Utena 17-20: I am so disappointed

Revolutionary Girl Utena episodes 17-20 review

Utena 20

Three of these four episodes were cookie-cutter splitting images of each other. The same thing happened in Episodes 17, 18 & 20. Basically, a character has a spat with another, then they go to a confessional booth (an elevator in reality), then they challenge Utena (who has nothing to do with the situation) to a duel, and Utena wins to change them back to normal. It is so, so cookie-cutter. There’s absolutely nothing different about each episode. They’re all the same!

Episode 19 was a little different; at the same time, it was very similar. Wakaba, Utena’s friend, has a boy named Mitsuru who has a crush on her. She rejects him, just as in the other episodes. The difference here is that when Mitsuru goes to the confessional, he doesn’t get turned evil like the other characters; instead, he’s ruled to have to pure of a heart. And that’s it.

Episode 19 also had a hilarious moment (possibly unintentionally) when the same scene was repeated four times with Wakaba calling Mitsuru her “Onion Prince.” Aside from that, these episodes were terrible.

I am so disappointed in Utena, because this is considered by most people to be a legendary series. Is it just because Utena and Anthy end up together? Is this all because of one yuri relationship? Is everyone so obsessed with the fact that a yuri couple ends up together that we’re supposed to overlook the obvious glaring problems and gaping holes in the series? You know, Sailor Moon has a yuri couple too. It wasn’t nearly as mediocre as this series has been. When is Utena going to prove to me that it belongs in the realm of legends, and not in the bargain bin of average? It’s running out of time.

Episode 17 rating (out of four stars): *

Episode 18 rating (out of four stars): *

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

Episode 20 rating (out of four stars): *

30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 5

30 Day Anime Challenge

Day 5: Favorite Anime Opening Theme Song

Wow. This is tough, even though I ranked my Top 10 just a few weeks ago. Because “favorite” and “best” aren’t equal. While I’d love to give it to “Kimi Shinitamou Koto Nakare” by May’n from Shangri-La or “Into The Sky” by Tielle from Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, ultimately I have to still go with “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” by Yoko Takahashi, from Neon Genesis Evangelion. It’s iconic. It’s meme-worthy. It’s perfect. With all due apologies to The Seatbelts and Cowboy Bebop‘s “Tank!,” there’s nothing better than “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis.”