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Kozue falls into the category of “characters I don’t fully understand”. I mean, she’s sexually promiscuous but protective of her brother’s innocence…. or maybe just protective of him in general… or maybe just possessive… also please don’t forget she’s 13! She’s not some mature femme fatale -  she’s a middle schooler!!!!!!

Utena gets a lot of complaints about the characters’ ages because, even though it’s common for characters in anime to act older than their ages (Sailor Moon was also around 14-15 for most of the series I believe), this show is more extreme than most anime in this regard. But I think it’s dangerous for fans to ignore the characters’ given ages, especially when they’re often specifically noted within the context of the series (esp. the Black Rose arc, where you see their personal information, including Kozue’s). Why would the creators do this if they wanted you to ignore their ages? -obviously they would not… thus, I think it’s important for you to keep in mind that despite their fighting, their seeming wisdom and strength and evil and goodness, these are children. These are teenagers. These are middle and high schoolers. In my opinion it makes Akio an even worse villain - as acting headmaster as well as an adult, he has an immense amount of authority, which he of course abuses so much.


You remind me so much of myself from the past. I also used to think that perseveration had some credits, that it was the best way to change the world… but with that alone you cannot accomplish anything. Without power, you’re doomed to become dependent on others, that’s the way the world works.

Akio Ohtori

You stand here before me because of the illusion you’ve created! That’s what allows you to enter the dueling arena! Am I wrong? In the end, you and I are the same.

Mikage Souji

You remind me so much of Dios when I loved him. But you can never be my prince, because you’re a girl.

Anthy Himemiya.