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Digging Deeper: Revolutionary Girl Utena


 
 
Don't act like you don't love it. Revolutionary Girl Utena is, well... weird is a good word, but wonderful is a better one. Utena is one of those shows you either hate, love, or just haven't seen yet. Amazing soundtrack, sharp art/vibrant colors, and delicious coming of age drama. It might not be readily obvious, but Utena is dark, no question about it. I wouldn't want it any other way. 

Overview: At the age of six, Utena Tenjou's parents die. Depressed, and seeing no reason to live if all things die, Utena crawls into a coffin. She is saved by a beautiful prince, who challenges her to become a true prince herself. She grows up caught between the void of her want to be strong like a prince, and her desire to be loved like a princess.
 
"Portentous and pretentious in equal amounts, Utena quite literally invests teenage crushes and schoolgirl intrigues with world-shattering significance. Created by director Ikuhara, with several other staffers from his earlier Sailor Moon S, and Chiho Saito, who drew the Utena manga for Ciao magazine, it artfully perverts mundane school life into a quest of fantastic proportions. It also features swordplay and cross-dressing in the swashbuckling tradition of Princess Knight and Rose of Versailles, to which it owes a heavy aesthetic debt..." "Highly sensual though rarely explicit, its premise is ironically close to that of an Urotsukidoji that replaces sex and violence with pure, infinite yearning. On Japanese TV, Utena thrived in the vacuum left by the conclusion of Evangelion, though it was not without controversy-in a ludicrous outbreak of racism, the TV Tokyo switchboard received complaints that love interest Anthy was "black." 
 
Sensual, though rarely explicit... a show packed with pure, infinite yearning. That pretty much perfectly states why years afterwards I find myself still so engrossed in the series. 

  
 Schedule of Content:
Saturday: Introduction
Sunday: The Music of Utena
Monday: Digging Deeper: Repetition in Utena
Tuesday: Hot, Steamy Pictures
Wednesday: Profile Through Pictures: Akio Ohtori  
N15PCAon Aug. 8, 2009 at 1:13 p.m.
This is going to be sweet.  
 
 I love the fact that some people had a problem in Japan with the fact that they though that Utena was dateing someone who was black.  First of all theirs nothing wrong with dateing someone who is black and second Anthy has dot are her forhead.  Last time I check that something they do India.  That were most likely make her either Dravidian or Indo-Aryan and not black. 
John_Martoneon Aug. 8, 2009 at 1:28 p.m.
@N15PCA:  Yeah, every now and then you just need to remind yourself that Japan can be rather intolerant at times. The Anthy controversy was pretty new to me though.
Lanon Aug. 8, 2009 at 8:14 p.m.
John Martone you have become 20X sexier and 100X manlier for your love of Utena. It's such a fantastic, albeit pretty crazy, series. I'm excited to see the stuff you come up with when you start to dig into the repetition. This show is like an over analytical, english major, anime nerd's dream come true. :)
Jameson Aug. 9, 2009 at 10:17 a.m.
 Never watched it , before i didn't feel like i would like it , but this time i'm going to give it a try :)
MsDivaon Aug. 9, 2009 at 7:42 p.m.
@John_Martone: That is still so freakin' strange to me....I suppose maybe it is the older generation that still hold this view but yeah it can be a eye-opener nonetheless. Even still, the premise of the show has certainly got me interested! Looks like something I definitely got to check out. :)

Dig Deeper into Revolutionary Girl Utena

A concurrently created anime and manga series revolving around a tomboyish girl named Utena Tenjou. After being rescued by a Prince as a small child, Utena resolves to be a Prince herself one day. Her ambitions eventually lead her to Ohtori Academy, where she intends to find her lost Prince.

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