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HERE BE SPOILERS (SORT OF) FOR REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA!

Day 2: favorite supporting female character

Anthy Himemiya (Revolutionary Girl Utena)
"Rose of the noble castle, Power of Dios that sleeps within me..."
 
Anthy wasn't my original choice for this slot, but after the last entry I realized the criteria I'd been using was a little out of whack (because I wanted to include as many of my wide-ranging fandoms as possible) and when I reassessed things, choosing Anthy was just like choosing Utena: not even really a choice at all.

I didn't really like Anthy all that much at first. I found her mostly strange and... droll. I was invested in what happened to her, but only as far as it affected Utena. By the end of the series - as those who've seen it can attest - I had come to realize that it was as much (or possibly moreso) Anthy's story as Utena's. Utena is the means, but Anthy is the end - and God, I just wanted to give the poor girl a hug!

She's quiet, but diligent, and very, very observant of the people and relationships around her. She's a flawed, tragic character haunted by a past mistake made out of strong but selfish love for the person closest to her. She's been paying for it every day since, in the worst ways possible (seriously, she must get slappED like a dozen times throughout the show, and don't even get me started on the abuses Akio has heaped on her), but somehow - SOMEHOW! - she finds the strength inside herself (with Utena's help) to take that first step away from him.

No matter how many times I've seen it, I still get chills. When Anthy opens her heart and finds the courage to stand up to Akio and say "I'm leaving, brother," I sort of wanna cry a little. It's such a fulfilling moment. I cheered through ever little victory she ever scored against Akio and the people who hurt her, and for her to finally break free of her prison - in that moment I really and truly adore her.

Date: 2011-02-20 09:23 am (UTC)
ext_3665: (Utena)
From: [identity profile] zekkass.livejournal.com
If the rest of this meme goes like this I'll be approving of your choices very hard. ;) (Utena is my favorite anime ever, yes.)

Date: 2011-02-21 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] juxtaposie.livejournal.com
Sadly, this is the last I shall be mentioning Utena for a long while in this meme. But it's still my favorite, forever, the end!

Date: 2011-02-22 07:49 am (UTC)
ext_3665: (CUTEST EVER HEE-HO!)
From: [identity profile] zekkass.livejournal.com
That just means I'll have something more to look forward to. :D (And the other ladies in this meme are sure to be good choices, too!)

Date: 2011-02-22 04:18 pm (UTC)

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