Review for Revolutionary Girl Utena Vol.4 + Vol.5

Review for Revolutionary Girl Utena Vol.4 + Vol.5

This is a combined review for Volume 4 (To Bud) and Volume 5 (To Blossom).

So the last two volumes in this series after that we still have Adolescence, and then the only thing that remains for me is to check out the anime (which I will be watching soon).

I can say that this is one of my favourite manga series now. There are a few things that could have been better, but in overall, WOW. I can see why people are talking so lovingly about it.

Volume 4: OMG flails This volume… this volume. Wow. I am just stunned. This answered so many of my questions, what World’s End is, who Dios is, what Anthy is and why she is what she is now (Poor girl, I feel so sorry for her that she had to go through all of this and didn’t have anyone to talk to, to rely on, to be friends with, I can understand her a bit better now. She is still frustrating, and at times I want to shake her a bit, but I also want to hug her now and tell her things will be all right.), we also find out that Sanoji has feelings for Anthy (he has a funny way of showing it though, maybe he should consider some therapy to get those slappy feelings into happy feelings), and I was a bit frustrated with Utena. So naive, so stupid. She fell for it all. 🙁

The consummation ritual was slightly creepy in more ways than one.

And again, as said before some times, I will just happily think these characters are 16+, because otherwise some scenes with Akio are just too NOPE (given he is at least 20 years).

OMG at the ending! I had my suspicions he might be x, but I didn’t think it would actually be true! This series sure loves cliffhangers. Let the finale begin! Let us see how this series will end! is excited

Volume 5: A good ending, but also not. So this is it? All that happened, all that pain, that big battle, and it ends with this? Will we ever know if x is still found? It was quite interesting that Touga remembered. I can understand Anthy, because well…. but that Touga remembers must truly mean he loved her (no, I don’t believe that speech he held while talking to Anthy). That he truly cared about her. That he truly was hoping for them to be together. Which is quite sweet (and yes, I was shipping them like crazy).

The battle was wonderful though, quite exciting, not too long and not too short. It felt like the perfect length. It was a sad solution that brought the end to the battle, but it had to be done. I don’t think there was any way for this to go differently. It was this or worse consequences.

The side stories, we have two as the main story is only 60~ pages. The first one is about Juri. I don’t quite like the girl, but we see a whole new side to her + some additions to the side we always see. It gave more depth, and I respected the girl a bit more. I didn’t like Ruka the entire story until the end and the revelation there. Men, please, just tell your feelings honestly. 😐

The second side story was a bit confusing, suddenly there is someone with a black rose seal? A guy with a feeling of anger at never ageing, having to atone for what he has done. And I guess waiting for Utena to come by, just like so many other characters seemingly waited for Utena to show up. I feel this story should have been fleshed out a bit more, now it just came out of nowhere. The ending was OK, though it was quite sad.

I would highly recommend this series to everyone. Even with the ending as it is, the story is engaging, the characters are great, the art is beautiful, and there is so much more that I loved.

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