..all credit to sharnii2 for this remarkable work of art.
SPOILERS!! Seriously, don’t read this if you haven’t watched Utena… you probably shouldn’t even see the AMV >.>
Shoujo Kakumei Utena (Revolutionary Girl Utena) is one of my favorite anime of all time. The depth of metaphor and symbolism in this show is rare. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reconstruction of fairytales/myths, contemplating feme roles, introspection, ikemen, revolution, and more.
This AMV is perfection. One interesting thing about Utena is that the manga (and the show for the most part) is entirely from Utena’s perspective. However, the story’s central character (one later realizes) is actually Anthy. Everything started with her, or rather – she and her morning star, Dios.
The lyrics “No dawn, no day. I’m always in this twilight -” could not realize her situation any better. When she became a witch, time stopped for her. Her and Dios created Ohitori, the world’s egg, a dimension where nothing changed. “I took the stars from my eyes and then I made a map” And Anthy did ultimately create Utena. It’s subtle, and something we don’t figure out until later, but for all Utena’s claiming she wished to be a prince because of the prince she met – she actually wanted to become a prince because of Anthy, something she had forgotten. “I heard your heart beat, you were in the darkness too. So I stayed in the darkness too. ” This is ultimately the reason she betrays Utena. As much as she despises him, she still feels this responsibility towards/belief in Akio, the ‘prince’.
And finally “..in the shadow of your heart.”. This line basically descibes Anthy’s entire existence. Until Utena reaches her.
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