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Guys I am such a bandwagoner... but really, it's a meme about Awesome Ladies, and I do love me some Awesome Ladies. I'm not even gonna TRY and be original with formatting: I'm totally copying [livejournal.com profile] artemisrae because I really dig the way she's doing this.

Day One: favorite lead female character

Utena Tenjou (Revolutionary Girl Utena)
"... but so impressed was she, the Princess decided to become a Prince herself one day..."
I honestly don't think there are words in the English language to describe exactly how I feel about this series or about this character, but hey, I'ma try anyways.

Once I sat down and took a better look at this meme, I realized there were lots of female characters I loved, many of whom would not make it in, and I had to really think some things through (because Lord knows memes are the end all, be all and must be considered very carefully!!!). This choice, however, wasn't even really a choice. Utena has always been one of my favorite characters in any piece of fiction EVER, and it took almost no thinking to come to the conclusion that she is quite possibly my favorite female character of all time.

When I came to the series, over ten years ago now, I was journeying through that tumultuous place every young teenager has to traverse - the transition from childhood into slightly-more-adulthood. I still wasn't very interested in the opposite sex, or the same sex, or any kind of sex really. All I wanted to do was play with my friends and be awesome. So when I came across a series whose titular character wore boys clothes, fought duels with a sword, and completely ignored any and all attention of a more than platonic nature that came her way... well, can you really blame me for falling so hard?

Even amongst a cast chock-full of awesome Ladies, Utena shines. She's kind, and wants to see the best in everybody, but she's also just and intolerant of cruelty. She's courageous and fiercely protective of her friends. She embraces her own unconventional ways as well as the unconventional ways of others. She takes the hurts of her past and looks towards a better future. She's selfless and moral and a million other awesome things that I strive to be every day I AM SERIOUSLY ABOUT TO START FLAILING.

She's a strong, amazing young woman from an equally amazing show that has some interesting things to say about philosophy, love, and growing up.

And I really, really love her.

Date: 2011-02-18 10:50 am (UTC)
ext_3665: (Utena)
From: [identity profile] zekkass.livejournal.com
I doubt you could have made a better choice, right there.

Date: 2011-02-20 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] juxtaposie.livejournal.com


Date: 2011-02-21 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tofu-frying-pan.livejournal.com
I've loved Revolutionary Girl Utena since I was about six? seven? and read the first chapter in a manga magazine. I actually went back and revisited it a few months ago and was estatic when I found out there was a movie too!

Utena is just... amazing. At first, when I was going through a lovesick phase, I was a bit disapointed that the author never put her in an obvious romantic relationship with one of the other characters but that changed as I grew up. She's just like this idol, standing tall and proud. She doesn't need someone else to come and save her because she's fully capable of handling herself but at the same time, she's so chivalrous about it. It's like "Thank you sir, but I believe that I can handle everything the world throws at me". And it just makes you realize THAT MUCH that love isn't everything (despite all those shojo manga-cliches) and that a woman can stand proud and strong without a man for her to hang on to.


Date: 2011-02-21 05:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] juxtaposie.livejournal.com
a woman can stand proud and strong without a man for her to hang on to


Ahem, that isn't to say that I think giving a main female lead a romantic relationship with a male character is always some kind of cop-out - because I don't, and it isn't - but in soooooo many storylines a good deal of said female lead's happiness (and thus her success in the story) is dependent on getting the guy, and sometimes it just... gets old. I adore love stories, and I always will, but this show was just so good at saying, hey, it's okay if you're not into social norms him. it's okay to flaunt convention be yourself and do your thing and don't you let anyone give you shit for it!


Date: 2011-02-22 04:49 am (UTC)

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