Revolutionary Girl Utena Set 1 Limited Edition DVD
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About Revolutionary Girl Utena Set 1 Limited Edition DVD
Revolutionary Girl Utena Set 1 contains episodes 1-12, plus a collectors' art box and a book featuring content from the recent limited-edition Japanese DVD box set, including episode commentary, discussions about the series' updated audio, video, and opening and closing sequences, and the first installment of production notes from the Japanese laser disc release.
"Never lose that strength or nobility, even when you grow up." When Utena was just a child and in the depths of sorrow, she found salvation in those words. They were the words of a prince, who wrapped her in his rose-scented embrace and bestowed upon her both a ring and the promise that it would lead her to him again. She never forgot the encounter. In fact, she was so impressed that she aspired to be like the prince and also help those in need.
Now a spirited teenager, Utena attends the prestigious Ohtori Academy; however, her strong sense of chivalry soon places her at odds with the school's student council and thrusts her into a series of mysterious and dangerous duels against its members.
Special Features: Clean Opening, Clean Closing, Opening Single Liveaction Video, Opening Single TV Spot, Japanese Remastered DVD Release TV Spots.
Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Ratings & Reviews
Beginning of an amazing series
Revolutionary Girl Utena is by far one of the greatest Anime ever made. It's got a beautiful and complex storyline that is rich and involved. There is the lovely Shoujo-Ai storyline as well as Utena and Anshii's friendship/relationship develops. This new remastered edition captures the beauty of the art and gives a much forgotten series another chance to reach an American audience.
Essentially the story is of a teenage girl named Utena that wants to be a prince after meeting a "prince" as a child that helped her be strong and deal with the death of her family. She uses her inherent chivalry to protect her best friend after her friend is embarrassed in front of the entire school. Utena becomes embroiled in plots and intrigue while dueling various members of the student council all to remain in control literally of Anshii, who holds power as the rose bride and the Sword of Dios.
The Power of Revolution
Utena herself seeks to subvert society's view of women and become a "prince", without realizing that she herself is playing right into the hands of Ohtori Academy's mysterious chairman and his demure and equally mysterious sister Anthy. Anthy is a tragic figure locked inside a coffin that seems impossible to escape, but can Utena help her? Will Utena really become a prince?
Utena is many things: a story about adolescence, acceptance, fate, devotion, and the power to make miracles happen. It is difficult to pigeonhole this show or its characters, which works in its favor. It shares some similarities with Rose of Versailles, while managing to be something completely its own.
This release is gorgeous, with a sturdy chipbox and a glossy manual detailing production notes from studio Be-Papas. The remastered audio and video are excellent and well deserved. If you don't feel like waiting for a Blu-Ray release of this Ikuhara masterpiece stateside, you can't go wrong with the DVD sets.
Bring revolution to the world!
by Josh -
Great set! The box art is really nice and the series itself is excellent. The love and relationship themes are very well developed, the action is good and the comedy is always funny and absurd. The animation still looks good for when this came out, and the soundtrack is one of the best of any series I've watched. Essential viewing.