Posted by psgels on 8 April 2006 with categories: Anime Reviews



The Adolescense of Utena is the movie of the show Revolutionary Girl Utena, which I recently finished. It features a remake of the original series, stuffed into about ninety minutes. The characters were a bit remodeled as well. Most of the side-characters were also removed, including Nanami, for some reason. Shiori, however, plays a big role. Utena didn’t have any past with Himemiya or the Prince. She did, however, share childhood memories with Touga. The story Juri told in the last episode of the series also seems to have been integrated somehow. Miki and Jury are also much closer than they were in the series. And I’ll remain silent about Akio, as that might be too big of a spoiler. I also found it fantastic that the Kashira-girls got to play an active role in this movie once more. Not just for comic relief or symbolism, but they played an active part in the story.

The visuals remain stunning and full of elegance. The art of each of the characters has change a bit. Utena got a haircut and a different outfit, Himemiya’s hair has become more flat and less curly. And each of the other characters with long hair suddenly had her or his hair’s length increased by about twenty centimetres. The fun part is, that in half of these cases, it works. Utena looks amazing, especially with her hair. The same goes for Juri, Miki and Akio. For the other half of the characters, however, this new style seems to have taken a step back on the scale of awesomeness. For example, I liked Himemiya’s art more in the series. Touga and Sayonji also don’t look too well.

The first part of the story introduces Utena to the academy once more. She meets the Roze Bride, wins her from Sayonji, and gets to meet Himemiya. Basically, the first couple of episodes from the series. The relationship between Utena and Himemiya is different, though. Himemiya is way more inteded to “obey” her master, and Utena just doesn’t like this. Anyway, after two interesting duels, the move takes a huge leap away from the series, and starts with its own storyline. That was the part that I really liked about this movie, even though it may be bit far-fetched. But still, Himemiya totally steels the show in these scenes. If you combine this with the incredible music that was bombarded during these scenes, if makes for some awesome moments.

Overall, this was an awesome movie. Still, I have to say that I liked the series better. 90 minutes is just not enough to include the incredibly deep characters the series contained. Still, if you have seen the series, I totally recommend the movie. Especially the last part is incredibly unique.

Final Rating: 87/100

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  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:52 AM)
    @K-Off I was mostly objecting to Aidan’s description of Nisekoi as “Bargain Bin Harem”. I realize that he thinks all harem’s are bargain bin but it’s misleading to people who don’t have his same prejudices and actually rate harem series according to a quality gradient.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:51 AM)
    @Emma @K-Off About the visuals in Nisekoi: I have been a Shinbo fan since Soultaker. Although I’m not a Monogatari fan it’s no hyperbole to say I’m absolutely in love with his style of direction.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:48 AM)
    The nisekoi anime, shaft+ that doesn’t gel for me and yeah all the shouty shounen stuff is bothersome in animation.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:47 AM)
    Evidently then I’m watching the outer limits at some point. These anthology things are pretty creative.
    As for nisekoi I just read it irregularly I don’t see the manga as special just a light laugh every now and then with the odd character arc that lands a hit, its fine, theres been worse.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:43 AM)
    @Wyatt I haven’t watched the reboot, but the original was awesome, even though I only watched a handful of episodes.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:41 AM)
    I also never bothered with the anime, because the animation threw me off. In addition, Raku is annoying as fuck in anime form.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:38 AM)
    I enjoy it as well, but I read it for what it is. Let’s be honest: the fact that Aidan still reads it means that he’s the same way as me.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:37 AM)
    @Ninja Hey, to be fair, Aidan never said it wasn’t the best harem. That just isn’t a very high bar, lol.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:35 AM)
    I for one am DELIGHTED that the show is getting a second season.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:35 AM)
    Nisekoi is the best harem series ever made IMHO. It’s funny, it has good characters, and the art is great. What’s not to like? The main criticism I’ve heard is that the series doesn’t make a serious attempt to resolve the harem. To those people I say, think about what the title means. The title tells you exactly what the series is really about.

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