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Utena and Anthy Cosplays Reveal the Fate of the Rose Bride

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Jun 20 2022

In a world of duels and mysterious mythology, it takes a true Prince to unleash the sword that wins the Rose Bride. Today we unveil these Utena and Anthy cosplays!

Revolutionary Girl Utena is a fantastical and confusing anime. The storyline is far from linear, and the characters are always alluding to a backstory that never quite reveals itself coherently. Through manga and anime, the story of Utena is one fraught with peril, romance, and an eternal struggle to discover who we truly are. This week we’re unveiling some stunning Utena and Anthy cosplays!

This month we’ve dived into the world of LGBTQ+ representation in video games, pop culture, anime, and beyond. It’s harder to find this representation in pop-culture in the USA, but Utena is one of the first examples I can remember experiencing as a kiddo. I strongly identified with Utena, floating back and forth between feminine and more fluid archetypes.

Utena and Anthy Cosplays by SailorMappy and PiruPiru Cosplay

The tale of Utena has been told in a variety of formats, but the story continues to live on in pop-culture. It even got so far as to become a musical (or a few!)

Utena… THE MUSICAL? Yes please. Give me ALL the Drama! (And Shoulder Pads!)

Though their relationship is murky at best, and the anime even more so, we can’t have a Pride month celebration without taking a moment to appreciate these ladies who have had us asking questions since the early ’90s. Today we’re featuring not only a very screen accurate adaptation of Utena and Anythy, but the most decadent version I have ever seen. In a stunning traditional Indian cosplay, TM Liza Cosplays gives Anthy a new, regal ambiance. Her Utena, Many Worlds Cosplay, is giving some serious Versailles vibes as well. We hope you adore these Utena and Anthy cosplays!

Utena and Anthy Cosplays by Many Worlds Cosplay and TM Liza Cosplays, Photography by Amie E.

Utena and Anthy Cosplays by Many Worlds Cosplay and TM Liza Cosplays, Photography by Amie E.

“I came to save you. I came here to meet you. So don’t be afraid of this world where we’ll meet… Himemiya!”

“I don’t want the power to revolutionize the world, but Himemiya needs me!”

I am the Rose Bride. I must do whatever the winner of the duels tells me to do.”

“I guess, in the end, I couldn’t be a prince. Forgive me, Anthy, for pretending to be a prince.

“Believe in miracles, and they will know your feelings.”

“I feel it’s hard for me to deal with a place where there are so many people. Somehow, they all start to look the same, and that frightens me.”


Utena and Anthy Cosplays by SailorMappy and PiruPiru Cosplay

“Without power, you’re doomed to become dependent on others, that’s the way the world works.”

Miss Tenjou, don’t you think this is strange? She could die. Why does she fight on? It’s over, Miss Tenjou. But… I’ve seen this before. I know what this is.”


“I used to think that sincerity was valuable…and that it was the one and only way to change the world. But sincerity by itself changes nothing.

“Even if I’m not worthy of you, please, be with me for at least this instant.

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