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These are works that have made a Shout-Out to Revolutionary Girl Utena in some form or another.


Anime and Manga

  • Danganronpa 3:
    • In episode 7, Togami in Touko's fantasy is siting on the hood of a moving car in the exact position used in the "Akio Car" Stock Footage.
    • Chiaki Nanami's death, being impaled by several spikes, is done in black silhouette on a red background, which looks exactly like Anthy and the swords of hate.
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  • Guilty Crown: The imagery and framing of Shu drawing out Inori's Void Genome, which is a massive sword, is identical to how Anthy draws out a sword from Utena.
  • Mawaru-Penguindrum:
    • The scene where the possessed Himari places her hand on Kanba is a near shot-for-shot remake of the sword pulling scene from Utena. Not surprising given the director.
    • Two characters from the opening bear resemblances to Juri and Utena (right down to the black and white color scheme from her movie clothes).
    • Also regarding Utena the scene in the opening where the lyrics mention the end of the world is similar to the Student Council elevator stock scene. The scenes that followed involved the council members discussing End of the World's plans.
    • The scene in the hospital in ep 5 with Masako stroking Kuho's cheek is nearly an exact remake of Juri stroking Utena's cheek in ep 7. Then it becomes Mood Whiplash when Masako erases Kuho's memories, similar to how the scene in Utena ended with Juri lashing out at Utena.
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    • And the scene where Masako fires her memory erasing balls at the two women and they explode resembles the scene of Anthy being impaled by the swords of hate in terms of composition and color scheme.
    • Renjaku's Scary Shiny Glasses and way of standing invoke Anthy as well.
  • The shadow play in Episode 9 of Puella Magi Madoka Magica is very suggestive, reference to the Shadow Girls.
  • Shirokuma Cafe: A scene of Panda fantasizing about Rin-rin's identity (he thinks he's a girl) is done in the style of Revolutionary Girl Utena, of all things.
  • The plot of Shitsurakuen is inspired by Utena.
  • In episode 93 of Pokemon Sun and Moon, Ash's school does a School Play. Lillie dresses similarly to the lead from Princess Knight while Mallow dresses as Anthy. It's implied that Mallow's character is a Love Interest. One scene outright depicts Lillie and Mallow like Utena and Anthy, respectively.
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  • Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight has many homages to Utena. While most of these are visual homages, there are thematic and plot-based nods as well. It's easy to understand when you realize the anime was directed by Tomohiro Furukawa, who worked with Ikuhara on Mawaru-Penguindrum and Yuri Kuma Arashi and is considered his protégé.


Video Games

  • Danganronpa:
    • Dialogue from the end of the first game talks about how if there are no roads left in the outside world, they'll build new ones, which is a paraphrased quote from the end of Adolescence of Utena. The series in general afterwards continues to use "the outside world" to refer to locations beyond the Closed Circle in which the game is set, which is usually a school. V3 goes an extra step in the Neo World Program and calls the outside world "the end of the world" like Akio did.
    • See also the Anime section above for examples from Danganronpa 3.

Western Animation

  • Steven Universe is all over this. Creator Rebecca Sugar is a self-admited fan of the anime, as is much of the crew.
    • "Steven the Sword Fighter" features shot-for-shot recreations of some of Utena's more acrobatic jumps, flips, slides, dodges, parries, and swordsmanship flourishes by none other than Pearl- a leggy, pink-haired fighter proficient with swords.
    • "Lion 2: The Movie" features the first appearance of Rose's sword, the hilt of which emerges in a burst of dazzling light from Lion's forehead. Steven and Connie must pull the sword from Lion's forehead and use it to defend themselves.
    • "Sworn to the Sword" also features reenactments of the sword fights from Utena.
    • "Your Mother and Mine" — the shadowplay scenes are direct quotations of some of the shadowplay scenes from Utena, right down to Pink Diamond's Noblewoman's (evil) Laugh and angry face.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes has several shot-for-shot recreations of fighting scenes during "Second First Date", which even brings the rose theme as Enid and Rad battle.
  • One of the storyboard artists of Voltron: Legendary Defender released sketches they drew, among which includes Pidge and Allura as Utena and Anthy, both in their visuals on the movie and the anime.

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