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HOLY SHIT PEOPLE, IT'S NOT BAD ENOUGH WE'RE GETTING AN UTENA EXHIBITION RIGHT NOW

THEY. ARE. MAKING. A. NEW. MUSICAL. NEXT. YEAR. START LOSING YOUR SHIT RIGHT NOW

#1 | Back to Top11-11-2012 09:10:16 PM

Overlord Morgus
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The main problem with Akio from Anthy's perspective

Anthy gives the sword to Akio when he convinces her that he's serious about becoming Dios again with tears and his line about becoming a prince once more. When he fails to open the Rose Door, he doesn't show any real anger or frustration. Instead, he throws aside the hilt with a devil-may-care attitude and says, "Oh well, at least I have the Rose Bride." And when Utena tries the door herself, he lays back and starts sipping a drink.

For him, the goal is no longer to Bring the World Revolution, the process of revolution is enough for him. He's been beaten down so much that he's now content with his control over the students of Ohtori Academy. You have Anthy cooperating with him when he says that he wants to be a prince again, and in the end scene, you see her leave him when he talks apathetically of how he's managed to set up another round of duels. She can easily deal with his immorality and abuse, it's this lack of vitality, this resignation, that ultimately turns her against her brother.

Again, this is another Char Aznable parallel. Everybody, even his enemies, thinks he's this Great Leader and Man of Destiny with an amazing Plan for Justice, but all he really wants is to be in charge and have sex with teenagers and have large groups of people eat out of his hand. He's not even that good of a fighter, he never defeats any named characters in a fair fight. This also makes him a good parallel for a lot of real-life "revolutionaries," like Stalin or Mao Zedong, who became enamored with power and completely forgot about the ideologies they were supposed to be fighting for and resigned themselves to skimming off the top. Or like the modern Bourgeois Bohemian, whose hipness nets him/her a well-paying job with a corner office.

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#2 | Back to Top11-12-2012 06:36:53 PM

Atropos
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Re: The main problem with Akio from Anthy's perspective

Overlord Morgus wrote:

Again, this is another Char Aznable parallel. Everybody, even his enemies, thinks he's this Great Leader and Man of Destiny with an amazing Plan for Justice, but all he really wants is to be in charge and have sex with teenagers and have large groups of people eat out of his hand. He's not even that good of a fighter, he never defeats any named characters in a fair fight. This also makes him a good parallel for a lot of real-life "revolutionaries," like Stalin or Mao Zedong, who became enamored with power and completely forgot about the ideologies they were supposed to be fighting for and resigned themselves to skimming off the top.

Can't agree. In each series, Char sought to make this attempt the final one, and CCA was his most desperate by far. Akio, on the other hand, uses the same method for every iteration of the dueling game.

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#3 | Back to Top11-12-2012 08:06:27 PM

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Re: The main problem with Akio from Anthy's perspective

The problem with Akio from Anthy's perspective is that she never loved the present him to begin with - she loved the Dios from once upon a time.  What Anthy does for Akio, she does it in the hope that it will lead to Dios' resurrection.  As the show progress, Utena is beginning to remind Anthy more and more of the Dios she loved.  And, in Ep 39:

Anthy:  You remind me of the Dios I once loved.
Anthy:  But you can't become my Prince.
Anthy:  Because you're a girl.

By that point, it is clear that had Utena been male, Anthy would've abandoned Akio and tranferred her loyalty to "him" already.  Sadly, Anthy's un-gayness got in the way. 

Yet, after the backstabbing and the million swords, the wounded Utena still persists on trying to be Anthy's prince.  Even though Anthy tries to hang on to her hetero-fixations, she eventually succumbs - this is because she has been forced to realize that male or not, Utena is turning out to be more noble aka love-worthy than even the precious Dios from her memory.

Thus why she dumps Akio at the End - she's found someone "better" to give love & loyalty to.


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#4 | Back to Top11-12-2012 10:50:53 PM

Overlord Morgus
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Re: The main problem with Akio from Anthy's perspective

Right, the only thing Akio ever cared about was receiving the worship of the masses. As chairman, he can sample the upper crust of society without putting himself at risk.

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