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REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA – THE ROSE COLLECTION 1 (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)

October 1, 2002 by  



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MOVIE COMPANY: B-Papas/Chiho Saito/Shogaku-kan/Shonen Linkai/TV Tokyo
DIRECTED BY: Directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara
PRODUCED BY: TV TOKYO/YOMIURI ADVERTISING
RATING: For ages 13 and up
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DURATION: 170 minutes


Utena has it all, Beauty. Passion.  Faith.  A sense of justice.  She is the idol of her classmates at the exclusive Ohtori Academy.  And yet, she is driven by a childhood memory of a price on a white horse who comforted her when she was grieving over her parent’s death.  He gave her an enigmatic signet ring emblazoned with a rose crest, and this memory drives Utena to do the impossible:  To become a prince, herself, as she duels the members of the Student Council to protect the mysterious “Rose Bride.”

DVD EXTRAS:

• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Animated
• Dual Language: English (Dubbed) or Japanese, both with optional English subtitles
• Contains: The Rose Bride, For Whom the Rose Smiles, On the Night of the Ball, The Sunlit Garden Prelude, The Sunlit Garden Finale, Take Care Miss Nanami!, Unfulfilled Jury
• The Songs
• DVD Sneak Peeks
• Webconnex

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of

DVD REVIEW:

I’m very impressed by this anime series (total of 39 episodes).  I really enjoyed the storyline and it’s quite unique.  It’s from the director of “Sailor Moon S” which happens to be my favorite of that series.

“Revolutionary Girl Utena” may confuse viewers who are not familiar with Japanese culture and may confuse certain themes to be “lesbian themes”.  First, with many Japanese anime, you’ll see that a lot of girls “idol” cool people.  In this case, many girls idolize Utena because she’s different from standard Japanese females.  Thus, when you see the girls going goo goo-eyed over Utena, it’s because they dig her as an idol/rebel.

Anyway, the series is pretty cool.  To see Utena defend people close in her life and to see the character development of the people she opposes.  It’s a really cool anime series.  Many people complained about the dubs, but I prefer not to watch English subs, so I can’t comment on that.

Well, the first DVD comes with seven episodes.  Since this is a TV series, I’m not expect OAV quality.  As for the sound, again I don’t expect major sound effects because it’s from a TV series.  But the DVD has one problem which is the subtitles.  Although it is yellow, it is hard to see sometimes over a white background.  It needs to have a black edge like some anime I have seen.   As for the DVD in whole, I don’ t have a DVD-rom, so I don’t know about the other things it came with but the special features are simple.  The scene selections are good but for a multi-series on DVD it doesn’t compare to the cool menu’s of “Haunted Junction” because with “HJ” you can skip to the theme and also the anime sections before and after the main commercial, ending and the trailer.  On “Utena” it goes from the intro scene to I think the middle segment of the anime.  Oh well.   The DVD also comes out with trailers for other Software Sculptors anime releases and also, a segment to hear some of the songs.

Speaking about the songs, really interesting and unique songs in this anime.   Anyway, the DVD rocks!  Check it out!!!

THE ANIME:  A
THE DVD EXTRAS:  B-
THE DVD OVERALL:  A-






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