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Shoujo Kakumei Utena

Shoujo Kakumei Utena

Alternative Titles

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


Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 25
Status: Finished
Published: May 2, 1996 to Mar 20, 1998
Authors: Be-Papas (Story), Saitou, Chiho (Story & Art)
Serialization: Ciao


Score: 7.381 (scored by 3691 users)
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Ranked: #49702
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Popularity: #1192
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Nov 5, 2007
Shaya (All reviews)
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
Apr 28, 2008
bitsypookums24 (All reviews)
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
Dec 7, 2012
Maz-Maz (All reviews)
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
Aug 10, 2010
akaiane_kiddo (All reviews)
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.
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
Jan 24, 2017
Xaerith (All reviews)
I really thought I'd like this at least enough to continue, but it just wasn't for me. I've been wanting to read this for a while and it was on my 'number one' list as one of the ultimate yuri classics - I mean, a girl wanting to be a prince and protecting another girl is pretty bloody high up on my can-relate list, and I love Shojo art; anything sparkly is fine by me (Note: I just want gay Sailor Moon). The artwork was beautiful but I felt the story was kind of lacking and the characters fell flat. The whole Utena being rescued 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