Shoujo Kakumei Utena, Yuri Kuma Arashi Recommendations
Same director, both Yuri, same sense of out of this world bizarreness and what-the-heck-did-I-just-see feelings.
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
Both are created by Ikuhara, so they have many in common - surrealism, flower symbols, strange school with a dark secret, unusual graphic elements and yuri. Lot of yuri.
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.