Shoujo Kakumei Utena, Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid Recommendations
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