An Analysis of Utenaneo-winggoddess
All the World's a Stage- Until We Take Off Our Masks
My first encounter with Revolutionary Girl Utena was due to pure chance and, as sad as it is to admit, a superficial attraction to the artwork. I picked up volume one at Borders, drawn in by the pastel colors and snazzy military jackets.
I soon learned that there was more to the series than pretty drawings and, unsatisfied by the manga's ending, I sat down and watched Adolescence of Utena. Little did I know that I was going about things the wrong way, and that watching the anime before the rather surreal movie adaptation would have spared me much confusion.
It wasn't until recently that I watched the anime, and the pieces of the puzzle finally began to fit together, though not without gaps. It seems that nothing in the series has one clear meaning, and perhaps that's its purpose: For each viewer to internalize the series and form her own interpretation. In my opinion, that's a pretty revolutionary goal