Shoujo Kakumei Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena

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English: Revolutionary Girl Utena
Synonyms: Shoujo Kakumei Utena
Japanese: 少女革命ウテナ


Type: TV
Episodes: 39
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 2, 1997 to Dec 24, 1997
Premiered: Spring 1997
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 18:00 (JST)
Producers: TV Tokyo, Audio Tanaka
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Original
Genres: ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, MysteryMystery, PsychologicalPsychological, ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.191 (scored by 4071940,719 users)
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Ranked: #3032
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Popularity: #923
Members: 145,118
Favorites: 5,924


Basically if you've seen Utena and loved it, then Penguindrum is a must watch. Both shows are directed by Ikuhara Kunihiko, which means you'll expect to see similar themes and artistic flare. 
report Recommended by Shiroth
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 However, NGE's Angel fights have been replaced by sword fighting in utena, and there are some other differences aswell, but they have the same feeling when watching, at least near Utena's end. 
report Recommended by Korru
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! ^_^ 
report Recommended by starshinesMonet
Both feature young women blurring the gender line with sword fights. 
report Recommended by queendork
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.  
report Recommended by closer
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. 
report Recommended by Anomalous
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  read more 
report Recommended by Sariffice
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. 
report Recommended by Anomalous
Same director, both Yuri, same sense of out of this world bizarreness and what-the-heck-did-I-just-see feelings. 
report Recommended by zensunni
Kageki Revue is a light version of Utena. It copies many details - battles where the main characters should become number one and then take a prize; before the battle they take special uniform, and ect; mystery 'moderator' (giraffe here and End of The World in Utena).  
report Recommended by Aoede
Both animes have very deep character development, unique style and, of course, gorgeous music. 
report Recommended by Louchan
Both are magical girl series of a darker sort, and involve putting the heroine through a number of trials. 
report Recommended by Numi
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. 
report Recommended by Lucena
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. 
report Recommended by trionaid
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  read more 
report Recommended by Otaking09
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. 
report Recommended by Forion
Both series deconstruct the shoujo genre heavily (though Utena is unmatched in this field, Escaflowne also gives it a try).  
report Recommended by Forion
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.  
report Recommended by metamorphius
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. 
report Recommended by RenaPsychoKiller
Both have weird animation effects and delve deeply into the psychological aspects of the characters. 
report Recommended by infinitejester
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. 
report Recommended by emueswil
If you like FABULOUS fighting, transformation scenes, a song that's played before each battle and questioning your sexuality after watching each episode you'll love both of these.  
report Recommended by McRib
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. 
report Recommended by BoyHime732
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 5-Complex relationships Utena is more complex and deep, but both are much enjoyable if you wish an intelligent anime. 
report Recommended by Lester90
Both anime address themes of queerness in a respectful way. They both stay outside the traditional boundaries of the yaoi/yuri genres. 
report Recommended by night-yagami
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 :)  
report Recommended by MistressRip
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. 
report Recommended by RenaPsychoKiller
Both are love stories laden with weird symbolism and a French New Wave style of art direction that's just perfect for pretentious academically-inclined wankers such as myself! 
report Recommended by Izzhov
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. 
report Recommended by vedatsvet
Ikuhara has attested to the influence of Belladonna of Sadness on Utena himself, and it absolutely shows. Both are feminist-positive, music-driven, artsy and psychedelic. Both also share a fondness for Art-Noveau that reflects in their art direction. Belladonna is more overtly psychedelic while Utena is more mature in it's treatment of it's themes (though admittedly is diluted by a few fluff episodes sprinkled throughout the series). Take your pick. 
report Recommended by confield
They have characters that are similar. The stories are fantastically told. The combat scenes are cool to watch.  
report Recommended by Ennis1001
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.  
report Recommended by maazu
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  read more 
report Recommended by aled93
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). 
report Recommended by Anomalous
- 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  read more 
report Recommended by Lemon
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. 
report Recommended by Aurakin
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. 
report Recommended by Aurakin
Both shows have strong female leads with strong symbolism, humor, and action.  
report Recommended by neongiraffes
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  read more 
report Recommended by Stellio
Both shows create (or attempt to, that is an individuals opinion) an allegory. They are both slow paced and somewhat hard to understand completely.  
report Recommended by BirdofSummer
Are both about breaking gender roles.  
report Recommended by BirdofSummer
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. 
report Recommended by Amakasu
Rose theme, all over throughout the series. The plot is not that similar, but the atmosphere is and has kind of a Victorian//European feel to it.  
report Recommended by CannellaNotte
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. 
report Recommended by MillaMaxwell2
The both have swords so ... nah, all jokes aside watch both of these, since they both depict good relationship between the girls and both are very engaging , even if that's for different reasons. 
report Recommended by Ignisalge
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. 
report Recommended by Arboria
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. 
report Recommended by itavin
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. 
report Recommended by Rakka_Haibane
Both have similar shoujo style character drama and yuri undertones. (Moreso Utena) And both tell a story with 2 female leads, who are different like night and day and characteristically rub off on each other. 
report Recommended by StrixAnime
Both shows feature a blurred line between reality and illusion and focus on the growing relationship between the two main characters. The varied color pallettes have a similar feel. 
report Recommended by ranuruma
-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 
report Recommended by ranuruma
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. 
report Recommended by Randomcardcaptor
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  read more 
report Recommended by InsaneLeader13
Mysterious females! Androgynous characters! Shirtless guys! Repeated stock footage! 
report Recommended by SaveTheAralSea
Not only do these two series have similar art styles, but they both have a seemingly innocent beginning but turn out to have deep, complex plots. 
report Recommended by Anomalous
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. 
report Recommended by I-AM-DEAD
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. 
report Recommended by mimibun
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. 
report Recommended by CatSoul
Utena is usually considered a mahou shoujo anime, and Sakura is undoubtly a one. While Utena is very deep and not aimed for kids at all, Sakura is more light hearted, but it doesn't make it worse. Sakura has some very deep moments, sometimes even usage of symbolism just like Utena, and there were times I was watching Sakura and wasn't sure if it's Sakura or Utena. Many scenes look the exact same. And if it isn't enough, both are the most queer anime ever. I think Sakura is even more queer than Utena, so it's VERY queer. 
report Recommended by gambitmay
Similar character design. Strong female hero. Dark lore with vivid colors.  
report Recommended by Falasquito
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  read more 
report Recommended by Amberleh
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. 
report Recommended by Forion
Personally I don't think that the NGE series could stand comparison with Utena. However, here's an ending that nearly matches Utena's finale in ideas and emotions. 
report Recommended by Forion
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. 
report Recommended by RenaPsychoKiller
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  read more 
report Recommended by Prede
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). 
report Recommended by Forion
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. 
report Recommended by Forion
mysterious "prince" theme; elite school; exalted feeling in the beginning you often think "what the heck is going on?" both seem to be meaningless, though Utena isn't, and Utena is much better :P 
report Recommended by SuperSamos
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 
report Recommended by SuperSamos
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,  read more 
report Recommended by mysngoeshere56
They have a somewhat similar “gorgeous” mood and feeling. Roses play an important role in both anime. Also, Nanami and Ayumi are really similar. 
report Recommended by RenaPsychoKiller
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. 
report Recommended by aixelsyd
Sarasa and Utena are brave girls who lost their families at a young age and now have to start a revolution. Both are fighters who dress up as boys.  
report Recommended by Blanchette
both have psicoligical drama, female point of view and beautifull art 
report Recommended by hikarutsukino
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  read more 
report Recommended by Blanchette
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  read more 
report Recommended by Queen_Stars
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. 
report Recommended by Kuro-chan
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. 
report Recommended by gknight
While Utena is by far more complicated, what both animes have in common is a brother/sister incest motive. 
report Recommended by Juxian
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. 
report Recommended by BoyHime732
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  read more 
report Recommended by Nocturnal
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  read more 
report Recommended by RenaPsychoKiller
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.  
report Recommended by bishoujobitch
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. 
report Recommended by livingdeadkat
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. 
report Recommended by ryuutora
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. 
report Recommended by Darkanger
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  read more 
report Recommended by lotrus28
A legendary shoujo anime, it has a similar animation style and overall similar feeling.  
report Recommended by teaknight
A lot of experimental animation and similar usage of artistic elements to convey plot progression. 
report Recommended by ladyxzeus
-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. 
report Recommended by nanami_cow
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. 
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Moreso than even the original Madoka series, Magica Record seems to draw MUCH inspiration from Utena. The whole series is about rumors and uses metaphors to relate rumors to the story, just as Utena did throughout its run. Their are a lot of visual similarities in the way these metaphors are portrayed. Both series are also about magical girls navigating through the confusing time that is adolescence.  
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