“Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie” Review by Jgames
The Utena anime is a classic when it comes to Shoujo and yuri anime. With the anime influences still being seen today even to non-anime shows like Steven Universe. I would talk about the anime, but I just do not have the time. I mean all three seasons are not the same quality as each other, so I would have to review each season by itself. Not only would I need to watch over thirty-something episodes, but write 3 reviews, which I simply do not have the time to do, nor do I feel like it. Which is fine because I honestly always like the movie more and want to talk about it.
The movie is not a simple retelling of the anime, but a reimagining base on the anime. So technically you do not need to have seen the original anime, but they have two scenes that make absolutely no sense unless you have seen the original anime (granted they not as important in the grand scheme of things, and more of an unnecessary call back). The movie is about Utena, a transfer student going to an almost otherworldly school. She meets a red hair male student, who she has met in her past, with a rose ring. She later sees that Anthy, a mysterious girl also has the same ring. Now she is trying to uncover the secret of the rose ring as she must challenge other people for the rose bride, Anthy.
If you have seen the director works like Yurikuma Arashi or Marawu Penguindrum, it should be no surprise that the movie is a bunch of beautiful but nonsensical at the same time. As the movie feel very trippy, stuff is always moving, with symbolism on top of symbolism being played out, making for some surreal imagery. This movie looks gorgeous with so many breathtaking and memorable scenes. It has the same art style as the original anime with its very shoujo aesthetics, with the pointy chins, long legs, and everybody looking gorgeous. It easily has one of the best kisses in anime. It has lots of surreal imagery that does have lots of meaning behind them instead of just looking pretty and weird. They are scenes that say a lot visually, which makes me rethink about the movie. As it is a movie that you either going to say, this was a bunch of nonsense or pretentious and just never go back to it, or a movie that you want to keep rewatching and come up with your own interpretation and theories.
The movie pacing can feel like a bunch of scenes, but they do go well together and adds to a bigger narrative that builds on each other. That being said, one criticism that people might have is that the movie cares more about the messages, metaphors, and symbolism over the actual characters. As one could argue that Utena and Anthy relationship are not as strong as the message and imagery themselves. It is a more fairy-tale like story and is more focus on the emotional aspect than them naturally falling in love with each other organically. The romance is relying more on the big scenes to show that they are growing attached to each other, instead of the original anime where you have over 30+ episode to see that natural progression. I do think that is sort of the point, to be an emotional surreal drama roller coaster. A roller coaster you enjoy and then ponder and think about. As the movie gives you enough stuff about the characters to draw your own conclusion about them. For example, Utena is a tomboy girl who wants to act like a prince, with Anthy being a submissive playful girl who does whatever the current duelist wants to do with her. It is basically your Prince and Princess relationship you usually see. The brave prince and the helpless damsel in distress who automatically falls in love with her prince. Seeing the character development and how they turn that trope around was satisfying, hilarious, weird and clever all at the same time. Is those smart and ingenious writing that makes watching this movie time and again so enjoyable. There something to admire the more I watch. While I have praised the movie, I will admit that there was one character in the movie who felt completely pointless and underutilized. I felt like he was just there because he was in the original anime. Not to mention there is another completely pointless scene that was a nice callback and throwing shade to the horrible and cringe-worthy comedy the anime had. That being said if you have not seen the anime, all you got was a cringe-worthy scene. Aside from those blatant fan service (and not talking about the actual sexy fan service in the anime), the movie does a good job of being its own thing even if it is easier to understand if you have seen the anime. As for fans, I do feel like they should give this a try if they hadn’t. As it does have many scenes that I wanted to see in the anime, but never got, with this movie making up for it. The movie soundtrack also has lots of callback to the original anime, which is always great to listen to that over the top soundtrack.
The anime is a surreal masterpiece in my opinion. While there might be some minor flaws to have with the movie, and it might be too much and turn some people off, I absolutely love this movie. Is a movie that is not only entertaining to watch but has me heavily invested in the world and what it all means. Plus, that kiss scene alone made it worth watching. I give this movie an A.
Meant to do more yuri and yaoi anime for pride month, but since I have more free time since I only have one class right now in the summer, I been working a lot more. Ironically making myself as busy as I was during the school semester.
I watched the film back on INternational Channel. I can't remember anything about it. I know it was very different from the anime on Toonami. Hell International Channel had some very risque anime and I thought old anime were pornos. Project A KO and Here and There were on it
Tech TV didn't have uncensored anime but it had Lain and Dual Universe.
Utena was instrumental in yuri and magical girls - the new magical girls tend to have a lot of it
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
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HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
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