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With the defeat of the Dark Moon clan, the future Crystal Tokyo is safe once again. As Usagi and Mamoru bid a sad farewell to their daughter from the future, Chibiusa, Rei senses a new danger lurking in the shadows. Along with the new monsters, the Sailor Senshi face two newcomers wearing similar Sailor Senshi outfits! Are they friend or foe? Will the two groups manage to put aside their differences to work together, or will the approaching silence destroy them all?
Kuniko Ikuhara, director of both Sailor Moon (parts) and Utena wanted to make a movie about Sailor Uranus and Neptune and a forcecalled the "End of the World." When he was relieved from his post with Sailor Moon without having made the movie, he and his Be-Papas team created Utena. The SM S Series features Haruka and Michiru, a lesbian couple who may have been a distant prototype, along with Rose of Versailles, of the heroines of Utena. Both SM S and Utena touch on gender roles and young women faced with a duty that throws thier plans for a "normal" life off track.
Sailor Moon S, being one of the most serious instalments of the franchise, has some of the same dark overtones of Revolutionary Girl Utena. Both are classic shoujo that handle lesbian relationships that develop in a magical battle of sorts. Sailor Moon S does not reach the level of depth and weirdness of Revolutionary Girl Utena but both anime add nuances to the magical girl genre.
Both from the same director and feature a similar atmosphere throughout. Ikuhara also commented that the Utena series started out from a concept for a subplot he had for Sailor Uranus and Neptune.
Star Driver takes place on the fictional Southern Cross Isle. One night, a boy named Takuto washes up on shore swimming from the mainland. He later enrolls in Southern Cross High School as a freshmen and makes new friends. However, beneath the school is a group of mysterious giants called Cybodies, which can be controlled by humans in an alternate dimension known as Zero Time. Takuto, The "Galactic Pretty Boy" , finds himself dragged into opposition with the "Glittering Crux Brigade". Glittering Star Cruciform Group), a mysterious group that intends to take possession of the island's Cybodies for their own purposes as well as break the seals of the island's four Shrine Maidens, whose powers prevent the Cybodies from functioning outside of Zero Time.
Star Driver and Revolutionary Girl Utena are gorgeous and twisted series about adolescents who attend enormous and complex autonomous boarding schools, where nothing is as it seems.
They share the same writer, and both have a knack for formulaic episodes that actually add to the experience, as opposed to making me think the animators got lazy.
There's also battles, innuendo, and a hyper little animal mascot that I think is supposed to be funny.
Both Star Driver and Utena share most of the same creative staff, and both have similar basic story ideas: a club based in the school is trying to gain possession of the maidens (albeit for very different reasons), both have battles that take place in secluded areas that seem to exist outside of time and space, and both have a main character that doesn't seem to fit in with what's going on.
If you like Star Driver, you will like Utena. Both shows have a secret school soceity running global (or semi-global) events. A main character that is uniquely powerful and powers up quickly. The main reason I think you would like the opposite show is because of the high dramactic theatrics each possess. Each duel is like a play on a stage, qued in with a big real-world change followed by the fight, and completed with an over the top 'kill'. Each of the anime has a Prince and Princess archetype - in the case of Utena almost literally.
One night, Madoka has a terrible nightmare – against the backdrop of a desolate landscape, she watches a magical girl battle a terrifying creature, and lose. The next day, the teen's dream becomes reality when the girl – Homura – arrives at Mitakihara Middle School as a transfer student, mysteriously warning Madoka to stay just the way she is. But when she and her best friend Miki are pulled into a twisted illusion world and meet a magical creature named Kyubey, the pair discovers that magical girls are real, and what's more, they can choose to become one. All they must do is sign a contract with Kyubey and agree to fight witches that spread despair to the human world, and in return they will be granted a single wish. However, as Homura's omen suggests, there's far more to becoming a magical girl than Madoka and Miki realize...
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica and Revolutionary Girl Utena are beautiful subservions of the magical girl genre. They are dark fairytales with a sensible approach. Visually stunning, often surreal and never predictable, these anime delve deep into the psyche. Character stereotypes are broken down with gusto. The artwork is very original in both and each anime sports a strong sountrack to back up the visuals.
Utena has a strong sexual element that Madoka lacks but fans of one should try out the other.
The similarities are striking. Without giving anything away, they could almost be parables of one another. Also the intensity of the emotion portrayed, and the general flow seemed very similar to me.
Some would say the magical girl genre has been done to death. Each new series feels like previous shows that came before it, containing the same elements and plots ideas, along with pretty girls that save the world and find romance. If you're tired of Sailor Moon rip-offs or just want something different, Madoka and Utena are the heroines for you. Be aware, however, that both series are deceptively normal in the beginning. They get darker as the story progresses and the characters fight each other more than they fight the enemy. Revolutionary Girl Utena takes most of the series before the protagonist even discovers who the enemy actually is, and with the discovery comes the grim realization that there's often a very fine line between heroes (or damsels in distress) and villains. As for Puella Magi Madoka Magica, don't expect the cute animal mascot to be a bringer of hope and light. Ever seen a magical girl actually try to KILL their mascot? Welcome to the dark, twisted world of Madoka!
So in closing, if you liked either of these anime series, I'd suggest giving the other a try. A great cure for boredom caused by redundant storytelling and cavity-inducing sweetness. You won't find either here.
In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.
Evangelion has mess-with-your-mind moments that define the series and leaves you with a "WTF?" feeling. If you enjoyed those moments in Utena and want more, then watch Neon Genesis Evangelion.
I once heard Revolutionary Girl Utena described as "Evangelion for girls", and while I would argue against the assigning of demographic to each show based solely on gender, I'm inclined to agree with the general sentiment. Neither really starts off with much indication that it's gonna be REALLY WEIRD, but when that "What the dickens am I watching, and why is it so good?" feeling kicks in, it refuses to let up. Highly recommended, even if you don't think you'll like them, even if only because they're both "classics".
Albert de Morcerf had it all: wealth, loving parents, great friends. The only thing lacking in his life was excitement... until that fateful day on Luna. After a chance encounter with bandits and a daring rescue, Albert invites his newfound friend and savior, the Count of Monte Cristo, to his home in Paris. Little does he know what fate has in store for him and his loved ones. Just who is the mysterious Count, and what does he want? As tragedy touches the lives of those around him, can Albert’s only recourse be to wait and hope?
At first glance these two anime may not seem all that connected but at their core they are exceedingly so. In both we have strong stories of betrayal, love and of falling out of grace. The apparent stability of these worlds is deeply undercut by a profound darkness that a naïve lead must face in order to gain a true knowledge of reality. In terms of artistry the two anime offer a very fresh and original approach that only adds to the symbolism that is so embedded in them. Utena strays from plot conventions more than Gankutsuou does but the psychological scope is equal in both. As archetypical tales about revenge, passion, ambition and pain they are unmatched.
Utena and Gankutsuou showcase the darker facets of human emotion. Lust, Spite, Jealousy, the desire for revenge, all are touched upon as each series builds up to it's giant no-holds-barred melodramatic ending (Utena's I loved, Gankutsuou's... made me scowl).
Aesthetically, they're each very adept at getting across the wealth and sophistication of their casts across (in very different manners, yet each equally equisite).