Girl Revolution Utena (1997– )
"Shôjo kakumei Utena" (original title)

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A tomboyish schoolgirl finds herself forced into repeated duels for another girl who has a role in a world revolution.

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 Nanami Kiryuu (1 episode)
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 Wakaba Shinohara (1 episode)
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 Anthy Himemiya (1 episode)
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 Dios / ... (1 episode)
Yuriko Fuchizaki ...
 Anthy Himemiya (1 episode)
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 Female Teacher / ... (1 episode)
Aya Hisakawa ...
 Miki Kaoru (1 episode)
Yuka Imai ...
 Touga's mother / ... (1 episode)
Tomoko Kawakami ...
 Utena Tenjô (1 episode)
Satomi Koorogi ...
 Chuchu / ... (1 episode)
Takehito Koyasu ...
 Touga Kiryuu (1 episode)
Takeshi Kusao ...
 Kyôichi Saionji (1 episode)
Rachael Lillis ...
 Chu-Chu / ... (1 episode)
Kotono Mitsuishi ...
 Jury Arisugawa (1 episode)
Yuri Shiratori ...
 Nanami Kiryû (1 episode)
Jack Taylor ...
 Kyôichi Saionji (1 episode)
Jimmy Zoppi ...
 Miki Kaoru (1 episode)
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This series is about a girl called Utena who was helped in a difficult time by a handsome prince. She was so impressed with him that she vowed to become a prince herself. She is attending a boarding school where she stands out with her gender bending ways and boy's uniform and makes friends with other students in school, most notably a bizarrely submissive Indian girl called Anthy. When one of her friends is publically humiliated by her crush, Utena protests and is called out on a duel by the boy at a bizarre arena. With some difficulty, she wins and finds that Anthy is now "engaged" to her as the "Rose Bride" that is the key to a world revolution. Now, she finds herself forced to fight repeated challengers for Anthy, face similar rivalries in her personal life and tries to help Anthy gain some will of her own. All the while, the duels she must fight are leading her to a goal of world revolution that has implications she is not yet aware of. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@rogers.com>

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The Student Council's oath, more commonly known as "the chick speech", is a variation of, "The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born first must destroy a world. The bird flies to God. That God's name is Abraxas" from Herman Hesse's Demian. It is a direct tie into the multiple Gnostic themes of the show. See more »

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In episode 8, the thick white stripe on the bottom of Nanami's skirt disappears when she is hugging Touga. It re-appears in the other scenes. See more »

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[repeated line]
Shiori Takatsuki: Believe in miracles and they will know your feelings.
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Referenced in Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Tsuioku Hen (1999) See more »

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a fairy tale gone horribly wrong
14 September 2002 | by (Middle Earth) – See all my reviews

I absolutely love utena and I've been a fan of it for almost two years running. When I first started watching the series, I thought it was sweet, girly, and fun. Then I got a hold of summaries for episodes 14-39 (14-23 will finally be released later this year) and my opinion completely changed. Utena starts out with the childish dream that you can be a prince and make anything happen, but as the show goes from fantasy to reality (as deeply expressed in the last episode), it's all a bunch of lies and nothing comes easy. This is a show that isn't really for kiddies or the closed minded, but if you're willing to let a few braincells fry while trying to figure out if it's Anthy or Akio that's the evil one, then go for it. Another aspect of the show I like are the designs of the character's outfits (I'll be honest. The manga outfits and Utena's rose colored uniform appealed more), plus the opera/punk (yes, such a genre is possible) songs that play during the duels. There are few technical inaccuracies in the duels (many of the moves the characters use in their fights could get them yellow carded) and Utena seems to be helped by Dios a little too much instead of winning them on her own, but it's worth it anyway.


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