Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena

Alt titles: Shoujo Kakumei Utena: Adolescence Mokushiroku

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Saint Seiya Movie 5: The Heaven Chapter ~Overture~

Saint Seiya Movie 5: The Heaven Chapter ~Overture~

A few days after the battle against Hades, Athena is visited by her sister Artemis, who has come to her with tragic news: the Bronze Saints are to be punished by the Gods for having dared to confront them, Athena is to be relieved of her status as Guardian of Earth, and she is to be replaced by Artemis and her Saints. After having regained his consciousness, Seiya finds himself in a new Sanctuary under the leadership of Artemis – and he’s not the only one fighting against this divine injustice. Shiryu, Hyoga, Shun and Ikki have made up their minds to fight the Saints of Artemis and restore Athena to the throne.

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ohtoriakio ohtoriakio says...

Adolescence of Utena and Saint Seiya Overture share more than a few things, On the surface the closest similarity is the lush and magnificent visuals that will take your breath away. What Utena does with roses, Saint Seiya does here with water. Symbolism and ties to blood shown through roses in Utena are expressed in Saint Seiya with water. The unusual angles from which scenes are shot are another similarity. The non-linear storytelling style is similar in both and works as effectively both ways.

FLCL

FLCL

Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

I love FLCL and The Adolescence of Utena to pieces because they're both full of crazy amounts of symbolism, bizarre situations and animation, are HILARIOUS, and will probably require quite a few rewatches before you understand everything that's going on (you should watch the Utena series if you want to get everything in the movie, but don't worry, it's just as good, just much longer). Despite being crazy mindf*cks, though, both are pretty adorable (at least I think so).

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

One night, Madoka has a terrible nightmare – against the backdrop of a desolate landscape, she watches a magical girl battle a terrifying creature, and lose. The next day, the teen's dream becomes reality when the girl – Homura – arrives at Mitakihara Middle School as a transfer student, mysteriously warning Madoka to stay just the way she is. But when she and her best friend Miki are pulled into a twisted illusion world and meet a magical creature named Kyubey, the pair discovers that magical girls are real, and what's more, they can choose to become one. All they must do is sign a contract with Kyubey and agree to fight witches that spread despair to the human world, and in return they will be granted a single wish. However, as Homura's omen suggests, there's far more to becoming a magical girl than Madoka and Miki realize...

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Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

The Adolescence of Utena and Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica are visionary takes on the darker side of magical girl anime. The visual element blends in with the depth of the message and nothing goes quite as the viewer thought it would.

Madoka is more narrative and lacks the exuberant sexuality that is such a hallmark of the Utena franchise.

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Movie 3: Hangyaku no Monogatari

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Movie 3: Hangyaku no Monogatari
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MaraRuizu MaraRuizu says...

These two are both movies based on tv-series, where you really need to see the series first in order to understand what's going on.

With that said, they still similar to warrant a recommendation. They are both fantasy/fighting movies with lots of hard-to-understand symbolism, as well as plenty of yuri elements.

If you like one you should check out the other.