Anthy’s brother takes great delight in tormenting the masses. When looking at the bright light that is Akio’s malice for the world, you tend to miss the dimmer light of Anthy’s resentment. Anthy is just as qualified to hate the world as Akio, but obviously takes out her aggression in a…
My 6-year old sister just walked up and down the hallway shouting “Gogai Gogai!” While Carrying presents.
I’m a good sister.
is that the Akio car
This is the kind of girl
I aspire to be.
A subtler theme in Utena is the unreliability of human memory, even (especially?) when it comes to the most important moments. The day Utena met the prince was probably the most important day in her life - it utterly shaped her future, from where she attended school to who she associated with (remember: if she hadn’t gotten the ring, she would’ve never been challenged to a duel).
Utena cannot actually remember what happened that day with any degree of accuracy. This becomes increasingly obvious throughout the series, though it’s still pretty clear in the beginning, when she’s not quite sure whether Touga is her prince or not (and see how similar they are in appearance…). Utena cannot recall that she’s previously met Anthy before even though meeting Anthy was the event that made her want to be a prince in the first place.
I’ve spoken about this before (here), but Mikage’s arc also foreshadows this theme. Mikage’s memory is also very bad concerning those days that were so important to him, back when he spent time with Tokiko and Mamiya. He, too, cannot remember what the most important people in his past looked like, and this allows him to be deceived and led around by the nose by End of the World. Mamiya even makes the comparison to Utena himself - we both met important people in the past, didn’t we? - but she doesn’t get it, and probably the viewer won’t get it, until much later in the series. Mamiya’s fatal flaw is also one shared by Utena, and by a huge number of human beings in general. Human memory is powerfully, vastly unreliable. If we repeat a lie too often, to us it can become the truth.
I did a fanart for once. Because Anthy is my favorite everything ever.
Prince Half Way: The Fountain of Blood in the Shape of a Girl.
Never loose that strength and nobility…
**Edit: Just so that we’re clear; I’m VERY new to using 8Tracks and Tumblr. I was under the (mistaken) impression that my source image had linked back to the proper place. As it’s a famous fan image —and clearly not mine I hadn’t felt the need to disclaim that I hadn’t created it. MY BAD.
Thanks to those who POLITELY pointed out my mistake. To those of you who felt the need to become abusive and nasty…we’ll y’all clearly have motives beyond supporting the artist. Go let some steam off elsewhere yeesh.
who’s your favorite yuri ship
pink and purple
you know, that anime that deconstructs the magical girl genre. where pink learns how fucked up being a magical girl is
but ends up sacrificing herself anyway and entered a higher plane of existence, where everyone forgot about…
Once upon a time, many years ago, there was a little princess who was very sad, for her mother and father had just died. Before the princess appeared a traveling prince, riding upon a white horse…
Anyone who had any experience with Utena remembers the story. In fact, they can probably recite it by heart. And anyone who has experience with Utena will also tell you that this story is a lie.
But, in this lie, I believe Utena shows itself as the incredible piece of feminist media that it is.
Once upon a time, many years ago, there was a little princess, and she was very sad, for her mother and father had died. Before the princess appeared a traveling prince, riding upon a white horse. He had a regal bearing and a kind smile. The prince wrapped the princess in a rose-scented embrace and gently wiped the tears from her eyes."Little one," he said, "who bears up alone in such deep sorrow, never lose that strength or nobility, even when you grow up. I give you this to remember this day. We will meet again. This ring will lead you to me one day." Perhaps the ring the prince gave her was an engagement ring.
This was all well and good, but so impressed was she by him that the princess vowed to become a prince herself one day. But was that really such a good idea?
forgive me for pretending to be a prince.
happy 5 month late bday @shihfufu!! sorry!! you are the utena of my heart, i love you and i hope we will always be friends!!! have a safe trip in japan!!
posting both versions bc i am indecisive heehoo