On the Adolescence of Utena
Massive Spoilers Ahead!
The Revolutionary Girl Utena
movie was released a few months ago and I was one of the lucky ones to grab a fan sub before it was even released in subtitled
form. If you’re going to watch the movie and you haven’t already, first, take everything you learned from the manga
and the anime
series and throw it right out the window. Here, I’ll hold the window open for you…
The movie is not a continuation, a prologue
or an epilogue
to the manga
or the anime
series. The company that produced the movie took the whole story of Utena and made up their own version. The movie that resulted contained characters slightly different than the ones we know from the anime
and the manga
. Utena has short hair, like a boy’s, while Anthy is given longer hair. Utena’s costume becomes white with large black vertical stripes, and she wears pants instead of shorts, but Anthy’s schoolgirl uniform remains the same.
” outfits did change quite a bit. Anthy’s gown in the movie is red white and pink, and Utena gets shorts during battle mode as well as long hair.
The art itself is very much different from the manga
or the anime
, and in my opinion, is much more beautiful.
The characters’ personalities are slightly different as well. Utena is much more unwilling to accept her fate
, and Anthy is a bit more outgoing
. The movie Anthy is the Anthy that I think fits the part the best. She only gets hit once and then gets up and makes sure it won’t happen again by kissing Utena, (yes, kissing
Utena) and becoming the Rose Bride to give Utena the Sword
of Dios to win. Juri is less of a bitch and more of a person, while Shiori becomes the kind of person you want to beat mercilessly with a hot waffle iron
. Touga is dead
, so let’s not go there. (You heard me right, he’s dead.) Dios doesn’t really exist, and Miki has a small part so I can’t really tell if he changed. Nanami appears as a cow
, and Chu Chu only appears once in the whole movie. The Shadow Girls E-ko and F-ko are active parts in the movie and don’t speak in rhyme
, but in riddle
. Akio is just a big jerk
and we’re not going there. Oh, yeah, and Utena turns into a car
. And a nice car
, at that.
The setting changed a lot as well, becoming much more intricate
. The area isn’t hidden either, and instead of having the castle
above it, it is simply a flat platform
carpeted with red rose
There is slight nudity
in the movie. Utena and Anthy actually kiss twice and really do fall in love and leave the school that held them captive. Most of you are probably saying, “It’s about time!” and I agree. There’s even a lovely dance
/falling in love scene.
The movie however does not tell us whether they lived happily ever after or not.
is a must-have for any Utena fan! I will soon be ripping it and sticking all the Utena music I can get my grubby paws on up on my web page, which is, of course, www.sailorcastle.com.
I definitely recommend seeing the movie!
Movie: Limited Edition
That's right, Utena fans! The Utena movie, Adolescence of Utena the limited edition,
is set for release in the US October 23, 2001
Description | Cover Art 1, 2, 3
DVD Region: 1
Length: 87 min
Label: Software Sculptors
Age Rating: 13Up
Series: Revolutionary Girl Utena