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Before i start, i’d like to apologise about the lack of updates on my blog. I’ve been having some PC problems as of late, so that didn’t help finally getting around to writing this review.

This is not going to come as a surprise (me being Mr. Sunshine and all), though i don’t think i’m ever going to be this impressed with a series like i am with Revolutionary Girl Utena. Watching the last saga in one go was defiantly the right choice to make. I won’t go into the detail regarding the last saga, because i know there are going to be people who i’ve talked to about the series, and plan to check it out pretty soon, so i’ll stay away from any spoilers. I just want to express why i have so much love for this one of a kind series.

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If you’ve read some of my past Utena posts, then you know i’m in total love for what i like to call, artistic randomness. An example, you have a baseball game being played around the Student Council members while they’re talking. I do believe that there’s a meaning behind everything we see in the series, though from what i’ve read, director Ikuhara Kunihiko likes to leave interpretation of his works open to the audience. Among a lot of aspects in the show, they play such an important part which makes the show a one of a kind experience. Sexual themes also play a huge part in what makes this show one of a kind, i mean they’re just so powerful in the series, especially the last two arcs.

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The character interaction is another part that makes this show stand out. Some of the conversations in this series blew me away. Sure what was taking place at the time of the conversations played a huge part in this, but that just goes to show how well Kunihiko can handle his creations. Utena was an absolute charm to see develop as a young lady. Yet again i won’t say to much because of spoilers, though i’m sure none-viewers would even know what the hell i’m on about. Touga, the simply amazing over the top character has to be one of my favorite parts of the series. A few people i talked to about this series before i started to watch it said the same thing, and that goes to show how well they knew me. His development as a hardcore playboy just left me in awe each time he appeared on screen. His last important role in the final arc yet again shows Kunihiko as the master writer and planner. For the hardcore pimp Touga was, it was the perfect piece to end his time in the series — his decision was so beautiful. I’m going on a bit here so i’ll stop, though this wouldn’t be a talk about characters from this series without mentioning Aiko — the character i’m sure was modelled from Kunihiko’s dressing style. Aiko was a man who knew how to control the ladies, and win the hearts of many with his wonderful car.

I just have to talk about the musical score. I’ve been a huge fan of Shinkichi Mitsumune (i wrote a blog post about him a while ago) works for a long time now, so it was no surprise that i fell in-love with this score straight away. There are so many beautiful pieces here that blew me away even though i’ve been listening to his works for such a long time. I didn’t think Mitsumune was capable of such pieces of music, i mean sure he’s a very talented composer, one of my favorites though this score has changed my overall opinion on him, and rose it to the skies.

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As for the duel themes by J. A. Seazer, well i’d never heard such music before, and straight away i was blown away. Now you can catch me listening to his works for Utena most of the time during the week. As the show progresses, so did the duel themes — starting out as pretty fast beat tracks to accompany the duels, though as the duels became more serious and personal, so did the themes. They changed to more slow yet powerful tracks — especially the last track used in the final episode (titled Missing Link). It’s almost impossible to get a hold of his works before the series, though that makes me all the more happy that the seventh album for Utena in all new pieces from J.A._Seazer that aren’t in the series. A wonderful treat indeed, and one of my favorite albums to date.

I’ve said it before, and i’ll say it again, Revolutionary Girl Utena is a series like none other, and the experience i had while watching it was just the same. I wanna share that experience, so i hope people will give this masterpiece a try.

I’ll be back to blogging a few times a week. A plan to write a piece about the movie — hopefully it won’t take a month for me to publish.

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There’s plenty to enjoy in Revoltionary Girl Utena, and one of them are the crazy antics of the two Shadow girls, A-ko & B-ko. They spend at least 30+ seconds each episode commentating about the events that are taking place in that episode in symbolic allegory. If you’re new to Utena, then you can probably tell from the image that the main source of influence is shadow puppetry.

Each episode you have no idea what you’re going to expect from the two. Of course it’s somehow going to be linked to the episode, but even so that won’t help trying to work out what the two will be on about this time. It’s like one episode A-ko is shooting apples off B-ko’s head with a bow and arrow. I won’t spoil how it’s connected to that episode, though it takes a great mind to link such take on things together. It’s good to spend a little time after watching an episode, or even pause after their scenes, and try and work out the connection.

It’s scenes like this that make me wish this show would never end. I don’t know if they’d have the same effect during a rewatch (take away the working out what they mean), though it is something i’d like to find out once i eventually work on collecting the DVD’s.

Now that C-ko has arrived in the second arc, i can only imagine that the crazy level of these scenes is bound to increase by a hell of a lot.

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By the end of this series, Touga could very well by the best Koyasu voiced character ever.

I’m at episode 10. Plan to write a bit about what i’ve seen after the end of the first arc.

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For some time now i’ve been meaning to check out Revolutionary Girl Utena. I’ve been hoping that we’d see some kind of R1 re-release for this series, though it’s come to that point where i can’t wait anymore. I’ve heard far to many “Shiro you’d love this!” & “Shiro this is the one show for you”, so i’ve broken down and going about watching it the only way i can do. Yes you know what i mean.

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I’ve only just finished the first episode, and wow that was something special. Stepping into the mind of someone who’s watching this while it was airing in 1996, and yes you have something completey different on your hands. That’s the way i like to look at it, because these days you can’t get away with saying that thanks to a few certain shows from the past 5/6 years. For starters the OP did the best job possible at preparing me for what i was in for — then onto a rather stylish and mind blowing first episode. The OP doesn’t show the style that i’m on about, though if anyone who’s seen the series before and reading this, then they’d know i’ts just one you can’t really describe in just a few lines. I wouldn’t mind writing a piece on the style alone, though i’ll leave that until i’ve seen more of the show.

So, favorite points so far:

-Wonderful Utena is wonderful. She’s one damn amazing character to say the least.
-Oh god Takehito Koyasu. If you know me then you know he’s one of my favorite seiyuu’s, and just from one of his lines already (the title of this post), i can see i’m in for a treat.
-The music, jesus christ the music. Easily one of the large parts of the ‘mind blowing’ factor from the first episode.

I just know i’m going to enjoy this show like none other. An experience i can’t wait to complete.

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