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Revolutionary Girl Utena, Set 2: The Black Rose Saga L.E. (1997)

Tomoko Kawakami , Yuriko Fuchizaki , Kunihiko Ikuhara  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Tomoko Kawakami, Yuriko Fuchizaki, Takehito Koyasu, Rachael Lillis, Sharon Becker
  • Directors: Kunihiko Ikuhara
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: RIGHT STUF
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004YCKK28
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,794 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA: The Black Rose Saga: Utena and Anthy have become close during their time as roommates. So when Anthy casually mentions she has a brother, Utena can't help but feel shocked. She thought she knew Anthy, but the longer she and Anthy are friends, the more she discovers she doesn't know. What other secrets could Anthy be keeping? However, Utena won't have time to dwell upon such matters. A new group of duelists has emerged from the shadows. These new challengers wear black rose signets and also seek revolution, but their methods are different than those of Ohtori's Student Council. They don't wish to possess Rose Bride. They want to kill her.

Contains episodes 13-24. This is the second of three, limited-edition DVD box sets that feature remastered video and a newly created Dolby Digital 5.1 Japanese audio track, as well as Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo for English and Japanese audio, and English-language subtitles and on-screen translations. On-disc extras will include animated art galleries, 1997 Utena promotional video footage, and interviews conducted with Utena Director Kunihiko Ikuhara during a previous visit to the United States. Additionally, the set will be housed in a collectors' art box and also include a book with content from the limited-edition Japanese release with episode commentary, artwork, and the second installment of production notes from the Japanese laser disc release. Only a limited quantity of this premium set will be produced. Revolutionary Girl Utena has been both critically acclaimed and a fan favorite since its 1997 broadcast debut on TV Tokyo and features direction by Kunihiko Ikuhara (Sailor Moon S and SuperS), series composition by Yoji Enokido (Ouran High Host Club, FLCL, Sailor Moon SuperS) and animation by J.C. Staff (Honey and Clover, Slayers, Toradora!). Utena has been described as one of the top five ''best anime of all time'' (Anime Insider magazine, among others), and the project also inspired animated film, manga and stageplay adaptations. Both shoujo (girls') manga, written and illustrated by Chiho Saito, were published in North America by VIZ Media.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Black Rose Saga August 5, 2011
The second set of Nozomi's release of Revolutionary Girl Utena is just as good as the first. The video quality is superb, having used the recent Japanese remaster as its source. Lines and colors appear crisp. Motion is fluid and not choppy. The audio is also fantastic. The voices are clear. The music sounds especially beautiful in 5.1.

The case is a solid box with three thinpak DVD cases and a book inside.

Much like with Revolutionary Girl Utena: Student Council Saga Limited Edition Set, my only real complaint is the artwork used for the individual thinpaks and the menus. I understand that Nozomi was trying to make the cases look classy, and for the most part, they succeed. I'm just a little disappointed with the thoughtless rehashing of old and somewhat mediocre artwork. The outer box features two of the twelve beautiful images done for the Japanese Utena releases. I had hoped that they would have kept this theme for the entire set. I would have loved to have seen all 12 of those images printed for the US releases. Alas, that was not the case. The artwork on the cases is honestly the only reason this set didn't get five stars.

This three-disc set features a large amount of special features:

Disc 01:
Animated Art Boards, Part 1: (28:15) This is a slide show of different location and background shots used throughout the series set to music. If you find the art of Utena at all appealing, this is a great feature.

Japanese Utena Promo (1997): (00:31) A short commercial for the Utena series that aired around the time the Black Rose Saga was beginning. Subtitled.

Nozomi Trailers for Aria: The Animation and Maria Watches Over Us season one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars could have been perfect,but.... August 13, 2011
Let's get the bad part of this release out first. I could overlook the sticker on the booklet(that must have corrected a misprint that Nozomi Entertainment had made), but there was a HUGE mistake on the DVDs themselves. When you play the discs(all three of them), the menus say "Student Council Saga" in the background. The episodes themselves are still the correct ones, but the menus are obviously not. Usually, Nozomi's anime releases are top notch and error free, so this was kind of a shock. Hopefully they will be more careful with the third set.

The video quality of this remastered release is as good as on the first set. The extras are awesome as well. :)
My favorites were definitely the interview with Kunihiko Ikuhara, and the booklet. The booklet is full of stuff that a Utena fan(atic) will find interesting. The artwork section is bigger this time(there's both a "Character Art Gallery" and a "Key Art Gallery" included), and is full of promo images,sketches,etc. My favorite article in the booklet was the "Roses & Blood: Utena's Art Style" article, which is all about the style and meaning of art in Utena. Plus, the laserdisc liner notes in the booklet included a good 4 page interview with Chiho Saito. Her reaction to first meeting Kunihiko Ikurara was priceless.

So, even though there are a couple of mistakes in this set, it's still worth to get, whether you're a first time buyer or upgrading from the old Central Park Media releases.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This box set corresponds to the Black Rose saga of the story. The packaging features beautiful artwork (don't forget there is another piece of art on the back of the box; it's hidden under a promotional flyer!) and a booklet with interviews and series information. The show: the video is much more crisp than the previous release; the colors are wonderfully vibrant. Some elements were retouched or re-drawn, and a noticeable addition involves what's inside the coffins in the basement of Nemuro Hall! The Dolby 5.1 audio is much appreciated, especially in scenes featuring music, environmental sound effects, and the duels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love!! April 21, 2013
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Just love this series!! Slowly completing this collection!!

The themes get darker in this boxset. Be ready for some creepy and straight up bizarre episodes. Theres a couple fillers that are just out there. But over all great anime and not one for children lol
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utena~ June 6, 2014
By Rozo A.
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Must buy, these are the really juicy episodes. When Akio and the kid who looks like him start making more of an appearance.

I love the mini art book that comes with the set, it gives a feeling of real involvement when you can see some of the process that happened to create the series. It's really cool

For the authentic 90's anime feel I always watch with Japanese Dub. The Charisma <3
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By Katelyn
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I was super happy when They brought out this boxset, Its quality is amazing!!! Sturdy Box, Dvd'd in small compact cases, very easy to open, comes with art book, The video and sound quality is perfect, lots of extra bonus features too!!! So worth adding to your collection you will not be disappointed
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5.0 out of 5 stars really like it January 14, 2014
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The product arrived before delivery date, perfectly packing, I really love this Box set, it comes with a book, this book contains graphics and a brief explanation of each chapter, I really like it :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I cannot stand this series
Ok I have never liked Utena, and never will. The animation detail is abominable to say the least. When I first watched it I was optimistic. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Danielle Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars You could not ask for a lovelier remaster
This series benefited so much from the touchups. The sound is crisp and clear, the colors are vivid even beyond the original. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. Larson
5.0 out of 5 stars love
good series, liked it a lot, good read and its enjoyable and nice. highly would suggest that you read these books
Published 15 months ago by Momo
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
And Mysterious.
This was my first real anime (besides David the Gnome and the childrens' anime-type shows. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Emily Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly a Classic
The Utena Anime continues and in this new arc things just get more intriguing as we delve into new mysteries and reflect on the meanings behind each of the episodes, and the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Alex Shipman
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Rose Saga!
The quality of the image and packaging is superb! this is a must have for all the Utena/Anime fans!! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Roberto S
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't prepare to just jump down the Rabbit Hole. Instead, break out...
Please prepare for potential spoilers. I just cannot write this review without one or two, otherwise the whole thing won't make a lick of sense. No more than that though... Read more
Published 24 months ago by anothvortex
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Cardboard Box..... Not quite right
Yeah, mine is exactly like that. It curves inward towards the middle. Very poorly designed.
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