Cover By Cover: Revolutionary Girl Utena

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31 Comments on "Cover By Cover: Revolutionary Girl Utena"

Rawbeard
Guest

Utena makes too much sense for you? It has too much of a coherent plot? Suffer no more! The same guy made the solution you have been waiting for called “Yuri Kuma Arashi”. Why should I alone suffer this knowledge?

ReallyChu
Guest

Yuri Kuma Arashi is fantastic. It’s just Ikuhara trolling and I’m 99.99% sure that it’s him just pushing things as far as he can. I may say this because He has directed two of my favorite anime of all time (#1 being Mawaru Penguindrum and #2 being Revolutionary Girl Utena). Ikuhara is just a massive troll. And I’m OK with that.

locuas
Guest

Okay, here is the thing with Utena: the dialogue is not literal, it is allegorical. the setting, the characters, the ideas and concepts. “School”, “Student Council”, “duel”, “Prince”, “Princess”. Even the deus ex prince.

fremenchips
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“I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence. I much prefer history – true or feigned– with its varied applicability to the thought and experience of readers. I think that many confuse applicability with allegory, but the one resides in the freedom of the reader, and the other in the purposed domination of the author.”
-J.R.R. Tolkien

denechka
Guest

I can only wonder why you quoted such a shallow writer as Tolkien. His books are for 5 year olds. Group of stupid characters walking toward volcano, not using the plot conveniet eagles otherwise we wouldn’t have a story. Hate LotR and Hobbit so much.

thatchickwithlonghair
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thatchickwithlonghair

It’s fine if you don’t like the books but saying they’re “for 5 year olds” really makes you look like a moron. No five-year-old can read at that level. No, they can’t use the eagles because Sauron’s eye would see them. DUR.

Stormtalon
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I respectfully call BS on that. It may be allegorical, but it isn’t the roll of the audience to come to this conclusion or to find it in some interview with the creator who came to that conclusion well after the fact. It is up to the show to communicate that. If the show takes off and leaves the audience, it isn’t the audience’s fault the fault lies with the show. This is the central weakness with anime. Fans won’t hold series especially older ‘classics’ to account. Promising that it gets better farther down the series or in the manga… Read more »
shockwaverobo
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It IS the role of the audience to judge whether or not something is allegorical. It’s called interpretation. The difference between Ikuhara’s work and most other anime is that not everything is handed to you. In most anime, you’re told what the story is; you’re told what the characters are like; you’re told what you’re supposed to take the show as; but in shows like Utena and Penguindrum, they show(<- key word there) you the characters and basic plot, and lets the audience figure it out on their own. To put is simply: Utena and Penduindrum are good because they… Read more »
Dr. Cakey
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“Allegory” wasn’t a great word to use because it pretty much always comes off as pretentious. All it really means in Utena’s case is that when the show says or does something, you have to put at least some basic effort into considering what it might mean. It’s not that hard – I followed the show pretty well, after all – you just need to stretch your brain a little. Like, if your only thought on “Utena wants to become a prince” is “that doesn’t make sense don’t you mean princess”, then you weren’t trying hard enough by half. Does… Read more »
locuas
Guest
“what it tells you that you value” the question is not what it tells ME. it’s what tells YOU. For example, the scene were Anthy is slapped and Utena only asks “are they dating?” at first, it may look like something unrealistic in real life…and it partially is…but inside the show, it is taken as something normal. so if we take it that the scene is something that does not raise an eyebrow on the characters, what does it tell US about THEM? what it tells us about the school they are in? what it tells us about Anthy who… Read more »
oddalice
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Well, I thought that was funny. Utena is my favorite show. Okay so you guys watched the first few episodes- that makes sense. I’ll be fair, the first few episodes are really weird. The director throws a lot at the audience with no real explanation. And *spoiler alert* there are a lot of odd behaviors and plot points that don’t receive an explanation. With that said, you guys should keep watching this show. I guarantee that it is like nothing you’ve ever seen. The characters are rich, the twists brilliant, and the emotions genuine. It plays out more like an… Read more »
Rutana
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“No nudity”? 😀 Yeah, keep watching. Let’s see if you still claim this Anime has “no nudity” when you’ve seen the third season XD Thing with Utena, it’s filled up with symbolism and surrealism. There are many, MANY, metaphors that are not explained, but left for the audience to think about, analyze and interpret themselves. However, the main plot DOES find an end. ALL characters (at least the major ones) have a rich backstory and character growth – TWICE. And while there are many open questions in the end, the basic of the plot is explained and understandable – you… Read more »
AnimeLord77
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Can anyone tell me why in the unholy black hell that in a show whose title is “Cover TO Cover” these guys decided to stop reviewing after only TWO EPISODES?!?!?!?! Revolutionary Girl Utena gets soooo much better once you allow the show room to grow into the spellbinding world that Ikuhara builds for it. I was so excited to see that Utena was going to be reviewed but it’s clear that these guys are just idiots who don’t know anything about anime. Seriously people, don’t let these 2 clowns discourage you from checking out a truly terrific anime. Take it… Read more »
Spanners
Guest

I watched this series last year, and I rather enjoyed ‘Revolutionary Girl Utena’, even though the further it goes the more fucked up it gets. It even made me want to buy a convertible sports car and get a lackey to tell others that I was coming by telling them to listen for that sound coming from The End of the World. Okay, that may not make much sense now, but watch the rest of the series and it will make more sense.

Plasma Mongoose
Guest

When Utena said she wanted to be a prince, she means that she wants to be the character that goes around saving people as opposed to being a princess which traditionally needed to be saved.

Also you guys should at least watch the Black Rose arc to gain a better feel of what SKU is like.

Ahturos
Guest

Oh no!! XD I remember this show. It´s so cracy. Acid trip. And that stair way music. GAH!!!! I am going cracy just remembering it. Somehow I watched to the end and it´s just WIERD!!! Mostly on concept. I do have to say the character´s keep´s me in. But it´s just so wierd! Is it so? Is it so?Is it so?

Chaseha_Wing
Guest

looks like the manga explains things more clearly then the anime

Poipoi
Guest

I still don’t like this series. I tried, I really tried. I even had friends who loved it. Its just not my thing. I hate it.

thatchickwithlonghair
Guest
thatchickwithlonghair

YOU’RE NOT THE ONLY ONE.
I don’t hate the anime…..but I don’t like it either. The characters are so unlikable; Utena is the only one who is okay. Everyone else is just annoying or f*cked up….or both. The style is………….weird. The plot is weird. The art is weird. The repetitiveness is almost painful….everyone’s relationship with everyone is BEYOND f*cked up…………..I don’t get people who claim this is “the best shoujo” because everything I personally love about shoujo is absent from this….aside from the flower petals. lol

cobrabrandy22
Guest

I tried to watch this and the older dub was almost unlistenable for me, that being said I didn’t dislike what I saw. I’ve been watching Yuri Kuma Arashi and it’s less Ikuhara’s work as people who think by “decoding” his work that somehow makes them better or it simply becomes a “scavenger hunt” for symbolism and meaning.

TragicGuineaPig
Guest
3:30 – Maybe she meant “Artist.” Someone cue up “Purple Rain”! Let me get this straight: that one girl is wearing a boy’s uniform with red short-shorts. THEN WHY DO ALL THE GUYS WEAR WHITE COATS INSTEAD OF BLACK? In other words, she’s just wearing whatever the crap she wants instead of any kind of official school uniform. 13:20 – Please tell me that this is that ditzy girl from that bounty hunter TV Show from Cowboy Bebop! Is that Bandito guy going to show up and tell us how much the reward is going to be? “SHUCKS HOWDY!” (The… Read more »
Mythandariel
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A lot of the fascination anime has with teenage years has a lot to do with the culture. It’s why harem anime are so popular. In a nut shell, the chase is romanticized to the nth degree because after the courtship is over and the rings are exchanged, the only thing left is duty. Both the man and the woman have heaps of responsibility put on their shoulders. The woman to have children and care for the household and the children and hold down a job, and the man to hold down a job and do it to the best… Read more »
denechka
Guest

It’s oo-tEh-na, not OO-teh-na.
Als the show is pretty good, and also visually gorgeous too.

lordsathien
Guest

After watching a few episodes of the series, those “Did You Know? Did You Know? Did You Know?” silhouette scenes hit me as being nothing more than a take on the Greek Chorus.

japarker8
Guest

ChuChu is a monkey, yo. Really wish you guys had watched beyond the first two episodes. Like everyone’s saying, it gets way better! For real tho, you should give it a try.

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