View Full Version : Utena, yuri???!
01-06-2003, 02:03 PM
First of all please don't flame me for this.:( I know nothing about Utena... I was thinking of watching the Anime or buying the manga. But in little Tokyo I saw a Utena artbook, on most of the pictures Utena was holding another girl. I was wondering if the Utena series in Yuri??? Please if someone could tell me what the series is about i'd appreciate it. Thanks!!! I hope everyone understands that i'm not flaming the series.:)
01-06-2003, 02:45 PM
Well the series is about this school where the student council duels to possess the Rose Bride and obtain the power to bring revolution to the world. The girl you saw Utena holding is Anthy, who is the Rose Bride. Utena happens to win a duel defending her friend and when she won, she was "engaged" to Anthy so they had to live together and generally got a lot closer ^^; my personal favorite in that series is Juri, the girl with the orange hair (*points to avatar*) she's so awesome!
Mei Lan Chang
01-06-2003, 03:26 PM
There are a lot of subtle lesbian and gay themes in a lot of manga. Just look at Chobits and Sailor Moon (manga, mind you). It seems to be less scary presenting homosexuality in the form of manga in japan. I can't really tell whether its just a more nationally accepted theme or just a ploy to sell more manga.
01-06-2003, 04:55 PM
There is subtle yuri content in Utena, but nothing in the series points to them having an actual girl/girl relationship (you know, sex or whatever). Most of the yuri in artbooks is just that: art.
Basically, like Sakura said, Anthy (the purple haired one) is a "rose bride", and members of the student council duel for her. Whoever "posesses" the rose bride will have power, will bring the revolution, will find their happiness... and as the rosebride, in the TV series she doesn't really do anything with the winner of the duels, but she "belongs" to them and lives with them. In the movie, there is a scene where they talk about relations, but none is shown on scene....
Utena is a very symbolistic series, and one you kind of have to see to understand. ^_^
01-06-2003, 05:25 PM
Ok, I understand now. Thanks Everyone!!! Now that I know it's not yuri, I'm gonna go get the manga!!! ^_^
02-04-2003, 05:07 PM
Good choice! I own the first two manga's and the Movie on Dvd, and I must say it's a really good anime. :D I hope you enjoy the show and manga as much as I do!
02-04-2003, 06:06 PM
As a side note, the manga is completely het... even the characters who are rather obviously gay or at least bi in the anime are heterosexual in the manga.
So if you want to avoid any sexual ambiguity, I'd recommend getting the manga, not the anime.
I love both the "series" manga and especially (being a Touga/Utena fan) the "movie" manga. As far as the story, it's a little rushed compared to the anime version (which on the other hand drags with its "monster of the day" format). It's basically "Sailor Moon" for a slightly older crowd.