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?

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep08

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 08

Episode eight of Utena is the last bit of silliness for the remainder of the first story arc. Nonetheless, what does this episode tell us? Did Nanami really go to India? How did she not die? How could Anthy's cooking have POSSIBLY made this body swap happen? Is it possible that this episode is nothing more than Anthy (or someone else) having a little fun at Nanami's expense?

Judge Anime By Its Cover

Judge Anime by its Cover
Anime Boston 2013

You wouldn't judge a book by its cover, but anime is a whole different ball game. What if we reviewed anime SOLELY by their covers? Would these reviews be accurate? If so, why? Anime, moreso than other works in other media, seem "truer" to their marketing material, and it is our hypothesis that one truly can "review" anime to a great degree soley by their covers.

Overheard at Anime Boston

Overheard at Anime Boston

This was overheard in the audience while we were preparing to present Judge Anime by its Cover at Anime Boston 2013. It turns out there is at least one person out there who's tastes are dictated by how obscure something is.

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