Adolescence of Utena

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Adolescence of Utena
Adolescence of Utena poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byKunihiko Ikuhara
Produced byYūji Matsukura
Atsushi Moriyama
Written byYōji Enokido
Based onRevolutionary Girl Utena
by Chiho Saito
StarringTomoko Kawakami
Yuriko Fuchizaki
Music byShinkichi Mitsumune
J. A. Seazer
CinematographyToyomitsu Nakajō
Edited byShigeru Nishiyama
Production
company
Distributed byToei Company
Release date
  • August 14, 1999 (1999-08-14)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Budget¥120,000,000

Adolescence of Utena (少女革命ウテナ アドゥレセンス黙示録, Shōjo Kakumei Utena Aduresensu Mokushiroku) is a 1999 Japanese anime film directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara, written by Yōji Enokido, from a story by Ikuhara, and produced by J.C.Staff. The film is a retelling of the plot of the anime and the manga Revolutionary Girl Utena, but like the two it has its own continuity. In English-speaking territories, it was released as Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie. In 2001, Central Park Media licensed and released the movie, with the English voice cast to reprise their roles from the TV series.[1] In 2010, following the closure of Central Park Media, Right Stuf Inc. announced their license to the film, as well as the TV series.[2]

Plot[edit]

Utena Tenjo, a new student at Ohtori Academy, observes a fencing match between students Juri and Miki. She encounters her ex-boyfriend Touga, and shortly after their meeting, finds a rose-engraved ring identical to one that Touga was wearing. She later meets Anthy Himemiya, the sister of the school's headmaster, and Saionji, a student also wearing a rose-engraved ring who calls Anthy the "Rose Bride". Saionji sees Utena's ring and challenges her to a duel, which Utena wins using a sword she pulls out of Anthy's chest.

Shiori, Juri's childhood friend, tells Touga that as a child her prince died after attempting to save a drowning girl. That night, Anthy visits Utena's dormitory and attempts to initiate sex with her, but is rebuffed. When Utena questions Anthy about the duel and the rings, Anthy responds that she is betrothed to whomever wins the duel.

Touga and Shiori receive a phone call from an unidentified man who says that his sister[a] is a witch who made the lord of the flies into a prince, but when her magic faded, the prince turned into his true self again. The duels are organized in an attempt to re-activate her magic.

The next day, while posing nude in art class, Anthy reveals a gaping hole in her chest to Utena. Meanwhile, the school's broadcasting club shows a video that implies that Akio, Anthy's brother and the school's headmaster, has previously drugged and raped Anthy.

Juri, who has been manipulated by Shiori into dueling Utena, is defeated when she witnesses Utena seemingly transform into Anthy's prince. Immediately afterwards, Akio's hidden grave is found, shocking the school with the revelation of his death. Shiori produces a second video which shows Anthy lucid during her rape, which prompted Akio to stab her in the chest and accidentally fall out of a window. Utena rushes to find Anthy, but finds Touga. She suddenly remembers Touga died attempting to save Juri from dying when they where children. Touga kisses Utena, who tearfully thanks him for being her prince, and vanishes.

Utena finds Anthy, and tells her they should go "to the outside world." Utena is then inexplicably swallowed by a car wash, and metamorphosed into a pink car. Anthy enters the car and drives it away from the academy, though a large fleet of black tanks and Shiori – also in car form – attempt to thwart her. Anthy is assisted in her escape by Juri, Miki and Saoinji, who say they have been inspired by Utena and Anthy to also go to the "outside world."

An apparition of Akio attempts to stop Anthy, though she rebukes him in an explosion of roses. Utena and Anthy emerge riding the remnants of the Utena car, and kiss as they drive into a grey wasteland.

  1. ^ Shown to the audience to be Anthy.

Cast[edit]

Character Japanese English
Utena Tenjo Tomoko Kawakami Rachael Lillis
Anthy Himemiya Yuriko Fuchizaki Sharon Becker
Touga Kiryuu Takehito Koyasu Crispin Freeman
Shiori Takatsuki Kumiko Nishihara Lisa Ortiz
Akio Otori Mitsuhiro Oikawa Josh Mosby
Juri Arisugawa Kotono Mitsuishi Mandy Bonhomme
Miki Kaoru Aya Hisakawa Jimmy Zoppi
Kanae Otori Ai Orikasa Kerry Williams
Kyoichi Saionji Takeshi Kusao Jack Taylor
Wakaba Shinohara Yuka Imai Roxanne Beck
Shadow Girl C-Ko Kumiko Watanabe Roxanne Beck
Shadow Girl E-Ko Maria Kawamura Lisa Ortiz
Shadow Girl F-Ko Satomi Koorogi Mandy Bonhomme
Kozue Kaoru Chieko Honda Roxanne Beck
Art Teacher Kunihiko Ikuhara Tony Salerno

Reception[edit]

In 2000 Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie won a Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation Award in the category of "Best Film, Japanese Release".[3] THEM Anime gave the movie three stars out of four, saying it impressed more than it disappointed.[4] Silver Emulsion gave a favourable review but admitted the film would have a limited appeal.[5] The Artificate described the film as "anime on LSD" and commented that the film only worked as a companion to the show and not on its own. In the end the film received a 3.5/5 score.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CPM Acquires Utena Movie". Anime News Network. 2001-01-31. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  2. ^ "I.G: Right Stuf Has Utena Movie". Anime News Network. 2010-07-03. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  3. ^ "SPJA awards". Anime News Network. July 6, 2000. Retrieved October 25, 2010.
  4. ^ http://www.themanime.org/viewreview.php?id=467
  5. ^ http://www.silveremulsion.com/2013/05/01/stephen-reviews-revolutionary-girl-utena-the-movie-1999/
  6. ^ http://the-artifice.com/the-adolescence-of-utena-1999-review/

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