I think my generation, as well as the younger generation, lacks imagination. You know that a great many students commit suicide. I think they’re unable to imagine a happy future. To put it more bluntly, they look at their mothers and fathers, who should be motivating them for their future, and they can’t imagine they will grow up to be happy. The grown-ups they communicate with are their parents, their teachers and the like.
But looking at them, they can never be convinced that their future will be happy. I don’t think that’s because of their parents, but because of their lack of imagination. That may apply to me, too, though. I’m not so sure if I can portray this very well toward the audience, but… Through this, you may be able to imagine a happy future, or through this, you might be able to go on living happily. Or… These are the sorts of things I wish to portray. To put it nicely, this is why Utena is naive and foolish. She speaks of her Prince and the like, at her age. To our sensibilities, we think of that as stupid. I want to show that this sensibility of ours, that leads us to think of that as stupid, is itself absurd.
Kunihiko Ikuhara - One of my Idols in life.