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Revolutionary Girl Utena 1 Season

Season 1
4.6 out of 5 stars (87) IMDb 8.4/10

As a child, Utena was consoled and given a special ring by a prince after her parents died. Now a teenager, she attends Ohtori Academy, and longs to be like that prince.

Starring:
Leah Applebaum, Roxanne Beck

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1. The Rose Bride

In an attempt to defend her best friend's honor, Utena challenges the kendo captain to a duel, and soon finds herself wrapped up in so much more than she'd anticipated.

TV-14 Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: April 2, 1997
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2. For Whom the Rose Smiles

By chance, Utena managed to defeat Saionji in their duel, and now he's determined to have a rematch. However, Utena already secretly intends to lose on purpose.

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3. On the Night of the Ball

As Utena continues to adjust to life with her new roommate, she starts to realize how few friends Anthy actually has.

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4. The Sunlit Garden - Prelude

Miki, a shy pianist and member of the Student Council, has an interest in Anthy. Miki swears he has no interest in the duels and offers to help tutor Utena and Anthy.

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5. The Sunlit Garden

Miki's starting to realize the extent of Anthy's loyalty to her role as the Rose Bride. Will such an understanding be enough to move such a passive boy to duel for possession of her?

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6. Take Care, Miss Nanami!

A number of strange events have been occuring, placing Nanami in danger. The latest caused a dashing young boy to appear from out of nowhere to save her.

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7. Unfulfilled Jury

Jury, the fencing team captain, has taken a special interest in Utena lately.

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8. Curried High Trip

A mishap during home economics has caused Anthy and Utena to switch bodies. Nanami, accepting the blame for this mishap, sets out to find the cure for their predicament.

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9. The Castle Said to Hold Eternity

Saionji and Touga have always been at odds since they were children.

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10. Nanami's Precious Thing

Nanami's possessiveness of her brother has only grown after his injury at the hands of Saionji. Even the simplest gesure from Utena brings Nanami's jealousy and anger out...

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11. Gracefully Cruel - The One Who Picks that Flower

Utena has gradually grown fonder of Touga over time. But even as she ponders as to whether or not Touga may be her prince, his plots continue to encircle her.

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12. For Friendship, Perhaps

After losing to Touga in their duel, Utena's spirit has been crushed.

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13. Tracing A Path

A look back at all the prior duels and major events with some perspective. Also, a hint of what lies in store for Utena if she continues the path of the duelist.

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14. The Boys of the Black Rose

Utena is introduced to Anthy's older brother, Akio, who also happens to be the acting chairman for the school. Meanwhile, trouble is brewing in the depths of Nemuro Memorial Hall.

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15. The Landscape Framed by Kozue

Kozue, Miki's twin sister, is seen as somewhat of an oddity around school. In particular, her feelings for her brother remain most ambiguous... but the Black Rose Society knows all.

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16. The Cowbell of Happiness

Nanami's just received a priceless piece of jewelry; a Sebastian Dior... cow bell. As she touts it around school, people start to wonder if she's truly lost her mind.

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17. The Thorns of Death

Shiori, Jury's childhood friend and the source of her heart's turmoil, has transferred to Ohtori Academy. As Jury tries her best to ignore Shiori, Mikage's seminar beckons to her.

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18. Mitsuru's Impatience

Mitsuru is constantly being excluded and disregarded due to his age. He yearns to be more like an adult, but isn't even sure what that entails.

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19. A Song for a Kingdom Now Lost

When Wakaba was a child, she had a prince she'd held close in her heart. Well now, her prince has arrived at Ohtori, but he's interested in Utena! Will Utena be able to set him straight?

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20. Wakaba Flourishing

The expelled student council vice president, Saionji, has been shacking up with Wakaba. As she spends time with him, she starts to feel a change within herself.

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21. Vermin

Keiko's always been content with being a member of Nanami's gang, but her desires for Touga still remain.

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22. Nemuro Memorial Hall

The truth behind Nemuro Memorial Hall's dark history lies shrouded in mystery. As Mikage is down to his last black rose, he stakes his last hopes on allying with Utena.

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23. The Terms of a Duelist

As the student council searches for answers as to who is behind the Black Rose Duelists, Utena is already poised to fight the mastermind of the plot.

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24. The Secret Nanami Diary

After a mishap puts Mitsuru in the hospital, Utena, Anthy, and Nanami stumble upon a diary he's kept that details Nanami's every plot since the time he's known her.

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25. Their Eternal Apocalypse

Saionji, still sore from the events surrounding his expulsion, vows to quit the dueling game. However, Touga and Akio have other plans for him.

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26. Miki's Nest Box (The Sunlit Garden - Arranged)

Miki, despite his friendship with Utena and Anthy, is once again pushed to duel. This time, his sister is the one doing the pushing.

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27. Nanami's Egg

Nanami is startled to find an egg in her bed one morning. Unsure as to whether or not it's possible that she's the mother, she assumes the role.

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28. Whispers in the Dark

After a long absence from school, Rukia, the original fencing captain, returns. But as to whether he's back to enjoy life as a student or to push Jury's buttons remains to be determined.

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29. Azure Paler Than the Sky

Realizing the only way to defeat Utena and Anthy is with a partnership equally as strong, Rukia seeks to ally himself with Jury.

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30. The Barefoot Girl

As Utena has gotten to know Akio, she's started to realize that she has feelings for him. But what of the prince Utena holds within her heart? And what of Akio's fiance? Can love be wrong?

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31. Her Tragedy

Nanami's growing irritation with the girls that flock to her brother is put into a strange context when she uncovers a horrifying revelation regarding their relationship.

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32. The Romance of the Dancing Girls

Unable to face Touga after uncovering the nature of their relationship, Nanami does all she can to avoid him.

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33. The Prince Who Runs Through the Night

Anthy sends Utena on an errand to deliver roses, but little does she realize that Anthy's plan is also Akio's plot.

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34. The Rose Crest

Utena, Anthy, and Akio all go to see a play being put on by the school's drama club. The play, however, rings a little closer to truth than it does to fairy-tale.

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35. The Love That Blossomed in Wintertime

Touga's carried out Akio's will without question, up until now.

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36. And Thus Opens the Doorway of Night

Touga's resolved to duel with Utena one more time. Aware of his feelings for her, he concludes that the only way to save her is to defeat her before she meets her prince.

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37. The One to Revolutionize the World

Utena has uncovered the truth behind Anthy and Akio and her disgust for them both has brought her to forsake everything she's fought for up until now.

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38. End of the World

Utena has decided to follow the letter's instructions and proceeds to the dueling arena to meet her prince.

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39. And Someday, Together, We'll Shine

Utena's once again betrayed by Anthy. With the prince's sword in hand, Akio attempts to open the doors of revolution while the fallen prince contemplates her and Anthy's fate.

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One of the most intricately written animes I've ever watched; one of the most fun comedies I've ever enjoyed; one of the most intriguing horror stories I've ever experienced; one of the most captivating depictions of evil I've ever seen! By the time the hidden truth behind the plot is revealed, the story has grown to almost epic proportions. It's not just about good or evil *people* ... it's about Good or Evil itself!
A Junior High girl finds herself being drawn ever deeper into a strange series of ritual Duels for possession of the mysterious "Rose Bride." Whoever is engaged to the Bride, it is said, will inherit "The Power Of Miracles, the Power To Revolutionize the World." Motivated by a dimly remembered childhood meeting of fate with a strange Prince, Utena fights to protect the Bride from those who would use (abuse) her for their own pleasure or goals. But Utena doesn't accurately remember what really happened between her and her Prince, and some of the Student Council know more than they pretend...
One of the challenges of watching this show is trying to figure out what it's all about. The writers string the viewer along, tantalyzing the audience with a wonderfully surreal fantasy-like Academic Academy where the rules are never quite explained, but everything is just like the modern world ... almost.
From floating castles and magical swords to swirling roses and burning coffins, from secret societies and mysterious benefactors to forbidden forests and lost loves, nothing is what it seems, and the list of who you think you can trust grows shorter, and shorter, and shorter...
The questions continue to mount, almost relentlessly, while the writers refuse to give away any information.
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Utena is a strange, strange story. At its simplest, it is a fairy tale set on its head: the heroine, Utena, is a girl who wants to be the prince after being rescued by a prince when she was a little girl. Her goal leads her to Ohtori Academy, where she finds herself drawn into a series of sword duels for possession of the Rose Bride, another girl at the school. If that sounds odd, it is, but it's really the least bid of weirdness. For example, the wonderful soundtrack shifts between light classical and rock opera (for the duels). A castle hangs upside down from inside a building. Wild animals pop up unexpectedly all over the place. The whole thing is surreal; even the characters' eyes are drawn in a style which, by anime conventions, suggests they are dreaming or hallucinating.
This first disc contains 7 episodes (out of a total of 39, of which 13 are translated into English as of November, 2000). The stories introduce the characters and establish the initial paths of the conflicts between them--the basic question being, why do these people want possession of the Rose Bride? The characters are interesting, the stories are unusual and fresh, and the English voice acting (if you're watching the dub) is well-done for all the major characters. One thing to watch out for: the disc proclaims "From the director of Sailor Moon." In Japan, the audience for Utena and Sailor Moon might overlap; such is probably not the case in the US. The themes in Utena are much more adult than most would want to have pre-teen girls watching, including domestic violence and hints (at least in this disc) of homosexuality. There is no nudity here, but there are some rather suggestive scenes.
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When I saw the first volume at the video store, I was skeptical, but I'm glad I tried it. All though it seems marketed towards girls (with the pink boxes and all) it's good and interesting material no matter who you are. The plot is wonderful and strange, in fact, it's unlike anything I've ever seen. Anime has become a collection of cliches, with the most successful anime those which put those cliches together the best rather than being original (aka Escaflowne).
While a lot of the standard anime conventions are in here, there is a lot of new stuff, too. Most of the characters are based around personalities rather than a single character trait & a contrived tragic past (like we have in most anime). You won't find the "spiky-haired, blonde & boisterous martial-artist" or the "bouncy, big-busted, schoolgirl-packing-heavy-weaponry" here. Although many of the male characters have the stereotypical long-haired, slender, Girl's Anime appearance, they're all much more deeply characterized, and the heroine does not bubble over them like in most girl's anime-in fact, they seem to be the anathema of her tastes. Utena's character is almost an ideal-she's strong, smart, tough, and righteous, but without being preachy or melodramatic, and is not bubble-headed or overly-effiminate as most anime heroines tend to be. She's a true tomboy (again, not the contrived idea of a tomboy present in most anime),and she is presented in a matter-of-fact way that makes her much more real than most "perfect" heroes. Unlike most supposedly strong anime heroines, she does not slobber over the various pretty-boys, or act as though having a boyfriend for the big dance is a matter of life or death.
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