So the first time I ever watched RGU was actually through my old anime club, which held meetings/screenings every fortnight (which sadly is long gone. RIP, the Brisbane Anime Society).
And this was the first episode I ever saw, because me and my friend who’d joined with me came in a little late during their Utena run – man, I didn’t know what the fuck to think, because it was all swords popping out of boobs and Rose Brides and witches and lesbians. That, and that time Nanami laid an egg. It was a fucking experience, let me tell you. A confusing but good experience, and I made sure to go back and watch those first 18 episodes the first chance I got.
(WHICH DIDN’T REALLY MAKE ANYTHING LESS CONFUSING. Bless this beautiful, beautiful, show).
ANYWAY. This was the first episode I saw, and again, I didn’t know what the hell it was all about. But I still remember the audience completely cracking the fuck up in this one little Wakaba flashback. Lost their shit. I didn’t know what was going on and I still had tears, because ONION PRINCE.
For ages after, it was a long-running joke between me and my friend. We’d be drunk and out at a pub, and one of us would suddenly go ‘I HAVE THE ONION PRINCE TO PROTECT ME’, with the other going ‘HUH?’.
God, I love this show.