Friday, June 12, 2009
Revolutionary Girl Utena is one of my favorite anime series. It's a somewhat over-the-top slice of shoujo with dramatic music, heavy symbolism, and some interesting takes on gender.
The guys of this show/manga created by BePapas (which includes manga artist Chiho Saito and Sailor Moon director Kunihiko Ikuhara) are blatant, unapologetic bishounen. The show also has some homoerotic tendencies, especially in the later episodes. It is a strange show, even by anime standards, but if you're in the right frame of mind, you can enjoy it.
The now-defunct Central Park Media released both the anime series and its movie on DVD in America. Viz Media released the manga.