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: 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?

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?

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep01

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 01

Episode one - Pay Attention - throws the viewer right into the thick of it: unintroduced characters, inscrutable motivations, secret forests, and floating castles all! There's little to analyze with just this to go on (without spoiling), so we point out a number of directions of inquiry for the viewer. The best thing you can do to better understand this show is to pay attention.

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep00

GeekNights Presents:
Shoujo Kakumei Utena
Episode 00

We at GeekNights reviewed Shoujo Kakumei Utena (Revolutionary Girl Utena) many years ago. It's a fantastic, A-level anime that has stood the test of time: something every anime fan should watch at least once.

Utena is a complex show with a complex story, nevermind the imagery, allegory, music, and everything else that makes it a staggeringly difficult work to grok with fullness. Thus, rather than attempt to cram all of that into a single, mind-shattering episode of GeekNights, Rym and Scott have decided to analyse the show, episode-by-episode, for the entirety of its three seasons (39 episodes).

Consider this a sort of "viewer's companion." Nothing will be spoiled at any point beyond what would have been seen if you were following along. Watch each episode after you've seen the relevant episode of Utena.

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