Revolutionary Girl Remastered 3 – A Fake-Ass Bitch and a Real Playa

Utena 3 begins with and, plot-wise, more-or-less centers around the fact that Anthy Himemiya has no friends and Utena really thinks she should make some. Fuck that, though, that’s bollocks and I don’t care – the real point of this episode was to introduce and acclimate us to the Kiryuu siblings, Nanami and Touga. Or as I’ve lovingly referred to them above, the Fake-Ass Bitch and the Real Playa.

Episode 3: Duel: 03

After some plot-set-up rambling between Utena and Anthy about Anthy’s lack of friends and Utena’s titling conventions, we get the first really important scene of the episode – we meet Touga Kiryuu, the True Playa and man of men. He is played by Takehito Koyasu (the single most prolific seiyuu of all time, literally) whose unmistakably manly, soothing voice will shake you to the bones and possibly make you gay. Which Touga is apparently good at – I’ve said too much~

There are some things you need to know about Touga. It is mentioned in this episode that Touga is supposedly ‘the biggest playboy in the school’ but we don’t get a real sense of scope on his prospective harem. I am going to tell you right now – it is no stretch to say that he has fucked ninety percent of the total population of this academy. He has fucked everyone. No, that’s not right – the truth is, he’s fucked everyone he’s wanted to fuck. There are a million women who pine after Touga – even his own goddamn sister wont get off of his nuts – but he hasn’t fucked his sister, because she just doesn’t interest him. Touga is a game hunter, and he gets the bitches he wants.

Hes got her by the hair right from the start!

He's got her by the hair right from the start!

So what you need to get out of that is that he knows girls. He knows how to talk to them, what moves to make, and where to go based on their personalities. It’s immediately obvious that he’s hitting on Utena, and almost just as obvious that it’s working. Seconds after beginning his first conversation with her, Touga is running his hand through her hair. She slaps his hand away – but you’ll notice that Touga is smiling as she does so.

Hes got her right where he wants her.

He's got her right where he wants her.

Of course, because he expected it. Touga isn’t fiery and direct like Saionji, who gets what he wants through direct force. Touga gets what he wants by discreet force – by pushing things in a direction he intends and watching things fall into place. He’s a schemer, but he’s not dishonest about it. It’s not like Utena can’t tell that she’s being hit on, but it’s working anyway.

Touga plays Utena like a flute. Because he knows she’s a strong-willed woman, he knows that he can get away with touching her hair, and her reaction will be to get aggressive rather than disturbed. That he would be so brazen, and keep going after Utena’s shove-off, shows that he’s a contender. He’s not some cheap sap going for what he can’t handle. And sure enough, he gives her what she needs to start wondering about him – a flash of his rose seal. Utena sees it and starts wondering if he could be her prince. He’s handsome, regal, strong, and audacious – you could really say, he’s her type! She’s falling for it!

Rose-Sealing the deal!

Rose-Sealing the deal!

And then there’s some exposition and stuff I don’t care about. Fast-forward to Anthy’s daily routine of getting slapped in the face by someone.

Now, when these ladies slap Anthy and Nanami breaks them up, you should understand the extreme difference between these girls and Nanami – it can be easy to lump them all together, bitches as they all are, but they have different reasons. The girls who slap Anthy are very ‘real’, and not just in the directness of their approach. I think these girls really are huge Saionji fans – they may be stupid as fuck, but they really are upset at Saionji’s state, and they really are pissed at Anthy for it.

Genuinely angry girls.

Genuinely angry girls.

Nanami is no such thing. She doesn’t give half a shit about Saionji. All that Nanami wants is attention. We will find out the deep reasons why in later episodes, but for now, just know that Nanami is a complete attention whore. She jumps on this opportunity to look powerful and important, and she jumps on the chance to brutally bully Anthy just so that she can be the one in charge – the best girl with the best scheme, tossing acid (or rather, water) on the lowest girl to prove her greatness to everyone else.

Fake-Ass Bitch trying to be cool

Fake-Ass Bitch trying to be cool

Back in the dorms, Utena and Anthy get packages from Touga and Nanami respectively. I want to note the slave boy who brings the packages to the girls. He is another example of the reality of the fanboys/girls at work here. Listen to how professionally he delivers his message in such a dutiful manner – he takes his slavedom very seriously! (I’m curious as to which one he’s a slave of LOL.)

And Touga, what a playa. He knows that Utena will end up at the ball one way or another, so he plays her into his hand. Maybe he figured Utena would see the dress as a challenge and wear it just to show that she wasn’t a coward. Maybe he knew she’d take Anthy and knew she probably didn’t own any dresses of herself. Whatever the case, he knew she’d come, or else he wouldn’t have probably bothered to stick around at all.

Touga is stricken with WANT.

Touga is stricken with WANT.

When Touga sees Utena in the dress, he is genuinely mesmerized. He has already been thinking about how much he likes Utena, but now he’s really getting into it. Is he shocked by her beauty? Or is he reveling in the fact hat she is really following his line? He definitely is full of WANT. As the scene progresses, he moves in on her. Like a beast stalking pray! There is a moment where he tries to get very close, and it looks like she’s in his grasp, but she moves away. Touga has a very perplexed expression at this moment.

...so, thats what rejection means...

"...so, that's what 'rejection' means..."

It’s not so much that he didn’t expect Utena to move away. This is not an unreasonable action, and it’s not a stumbling block. Once he recovers, he gets right back on the prowl and even closer still. But in that one moment, Touga experienced something he never has before – rejection. He doesn’t give up, and it’s not like he’s failed, but this is the single strongest girl he’s ever witnessed – the first girl to put up such resistance. It makes her that much sweeter. After all, the tougher the pursuit, the more worthy the prize, right?

Their moment is cut off by a rude interjection of plot, but Touga remains entranced in what he’s just been through. He realizes that the distraction is the work of Nanami – Nanami who he is less interested in than any other girl, not because she is his sister, but because she is so easy and so fake, unlike the brutally difficult and real Utena. He decides to use his sister to aide him by telling her about how much he admires Utena, knowing full well that this attention whoring bitch will do anything in her power to set Utena up – put her in dangerous situations where Touga can really get in there and show off something special. He is setting up for the ultimate kill – an arrow through the heart!

Utena looking particularly boyish

Utena looking particularly boyish

A couple other notes about this ep: First, the shadow puppet scene – not the most meaningful one, but I LOVE the joke with the dogs!!! It sounds like they are saying ‘one, two’ but they are saying ‘wan, two’ with ‘wan’ being the sound that a dog makes in Japanese. What a great cross-language joke! And then at the end, I want to make a note about the dance sequence. I like how there are images where Utena’s hair is straggly like a young man’s to add to her princely nature. Clever little things like this save the show from being so painfully bad to look at (seriously, the animation in this episode was just shit!)

19 thoughts on “Revolutionary Girl Remastered 3 – A Fake-Ass Bitch and a Real Playa

  1. “rude interjection of plot” LOL.

    Throughout the whole Touga phenomenon I detect a tiny glimpse of insecurity…Maybe I’m making it up, though. Can there really be somewhat that cool?!!

  2. Touga? Playa? Pfft. He is but a child compared to the omniscient omipotent omnisexual omnivore. You know who I’m talking about.

    I don’t really like this episode. Not sure why. Probably something to do with the lack of choral RAWK.

    TIME MACHINE!

      • Pfft. Either they don’t know what I’m hinting at… and thus can’t be spoilt… or they don’t know. And thus can’t be spoilt. It’s like the spoiler equivalent of the proverbial box with a crowbar inside which you have to use to open the box.

        Though I am drunk, so maybe I’m wrong.

        • EDIT: That should read “Either they don’t know what I’m hinting at… and thus can’t be spoilt… or they do know. And thus can’t be spoilt.”

          *facepalm*

  3. Ah, Utena…that takes me back. I loved reading your interpretation of this episode and analysis on why the characters did what they did. Such a great show. I gotta watch it again one of these days =)

  4. Nice analysis on Touga and this episode’s importance in defining his and Nanami’s characters. His bafflement at Utena’s reaction is an especially good catch. Also, these early episodes where he actually comes across in a way that is not soaked in pathetic are kind of cool.

    The reason I like episode 3 so much is that it’s one of the better pieces of foreshadowing I’ve encountered. So subtle, unnoticeable even, but still when you look back at it after watching the series you can’t help but go “Woah…” People are usually way too hard on this episode because it’s so easy to mistake it as a silly filler.

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