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A Castle of Eternity and the Girl Who Wishes to Be Prince
Oct 30, 2007 reviewed by TheReviewer
Starting off, the anime is complex, unique, and surreal. This is an odd fruit among the other anime. It stands out. While sometimes, it can be downright confusing with the intense plot twists and scenes.
Utena, the main character, met a prince who saved her when she was young and wiped away her tears. The prince left a remainder of his presence, a ring encrusted with the Rose Crest, a symbol of a Duelist. That ring would one day lead her to him. So impressed by the princed, she vowed to become a prince herself one day.
Utena attends a school, which holds a Council of sorts for Duelists who bear the mark of the Rose. In this respect, Utena holds much for conspiracy and gets involve with the plot to obtain the Rose Bride in order to obtain what they want the most.
The Council is made up many three dimensional characters who all have their own wishes, ambitions, and desires. These characters grow and are known by the audience as the series continues on.
Music-wise, this anime has a brilliant composers that set the scenes on fire with the beautiful tones and lyrics. The opening song, while bubbly with foreboding messages, is a catchy tune, similar to the first ending theme.
As for the art, it is stunning and very much on a shoujo level with lots of action and somewhat generic fights. Any person who loves good art and quality for older animation will be drawed in by the beautiful lines, imagery, and symbolism.
Overall, Revolutionary Girl Utena is a beautiful piece that will capture attention, awe and confuse the audience, and leave them wanting more conspiracy, mystery, and flair.
Disclaimer: Not suitable for those who are disgusted by incest or girl love.
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