Both have the same director, are heavily symbolic to the point that almost everything is directed in a very specific way to enhance the symbolism , have a fun vibe on the surface while being psychologically darker and have similar basic and underlying philosophical themes while some of their characters share the same traits.
They are similar in a way that the more twisted and complicated everything gets, the better it becomes, first episodes start off slow but by the end - every episode is like a piece of a puzzle that adds up to make a complete picture. Both are unusual, visually beautiful and artistic.
Both have the same director and I get Utena vibes everywhere from Penguindrum. They have a similar style and use of repeated scenes and phrases. Although I don't know yet, Akio seems really similar to Sanetoshi, and the whole library thing seemed really similar to the Black Rose arc. Penguindrum has a Fate Bride and Utena has a Rose Bride.
While Utena uses symbolism to explore love, self, friendship and other themes, Mawaru Penguindrum uses it to tell a tragic tale of three brothes written by destiny. Both have the same director, same style.
Well what dou you expect from two animes from one director ?
You will get similar many similar feelings, mainly from storytelling, when watch them.. Need not for many explanations, if you like one, you will like the other..
Both are surreal, highly symbolic coming of age stories where the young protagonists deal with the after effects of trauma, an incomprehensible world, and accepting loss as a rite of passage to adulthood. Both shows rely on absurdist humor and parodying shojo tropes before growing steadily darker in tone. And both are directed by Ikuhara.
Well, first of all they both have the same director, and it shows :) They're both very surreal and they both play around alot with contrasts when it comes to design and story telling, switching from light and cheerful at times to dark and gruesome and back again. They also both have a huge fairy tale element to them!
Both works by Ikuhara surround somewhat confused protagonists in an abstract quest for an unusual goal. In each anime, just about every protagonist, supporting character and antagonist have much more to them than meets the eye. I also consider many characters in one series to have an uncannily similar character in the other.
Since Ikuhara directed both, it's no surprise that Penguindrum should be similar to Utena. There is a similar focus on sibling relationships, with tastefully ambiguous hints of incest. Utena's focus on the incestuous nature of such relationships is certainly stronger (although I expected it to be the opposite from the first episode of Penguindrum). Both shows have a similar surreal feel, and both keep you hooked with elements of mysteriousness until the end. Although Penguindrum is a show about relationships, the focus is less deep and systematic than in Utena. Both have strong elements of symbolism, although Utena's symbolism appears to have more meaning. Both seem to take a bizarre turn toward the end of the series, although I didn't like the way this happened in Penguindrum necessarily. Penguindrum lacks the unique visual expression that Utena does, although it borrows almost exactly Juri's character design for one of the secondary characters. Overall, Penguindrum is great and definitely evokes some of the same feelings I had while watching Utena. read more
When watching revolutionary girl utena, it somehow made me feel like "This is kinda like NGE but for girls" Both have in-depth character analysis implemented somewhere inside the series, and the style of them is similar. Both have metaphors and symbolism, and some parts/things that make you think a bit.
However, NGE's Angel fights have been replaced by sword fighting in utena, and there are some other differences aswell, but they have the same feeling when watching, at least near Utena's end.
Massive amounts of symbolism, character analysis, and psychological issues. While Utena is a lot more lighthearted and silly at times, the serious moments rival some of the darker moments of Evangelion and have the same pervasive atmosphere. They're both a thinking man's anime and something that absolutely everybody should watch, unless a symbolical focus makes you uncomfortable. You'll have to read through the lines and see the big picture in both of them.
Both are confusing as hell. Both have three-dimensional characters that drive the plot. And if you include End of Evangelion and ignore the last two episodes, both have bitter, confusing endings (one sweeter than another though).
A jump I know, but I love these shows for the same reasons: Complicated plot, deep chock full of symbolism, and complicated flawed characters.
There are many parallels to be seen between Utena and Evangelion, including internally conflicted main characters, severely damaged familial relationships, and a host of others.
Both series revolutionized their respective genres, and are absolutely worth watching.
In many ways, Revolutionary Girl Utena is the Neon Genesis Evangelion of the shoujo genre. They're both surreal take themselves very seriously, they both have very complex casts and Shinji Ikari and Utena Tenjou are both very conflicted and well-written protagonists (Albeit in different ways). At first glance, Revolutionary Girl Utena may just look like a simple shoujo anime, but in reality, there's so much more to it than that. Evangelion fans, I highly recommend you check this one out!
If you want another psychological anime that doesn't adhere to its genre and contains a bunch of symbolism, Revolutionary Girl Utena is the one. Like Eva, it has budget constraints on it, which cause it to be repetitive, but you could skip through things, or just see them as thinking breaks. You'll need a break to think.
While having it's own distinct personality, you can say Utena is the shoujo equivalent of Evangelion. Both are Freudian anime that explore how messed up their characters are and attack the conventions of their genre. Both throw symbolism around at any chance and are very open to interpretation, when you're done watching them you're not done with them yet.
Both are classic 90's anime that deconstruct their respective genres. Both start out fairly light-hearted and grow shockingly dark as the plot thickens, both rely on symbolism, are heavy on the psychology and philosophy, and both are coming of age stories with utterly evil villians (who are scarily realistic) and both have endings that can be intrepreted in many different ways.
Evangelion and Utena are both heavily psychological coming of age 90s anime with tragic and complex characters and tons of symbolism. Many aspects of both series are ambiguous and open to personal interpretation.
Both seem to start off as simple "Battle of the Week" shows, but they grow into much more. Both series deal with adolescent characters and their struggles, with their somewhat non-linear stories being decorated with abundant symbolism. Where Neon Genesis Evangelion redefined mecha, Shoujo Kakumei Utena redefined shoujo.
The series that Kill la Kill truly reminded me of on the most consistent basis was definitely Utena. I saw so many elements of the first season of Utena in this series that it became a bit ridiculous - RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME that is! If you like the fighting aspect of Kill la Kill, than you are certain to enjoy Utena's duels. BONUS for you Touga fans - there is definitely a boy for you in this fantasy! ^_^
Both take place in strange school ruled by mysterious student council, in both heroine is trying to fight against council's power.
KLK is more fun to watch, with plenty of dirty jokes, Utena is more symbolic and slower
Kill La Kill is a very clear homage to many anime, and one of it's most frequent and obvious influences and spiritual Godmother is Revolutionary Girl Utena.
The two series bear uncanny similarities, with the biggest difference being that Utena is very much a shoujo while Kill La Kill is more along the shounen side. However, I feel that both series can appeal to a wide audience.
More of a contents-wise recommendation, but otherwise two extremely enjoyable shows in different ways. The two are set in a school, rather untypical schools with pretty (or creative) designs. They are both episodic with a different focus and mini-stories, tied into a bigger picture (the main plot). They focus on fighting opponents, often with substance in its characters; it may be obvious who would win, but the main juice of the battles and scenes are its developments and general messages that connect with our world, society and nature.
Lots of other things makes the two similar too. They have transformation sequences despite not being magical shows. They also have a strong lead character, whose attitude can be associated with tomboyish, but otherwise strong and admirable. They have brilliant OSTs and amazing art directions (Utena being interestingly subtle in its symbolism and KlK being crazy and creative). And although KlK doesn't have deep symbolism like Utena, it does have lots of fun trivial stuff and references, KlK even referencing Utena itself.
The two shows are actually controversial, funny enough (but for different reasons). Either way though, they are made with great talent from experienced directors, having hidden messages/symbolism, creative art direction, memorable OSTs and just generally fun in their own ways. read more
Kill la kill has a lot of Utena references, both series have a very similar "feel", given they are both about tomboyish female leads who "revolutionize" their "academy" while "dueling" student council members. Both end up deconstructing various anime clichés in order to tell their existential tale. Utena is more serious and all of it's "weirdness" is not to be taken as face value since it's used for it's great character study and handling of philosophy and psychology. Kill la Kill is mostly satire humor thriving on entertainment value. Both series require thinking out of the box to enjoy.
A bit of a long-shot maybe....? Ah screw it! Kill la Kill and Utena both have a very similar story; They're both magical girl shows with very little actual "magical girls" in them and they're both about a very average tomboyish student who goes to a very unusual school, and who has to fight memers of the student council, as well as the president of said student council. They also both have a secondary villain who is revealed later on in the series, and who the defeated student council members (to some extent at least) help the main character out in order to defeat.
Now, just replace all the beautiful imagery and symbolism whith over-the-top violence and fanservice --- THERE we go! read more
Kill la Kill stems from the kind of queer, feminist sword-fighting story-telling which Revolutionary Girl Utena proudly introduced us to in the 90's.
While Kill la Kill is stylistically more outlandish and messy, Utena started the surreal, school-based struggle for a mysterious power in a clean, almost romantic style. Where Kill la Kill uses sexuality in a tongue-in-cheek homage to sexy magical girl transformations, Utena's use of sexuality, while still bizarre and sometimes hilarious, tends to conjure scenes which are sometimes uncomfortably familiar, making them all the more compelling. While Kill la Kill uses humor almost anywhere it can, Utena tends to use humor to alleviate the fact that the relationships and story are actually pretty heavy stuff.
Utena is a fascinatingly complex story, and in many ways achieves much of what Kill la Kill aims to capture. If you found yourself wanting more substance from Kill la Kill, Utena will quench your thirst. If you just want more boobs and less of a rich story, this is not the show for you. read more
Both shows have a tomboyish girl as the main character, who by herself fights against powerful student council which rules a weird school.
Kill la Kill has many references to Utena and some of the characters are a lot alike.
Kill la Kill is fast paced, has more comedy and it's main point is the crazy, engaging action, while Utena takes a slower approach, focuses on psychology of the characters and is filled with symbolism.
Both, though, share a similar feel and setting and are extremely enjoyable. If you liked one, you are most likely going to like the other.
KLK and Utena share similar basic structure and setup (academy which is a battle ground for outlandish duels) and indulge heavily in surreal humor and bombastic imagery. While KLK is definitely a lighter show, both can be summarized as being thematically about a young girl coming to terms with her growing up.
Rose of Versailles seems an obvious inspiration for Revolutionary Girl Utena. Set in Revolutionary France the main character is a woman raised as a man fulfilling a man's role. Much of the setting from Versailles seems to be the inspiration for the style of Utena.
Rose of Versailles and Revolutionary Girl Utena bring to the front the issues of gender identity. The titular heroines in these series choose to take on traditionally male roles which create a tension in these characters as they struggle to conciliate feelings with duty. In both series there is a recurring theme of roses and sword fighting; they both deal with Revolutions albeit of a very different nature and are concerned with moral nobility. Rose of Versailles has a more social and linear approach while Utena spins into a heavy psychological study that renders narrative almost obsolete. Breaking through illusions, be them class based or emotional hang-ups, is at the heart of these two anime.
Chiho Saito was probably inspired from Ryoko Ikeda's works, as these authors' styles are very alike.
Utena & Versailles No Bara are quite similar, as they both involve crossdressing, sword fights, roses, drama, romance, and a gorgeous, rich, aristocratic mood.
If you liked Utena this is another anime/manga I believe you should enjoy. Utena drew inspiration from this both in setting and characters. While Rose of Versailles takes place in the country of France and isn't confined to a school setting, the focus on fighting with swords plays a big part in both anime. The decadent European lifestyle that is acted out in Utena is very much the same as is acted out in Oscar's France (balls, food, elaborate dressing, even many high culture interests).
The main character in Rose of Versailles is Oscar, a woman who got a mans name because her father was stricken with grief that his wife bore a girl,and who was then raised as a male. You can see that Utena's 'Prince' complex (her desire to become a prince) is very much comparable, such as dressing like a boy acting like one but maintaining a certain unbreakable feminine beauty and fragility in both looks and personality (as Oscar is unable to overcome her feminine qualities even dressing more like a guy plus cutting her hair). Both characters are also tested by male characters who try to get them to lose this strength they have by treating them as women but not equals. The main difference between the two characters is Utena has chosen to become what she likes to call a 'prince' while Oscar was raised like a boy. read more
Besides the protagonist (Utena/Oscar) being a female character crossing the gender line, both animes deal with the complexity of love, but in very different ways. While Utena focuses on the relationships between people, Rose of Versailles focuses on love itself, the passion/attraction.
They both have a ... novel view on love and romance. You also follow the evolution of the feelings of the characters, and their developpement.
Though Utena is much more better when it comes to the psychology of the characters. ROV can be brillant at times and then get excessively manichean.
Utena and Rose of Versailles are two older shows, sharing a similar artstyle, which center around a girl, which is trying to blurre the gender line by becoming a prince herself. The two protagonists are similar in personality and compete in sword fights.
Both are darker twists of the shoujo genre and they are both equally excellent in their own ways. There are heavily surreal elements and the theme of protecting someone and/or sacrificing yourself for someone else are apparent in both series.
Surrealism, genre deconstruction, plot made of «double floors» and «rabbit holes», great music solidly integrated with the action, shadow play aesthetics — that's what both series have in plenty. And the similarity between the storylines, though not apparent at first, increases dramatically towards the finale.
Here are some connections:
- Both are psycological series's
- Both feature a cast of school children
- Pink haired girls are leads (how often does a pink haired girl play a minor role)
- There's a curse and witch theme in both
- We have two tales of 'rescuing' and unfortunate party
- Both feature fight scene's in an obscure, art rich dimention
- Dramatic clasical music features in conflict
- Cutsie looking animal* familiars are present
Both series are dark and mind-screwing, despite being called a (mahou) shoujo. Both develop themes of sacrifice, miracle, suffering etc. Soundtrack is fascinating, and battles inspire similiar surrealistic feeling. Postmodern art as it is.
Also, there are naive pink-haired protagonists and strange pets.
As said before, before are deeply psychological and have your fair share of yuri undertones.
The most deep connection I could make between the two that makes me love them so much is how I could relate to the characters and the emotional buildup that follows between deep philosophical questions about life.
Both have magical girls, maybe not in the sense of Precure or Sailor Moon, but they are magical girls and amazing ones at that. There's even the reference to witches which seem to share a similar role in both RGU and Madoka Magica. Definitely watch if you loved RGU.
Both are series that are not what they seem at first, and as it progresses, and if the viewer is attentive, will find increasing depth and multiple meanings. They are works of authorship that are not satisfied with just being "an anime more" with a huge script quality, but not easy to see at first glance.
The most striking similarity between Madoka and Utena are the feelings evoked by the endings. I felt almost the same thing while watching Madoka's ending as I did Utena's. Without giving away too much, both endings are very bittersweet and focused on friendship. Aside from both being magical girl genre breakers, these two anime begin happily, with dark elements layering on little by little. The pacing in both shows is perfect, and you're kept guessing until the very end. Both shows have a unique style of visual expression as well. The yuri subtext in both shows is similar, although it is much, much stronger in Utena (without being too explicit). Both shows are very theme-heavy and carry an alluring element of mysteriousness through to the end. One difference is that Utena is heavy on symbolism, with a much deeper focus on relationships between secondary characters. Overall, Utena has a richer feel than Madoka. It's also a lot weirder (because of the symbolism), but better.
If you have seen Madoka but haven't seen Utena you're missing out. Utena, is, in my opinion, the best anime ever made. Period.  read more
It's no surprise that Princess Tutu has been called Utena-lite. Both series look like they're made for young girls and have, to some degree, fairly typical shoujo plots in the beginning. Soon, though, they become much more complex, twisting the definitions of friend and foe; of what it means to be yourself or to grow up. In addition, they're both heavily influenced by traditional fairy tales yet eventually change the norms of those tales to be something completely different.
Both Utena and Tutu contain a strong fairy tale motif and themes of accepting or defying one's fairy tale role. In a way, Utena feels like a more sophisticated/jaded exploration of the same themes touched upon in Tutu. They also both have a little bit of that surreal/reality-bending element, though Tutu never gets quite as surreal or symbolic as Utena. Basically, they're both really great series that you should watch, period.
Princess Tutu and Revolutionary Girl Utena have quite a bit in common. Both have the feel of a "modern fairy tale" and start off feeling like your typical, light-hearted shojo or magical girl series. However, both eventually obtain a darker atmosphere, become something new, and make themselves stand out in certain ways. Tutu is more family friendly and has more of a "magical girl" feel to it, while Utena is more intense and has more of a "girl warrior" feel to it. The heroines of both stories mature quite a bit throughout the story and learn concepts such as love, romance, friendship, self-sacrifice, and selflessness. Both series also have a lot of plot twists to the point that you aren't exactly sure which characters are the "good guys" and which are the "bad guys" until you're practically at the end. Love them or hate them, these series certainly aren't forgettable. read more
The first recomender pretty much got it spot-on. Both are dark magical girl shows that, rather than focusing on the magical girl theme, focus more on the fairy-tale prince-princess theme. Utena is quite a bit more adult, however, and is a direct deconstruction of the Prince- Princess fairy tale genre, whereas Princess TuTu is just more of a darker 'Grimm' version of a fairy tale.
Utena is more psychological and explores more themes and has a more drastic use of metaphors.
Both series deal with the archetypes present in most fairy tales. While Princess Tutu explores the way the pure archetypes would interact in the real world, Utena looks at how these same archetypes would be either muddled or destroyed by the many shades of grey that exist around us, as compared to the black and white heroes and villains of a storybook.
Both of these series are shoujo based on fairy tales which invert the classic relationship between men and women in them. In each of these anime, the protagonist is a girl who takes on the role of the hero traditionally designated to the prince, a man. Both anime also ask if the heroic actions we see in fairy tales are really genuine and are really the right thing to do.
Both of these shows are technically magical girl shows but they tackle serious and rather unexpected themes for the genre. Utena is more surrealistic and more difficult to unpack and often feels dark and heavy. It is very unique and an interesting experience nonetheless.
Revolutionary Girl Utena and Ouran host club are cut from the same cloth...
They both parody many shoujo anime themes such as roses.
The shows have very similar art, and both use a fair amount of symbolism.
They are both set in prestigious boarding schools for the rich with a french architecture design.
The comedy is similar using abstract arrows and creative use of camera angles.
Both shows also have a lead female character that dress as a boy.
Both have strong homosexual themes and jokes.
On the other hand Utena is much darker and also part action show, featuring a duel nearly every episode.
I believe if someone likes one of these shows it will carry over to the other (unless your against incest and rape)! read more
As I looked through the list of recommendations on Utena's list, I was surprised by the complete lack of Ouran High School Host club. First of all, I noticed extreme similarities in the art styles. Both are drawn very angular. Both center around a boyish female that (in the Utena Movie) are confused for male.
I realize there are some differences in the plots. But I just got this strong feeling that OHSHC was based of Utena.
Both feature a masculine girl for a main character, lots of male characters drawn to look attractive to female viewers, a big and beautifully built academy, and focus on friendship and growing up. Roses play a significant role in both stories, and nearly everybody has some decent character development.
Revolutionary Girl Utena and Ouran High School Host Club are both anime that critique shoujo, featuring a female lead that wears male clothing and strong themes of homosexuality.
The difference is that Ouran is a light-hearted parody, whereas Utena is a much darker and satirical in nature. Ouran is a simple work intending to make the audience laugh. Utena is a very dramatic and complex psychological work intending to make the audience think.
Ouran and Utena share a lot of similar things. Crossdressing protagonist? Check. Lots, and lots or roses? Check. Gorgeously designed academy for wealthy students? Check.
The main difference is Ouran is more geared for comedy, and Utena is...a bunch of things.
Two allegorical shows that use the lives of high school girls to portray systematic problems in society. Full of wonderful pink, absurd humor, and a dark side that leaves you unsure how to take the end of things, these are Ikuhara's two lecture shows.
Directed by Ikuhara Kunihiko. Heavily symbolic to the point that almost everything is directed in a very specific way to enhance the symbolism. Slow and fun at the beginning. But on the surface while being psychologically darker and have similar basic and underlying philosophical themes while some of their characters share the same traits. Rose with Utena and Bears with YuriKUma
Main characters both struggle to protect someone they love. The main theme of these shows are about overcoming obstacles and gender norms enforced by society so that the two main female characters can be together in a relationship.
Both series center around a naive girl adapting to her strange surroundings in a new school -- they involve many characters with deep emotional and psychological scars. In addition, both have elements of yuri.
In a lot of ways, Oniisama e feels like a spiritual predecessor to Utena. You have a classy private school setting, a large cast of primary, secondary, and tertiary characters, dark secrets, complex motivations, twisted relationships, and a unique atmosphere created by combining lush shoujo imagery and visual symbolism with music. Oh yeah, and lesbians.
Chiho Saito was probably inspired from Ryoko Ikeda's works, as these authors' styles are very alike.
Utena is especially similar to Onii-sama, as both series involve a school setting, a transferred student (Utena/Nanako) and her lively best friend (Wakaba/Tomoko), an elitist group of students (Student Council/Sorority), the beautiful and tormented school idol who wears man clothes (Juri/Rei), the rich, spoiled, blonde girl (Nanami/Aya), some shoujo-ai subtext, drama, romance, and incest.
Overall, the story, characters relationships, and feeling are the same.
The creators of Utena drew ideas from the original manga written by Riyoko Ikeda as well as the anime based on the manga. The setting in an upper class school and the new student going against the established traditions of her senior classmates, classmates which externally seem to have their lives completely togehter. Nanako has to overcome many external obstacles for her as well as her friends but most of the story revolves around the bitter internal struggles for all the characters which leads to a lot of self reflection to finally find out what she really wants as well her attempts to shatters the distorted world views of her seemingly more 'together' classmates. All extremely similar to the structure of 'Revolutionary Girl Utena' as Utena changes many of the characters outlooks on life.
'Revolutionary Girl Utena' seems to have a stronger tone than the more subtle style of 'Brother, Dear Brother' One example of this can be seen in the lesbian overtones of both shows, while Utena uses more blunt hints that can come across as comical, the tone of 'Brother, Dear Brother' is seemingly more complex and real. Also unlike Utena, Nanako (the main character) comes across initially as weak and naive, but she sticks to her principles although they are tested many times. The strength of Utena's character (I believe) comes more from the anime Rose of Versailles which is another anime I recommend if you liked Utena. read more
Two animes that detail *tons* of themes (oft similar, such as gender, sexuality, love etc) with a slice-of-life backdrop that use action sequences when appropriate. The amount of depth to characters in these shows is very similar. Simoun is much more light-hearted than Utena despite forgoing comic relief episodes.
Juliet Capulet, the heroine of Romeo x Juliet, is the Utena Tenjou of a new generation. She's tomboyish, independent, and passionate, but, like Utena, her romantic dilemma slowly comes into conflict with her tasks as a hero. If you're tired of seeing moe schoolgirls and crabby tsunderes as female leads and want more heroines like Utena, give Romeo x Juliet a try. You might just end up rooting for the House of Capulet.
Both series are based on the idea of Revolution- Both also have a very romantic European feel to them and have lots of roses and flower petals and the like. Both deal with tragedy and sacrifice for the sake of love and revolution.
Both feature a lot of sword fighting and as the previous person mentioned, Juliet is kinda like the new-age Utena, except unlike Utena, Juliet doesn't mind being girly.
Both series have a very similar feel and kinda have their own bizzare little world, and both are, of course, romantic, beautiful, and just plain fun.
At first glance, the audience will notice some similarities, both stories have pink haired, tomboyish protagonists that duel using swords. There's heroic self sacrifice in the story somewhere. You can also expect a "Prince" and a "castle".
Also, these two are similar in that they have great OSTs/ music in it. The songs in each of these anime are catchy and doesn't get old (How can you go wrong with You Raise Me Up and Rinbu Revolution as your theme song).
Fun fact: RxJ premiered exactly one decade after SKU, give or take a few days.
Both are magical girl shows with an underlying darker element, and explore psychological themes. They also both focus on friendship between two girls caught up in a malevolent being's game. They are both pretty artistic and feature very good, original scores.
While one is shoujo and the other is more along the lines of Seinen, the two series both take a darker look into the mahou shoujo genre, although Utena is more of a take on the prince-princess genre rather than the mahou shoujo genre, the two are very comparable. Both explore a relationship between two girls that is full of secrets and lies and both are riddled with yuri/shoujo ai undertones.
A wide, strong, and interesting female cast, fantasy, magic, romance, fights, shoujo-ai, roses, bishounen.
They have an overall similar mood, prettiness, and imagery.
Note: I’m referring to all the Sailor Moon seasons altogether.
Both shows have a female protagonist who matures throughout the series. Though Utena matures quicker and less obivously than Usagi. Depending on whether you watch dub or sub there are sexual inneuendos in both series and implied lesbianism. They are both considered to be of the shojo genre. My friends and i both consider these animes to be classics. The stock footage and repetive results can become tedious at times but the many comedic elements will keep you entertained.
People usually use Eva as an example of symbolism, but when it comes down to it, Eva's imagery is usually consistent with the rules of the world it takes place in. Utena and FLCL take symbolism to another level. These are both shows where the environment does not play by the rules of the plot. You don't know what you're going to see next with these shows. Utena and FLCL's style is true mind screw.
If your favourite parts of Code Geass are the elite private school hijinks and crazy student council members you will love Utena.
Likewise, Utena fans who enjoyed the series' action sequences and Machiavellian scheming should enjoy Code Geass.
I wonder why no one mentioned the Anthy/C.C. parallel. IMO, C.C. is second to The Rose Bride in rose-briding (and there are even outright visual quotes from Utena lampshading this role of hers). Also, character designs in Utena and CG bear some similarity.
1-Both are full of messages, multi-layer concepts and social critic
2-Both talk about adolescence, madurity and sexuality in actually original way
3-One view is not enough to understand the whole
4-Action and drama without topics or cheap fanservice
Utena is more complex and deep, but both are much enjoyable if you wish an intelligent anime.
Shinsekai Yori and Utena are two sets full of social criticism in another context, profound messages, addressing issues such as homosexuality or social convictions of an original and effective way. Both deal close but very different issues and contexts, and both series are that if you see more than once will get much more out them out. Also try both tackles the issue of maturity in adolescence.
Both are, essentially, yuri. Both have heroines who are best of friends, and openly explains how such events take place.
The personalities of the heroines two are identical; one is sophisticated, talented, different, and the other is closeted, pretty, but otherwise normal.
The majority of the show is donated to flesh out their predicaments only for them to come back to their bond.
Both look good, and sound fine. Both could be enjoyed fairly well by non-yuri fans.
Revolutionary Girl Utena, is more "revolutionary" than Miko. It discusses a handful of social topics, some normal, some not.
Many of them are channeled outward into "battle of wills", which are portrayed as simple sword attacks.
The show's complexity reaches a point where it'll remind people of NGE, or another equally "batshit" crazy show
In comparison, Miko's synopsis comes off a bit weak. The symbolism is there, but it's symbol is a turn off. If one is able to make peace with such elements, then primary story can still take it's course, and leave you quite satisfied. read more
Yuri!!! On Ice was mainly popular not only due to the beautiful music and animation, but also because it showed how even an anime in the sports genre can show a healthy gay relationship between the two main characters, being Yuri and Viktor. Utena also does the same thing, and also explores many taboo or not-really-talked-about issues, like sexuality, gender, and puberty.
The show is far more serious and darker than YOI in terms of these themes, but it still shows how the main two characters, and even some side characters, feel about each other, and how their relationships change due to these feelings.
Utena is a bit old, being made in the good 'ol 90s, but the themes explored are very similar to Yuri!!! On Ice. read more
Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna draws heavily on the symbolism and ideals presented in Utena. This is particularly evident in Oscar's character arc, with multiple direct references made to Utena's universe.
Both series feature a number of openly queer characters, and actively mocks and deconstructs the heavily biased contemporary portrayal of queer characters in media. This is done in a largely underhanded and subtle way in both series, so some level of critical thinking is required to access the contents presented at this meta level.
both are mature stories taking place in and around high school, both feature teenagers struggling to fulfil their inherently flawed ideals, both main characters enter into a tournament where the grand prize is to grant miracles, sword fights are metaphors for idealogical clashes and finally I find Akio & Archer to be very similar characters.
Utena is kinda like female Shirou. Both is a lawful good hero who tried to save people, and both deconstructs heroic figure (hell, what happened to Utena in the end is practically the same as Archer's fate as a guardian and with his role and being tan himself, the Grail War Archer is kinda like Akio on some extent.) Both also has fights, one with good visuals while others with good musics as well as some SoL moments in the story.
This is an excellent series to compare and contrast with Star Driver. After watching both series, one can see countless parallels between their characters, plot, and structure, to the point that Star Driver is often referred to as Utena done with giant robots. You will have a lot of fun pointing out all of the little shout-outs to its spiritual predecessor.
Utena and Valkyrie Drive, each in its own idiosyncratic way, employ homoeroticism as means of furthering plot developments and use physical transformations in the pursuit of unearthing thematic implications. Set in enclosed worlds, the characters in these anime seek to break through limitations imposed by their respective societies. However, whereas Utena is usually concerned with stimulating the mind and is steeped in symbolism, Valkyrie Drive tends to concern itself with stimulating other bodily organs.
Did you watch Utena thinking 'This could do with less subtle symbolism, more jiggling breasticles, and maybe some loud moaning'?
Did you watch Valkyrie Drive thinking 'I liked the weaponisation of girls by girls, but it could do better in terms of integration with gender criticism and queer theory'?
Here lies your solution my friends. Whilst Utena is very gratuitous with its allegories and heavy-handed symbolism, Valkyrie Drive is gratuitous and heavy handed in other, more literal ways. Watch Utena to unsheathe the sword of your heart as you follow the journey of self-discovery of Utena and friends; and watch Valkyrie Drive to unsheathe the sword in your pants as you watch girls 'discover' each other.
- Both feature large numbers of not-straight girls.
- Both feature the extraction of weapons either from the body or by transformation of the body into said weapon. read more
In both Bakemonogatari and Utena, the environment is alive. You see things happen that wouldn't happen in real life, and the fourth wall tends to be covered in paint. While on the surface they both have simple plots, exorcism and sword-fighting, the actual focus of the series are on the characters' emotions and backstories.
Its not a garantee that if you liked yami to you'll like utena, but the series are similair. they both have a strong tomboy-ish heroine that tries to save her lover though she's secretly betraying her. they also share the girls love element, the sword fighting, the magical worlds, the funny/annoying little pet and a lot of bishie characters :)
- A strong and tomboyish female lead who's good at using the sword (Hazuki/Utena)
- A strange, kind, quiet, and seemingly innocent co-protagonist (Hatsumi/Anthy)
- A funny and/or annoying little creature (Ken/ChuChu)
- Magic and fantasy
- The same glossy appearance and feeling
- A plot which is confusing and complex at times.
Drama, romance, sword fights, revenge, conflicts, complex relationships.
Both have deep, interesting, well-developed characters, unique art and direction, and nice, fitting music.
You'll surely notice an elegant, luxurious, aristocratic aura in both series.
While Utena has some shoujo-ai in it, Gankutsuou has subtle shounen-ai. Ah, both have, surprise surprise, incest.
They're not all that alike, but they share some similarities. The mysterious powers that turn out to have darker origin that the main character didn't expect. Also the aestethics are somewhat alike, especially during the last couple of episodes in WIXOSS. Both MCs are pretty idealistic and want to do good, but realize they're hurting the people they want to help.
Do you like strong female characters with dreams and ambitions of their own?
Where Utena dreams of becoming a prince who protects princesses, Noriko wants to become a space pilot like her father before her. Both characters try their best to become a better version of themselves, both for themselves and for others.
Fundamentally they're both about self-growth, protection, and becoming self-aware. Utena learns how to become a good prince who protects the people she loves, and Noriko learns to believe in herself as she becomes a better pilot.
While Revolutionary Girl Utena and Perfect Blue are both psychological masterpieces, they are completely different in terms of which genres they would additionally be associated with. Revolutionary Girl Utena is definitely shojou in its art and character design and there's the magical girl element to the show whereas Perfect Blue is much dark I will argue and more mature in its tone and art. However, both shows are incredible in the way they blur the line between real and surreal and if you enjoy that aspect of Revolutionary Girl Utena, then you will definitely fine Perfect Girl thrilling. It is a bit more on the horror side as it is a thriller, but I HIGHLY recommend for anyone who enjoys a good mind-f*ck.  read more
The shows are essentially very different, but I think if you like Utena as a character and if you enjoy the shoujo ai element, you would also like Strawberry Panic :) (And vice versa) They are also both very pastell-y shoujo series, and they both take place in a pretty strict school setting.
Both shows are similar in their psychological factor and could be characterized as weird. Although Gantz is a sci-fi series with a lot of violence,nudity and splatter it is quite similar in the fact that both shows use symbolism and require from its viewer to think and question what they see. You will need to think about what people's characters and their relationship to each other and their environment represent. If you liked the "weird" aspect of Gantz and you like in general mind f***ks than you will like Utena.
They have weapons/firearms coming out of character's TITS that represent some sort of phallic imagery. The only difference is while both of them have under-aged heroines who are still supposed to be in middle school one looks like a loli and the other looks like a young woman in their highschool/college years for some inexplicable reason.
Surprised this hasn't been recomended yet.
Both are shoujo with a lot of 'magical girl' series elements, and both feature a pink-haired lead. The character designs are very similar, and both Marika's and Utena's 'alternate outfits' have a very 17th century regal feel to them- they even look a bit similar. The school uniforms are similar as well.
Both series are set in a futuristic world with a French feeling to it, although the futuristic feel is much heavier in Moretsu as there is no space travel in Utena. Both main characters use swords.
Moretsu and Utena also both have fairly heavy shoujo-ai undertones under the cover of 'best friends'.
All in all, Moretsu feels like it was heavily inspired by Utena.  read more
They both have a fairly simple premise in being a journey of self discovery.
Utena uses sumptuous symbolism and characterisation to captivate you, Berserk uses raw passion and clever storytelling. I have immense respect for both these titles for they manage to create a world of their own where you cannot help but surrender yourself in awe.
Just happen to be continuing the ideas guilty crown ripped off of other series' recommendations. Mostly people confer to Code Geass when they say Guilty Crown, but Utena serves as a much better example due to their similar motifs and usage of swift action scenes.
In both series, a main character, who's either a male or a female with strong animus egotism, likes to pull swords out of other people's chests, because, why? It's fun, probably. Watch both series to find out their separate, individual purposes, but effectively, the swords/ weaponry which pops out of the people's chests happen to give the 'protagonist' power to kill people easily, usually.
The climax arc of both series is very strikingly similar in that they foretell of a girl whose fate is controlled by supernatural people which both series deemed as evil. Many spoilers have to be given to elaborate, but basically, the major setting that it comes down to dwells in a church.
GC has horribly done writing whilst Utena has some filler episodes and arguably slow pacing, and both are mostly bad in those aspects. read more
- Main character for both series are girls who cross-dress and act like boys; princes in both cases.
- Both girls are feisty defiers of the rigid roles that society and the media industry (including classic fairy tales of course) restrict women to.
- Raises questions of gender and gender identity in an adventurous and friendly way without being excessively 'edgy'; although Revolutionary Girl Utena is a lot more allegorical than Princess Knight.
- Both are heavily thematically influenced by old-school fairy tales; classic princesses, princes, castles, and defeating evil through sword fights (which both girls are very skilled at). At the same time both shows attempt to break down and deconstruct some of the popular tropes associated with classical fairy tales, albeit with differing level of conviction.
- Both are created with influence from the all-female Japanese musical theatre group Takarazuka Revue. Princess Knight is the predecessor and as such draws direct inspirations from the troupe, whereas Utena draws inspiration from the troupe, but also from Princess Knight. read more
Utena and Angel Beats mix drama, humor and action to a very good standard. Both deal with similar issues, especially the idealization of youth and idealized in a different place. Utena is much deeper, but Angel Beats has a better pace.
Legs, swords, elegance, and a focus on interpersonal relationships. Similar character designs, competition between characters, artsy scenes. Both are fairly unique series but share many visual and thematic elements.
Many character parallels can be taken with the series, mainly with jury and akio, who are like sanae and akane respectively. Also certain themes the show is talking about are also talked about in utena, like adulthood and love, but utena is far more stylistic then kuzu no honaki.
Both Utena and Lain are show that pack their complex themes very densely into a story that take several viewings to fully understand. Both are considered to be quite profound by those who put in effort to understand them.
-Both anime show a darker way to view the magical girl genre
-Both shows deal with real world issues, Pretear dealt with the feeling of alienation and loneliness that might come from a parent's remarriage while Utena dealt with toxic masculinity.
While Utena is much more conceptual, I have little doubt that if you liked either one of these shows, you'd enjoy the other
Well both have some yuri undertones to them that might become more apparent later in the story. They also have some drama in them between the main characters and their student counsels. Though I will say this Maria-sama ga Miteru is more slice of life whereas Revolutionary Girl Utena is more supernatural fantasy with some action and sword fighting.
Both series are rife with symbolism, making the viewer pay attention to scenery, musical ques, design and placement in order to understand the full story. In fact, both are so heavy on the symbolism that the exact meaning as to what goes on in both are still under debate to this day.
Both series have a strong bond between the two leads, both of which are female. These leads have a very interesting relationship, starting out as close friends but bleeding right into self-sacrificially romantic in the closing stages.
Both PMMM:Rebellion and Revolutionary Girl Utena tackle the concept of a person showcasing an 'ideal' versus the actual person, and do it in similar ways. In addition, this is topped off with a layer at the climactic parts of both Rebellion and Utena featuring extreme examples of Self-sacrifice, but the purpose of this self-sacrifice is debatable.
In addition, both are heavily criticized for their pacing, however, for radically different reasons. Utena drags excessively during the first 10 episodes, and again for the first half of it's final arc. Rebellion, as opposed, is seen by most as ramping upwards too quickly at the end, supposedly leaving no room for buildup. read more
Each are fantasy/magic genres that deal with gender differences from original stereotypes, where Binan deals with male magical girls and Utena deals with the reversing gender roles of typical "rescue the girl" tropes. Both series are mainly episodic and deal with riddles in every new episode, however Utena is more psychologically/drama based while Binan is more comedy/light-hearted focused. Characters like Wakaba from Utena and Yumoto from Binan, bring an optimism and similar warm humor to the two series making it more enjoyable to watch.
Utena is a shoujo, whilst Angel's Egg is a gothic trip. Both are heavily symbolic and beautifully animated fantasy anime. Anyone who likes going on a brain-cell required ride down psychology-dementia lane will love these two.
Dios from Utena reminds me a lot of the Man from Angel's Egg, they are both very mysterious and I am not sure if I love or hate them.
Both Akko and Utena are striving for a world-changing power they don't fully understand in order to meet someone important to them they met in their childhood. In the case of Akko, it's Chariot. In the case of Utena, it's her prince.
Along with referencing another Kunihiko Ikuhara series (he directed several seasons of Sailor Moon), there are many subtle references and homages to Utena in Go! Princess Precure, though ONLY aesthetically - ie, character design, scenery design, camera angles, etc. If you've seen Utena, it can make noticing these references very fun.
First off, they have similar atmospheres. Also, both center around a character forced into a strange form of combat, and both involve many unconventional relationships (romantic, sexual, and otherwise).
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.
let me recommend some non-sports anime
the main common thing about this two animes is female point of view, understanding girl's thoughts and psychology, love stories and cool dramatic final
the main charaters are both strong tomboyish girls into some fights that are done for men
so if you are a girl and liked Utena for psychology, you'll like Princess Nine, and vice-versa
Definitely, Utena has been a source of inspiration for the GK21 production team. The main character, Ayane, is similar to Himemiya in appearance and in some character traits. Both series feature shoujo-ai lines, in both works dark and funny scenes are mixed and melted together... And yes, those rocks flying apart all around the main characters in the opening of Utena are back in GK21.
Enjoyed girls-with-swords? On to girls-with-guns (and vice versa)! The stories of Utena/Anthy and Mireille/Kirika have quite a number of similar moments. Also, both series are overflowing with aestheticism, and it's hard to decide which one has more splendid music.
Half the staff list, that's the similarity. Hence the same aestheticism, surrealism, mixture of reality and fairy-tale... Main characters are also pretty similar, and some images and devices from Utena have been reused in MoO. Only MoO has much more parody and fanservice elements, but still it's a must-see for Utena fans.
Both "Revolutionary Girl Utena" and "Le Chevalier D'Eon" are solid dramas that I feel have a lot in common. Both series have sword fights and duels as their sourse of action. And some of the duels are really exciting, and very well animated! Of course their main focus is the drama, which is handled well in both shows (although I feel "Le Chevalier D'Eon" can be a little dry at times) . Both series are rich, complex, and intricate, with a lot of subtext. Also both series play with the gender roles. Both are mature, refined and complex. And of course both series are very sophisticated.
In both you'll see swords coming out from people's bodies.
Both anime are about apocalypse (even though in Utena is a metaphor, and in X is literal), revolution, and the world. Both also are psychological and have sword fights.
Both are produced by JC Staff, and have very nice direction, but also, sadly, many recycled scenes.
They both have a glossy, shiny character design, and sometimes a weird sense of humor.
In both you’ll also find action, fantasy, magic, and blood-free violence, even though Orphen is a shounen, and it's much more light-hearted, and Utena is a shoujo, and it's way more psychological and complex.
In both there are at least 2 pairs of siblings, and some of the characters are quite similar: there’s the tomboyish girl (Utena/Creao) who's friends with the quiet meganekko with a trauma in her childhood (Anthy/Lycoris), and there's a weird animal who always follows them around (Chuchu/Reki & Pam).
Also, the dramatic scenes in Orphen (mainly the Lycoris/Esperanza ones) are very similar, for style, to the ones in Utena, and these 2 anime even have pretty similar endings. read more
When I watched Sailor Moon S, I was reminded much of Revolutionary Girl Utena (though if memory serves me correctly, Sailor Moon S came around before Utena). There are several aspects of this particular season which simply scream Utena.
First of all, Sailor Moon S is darker than the previous two seasons, and the Death Busters seem much more evil than the Black Moon Clan and the Dark Kingdom, primarily because the Death Busters seek to destroy the universe instead of conquer it. The darker mood of it all strongly mirrors the dark and somewhat mysterious mood that surrounds Utena (especially in later seasons of Utena).
Likewise, both series feature very mysterious characters. The three new sailor senshi which come about in this season are very hard to figure out - Are they truly good or bad? Very much like the Utena characters, which are simply gray instead of black or white. Several members of the Death Busters and two of the new sailor senshi are only seen in shadow form before they are seen clearly, much like the shadow girls in Utena.
And, last but not least, roses are featured as a strong point in both of these stories. I don't find it surprising that Sailor Moon S and Utena were directed by the same man. read more
Both protagonists are naive, well-meaning people who by chance end up engaged to a member of the same-sex due to long-held tradition which somehow end up in a duel in both titles. Both seem unimpressed by unfair traditions. Both show strong friendship with their engaged but seem averse to attributing a romantic context to their relationship. Both deal with aristocracy, fighting against abuse of power, and the royal uniform of one of the protagonists is rather similar to the dueling uniform of the other.
Both Shion and Utena are girls who are competing in a game that by some is seen to be intended for only men. They, and other female competitors, deal with a lot of prejudice. Partly because of this both series have someone cross-dressing.
Characters are well developed and might not be who they seem at first.
The duels and shochi-matches play an important part in these series, and during these matches the personalities of the characters are further developed.
Also, interestingly enough, there's not just the competition around which everything resolves, but a mystery to be solved. Both Shion and Utena had a traumatic experience when their parents died, and can't remember everything that happened. In these series the viewer will be wondering who was involved and why.  read more
These two series have different look and feel, yet they take you to the same depths and heights. If you believe that Utena is just about sword-fighting or weird relationships or runaway kangaroos, just skip this recommendation. However, if you're into the spiritual/mystery layer of Utena, then welcome to the town of Glie for another bunch of shockingly right questions and answers. Likewise, if you're a Haibane fan in search of another mind-blowing story of true Friendship and Forgiveness, then Ohtori Gakuen is waiting for you (if only you don't mind some sword-fighting / weird relationships / runaway kangaroos).
Protective, strong-willed, fairly sensible, understated girls take on the role of 'boys', harbouring these stated traits.
It's fair to say these girls are taken seriously and respected as boys, more so then they would as girls with the above traits; they come across as sensible and nobel, in favour of icequeens.
The leading females have both had a hard time in the past and both are egar to protect a 'lady'.
Both 'serving' females have their fangirls.
Mayo Chiki! is a comedy based series; the type of typical 21st century comedy we're use to seeing, involving; violent girls, victum guy and unessessary fanservice, whilst classic anime Revolutionary Girl Utena has a more melo-drama, serious tone with a element of mysterious. read more
Both emphasize the importance of standing on your own without burdening and using others. Both stress the importance of following your heart, but not letting your feelings get the best of you. Both involve physical battles that represent emotional and metaphysical concepts. Both have girls that will stop at nothing to change the world for the better. Bishoujo no chikara genki desu.
Both series are about teenagers fighting against fate, in order to cause a much needed revolution. Both are full of great, thought out characters. Magic is used by characters in both, as well as underhanded tactics. Many characters are seen in shades of gray, instead of good or evil.
both are dark romantic supernatural suspence shoujo shows from the 90's, both have a strong female lead as a main character which is surrounded by mystery and danger, sometimes unknown to her. both have flowers as a visual motif and greenhouse locations. they also both have characters that have regretful childhoods and childhood trauma flashbacks.
Both are stories about princes, and center themselves on a competition over who can prove themselves to be a chosen one of sorts. If you like shows that keep their plot in the dark, and throw in an absurd chuckle every once in a while, these are for you.
-Both shows are 90s gems
-Both shows include a lot of romance
-Both can be cheesy/over-the-top at times (but in a good way!)
-Both shows become very surreal (Utena is surreal almost the entire time, while Video Girl Ai's last episode is the only one that gets surreal)
-Both have unique art styles
If you liked one and find yourself wanting to watch more 90s stuff, you'll probably like the other. Plus, Video Girl Ai is only 6 episodes so it's worth a shot :) Video Girl Ai doesn't have the strong feminist themes of Utena, though, it's more simplistic, low-brow fun.
Mai-HiME and Shoujo Kakumei Utena/Revolutionary Girl Utena both deconstruct the magical girl genre in their own way. In both shows, characters' affections for the person most important to them are explored in depth. There are definitely some similar plot points and Mai-HiME seems to have some imagery directly inspired by Utena. The importance of friendships between girls is explored and both shows have canon lesbian and/or bisexual female characters. Both shows deal with men trying to control women's bodies and women's roles and in each show women fight for agency.
Both series have a surreal fantasy element that leaves you wondering what is actually happening even though they both are set in a modern school setting. Theres a character driving a car recklessly all around campus in both series. There are characters that are 'characters' in all sense of the word; they are simplistic and comedic in their focus. There is even plenty of shoujo-ai for everyone in both.
Both shows have a girl who is influenced by her memory of a prince she met in her childhood and generally have a similar storyline of odd events leading to destructive climax. However Utena is a tomboy with a prince's pride, where Kuu (Shattered Angels) feels useless though her heart is filled with love.
Well, the resemblence is absolutely obvious: schoolgirls as main characters, both Saya and Utena are top-notch fencers, lots of sword-fighting, repulsive "noble" men characters.
Nonetheless, there are some dufferences.
Firstly, B+ has very little humour, actually, no humour at all. Whereas RGU is not that mournful and is full of jokes (there is even a small annoying mascot). Sometimes jokes in RGU are used in the most serious and crucial moments to show, how odd duelists' pomposity is.
Secondly, B+'s animation is of a better quality than RGU's (in RGU there are >1minute animation sequences steadily repeated in every episode). Although there is a sword fight in almost every episode, RGU is not an action anime as B+ (by the way fights in RGU are rather poor and can't be compared to B+'s ones), it's more likely a drama.
No doubt there is drama in B+: two sisters, trying to kill each other is rather serious a drama. But drama in B+ is just a background for action, and in RGU it's quite the opposite thing.
So, if you are not keen of excessive symbolism and adolescence mental problems, you'd better not watch RGU, because it consisits of symbolism and teenager psychology. If you want more monsters bisected with a katana, go watch something else, RGU won't satisfy you.
As for the characters, they're completely similar as far as their personality is concerned. Both Utena and Saya want to protect their friends and wish they could live happily without fighting. Chevaliers and duelists are alike: although they appear to be noble and physically strong, they turn out to be wicked people, obsessed by their desires.
Ultimately, these series have a lot in common, but that doesn't mean, that you like B+ and you'll definetely like RGU. If you are not bored to death by soul-searching animes, go watch RGU. Or go watch B+ (if you have already watched RGU). I guarantee you won't regret it. read more