Posted 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.

8 Responses

  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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  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 12:14 PM)
    Hell even Witcher 2’s combat was pretty adequate in my opinion, and Witcher 3 shows a lot of potential. The industry can indeed move forward just not when the price is creativity or integrity.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 12:13 PM)
    @Aidan: well during the early days where XV was still called Versus they talked a lot about how to use Interactive Cinematic Events (ICE) with multiple outcomes that waved in the narrative, so it might still exist in some form. Action RPGs like the Soul series are incredibly intricate and strategic, so a great gameplay is definitely viable within the medium. The problem with FF starts and ends with direction. Bad design decisions failing to hide the horrible plot and cringe-worthy style.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 12:05 PM)
    *kefka
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 12:05 PM)
    VII was always my favorite with VIII being a guilty pleasure. Not sure why everyone loves VI though. Sure Keifa is awesome but well thats aout it. The rest of it didn’t resonate with me at all. IV has become a bit outdated.
    Final fantasy one though does have some charm in it’s simplicity.
    But what Square needs to do is obvious. Stop making sequels to final fantasy! I mean christ the name of the series is already a joke. Create a new IP or hell chrono trigger sequel.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 12:00 PM)
    Played every single final fantasy. With the exception of the online ones and the newest one. They truly have lost there touch.The old battle system may have been outdates but damnit it works and it made battles look awesome. With the efforts to make it more of a action RPG the level of control you have in the battles has pretty much dropped. In stead of trying to change something that was already fine I would prefer it if they cut down on the cutscenes and weaved the story into gameplay.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 10:29 AM)
    And so Wyatt, K-off the results are in, Scotland rejects independence.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 07:59 AM)
    And holy hell,it would appear I have a thing for Tsukiyama and Touka =)
    The direction was very good when things hit the fan in the last few episodes too.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 07:53 AM)
    Additionally, the rushed pacing in the end it never came to bother me, I think from reading the whole manga that it needed a good pruning/trimming and what was left was the worthwhile material. I never really cared much for the characterization in the manga, it wasn’t all that miss-able.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 07:51 AM)
    Marathoned the tokyo ghoul anime there on a whim. I enjoyed seeing the fights animated even though visually there was room for improvement in places, the censoring while poor in places was nowhere near as bad as I had expected and didn’t ruin things for me as I thought it might.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 06:36 AM)
    At this point they have become a caricature of their own subcultures lol

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