Revolutionary Girl Utena, a surreal, intelligent and at times insane series that never really got the release it deserved will get a new oppourtunity thanks to distributor company Right Stuf Entertaiment. Utena’s new licensor has issued a press release detailing their plans to rerelease the series in three boxsets with remastered video sometime next year.
Revolutionary Girl Utena is the story of Utena Tenjou, a girl who was so impressed by a prince in her childhood that she decided to become a prince herself. In her quest to reunite with her prince, she ends up attending Ohtori Academy, an exculsive private school.
When Utena decides to protect another student, the mysterious Anthy Himemiya, from her abusive “boyfriend”, Utena gets pulled into a pulled into a series of sword duels against Anthy’s boyfriend and the members of the Student Council at Ohtori. The winner of the duels will be engaged to Anthy, also known as the “Rose Bride”, who holds the key to obtain revolution.
With its striking visual design and it’s subversive commentary on societal tropes, Utena is a classic for anyone looking to watch a intelligent show that doesn’t force feed it’s message down the throats of the audience.
The series was orignally a manga by Chiho Saito, written in 1996-1997. The series was directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara (Sailor Moon S) who also made a movie adaptation, The Adolescene of Utena in 1999. All three adaptations of the series available stateside, but the TV series is the easiest to find.
The TV series was origianly released on VHS by Central Park Media (CPM) in 1998, and then the first 13 episodes on DVD in 1999, with the remaining 26 in 2001. Unfortuantly, the quality of these releases are not up to today’s standards. The new releases from Right Stuf will have remastered video from the Japanese DVD releases, while retaining the CPM dub.