ive seen people who like akio
yeah me too. i remember a thread like “why was movie akio so pathetic”
more like “why do we care, he was always pathetic, sorry”
hetaliagirl96 asked: Haha, no one loves Akio xD He's a great villain but that's about it. For me, it's Saionji and Ruka that rub me the wrong way the most. I certainly don't like Touga but... I don't know, Saionji is pretty self-explained but I've met people who genuinely don't think Ruka did anything wrong and it bugs the hell outta me. Maybe it's because I love Juri so much and felt so sorry for Shiori (yes, she was awful but I always felt so sorry for her) that I can't stand how Ruka hurt them both.
Yeah, people who justify Ruka are just…he sexually assaulted Juri. Dude crossed a line there and he can’t uncross it. And regardless of what an awful person Shiori is, exploiting her sexually and publically humiliating her isn’t justifiable.
Shiori is just a lot more interesting than Ruka and easier to understand anyway, especially with the extra material that confirms she did have feelings for Juri. She had feelings for her, but the fear of entering a relationship played a role there- she also couldn’t give up the sense of power that came with having Juri pining after her since she always felt inferior to Juri. Shiori has a majorrrr inferiority complex. That’s why she threw herself at Ruka to and debased herself for him, this sense of inferiority. And that’s why when Juri was no longer pining after her, Shiori suddenly was tagging along after her- she realized she no longer had power over Juri, but she was still fixated on her.
Ruka never had that kind of complexity. He wanted to “free” Juri by an means necessary because he was also obsessed with her and he was about to die. That’s it, that’s his character. Once he serves his purpose in the plot, he dies, and Juri is like “whatevs” and so was I. Regardless of feelings about Shiori, she’s a lot more interesting and there’s a lot of stuff going on there- it’s easier for me to sympathize with her because having a crush on another girl when society frowns on that can fuck you up and it can feel a lot safer to just play weird power games instead. It doesn’t excuse what she did, but there’s a lot of different angles with her and reasoning for her actions. Ruka doesn’t have this, so I have no idea why people are so intent on excusing him. He’s not a very interesting character and he was there to serve one purpose, and did some inexcusable things in serving that purpose.
hetaliagirl96 asked: Least favourite Utena character? :D
Touga, Saionji Akio and Ruka noneathem get any love from me. They work fine for what they did in the plot and what they symbolized, but fandom romanticizes them wayyyy too much.