Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Student Council Saga Collection
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''Never lose that strength or nobility, even when you grow up.'' When Utena was just a child and in the depths of sorrow, she found salvation in those words. They were the words of a prince, who wrapped her in his rose-scented embrace and bestowed upon her both a ring and the promise that it would lead her to him again. She never forgot the encounter. In fact, she was so impressed that she aspired to be like the prince and also help those in need. Now a spirited teenager, Utena attends the prestigious Ohtori Academy. However, her strong sense of chivalry soon places her at odds with the school's student council and thrusts her into a series of mysterious and dangerous duels against its members.
The first of 3 sagas in the series, The Student Council Saga Blu-ray Collection contains episodes 1-12 of Revolutionary Girl Utena. Directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara (Sailor Moon, Penguindrum, Sweet Blue Flowers).
Special Features: Clean opening, clean closing 1, live-action video for opening single, TV spot for opening single, and TV spots.
Audio: Japanese LPCM Stereo Surround, English and Japanese LPCM Stereo; Subtitles: English;
Video: 1080p 4 x 3 original aspect ratio.
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This is the start of the Utena series. It introduces us to Utena, to Anthy, and to the members of the Student Council. The one thing I don't like is how often Anthy gets slapped. There are many relationships, some new, some long-established (including the girl with a long-running crush on Utena).
It's a stylish series, with repeating elements, such as the shadow girls, which break up the storyline and add entertaining elegance. The one piece of repetition that irritates me is Utena's approach to the dueling arena - it is always exactly the same - lazy animation. Once she arrives, each duel is different.
This is the first third of the series, covering Utena's duels with the various members of the Student Council, and revealing some of their motives. The second third is already available in the same form (presented equally well) - it is the Black Rose Saga, and introduces a new challenge. I am hoping they complete the series with a final collection. I will be buying it immediately its available.
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We watched all of it together -I really liked it too