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.
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!)
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!
Jennifer Lynn Larsen, aka "Mayhem's Muse" is originally from the Seattle area of Washington State, and manages Communications and the Cosplay Beat for BoLS. Her Cosplay Awards include the RTX Judge's Choice Award, and Dragon's Lair Austin's Cosplay Symposium.
Jennifer has been a Cosplay Guest Judge at RTX, Tacticon and Genghis Con in Colorado. Her cosplay work has also been featured in Girls Who Love Monsters, Geek Fuel, Renaissance Magazine and other publications. Jennifer has modeled in the Her Universe Fashion Show, Precision Camera's yearly Precision Camera University, and has taught several workshops for photographers about partnering with cosplayers and creative muses/models.
For BoLS, Jennifer covers everything from video games, fantasy, comic books, to sci-fi and historical garb. She is a lifelong enthusiast of retro video games and loves Dungeons & Dragons, urban fantasy, tabletop games, VR technology, and historical archery. Jennifer has set several National Records through USA Archery’s Traditional Division for Asiatic Bows, and earned 4th Place in the World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan in 2018 for Women’s Korean Archery. She is currently studying at Denver University for her Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership.