Shoujo Kakumei Utena
Revolutionary Girl Utena
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Shoujo Kakumei Utena

Alternative Titles

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

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 25
Status: Finished
Published: May 2, 1996 to Mar 20, 1998
Genres: Fantasy Fantasy, Girls Love Girls Love, Romance Romance
Theme: School School
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Ciao
Authors: Be-Papas (Story), Saitou, Chiho (Story & Art)

Statistics

Score: 7.331 (scored by 43554,355 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #39262
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1429
Members: 9,956
Favorites: 253

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Synopsis

It has been half a decade since Utena Tenjou's parents passed away. However, instead of mourning, Utena vividly remembers the mysterious prince who comforted her in her time of need. That day, the prince—whom she nicknames "Peropero-kun" after he licks her tears away—bestowed upon her a ring and promised that as long as she possesses the keepsake, it would lead her back to him one day.

Since then, Peropero-kun sends Utena a letter once a year just as the roses begin to bloom. Believing the letters are written by Utena's aunt rather than an obscure nobleman, Utena's best friend Kaidou decides to search for evidence that supports his suspicions. When he finds six photos that connect like puzzle pieces in the letters, it proves that not only does Peropero-kun exist, but also that he can be found at the prestigious Ohtori Academy.

Wishing to reunite with her long-lost prince, Utena leaves her current life behind to embark on her search for Peropero-kun. After arriving at the academy, she encounters the Ohtori Academy's student council and their strange treatment of fellow student Anthy Himemiya. Utena's investigation into this shady behavior unleashes a plethora of mysteries that may just lead her to the prince she has sought for so long.

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Background

Shoujo Kakumei Utena was published in English as Revolutionary Girl Utena from January 9, 2002 to March 3, 2004 by VIZ Media. It was also serialized in their Shoujo anthology magazine Animerica Extra. The publisher re-released the series in a deluxe two-volume hardcover box set on April 11, 2017.

The series was also published in Chinese by Sharp Point Press; in French by Pika Édition; in German by Carlsen Comics; in Italian by Edizioni Star Comics; in Polish by Waneko; in Portuguese by JBC; and in Spanish by Norma Editorial.

The manga has been adapted into various musical and stage productions. It was also adapted into a video game; titled Shoujo Kakumei Utena: Itsuka Kakumei Sareru Monogatari, it was developed and published by Sega in 1998 for the Sega Saturn. The series is known to have influenced particular Western works, such as the critically-acclaimed animated TV series Steven Universe.

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More reviewsReviews

Nov 13, 2017
chrissy_poo_too (All reviews)
"The book is better than the movie/series/whatever!" Yup, we've all heard it, and from my experience 99 times out of 100 rehashes, remakes and adaptations pale in comparison to their source material. Unfortunately the Utena manga fits into that rare, mythical 1% zone. In this case, the source material is indeed a mere shadow of its adaptation.

Not to say the manga is bad. It basically covers the first arc of the show and then jumps to the very end of the last arc, so you're getting what is generally considered to be the best parts of the series (I'm a bit of a black rose read more
Jun 17, 2020
UnipolarUnicorn (All reviews)
Both the manga and anime for "Revolutionary Girl Utena" seem to have quite a large following, so to say the least, I was expecting something great. I am afraid I did not get exactly that. I'm not saying this manga was bad because it was a great concept and actually had a lot of potential. However, it came up short for me, and I am going to give it a 6. I'll list the pros first.

Pros

I'll start with my favorite thing about this manga, which was the art. Chiho Saito really outdid herself because this manga was completely beautiful. I love the rose theme and read more
Aug 9, 2018
purpleggplant (All reviews)
This was such a let down I had to review it. For years i have been told that this manga was amazing. revolutionary even. That it really was a great story that defied gender norms and tackled tropes and stereotypes. But honestly i really don't see that at all.

The only different thing going on in this Shojo is that instead of getting with the guy in the end Utena...??? I'm not even sure!!! She wants to become a prince the entire time, break out from the princess trope yet she is constantly falling back into it. She falls in love with anyone she thinks read more
Nov 20, 2020
snottiee (All reviews)
SO perfect! I wish the manga was just a bit more explicitly gay but still. The art is so pretty and beautiful theres surprisingly diverse characters for a manga (and also anime!) from the 90s. And I find the story so interesting and beautiful. I loved Anthy's story so much and I love how much personality the female characters have. During the anime I was confused pretty much throughout the whole thing but after reading the manga everything made a lot more sense. I would recommend reading before watching the anime. The only disappointing part about the manga itself was ****spoiler***** Juri is not a read more

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