Publisher: Viz Media
Format: Hardback with slipcase.
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
You can’t talk about this manga without admiring the beautiful packaging Viz put together for the 20th Anniversary Edition of Revolutionary Girl Utena. Split into two hardcover volumes and dressed up in a solid black and pastel pink slipcase, this set will please any fan of Utena or Shojo manga. Each book has a detailed cover design with the back covers showing rose petals and gold trim while the front cover has a bright and colorful picture of Utena. Inside of each volume are several full color, glossy pages of artwork. This box set is heavy and worth every penny.
This was my first experience with Revolutionary Girl Utena and I was really excited to have the opportunity to read it. My gateway manga and anime drug was Sailor Moon and while I have found many series over the years I enjoy, nothing quite came close to how I felt when reading Sailor Moon. I can understand why Revolutionary Girl Utena is such a big deal – reading this made me feel the same way I did when I first saw Usagi transform into Sailor Moon. As I mentioned earlier, there are many similarities between Utena and Usagi. They’re champions of justice, looking to right the wrongs of the world and protect their friends. They’re both seeking out a mysterious prince and they want to change the world for the better. Of course Utena is far more athletic than Usagi and a lot more capable of defending herself. This is reflected in their respective friendship pools. Usagi has a huge support network of senshi who get her out of a pickle. Utena has few friends and some are manipulative while others are selfish and annoying. Utena has to pull herself together when times are tough because she doesn’t have the same support network. In a way, I can appreciate that because it sends a positive message to young girls who want to be a prince instead of a princess.
This 20th Anniversary Edition is also a great opportunity to introduce new readers to the world of Utena.
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