Revolutionary Girl Utena

Alt title: Shoujo Kakumei Utena

TV (39 eps)
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When Utena Tenjou was very little her parents died, and a prince comforted her in her time of loss, giving her a ring with a rose seal. He so impressed her that she decided to become a prince herself one day. Now, Utena is a teenager at Ohtori Academy who's athletic and notorious for dressing in a boy's uniform. When a member of the Student Council humiliates a friend of hers Utena challenges him to a duel, and he accepts only when he sees she possesses a rose seal ring. She soon discovers that this is no normal duel - it's a bizarre and ritualistic battle that the Student Council regularly conducts. In fact when she wins, Utena finds to her considerable chagrin that she gets to have Anthy Himemiya, a rather docile student, as her 'Rose Bride'. If she wants to keep Anthy she'll have to win more duels against members of the Student Council and others. What is the ultimate purpose of these duels and Anthy's role as the Rose Bride?

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  • The Rose Bride image

    Episode 1

    The Rose Bride

  • For Whom the Rose Smiles image

    Episode 2

    For Whom the Rose Smiles

  • On the Night of the Ball image

    Episode 3

    On the Night of the Ball

  • The Sunlit Garden: Prelude image

    Episode 4

    The Sunlit Garden: Prelude

  • The Sunlit Garden: Finale image

    Episode 5

    The Sunlit Garden: Finale

  • Take Care, Miss Nanami! image

    Episode 6

    Take Care, Miss Nanami!

  • Unfulfilled Jury image

    Episode 7

    Unfulfilled Jury

  • Curried High Trip image

    Episode 8

    Curried High Trip

  • The Castle Said to Hold Eternity image

    Episode 9

    The Castle Said to Hold Eternity

  • Nanami's Precious Thing image

    Episode 10

    Nanami's Precious Thing

  • Gracefully Cruel: The One Who Picks That Flower image

    Episode 11

    Gracefully Cruel: The One Who Picks That Flower

  • For Friendship, Perhaps image

    Episode 12

    For Friendship, Perhaps

  • Tracing a Path image

    Episode 13

    Tracing a Path

  • The Boys of the Black Rose image

    Episode 14

    The Boys of the Black Rose

  • The Landscape Framed by Kozue image

    Episode 15

    The Landscape Framed by Kozue

  • The Cowbell of Happiness image

    Episode 16

    The Cowbell of Happiness

  • The Thorns of Death image

    Episode 17

    The Thorns of Death

  • Mitsuru's Impatience image

    Episode 18

    Mitsuru's Impatience

  • A Song for a Kingdom Now Lost image

    Episode 19

    A Song for a Kingdom Now Lost

  • Wakaba Flourishing image

    Episode 20

    Wakaba Flourishing

  • Vermin image

    Episode 21

    Vermin

  • Nemuro Memorial Hall image

    Episode 22

    Nemuro Memorial Hall

  • The Terms of a Duelist image

    Episode 23

    The Terms of a Duelist

  • The Secret Nanami Diary image

    Episode 24

    The Secret Nanami Diary

  • Their Eternal Apocalypse image

    Episode 25

    Their Eternal Apocalypse

  • Miki's Nest Box (The Sunlit Garden: Arranged) image

    Episode 26

    Miki's Nest Box (The Sunlit Garden: Arranged)

  • Nanami's Egg image

    Episode 27

    Nanami's Egg

  • Whispers in the Dark image

    Episode 28

    Whispers in the Dark

  • Azure Paler Than the Sky image

    Episode 29

    Azure Paler Than the Sky

  • The Barefoot Girl image

    Episode 30

    The Barefoot Girl

  • Her Tragedy image

    Episode 31

    Her Tragedy

  • The Romance of the Dancing Girls image

    Episode 32

    The Romance of the Dancing Girls

  • The Prince Who Runs Through the Night image

    Episode 33

    The Prince Who Runs Through the Night

  • The Rose Crest image

    Episode 34

    The Rose Crest

  • The Love That Blossomed in Wintertime image

    Episode 35

    The Love That Blossomed in Wintertime

  • And Thus Opens the Doorway of Night image

    Episode 36

    And Thus Opens the Doorway of Night

  • The One to Revolutionize the World image

    Episode 37

    The One to Revolutionize the World

  • End of the World image

    Episode 38

    End of the World

  • And Someday, Together, We'll Shine image

    Episode 39

    And Someday, Together, We'll Shine

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VivisQueen's avatar by VivisQueen on Apr 28, 2011
Score 8.5/10

Story
Is Revolutionary Girl Utena a brilliant surrealist canvas, an apocalyptic struggle in a dress, or just a pretentious vomit of mahou shoujo cliches? The premise is simple enough. There are beautiful students. They must duel over a woman. There is a tall, handsome stranger manipulating their fates from the shadows and a... read more

DoodlebugFour's avatar by DoodlebugFour on Dec 30, 2015
Score 8.3/10

Story: Positive The story follows a pink hair chick with dead parents name Utena Tenjou who finds herself involve in a competiton of duels between members of the student council for custody of the Rose Bride, a cute meganekko with a mysterious past named Anthy Himemiya. What follows is a semi-episodic tale full of freudian symbolism, fairy tale motifs, loss of innocence, growing up, incest... read more

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