History Anime / RevolutionaryGirlUtena

13th Jun '17 6:56:03 PM BatmanKalEl
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Delivered [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome quite satisfyingly]] [[spoiler:from Anthy to Akio]] in the finale.

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* RealWomenDontWearDresses: Both in the fandom and deconstructed in the series.
** Some ''Utena'' fans hate Anthy because she's a "weak", outwardly emotionless doll who claims to have no opinions outside of the Victor's whims. Others hate Anthy because they think she's ''too'' powerful and manipulative and "evil". Some just hate her because she gets to sleep with Akio [[GreenEyedMonster and they don't]] (often disregarding the [[QuestionableConsent consent]] [[RapeAsDrama issues]] in their relationship).
** Interestingly, all the kinds of Anthy-haters in the fandom are present in the story: Saionji batters her when she doesn't act as obedient as he wants her to, despite his claims that he loves her; Juri attacks her at one point because she reminds her of Shiori; Kanae feels threatened by her ExtremeDoormat persona and the fear that she may be more sinister, which isn't helped by Anthy's passive-aggressive slights against her; and several of the Black Rose Duelists envy her for "being loved" and "stealing their love interests", with [[spoiler:Wakaba]] going as far as ''seriously trying to kill her''; there's [[spoiler:Akio]], who needs to keep "his woman" under his control in order to keep playing the BigBad of the show... The people from Be-Papas really know how society views feminine archetypes, and those views are reflected in the Utena fandom.
** It's not just the haters; it's her fans too. Some fans, like the characters Miki or Utena until almost the end, see her as a classic DamselInDistress archetype for them to rescue/defend on forums and blogs in order to boost their own egos, often '''refusing''' to see that she is actually [[spoiler: the very incarnation of how victims of abuse ''[[HumansAreFlawed are human people]]'', and thus liable to lash out at the world and other people instead of just being perpetually sweet and innocent.]] Some of them have been spotted throwing massive fits when reminded that canon!Anthy '''''isn't''''' some helpless victim doll who never does anything wrong.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Delivered [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome quite satisfyingly]] [[spoiler:from Anthy to Akio]] in the finale.
30th May '17 7:55:17 PM Seraphine
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** The party where Nanami recieves the cowbell.

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** The party where Nanami recieves receives the cowbell.



* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted.]] Since when is being a [[DamselInDistress helpless waif]] better!? [[spoiler:When the alternative means being stabbed by a million swords, that's when! And what's worse then that? When the princess in question is so psychologically traumatized and resentful of the experience that she'd rather be tortured for all eternity than re-enter the outside world!]]

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* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted.]] {{Subverted|Trope}}. Since when is being a [[DamselInDistress helpless waif]] better!? [[spoiler:When the alternative means being stabbed by a million swords, that's when! And what's worse then that? When the princess in question is so psychologically traumatized and resentful of the experience that she'd rather be tortured for all eternity than re-enter the outside world!]]



** In the first episode when Utena looks at the floating castle in shock asking what it is. Saionji sardonically tells her that it is "a trick of the light". [[spoiler:Turns out Saionji was a lot closer then he thought in his discerption as it turns out in the final two episodes of the series that the castle is actually an illusion that Akio creates with the Planetarium.]]

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** In the first episode when Utena looks at the floating castle in shock asking what it is. Saionji sardonically tells her that it is "a trick of the light". [[spoiler:Turns out Saionji was a lot closer then he thought in his discerption description as it turns out in the final two episodes of the series that the castle is actually an illusion that Akio creates with the Planetarium.]]



** ''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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** ''Utena'' features commentary on and references to existing works, including (but not limited to) ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', {{Carl Jung}}, UsefulNotes/CarlJung, 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]]''.
30th May '17 7:47:52 PM Seraphine
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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.

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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 promptly goes to hell.



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 Creator/{{Hulu}} and Website/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 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 Creator/{{Hulu}} and Website/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.



** The party where Nanami recibes the cowbell.

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** The party where Nanami recibes recieves the cowbell.



* GirlInABox: The coffin scene.
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* GirlInABox: The coffin scene.
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** Mikage [[spoiler: nce loved Tokiko, who was seduced by Akio, and now loves Mamiya, who is Anthy in disguise (kind of).]]

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** Mikage [[spoiler: nce once loved Tokiko, who was seduced by Akio, and now loves Mamiya, who is Anthy in disguise (kind of).]]



* MoralEventHorizon: Saionji's [[spoiler: physical abuse of the Rose Bride]]. Akio's [[spoiler: rape of his sister]]. Nanami's childhood [[spoiler: murder of her brother's cat]]. Being as this is the world of Utena, [[DysfunctionJunction the list goes on and on]].
26th May '17 9:42:42 PM CLT009
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* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Saionji, Wakaba.

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* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Saionji, Wakaba.Deconstructed. Aside from a small handful of exceptions [[note]][[MysteriousWaif Anthy]], [[BigBad Akio]], [[PhysicalGod Dios]], [[TeamPet Chu Chu]] and the [[GreekChorus Shadow Girls]][[/note]], everyone from the [[FacelessMasses students]] to the [[TheBeautifulElite Student Council]] is dealing with some sort of inferiority complex and wishes that they were more "special", which inevitably means tying their self-worth to a goal or another person rather than valuing themselves as they are. [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter This includes people who are "special" already]]. [[{{Sidekick}} Wakaba's]] [[GreenEyedMonster envy]] and [[SmugSnake Saionji's]] [[TheRival bitter (and one-sided) rivalry]] with [[TheAce Touga]] are just the most visible examples.
19th May '17 7:07:05 PM bleach246
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** In the first episode when Utena looks at the floating castle in shock asking what it is. Saionji sardonically tells her that it is "a trick of the light". [[spoiler:Turns out Saionji was a lot closer then he thought in his discerption as it turns out in the final two episodes of the series that the castle is actually an illusion that Akio creates with the Planetarium.]]
2nd Apr '17 9:27:32 PM Golondrina
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* EveryoneIsBi: Most everyone is canonically or [[HoYay hinted at]] being bisexual, although lip service is paid to heterosexuality as being the norm ("I'm a totally normal girl who wants a totally normal guy!"). Hilariously lampshaded when Touga, who is sleeping with Akio, tells Nanami, his sister, that only boy/girl romance is normal. [[spoiler: And proceeds to make out with her.]]

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* EveryoneIsBi: Most everyone is canonically or [[HoYay hinted at]] being bisexual, although lip service is paid to heterosexuality as being the norm ("I'm a totally normal girl who wants a totally normal guy!"). Hilariously lampshaded when Touga, who is sleeping with Akio, tells Nanami, his sister, that only boy/girl romance is normal. [[spoiler: And proceeds to make out with her.her episodes later.]]



* GenreBusting: It's a complex, metaphorical coming of age story seen through the lens of Buddhism, Gnosticism, and Jungian philosophy. It also 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 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.
31st Mar '17 12:32:14 PM eroock
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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.
30th Mar '17 4:40:05 PM Golondrina
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* LovingAShadow: Everyone but Akio. Let's see..there's [[spoiler:Miki-to-Kozue, Juri-to-Shiori, Shiori-to-Ruka, Saionji-to-Touga, Nanami-to-Touga, Touga-to-Utena, Utena-to-Dios, Utena-to-Anthy, Saionji-to-Anthy, Miki-to-Anthy, Mikage-to-Anthy, and finally Utena-to-Akio and Anthy-to-Akio for a time. Had fun reading that? Fortunately, all of the relationships are examined and have well-developed backstories to keep them from being repetitive. Not to mention that no two of them evolve the same way. Utena/Anthy is especially unique.]]

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* LovingAShadow: Everyone but Akio. Let's see..there's [[spoiler:Miki-to-Kozue, Juri-to-Shiori, Shiori-to-Ruka, Saionji-to-Touga, Nanami-to-Touga, Touga-to-Utena, Utena-to-Dios, Utena-to-Anthy, Saionji-to-Anthy, Miki-to-Anthy, Mikage-to-Anthy, Mikage-to-Utena, and finally Utena-to-Akio and Anthy-to-Akio for a time. Had fun reading that? Fortunately, all of the relationships are examined and have well-developed backstories to keep them from being repetitive. Not to mention that no two of them evolve the same way. Utena/Anthy is especially unique.]]
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.
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