It's not a stretch to suggest there isn't a single healthy relationship in this story. It has nothing to do with gender, of course, but rather the incest, the dependency, and the anger. The relationships in Utena are often archetypes of their own, examples of all the unhealthy circumstances we find ourselves in. The following essays explore the relationships in Utena
, the risks and rewards, and how the story reflects and focuses on the battles we face every day.
How and why did Ruka do what he did in those tense (and for him, possibly fatal) episodes? What was his motivation? Hugo explains it all, with bonus duel song analysis!
Well now, what do we have here? An essay about the way Miki and Touga act and react to each other? Of course we do. One of the most overlooked relationships in the series, explained for your perusal.
Being as intelligent as Miki and Mikage are is rarely an entirely good thing. In this essay I talk about what genius has done to these two characters, and how it connects their situations together.
The first arc of the series is marked by a comparative simplicity of purpose compared to the tangled mess of motives behind the duels later on. Yet, these duels, submerged as they are in the deceptively happier and more, well, shoujo-y, first arc, are the basis for the breakdowns and battles that follow. Here I attempt to explore how the duelists found their way to the arena, both what's implied and what's shown.
Touga's two Student Council Arc duels as they concern the major players: Touga, Utena, Akio, and Anthy. This is a long one, so don't say I didn't warn you!
Who didn't wonder, just a little, what was so great about Tatsuya that Mikage let him go? Through Tatsuya, satyreyes uncovers the drives behind the Black Rose Duellists.
Hugo explores the relationship between series Touga and movie Touga by pointing out a bridge between them—manga Touga. Movie, manga, and series meet in one essay!
What is it about Anthy that seems to confuse even the audience? Azusa explains the correlations between Anthy and our own behaviors in this wonderful piece.