That one time Saito Chiho said Utena is basically Kaze to ki no uta
In that new Takemiya Keiko fanbook, Saito Chiho said that when she read Kaze to ki no uta, she realized that Revolutionary Girl Utena was basically entirely based on it, just repackaged for the afternoon anime audience.
- A boarding school closed off from the rest of the world.
- A person who gets cruelly passed around among the powerful elite of the school – and secretly seems to enjoy this on some level.
- Another person coming in from the outside to break this status quo and “save” the victim.
- But was this “saving” what the victim wanted, or asked for, or needed?
My mind: blown.
She also says that the predominately male anime staff hired her on as an artist because they were afraid they’d otherwise end up making a parody of shojo manga, which wasn’t their intention.