About Revolutionary Girl Utena
Revolutionary Girl Utena has been both critically acclaimed and a fan favorite since its 1997 broadcast debut on TV Tokyo and features direction by Kunihiko Ikuhara (Sailor Moon S and SuperS), series composition by Yoji Enokido (Ouran High Host Club, FLCL, Sailor Moon SuperS) and animation by J.C. Staff (Honey and Clover, Slayers, Toradora!). Described as one of the top five "best anime of all time" (Anime Insider magazine, among others), the project also inspired animated film, manga and stageplay adaptations. Both shoujo (girls') manga, written and illustrated by Chiho Saito, were published in North America by VIZ Media.
Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Student Council Saga L.E.
"Never lose that strength or nobility, even when you grow up." When Utena was just a child and in the depths of sorrow, she found salvation in those words. They were the words of a prince, who wrapped her in his rose-scented embrace and bestowed upon her both a ring and the promise that it would lead her to him again. She never forgot the encounter. In fact, she was so impressed that she aspired to be like the prince and also help those in need.
Now a spirited teenager, Utena attends the prestigious Ohtori Academy. However, her strong sense of chivalry soon places her at odds with the school's student council and thrusts her into a series of mysterious and dangerous duels against its members.
Contains episodes 1-12 (the events of the Student Council Saga).
Scene access, remastered video from the recent Japanese DVD re-release, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for English and Japanese dialogue, new Dolby 5.1 audio for Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. PLUS: Clean opening, clean closing, live-action video for opening single, TV spot for opening single, and TV spots for the Japanese remastered DVD release. AND: A book featuring content from the recent, limited-edition Japanese DVD box set, including episode commentary, a discussion of the updated audio and video, discussions about the series' opening and closing sequences, and production notes from the Japanese laser disc release (part 1).
Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Black Rose Saga L.E.
Utena and Anthy have become close during their time as roommates. So when Anthy casually mentions she has a brother, Utena can't help but feel shocked. She thought she knew Anthy, but the longer she and Anthy are friends, the more she discovers she doesn't know. What other secrets could Anthy be keeping?
However, Utena won't have time to dwell upon such matters. A new group of duelists has emerged from the shadows. These new challengers wear black rose signets and also seek revolution, but their methods are different than those of Ohtori's Student Council. They don't wish to possess Rose Bride. They want to kill her.
Contains episodes 13-24.
Scene access, remastered video from the recent Japanese DVD re-release, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for English and Japanese dialogue, new Dolby 5.1 audio for Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. PLUS: Animated art galleries, 1997 Utena promo, and interviews with Utena Director Ikuhara, conducted during a previous visit to the United States. AND: A book featuring content from the recent, limited-edition Japanese DVD box set, including episode commentary, artwork and production notes from the Japanese laser disc release (part 2).
Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Apocalypse Saga L.E.
As the final duel rapidly approaches, the Student Council's will to continue is beginning to waver. After all, End of the World's identity and motives remain a mystery. And Utena, fueled by her desire to protect Anthy, continues to prevail over the feeble ambitions that drive the Student Council to fight.
But the Council's ambitions are reignited when they hear a sound. At first, it's faint, but soon it becomes clear: The promised revolution is within reach - and the duels must go on.
And what of Utena's own ambition? To become a prince, the duels may be only one of the trials she has yet to face.
Contains television episodes 25-39, plus the theatrical film The Adolescence of Utena.
Scene access, remastered video from the recent Japanese DVD re-release, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for English and Japanese dialogue, new Dolby 5.1 audio for Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. PLUS TV Series extras: Animated art galleries, interview with Director Kunihiko Ikuhara, interview with actresses Tomoko Kawakami ("Utena") and Yuriko Fuchizaki ("Anthy"), interviews with the English-language voice cast, Japanese staff commentary for episodes 37-39, dueling themes karaoke (Japanese audio), Japanese TV spots and trailers, and original North American trailers. ALSO Movie extras: Full-length movie commentary by Director Ikuhara, behind the scenes with the English-language cast, Japanese TV spots and trailers, and original North American trailer and teaser. AND: A book featuring content from the recent, limited-edition Japanese DVD box sets, including artwork, episode commentary and liner notes from the LD release (part 3).
November 21, 2011
Two more weeks to go until the Apocalypse Saga DVD Set lands with fans! To tide you over -- and to entertain you this holiday week and weekend -- we're excited to post Utena Director Kunihiko Ikuhara's answers to YOUR questions!
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to read both parts of the Q&A!
November 9, 2011
Our countdown to December's release of The Apocalypse Saga (and movie) continues! This week, we're very excited to unveil both the trailer for the third, remastered DVD set, plus photos of our replica rose seal ring!
Remember: For a limited time - and while supplies last - fans who purchase ALL THREE Revolutionary Girl Utena remastered L.E. DVD Sets via RightStuf.com will receive a replica of the signet ring worn by "Utena" in the series. This exclusive gift item will be shipped to those who are eligible with the third and final DVD box set. So place your order ASAP to claim your ring!
November 1, 2011
We're counting down to The Apocalypse! (Er... The release date of The Apocalypse Saga, that is!) Starting today, we're posting two remastered episodes each week of Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Student Council Saga (ep. 1-12) to the Nozomi Entertainment YouTube channel! Be sure to check them out -- and get in your orders for The Apocalypse Saga (available Dec. 6) and the first two DVD L.E. box sets (available now) at RightStuf.com. There are still some signet rings to be claimed...
August 17, 2011
The promised day has arrived! Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment are excited to announce the third and final remastered set -- REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA: The Apocalypse Saga DVD Set L.E. -- is scheduled for December 6, 2011 and now available for pre-order! The set will include the final story arcs of the Utena television series, plus the theatrically released film.
Also, remember! For a limited time - and while supplies last - fans who purchase ALL THREE Revolutionary Girl Utena remastered L.E. DVD Sets via RightStuf.com will receive a replica of the signet ring worn by Utena in the series. This exclusive gift item will be shipped to those who are eligible with the third and final DVD box set. So don't wait to place your orders, if you want that ring!
August 15, 2011
Mark your calendars, Utena fans! We'll be announcing the release date (and opening pre-orders) for the third and final remastered Utena L.E. DVD box set at 1:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, August 17, 2011.
Remember: For a limited time - and while supplies last - fans who purchase ALL THREE Revolutionary Girl Utena remastered L.E. DVD Sets via RightStuf.com will receive a replica of the signet ring worn by Utena in the series. This exclusive gift item will be shipped to those who are eligible with the third and final DVD box set. So don't wait to place your orders, if you want that ring!
August 8, 2011
Utena's Ring: A Sneak Peek!
Kick off your week with a sneak peek at our version of Utena's ring, which will be available - while supplies last - to those who order/pre-order ALL THREE DVD sets from RightStuf.com!
Nickel-plated metal with pink enamel accents. (Functional as a seal.) Size 7.
June 30, 2011
The gift item is revealed!
For a limited time - and while supplies last - fans who purchase ALL THREE Revolutionary Girl Utena remastered L.E. DVD Sets via RightStuf.com will receive a replica of the signet ring worn by Utena in the series. This exclusive gift item will be shipped to those who are eligible with the third and final DVD box set.
The date for the third remastered, limited-edition set will be announced in the near future, and REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA: The Black Rose Saga DVD Set L.E. is scheduled for August 2011 and is available for pre-order now!
June 10, 2011
Some sad news out of Japan, via Anime News Network: Actress Tomoko Kawakami, who voiced the role of "Utena" in Revolutionary Girl Utena, passed away on Friday, June 10, at the age of 41.
In addition to the title role in Utena, she is best known to Western fans for her portrayals of "Athena" in ARIA, "Rosette Christopher" in Chrono Crusade, "Sugar" in Sugar: A Little Snow Fairy, "Kris Christopher" in Battle Athletes, "Misuzu" in Air, "Soi Fong" in Bleach, and "Chiriko" in Fushigi Yugi, among many others.
Our sincere condolences go out to her family, friends and coworkers, and to all who have been touched by her performances. She'll be missed.
April 27, 2011
We're opening our new REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA series site with some major news! The first, remastered limited-edition DVD set (The Student Council Saga) will be available on June 7, 2011, and we are excited to announce The Black Rose DVD Set L.E. (Remastered Box Set 2) is now scheduled for August 2, 2011!
Remember: Fans who pre-order ALL THREE of the Revolutionary Girl Utena remastered DVD sets via RightStuf.com will receive an exclusive gift, which will be shipped along with the third and final box set! (Both gift and DVD Set 3 release date TBA.)
Be sure to have a look around, and check out the new trailer for The Student Council Saga
"Utena is more than an adventure;
it's a psychological roller coaster."
One of the ten "Best Anime Ever" - Anime Insider
"Simultaneously beautiful, emotionally powerful, artistically triumphant and absurdly hilarious."
- Zac Bertschy, Anime News Network http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/revolutionary-girl-utena/dvd-box-1
"What is Revolutionary Girl Utena?
Simply put: one of the single greatest anime titles ever made."
- Daryl Surat, Otaku USA Magazine (August 2011)
"...it's worth every moment and has great replay value."
- Chris Beveridge, The Fandom Post http://www.fandompost.com/2011/06/03/revolutionary-girl-utena-collection-1-dvd-review/
"Part high school soap opera, part surreal fantasy, part comedy, part psychological drama, Utena confounds expectations and enthralls viewers, and routinely shows up on 'best-of' lists for good reasons: there hasn't been anything like it before or since."
- Serdar Yegulalp, About.com Anime http://anime.about.com/od/utena/fr/Revolutionary-Girl-Utena-The-Student-Council-Saga.htm
Interview With Kunihiko Ikuhara
Thank you to all of the awesome Utena fans who submitted more than 24 pages-worth of very thoughtful questions for Mr. Ikuhara. The completed Q&A is now available! Click the tabs to see if your questions were answered!
Q: Was there resistance to the movie's stronger romantic elements, and if so, how did you overcome it? - Cryssoberyl A.
A: No, there wasn't. I tried to do in the movie what I wasn't able to accomplish in the TV series.
Q: Were there ever any creative changes you had to make because of budget issues? Were there any ideas that you wish you could have used but were just not feasible for a television series? (Although I'm curious about this, I absolutely love the show exactly as it is!) - David P.
A: No, there weren't any changes requested by anybody nor because of the lack of budget, although there were some ideas that I wanted to use but never did in the series, but I think I was able to show some of those in the movie.
Q. When listening to your commentary regarding the show, it seemed like a lot of themes and concepts placed in the show were solely because they entertained you in some way. How much free reign were you given while directing Utena in general? - Nnaemeka M.
A: I had a lot of creative freedom, especially in the story, concept, theme and pretty much everything. All I thought about doing in Utena was to make it as interesting and unique as possible.
Q: One of the most striking elements of Utena is the music of J.A. Caesar. Can you tell us about how you encountered Mr. Caesar's music? Also, can you make any other recommendations for those who became interested in Mr. Caesar's music through Utena? - Alan Z.
A: I encountered J.A. Caesar for the first time in high school when I went to go see a play whose music was performed by him. Since then I was also a fan. He has that experimental rock element from the '70s, and he continues to use that, and that's what attracts me to his music the most.
Q: When you were working on Revolutionary Girl Utena, did you ever think it would have the staying power that it's had? Does it surprise you that, fourteen years after it aired, there are foreigners who are such avid fans of the series that it was re-licensed for yet another release overseas? - Miranda K.
A: I'm truly happy that there are still fans for this property, but I think it's mainly because Utena is so unique that there's nothing like it out there.
Q: After the Utena/Anthy relationship, which relationship do feel was most important or vital to the series? In clarification, by relationship, I mean any connection between two characters - romantic, friendship, rivalry, enemy, etc. - Jay L.
A: Definitely all of the above. I believe that the relationships between humans are never eternal. They change whether for better or worse on a daily basis. Two rivals could one day become friends, or even lovers. In the story, I wanted to portray the changes in their relationships.
Q: What was your favorite recurring visual motif or piece of symbolism used in the series? And where on earth did Nanami get a dissolving dress? - Katelyn B.
A: My favorite is probably the 'rotating roses.' (lol) The dissolving dress is an element used abundantly in the old shoujo comics.
Q: Which character do you personally identify with the most? - Chelle W.
A: Utena and Anthy, but I love them all.
Q: For many people, including myself, the Black Rose arc was the most confusing and most discussed of the arcs in terms of how it fit into the rest of the show. What did the Black Rose Saga mean in your eyes? - Nnaemeka M.
A: I thought that by portraying the 'death' image which is a fine line to 'life,' I was able to paradoxically express the meanings of 'life' and 'sex.' 'To live' and 'to dream' can be defined as 'floating hopes' that develop from the fears of death.
Q: Do you have any influences you look to, and were there any particular movies/books/series/people that inspired you to get into the business? - Chase P.
A: Every small thing that I encounter in life is inspirational and influential.
Q: Do you intend on creating/producing any other works with the Be-Papas team? - Desiree V.
A: No, there's no such plan at the moment.
Q: If you could have been born in any time period, which one would you have been born in, or do you prefer now? - Julia F.
A：I am happy with the time I live in right now. If I weren't living in this time period, I wouldn't have been able to make anime.
Q: Hi. Since cars play a pretty big role in Utena, I wanted to ask what are you currently driving, and what are your favorite car models? - Laurie S.
A: I don't drive right now, but I ride a bicycle instead (lol).
Thank you, again, to Director Ikuhara and to Maki Terashima-Furuta, of Production I.G., for helping to make this interview possible!
Utena, Revolutionary Girl (Shojo Kakumei Utena) © 1997 BE-PAPAS/CHIHO SAITO/SHOGAKUKAN • SHOKAKU • TV TOKYO.