GeekNights Presents Utena: ep07

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 07

Episode seven of Utena is where the show really gets into its groove. Duels are introduced and occur within as little as a single episode. The formula of a duel's progression is established. This is the point from which Utena is the show everyone remembers it to be (until the cars show up).

We also now have a sense of Juri. What was she truly fighting for? Why does everyone else already know who's on the photograph in her locket? Why did Shiori betray her? What were Ruka's feelings at the time? More importantly, why did Juri LOSE? Were here intentions not just as pure-hearted as Utena's? She even defeated the Power of Dios, and lost on account of a "miracle." What is the real reason that drive Juri to fight?

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep06

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 06

Episode six of Utena is a Nanami Episode. These recur throughout the series, and have their own distinct character. They tend to be humorous, tend to involve Nanami Kiryuu escalating already ridiculous situations, and tend to come just when you're about to learn something pertinent about the main plot. In this one, Tsuwabuki is introduced, a character who will recur for the rest of the show.

Don't discount these episodes. They're a metaphor for the series as a whole, and for Utena's progression through adolescence. The Nanami episodes tell their own story, and are more relevant to the deeper story of Utena than you might realize.

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep05

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 05

Episode five of Revolutionary Girl Utena brings us Miki's actual duel. It also sets the stage for the basic format of the rest of the first season of Utena.

So what was Miki truly after? He thought he cared about Himemiya, was really projecting himself onto his (estranged) sister, and lost the duel regardless. For that matter, what is anyone fighting for?</p

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep04

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 04

Episode four of Revolutionary Girl Utena brings us the prelude to a new duel, this time between Utena and, surprisingly, Miki. Before, with Saionji, we can understand his motivations on a basic level. But why has gentle-hearted Miki taken up his sword against Utena, with whom he has no conflict?

A mysterious girl from his past, an eternal, shining thing, music in a sunlit garden, the Rose Bride: why is Miki a duelist? More to the point, just what is so special about Anthy? Why is she the way she is?

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep03

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 03

Episode three brings us not a duel, but a ball. But was the ball not perhaps a duel in disguise? Nanami, Touga, and Utena all had machinations, but pay attention to what each of them actually wanted: the relationship between each of their true desires is more complex than one might realize.

So what just happened on the night of the ball? Where does the world of the "special people" intersect with the world of the mundane? At what point did Utena cross from one to the other?

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep02

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 02

Episode two - Why They Fight - sees a second duel, gives us some insight into the Student Council, and introduces the true core of the plot: what is Utena to this system of "duels" for the "Rose Bride," and what does her arrival here at Ohtori Academy mean?

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep02a

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 02a

Episode two (aside) - Chu Chu - will keep you warm until the full analysis of episode 2 is up. Chu Chu is introduced: just what is his deal?

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