History Anime / RevolutionaryGirlUtena

28th Jan '16 8:01:54 AM Prfnoff
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* A 39-episode anime series. Aired in 1997 from April to December; considered the "core" canon.
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* A 39-episode anime series. Aired on Creator/TVTokyo in 1997 from April to December; considered the "core" canon.
17th Jan '16 12:38:43 PM StevieWillShowYou
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'''''Revolutionary Girl Utena''''' ('''''Shoujo 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 on the world's revolution.
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'''''Revolutionary ''Revolutionary Girl Utena''''' ('''''Shoujo Utena'' (少女革命ウテナ, ''Shōjo Kakumei Utena''''') 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 on about the world's revolution.

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; overwhelmed with emotion, Utena 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. As Utena and Anthy [[LesYay slowly become friends]], 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 promptly goes to hell. ''Utena'' lovingly 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. 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}}, [[http://www.theoi.com/Text/OvidMetamorphoses9.html#7 Ovid's Metamorphoses]], multi-episode obscure visual references to Manet, and numerous nods to the existentialist German war novel ''[[Creator/HermannHesse Demian]]''. Underneath these themes, ''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, although it doesn't use any explicit imagery. Incest becomes a major theme, and the series explores it from numerous perspectives; loss of innocence (sexual and otherwise) also becomes very important. At its core, though, ''Utena'' follows the story of a friendship-turned-[[GirlsLove romance between two girls]] who never expected it; director Ikuhara [[WordOfGay has even said]] that the love between the two is the most important thing of all.
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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; him. Utena, overwhelmed with emotion, Utena 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 World"--and the hand of the demure and obedient Rose Bride, Anthy Himemiya. As 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 promptly Utena--and everything, including Utena's relationship with Anthy, goes from good to hell. bad to worse. ''Utena'' lovingly 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 manga. It also features a lush soundtrack that mixes classical orchestral themes with outre choral harmonies and surrealist rock. The show features commentary on (and and references to) to existing works, including -- but (but not limited to -- 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]], Metamorphoses]]. It even has multi-episode obscure visual references to Manet, Manet and numerous nods to the existentialist German war novel ''[[Creator/HermannHesse Demian]]''. Underneath these themes, the visuals and references, ''Utena'' tells a coming-of-age story that explores two curious notions: can 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, although 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 and or otherwise) also becomes very important. At But at its core, though, ''Utena'' follows the story of a friendship-turned-[[GirlsLove romance between two girls]] who never expected it; director it. Ikuhara [[WordOfGay has even said]] that the love between the two is the most important thing of all.

In contrast to the series' subtle and symbolic approach, the 1999 film ''Shoujo 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 characters in drastic ways, both in terms of appearance and characterization. the storyline receives just as many drastic alterations, and fans consider it more of a recreation of the series than an adaptation. ''Utena: The Movie'' became notable for its GainaxEnding... as well as its [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible Gainax Beginning and Gainax Middle]]. One could construe the film as an [[RuleOfSymbolism allegory on Mahayana Buddhism, a take on Jungian philosophy, a look at gnostic belief]], or it could just be [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory about lesbians]]. That notability earned the movie a nickname that serves as a ShoutOut to that [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion other]] infamous MindScrew of an anime film: ''The End of Utena''.
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In contrast to the series' subtle and symbolic approach, the 1999 film ''Shoujo ''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 The storyline receives just as many drastic alterations, and alterations; fans consider it more of a recreation of the series than an adaptation. ''Utena: The Movie'' became notable infamous for its GainaxEnding... as well as GainaxEnding...and its [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible Gainax Beginning and Gainax Middle]]. One could construe see the film as an [[RuleOfSymbolism allegory on Mahayana Buddhism, a take on Jungian philosophy, or a look at gnostic belief]], belief]]...or it could just be [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory about lesbians]]. That notability The film's infamy earned the movie it a nickname that serves doubles as a ShoutOut to that [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion other]] another]] infamous MindScrew of an anime film: ''The End of Utena''.

CentralParkMedia originally released both the full series and the movie in the United States. When CPM snagged the show's license, it dubbed the show's first 13 episodes, but failed to secure the licenses to the remaining episodes until years later, which created a huge gap between the release of episodes. The [=DVDs=] for those releases have since fallen out of print due to CPM's demise, but remain easy to find (albeit expensive) if you know where to look. In 2011, Creator/NozomiEntertainment re-released the series across three DVD sets; these new releases used the show's remastered Region 2 DVD release as the video base and retained the CPM dub. (Nozomi also re-released the movie; it came packaged with the third set.) The series will eventually air 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. Creator/VizMedia published the entire manga series and the manga based on the movie, but those releases have fallen out of print with no word of a reprint or relicensing.
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CentralParkMedia originally released both the full series and the movie in the United States. When CPM snagged the show's license, it dubbed the show's first 13 thirteen episodes, but failed to secure the licenses to a license for the remaining episodes until years later, which created a huge gap between the release of episodes. The [=DVDs=] for those releases have since fallen out (They did eventually dub the rest of print due to CPM's demise, but remain easy to find (albeit expensive) if you know where to look. the show, and later released the series and the movie on DVD.) In 2011, Creator/NozomiEntertainment re-released the series across three DVD sets; these new releases used sets, using the show's remastered Region 2 DVD release as the video base and retained retaining the CPM dub. (Nozomi also re-released the movie; it came was packaged with the third set.) The series will eventually air also aired on Viz Media's Creator/NeonAlley streaming service. Creator/MangaEntertainment (who Creator/MangaEntertainment, who shares a distribution deal with Nozomi) 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. 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, but movie; those releases have fallen out of print with no word of a reprint or relicensing.

CentralParkMedia originally released both the full series and the movie in the United States. When CPM snagged the show's license, it dubbed the show's first 13 episodes, but failed to secure the licenses to the remaining episodes until years later, which created a huge gap between the release of episodes. The [=DVDs=] for those releases have since fallen out of print due to CPM's demise, but remain easy to find (albeit expensive) if you know where to look. In 2011, Creator/NozomiEntertainment re-released the series across three DVD sets; these new releases used the show's remastered Region 2 DVD release as the video base and retained the CPM dub. (Nozomi also re-released the movie; it came packaged with the third set.) The series will eventually air 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. Creator/VizMedia published the entire manga series and the manga based on the movie, but those releases have fallen out of print with no word of a reprint or relicensing.

* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: Almost every episode, the Council members ride in a fancy elevator to meet in a rose-decorated tower to discuss the upcoming worldwide revolution. Then they [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours swordfight]] for a chance to control said revolution. That's about as absurdly powerful as you can get. Beautifully subverted when it turns out that [[spoiler: Akio and Anthy created the Duels for for the sole purpose of benefiting Akio, and not even Utena really had a fighting chance to become the final Champion as long as Anthy remained the Rose Bride.]]
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* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: Almost every episode, the Council members ride in a fancy elevator to meet in a rose-decorated tower to discuss the upcoming worldwide revolution. Then they [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours swordfight]] for a chance to control said revolution. That's about as absurdly powerful as you can get. Beautifully subverted when it turns out that [[spoiler: Akio [[spoiler:Akio and Anthy created the Duels for for the sole purpose of benefiting Akio, and not even Utena really had a fighting chance to become the final Champion as long as Anthy remained the Rose Bride.]]

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25th Dec '15 1:17:58 AM morenohijazo
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* MovingBuildings: Ohtori Academy is this in Adolescence of Utena.
19th Dec '15 10:30:00 PM nombretomado
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The show features commentary on (and references to) existing works, including -- but not limited to -- ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', {{Carl Jung}}, SigmundFreud, the House of Borgia, ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', Creator/WilliamShakespeare, Creator/{{Cicero}}, [[http://www.theoi.com/Text/OvidMetamorphoses9.html#7 Ovid's Metamorphoses]], multi-episode obscure visual references to Manet, and numerous nods to the existentialist German war novel ''[[Creator/HermannHesse Demian]]''. Underneath these themes, ''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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The show features commentary on (and references to) existing works, including -- but not limited to -- ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', {{Carl Jung}}, SigmundFreud, UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud, the House of Borgia, ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', Creator/WilliamShakespeare, Creator/{{Cicero}}, [[http://www.theoi.com/Text/OvidMetamorphoses9.html#7 Ovid's Metamorphoses]], multi-episode obscure visual references to Manet, and numerous nods to the existentialist German war novel ''[[Creator/HermannHesse Demian]]''. Underneath these themes, ''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?
17th Dec '15 4:07:42 PM ArtoriusRex
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* AllTakeAndNoGive: [[spoiler:Akio and Anthy]]'s relationship is a twisted and messed up play of this trope. [[spoiler:Akio]] has the position of ultimate power, not just in the relationship but in the whole Ohtori, while [[spoiler:Anthy]] is at the lowest buttom of the social power's pyramide and it's at [[spoiler:her brother]]'s hands; but he's powerless without her and she knows it and in exchange of the power she gives to him, she manipulates him to get attention and some kind of "affection" from him in a manipulative [[TheMasochismTango masochistic tango]].
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* AllTakeAndNoGive: [[spoiler:Akio and Anthy]]'s relationship is a twisted and messed up play of offers an interesting twist on this trope. [[spoiler:Akio]] has the obvious position of ultimate power, not just in the relationship but in the whole Ohtori, throughout Ohtori Academy, while [[spoiler:Anthy]] is at the lowest buttom bottom of the social power's pyramide pyramid, and it's at often plays into [[spoiler:her brother]]'s hands; but he's schemes. However, [[spoiler:Akio]] is powerless without her [[spoiler:Anthy]], and she [[spoiler:she]] knows it it. However much [[spoiler:he]] may try to abuse and dominate [[spoiler:Anthy]] in exchange of order to take and maintain control, it does not change the fact that all of [[spoiler:Akio]]'s power she gives to him, she manipulates him to get attention and some kind of "affection" is derived from him in a manipulative [[TheMasochismTango masochistic tango]].[[spoiler:Anthy]].

** 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 a really tough chick 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...
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** 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 (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 a really tough chick 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...

* BastardBoyfriend: Saionji, Touga and Akio are cold, and diffident to the Rose Bride, and to other women.
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* BastardBoyfriend: Saionji, Touga Touga, and Akio are cold, cold and diffident indifferent to the Rose Bride, and to other women.
17th Dec '15 12:04:46 PM Willbyr
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At Kobe Animation '97, the anime series won the "Best TV Animation" award. A previous work by Creator/ChihoSaito, ''[[KanonByChihoSaito Kanon]]'', may have served as the inspiration for several of the themes and tropes in this story. Oh, and one last thing you'll want to remember: {{Word of God}} [[TrollingCreator says]] ''all'' interpretations of ''Utena'''s symbolism hold true.
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At Kobe Animation '97, the anime series won the "Best TV Animation" award. A previous work by Creator/ChihoSaito, ''[[KanonByChihoSaito Kanon]]'', ''Manga/{{Kanon|ByChihoSaito}}'', may have served as the inspiration for several of the themes and tropes in this story. Oh, and one last thing you'll want to remember: {{Word of God}} WordOfGod [[TrollingCreator says]] ''all'' interpretations of ''Utena'''s symbolism hold true.
5th Dec '15 2:09:09 PM Tsukiyo
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* DancesAndBalls
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* DancesAndBallsDancesAndBalls: Fancy parties, akin to royal balls, are made during the show; and in those parties some relevant moments take course. ** The ball in episode 3 has Utena saving Anthy from a really cruel prank and Touga expresses his interest in Utena [[ClingyJealousGirl in Nanami's ear range]]. ** The party where Nanami recibes the cowbell. ** The party Nanami organize in hopes of cheering up Touga, during the Black Rose saga. [[spoiler:Keiko is unable to attend because of Nanami, which makes her go to Mikage's seminar.]]
5th Dec '15 2:01:05 PM Tsukiyo
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* ClothingDamage: During the second duel with Touga. Also happens in Utena's duel with Saionji in the movie.
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* ClothingDamage: ClothingDamage: ** During the Utena's second duel with Touga. Touga, her uniform gets torn from the strikes. An analysis of the scene reveals that Utena is getting rid of the sense of normalcy and clear discomfort the female uniform she's was wearing gave her, in attempts to get back her princely self. ** Also happens in Utena's duel with Saionji in the movie.movie, as an UnsettlingGenderReveal.
4th Dec '15 4:34:04 PM nombretomado
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* ''Four Days in Ohtori: Itsuka Kakumeisareru Monogatari''; a SegaSaturn VisualNovel with two new characters -- the NewTransferStudent player character, and a villain named Chigusa Sanjouin. Set during the anime's first arc. [[NoExportForYou Was never released outside of Japan]]. Almost twenty years later, [[http://forums.ohtori.nu/viewtopic.php?id=4005 a fan translation was released, available here]].
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* ''Four Days in Ohtori: Itsuka Kakumeisareru Monogatari''; a SegaSaturn UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn VisualNovel with two new characters -- the NewTransferStudent player character, and a villain named Chigusa Sanjouin. Set during the anime's first arc. [[NoExportForYou Was never released outside of Japan]]. Almost twenty years later, [[http://forums.ohtori.nu/viewtopic.php?id=4005 a fan translation was released, available here]].
30th Nov '15 6:31:23 PM JustCause
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* ComingOfAgeStory: At it's heart, Utena is about the pains and missteps of growing up.

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** The Black Rose Arc also plays with and subverts filler. A description of it seems like filler. The arc introduces a FillerVillain who corrupts minor side characters to fight Utena. The entire arc end with a [[spoiler: AllJustADream RetGone ending]] and is never mentioned again. However, the arc also introduces a lot of character development, ramps up the surrealism, brings in the important Akio and develops Anthy via multiple WhamShot.

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* NonProtagonistResolver: The person to rescue Anthy and end the duels is [[spoiler: Anthy herself. Utena merely provides the (literal and metaphorical) vehicle for her to leave. TruthInTelevision as you can't rescue someone from an abusive relationship, they have to want to leave.]]
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