Fanfic Recs / Revolutionary Girl Utena

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Authors and Websites

Symphony of the Sword by Eyrie Productions Unlimited
  • Recommended by Looney Toons
  • Synopsis: In her second year at Worcester Prep, a prestigious private school on Earth, fourteen-year-old Kaitlyn Hutchins acquires a new roommate — a pink-haired girl with haunted eyes, named Utena Tenjou. Although both are wounded in their souls they bond, becoming fast friends — a friendship which ultimately changes the fates of many worlds.

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Archimage by Jude McLaughlin
  • Recommended by Looney Toons, Lectito Ergo Sum, SuddenFrost, Lightice, Axel White , Y.S.Jennis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Years after the events of the series, Utena and Anthy have finally reunited and now live together. But Akio's not yet ready to let go of them yet, and events seem to conspire to force them to gather together the rose duelists to confront him one final time.

Ten Years After by Chris Davies
  • Recommended by Looney Toons
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Ten years after the events of the television series, Juri Arisugawa receives a mysterious, anonymous invitation to a reunion of those involved in the Rose Duels that lifts the fog over her memories of the Rose Tournament. Curious, she attends — but no one whom she meets there admits to being the one who sent the invitations, and both Anthy and Utena are missing...

Ma Vie Et Roses by Scott Johnson and Scott Jamison
  • Recommended by Looney Toons
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: What would happen if you got self-inserted into an anime you knew almost nothing about? Ma Vie Et Roses attempts to answer that question and subvert the Self Insert paradigm at the same time. Anime fan Skyler Sands wakes up to find himself the newest Rose Duelist at Ohtori Academy — not that he knows that at first. All he knows is that he's been involuntarily shoved into an anime; he eventually works out which one, but he's damned if he can figure out why, or what he's supposed to do there.

Jaquemart by Alan Harnum
  • Recommended by Lightice, SuddenFrost
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Utena and Anthy are living together in relative peace in Hokkaido, when Utena learns from a newspaper article that a young boy has been killed in a duel in Ohtori Academy. Realizing that Akio is continuing his old work she is determined to stop him, but Anthy is unwilling to ever get involved with Ohtori's affairs again. Going after the enemy alone, Utena manages to gather unlikely allies from some former members of the Student Council, while Anthy discovers painfully that the past isn't willing to let her go, and decides to take reins in her own hands.

Beneath the Skin by Alan Harnum
  • Recommended by Glasswalker
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This fic sets its focus on Nanami, who struggles to redefine herself in the wake of the series finale, and finds inspiration in an unexpected source. Well-written and -characterized, this fic also does what few other fanfics manage: presenting a post-series Akio as a redeemable figure without putting him in leather pants.

Kaishaku by Neko Leo
  • Recommended by Ru Tsuna
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: An interesting take on the Akio arc focusing on Saionji and Touga. Notable in that it utilizes believable Alternate Character Interpretation quite effectively.

Utena Quest by Moo
  • Recommended by running_dogs, bearsthethird
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Utena wakes up in her dorm room knowing three things. 1. Something awful has happened. 2. She needs to find Anthy and Wakaba. 3. She needs to leave Ohtori with them. Help Utena on her quest!
  • Commentary: This is a story told on tumblr in the same style as Ruby Quest, the art style its drawn in is also in the Ruby Quest style. It has mystery and filled with really creepy parasitic roses. It takes somewhere around arc 3 but according to the author elaborating would be a spoiler. It is so fascinating because of all the mystery surrounding how Ohtori turns into a horror scene that I caught up to it in one night! Please read it.
    • Fascinating and creepy AU with a unique reader-driven storytelling style. As of now, it's a pretty fast read to get caught up. -Bearsthethird

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Roses Grow by sharnii
  • Recommended by Blazar
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Utena/Anthy
  • Synopsis: Anthy finds Utena but the shocking events of the last duel seem to have taken their toll. And only time will tell if Anthy can grow past being the Rose Bride. Meanwhile Akio moves out of Check...
  • Commentary: A Continuation Fic that is always true to character and captures the mood of the series perfectly, especially the dark menace that was built up slowly throughout the canon series. The Utena/Anthy relationship was also in-character and well-developed, but be warned: the M rating is there for a reason.

Reaching by Death Quaker

  • Recommended by: Gaston1991
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Shiori/Juri
  • Synopsis: Shiori tries to puzzle out Jury and past and future relationships with her. Shiori's POV.

Seinen Kakumei Utena by gorgeousshutin
  • Recommended by Rose Bride, checkreality
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with Mawaru-Penguindrum
  • Synopsis: Upon their ten year reunion, the Duelists initiate a survival strategy against the ends of their world.
  • Excerpt 1: “The revolution succeeded; it crumbled afterwards only because those whose lives got revolutionized did not follow up on the revolutionary success,” said the Bride, her words setting their closed hearts aflame. “This time, will you help us help you?”
  • Excerpt 2: “Just helping the boys return to their old selves is not enough. Their schooling and future prospects will still be hindered whenever their being children of terrorists comes to light. Only by changing your world –- your society — into one where criminals’ relatives are no longer assigned collective guilt can you truly save your brothers. This is the kind of revolution you must bring about: your Survival Strategy.”
  • Now has its own tropes page.

Utena Duelist of the Roses by MechaManiac
  • Recommended by Rose Bride
  • Status: Dead
  • Crossover with Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Synopsis: Utena with a children's card game as stand in for the regular swords duels? better believe it.
  • Commentary: even tough this is a Yu-Gi-Oh! croosover, this troper found it entertaining to read, so far the fic has only one chapter, but it looks pretty well its almost unbelieveble how well the Duel Monsters blends in with the Utena setting, even if you are averse to the franchise, its worth give this chapter a try.