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Revolutionary Girl Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena is a shoujo-ai anime series about one very weird University and the students who attend it.

The story focuses on Utena, a fiery pink-haired girl who insists on wearing boys' clothes. She attends the Ohtori Academy, and seeks the prince who once visited her and gave her a ring. Utena rooms with a Indian woman named Anthy, who in turn is in an abusive relationship with another member of the Academy. Utena fights to protect Anthy, and is pulled into a series of sword duels with the student council, all of whom fight for Anthy as the key to a coming revolution.

The series itself is highly unusual, to the point of being outright metaphysical. Its uses of color alternate between serene and striking, while the world feels angular and modern, from the faces of the characters to the design of the Academy. A rose motif runs rampant. The plot is relatively straightforward, but everyone's motives are obscure (initially, at least).

It should be noted that the series addresses sexual themes quite often, including male/female love and female/female love.

The 39-episode Revolutionary Girl Utena TV series was created by most of the production company that made Sailor Moon, after they completed Sailor Moon and wanted to make something a little different. Note that Sailor Moons creator, Naoko Takeuchi, was not responsible for Utena.



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