Just after Utena's parents died she was consoled by a prince who gave her a ring with a rose crest on it. Utena was so impressed by the Prince that she vowed to become one herself one day. A few years later Utena is attending Ohtori Academy where she gives all the teachers headaches because she dresses in a boys uniform so she can be like the prince she met long ago.
After Utena's friend is insulted by a member of the Student Council, Utena fights in a duel for her friends honor. Utena's rose crest allows her to enter the dueling arena where Utena wins the duel and becomes engaged to the Rose Bride. Unknowingly, Utena is pulled into a series of duels with other members of the Student Council for the possession of the Rose Bride. As she becomes fond of Anthy, the Rose Bride, she must fight to keep her friend safe and to discover the horrifying secret behind Ohtori Academy.
Revolutionary Girl Utena has been both critically acclaimed and a fan favorite since its 1997 broadcast debut on TV Tokyo and features direction by Kunihiko Ikuhara (Sailor Moon S and SuperS), series composition by Yoji Enokido (Ouran High Host Club,FLCL, Sailor Moon SuperS) and animation by J.C. Staff (Honey and Clover, Slayers,Toradora!). Described as one of the top five "best anime of all time" (Anime Insider magazine, among others), the project also inspired animated film, manga and stageplay adaptations. Both shoujo (girls') manga, written and illustrated by Chiho Saito, were published in North America by VIZ Media.
Utena and Anthy walk to school for class, where Utena is greeted again by her legion of fan girls calling out Utena-sama! Utena tries to explain to Anthy why Anthy continually saying that she is her bride and calling her Utena-sama bothers her. She insists that she is a good "wholesome girl" and is only interested in "wholesome boys." Taking the suave opportunity like the playboy he is, Touga steps in to introduce himself as a "wholesome boy". Touga says that he knows the Rose Bride and, while flashing her his Rose Signet, says that they are not total strangers after all either. As he walks away, Utena wonders if he is her prince. Near the Rose Garden, several girls accuse Anthy of doing something to Saionji so that he locked himself in his room for several days. They slap her several times, but are stopped by Nanami who appears to step in to help Anthy. She informs Anthy that not only has Anthy been nominated to be the Queen of the upcoming Ball, but that she's always wanted to be her friend as well. Anthy and Utena both receive unexpected packages with dresses for the ball. Anthy receives a bright yellow dress from Nanami and Utena receives a pink one from Touga. Although Utena doesn't want to go to the Ball, she goes for Anthy's sake so that she can make friends (other than Chu-Chu, of course). On the night of the ball, Anthy and Utena arrive late in their respective dresses. When they get there, Nanami takes Anthy's hand and leads her downstairs and Utena stays to talk to Touga. When Anthy is in the middle of everyone else, Nanami gives the signal to a waiter to spray her with champagne. When Nanami's "special" dress that Anthy is wearing gets wet, it starts to disintegrate and Anthy screams. Coming to the rescue, Utena throws off her pink dress revealing her normal uniform, yanks a tablecloth off the nearest table and in one deft move dresses Anthy in the tablecloth-turned-dress just as the dance begins. Touga sees Nanami upset at how her plan has turned out, and guesses that she's been up to mischief. He chides her and comments (fully knowing Nanami's fierce jealousy and attraction to him) on how he wonders why Utena had taken off the dress he had given her.
As the final duel rapidly approaches, the Student Council's will to continue is beginning to waver. After all, End of the World's identity and motives remain a mystery. And Utena, fueled by her desire to protect Anthy, continues to prevail over the feeble ambitions that drive the Student Council to fight. But the Council's ambitions are reignited when they hear a sound. At first, it's faint, but soon it becomes clear: The promised revolution is within reach – and the duels must go on. And what of Utena's own ambition? To become a prince, the duels may be only one of the trials she has yet to face. Contains television episodes 25-39, plus the theatrical film The Adolescence of Utena. DVD Features: Scene access, remastered video from the recent Japanese DVD re-release, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for English and Japanese dialogue, new Dolby 5.1 audio for Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. PLUS TV Series extras: Animated art galleries, interview with Director Kunihiko Ikuhara, interview with actresses Tomoko Kawakami ("Utena") and Yuriko Fuchizaki ("Anthy"), interviews with the English-language voice cast, Japanese staff commentary for episodes 37-39, dueling themes karaoke (Japanese audio), Japanese TV spots and trailers, and original North American trailers. ALSO Movie extras: Full-length movie commentary by Director Ikuhara, behind the scenes with the English-language cast, Japanese TV spots and trailers, and original North American trailer and teaser. AND: A book featuring content from the recent, limited-edition Japanese DVD box sets, including artwork, episode commentary and liner notes from the LD release (part 3).
Two more weeks to go until the Apocalypse Saga DVD Set lands with fans! To tide you over -- and to entertain you this holiday week and weekend -- we're excited to post Utena Director Kunihiko Ikuhara's answers to YOUR questions! Scroll down to the bottom of the page to read both parts of the Q and A!
Our countdown to December's release of TheApocalypse Saga (and movie) continues! This week, we're very excited to unveil both the trailer for the third, remastered DVD set, plus photos of our replica rose seal ring! Remember: For a limited time – and while supplies last – fans who purchase ALL THREE Revolutionary Girl Utena remastered L.E. DVD Sets viaRightStuf.com will receive a replica of the signet ring worn by "Utena" in the series. This exclusive gift item will be shipped to those who are eligible with the third and final DVD box set. So place your order ASAP to claim your ring!
Mark your calendars, Utena fans! We'll be announcing the release date (and opening pre-orders) for the third and final remastered Utena L.E. DVD box set at 1:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, August 17, 2011. Remember: For a limited time – and while supplies last – fans who purchase ALL THREE Revolutionary Girl Utena remastered L.E. DVD Sets via RightStuf.com will receive a replica of the signet ring worn by Utena in the series. This exclusive gift item will be shipped to those who are eligible with the third and final DVD box set. So don't wait to place your orders, if you want that ring!
The gift item is revealed! For a limited time – and while supplies last – fans who purchase ALL THREE Revolutionary Girl Utena remastered L.E. DVD Sets via RightStuf.com will receive a replica of the signet ring worn by Utena in the series. This exclusive gift item will be shipped to those who are eligible with the third and final DVD box set.
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