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Revolutionary Girl Utena 

Shôjo kakumei Utena (original title)
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:
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 Nanami Kiryuu (1 episode, 1997)
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 Wakaba Shinohara (1 episode, 1997)
Sharon Becker ...
 Anthy Himemiya (1 episode, 1997)
James Carter Cathcart ...
 Miki Kaoru (1 episode, 1997)
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 Dios / ... (1 episode, 1997)
Yuriko Fuchizaki ...
 Anthy Himemiya (1 episode, 1997)
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 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)
Takehito Koyasu ...
 Touga Kiryuu (1 episode, 1997)
Takeshi Kusao ...
 Kyôichi Saionji (1 episode, 1997)
Satomi Kôrogi ...
 Chuchu / ... (1 episode, 1997)
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 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)

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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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Himemiya's name consists of 'princess' (hime) and 'shinto shrine' (miya). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mitsuru Tsuwabuki: [holding a banana and talking about Nanami] As long as she eats this, I'm satisfied.
Mari Hozumi: [slap] That's gross!
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Connections

Featured in AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture (2005) See more »

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Virtual Star Hasseigaku
by Maki Kamiya (eps 25-38)
[Ending Theme]
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Not for the kids
28 January 2006 | by (Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

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.

Big mistake.

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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