Utena is my waifu. Or…husbando? I can't decide if I want to be like her or if I just want to date her. (but why not both?) >>2774
I really love Utena but I will admit that most people I've tried to show it to haven't necessarily 'gotten' it on the first watch. There's a lot of visual metaphors and references to classic literature/motifs, so if you want something that's more straight-forward, RoV might be more up your alley. That being said, Utena is completely worth investing your time and mental energy into understanding. I personally would rank it in my top three anime series; even though it came out a really long time ago, I don't feel like I've seen a series since that can top it. The recycling of animation sometimes leads people to complain that it feels repetitive, but part of the reason why this was done is because they had a shoestring budget at the time they were making it, iirc, and the movie version more than makes up for the initial production. Watch the anime series first, though! Watching the movie will definitely make your head spin if you're not prepared for Ikuhara's particular brand of weirdness.