Posted by psgels on 2 April 2006 with categories: Revolutionary Girl Utena

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You see this a lot with good shows: they have awesome pre-ending-episodes, but the ending itself totally sucks.

I am SO GLAD that Revolutionary Girl Utena does NOT belong to this category. I can honestly say that I totally enjoyed the ending of this magnificent anime. The ending would so easily fall in my top-5 of best endings. It was beautiful. Truly beautiful. I’m glad to have seen such an awesome series.

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  1. Mina says:

    RGU is my all time most favourite anime and it’s nice to see there are still people interested in it. When I saw the ending for the first time I was totally unhappy, because I did not undesrtand that’s it’s actually good. But after some reconsideration and the cute pictures in one of the artbooks where

    *SPOILER*

    Anthy and Utena finaly meet *sigh

    *SPOILER*

    I just love it and cool you enjoyed it, too ^^

  2. Syaoran Li says:

    I’m agree with you, the ending was good, but could be better.

    Now, see th movie ^^

  3. psgels psgels says:

    I surely will watch it.

    Thanks for the comments, both of you. ^_^

  4. DoggieAngel says:

    Just wondering, but does Utena become a guy? I’ve read the book and watched part of the anime, but it’s just too long for me. How come she didn’t end up with the Touga guy but the girl? Is Utena a les? I’m confused so if you could e-mail me the response, it would be great.

  5. headachebaby says:

    Okay, PSGELS ranked this anime in his top 10 anime and I thought I’ll give it a try. When I first reviewed one episode a year ago, I didn’t like it because it was old and the music was totally different. And I thought the main girls were lesbians…it was something I didn’t want to put it with and watch. But last week since I started with episode 1 and it was okay…okay that I finished it.

    Utena is actually a well liked character. She’s not girly, girly and has a straight head on her shoulder. Anthy was a dry character and it was hinted that there were things unusual and wrong about her that made her dry. Later it is reveal that she felt like a person with no heart/soul.

    Okay, I finished the series and I have to say that it was a lot better than I expected. Sure, it’s 39 episodes so the characters are well developed. There’s good humor and that doesn’t come from the character’s crazy funny faces or exaggerated personalities. The characters are sometimes clueless or slow and it makes them funny.

    One thing that annoying about this series is that each arc is formulic…you know what’s going on. The last arc was the most interesting arc. There’s repeated scenes when Utena is about to duel…they’re so annoying that I skipped through them.

    The Kashira(?) girls that does the shadow plays were interesting and fun to watch.

    I don’t quite understand the last few episodes. My interpretation of it is that Anthy was in love with her brother Akio as Nanami was in love with her brother Touga. Both girls didn’t like their playboy brothers to be with other girls. Akio’s title of a prince is a metaphor of him as a playboy and being loved by all girls(?). Akio gets hurt one day and Anthy doesn’t allow other people to be near Akio. Because of that, Anthy is hated by all and is labeled a witch. Akio no longer becomes the well-liked prince he once was and becomes ugly and refers himself as End of the World. Since his old self died, he tortures his sister in incest sex (this is weird & unforgiving) and as the Rose Bride. As Rose Bride, Anthy participates willing in whatever is needed of her and plays in Akio’s game of revolutionizing the world.

    Anthy blames herself for her brother’s transformation and does nothing. She becomes a person with no heart/soul. In Akio’s game of revolutionizing the world, Anthy is also tortured by being stabbed by swords.

    So in the end, both Akio and Anthy don’t die even though Anthy fell and Akio was crushed. Were these events illusions? Utena was stabbed for sure and she transferred schools. Anthy having met Utena felt alive after so many years of being a dead person that she leaves the school to find Utena.

    Now, I don’t understand what power there was behind the gates that could revolutionize the world. When Utena opened the gates, Anthy was inside it. So then, by getting Anthy out, was that the revolutionary power to change the world? Or was that the way to save Anthy from her torment? I feel like there are too many metaphors or symbolic meanings and I don’t quite get it.

    PSGELS, how did you understand this anime??? Thanks.

  6. oroboros says:

    Awesome comment, headachebaby. I’ll be referring to your interpretation from now on!

  7. Obsidian says:

    This is one of the best animes I have ever seen in my life and a jewel in literature ^_^

  8. Van says:

    @headachebaby

    I know you’re not gona read this lol, but anyways.
    There was a Revolution. It was “change”. Utena “revolutioned” Anthy, from what I understood.
    Those coffins were pretty much a world where time has stopped because the characters did not want to live due to life’s hardships.

    Utena’s revolution is to free her friends; they all moved towards the future except Akio. He’s the only coffin left.

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  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:23 PM)
    The voice of the main character got kind of annoying though, the dub wasn’t all that good either.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:22 PM)
    This was based on/was a homage to a series by the Gigantor creator and having grown up with gigantors 90s reboot this felt like a nice throwback, plot is fairly simple but used effectively. It’s a shame that it feels like there was more to tell but at seven episodes I suppose it avoids outstaying its welcome.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:20 PM)
    Decided to marathon Giant Robo, I think this was mentioned by someone on here before. I guess it was fairly entertaining, great action direction, looked good for its time, you don’t notice the hour long episodes go by, adequate characters, nice retro artstyle also, not sure if I got excited over this as big O and Mazinger however but still fun enough nonetheless.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:10 AM)
    Seeing Hoffman in before the devil knows your dead and his character being dependent on drugs, that was another thing that hit me a bit knowing the circumstances of his death. Watching most wanted man I could also see that he was wearing out physically.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:00 AM)
    This is not Anno bitching about otakus jacking off to his characters and turning around and selling Rei panties, this isn’t the idiots at Shaft throwing around meaningless camera angles and the oh-so-symbolic teeth brushing scenes, this is a human being looking you in the eye with fear and telling you that he’s dying; morbid, honest, moving and remarkable.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:55 AM)
    Given my rants regarding Birdman it should be clear that I’m a sucker for these rare instances where the line between movie and reality get blurred- when an actor looks at a camera and just bares their heart out. This is the realism that reality tv tried but could never capture. this is art in one of its most sincere forms.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:50 AM)
    Oh yeah Hoffman was a massive talent and a beloved actor, so I don’t take it lightly when I call Synecdoche his greatest role ever. Given his death and knowing the circumstances of his life at the time imbues this performance with a chilling sincerity that just breaks your heart and leaves you in awe.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:42 AM)
    Oh Andrew Niccol, oh how the mighty have fallen.
    Hoffman showed up in Capote and most wanted man, the latter which I especially love and there need to be more thrillers of that vein coming out.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:37 AM)
    It’s funny how they also each have a Nicolas Cage movie. Kaufman has Adaptation and Niccol has Lord of War. Although despite the usual Cage antics neither of those movies is really that bad.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:33 AM)
    Eternal Sunshine and The Truman Show are the two roles where Jim Carrey really demonstrated his acting chops well outside of his usual comfort zone. But Kaufman moved forward from Sunshine with the superior Synecdoche, while Andrew Niccol went from doing Truman Show and Gattaca to doing young adult garbage like The Host *wretches*

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