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)
Sharon Becker ...
 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]
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 Brows Held High: Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie (2011) See more »

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Once you start watching, you HAVE to finish!
25 August 2000 | by (Bradford, Ma.) – See all my reviews

A friend of mine got me hooked on this series. Once I started viewing it, I couldn't stop! This series is a very modern fairy tale with a whole lot of mystery surrounding the characters. Who really is Anthy? And what of the mysterious "End of the World?" Well...you'll have to watch to see for not only the answers to these questions...but quite a few more that will come up!

Though there are mature themes in this series, everything is handled tastefully through metaphors and such.

If you get the chance to view this show, please do!


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