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.

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?

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