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Revolutionary Girl Utena (1999)
"Shôjo kakumei Utena: Adolescence mokushiroku" (original title)

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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 »

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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 decided to cross-dress in order to fulfill the highest of ambitions. But at Ohtori Academy she meets none other than her old lover, Kiryuu Touga, who wears the Mark of the Rose on his finger, which is the sign of a duellist. Because of her possessing the exact same ring, Utena is challenged by the student body vice president, Saionji Kyouichi, to a duel in the floating rose garden. The reason for this duel is none other than the acquisition of the "Rose Bride"'s body, for with it comes the "power to revolutionize the world." Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Utena Tenju: You're tending to your roses, at this hour?
Anthy Himemiya: Well, I am the Rose Bride...
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A could-have-been
19 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

Is there a rule that feature versions of anime series have to be incomprehensible? This one plays almost like an outtake reel, and at first I thought the DVD player had scrambled the chapters. It's even more obscure than A Girl in Gaea.

I enjoyed the series a lot, but was disappointed in the plainness of its art. I'd always thought that it deserved something more ornate. And here it's got it, all right: the movie looks like surrealistic French comics. However, the plot is compressed, like the Reader's Digest version of "Gone with the Wind" as imagined by Mad magazine ("Fiddle-de-dee!" said Scarlett. Bang! "Thank God that bloody war is over"). The movie can't seem to keep its mind on its subject. A lot of it is showing off by the animators, the characters and plot elements are poorly introduced, and most of them are dropped before the end. The big secret that Anthy is keeping, or half-keeping, is lost. I also missed the ritual of the Absolute Destiny Apocalypse. And I thought it was a big mistake was to make the entire setting phantasmagoric; that just makes it more difficult to keep the meanings in focus.

And I didn't understand what the movie was doing with Utena. I've seen the manga, and there she seemed to be the same character as in the series; here I didn't get her at all, either in the writing or in the drawing, and I didn't much like the way they drew her in any case. I also didn't like the overt sexuality. The story had more meaning, as well as more appeal, when this was kept ambiguous.

But what a great movie this could have been!


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