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A handsome youth by the name of Tenjo Utena transfers to the distinguished Ohtori Academy. But Utena's true identity is actually a girl, who due to a certain event from her past, has ... See full summary »
Third-year high school student Koyomi Araragi is human again. Cured of his vampirism, he seeks to help other supernaturals with their problems. Koyomi becomes involved in their lives, revealing secrets in people he once knew.
Kumiko, a girl with absolutely no ambition, decides to change herself now that she has started her high school life and try to leave her hobby, playing euphonium in orchestra aside but she totally cannot forget it anyway.
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
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I enjoy anime generally and realize that not all material is for everyone. However, I bought a VHS tape containing the first four episodes of this series for my 6-year-old daughter. The cover said "suitable for most audiences," it was from the director of the popular "Sailor Moon" series targeted to children, and it looked like the sort of fairy-tale princess fun my daughter enjoys. The packaging was clearly aimed at a family audience.
An unmistakable, inescapable theme of lesbianism permeates all episodes, and the androgynous characters further confuse gender issues. Call me small minded if you will, but my kids don't need to see this. They'll have plenty of opportunities to confront sexuality later in life. I was looking for good, clean fun. Instead, I got hit with a stealth attack by the counter-culture.
All of which is a shame, because the series contains elements that my kids love: exciting but bloodless sword fights, a noble tomboyish heroine who stands up for the downtrodden, a sinister mystery to solve, the beautiful fairy-tale castle environment the story takes place in. The show could easily have been what its marketers pretended it was, had not the director had a social agenda.
Viewing "Revolutionary Girl Utena" was like bending down to smell a bouquet of roses and discovering a scorpion within.
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