Shoujo Kakumei Utena, Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Recommendations
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).
Both works with surrealism and mahou shoujo elements.
Both have a little bit of shoujo-ai and cool battle musics.
Tomohiro Furukawa already worked with Ikuhara a bunch of times, so the direction is kinda in the same vibe.
Surreal shows packed with symbolism, beautiful art direction, musical sword battles, and a cute animal mascot.
Although having an overall lighter and more optimistic tone, Revue Starlight feels like a spiritual successor to Utena.
Both feature lesbians, girls dueling, awesome transformation scenes.
The main character duels for another girl. Both involve the power of changing destiny and fate. While Revue Starlight's is more light hearted, Utena's revolves around the critique of gender.
The director has worked with Ikuhara which is why Revue Starlight is similar to Utena and vice versa.