Utena was aired on television in 1997, and Central Park Media began releasing the series on VHS in 1999. One year later marked the first DVD releases. When CPM was liquidated, the license was on the fence until 2011, when Nozomi Entertainment rescued and rereleased it.
What Could Have Been: The re-release booklet features art of a scrapped ending sequence that heavily featured Chu-Chu.
This also applies to Dub Name Change. The English dub featured the original Japanese names, but Enoki Films (the American license holder) did prepare a list of English names, with the title of the show changed to "Ursula's Kiss". Utena became Ursula, Anthy to Angie, Juri to Julie, etc. However, these names did end up being used in the Latin American dub (titled "The Magic Ring").
The re-release booklet also shows that Utena was originally going to keep the blonde hair she initially had in the manga, although her uniform color scheme went through many different ideas before they settled on the black and red. At one point, her hair was also considered to be blue, although the pink hair also showed up with other uniform color choices. Anthy also retained her white Rose Bride dress at an early point in development, before Ikuhara decided to change it to red.
The same booklet features an early design for Touga that had him depicted with short blond hair, while Saionji would wear glasses and have short green hair.
Crossed with Real Life Writes the Plot, on the DVD commentary Ikuhara reveals that during the series inception it was a toss up between swords and guns for the duel scenes. They opted for the former in part because American gun crimes were being reported on Japanese news.