Revolutionary Girl Utena

Shoujo Kakumei Utena

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After meeting a traveling prince who consoled her after the deaths of her parents, Utena Tenjou vowed to become a prince herself. The prince left Utena only with a ring bearing a strange rose crest and a promise that she would meet him again some day. A few years later, Utena attends Ootori Academy, where she is drawn into a dangerous game. Duelists with rings matching Utena's own compete for a unique prize: the Rose Bride, Anthy Himemiya, and her mysterious powers. When Utena wins Anthy in a duel, she realizes that if she is to free Anthy and discover the secrets behind Ootori Academy, she has only one option: to revolutionize the world. Shoujo Kakumei Utena blends surrealist imagery and ideas with complex allegories and metaphors to create a unique coming-of-age story with themes including idealism, illusions, adulthood, and identity.

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English: Revolutionary Girl Utena
Japanese: 少女革命ウテナ
Type: TV
Episodes: 39
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 2, 1997 to Dec 24, 1997
Premiered: Spring 1997
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 18:00 (JST)
Producers: TV Tokyo, Audio Tanaka
Licensors: Nozomi Entertainment, Central Park Media
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Original
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Psychological, Shoujo
Duration: 23 min per ep
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 720p, 1080p
Type: BD, Dual Audio


Noriko Kobayashi – Producer
Kunihiko Ikuhara – Director, Script, Storyboard, Original Creator
Hideyuki Tanaka – Sound Director
Hayato Date – Episode Director
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Rinbu Revolution” by Masami Okui
ED1: “Truth” by Luca Yumi (eps 1-24)
ED2: “バーチャルスター発生学 (Virtual Star Hasseigaku)” by Maki Kamiya (eps 25-38)
ED3: “Rose & release” by Masami Okui (ep 39)

Episode List

01: The Rose Bride
02: For Whom the Rose Smiles
03: On the Night of the Ball
04: The Sunlit Garden: Prelude
05: The Sunlit Garden: Finale
06: Take Care, Miss Nanami!
07: Unfulfilled Juri
08: Curried High Trip
09: The Castle Said to Hold Eternity
10: Nanami’s Precious One
11: Gracefully Cruel: The One Who Picks That Flower
12: For Friendship, Perhaps
13: Tracing a Path
14: The Boys of the Black Rose
15: The Landscape Framed by Kozue
16: Cowbell of Happiness
17: Thorns of Death
18: Mitsuru’s Growing Pains
19: The Song of the Fallen Kingdom
20: Wakaba Flourishing
21: Troublesome Insects
22: Nemuro Memorial Hall
23: Qualifications of a Duelist
24: The Secret Nanami Diary
25: Their Eternal Apocalypse
26: Miki’s Nest Box (The Sunlit Garden: Arranged)
27: Nanami’s Egg
28: Whispers in the Dark
29: Azure Paler Than the Sky
30: The Barefoot Girl
31: Her Tragedy
32: The Romance of the Dancing Girls
33: The Prince Who Runs Through the Night
34: The Rose Signet
35: The Love That Blossomed in Wintertime
36: And the Doors of Night Open
37: The One to Revolutionize the World
38: The End of the World
39: Someday, We Will Shine Together


Packed with symbolism, complex characters and amazing writing. This is an interesting and entertaining watch.


One of the most convoluted and poorly conveyed anime ever conceived. If you don’t ask questions, congrats you are Utena incarnate.


A masterwork in visual storytelling and a hugely important piece within the medium for its treatment on gender and sexual identity.


Fucking classic. I can see why so many animators sight this as an influence.


If you take a shot every time Anthy gets slapped you’d probably get hospitalized for alcohol poisoning. So don’t do that


Mind-bending and intensely clever with its handling of the meta; you’ll be a different sort of anime fan by the time you finish watching.


So weird and wonderful. Unique visuals and a complex cast of characters. Balances humor and drama beautifully. One of my favorites.



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