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Old 01-26-2009, 04:44 AM   #1
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Revolutionary Girl Utena
(a.k.a. Shoujo Kakumei Utena)


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Kind of surprised there isn't a thread already. Well, here's one! I mainly started this for the forthcoming anime buddy viewing of this series, but naturally people can wander in and reminisce about how much they love the show or whatever.

As I intimated there, I wasn't at all impressed by this series, but that was just three episodes. Maybe it gets better. Maybe it remains bad. Who knows?

And so will soon begin a roundtable discussion of gender identity, revolutionary... something, plus pretentious imagery and other weighty, lofty concerns like you'll find in young girl's cartoons with fluffy bright pink colours and cutesy mascots.

We'll be watching two episodes a week with a discussion here on Thursday, unless that's considered too much or too little by anyone who wants to join.
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:16 AM   #2
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Utena is a pretty good anime imo. It has a really ritualistic feel, where each episode certain things (such as a duel at the end of the episode) almost always happen. If you watch this over a longer period of time, it feels really comfortable to see those scenes each time. There are some really filler like middle episodes, but by the end, the story really comes together.

Good luck with the buddy group, hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:23 AM   #3
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but by the end, the story really comes together.
And it's a not a complex story. So don't make the mistake of overinterpreting the metaphors used to tell it.

I'm off to listen to Makkun's duet with Nana-chan.
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:56 PM   #4
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Episode 1:


Episode 2:


And now my pointless symbolism analysis; which I don't expect any to read and largely write for therapeutic reasons. Insanely long wall of text. You have been warned.
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Old 01-29-2009, 03:12 AM   #5
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mmmm what can i say....the first 2 eps were pretty boring yet highly entertaining cause i laugh at stuff like this a lot.

the old animation doesn't bother me at all since i love older anime and watch a lot of it.

the sword fighting it kinda lame when it's trying to be really cool. the whole win by cutting the flower so you can get the bride is kinda weird

I'm sick of seeing the bride get slapped around already. i hope this doesn't continue throughout this series.

the random singing really pisses me off and like valondar i don't like Chu-Chu. the school friend is really annoying as well.

these rings interest me for some reason.

sorry valondar i read some of your long symbolism stuff but i don't look that far into most things until i like the series...even then i don't really do it :P
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Old 01-29-2009, 03:16 AM   #6
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sorry valondar i read some of your long symbolism stuff but i don't look that far into most things until i like the series...even then i don't really do it :P
I don't like the series, which is why I'm doing this, ironically.

I get more fun out of puzzling the meaning of the symbolism then I do actually watching the show - I never devoted this much thought to Evangelion or Lain or whatever because they were just fun to watch.

I agree with you that Utena's schoolgirl friend is annoying and the duels aren't anything special so far.

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these rings interest me for some reason.
I'm getting to those. :P
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Old 01-29-2009, 03:18 AM   #7
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the random singing really pisses me off and like valondar i don't like Chu-Chu. the school friend is really annoying as well.
It's not really random. It's more like they reserved a spot for it every episode before any other thing was planned. ;p
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ok well the well planned out shitty music pisses me off :P

LOL valondar i'll read that part
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Old 01-29-2009, 03:08 PM   #9
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Well this sound slike a hoot.

Can you see yet why it's recced so much with Rose of Versailles?
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Old 01-29-2009, 03:16 PM   #10
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ok well the well planned out shitty music pisses me off
The music is great! Soon a few distinctive chords will suffice to induce fits :D
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