Not exactly new. In the early interviews Nakashima told how they were first considering a gender bent version of the manga “Men’s Team” (Otokogumi) and all the school clubs, the members would have uniforms with different powers. Satsuki and all the Elite 4 were all first male indeed. Ragyou was still in the late stages a man.
Here is (a rough translation) of scenes from the OVA that got canned, but I found them interesting as they give us an idea what the characters future is intended to be.
Starting with the Elites and Iori reporting their future plans to Satsuki:
Ira: Graduation is upon us! We should all report our future plans to Lady Satsuki! I, Ira Gamagoori, will work at my relative’s metalworks!
Nonon: I will study business administration at Kiryuin University. Which means I can’t support Lady Satsuki, who wants to take over Kiryuin Corporation.
Houka: I want to be a computer crime consultant while studying at an appropriate university.
Uzu: Of course I’m going to help with our Sanageyama Konnyaku business. And if possible, I want further this path. *points at his bamboo sword*
Iori: After university graduation, I will be doing my Life Fiber research at Kiryuin Corporation’s research institution.
Satsuki: It looks like you all have decided on your paths then. That’s good to hear. *clicks with her heel* Honnouji Academy will be shut down in a month. Student Council President Satsuki Kiryuin and the Elite Four will take full responsibility and deal with the aftermath. This will be the last duty and direction of the Honnouji Academy Student Council.
The Elites & Shiro: Yes, ma’am!
*Satsuki leaves. Soroi and Ryuko are waiting her already.*
Soroi: Good work, Milady.
Ryuko: You sure about that, Satsuki?
Satsuki: Yes. Honnouji Academy was a combat school built only to fight the Life Fibers. It has fulfilled its purpose. *turns around and looks up to the Student Council tower* I will never look down from this tower again.
*hears Sanageyama’s voice from behind*
Sanageyama: Lady Satsuki, I have one request.
So apparently there is a “Kiryuin University” and it doesn’t look like Satsuki is going to study, since she seems to be taking over Kiryuin Corporation directly. And Houka as a computer crime consultant is…kinda ironic, but perfect! I wish they had put this in the OVA.
This is another part with Ryuko and Mataro
*All the houses are in ruins. They were destroyed during the final battle against Ragyo and were left like that. The people there are gathering their remainings to leave. Pakuri, Gitta, and Choroma [TN: The three kids in Mataro’s gang] are bidding farewell to Mataro. Their families are loading their belongings on their cars, ready to depart.*
Mataro: Be strong, guys!
The trio: Thanks for taking care of us, Boss! *on the verge of tears*
Mataro: Stop crying, you dorks! A child’s tears are only to be used for emotional blackmail!
*Ryuko happens to pass by*
Ryuko: Oh, it’s you guys!
Pakuri: Ah, Boss Ryuko!
Ryuko: So you kids are also leaving, huh?
Pakuri: Yes, thanks for asking!
Gitta: The place of our new home has been decided already.
Choroma: It’s all thanks to you and Lady Satsuki!
*The three of them get on their cars and part ways*
Mataro: Hang in there! Make sure you go to school in your new town!
*Mataro waves. Ryuko also sees them off.*
Mataro: But really, just as you would expect from Lady Satsuki! She found jobs and new residences for every single inhabitant of the Honnouji slums, something an ordinary human being could have never pulled off.
Ryuko: Well, the Kiryuin Corporation is powerful after all. [TN: Not so sure about this sentence.]
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*Satsuki is going from door to door at the streets of the slum. She handles the files of each house herself. The Elite Four are behind her.*
* * *
Mataro: Say Boss, aren’t you actually a Kiryuin girl too?
Ryuko: No, that’s not me at all. I’ll leave all that fine lady act to Satsuki. Right, Sen… *realizes she was about to talk to Senketsu*
*Ryuko puts her hand on her chest, the place where Senketsu’s eye used to be. Her fingers shake. She has a slightly hurt expression.*
So Satsuki found a job and a new place to live for each and every former citizen of Honnouji town, including the people in the slums. Not just the students of Honnouji Academy, but every single person she suppressed and used under her strict regime. And she is visiting all the families herself. Truly the Steel Queen's benevolence knows no bounds!
Sushio doing Mako childhood pictures
"I was born into the wrong time" - laughed the girl