Shoujo Kakumei Utena or Revolutionary Girl Utena
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Recently I found this old anime w/ a lot of weird symbolisms in it. It's extremely different from the manga version. For the manga, it's just ordinary shoujo, but the anime ambiguosly hints at yuri and other stuff like that.
I'm only halfway through it and I'm not sure if I like it, w/ all the repetitive motifs and all.

Have any of you watched it? What did you think abt it?

Here's the synopysis [taken from wikipedia]:
The main character is Utena Tenjou, a tomboyish teenage girl who was so impressed by a kind prince in her childhood that she decided to become a prince herself (expressed in her manner of dress and personality). She attends Ohtori Academy, where she meets a student named Anthy Himemiya, a girl who is in an abusive relationship with another student. Utena fights to protect Anthy and is pulled into a series of sword duels with the members of the Student Council. Anthy is referred to as the "Rose Bride" and is given to the winner of each duel. As Anthy is thought to be the key to a coming revolution, the current champion is constantly challenged for the right to possess the Rose Bride.

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Posted 10/25/08
I never watched that one. Well, I might check it out. Thanks for the heads up.
Posted 10/25/08
I've seen it. Yeah, it's about a girl trying to save the other girl, right?
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iv seen that it's really really really really yuri if im not mistaken
i saw one ep where all the girls in their school was fantasizing about the Protagonist it was creepy though
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Posted 10/25/08

carissa96 wrote:

I've seen it. Yeah, it's about a girl trying to save the other girl, right?


Yeah...saving her from other duelists and such...it's a really weird series..I'm not sure if I should cont. watch it.
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Posted 10/26/08
Never watched it
Posted 10/26/08
Unfortunately, I don't watch anything that resembles the art style of Sailor Moon.
Posted 10/26/08
I've seen it. I like it though.
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It's really good, it has lesbian characters (juri ) but the main character, Utena is not a lesbian and only goes for guys in the story, she's just friends with anthy. Also, there are incestuous relationships in the story and some hinted sex, but nothing shows. It's a fairly clean anime, but dirtier things are hinted at or go on offstage. Oh yah, the girls that gather around Utena admire her and want to be like her, they don't want to have sex with her. or maybe they do, but it doesn't really matter since she only has eyes for her prince.

that said, it's an artfully put together series with lots of hidden meaning and a healthy dose of drama. It's got some reptitive sequences (similar to transformations and attacks) but is NOTHING like sailor moon and the art doesn't resemble sailor moon's art at all. It's extremely stylized and has a visual quality that is unique to only this series.

Hooray for Utena! I recommend it if you like drama, intrigue and thought-provoking mystery.
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Posted 12/4/08
Well I watch the dub because my fav voice actress from Pokemon who played Misty and Jessie from seasons 2-8 played the main character.
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