she wants to be strong and she’s not going to give up on her friend and the person she loves, even if it’s foolish, even if that person has given up on themself and her, even if she has to carry the weight of what she’s done and know she isn’t the pure prince she wanted to be. She may have been taken in, but now she knows what’s wrong and knows who she is and knows it’s better to be a fool than stand there and not care if someone’s suffering. That being a friend isn’t about just breaking it off when someone’s difficult to deal with, or lashes out at you for good reasons- it’s about trying to understand why they would do that, and seeing them as a person and not a convenience. She’ll admit to her flaws, and if it makes her stupid to risk everything over a friend who hates everything, to go up against something she can’t win, she’ll take that. It’s better to be stupid than to be cruel.
She won’t have anyone trying to keep her or the one she loves down because of her sex. She won’t have anyone tell her who to be or who she should love. She will try to help anyone she sees suffering and keep trying and learn how to do it right. It’s only this sort of devotion and bravery that is ultimately what can reach out to Anthy.
tldr I love her a ridiculous amount I love this show and I love what her relationship with Anthy turns out to be about and I love that she learns from her mistakes.