All In Good Storytime

category: Literature

Page Forty-Seven--The End of the World

10/2/2018


In the 47th episode of All in Good Storytime, we watch episodes 31-36 of Revolutionary Girl Utena. In these episodes, Nanami and Touga's biological relationship is called into question. Nanami runs away from home and moves in with Akio, Utena, and Anthy where she sees more of them than she bargained for. Despite the cringe-worthy age gap, Utena and Akio's romantic relationship continues. Finally, Utena walks in on Anthy and Akio having a less than sibling-appropriate moment together.



We dissect Touga and Nanami's perpetually weird relationship. We learn that Nanami isn't truly interested in a romantic relationship with Touga. Touga relentlessly toys with Nanami when she is under the impression that they are not biologically related and she ultimately rejects him when she makes a move on her. We make parallels between Dennis from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and Touga when he falls for Utena and starts remembering feelings. We realize that Akio's other job aside from working at the school is working as an uber driver. We end by questioning whether or not Utena will run away from her newfound discovery about Anthy and Akio like Nanami did, or if she really meant it when she told Anthy that she would protect her from anything.

Content warnings: violence against women, sexual assault, pedophilia, incest, homophobia, gender roles, toxic masculinity, abusive relationships, non-graphic violence, other general violations of autonomy, violence towards animals, and attempted suicide.

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