Revolutionary Girl Utena Gets Another New Manga Chapter This Winter
posted on by Karen Ressler
The first new chapter, titled "Shōjo Kakumei Utena After the Revolution," ran in the September issue of Flowers on Friday. The story takes place at Ohtori Academy after the end of the original manga's final chapter, when a certain person visits the school. The magazine also published a talk between Saito and Revolutionary Girl Utena anime director Kunihiko Ikuhara.
Be-PaPas — a group of industry professionals including Saito, Yoji Enokido (Bungo Stray Dogs, Star Driver), Shinya Hasegawa (Golden Time, Taboo Tattoo), Ikuhara (Sailor Moon, Yuri Kuma Arashi), and Yūichirō Oguro (Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie) — developed the Revolutionary Girl Utena manga and anime at the same time. Saito's manga debuted in Shogakukan's Ciao magazine beginning in 1996, and Shogakukan published the series in five compiled volumes. Viz Media licensed and sold the manga in North America, and recently released a collector's edition.
Viz Media describes the story:
At the lowest point in her young life, Utena Tenjou was saved from death by a mysterious prince. Since that day, Utena vowed to grow up to be not a princess but a strong and noble prince herself!
In search of her long-lost prince, Utena enters prestigious Ohtori Academy, only to be challenged to a sword duels by a member of the mysterious Student Council. But by winning the duel, she finds that she has won the hand of another girl: Anthy Himemiya, the "Rose Bride."
The 39-episode television anime adaptation from director Ikuhara originally aired in 1997. Central Park Media and later Nozomi Entertainment released the television series on DVD in North America, and Nozomi Entertainment is planning a Blu-ray Disc release. Nozomi Entertainment's YouTube channel is streaming the series in Japanese with English subtitles. Central Park Media also once released the 1999 film retelling, and it is now streaming on Tubi TV with the English dub.
Saito also drew the Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena, which is based on the 1999 film.
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