The anime of Kunihiko Ikuhara focus on outsiders, those who push against society's restrictions either willfully or through their very nature. For the heroes of shows like Sarazanmai and Revolutionary Girl Utena, being accepted by society would come at the cost of rejecting their very selfhood, and thus they must seek acceptance outside of its boundaries. Today on Why It Works, let's explore how that quest for acceptance informs and elevates all of Kunihiko Ikuhara's brilliant productions!
The stars of Kunihiko Ikuhara's hit anime series have joined forces for a new key visual! Characters from Revolutionary Girl Utena, Sarazanmai, and more grace the latest poster for the director's upcoming exhibition. Check out the full visual, and read up on the event's latest announcements, after the jump!
Kunihiko Ikuhara's latest work is the culmination of an eclectic career in thoughtful and surreal anime. Here's why you should catch up on all of his work while you're keeping up with Sarazanmai!
This spring season is packed with exciting properties of all shapes and sizes, but few possess the creator pedigree of Ikuhara's Sarazanmai. From Revolutionary Girl Utena through Yurikuma Arashi, Kunihiko Ikuhara has directed some of the most creative, insightful, and poignant anime of all time. Today let's run through his dazzling career, and try to discover what we can expect from his latest production!
Just in time for Sarazanmai, a new exhibition is celebrating the works of Kunihiko Ikuhara! The limited-time event will display work from Utena, Penguindrum, and more. Check out more info after the jump!
Dreaming of the ultimate duelist's uniform? Cospatio is preparing to release an officially licensed Revolutionary Girl Utena costume, and pre-orders are now open! Check out photos after the jump.
There’s nothing more magical than a royal wedding, but some of these anime classics might come close! When it comes to romance, anime loves to tease, so when two character finally tie the knot it's always that much more special! Hit the jump to count down the top anime weddings as we prepare for the royal union!
Shonen Jump famicom Mini, new Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha key visual, Wake up, Girs! mobile game announced, & More! Hit the jump for the highlights of the hottest news in anime!
Utena and Anthy have returned! More than two decades after Revolutionary Girl Utena first premiered in anime and manga forms, the story has begun again. After the Revolution is the first of three books following the aftermath of the beloved series. Check out art and information after the jump!
Be-Papas member Chiho Saito recently returned to the Revolutionary Girl Utena manga for a new Juri-focused follow-up story called "Beautiful Thorn." Now it's time to schedule the third chapter, so read on for details.
This year, Be-Papas member Chiho Saito turned 49 and celebrated the 35th anniversary of her debut manga, "Ken to Madomoaseru" (The Sword and the Mademoiselle) by returning to Revolutionary Girl Utena (the anime of which celebrated a 20th anniversary) for a new Utena story in the September issue of josei magazine Flowers. She's back again in the March 2018 issue, out January 27th. Get a look after the jump.
Sadly, Nozomi Entertainment has had to delay the release of their Revolutionary Girl Utena box sets. More info will be forthcoming -- but for now, everything we know and a full company statement are after the jump.
As part of the on-going celebration of the 20th anniversary of ground-breaking TV anime Revolutionary Girl Utena, a new musical stage play based on the series will be performed in March of 2018. Hit the jump to learn more.
The Revolutionary Girl Utena anime ran April-December in 1997, and it's time to bring the 20th anniversary celebrations to the figure shelf. Good Smile Company and Max Factory have prepared a poseable figma of Utena Tenjou, which is on sale starting today. Along with Chu-Chu, the articulated, 13.5cm figure will ship in May. Get a look after the jump.
Last year, Japanese record company King Records and Kayac launched a new joint project "Anison Fitness". These were supervised by Nobuhiko Eda, an assistant professor at Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University, and musician/instructor Gou Takahashi - the younger brother of singer Yoko Takahashi of Neon Genesis Evangelion OP fame. That song is one of the motivational backgrounds to a set of videos that have now been published to Youtube.