Monday, March 31, 2014

DVD Movie Review #100 Revolutionary Girl Utena the Apocalypse Saga

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Hello again and we are back for another of the DVD movie reviews. This time I am reviewing the third box set in relation to the Revolutionary Girl Utena show. Well this box of course was necessary to complete the series so of course for my reasons please see my review of box set one.
This set includes season 3 and the movie so you will see reviews for both here.

Season 3 picks up where it left off with the mysterious "End of the World" revealing himself and taking one more stab at trying to take the Rose Bride from Utena utilizing the student cancel to do so. The saga comes to its conclusion in a heart pounding battle that will keep all on the edge of their seats.

The Utena movie is a different animal all together this movie follows the girl Utena who in seeking to find her prince has decided to be one herself. She meets up with the Mysterious Rose bride and finds herself caught up in a strange duel for her hand in this strange homoerotic fantasy.

The quality of the animation is better this season and I must be happy as it concludes with a bang. The return of the major characters such as the greek chorus that disappeared in the first season is a welcome return. The plot is well written and you will be very happy with the writing and the depth of the characters. In the end this is well worth watching.

The Animation in the movie is very very high quality. I was impressed by the action the color and the general pleasing nature to the eye. The music was well done and the action scenes were superior to anything that I saw in the series. This is a nice bit of 80 minute eye candy.
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Well in the end there are other issues that I am seeing here that are similar to the second season. The battles are sadly not very different when it comes to the action as they utilize nearly the same animations each time. I can also say that he story may be a bit odd for some audiences. Of course there are the homoerotic elements in play but in the end it is hard to decide weather this is a good or a bad thing.

The Writing in the movie is its weakpoint. I feel that the writers must have had a maijuana, vodka mocha late before starting this as it is off the hook. It starts out well enough with Utena being a more believable prince and then takes a strange turn that can't have been other than drug induced. I've watched the series that this was re-hashing and I still don't know what I watched. This is a sad ending to an otherwise good series.

In the end this is much better than some.

Rating:  7/10

This is the Third of the Right Stuff Limited Edition Sets.



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