Revolutionary Girl Utena

Alt titles: Shoujo Kakumei Utena

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Berserk

Berserk

Born beneath the gallows tree from which his dead mother hung, Guts has always existed on the boundary between life and death. After enduring a terrible childhood, he spends his adulthood in brutal combat, pitting his strength against others in order to build his own. Life is simple enough for Guts until he meets Griffith, the inspirational, ambitious, and beautiful leader of the mercenaries, the Band of the Hawks. When Guts loses to Griffith in a duel, he is forced to join the group, and, despite himself, finds a sense of camaraderie and belonging amongst them. However, as Griffith leads his soldiers from victory to victory, the bloody wars and underhanded politics reveal a side to him that nobody quite expected. Can Guts, a simple warrior, defend those who have come to mean the most to him, all the while struggling not to lose to the darkness he has carried with him his entire life?

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ohtoriakio ohtoriakio says...

Berserk deals with similar themes of self discovery, love and loathing as Utena. They also both feature main characters whose destiny has already been chosen for them, but who through perseverance manage to break the cycle they are in. Thematicallyu speaking, they also both owe greatly to Rose Of Versailles.

Shamanic Princess

Shamanic Princess

In the Guardian World, there live magic users and Neutralizers whose goal is to protect the Throne of Yord -- the source of their power. When the Throne is stolen from its place of rest, it’s up to Tiara and her furry familiar Japolo to find it… but things aren’t always as they seem. Beneath the façade of a simple painting lies the true identity of the Throne of Yord, and beneath the pretense of a simple theft lies the real reason it was stolen… a reason that may end up costing Tiara and her friends their very lives!

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Funkgun Funkgun says...

The sheer artistic look and feel of these two 90's animated titles will immediately make you think they can easily be compared.

These both are Magical Girl type titles with a twist. Darker richer, and more adult in nature. The two of them are also more complex in story, Utena making for a better cohesive plot. 

Still if you liked one, and wanted another with a similar feel, it might be worth checking out the other title. 

Kujibiki Unbalance

Kujibiki Unbalance

Welcome to Rikkyouin High School, a place where the student council president Ritsuko Kettenkrad reins supreme and your social standing is determined through a lottery! The life of freshman Chihiro Enomoto takes a turn when he wins the chance to become next year’s student council president; but first he and his friends must solve the tasks put before them by the current student council – or face expulsion! From homemade robots to terrorist domino stackers, from incestuous sisters and a sexual harassment panda and beyond, there’s no obstacle the student council will refrain from throwing at the gang!

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SabakunoYana SabakunoYana says...

Yes, maybe it sounds weird, but they have some points in common actually. This entire thing of the student council full of secrets and with an almost unlimited authority, the annoying character who results pretty funny at times and an argument that turns around the school life. The environment is different but they give some similar sensation when you're watching them.

Bokurano

Bokurano

When a group of children discover a strange cave at the beach, their lives are forever changed. Inside they find a hide out filled with computers and a man named Kokopelli who gives them a curious offer: to participate in a special game in which they save Earth from fifteen giant monsters. To defeat the invaders, he will give them a powerful mecha of black armor. The children eagerly sign the contract, name their new weapon Zearth, and must now take turns to pilot it; but the 'game' is in fact all too real and the consequences of battle become the stuff of nightmares. With no option to cancel the contract, is there any way to stop the game before it is too late for all of them?

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

Bokurano and Revolutionary Girl Utena pit their lead character(s) up against a secret, complex organization that they don't know very much about. Each follows a rigid formula: Character development, Battle, Character Development, Battle, and on and on, with each battle being against a new antagonist. Don't watch either for those battles, though, as they're usually pretty short and come nowhere close to the quality reached by the slower, character-driven parts. The real worth of both series is their characterization- every character who gets any significant amount of screen-time is treated to an intensive backstory/development.

Fans of psychological/mindf*ck shows will have fun with either (I found Utena more disturbing, but most people have the opposite reaction).

Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai!

Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai!

Tamiko, Kinekuni and their son Inumaru live in an apartment in Japan and live a relatively slow and quiet life, until one day a beautiful girl named Maroko shows up at their door step. She proclaims herself as being from the future, and has traveled to the past to visit her distant relative: Inumaru, her grandfather. What follows is a wildly philosophical and intellectual journey: Tamiko storms out of the house, refusing to believe the whims of this new stranger; and Kinekuni and Inumaru invite her into their home. With spandex-clad time policemen after Maroko and the ethical dilemma of time travel at every turn, the Yomota’s will try their best to remain a family.

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VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai and Revolutionary Girl Utena are both highly metaphorical, existentialist works that try to subvert their narratives/genres. GB deconstructs itself using meta-references while Utena consciously exploits mahou shoujo devices to weave a new concept altogether. They're both surreal, revelatory, and brimming with humourous characters, and remind me strongly of each other.