Another Utena post. I probably love Utena a little too much.
Utena up on the Rose Garden gazing Ohtori Academy.
-From Adolescence Of Utena
One of the truly best things about Utena is the art.
the prince and her bride.
AWWWW YISSS!!!!!!!!!!!! Downloading revolutionary girl Utena =DDDD
for fresh friday, i got claire!
I hope this is ok :’D i… did… some utenas in a kaiba-esque style!?! but i guess i got carried away and ended up giving them KNEES AND STUFF which sort of defeats the purpose haha, gosh, it’s hard to remember not draw knees…. IDK 8D;;
anyway you have such nice art and really good taste in shows, i’m glad ff introduced me to your work!
Day One: Favorite lead female character:
Wow this is a difficult one, but the character who immediately came to mind was Tenjou Utena, from the anime Revolutionary Girl Utena. Utena is a rather painful but ultimately triumphant deconstruction of the faux feminist action heroine; she begins the series determined to embrace masculine ideals in order to be a ‘prince’ and save damsels in distress, and her character arc is the gradual process by which she learns that her heroic actions are self-centered and all about using other women to shore up her self-image as a hero. But even though Utena holds ignorant ideas at the start of the series, she is throughout a multidimensional female character whose cheerful, confident exterior conceals hidden struggles with depression. Over the course of the series, she has to deal with betrayal, sexual harassment, rape, slut-shaming, and homophobia, and emerges triumphant, ultimately sacrificing everything to help the girl she loves free herself from an abusive relationship.
I’ve never seen any work before or since that engages with sexism on so many levels as Revolutionary Girl Utena, and that is in large part due to the complexity of its protagonist, who goes through so many things no fourteen-year-old should have to and is so incredibly endearing in her earnestness and occasional ridiculousness.
I’ve finally decided to break down and watch it…