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

One thought on “Utena 11-12: Something’s missing

  1. I gave up on Utena at about this point, and I’m a big fan of the director. But I plan to return to it because I think it just has to live up to expectations by the end.


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