GeekNights Presents Utena: ep15

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 15

Episode 15 of Revolutionary Girl Utena settles the show in the pattern of duels, fueled by Mikage and the Black Rose, that will carry the rest of the Black Rose Saga season. Anthy is cast in an increasingly sinister light, alongside her brother Akio, while hearts are stolen to fuel ever-more-powerful duelists.

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GeekNights Presents Utena: ep14

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 14

Episode 14 of Revolutionary Girl Utena is the de facto start of the Black Rose Saga. The Boys of the Black Rose. Who are these new characters? Why do they look suspiciously like (and have ties to) characters we already know? Why is Anthy clearly in cahoots with the End of the World. Cahoots, and also bed. All this and more as we begin analyzing some of the meatiest episodes of Utena yet.

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GeekNights Presents Utena: ep13

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 13
- Tracing a Path

Episode 13 of Revolutionary Girl Utena is a liminal episode. On one hand, it provides a denouement to the Student Council Saga (season 1), nominally explaining what happened and, to a degree, why. On the other, it raises far more disturbing questions about the true aim of these duels, setting the stage for the Black Rose Saga (season 2). Who is this man (Akio), what is his relation to Anthy or End of the World, and why is he trying to (re)awaken the Power of Dios?

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep12

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 12

This is the end of the first arc of Revolutionary Girl Utena. This is the point from which everything changes. Pay attention to how every character reacts to everything that happens. How does Touga know so much? Why is Juri so calm despite his seemingly total victory? What did Anthy remember?

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep11

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 11

In this episode, the eleventh of Shoujo Kakumei Utena, we explore Touga's motiviations, as well as how exactly he was able to achieve what he did. Touga's plan was meticulously put together over much of season one, and in this episode came to fruition.

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep10

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 10

In this episode of Shoujo Kakumei Utena, we learn about the awful things Nanami has done in the past to preserve in her heart the love and sole attention of her brother Touga. What was Nanami fighting for truly? She certainly wasn't apologizing to Touga for trying to murder Utena after losing her duel.

We learn in this episode mostly of Touga's true intentions. He's been playing everyone all along, and his plan has finally come together. This was the last step before his expected duel with Utena. But, why are both Anthy and End of the World helping him?

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep09

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 09

Episode nine of Utena is probably the most important and revelatory of all episodes up to this point in the show. We see Utena's backstory, as well as Touga's and Saionji's. We learn of a pre-existing relationship between Utena and the school, between Utena and the two boys, and possibly some context to Utena's prince and his gift of the ring to her.

What exactly did young Utena see that gave her the courage and conviction to leave that coffin? Saionji, believing that Touga had a hand in it (and now confronted with the reality of death: both of the body and of true friendship), is set on his disastrous path.

Touga betrayed Saionji, with the help of End of the World (whoever or whatever that is), removing him from the equation while simultaneously setting the stage for his coming duel with Utena. But, what exactly is he after?

Is there something "eternal" in the castle?

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