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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Series cast summary:
 Nanami Kiryuu (1 episode, 1997)
 Wakaba Shinohara (1 episode, 1997)
Sharon Becker ...
 Anthy Himemiya (1 episode, 1997)
 Dios / ... (1 episode, 1997)
Yuriko Fuchizaki ...
 Anthy Himemiya (1 episode, 1997)
 Female Teacher / ... (1 episode, 1997)
Aya Hisakawa ...
 Miki Kaoru (1 episode, 1997)
Yuka Imai ...
 Touga's mother / ... (1 episode, 1997)
Tomoko Kawakami ...
 Utena Tenjô (1 episode, 1997)
Satomi Koorogi ...
 Chuchu / ... (1 episode, 1997)
Takehito Koyasu ...
 Touga Kiryuu (1 episode, 1997)
Takeshi Kusao ...
 Kyôichi Saionji (1 episode, 1997)
Rachael Lillis ...
 Chu-Chu / ... (1 episode, 1997)
Kotono Mitsuishi ...
 Jury Arisugawa (1 episode, 1997)
Yuri Shiratori ...
 Nanami Kiryû (1 episode, 1997)
Jack Taylor ...
 Kyôichi Saionji (1 episode, 1997)
Jimmy Zoppi ...
 Miki Kaoru (1 episode, 1997)


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 <>

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Chu-chu is a monkey. This is easier to see in the manga, where he has more hair. Also, in episode 8, when Saionji and Chu-chu switch places, he is seen in a tree eating a banana. See more »


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 »


[repeated line]
Touga Kiryuu: If it cannot hatch from its shell, the chick will die without ever truly being born. We are the chick; the world is our egg. If we don't break the world's shell, we will die without truly being born. Smash the world's shell, for the Revolution of the World.
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Referenced in Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Tsuioku Hen (1999) See more »

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This is such a good series.
4 December 2001 | by (New York, U.S) – See all my reviews

I love this series! Not only is it visually pleasing and funny (in its own way sometimes, I must admit), it makes the viewer THINK in order to get the story behind the characters and their odd behavior, something most anime fans today are forgetting to do. One thing needs to be clear for those whose interest has been piqued... this is NOT Sailormoon, despite the fact that it is directed by the same (talented) man and despite the fact that it is a shoujo anime. Don't get me wrong, I love Sailormoon. But, Shoujo Kakumei Utena does have weirder (eerie) twists and mysterious (eerie) characters. So if you want something different, something not one-dimensional,like Dragonball, let's say, take a look at Shoujo Kakumei Utena. It's one of the best shoujo series around; after all, the girls in it all rule in some way or another.

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