Testing our limits for interpretation of the main text; let all ye who enter here beware! Originally posted on the forum, this essay explores the overarching themes in the show framed in Classical philosophy and the archetypal basis for the story. The rowdy debate this essay inspired can be found here
*NEW* For the Sake of Revolutionizing the World
written by: Maarika
Revolutionary Girl Utena as interpreted through the phrase "existence precedes essence." Whether you blame it on homework, or Sartre, or both, this essay explores the development of identity under the exceptional circumstances of the story we're presented with.
Playing Prince: Dangers of Role Appropriation & Scripted Romance in
Revolutionary Girl Utena
written by: Catherine
You know, we should probably feel bad that it took thirteen years to get a personality essay about Utena herself. We have atrophied consciences, though, so we don't. Not to mention that this is definitely one worth waiting for!
Etrangere explores the correlation between relationships in Utena and the historical and political structures that Revolutionary Girl Utena references. Fascinating stuff!
Adolescent Apocalypse:Coming of Age through a Depth Psychological Lens
written by: Danielle
Movie symbolism analysis! Not just movie symbolism analysis, Jungian movie symbolism analysis! It's so tempting to beat on the very savaged horse that is Freudian psychoanalysis, but a clear argument can be made here for Jung having just as much to say!
For The Garden Where All Love Ends:A Discourse Upon The Black Rose Saga Page 1 - Page 2
written by: Clarice
The essay that schooled all of us on how it's done. This mammoth piece of work takes apart the Black Rose Saga, Mikage, the symbolism, and every subject therein. It has to be read; you try summarizing it in a sentence or two.
The fabulous Cat has given us an essay comparing Hinduism and Buddhism through the media of Utena. Philosophy students, take notice!
Spiral Artist introduces some new analysis fodder-- could Utena really have been about the feminist struggle against the capitalist and patriarchal order?
An in-depth look at the past, future, and undercurrents of the duels, drawn from the time and events of Episode 33.
The storyline of Revolutionary Girl Utena explained in terms of Joseph Campbell's monomyth. For those out of the loop, Star Wars and The Matrix have been pointed out to fit his outline. They lack hot villains, though, and so are not discussed here.
The possibilities for princes among the cast of Revolutionary Girl Utena prove very slim, but though Juri's introduction paints her unsympathetic, Ashnod maintains that she, too, could be a prince.