Shoujo Kakumei Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena

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Synonyms: Shoujo Kakumei Utena
Japanese: 少女革命ウテナ
English: Revolutionary Girl Utena
French: Revolutionary Girl Utena
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Type: TV
Episodes: 39
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 2, 1997 to Dec 24, 1997
Premiered: Spring 1997
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 18:00 (JST)
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Original
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, MysteryMystery
Themes: Mahou ShoujoMahou Shoujo, PsychologicalPsychological, SchoolSchool
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.211 (scored by 6277062,770 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #3452
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1089
Members: 214,507
Favorites: 8,249


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Years ago, a tragic incident befell a young princess when both her parents died. Devastated, it seemed nothing would calm this poor soul. However, a prince traveling through the area came to see the princess, hoping to cheer her up. After wiping her sorrowful tears, the prince gave her a ring carrying a rose emblem and told her as long as she holds onto the ring, they are destined to meet again. The event leaves a deep impression on the girl, Utena Tenjou, leading her to become a prince herself.

Years later, Utena attends Ootori Academy, recognized by the same rose emblem as her precious ring's. There, attracted by the scent of roses, she witnesses Anthy Himemiya tending the flowers, accompanied by the Student Council President Touga Kiryuu and Vice President Kyouichi Saionji, who seem to be arguing over Anthy. While Utena thinks nothing of the occurrence, the Student Council gathers to discuss an important matter.

Subsequently, a misunderstanding leads to Utena being dragged into the world of Duelists—those with rings similar to her own. The Duelists fight for the ownership of the Rose Bride, Anthy Himemiya, who is said to possess great power. Wanting to prove her capabilities as a prince, and enraged that Anthy is being wronged and objectified, Utena resolves to fight against the Duelists to save her from the cruel fate.

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Childhood idealism, illusions, ambition, adulthood, sexuality, abuse, incest and identity are all prominent themes which are explored in what is essentially a highly metaphorical and symbolic coming-of-age story. Loss of innocence, both sexual and otherwise, is treated as a life changing event. Fairy tale archetypes such as the noble prince and the damsel in distress, as well as standard tropes of the shoujo and magical girl genre are incorporated, subverted, inverted, averted and deconstructed.

Shoujo Kakumei Utena won the Best TV Animation Award at Animation Kobe in 1997.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kobayashi, Noriko
Ikuhara, Kunihiko
Director, Script, Storyboard, Theme Song Lyrics, Original Creator
Tanaka, Hideyuki
Sound Director
Igarashi, Takuya
Episode Director, Script, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"Rinbu Revolution" by Masami Okui

Ending Theme

1: "Truth" by Luca Yumi (eps 1-24)
2: "バーチャルスター発生学 (Virtual Star Hasseigaku)" by Maki Kamiya (eps 25-38)
3: "Rose & release" by Masami Okui (eps 39)


Nov 10, 2022
One of the best animes ever written, no joke.

This is an abstract anime, which may not be for everyone, it's a love letter to adolescence and growing up. I love how three-dimensional all characters are despite how little some of them talk. this is a show about school and building relationships but in a dramatic light, having your period is represented as having a literal egg in the character's bed.

Honestly, I didn't know what was going on at a certain point in this show but I still enjoyed it, it was also funny in a particular and specific way. It's a staple of dark/mysterious Mahou ...
Aug 14, 2023
Mixed Feelings
It's certainly iconic. Everything sticks to you and it's awesome at points, but I can't help but feel that it does not live up to the expectations created by others' impression.
Its directing and music make for a spectacle that lasts for the duration of the show, with memorable characters and locations. But this style of directing can make some episodes hard to understand, so I don't think absolutely everyone should watch the show.
At the end of the series, I felt like I still didn't know the characters despite spending 39 episodes with them, and thanks to the close to surrealist storytelling, I couldn't understand the ...
Jun 15, 2020
It's made in a way you will get confused all the way through. The plot seems like this huge divine scheme and so, you expect for more and hold your breath at the possibilities. That was the beginning and I felt like I was in for a ride, though the big impact never came. Major stories go unexplained or not explained all the all through. The plot held a potencial of storytelling and it could have been worked on better. Nevertheless, one thing I really enjoyed was the constant interaction with the surroundings. It created an environment where the interactions seemed this much more connected ...

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