Utena 11-12: Something’s missing

Revolutionary Girl Utena episodes 11-12 review

Utena 12

Something’s missing from Revolutionary Girl Utena. Something special, that spark to put it over the top. Something that would make me gush with excitement over it. Utena is the proverbial sports team that is one player away from a championship.

Don’t get me wrong; I like Utena. But it’s just not the legendary anime I was expecting. Considering all the hype, I wanted to be blown away when I watched it. And there are things I am blown away by. The music in particular, the character designs, the animation, even the dub for its time. But the plot seems way too simple. Utena confronts someone, Utena has a duel with that person, Utena wins or loses, wash, rinse, repeat.

My hope is that Utena has something bigger in store, something that’s so good that I’ll never see it coming. But it’s had 12 episodes, and right now the plot is about the size of Chu-Chu the mouse. Utena wins, Utena loses, but the series of Utena is currently treading water. It could be great, but right now it’s missing that something extra that would make it a legendary series.

Episode 11 rating (out of four stars): **1/2

Episode 12 rating (out of four stars): **1/2

Spiral 18-19: Snail’s pace

Spiral episode 18-19 review

Spiral 18

I’d review episode 18 for you if there was anything to review. Unfortunately, the pacing of the episode was horrible and absolutely nothing of note happened.

Pacing was again a problem in episode 19, but at least there was a plot about one of the Hunters trying to kill one of the Blade Children. Ayumu helps track down the Hunter, but he gets away in a blue van. Meanwhile, Rutherford (one of the Blade Children) finds the box that supposedly has the bomb to kill, and it’s empty. A really weird result, but as has gone on in the past, there’s a lot of bluffing in Spiral.

Overall, neither episode was very good, and as a result Spiral spun out this week.

Episode 18 rating (out of four stars): *

Episode 19 rating (out of four stars): **