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All that talk about what Utena and Anthy will do together in ten years? OH GOD , it's all unfolds in heartbreaking detail because for a moment, .. the friend who tries to encourage their friend to leave the abusive relationship. Spoilers for Revolutionary Girl Utena because of course I'd do the Utena's relationship with Anthy, however, is ultimately how the audience is. Utena and Anthy slowly become friends, and Utena learns that her new "bride" makes explicit the romantic nature of Utena and Anthy's relationship. will want to remember: Word of God says all interpretations of Utena's symbolism are true.
Akio notes that she must feel guilty for hurting her friend and claims to feel Anthy's pain and love her. Utena continues fighting for Anthy, until a coffin containing Anthy's true self appears.
Tears falling down her face, Anthy tries to take Utena's hand and appears to fall to her death. In the end, Anthy walks down a hall unharmed as people talk about Utena. In the chairman's office, Akio tells Anthy he's restarted the rules of the Rose Crest. She takes off her glasses and tells him she's leaving to find Utena. In a voice-over, she swears to find Utena, telling her to wait for her. After the ending credits, a photograph of Utena and Anthy together is shown with Akio cropped out.
In a voice-over, we hear a conversation between Anthy and Utena. The final image of the series is a close up of Anthy and Utena's clasped hands from the photo. Movie Edit Anthy is first seen in the movie while tending to her roses when Utena mistakenly happens upon the garden. She easily opens up to Utena, telling her that the chairman is her brother, and that this allows her special perks at the academy, including being one of the few allowed into the rose gardens.
Anthy is clearly aware of the duels and what Utena's ring means, whereas Utena herself is oblivious. Anthy also has a tendency to assume that Utena is more aware about the duels than she actually is, and expresses shock when she learns that Utena is totally unaware of how the duels work.
Anthy appears to show a disinterest in the duel between Utena and Saionji as she spends most of it with her back turned to the duelists. Only when she hears Utena defending her does she turn and begin to watch.Utena & Anthy - "Promises" (Revolutionary Girl Utena AMV)
When Saionji pushes Utena off of the edge of the arena, it is Anthy who jumps to her rescue, kissing Utena and allowing her the use of the sword of Dios. Adolescence of Utena, an original animated feature film, released in A single-volume manga based on the above-mentioned film. Although it follows the movie relatively closely, it diverges with its own ending.
A pair of light novels published in ; one focuses on Miki, the other on Saionji. These are one of the most obscure parts of the Utena canon and are yet another alternate continuity though they bear the closest resemblance to the original manga, and are mostly Lighter and Softer. After the Revolution, a 20th-anniversary epilogue-sequel manga that uses imagery from the anime and no clear-cut continuity. Oh, and one last thing you will want to remember: Word of God says all interpretations of Utena's symbolism are true.
Revolutionary Girl Utena contains examples of the following tropes: Almost every episode, the Council members ride in a fancy elevator to meet in a rose-decorated tower to discuss the upcoming worldwide revolution. Then they swordfight for a chance to control said revolution. That's about as absurdly powerful as you can get. Beautifully subverted when it turns out that Akio and Anthy created the Duels for for the sole purpose of benefiting Akio, and not even Utena really had a fighting chance to become the final Champion as long as Anthy remained the Rose Bride.
To put it into perspective, Utena's powered-up soul sword can easily split approaching cars without them losing velocity. Utena and Anthy, though it's technically just an "engagement". Utena, Juri, and the other female duelists. The relationship between Akio and Anthy is clearly unhealthy regardless of the medium, though the movie simplifies things considerably by showing it as thoroughly nonconsensual.
The movie-manga cuts out most of the actual movie's weirder symbolism most notably the cars in order to tell its story in a more straightfoward fashion. Utena started in the manga as a blonde, but was given pink hair in the anime and later manga volume covers and illustrations. Her eyes also varied between being brown or blue in the early colored artwork, but stuck as blue after her hair changed to pink.
Other hair color changes included Juri going from being blonde to having orange hair while her eyes changed from brown to blueand Touga's hair changing from black with red bangs to red with one paler forelock. Miki's hair also was originally brown in the first color illustration of him, but quickly changed to blue to fit with the anime as did his eyes. Utena's uniform was also originally pink in the manga though she receives a black uniform as a plot point in the third volumebut Ikuhara vetoed the idea of it carrying over to the anime.
Chiho Saito explained in an omake that he gave her the choice of having Utena wear black or red in the anime; while she picked red, he settled on giving her black.
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Anthy's Rose Bride dress was originally white with blue trim, but changed to red in later manga illustrations to match with Ikuhara's color choice. Series-Akio is an inscrutable and seemingly invincible Magnificent Bastardgiving him a sizeable Draco in Leather Pants following in the fandom.
Movie-Akio is presented as a much more foppish and blatantly pathetic character, and he toppled out of a window after freaking out over the fact that his sister hadn't been asleep when he was molesting her. Deconstructed with Mitsuru Tsuwabuki. His confused relationship with the concept of adulthood leads him to become a Black Rose duelist. The newest release announces on the box that it's from one of the creators of Sailor Moon: Though most of the cast are teenagers, reasons for angsting and levels of angst will vary depending on the personality and maturity levels of different characters.
Then it's played straight with Akio and Anthy, who've lived for what's implied to be centuries and have universal problems proportional to their humongous ages. All Girls Want Bad Boys: Deconstructed; any girl who goes after a 'bad boy' in this series finds themselves hurt by them in the end. This is most apparent with Wakaba's attraction to blatant Jerk Ass Saionji. All Love Is Unrequited: Sadly lampshaded by Juri, who remarks that the cast would be much happier if they could simply change the objects of their affections.
All of the Other Reindeer: It seems this way from the students to Anthy at first, but as the story goes on it becomes clear that her real issues are much bigger than their petty bullying. All Take and No Give: What revolutionizing the world entails in unclear, but the student council members want that power for their own individual purposes. Things get stranger and darker as the series progresses.
It becomes less clear what is real and what is only a dream or hallucination. Arc two antagonist Souji, a genius teenager, seeks to delve into the darkness in the hearts of various students at Ohtori, which he exploits in order to position them to kill Anthy so that Mamiya, a boy who has the same distinctive dark skin and violent hair as Anthy, can be the new Rose Bride.
Souji entrenches the condemned students in the spirits of schoolboys who died several decades prior, whose bodies are eerily kept in a mausoleum below the school and are adorned with black rose signets. The brother in question, Akio, is the acting chairman of the school. On the surface, he seems perfect: Akio becomes the main antagonist along with the revelation that he is End of the World. His role as puppet-master, aided by Anthy herself, twists the events of the world both within the school and outside.
Akio is a predator: When Akio reveals that he was the prince of her memories, Utena is shaken to the core. She has trouble recalling the reality of her memory, and after lapsing into the role of princess, she finds her resolve again when she realizes that the prince of her childhood had shown her a woman trapped in eternal torture, and a young Utena had vowed to become a prince in order to save this woman when the prince of her memories refused.
The tortured woman, of course, is Anthy — christened a witch who, many years ago, sacrificed herself to protect her brother from the onslaught of a mob. Even so, with the fantasy of her own self as a prince shattered, Utena endures to free the real Anthy from her pain. And when she finally liberates the real Anthy, she disappears.
Empowered by her precious connection to Utena, Anthy leaves both Ohtori Academy and the venomous clutches of her brother to search for Utena. In the context of Revolutionary Girl Utena, the meaning of dousei-ai is difficult to pinpoint. On an aesthetic level, Utena is a gender-bender rife with androgynous imagery. Utena aspires to be a prince, but it is never the case that she identifies as a boy. Utena approaches her problems head-on, and would rather duel for the things she believes in than be a passive entity to the whims of others.
First, during the climax of arc one, Utena finally is upset from her winning dueling streak when Touga, the student council president, defeats her. Utena therefore goes passive and, to the shock of the school, dresses in the female school uniform. The second occasion, of course, is with Akio himself.
When Akio seduces her, she blushes and wavers. Finally, in perhaps the most unsettling episode, Utena goes out with and sleeps with him. Over the course of the date, we only see and hear Utena, now wearing a dress and makeup, and finally nude and floundering for words as the deed is done. When Utena enters the castle at the end, Akio transforms her appearance into a princess, instead of Anthy transforming her into a prince, and tells her swords are not appropriate for ladies, and dueling is no longer her role.
She is scolded by teachers for not being more ladylike, and both Touga and Akio try to discredit and dominate her by feminizing her.
Utena 2011 Boxset Booklet Commentary
Furthermore, Utena, though she appears confident and unaffected by the judgment of others, weakens and questions herself when confronted with male romantic dominance. Utena does simplify things. Utena decides that Anthy wants to be saved, and that Anthy hates being the Rose Bride. Fencing captain Juri is also not confined by the female school uniform, as she is a student council member and thus is entitled to pants.
Given the shoujo art style, androgyny is rampant. Utena, while generally disinterested in romance, is seduced by Akio in order to destroy her resolve to save Anthy and revolutionize the world. And, just to be clear, female characters also use sexuality as a weapon for cruelty.
Shiori, the girl Juri loves, dates Ruka to hurt her.
Nor are all male characters sexual predators. One of the kindest characters is student council member, fencer, and professional pianist Miki. Despite being a duelist, he is gentle-hearted, and his flaws are mostly limited to seeing others as better people than they really are.