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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Anthy Himemiya: [after Utena wins her hand] Cheer up, Saionji, my schoolmate.
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Referenced in Evil Easter 3: The Final Easter (2013) See more »

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One of my favorite series/films of all-time.
27 October 2001 | by (Washington State, USA) – See all my reviews

A unique and dynamic series, absolutely unlike anything you've ever seen. One of the most amazing stories I've ever seen put to screen, and so much more than the bubbly, vapid romance series I was expecting. Heavy themes from both Christian stories and Greek mythology, but a lot of it masked by symbolism and implication. an incredible story, but you have to watch ALL 39 episodes to get the full-impact. Not really a show you can watch out of order. I'm personally not a fan of the dub, but dubs have to be pretty impressive to compare to the original Japanese actors, in my opinion. There's so much subtext and raw emotion in their voices that they create the characters more than the pictures. And these characters are so complex it's a shame to not experience them at their full potential. This is a series where you can watch it over and catch new thing every time. WELL worth your money and time.


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