Utena was winning and Akio being the coward that he is throws Anthy in to "fix" it. Having hope is a scary thing for someone in Anthy's position so Anthy decides to make Utena lose by stabbing her.
The series chronicles her journey to protect her friend Anthy and become a truly noble Prince. Utena's relationship with Anthy, going from close friends to family to blooming into love, is one of the most important themes in the series; both Utena and Anthy were confirmed to be in love by director Kunihiko Ikuhara.
In the Tale of the Rose, Akio reveals key facts about Anthy (but not without bias): Anthy is a witch. This is synonymous with being the rose bride. The rose bride cannot die, just goes on suffering instead.
Anthy/Utena is the central relationship in the medium-crossing series Revolutionary Girl Utena. The nature of the relationship as platonic or romantic is still strongly contested in some fandom circles, though in other circles, they are considered unambiguously canonically romantic.
Utena is not yuri. The yuri scenes have symbolic connotations.
Anthy is a witch. This is synonymous with being the rose bride. The rose bride cannot die, just goes on suffering instead. She is suffering because she stole a prince from all the women of the world.
Juri is in love with Shiori, although her feelings are unrequited.
No. And every time she strikes back in little ways about her oppression, her role as “the witch” in the twisted narrative is solidified. Anthy has been a victim of the cruelty of others, and she resists it when she can, though she is overwhelmingly overpowered by their abuse.Aug 28, 2013
Anthy's feelings for him cycle between resentment and sisterly love, as she struggles to break free. Akio loses her to Utena in the end when Utena Tenjou frees Anthy, granting her the strength to refuse when he wishes to begin the duels anew. His abuse was what led to the creation of Anthy's identity as the Rose Bride.
Created by Ikuhara Kunihiko and Be-Papas, this surreal series is really four slightly different stories, each of which explores a different facet of the characters. – The manga is the most straightforwardly “magical girl” entity.Jan 30, 2004