Ah, Revolutionary Girl Utena. I’m incredibly happy to finally get my 20th Anniversary boxset, not only because I’ve been waiting for it forever, but because this show is so rich with content that it’s going to give me soooo much blogging fodder. I could talk about this series forever. I probably will talk about it forever, actually.
Sitting down to write about Utena is actually kind of a daunting task, because it’s so complex and deep that I feel pressured to write twenty giant, lofty essays about gender and art direction and the patriarchy and all that other Big Shit. Which, hey, I might write about all that. I want to. I hope my schedule lets me dedicate time to talking ad nauseum about the beautiful art direction and flex some of my film school vocabulary.
But today? Today I just want to talk about some dumb shit. The dumb shit that is – main characters in anime and the way that they’re allowed to wear whatever the hell they want at school.
Remember how it was Revolutionary Girl Utena’s 20th anniversary back in December?
Well, to celebrate, Nozomi Entertainment, with the help of distributor/vendor Right Stuf, was going to release a gorgeous special edition Blu-Ray boxset that came with a special edition art book and two specially made Rose Crest rings. A super cool deal, right? The box set that had been released five years ago no longer seems to available as one set (instead, it’s split up by saga/arcs), so this set came as a huge relief to fans who were afraid they would have to resort to buying individual DVDs and Blu-Rays to complete their collection.
And, to make things even more exciting, the release was set to ship right before Christmas, so it would make the perfect gift for your favorite anime fan! (Or, you know, just the perfect gift for you!)
“Hey, wait, this sounds pretty awesome and not Christmas-ruining at all,” you’re saying to yourself. Ah, you sweet naïve reader, you. Unfortunately for everyone who rushed to bag those Amazon holiday special discounted pre-orders, things were not as rosy as they seemed. The reason things weren’t rosy? It was all because of those friggin’ special edition Rose Crest rings.
We’ve all seen them. They crop up almost every season whether we like it or not. You know. Those weird shows about “Onii-chan” yelling teenyboppers who want to fuck their big bros. What is up with those??
There’s a lot I still haven’t had a chance to write about on this blog, and one of those things is my love for all things Kunihiko Ikuhara.
I’m a (self-proclaimed) Gay Anime Connoisseur, so naturally his works are on my radar. My Twitter handle (@lesbibearstorm) is a shout-out to Yuri Kuma Arashi, and when I started this blog my intent was actually to just write about Revolutionary Girl Utena a bunch. But then I never got my beautiful Utena Blu-Ray box-set because of shipping issues, so I never rewatched the series, and now I just post about Citrus every week instead…
Anyways, anyways, anyways. My Man Ikuhara dropped a bunch of surprise teasers for his new project Sarazanmai last week, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it. What brand of bisexual angsty artsy madness will my lord & savior Ikuhara bestow upon us this time? Naturally, instead of analyzing said teasers or doing any kind of research, I decided to just take a bunch of wild guesses!! Without further ado, here are my wildly unfounded predictions!