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Revolutionary Girl Utena vol. 3: The Black Rose Blooms (2002)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Software Sculptors
Genre: Anime, Shojo
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Utena has always protected her shy friend Anthy from bullies and mean-spirited classmates. But now, mysterious forces are actually trying to destroy her, and only Utena, with the help of a magical sword and a cast of eccentric characters, can solve the mystery of why.

GreenCine Member Reviews

... If it ain't broke... by ivygirl October 28, 2003 - 5:28 PM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
...Don't break it!

The main song, I think it's cleverly called "Revolution," that plays when Utena is marching toward a duel, is redone for these episodes, and it is horrible. It sounds like Alvin and the Chipmunks going through puberty are singing it. I can't stand it--the original was much better.

Although I like the new "Black Rose" story arc, I don't much care for the little changes they made during the dueling sequences. The annoy me. I liked Anthys little Power of Dios that sleeps within me& speech, and these episodes cut that out.

The DVD setup itself s nice. I like the extra features that come with this version. There is an interview with the director, a nice art gallery, and a summary of the first half of the series. I also really enjoy the opening sequence for the DVDit was done really well.

Beautiful new imagery by maigochan May 31, 2003 - 6:38 PM PDT
6 out of 8 members found this review helpful
In this second half of the tv series, Utena faces a new opponent, who is assembling duelists not to possess the Rose Bride but to kill and replace her. Anthy's older brother is introduced, and Miki and Jury get sequel episodes; plus, Utena duels a bovine Nanami in an "Emperor's New Clothes" tale.

This new phase brings a host of new imagery, some of which is genuinely creepy: in a building where a hundred students are rumored to have been buried alive, potential Black Rose duelists are taken through a hurtling elevator/confessional to a crypt lined with a hundred pairs of shoes. Unfortunately in some of these episodes these repeated sequences threaten to take over and become formulaic (after all, someone might manage to take Anthy from Utena, but you know no one's going to kill her). On the other hand, as youd expect from a series heavily influenced by fairy tales, THE BLACK ROSE BLOOMS finds the enjoyment to be had in formula, especially when it backs it up with strong storytelling.

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