Episode 19 of Key Frames: Inbetweens, a mini-podcast about anime. Once upon a time, there were podcast hosts who were very sad, for they had finished a rewatch of the Monogatari Series. Before Ben, Duncan, and Jeff appeared a celebrated anime called Revolutionary Girl Utena, which said, "Little podcast, bearing up alone in such deep sorrow, lose not thy obsessive nitpicking and theorizing, even if thou gets famous. As a token of this day, take this Blu-ray remaster, which should guide thee to me." Was the Blu-ray the anime gave them for review? That was all good, but the podcast hosts were so impressed by Revolutionary Girl Utena that they decided to do a rewatch of it next! But was that such a good idea?
Revolutionary Girl Utena (0:29)
Who are Be-Papas?
Be-Papas' outsize influence on the anime industry
An analysis of the dynamic between Touga and Saionji as seme and uke
Youji Enokido's statements on Touga's untold backstory
The characters of Anthy and Touga as a study on abuse and the body
Kunihiko Ikuhara's contradictory statements about Miki's stopwatch
Who were the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood?
What is a leitmotif?
Who is J. A. Seazer?
What is "The Dream of Scipio"?
Ikuhara's contradictory statements about Utena turning into a car
Who was Hermann Hesse?
Hesse's novel Demian, which contains the passage on the god Abraxas
What is gnosticism?
This article on chivalry is old but it best captures what Ben's talking about
Who was Joan of Arc?
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