A podcast review of Revolutionary Girl Utena (Part 1)
If you’re into your Sailor Moon, you may have come across Revolutionary Girl Utena at some point in your anime career.
For one, it was written and directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara, a frequent episode director of Sailor Moon, but more importantly the series director of Sailor Moon R, Sailor Moon S and Sailor Moon SuperS. He famously left Toei after being constrained on the SuperS series, then kicked off the SuperS film – his original vision for the film was much darker, involving an apocalypse.
So Revolutionary Girl Utena was what he created post-Sailor Moon, which also featured many of the Sailor Moon production staff he nicked as he left. He even got a couple of the Senshi’s voice actors to do some main characters…
This review on my podcast Transformation Sequence comes at a rather good time, as I’ve recently seen Ikuhara’s latest work Yurikuma Arashi, of which I’ve written about previously. Utena is a completely strange and wonderful series, and I think you’ll enjoy the first part of our review.
Check in next Sunday for Part 2.