Well, not quite a diaspora and not really a revolution… but the accomplishments of the group of people who eventually made Revolutionary Girl Utena together and then moved on to make other shows awe me. Yes, the kind of awesome that actually fills me with awe (as opposed to common usage that translates to “pretty nice” that inspires a person to uh, click the “like” button on Facebook) . Yes, awe. These guys made awesome things, and we made an awesome chart to show you who was involved in what shows that came before and after Revolutionary Girl Utena.
You’ll have to open the image in a new tab because it is frickin’ HUGE.
YES, GO AHEAD CLICK THIS MONSTER, OPEN A NEW TAB, A NEW WINDOW, A NEW WORLD!
And the thing is, it’s not even done! This is only half the work. We (and by this I mean 21stcenturydigitalboy and myself) want to create a stupendously large chart that also features anecdotal examples of how these shows that came after RGU reference it, and each other. What do I mean? I mean things like what I did in this post. For the lazy, here is an example from that post:
L’alc is a version of Nono’s prince. She has the skin tone of Anthy/Akio… though the mythical prince here is Noriko (from Gunbuster!). The Onee-sama, is Noriko, who isn’t an Onee-sama (rather, would never be so confident to think of herself as such), who looked up to her own Onee-sama. The Onee-sama is equivalent to the Prince, who is or must be, an “ally of justice.”
…and so on.
And what is the point of this, you may ask? It’s supremely fun to reconstruct this web as fans of anime in general, and fans of the Be Papas crew in particular. I was a fan of Diebuster years before I even knew RGU existed. Now I’ve recently rewatched “Utenabuster” with my Utena-goggles and was supremely fulfilled on an entirely new level. Also, I got to discover this:
Coincidentally or not, this form of Buster Machine 19 Dix Neuf was revealed in Diebuster ep 02, the one storyboarded by Ikuhara himself. These are the kinds of examples we’re looking for. Just mention the show, the reference and if you have it, a link to a screenshot that demonstrates it on the comments. Lacking this, you can just mention the episode when the reference occurred and we’ll do our best to track it down.
[Digiboy: This team has been self-referencing their works from the beginning. The group that subs Goldfish Warning has a page for the series wherein they point out references to the show in Sailor Moon. I’ll be damned if there’s a single show on this chart that doesn’t cross-reference the other shows therein.]
What are a few things that changed in me after I started doing this? I can tell you one thing, and it has to do with RahXephon. You see I went through great lengths to demonstrate what exactly that show did to reference Neon Genesis Evangelion, and I wrote a big ol’ post on it. For the lazy, here’s an example:
This used to leave me a bit ambivalent towards RahXephon, but now I clearly see it’s a matter of remembering love.
Look at the purple boxes under Evangelion, Utena, FLCL, and RahXephon. Those writing credits are for one person: Enokido Yoji. As you’ll see in the humongous chart, he’d also write Diebuster, Star Driver, and even has a writing credit for Redline. It’s only expected how he’ll remember love for previous works, and it’s rather out of character for him to not do this for Evangelion.
Also you’ll see in the chart how poor Igarashi Takuya (the yellow boxes) took the job of helming Sailor Moon Stars and totally missed out making any contribution on Utena! But see, Igarashi is one badass dude, and he fully made up for it by directing Ouran Host Club, Soul Eater, and Star Driver.
Be Papas doing their work with GAINAX and BONES, makes for a very interesting anime landscape; particularly, how (battle) shoujo intersected with giant robots, filling it with sparkles, roses, music, feathers and yes the power of friendship!
With luck, I’ve successfully demonstrated how this kind of activity can increase your appreciation of the shows you’ve seen. So if you remember any references the shows in the chart make for Utena and for each other, please do us the favor and contribute them to the discussion. The more details, the better.