Ranked #4056

Shoujo Kakumei Utena (Manga)

Shoujo Kakumei Utena

Alternative Titles

English: Revolutionary Girl Utena
Japanese: 少女革命ウテナ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 28
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 1996 to 1997
Authors: Be-Papas (Story), Saito, Chiho (Story & Art)
Serialization: Ciao


Score: 7.431 (scored by 2870 users)
Ranked: #40562
Popularity: #912
Members: 5,517
Favorites: 175
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Utena Tenjou had a tragic childhood - her parents died when she was young, and she almost drowned, had it not been for her prince who came and rescued her. Because of the impact this prince had on her life, Utena strives to be just like him - to grow up to be a prince, not a princess, and to spread nobility, ultimately finding her prince and bringing revolution. (Source: ANN)


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Nov 5, 2007
An classic manga with lots of simbolism and fantasy. In order to understand all the story read the manga, after this, watch the anime and, in the end, watch the movie, they have important diferences but are related.
The story is very original and the progress of the characters and their past is very deeper.
The story is focused in each member of Student Council, their relationships and the quest of Utena to find her prince and became a prince herself. It shows like someone can fight for his own wishes, live the way he wants and the importance of friendship. A very good history that influencied read more
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Apr 28, 2008
I will try not to allow my love of Chiho Saito to slant this review, but I can't promise anything. I'm one of the very few who enjoyed the Utena manga more than the anime, probably because I could relate to it more (and I like the ending better...not to mention it made more sense than the anime). The characters are more realistic. Touga and Akio actually appear to have some heart. Because it's much shorter than the anime, there is less time to go into secondary characters, so the story mostly focuses on the main triumverate (Utena, Anthy, Akio) and Touga. Definetly more symbolic read more
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Dec 7, 2012
I was shocked! (Can I say I was shocked?)

If inconsistent plotlines, sparkly-sparkle thou-shiney-light-side-effects-are-blinding-me, random love-triangles, unrequited love, molestation and occult ideology were to merge into one monster: it would be this monster.

No, ladies and gentlemen, I’m not lying. It was like being punched in the forehead repeatedly while watching random scenes take place, because that was what the story was, random scenes put together with the same characters starring them all.

The story was about how a depressed orphan was adopted by her Aunt while receiving stalker-esque letters from a stranger (who had a weird obsession with rose-scented perfume). This rather sad orphan tried to read more
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Aug 10, 2010
Utena is a story far less innocent than it looks. Even with a subtle dash and all the fantasy comes to controversial issues, as is typical of shoujo, but this anime is much more dense than the others.
Each character is worked in a splendid manner. Its life history, their personal dramas. We note characters very human, with virtues and defects that are in common.

The atmosphere is surreal anime. Be the "Castle Dios" floating above the "Duel Arena" is the uncertainty of time and place. Utena is more than a fairy tale, is a magical story, where nothing is what it seems.
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Manga: Shitsurakuen
Transfer female student with a strong sense of justice and the wish to become a prince/knight protects a girl and gets unwillingly involved in a weird game; school; fantasy; shoujo-ai; girls getting bullied and treated as mere objects by the male students; weapons coming out of the girls' chest; duels/games; a rec is needed. 
reportRecommended by RenaPsychoKiller
Manga: Shinshi Doumei Cross
Even though Chiho Saito's & Arina Tanemura's style is very different (nonetheless both are talented artists in an ocean of mediocre shoujo series), these manga are similar mostly due to the feelings they give and the interactions between the characters.
The complex friendship of Ushio & Haine reminds me a lot of Anthy & Utena.
Both manga are set at school, and both have plenty of drama and romance.
Utena is more mature in terms of sensuality, but SDC isn't immaculate either. 
reportRecommended by RenaPsychoKiller
Manga: Houkago Hokenshitsu
After School Nightmare might not be similar to the Utena manga (which I disliked and barely read any of '^__^) but definitely to the anime (which I loved!). In both there's the concept of an alternate world within a school, in which characters do battle in order to attain a higher purpose (compare "graduating" in ASN to the goal of attaining the Rose Bride in Utena). There are also themes of gender in both, and imagery of knights in shining armour. There is the theme of world-destroying too.

Basically, I would love it (not going to happen, but...) if After School Nightmare  read more 
reportRecommended by Koshi
Manga: Banana Bread no Pudding
If you enjoyed "Revolutionary Girl Utena", you can give a try to "Banana Bread Pudding", too. Though I would say that BBP have a connection to Utena anime rather than manga. Both stories tell about girls' adolescense in strange but touching manner, using postmodernistic techniques. (Besides, there is a funny coincidence: Saeko looks exactly like Anthy, and her brother's appearance reminds me of Akio.) 
reportRecommended by Amakunakatta
Manga: Lady Masquerade
Both the main female characters in Revolutionary Girl Utena and Lady Masquerade lost both of their parents in a car accident (though Setsuna's parents were set up to die like that). Also both of the main characters fall in love with the guy who saved them from the accident and both help them recover their memories. And both female characters want revenge and both have best friends who they are very close with. Only Revolutionary girl Utena deals with action and romance , but otherwise both are very similiar. And they are both by chiho saitou. 
reportRecommended by charmecia5
Manga: S to M no Sekai
Being Chiho Saito & Be-Papas works, these manga have countless similarities.
Apart from the same gorgeous art, sensual scenes, and raffinate atmosphere, both have plenty of romance, drama, evil bishounen, sword fights, and magic/fantasy elements.
In both the main character is a pretty schoolgirl with some kind of special power.
The main difference is that Utena has shoujo-ai hints, while World Of The S & M has a tragic shounen-ai story in it. 
reportRecommended by RenaPsychoKiller

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