History Anime / RevolutionaryGirlUtena

18th Mar '17 2:26:16 PM nombretomado
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* DeconstructorFleet: The point of the series, much like ''NeonGenesisEvangelion'', is to tear apart character tropes that are usually portrayed as either adventurous and romantic, as endearing quirks, or just PlayedForLaughs (or FanService) in most anime, but are actually ''really, really messed up'' by the standards of any ordinary human being. See GenreBusting below.

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* DeconstructorFleet: The point of the series, much like ''NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', is to tear apart character tropes that are usually portrayed as either adventurous and romantic, as endearing quirks, or just PlayedForLaughs (or FanService) in most anime, but are actually ''really, really messed up'' by the standards of any ordinary human being. See GenreBusting below.
10th Mar '17 6:47:26 AM Bartzv
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* DeconstructorFleet: The point of the series, much like ''NeonGenesisEvangelion'', is to tear apart character tropes that are usually portrayed as either adventurous and romantic, as endearing quirks, or just PlayedForLaughs (or FanService) in most anime, but are actually ''really, really messed up'' by the standards of any ordinary human being.

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* DeconstructorFleet: The point of the series, much like ''NeonGenesisEvangelion'', is to tear apart character tropes that are usually portrayed as either adventurous and romantic, as endearing quirks, or just PlayedForLaughs (or FanService) in most anime, but are actually ''really, really messed up'' by the standards of any ordinary human being. See GenreBusting below.



* GenreBusting: It's a complex, metaphorical coming of age story seen through the lens of Buddhism, Gnosticism, and Jungian philosophy. It also uses tackles issues such as gender roles, the incest taboo, and binary principle. It's a complex look at the dark side of tropes and imagery associated with European fairy tales, such as the prince, the princess, and the wicked witch. It's also a surrealist dramedy observing the complicated interpersonal relationships between the students. It's also about lesbians. TV Tropes likes to say it's {{Shoujo}}, and back away slowly.

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* GenreBusting: It's a complex, metaphorical coming of age story seen through the lens of Buddhism, Gnosticism, and Jungian philosophy. It also uses tackles issues such as gender roles, the incest taboo, and binary principle. It's a complex look at the dark side of tropes and imagery associated with European fairy tales, such as the prince, the princess, and the wicked witch. It's also a surrealist dramedy observing the complicated interpersonal relationships between the students. It's also about lesbians. TV Tropes likes to say it's {{Shoujo}}, and back away slowly.
19th Jan '17 7:11:00 AM rafi
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* {{Badass}}:
** Tsuwabuki, of all people. Sure, the main characters spend pretty much all their free time having sword fights to bring about the World Revolution (whatever the heck ''that'' means), but all they ever really do is [[ClothingDamage try to knock something off each otherís shirts]]. Nine-year-old Tsuwabuki, on the other hand, gets jumped by ''three'' high-schoolers, and he takes them all. That kid has got ''spunk''.
** Hell, Utena herself. Even outside of the duels, she's really tough both in personality and in physical ability. She can jump, she can punch, she's a demon on the basketball court, and she can beat trained duelists with broken swords, bamboo practice swords, and a ''pitchfork''. And let's not get started on the truly ''epic'' move she pulls in the last episode...
14th Jan '17 6:12:03 AM CountMontoni
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* PostModernism: You think a story like ''Utena'' could have been written any earlier?

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* PostModernism: You think a story like ''Utena'' could have been written any earlier? On the other hand, its visual flair also lends it ''just'' enough earnest romanticism to challenge its own post-modern bent.
7th Jan '17 7:57:48 AM SeptimusHeap
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* TravelCool: With Akio and his car, it's played way too straight in the series, yet subverted in the movie [[spoiler:where he has [[FreudWasRight lost his key]] and takes a taxi]].

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* TravelCool: With Akio and his car, it's played way too straight in the series, yet subverted in the movie [[spoiler:where he has [[FreudWasRight lost his key]] key and takes a taxi]].
14th Dec '16 7:14:15 PM rjd1922
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In 2011, Creator/NozomiEntertainment rereleased the series across three DVD sets, using the show's remastered Region 2 DVD as the video base and retaining the CPM dub. (Nozomi alsore-released the movie; it was packaged with the third set.) The series also aired on Viz Media's Creator/NeonAlley streaming service. Creator/MangaEntertainment, who shares a distribution deal with Nozomi, made the whole series (dub and sub!) available in its entirety on both Hulu and YouTube; it also placed the movie (dub and sub!) on YouTube. Nozomi plans to release the series again, this time on Blu-ray, in 2016. It will mark Nozomi's first Blu-ray release and the first high-definition release of ''Utena'' in the United States.

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In 2011, Creator/NozomiEntertainment rereleased the series across three DVD sets, using the show's remastered Region 2 DVD as the video base and retaining the CPM dub. (Nozomi alsore-released the movie; it was packaged with the third set.) The series also aired on Viz Media's Creator/NeonAlley streaming service. Creator/MangaEntertainment, who shares a distribution deal with Nozomi, made the whole series (dub and sub!) available in its entirety on both Hulu Creator/{{Hulu}} and YouTube; Website/YouTube; it also placed the movie (dub and sub!) on YouTube.[=YouTube=]. Nozomi plans to release the series again, this time on Blu-ray, in 2016. It will mark Nozomi's first Blu-ray release and the first high-definition release of ''Utena'' in the United States.
13th Dec '16 10:47:19 PM frogpatrol
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13th Dec '16 10:46:46 PM frogpatrol
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In 2011, Creator/NozomiEntertainment re-released the series across three DVD sets, using the show's remastered Region 2 DVD as the video base and retaining the CPM dub. (Nozomi also re-released the movie; it was packaged with the third set.) The series also aired on Viz Media's Creator/NeonAlley streaming service. Creator/MangaEntertainment, who shares a distribution deal with Nozomi, made the whole series (dub and sub!) available in its entirety on both Hulu and YouTube; it also placed the movie (dub and sub!) on YouTube. Nozomi plans to re-release the series again, this time on Blu-ray, in 2016 -- marking Nozomi's first Blu-ray release and the first high-definition release of ''Utena'' in the United States.

Creator/VizMedia published the entire manga series and the manga based on the movie; those releases have fallen out of print. However, Viz will be re-releasing the manga in 2017.

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In 2011, Creator/NozomiEntertainment re-released rereleased the series across three DVD sets, using the show's remastered Region 2 DVD as the video base and retaining the CPM dub. (Nozomi also re-released alsore-released the movie; it was packaged with the third set.) The series also aired on Viz Media's Creator/NeonAlley streaming service. Creator/MangaEntertainment, who shares a distribution deal with Nozomi, made the whole series (dub and sub!) available in its entirety on both Hulu and YouTube; it also placed the movie (dub and sub!) on YouTube. Nozomi plans to re-release release the series again, this time on Blu-ray, in 2016 -- marking 2016. It will mark Nozomi's first Blu-ray release and the first high-definition release of ''Utena'' in the United States.

Creator/VizMedia published the entire manga series and the manga based on the movie; those releases have fallen out of print. However, Viz will be re-releasing rerelease the manga in 2017.



Oh, and one last thing you'll want to remember: WordOfGod [[TrollingCreator says]] ''all'' interpretations of ''Utena'''s symbolism hold true.

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Oh, and one last thing you'll want to remember: WordOfGod [[TrollingCreator says]] ''all'' interpretations of ''Utena'''s symbolism hold are true.
13th Dec '16 10:44:55 PM frogpatrol
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''Revolutionary Girl Utena'' (少女革命ウテナ, ''Shōjo Kakumei Utena'') is a surreal {{shoujo}} work that deals with the trials of a girl named Utena Tenjou, her loss of innocence, and her struggle to bring about the world's revolution.

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''Revolutionary '''''Revolutionary Girl Utena'' Utena''''' (少女革命ウテナ, ''Shōjo Kakumei Utena'') is a surreal {{shoujo}} work that deals with the trials of a girl named Utena Tenjou, her loss of innocence, and her struggle to bring about the world's revolution.



''Utena'' includes, describes, averts, inverts, and subverts a sizeable number of anime tropes, most notably StockFootage (Utena's OnceAnEpisode TransformationSequence) and ClipShow episodes (two of the three contain major plot twists essential to the story). The series has a striking visual design pieced together by director Creator/KunihikoIkuhara and influenced by Takurazuka, Noh theater plays, fairy tale imagery, and classic shoujo manga. It also features a lush soundtrack that mixes classical orchestral themes with outré choral harmonies and surrealist rock. The show draws on a number of symbolic, philosophical and literary allusions while beautifully and aesthetically portraying its DysfunctionJunction of attractive and troubled characters.

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''Utena'' includes, describes, averts, inverts, and subverts a sizeable number of many anime tropes, most notably StockFootage (Utena's OnceAnEpisode TransformationSequence) and ClipShow episodes (two episodes. (Two of the three clip shows contain major plot twists essential to the story). story.) The series has a striking visual design pieced together by director Creator/KunihikoIkuhara and influenced by Takurazuka, Noh theater plays, fairy tale imagery, and classic shoujo manga. It also features a lush soundtrack that mixes classical orchestral themes with outré choral harmonies and surrealist rock. The show draws on a number of symbolic, philosophical and literary allusions while beautifully and aesthetically portraying its DysfunctionJunction of attractive and troubled characters.
29th Nov '16 2:41:46 AM Solle
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On the day of her parents' funeral, seven-year-old Utena meets a prince on a white horse. The prince gives Utena a signet ring and says it will one day lead her back to him. Utena, overwhelmed with emotion, decides that she too will become a prince. Seven years later, Utena (who now presents with a mix of male and female gender cues) has followed his trail to Ohtori Academy. When she attempts to defend her best friend Wakaba from an upperclassman, Utena becomes enmeshed in a swordfighting tournament with members of Ohtori's Student Council. The tournament's winner receives "The Power to Revolutionize the World" -- and the hand of the demure and obedient Rose Bride, Anthy Himemiya.

Utena and Anthy [[LesYay slowly become friends]], and Utena learns that her new "bride" has a connection to "End of the World", the mysterious force behind the sword duels. In the show's second ("Black Rose") arc, acting school chairman Akio Ohtori takes an interest in Utena -- and everything, including Utena's relationship to Anthy, prompty goes to hell.

''Utena'' includes, describes, averts, inverts, and subverts a sizeable number of anime tropes, most notably StockFootage (Utena's OnceAnEpisode TransformationSequence) and ClipShow episodes (two of the three contain major plot twists essential to the story). The series has a striking visual design pieced together by director Creator/KunihikoIkuhara and influenced by Takurazuka, Noh theater plays, fairy tale imagery, and classic shoujo manga. It also features a lush soundtrack that mixes classical orchestral themes with outré choral harmonies and surrealist rock. The show draws on a number of symbolic, philosophical and literary allusions while beautifully and aesthetically portraying its DysfunctionJunction of attractive and troubled characters.

Underneath the visuals and references, ''Utena'' tells a coming-of-age story that explores two curious notions: Can someone stick to childish ideals in order to defeat an opponent who embodies adulthood? And can a girl made of frills and pink hair and flower symbolism break free of the expectation of becoming a princess, and instead take on the role of a prince?

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In contrast to the series' subtle approach, the 1999 film ''Shōjo Kakumei Utena: Adolescence Mokushiroku'' (literally ''Adolescence Apocalypse''; known as ''The Adolescence of Utena'' or ''Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie'' to Western audiences) makes the romantic nature of Utena and Anthy's relationship explicit. The film changes most of the show's characters in drastic ways, both in terms of appearance and characterization. The storyline receives just as many drastic alterations; fans consider it more of a recreation of the series than an adaptation. ''Utena: The Movie'' became infamous for its GainaxEnding... as well as its [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible Gainax Beginning and Gainax Middle]]. One could see the film as an [[RuleOfSymbolism allegory on Mahayana Buddhism, a take on Jungian philosophy, or a look at gnostic belief]]... or it could just be [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory about lesbians]].

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CentralParkMedia originally released both the series and the movie in the United States. When CPM snagged the show's license, it dubbed the show's first thirteen episodes, but failed to secure a license for the remaining episodes until years later, which created a huge gap between the release of episodes. (They did eventually dub the rest of the show, and later released the series and the movie on DVD.)

In 2011, Creator/NozomiEntertainment re-released the series across three DVD sets, using the show's remastered Region 2 DVD as the video base and retaining the CPM dub. (Nozomi also re-released the movie; it was packaged with the third set.) The series also aired on Viz Media's Creator/NeonAlley streaming service. Creator/MangaEntertainment, who shares a distribution deal with Nozomi, made the whole series (dub and sub!) available in its entirety on both Hulu and YouTube; it also placed the movie (dub and sub!) on YouTube. Nozomi plans to re-release the series again, this time on Blu-ray, in 2016 -- marking Nozomi's first Blu-ray release and the first high-definition release of ''Utena'' in the United States.

Creator/VizMedia published the entire manga series and the manga based on the movie; those releases have fallen out of print. However, Viz will be re-releasing the manga in 2017.

At Kobe Animation '97, the anime series won the "Best TV Animation" award.

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On the day of her parents' funeral, seven-year-old Utena meets a prince on a white horse. The prince gives Utena a signet ring and says it will one day lead her back to him. Utena, overwhelmed with emotion, decides that she too will become a prince. Seven years later, Utena (who now presents with a mix of male and female gender cues) has followed his trail to Ohtori Academy. When she attempts to defend her best friend Wakaba from an upperclassman, Utena becomes enmeshed in a swordfighting tournament with members of Ohtori's Student Council. The tournament's winner receives "The Power to Revolutionize the World"--and the hand of the demure and obedient Rose Bride, Anthy Himemiya.

Utena and Anthy [[LesYay slowly become friends]], and Utena learns that her new "bride" has a connection to "End of the World", the mysterious force behind the sword duels. In the show's second arc (the "Black Rose" arc), acting school chairman Akio Ohtori takes an interest in Utena--and everything, including Utena's relationship with Anthy, goes from good to bad to worse.

''Utena'' includes, describes, averts, inverts, and subverts a sizeable number of anime tropes, most notably StockFootage (Utena's OnceAnEpisode TransformationSequence) and ClipShow episodes (two of the three contain major plot twists essential to the story). The series has a striking visual design pieced together by director Creator/KunihikoIkuhara and influenced by Takurazuka, Noh theater plays, fairy tale imagery, and classic shoujo manga. It also features a lush soundtrack that mixes classical orchestral themes with outre choral harmonies and surrealist rock.

Somewhat like an animated equivalent to ''Literature/TheSecretHistory'', the show draws on a number of symbolic, philosophical and literary allusions while beautifully and aesthetically portraying its DysfunctionJunction of attractive yet troubled (and often malevolent) characters. The show features commentary on and references to existing works, including (but not limited to) ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', {{Carl Jung}}, UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud, the House of Borgia, ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', Creator/WilliamShakespeare, Creator/{{Cicero}}, and [[http://www.theoi.com/Text/OvidMetamorphoses9.html#7 Ovid's Metamorphoses]]. It even has multi-episode obscure visual references to Manet and numerous nods to the existentialist German war novel ''[[Creator/HermannHesse Demian]]''. Underneath the visuals and references, ''Utena'' tells a coming-of-age story that explores two curious notions: Can someone stick to childish ideals in order to defeat an opponent who embodies adulthood? And can a girl made of frills and pink hair and flower symbolism break free of the expectation of becoming a princess, and instead take on the role of a prince?

The series also focuses on sex, though it doesn't use any explicit imagery. Incest becomes a major theme, and the series explores it from numerous perspectives; loss of innocence (sexual or otherwise) also becomes very important. But at its core, ''Utena'' follows the story of a friendship-turned-[[GirlsLove romance between two girls]] who never expected it. Ikuhara [[WordOfGay has even said]] that the love between the two is the most important thing of all.

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In contrast to the series' subtle approach, the 1999 film ''Shōjo Kakumei Utena: Adolescence Mokushiroku'' (literally ''Adolescence Apocalypse''; known as ''The Adolescence of Utena'' or ''Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie'' to Western audiences) makes the romantic nature of Utena and Anthy's relationship explicit. The film changes most of the show's characters in drastic ways, both in terms of appearance and characterization. The storyline receives just as many drastic alterations; fans consider it more of a recreation of the series than an adaptation. ''Utena: The Movie'' became infamous for its GainaxEnding...and its [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible Gainax Beginning and Gainax Middle]]. One could see the film as an [[RuleOfSymbolism allegory on Mahayana Buddhism, a take on Jungian philosophy, or a look at gnostic belief]]...or it could just be [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory about lesbians]]. The film's infamy earned it a nickname that doubles as a ShoutOut to [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion another]] infamous MindScrew of an anime film: ''The End of Utena''.

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CentralParkMedia originally released both the series and the movie in the United States. When CPM snagged the show's license, it dubbed the show's first thirteen episodes, but failed to secure a license for the remaining episodes until years later, which created a huge gap between the release of episodes. (They did eventually dub the rest of the show, and later released the series and the movie on DVD.)

In 2011, Creator/NozomiEntertainment re-released the series across three DVD sets, using the show's remastered Region 2 DVD as the video base and retaining the CPM dub. (Nozomi also re-released the movie; it was packaged with the third set.) The series also aired on Viz Media's Creator/NeonAlley streaming service. Creator/MangaEntertainment, who shares a distribution deal with Nozomi, made the whole series (dub and sub!) available in its entirety on both Hulu and YouTube; it also placed the movie (dub and sub!) on YouTube. Nozomi plans to re-release the series again, this time on Blu-ray, in 2016--marking Nozomi's first Blu-ray release and the first high-definition release of ''Utena'' in the United States.

Creator/VizMedia published the entire manga series and the manga based on the movie; those releases have fallen out of print. However, Viz will be re-releasing the manga in 2017.

At Kobe Animation '97, the anime series won the "Best TV Animation" award. A previous work by Creator/ChihoSaito, ''Manga/{{Kanon|ByChihoSaito}}'', may have served as the inspiration for several of the themes and tropes in this story.



* ShoutOut: Wakaba is seen reading and talking about ''Magnolia Waltz'', an earlier manga by Chiho Saito, in the second episode.

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** ''Utena'' features commentary on and references to existing works, including (but not limited to) ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', {{Carl Jung}}, UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud, the House of Borgia, ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', Creator/WilliamShakespeare, Creator/{{Cicero}}, and [[http://www.theoi.com/Text/OvidMetamorphoses9.html#7 Ovid's Metamorphoses]]. It even has multi-episode obscure visual references to Manet and numerous nods to the existentialist German war novel ''[[Creator/HermannHesse Demian]]''.
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Wakaba is seen reading and talking about ''Magnolia Waltz'', an earlier manga by Chiho Saito, in the second episode.episode.
** A previous work by Creator/ChihoSaito, ''Manga/{{Kanon|ByChihoSaito}}'', may have served as the inspiration for several of the themes and tropes in this story.
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