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Fujiko Mine: a woman so beguiling that the greatest thief on earth, Lupin III, has vowed to claim her as his most prized quarry. And while men lust after her, she only has eyes for one thing – all the beautiful treasures in the world that she can possibly steal. From the haunted opera houses of Japan to the boobie-trapped pyramids of Egypt, Fujiko uses both violence and sex to manipulate those who stand in her way. But with the tireless Lupin intervening in every situation to 'take' her, and the skilled rogues Jigen and Goemon entangling their own personal vendettas with hers, how is a woman to realize her wildest desires?
Two kickass and ultra-stylish series with poignant and nuanced takes on topics such as homosexuality, child abuse, and incest. The characters in each are largely free from all those pesky stereotypes, and the series themselves have a great blend of comedy, surrealism, action, metaphor, and a mature approach to sex and gender.
In both Revolutionary Girl Utena and Fujiko Mine female sexuality and empowerment are core themes. The female protagonist in both shows is a mystery, even to herself, and the 'plot' is to a large extent about exploring her identity. There is a quirky, seductive style to the animation and music in both. Utena is a more convoluted and abstract work, while Fujiko is understandably confined to the trappings of a Lupin caper. However, Fujiko is a natural modern evolution of Utena; conversely, Utena is the godmother for everything in Fujiko. Thus, a fan of one show will find lots of love about the other.
Ryuuko Matoi is a fiery, feisty girl on a vengeful mission: she’ll find her father’s murderer at all costs, with only a giant red scissor blade as a clue to the villain’s whereabouts. Using the item as a weapon, she fights her way into the terrifying Honnouji Academy to track down a lead, unaware that the institute is brutally governed by a student council that’s anything but ordinary. Wielding special “Goku uniforms”, the group, led by president Satsuki, uses superpowers to keep the student body in check - but things are about to change now that Ryuuko’s in town!
It may not seem like an obvious reccomendation but lets check off a few things. Evil student council? Check. Ambiguously evil council president? Check. Themes of female empowerment? Check. Themes about sexuality and gender roles? Check and check. Although Utena is an anime that relies on a more subtle approach to these themes, with minimal to no fanservice, and a plot that is best described as fantastically artistic, Kill la Kill is a much faster paced joy ride through debauchery and awesome, it shows you what it wants to show you, which is as much as the creators are physically able to fit in, while all the time holding something back.
I do think that a fan of one, can appreciate the same sentiments in the other, and realise the 2 very different approaches along the same themes, and enjoy both.
Utena and Kill la Kill both use a lot of the same themes, even though they differ a lot in execution and approach. Still, both are focused on female empowerment, friendship (and more, in the case of Utena) and standing up against the oppressive student council in forms of duels. There is a varied cast in both, a lot of transformation sequences and generally lavish visuals to keep things interesting.
Haru Ichinose is a student at a private girls' boarding school, Myoujou Academy, who is being targeted by 12 assassins disguised as students. Tokaku Azuma is a transfer student and an assassin who also initially targets Haru, but develops feeling for her and decides to protect her from the other assassins.
On the surface they may not seem all that similar, Akuma no Riddle feels a lot more like a battle shounen than Utena, but they both have a very prevalent shoujo-ai theme, and both seem to follow a 'monster of the week' style of play.
Utena is a superior show, with a lot of darker themes in terms of psychology, patriarchy and a twisted take on the coming of age trope, we have yet to see if Akuma no Riddle will be able to compare.
Both have dark action elements where the protagonist is protecting someone trough duels and similar fights. They have a somewhat similar tone.
Both shows have shoujo-ai elements.
If you like one you should check out the other.
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