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The Sounds of Utena

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Welcome to part 2 of our ongoing exploration of Revolutionary Girl Utena, and have I got a deal for you. Cutting straight to the chase, Amazon has offerings of this amazing OST for around $7. Considering how many figures I've been looking at recently, $7 dollars for an amazing soundtrack sounds like a steal. But, I've gotten ahead of myself, I guess I'm supposed to talk about the sound in Utena.
 
... starting with the OP and the ending.
 
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Truth
Right, wrong, indifferent people just don't notice BGM first. Our earliest and most important impressions are left by the opening and ending animation sequences. That could be good or bad here, considering the variety presented in the soundtrack. For instance, the BGM tends to visit orchestral arrangments and piano jazz more than vocal rock. Though I will take this instance to remind myself how much I enjoy the subtle nature of the ED. 
 
The series rarely presents the softer, prettier side of Utena, and this is a simple reminder of her desire to be the prince's princess. The light twist comes at the end when Anthy is added to the milieu. Of course you play with the obvious parallelism, while addressing the sister/lover aspect of Anthy and Akio. It also calls into question Utena's comfort with being Anthy's "Prince." All from like.... 2 seconds on loop.
 
The Soundtrack:
First things first, the soundtrack was composed by Shinkichi Mitsumune, a name that most notably brought us FLCL . Secondly, without sitting you down and forcing you to just plain listen to the entire soundtrack, there's no good way to show it off. With that in mind, a few favorites include...

 
 
 
 
 
  
Additional samples can be found here.   
 

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  
NovidAnonon Aug. 10, 2009 at 5:03 a.m.
One most underrated anime in recent memory. Forshadowed the Marriage issue between Gay's and Straights and had one of the most fucked up endings ever.

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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