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Shoujo Kakumei Utena  
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From Viz:
After young Utena's parents die, she wanders the streets. Just as she's about to drown herself, a prince comes to her rescue, telling her she must grow up to be a brave noblewoman. From that day on, she strives to become not a princess but a prince. Years later, she receives a mysterious rose-crested ring in the mail. Will she meet the prince again?


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Associated Names
Revolutionary Girl Utena
Rewolucjonistka Utena
Utena – La fillette révolutionnaire
Utena, Revolutionary Girl
อูเทนะ พลิกฟ้าตามหารัก
장미의 기사 티나

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Latest Release(s)
c.Illustration Gallery by Alice Dreams over 11 years ago
c.Curry Transformation by Alice Dreams over 12 years ago
c.15 by Alice Dreams over 12 years ago
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in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Complete)
6 Volumes - New Edition (Complete)
3 Volumes (Bunkoban)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 6.8 / 10.0 (138 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.75 / 10.0

Last Updated
October 13th 2020, 8:06pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Ciao (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (5 Volumes - Complete)

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Good but not good enough  
by misukinekochan
June 10th, 2014, 2:50pm
Rating: N/A
This series is ok to read when bored but nothing amazing can be expected from the story. It doesn't flow as smoothly as you'd hope. Would not read again and would not recommend.
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Hmmm I'm disappointed  
by monkry
December 21st, 2012, 11:36pm
Rating: N/A
I'm longing for this series ever since I read its review in a magazine some years ago. When I read its review, it seems that every character has a very twisted personality and the story is interesting. And I'm so happy to get it scanlated.
But after finishing it... well... seems my expectation was too high... Eventhough it has great characters, but everything is just... unreasonable. Well it has reason, but the reasons weren't strong at all, or just cliche...
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Screwed up series  
by Krimson
January 2nd, 2012, 2:01pm
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
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So utena is in love with Dio but she is easily deluded by Akio and is okay to consummate the marriage with his sister. Oh wait! she already knows that Akio is world's end, but it's still fine cuz she loves him. Let's not forget that she knows he is the bad guy and is trying to end the world. How does it matter anyway? She is in love right!! Oh! and she is in love with him since one week when she decided that she will co-operate with Akio on his mission (watta love man!) and she is (still) in love with Dio since she was six. How screwed up is that? And Kiryuu. She asks him to hit her cuz she luvz Akio and can't help doing what she wants. My question. Why doesnt he? I would have hit her a thousand times.

When Dio dies he kisses Utena. Nice end to the man who was considered as a major protagonist.

If there was a zero on rating, I would've used it.

... Last updated on January 2nd, 2012, 2:03pm
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Not so sure  
by thebikernun
September 6th, 2009, 7:20pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
The art is pretty good but the story is lacking something. It drags in some spots and does not give enough detail in others. It has the makings of a really good manga but needs more development.
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by tomomimorgan
August 21st, 2009, 4:37pm
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
I'm sorry but I can't say I agree with the other reviews for this manga.

I've watched the anime - and, actually, I didn't even see all of it because it was just too random and weird for my taste (I think I stopped at Nanami's egg... and that pretty much speaks for itself), so I was a bit skeptic about reading this manga.

However, my absolute love for Chiho Saito's works (Kanon, Kakan no Madonna just to name my favorites) made me want to read this one as well and... boy, was I glad I did!

I loved this manga. Absolutely loved it. And, guess what? It actually makes sense! I happen to think the characters are actually better developed in the manga than the anime, despite it being so short (especially Touga - who remains my favorite character - and Anthy, who is actually not as passive and boring as she appeared in the anime): you actually understand their feelings and why they act the way they do.

What I do not understand, however, is why the anime changed all the relationships:
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First and foremost, how did Juri end up lesbian?? Not that I have any problems with it, but I happened to think her story with the guy to be quite sweet and romantic. And the fact that Juri was crushing on Touga - if only for a while - and Miki was in love with Utena? And Saionji really head over heels for Anthy and no one else?

The feeling I got of the anime was that they pretty much killed all the normal relationships and turned them all somehow more perverse (although "incest" feels like a really big word to me, even for the anime;
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I can't be sure of that because I didn't watch all of it, but as far as the manga goes, there are no mentions of incest unless you refer to Anthy and Akio... but then again, if you've read the whole thing, I'm sure you must have realized that Saito-sensei is talking about deities... surely you know, for instance, that Zeus and Hera of Greek mythology were brother and sister? And all the shoujo ai! Juri is NOT a lesbian in the manga, and neither are Anthy and Utena... at least the way I understood it, they were attracted to each other, but I never felt this attraction as "romantic"... Utena is torn between Dios, Akio and Touga, while Anthy has been in love with Dios all along, and thus obeys Akio since he's "part" of Dios...
); but then again this is probably just me. I suppose it depends on how you interpret the story: I didn't find any GL nor incest here.

Definitely recommend it!
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by Nights1stStar
October 30th, 2008, 3:53pm
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
Though the manga has some humorous moments not found in the anime, the manga tends to portray the characters far more superficially. Utena doesn't truly suffer in her struggle to be a prince, Anthy becomes a stereotypical damsel in distress who doesn't walk the fine line between a princess and a witch, Juri is reduced to a shallow, jealous lover who constantly bickers over Touga, and these are just the big changes. Each character is so simplified that they become stereotypes, instead of unique characters who subvert and deconstruct the archetypes they're subjected to. The Utena anime is the most intelligent, beautiful series I've ever seen, but those looking for that greatness to be replicated in the manga will be very disappointed.
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Definitely my favorite Chiho Saito work  
by kiraDementia
August 8th, 2008, 8:11am
Rating: N/A
I adore this series so much. Setting aside the shoujo-ai and incest themes, the story is surprisingly deep. Even though I prefered the anime than the manga--it's still worth the read if you want strong (and slightly twisted) characters.
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