Shoujo Kakumei Utena, Ouran Koukou Host Club Recommendations
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
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.