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Juri started to make her break for Akio, but Anthy's arm regretfully stopped . Pop quiz, Tenjou-kun: What did that scar on your face teach you!?. When Anthy was introduced to Revolutionary Girl Utena, she seemed to Yes, her intimate relationship with Akio was formally revealed and. Her relationship with her brother is weird, but it definitely seems like a lot of that is Especially since Nanami reacted to Akio and Anthy with disgust, it seems like and filler info in women's magazine compatibility quizzes.
What she means by this is pretty clearly that all women ar bound by the system that holds her down as well.
This remark occurs late in the series, when revolution is approaching and Anthy isn't quite seeing the world through rose coloured glasses anymore side point: Anthys glasses are a great sub theme.
But she can't do it alone, which is where the shows themes of lesbianism as the revolution start to come in earnest. I;e, freedom by way of wholly rejecting men in anything resembling a romantic relationship. So, a brief look on how this this effects other characters in the series.
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Nanami is the foil for Anthy. She thinks she wants a relationship like Anthy has with Akio, than harshly realizes she doesn't, Thereby breaking away from that fate. Utena breaks away from Akio. Similar themes occur with several other's, most complexly with Touga, which is something I plan to cover in a whole other blog, but the short answer is that Touga is the victim becoming the perpetrator, and he doesn't break out like the others. Anthy, now her own person Essentially, personal agency is the crucial theme in Revolutionary Girl Utena.
Because Anthy is the character that best shows that, she's the center. But even with their newfound strength, they lose their duels against her. I have never seen anything this sexy in anime. I can easily imagine some kind of sexytime is going on in the back seat.
The different seductions culminate in the seduction of Utena herself. The counterpoint to the seductions performed by, and enabled by Akio are the manipulations made by Himemiya Anthy. Episode 27, and The whole egg business, similar to the Cowstian Dior cowbell piece in episode 15, is a tremendous act of cruelty. It is cruel in that Anthy would know how far and how much Nanami would humiliate herself. Nanami is a needy and insecure girl, and she masks this with overweening contempt for those she considers beneath her.
She treats everyone cruelly, but at the same time she is helpless against the idea that they think of her any less than the campus royalty that she presents herself to be. Nanami spirals downward as she swings from shame about, to maternal protectiveness for, the egg; and it ends as if it were all a dream. She does have this: Anthy asks Utena if she believes in reincarnation, citing Elephants choosing to die alone.
Children, in a way are a form of reincarnation of the parents. I suspect that this will be meaningful before the end of the world. The most prominent assumed aspect regarding her character, however, is her helplessness to do anything about her situation. They are not entirely incorrect in their assumption. The false image they have conjured up for Anthy is largely in part because Anthy does nothing to prove them wrong.
In anything, she conforms to whatever identity they place upon her.
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It sometimes appears as if she seeks it, which we see when we first see her relationship with Utena. Her willingness to accept whatever role is given to her definitely plays a strong part in why people find her to be a weak creature despite being the Rose Bride, a large key to holding the power of the revolution.
Sometimes it can be quite the opposite. Of course she does. These are, however, only minor examples of just how crafty and cruel Anthy can be. As the series progresses, we see Anthy participate in more unspeakably heinous acts, especially compared to the more harmless and odd pranks she carried out on Nanami in the filler episodes.
Akio later states as in the quote above that any girl who cannot conform to purity must then be condemned as a witch. Anthy is good or bad.