So, we just celebrated Revolutionary Girl Utena’s 20th Anniversary just recently. I of course have to do something to let it be known that I was celebrating! I love this anime so much! It is so full of whack, but underneath all the wackiness and madness, there is a strong message within! Like, how many people around the world were represented by Himemiya Anthy?! Women, POC, Bully Victims, Domestic Violence Victims to mention but a few!
And more than that, just like the title of this song (I wish it was longer so I could fit more into the video but alas), Tenjou Utena our hero wasn’t all sunshine and roses! Just like the video she was fragile too! What is interesting to me now that I am thinking about it, Utena did not save Anthy! In the TV she failed! In the movie she failed again! But she gave Anthy enough for her to save herself and also to save Utena in the movie! Yeah, I am grinning just thinking about that! The tables were totally flipped! It wasn’t Anthy that was the weak one! Far from it, she was the strongest character in the show! Going back to their childhood where she was standing up for her brother from the villagers armed with swords and torches, to her being the physical weapon used in the duels, to her finally saving herself and Anthy!
Oh yeah, I remember reading a very good continuation fic back then that picked up right in between the TV and the movie! I have to hunt it down again and re-read it!
Anyway, if Utena is no on your Anime List, I don’t wanna talk to you!