at the kiryuu house… every party is a toga party
- classic fairytale tropes + gender roles being examined and turned on their heads
- a whole bunch of compelling if highly stylized female characters in various relationships with each other
- the lead being a gender nonconforming, probably bisexual girl whose dream is to become a prince who saves princesses
- the villain basically being the personification of patriarchy
- (did i mention lesbians. the two female leads’ love for each other being the heart of the show and the most complex and painful romance ever. a heartbroken lesbian fencer becoming your biggest anime crush, guaranteed)
essentially it’s a show about girls overcoming internalized misogyny, symbolically defeating the patriarchy and saving themselves through their love for each other. also sword fights.
caveats: it’s pretty ugly looking, highly reliant on repetitive imagery and sometimes less than subtle (or intelligible) symbolism, and comes with a lot of serious trigger warnings.
trigger warnings under the cut: