Revolutionary Girl Utena

Anime • 1997 • Drama  

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The main character is Utena Tenjou, a tomboyish teenage girl who was so impressed by a kind prince in her childhood that she decided to become a prince herself. She attends Ohtori Academy, where she meets a student named Anthy Himemiya, a girl who is in an abusive relationship with another student. Utena fights to protect Anthy and is pulled into a series of sword duels with the members of the Student Council. Anthy is referred to as the "Rose Bride" and is given to the winner of each duel. It is said that the winner of the of tournament will receive a mysterious "power to revolutionize the world", and the current champion is constantly challenged for the right to possess the Rose Bride.
This anime contains 74 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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Unanswered Triggers
Does someone have a meltdown?
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Is a priceless artifact destroyed?
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Abandonment
Is a child abandoned by a parent?
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Finn
an unhatched egg is?
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Abuse
Are there abusive parents?
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Is someone stalked?
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LizLazem
Nanami believes someone is stalking and trying to kill her in episode 6.
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Is there domestic violence?
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Stressedtoimpress
This can essentially be taken as the makeup of Touga’s character. His relationship with Akio is inappropriate and statutory rape, but he’d clearly copying Akio and his methods of hurting people. The movie also shows that Touga was abused by his adopted father, and that is meant to apply to his character in the series as well
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Is someone gaslighted?
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Is someone abused with a belt?
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Is a child abused?
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Addiction
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princefado
No drugs are used. A character IS drugged in the movie, and a character may be possibly drugged at one point in the show, but it's unclear.

No characters are clearly shown taking drugs at any point in the tv show.
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Is there addiction?
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Does someone abuse alcohol?
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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cirn9
A kitten is implied to be drowned.
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Are animals abused?
118 supporters
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LizLazem
Animals are shown packed in tight cages in episode 8. A kitten is hit and later left to drown in episode 10. Chu-Chu (a small monkey-like animal) is regularly abused by other characters.
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Is there a dead animal?
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Is an animal sad?
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Does a cat die?
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catonatrain
Nanami is seen drowning her brother Touga's kitten in a flashback scene by putting it in a cardboard box and setting it adrift in a rapidly flowing river.
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Does a pet die?
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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princefado
There are no spiders ever shown in detail in Utena. It is possible there is one in the background that I missed, but I am unsure why this has so many Yes votes.
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Are there alligators/crocodiles??
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Are there snakes?
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LizLazem
Snakes appear in episodes 4 and 8.
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Are there sharks?
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Are there bugs?
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Assault
7
Anthy gets slapped a ton in the series
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Is someone drugged?
18 supporters
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Finn
In the movie
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Is there pedophilia?
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DeenGray
Akio is a grown man who preys on almost every student at the academy
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envyphantom
There is a brief discussion of an off-screen character drowning near the end of the series
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Is rape mentioned?
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ParkerMcCalip
Anthy is slapped across the face multiple time and once by Nanami’s mean girl underlings.
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Is someone restrained?
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EvilSeedlet
Episode 33
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Is someone's mouth covered?
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AlexWelsby
Episode 33, you don't see much but it is actively happening as the episode progresses
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Bodily Harm
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Anonymous
One character shown being slashed in the back, and another character is stabbed by a rose stem. Sword fights are heavily featured.
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Finn
Utena's get scratched up and bruised in the last episode as she tries to get to anthy
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Are there dislocations?
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Is there throat mutilation?
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Does someone struggle to breathe?
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Is there decapitation?
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone crushed to death?
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Is someone choked?
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Anonymous
There is a subplot about a burning a the school which resulted in the death of several students.
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Anonymous
There's at least a couple of scenes of Anthy being put into a coffin. In a flashback, Utena willingly puts herself in a coffin beside her parents' coffins.
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Is there body horror?
31 supporters
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auracrazykoko
Towards the end of the series, the image of a character being pierced by dozens of swords is seen frequently
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Is there amputation?
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Does a head get squashed?
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vriska
no but a character sprains their ankle (it's not shown happening onscreen, they just fall down and need to be carried after)
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Is there a hanging?
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ParkerMcCalip
In the last episode someone mentions remembering that a boy drowned while trying to save them from drowning. This is discussed and not shown on screen.
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Are any teeth damaged?
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Finn
A few times- When swords are pulled from the student council in the black rose arc, and also when black rose duelists are defeated. Anthy also faints a couple of times, notably in the final.
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Weatherfish
No but in one episode a character sprains their ankle and has to be carried.
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Does someone have a seizure?
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
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Is someone tortured?
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vriska
yeah, in "the landscaped framed by kozue", i'm pretty sure (after episode 14.) it's not shown happening onscreen, all you hear is a scream and then see a long staircase and afterward its mentioned
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vriska
only in the movie
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Is there eye mutilation?
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Is someone stabbed?
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ParkerMcCalip
Yes in the series finale Utena is stabbed by Anthy. And Anthy is violently impaled by hundreds of swords.
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Is there excessive gore?
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
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Does a kid die?
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Anonymous
Though she doesn't die, a very young child is seen being graphically stabbed by several swords toward the end of the series.
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vriska
technically yes, but the point is that the sexualization of teenagers is bad. on the other hand the girls do all have shorts skirts long legs and large chests despite most of them being middle schoolers but thats a dated artstyle thing
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Creepy Crawly
Are there bedbugs?
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Death
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vriska
a character sacrifices/tries to sacrifice themself to save another character late in the series, and in a flashback it's shown that another character put themself in danger to try to protect someone and was attacked instead
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Does a major character die?
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vriska
chuchu dies twice and comes back to life under mysterious circumstances. this is only revealed to have happened in interviews with the director
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Does someone die?
11 supporters
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6
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ParkerMcCalip
At least two named characters. One has possibly been dead all along but still walking around like nothing happened. And another isn’t seen again after being fed an apple that has been stabbed with many forks.
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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Family
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Weatherfish
In episode 9, a character is forcibly brought to the dueling arena against their will.
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Does a parent die?
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Anonymous
Utena's parents died when she was a child, and she is shown at their funerals during flashbacks.
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Does someone cheat?
13 supporters
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Weatherfish
A man cheats on his fiancée with several people, including her mother!
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
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Does a family member die?
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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Desp
Not possession, but worthy of note: in one episode, Anthy and Utena swap bodies after a cooking incident.
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Are there ghosts?
5 supporters
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25
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3
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vriska
its somewhat implied at one point that there were ghosts in the events prior to that episode
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Are there clowns?
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23
Are there natural bodies of water?
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Is trypophobic content shown?
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6
Are there razors?
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strawberrybell33
Juri is shown showering on 2 occasions, but only her hair is shown, not her body.
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Finn
No but there are shadow theater girls. They could be similarly uncanny.
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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Does someone vomit?
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Is someone eaten?
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fia99
someone has a nightmare about turning into a cow and being eaten, nothing graphic
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Does someone spit?
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Is there audio gore?
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12
Is there farting?
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Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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14
Is there incarceration?
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5
LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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7
Are there transphobic slurs?
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6
Yes
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Yes
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em12345
A girl is told/shown that another girl has a crush on her in episode 17. The crush in question assumed the girl was straight; it is unclear to what extent the girl is out in general, as she's been secretly harboring the crush and not dating anyone else.
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vriska
an abusive adult character has sex with underage boys and girls despite being engaged, but its not actually "bisexual" cheating, nor is it ever framed that way, since he's doing it to take advantage of and use those characters. its not indicative or supposed to be indicative of his sexuality the point is just that he's a rapist
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Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
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Are needles/syringes used?
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Is there a mental institution scene?
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Yes
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vriska
a character is shown in a hospital/hospital-like room in a recap episode where tsuwabuki's notebook is taken (this is the recap episode at the end of the black rose arc)
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Stressedtoimpress
No, but at one point the idea of a young girl beginning to lay eggs is used as a pretty distinct metaphor for puberty—wondering if this happens to other girls and the like
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vriska
a character in flashbacks has an unspecified terminal illness
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Mental Health
Does someone suffer from PTSD?
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0
Does someone have a mental illness?
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Does someone self harm?
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Is autism misrepresented?
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6
Is a mentally ill person violent?
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7
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Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
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Yes
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ParkerMcCalip
Yes. The world of Ohtori Academy itself seems to be highly malleable. How much this is real (within the text at least) and how much is metaphor is unclear.
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Is there misophonia?
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6
Is there ABA therapy?
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5
Is there body dysphoria?
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4
Is there body dysmorphia?
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14
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Weatherfish
In a flashback, a young child is depressed after her parents are killed, and she hides in a coffin because she believes she should die too. She plans to stay there until she dies, claiming that continuing to live makes her "sick."
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21
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3
LizLazem
Anthy has an anxiety attack in episode 3.
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24
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0
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ParkerMcCalip
The elevator scenes in the Black Rose arc are both physically and psychologically claustrophobic.
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
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18
Is there autism specific abuse?
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Anonymous
Though not successful, Anthy attempts suicide towards the end of the series.
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Noxious
Are there sudden loud noises?
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5
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0
Are there underwater scenes?
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3
Does a baby cry?
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6
Is there shakey cam?
24 supporters
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2
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14
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em12345
Episodes 9, 38 and 39 feature a large structure falling apart, accompanied by the animation equivalent of a shakey cam.
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Is there screaming?
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5
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0
Is there obscene language/gestures?
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1
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2
7
Desp
Multiple times throughout the series, but are especially prominent in sequences before battles
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Paranoia
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ParkerMcCalip
During the duels Touga or Akio are usually watching them to see the results.
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8
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1
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ohaidoggy
Not directly, but the shadow girls that show up every episode function as a Greek chorus. While they don't reference the audience directly they show story-awareness. In the second arc Utena responds to their plays directly.
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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7
Is there childbirth?
14 supporters
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0
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22
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robin
No but the episode "Nanami's Egg" (episode 27) uses a lot of imagery of motherhood and pregnancy.
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Are there abortions?
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18
Are there babies or unborn children?
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6
Does someone miscarry?
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0
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17
Does a pregnant person die?
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18
Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
34 supporters
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6
No
9
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LizLazem
Utena tells Nanami she has fat legs in episode 16 but that is the extent of it.
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LizLazem
Utena's gender presentation is regularly called into question.
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23
9
Desp
The only dark-skinned characters (Anthy and Akio) do not die, but the former is subject to much violence, both indirectly and directly by the latter.
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13
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Weatherfish
There are no slurs, but Utena is frequently mocked for her un-feminine behaviors and interests.
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13
Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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1
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6
Is there hate speech?
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0
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19
Is a minority is misrepresented?
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3
Yes
24
No
3
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Weatherfish
Adding on to the above comment, most of the cast is LGBT in some way, so it's not like the only gay person dies.
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11
Are there n-words?
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14
Is there aphobia?
14 supporters
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0
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8
Race
Is there blackface?
20 supporters
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0
No
7
Relationships
Yes
15
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0
9
vriska
an adult preys on and rapes teens, a 17 year old has a crush on a 14 year old, and a teen is implied/hinted to be in a relationship with a child. a 13 year old also “dates” an elementary schooler for one episode
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Religious
Is religion discussed?
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2
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1
Are there demons or Hell?
8 supporters
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0
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3
Sex
Yes
35
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0
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trans
Could be a lot worse but there is a lot yes
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Finn
Yes, but that's the point
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Yes
8
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0
3
pagodrink
Characters are nude, but body parts, like nipples or genitalia aren't shown.
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Is there bestiality?
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0
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7
Is there BDSM?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
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4
Does someone lose their virginity?
9 supporters
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4
No
0
Are there incestuous relationships?
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58 supporters
Yes
46
No
0
17
choerrycoloured
Yes, but incest is not glorified, and the one incestuous relationship that has actually consummated is clearly portrayed as rape.
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Sexism
Yes
0
No
3
Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
7 supporters
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0
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4
3
Finn
mamiya in flashbacks
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Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
1 supporters
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0
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6
Yes
7
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0
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princefado
The character Mamiya is terminally ill.
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Social
Yes
0
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5
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ohaidoggy
No, but for a few episodes one character gets kicked out of the academy and stays at another students dorm instead of going home, and its possible the latter wasn't truly an option.
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Are there anti-abortion themes?
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0
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5
Are there fat suits?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
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5
Is existentialism debated?
5 supporters
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2
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1
Spoiler
Yes
8
No
18
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em12345
In episode 9, the shadow girls perform a skit about believing in UFOs etc., and one of them comments that she found out Santa wasn't real in kindergarten.
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0
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Finn
in the last episode. don't skip it!!!
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Yes
8
No
22
15
charcolor
The ending is very ambiguous and whether or not it is happy depends on your interpretation. One thing that is for certain, however, is that at least one of the main characters gets her happy ending.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
12 supporters
Yes
27
No
0
7
Weatherfish
There are also many scenes in the third arc depicting reckless driving.
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Yes
10
No
0
3
ohaidoggy
In the 3rd arc cars become a recurring motif in the duels, at the end they usually screech and crash
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Does a plane crash?
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0
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21
Yes
1
No
16
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LizLazem
A car crashes with someone inside in episode 28. No one is ever directly hit by a car but there are many close-calls.
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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2
No
18
Is there blood/gore?
37 supporters
Yes
14
No
5
7
LizLazem
Blood is never shown in the series except for a drop in episode 17 and 29.
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Does someone drown?
10 supporters
Yes
29
No
1
8
LizLazem
Juri recounts a story about a boy who drowned to save her sister in episode 39. Nothing is shown on-screen.
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Yes
5
No
13
4
jdfristrom
A pantomime shadow girl fires a Tommy gun in episode 8. Also sounds of gunshots in episode 36
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