Posted 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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  • Anonymous Platypus
    (Wednesday, Jul 30. 2014 01:31 AM)
    hey i was hopping that you can check out my blog and tell me if you like the 2 anime reviews i have done so far! i would love some feedback because i am young and just starting out here is the link http://videogamesandanimesao.blogspot.ca/
  • ninjarealist
    (Wednesday, Jul 30. 2014 12:48 AM)
    @Aidan Just wait. The arc climaxes at episode 131. From here on out it gets progressively more and more intense until that point. You’re only at the beginning.
  • Mikey
    (Wednesday, Jul 30. 2014 12:40 AM)
    @Aidan Trust me. That’s quite tame compared to what you’ll get later. Just wait for episode 80.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Jul 30. 2014 12:32 AM)
    @Mikey, I am up to Episode 78 now. And woah…sudden darkness. I mean sure those kids earned it by saying every death flag under the sun but…thinking of them getting devoured like that…Alive…fuck.
  • Mikey
    (Wednesday, Jul 30. 2014 12:26 AM)
    Hunter x Hunter 140: Damn! That was one satisfying punch!
  • ninjarealist
    (Wednesday, Jul 30. 2014 12:04 AM)
    @Raggers logic is assuming that tomatoes are poisonous just because they look almost exactly like a closely-related poisonous plant.
  • Raggers
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 10:34 PM)
    @Aidan: “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.”
  • Friend
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 10:27 PM)
    Maybe I’ll Michael Bay it and make it disappear through incomprehensible shuffling of parts.
  • Friend
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 10:26 PM)
    Whai u so hard to transform, Unicron?? I’m having the most trouble with animating his legs; I don’t know what to do with his calf, since a quarter chunk of a planet is attached to it. It looks awkward.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 08:49 PM)
    @ninja Since they live in a prison, they’re forced to dig tunnels to transport bread, wheat, and water. The biggest slap in the face from Israel is, when the IDF finds one of these Palestinian tunnels, they shut it off, in the defense that they’re used to move terrorists. Sure, they probably do, but they also move food and water for the civilians. Clearly, both sides don’t see eye to eye.

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