revolutionary girl utena

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oh my fuckin god

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 April 2020 02:45 (three years ago) link

silby have you seen this show

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 April 2020 15:24 (three years ago) link

has anybody seen this show

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 April 2020 16:39 (three years ago) link

i just finished the first five episodes and it is the three dimensional romantic gay aesthetic experience i have been looking for all my life

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 April 2020 16:40 (three years ago) link

i have seen this show, it's very good!

ciderpress, Thursday, 23 April 2020 16:48 (three years ago) link

Brad

I started watching Utena with my partner like three or four years ago but she tapped out and I didn’t go on on my own but even the 6 or so episodes I watched are sufficient for me to say: yes, of course, Utena, my god

silby, Thursday, 23 April 2020 16:53 (three years ago) link

Maybe I will go back to it now/start over at the beginning

silby, Thursday, 23 April 2020 16:54 (three years ago) link

yes!!!!!

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 April 2020 16:56 (three years ago) link

Can I find it online somewhere? I've heard good things.

jmm, Thursday, 23 April 2020 16:56 (three years ago) link

what finally got me to pull the trigger with this show was discovering the creator/director was also the director of sailor moon s (and super s, he left the show after that bc of creative frustration with the studio, which bears out in the final product)

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 April 2020 16:58 (three years ago) link

i bought a subscription to funimation ($7.99/mo) just to watch the recent remasters, it looks reallllly good

also, crucially, funimation also has the movie

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 April 2020 16:59 (three years ago) link

also

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 April 2020 16:59 (three years ago) link

> Can I find it online somewhere? I've heard good things.

it's all on youtube, uploaded by the us distributor themselves

chihuahuau, Thursday, 23 April 2020 23:31 (three years ago) link

better than eva imo, then again i've only watched like 5 anime series total so...

still a travesty that it didn't even place on the recent poll

chihuahuau, Thursday, 23 April 2020 23:33 (three years ago) link

I watched it ages ago and liked it, but it wouldn't be in my top tier like Eva. The world-building and costumes and fights and music and the overall style is great, but like a lot of anime series, I wish it were pared down some

Vinnie, Thursday, 23 April 2020 23:38 (three years ago) link

"better than eva" we'll see about that, although i'm willing to believe

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 April 2020 23:53 (three years ago) link

the repeated sequence of utena ascending the stairs to that weird choral metal song... so sick

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 April 2020 23:54 (three years ago) link

and then the trip-hop beat when utena pulls the sword out of anthy

it's like everything i've ever loved all mashed up together

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 April 2020 23:56 (three years ago) link

what's the gist of this one

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Friday, 24 April 2020 00:03 (three years ago) link

the repeated sequences for effect is ikuhara's trademark thing as a director yeah. kinda the same root idea as magical girl transformations but expanded further

ciderpress, Friday, 24 April 2020 00:13 (three years ago) link

i have no idea how to elevator pitch this series so someone else will have to try, sorry xp

ciderpress, Friday, 24 April 2020 00:20 (three years ago) link

lush artistic reimainging of shojo anime, the framing of which is this weird arthurian power struggle among the gorgeous genderfucked members of a student body council. it is gaaaaaAAAAaaaaAAAAyyyYYYyyy from the very jump; utena wears a boy's school uniform because she both prefers it and wants to become a prince who saves beautiful princesses. but also the staging is so gorgeous, there are scenes in this that make choices regarding camera and perspective that i'd expect more readily from idk powell and pressburger films. director kunihiko ikuhara is a self-professed david lynch fan, etc. five episodes in and i can already tell it's a magical girl anime in the way eva is a giant robot anime

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 24 April 2020 00:20 (three years ago) link

i tried. it's hard. it's very enigmatic; it plays with tropes but from a great distance, as it's totally off in its own fucking world

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 24 April 2020 00:24 (three years ago) link

that's a good pitch!

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Friday, 24 April 2020 00:26 (three years ago) link

a runaway kangaroo!!!!

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 24 April 2020 00:51 (three years ago) link

is there a brother/sister relationship in this show that isn't intensely psychosexual

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 24 April 2020 18:05 (three years ago) link

i've only seen the movie, which was wild. this is on my forever TV to-watch-list, like Twin Peaks

Nhex, Friday, 24 April 2020 19:10 (three years ago) link

lmao the episode where manami turns into a cow. even this show's filler is too bizarre to discount

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 24 April 2020 21:21 (three years ago) link

nanami*

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 24 April 2020 21:21 (three years ago) link

the nanami eps are the best

ciderpress, Saturday, 25 April 2020 16:44 (three years ago) link

mannn what the fuck is going onnnnnn (just finished the black rose arc)

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 25 April 2020 17:18 (three years ago) link

i mean i basically understand the plot mechanics but the storytelling is very oblique and unyielding and i love it

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 25 April 2020 17:24 (three years ago) link

i so look forward to the shadowplay sequence in every episode. always hilarious

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 25 April 2020 17:26 (three years ago) link

nanami is my favorite character

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 26 April 2020 19:55 (three years ago) link

ok i've got two episodes left. i don't think i could ever like a show "better than eva" but i certainly accept that argument, it's at least as great

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 27 April 2020 01:41 (three years ago) link

my only gripe is that out of 39 episodes, three are recaps, albeit the framing of the second is entertaining (a nanami-only recap episode is sort of a hilarious idea on its own), and the third recap episode is extremely important to the narrative and contains some of the shows most... harrowing scenes? let's just say i do not like being in akio's perspective

otherwise every episode and plot development has something going for it

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 27 April 2020 01:45 (three years ago) link

zettai unmei mokushiroku

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 27 April 2020 01:46 (three years ago) link

AAAAAAAAAAAAH

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 27 April 2020 02:22 (three years ago) link

just watched the first episode. I'm so glad there's subs for the music as well as the dialogue

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Monday, 27 April 2020 02:25 (three years ago) link

comparing this to eva makes no sense anyway other than to say they're both classic 90s anime that have aged well

ciderpress, Monday, 27 April 2020 02:55 (three years ago) link

nah it makes total sense to me

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 27 April 2020 03:01 (three years ago) link

they ARE very different still

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 27 April 2020 03:01 (three years ago) link

but there's a similar subversion going on and they have similar depths. both are ultimately about reasons to exist + the complexity of relationships with others and how these relationships reflect one's self-worth, albeit maybe not as forcefully as eva

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 27 April 2020 03:06 (three years ago) link

i watched the movie while very stoned and i have to say it's my favorite piece of art in human history

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 29 April 2020 21:11 (three years ago) link

ilu brad

silby, Wednesday, 29 April 2020 21:12 (three years ago) link

ever since i was a kid i had heard talk about the scene where utena turns into a car... it was beyond anything i had ever imagined

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 30 April 2020 00:14 (three years ago) link

lol i never watched the movie, i should get on that

ciderpress, Thursday, 30 April 2020 00:15 (three years ago) link

yes watch the movie!!!!!

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 30 April 2020 00:16 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

i’m watching it all over again

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 00:35 (three years ago) link

the last episode of the black rose arc is one of my favorite episodes of the show and of anything ever

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 29 May 2020 20:02 (three years ago) link

better than eva imo

― chihuahuau, Thursday, April 23, 2020 4:33 PM (one month ago) bookmarkflaglink

this turned out to be otm

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 29 May 2020 20:03 (three years ago) link

the emotional and sexual manipulation in this show feels extremely real and harrowing despite it taking place in a complete fantasy realm

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 00:54 (three years ago) link

Brad I’m mad that I have to try again to watch this show bc you’re my thought leader (I’m sorry I can’t watch horror tho)

all cats are beautiful (silby), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 01:54 (three years ago) link

it's THE BEST SHOW. ever made

(i just finished watching the last episode again)

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 02:05 (three years ago) link

revolutionary girl utena contains every gay feeling

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 02:06 (three years ago) link

brad I love gay feelings

all cats are beautiful (silby), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 03:18 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

i just bought the whole series bc it was on sale at the right stuf. worth it if only for the director's commentary on every episode???????

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 14:29 (three years ago) link

i watched his commentary on the movie last night and it was delightful, especially when it got to the car transformation sequence

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 14:30 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

this is the best show ever made

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 27 December 2020 18:44 (three years ago) link

i should correct myself upthread, there's only commentary on the last 3-4 episodes. it's great though, especially for ihukara kinda playfully sparring with chiho saito, especially relevant to me right now because i'm reading the manga and it's soooo different

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 27 December 2020 18:47 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyPv7QyuZl0

i gotta say, greatest op of all time

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 23 January 2021 04:24 (three years ago) link

hard to imagine this show with any element out of place, but especially without the j. a. ceasar songs, which give it so much of its character. i would personally like more choral prog metal in my life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRsWNBW_Mkc

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 23 January 2021 18:30 (three years ago) link

my partner and i pretty much sing the OP daily despite having watched it over 6 months ago. we also love singing the staircase battle theme and emphasizing SODOM and giggling

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Sunday, 24 January 2021 05:11 (three years ago) link

akio is the WORST MAN ON EARTH

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 7 February 2021 05:01 (three years ago) link

six months pass...

NEW ON RETROCRUSH:

🌹Adolescence of Utena, aka Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie - now streaming (dubbed and subbed)⁠

Sit back, and enjoy some of the best of the best art direction in anime history. pic.twitter.com/6d6Bthp7eS

— 📼 RetroCrush (@retrocrush_tv) August 9, 2021

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 13:34 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

utena director ikuhara has come out as trans and is changing their name, i am both not surprised and surprised

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 30 March 2022 15:19 (two years ago) link

changing their name

to bonsoir ikuhara

omg

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 30 March 2022 16:01 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

my last update was a false flag, it was for some music side project, can’t remember

ivy., Saturday, 19 August 2023 01:54 (eight months ago) link

anyway!!!! i just saw the utena movie with a packed house at japan society. i cried several times

ivy., Saturday, 19 August 2023 01:54 (eight months ago) link

three months pass...

Gimmie a sec cooking pic.twitter.com/SSAXfdnfeZ

— Empty Movement (@ohtori_nu) November 30, 2023

chihuahuau, Thursday, 30 November 2023 10:47 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

Has anyone seen the new Gundam show, The Witch from Mercury? I just watched Episode 1, and never mind allusions or references to Utena - this was practically a goddamn remake of the first episode!

Anyway I recently rewatched the middle story arc and it still completely rules

Duane Barry, Sunday, 31 March 2024 19:26 (three weeks ago) link

yeah its v intentional & cheeky to make it clear what type of story it is but it doesnt really have much in common after that first episode. fun show though

ciderpress, Sunday, 31 March 2024 22:38 (three weeks ago) link


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