CharactersThe links below will take you to a brief character overview and links to further analyses, if available. See below the list for more explanation.
On the overview pages, I have tried to keep SPOILER information to a minimum on these pagesbe warned there may be a few spoilers, but only very mild ones. At the bottom of the page will be a link to any further analyses, if any. Unlike the overviews, the analyses will contain SPOILERS for the whole series, sometimes in great detail.
The Brief overview consists of the following:
The Analyses will at least consist of a write-up about the character and his or her personality and history in general. There may also be a section on Symbols, which explores in depth significant objects and interpretations of names and such; Relationships, where I discuss major relationships the character has with others; and Personal Crap, in which I just emote or spout my wildest personal opinions about the character.
As I've begun it, I've realized the Analysis project is HUGE, so I have no idea when or if I will finish analyses of all the characters. The order of the analyses will probably follow the order of the characters which most interest me to least. Likewise, there will be far more info on characters that fascinate me than ones that don't. Yeah yeah, hideous bias, I know, I know.
And speaking of hideous bias, the analyses are largely based on my opinion. I will certainly back up my opinions with scenes from the series where it's possible and appropriate. But don't get your knickers in a twist if I've said something you don't like or disagree with about a character. Utena is a series largely subject to interpretation, and there's very few right answers to enigmas in the series (and any right answers, if they exist, are strictly guarded as "top secret" by director Ikuhara).
I would be extremely happy to receive and respond to questions, comments, and suggestions (including and ESPECIALLY for improved quotes and song quotes). Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am also up for discussion and argument, provided you remain polite.
Picture Credits: I made most of the character thumbnails out of graphics taken from either The Official Utena TV Site or the gallery at Empty Movement.