“So…what happens to Himemiya?”
"She will remain the Rose Bride, forever and ever…"
I really love this, the second half of the events on the rooftop, because it’s basically both girls admitting that they know they’ve not handled things perfectly, that they’ve been selfish and blind to each other at times, but that there’s the understanding that they can grow from this.
It’s the awakening to both girls that life isn’t like it is in the stories, no relationship is 100% perfect because people will sometimes lie, or do things you don’t expect to. But the thing is that both girls have realized that they way they feel for each other transcends the way things are supposed to be in those stories, because even though there’s been hurt on both sides, that doesn’t change the fact that there is something very real between them that can flourish despite the setbacks.
That’s why Utena can’t just leave Anthy to her fate, because despite Anthy trying to persuade Utena of how evil she is, Utena can see the girl beyond those actions, she can see the pain she’s ignored for so long and actually do something about it now, by freeing Anthy and letting her have her autonomy back to choose as she wishes.