Revolutionary Girl Utena Released Monday
posted on by Andrew Osmond
On Monday July 20, Anime Limited will release the first volume of Kunihiko Ikahara's Revolutionary Girl Utena as a Collectors Blu-ray. It will include the first 12 episodes of the series, as well as a poster and five art cards.
Anime Limited summarises the series:
"'Never lose that strength or nobility, even when you grow up.' When Utena was just a child and in the depths of sorrow, she found salvation in those words. They were the words of a prince, who wrapped her in his rose-scented embrace and bestowed upon her both a ring and the promise that it would lead her to him again. She never forgot the encounter. In fact, she was so impressed that she aspired to be like the prince and also help those in need. Now a spirited teenager, Utena attends the prestigious Ohtori Academy. However, her strong sense of chivalry soon places her at odds with the school's student council and thrusts her into a series of mysterious and dangerous duels against its members."
The 39-episode series originally aired in 1997. Kunihiko Ikuhara (Sailor Moon series director, Penguindrum) directed the series at J.C. Staff. The series starred Tomoko Kawakami as Utena Tenjou and Yuriko Fuchizaki as Anthy Himemiya.
In the series, Makoto Niwa is a high school boy who, since his parents are away on business, lives with his aunt's family. It is there he meets his mysterious cousin of the same age Erio Touwa—who happens to tie a futon around her upper body and is a self-proclaimed alien. Her staple food is pizza. Erio had been missing for half a year and was found floating in the sea. She doesn't remember anything about what happened during that period of time, but she began to think that it was the act of an alien and wanders the neighbourhood wrapped in the futon.
The SHAFT comedy was broadcast in Japan in 2011.