When Utena Tenjou was very little her parents died, and a prince comforted her in her time of loss, giving her a ring with a rose seal. He so impressed her that she decided to become a prince herself one day. Now, Utena is a teenager at Ohtori Academy who's athletic and notorious for dressing in a boy's uniform. When a member of the Student Council humiliates a friend of hers Utena challenges him to a duel, and he accepts only when he sees she possesses a rose seal ring. She soon discovers that this is no normal duel - it's a bizarre and ritualistic battle that the Student Council regularly conducts. In fact when she wins, Utena finds to her considerable chagrin that she gets to have Anthy Himemiya, a rather docile student, as her 'Rose Bride'. If she wants to keep Anthy she'll have to win more duels against members of the Student Council and others. What is the ultimate purpose of these duels and Anthy's role as the Rose Bride?
It’s never easy being a transfer student, especially when transferring in the middle of the year. Certain schools have their own traditions and ways of doing things – something Kouno Tooru discovers when the student council of the Fujimori high school insists that he dress like a girl! Along with two other boys chosen for their remarkable beauty, Kouno is given the task of brightening up the dull days of an all-boys high school. The rewards offered by the student council are great, but the life of a “Princess” turns out to be more work than Kouno had bargained for...
Revolutionary Girl Utena and Princess Princess are about schools with an odd tradition and cross dressing. In RGU, a girl dresses as a prince and fights in duels. In PP, students at an all boys school are dressed up as girls as part of school events. In both, the students use these opportunities to grow and move on from events in their past. Princess Princess is a little on the lighter side and Revolutionary Girl Utena is more dark and serious.
Kamina Ayato may seem like an average boy in a devastated world, but after being captured by TERRA, a military organization set on saving the world from the Mu, an alien race set on "tuning" the world, he realizes he is an instrument in deciding the fate of humanity and piloting RahXephon. Not only is Ayato the only person who can control the mecha, but he also has a terrible fate of his own. Holding onto memories of his old life and grasping to keep his own humanity, he must struggle in this new world and realize his true potential with RahXephon.
By-products of the post-Evangelion era, Utena and RahXephon make heavy use of surreal imagery to get their message across. But unlike other series that wait until the second half to go into the weird, wild stuff, these series push the viewer through the looking-glass from the very beginning. If there was ever an argument for anime as an artform, these two are it.
It was prophesied that Alexander the Great would first rule the world and then destroy it. Born the prince of Macedonia, his father was determined to have him remain an obedient military pawn whilst his mother wished for him to be a destroyer of worlds. Now, as Alexander moves across Babylonia towards the "Hindu" lands, enemies from both outside and within his camp struggle to stop him before he can conquer the world and bring about the prophecy of its destruction. Can the world be saved, or is fate truly the deciding factor of life and death?
Both Reign and Utena have more than their fair share of sword fights, beautiful people, obtuse conversations, great visuals, and under-appreciated animation styles. If you like action with a bit more meaning and great music, you'll enjoy both.
After defeating Suigintou, Jun, Shinku, Suiseiseki, Souseiseki, and Hina Ichigo continue going about their daily lives, with Jun now attending school and the dolls amusing themselves. Shinku, however, still carries much guilt over Suigintou's demise, because they were in the end still sisters. One night, however, Shinku spots Suigintou's partner spirit Mei-Mei and follows it into another artificial world, where she meets Barasuishou-- the seventh and final Rozen Maiden. With the Alice Game now accelerating with Barasuishou's apperance, will Shinku and friends be able to continue living their easygoing lives with Jun?
Both these series have a similar feel to them. This may be due to the fact that rose motif's permeate every frame of both series. The idea of dueling friends to become the only one to attain a goal is also similar in both series. Chances are if you liked either show you will enjoy the other.
A flower given in friendship should be something to be treasured. When a stranger named Fiore approaches Mamoru out of the blue, he claims he's returned to fulfill a promise made long ago, but is that really all that he wants? Something sinister lurks beneath Fiore's promise, and it's up to Sailor Moon and the Sailor Senshi to find out what it is!
The aesthetics of these two anime are quite similar; in both the thematic of flowers plays a very important role, as do the prevalence of strong leading female characters. In the movie, Sailor Moon's most childish aspects have been somewhat toned down, establishing a connection with the more adult content of Utena. Both series and movie share a certain atmosphere of classic animation that is akin despite the differences the approaches followed. Sailor Moon R The Movie can be followed as gripping but straight forward entertainment, while Utena is an exercise in psychological complexity. Still, there is enough in common regarding imagery and overall mood to warrant a recommendation.