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  • Age Rating: All
  • Released By: Geneon Anime Music
  • MSRP: 14.99
  • Aspect Ratio: 013023522626
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Revolutionary Girl Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena Original Soundtrack 1

By Lauren Goodnight     May 28, 2005
Release Date: March 01, 2004

Revolutionary Girl Utena Original Soundtrack 1
© Geneon Anime Music

What They Say
The surreal, apocalyptic world of rose brides, secret student councils, silhouette stage girls, high-stakes sword duels and revolutionary prince girls all come to life in the long-awaited 'Utena Original Soundtrack,' loaded with 36 tracks of unpredictable music that's unlike anything you've ever heard in an anime TV series. Filled to disc capacity with whimsical violin pieces, elegant, sad piano solos and dramatic dueling choruses, this is one eclectic CD, featuring 11 vocal tracks and 25 instrumentals, including the unforgettably urgent opening theme song, 'A Round Dance- Revolution' and the passionate ending song, 'Truth.'

Based on the best-selling manga series by renowned shoujo artist Chiho Saito and helmed by Kuniko Ikuhara, the director the Sailor Moon S series, 'Utena' enjoys a high level of fan/consumer awareness, thanks to the availability of the series on DVD (from Central Park Media) and the English language graphic novels (from Viz Communications). Available for the first time as a domestic anime CD release, this soundtrack features a gorgeous full-color insert booklet that includes song titles, lyrics, creator comments, and staff credits all translated into English as well as phonetic lyrics. Music arranged and composed by Shinkichi Mitsumune (Fooly Cooly, Love Hina Again).

The Review!
(this review covers both OST 1 and OST 2)

The Utena music is a paradox. On one hand, the symphonic suite and pop music are lovely. On the other hand, the choral work is jarring and chaotic. In the context of the television series and the films, this works well to delineate the school world and the duel world, but in a listening experience, it fails to impress. Disc 1, one of the most bootlegged titles ever, is lovingly preserved and translated with vibrant colors and deep rich tonal quality. Disc 2, more difficult to find even in Japan, is kept to the same audio standards as well as visual presentation standards. These discs do not suffer poor attention to production detail. The two discs are also very similar in their content. The music from the first and second sections of the series does not differ much, and neither do the soundtracks. There is a third soundtrack in Japan, and I do not know if it will make its way here, but it as well sounds very similar (the Japanese packaging was lovely). Either way, my verdict stands: These discs are for the hardcore Utena fan. The series' relevant music can all be found on Disc 1, or, if you would rather have a fuller orchestration, on the Utena movie soundtrack. The second disc has a number of incidental pieces as well as new duel music, but nothing that sticks to the psyche like Disc 1. Brightened Garden is a defining piece on that disc; Keita Egusa's piano work is lovely. Disc 2 is characterized by strange, out-of-place tracks like 'Dona Dona' and yet another version of 'Revelation of Absolute Destiny'. I'm divided about these releases, as they evoke strong images from the anime but would not be very strong alone.

Where I took it, and where it took me: I've had this music, in one form or another, for years, and the most true thing I can say is that, no matter where I was, this disc brought me back to Ohtori Academy.
Standout track: Disc 1: Revolutionary Girl Overture -- Disc 2: Eternal Secret
Skip-it track: Disc 1: Revelation of Absolute Destiny ~ industrial mix ~ -- Disc 2: Knife of Nectar

Revolutionary Girl – overture,
A Round Dance – revolution,
Brightened Garden,
School Scarlet (Utena’s Theme),
School Lyric,
Jump Up Beauty,
The Sigh of The Rose (Anthy’s Theme),
She is Refined,
Her Tragedy ,
Eros’ Dance,
Heart’s Dice,
Invisible Rose,
Reminiscence Paradise,
Death of Aphrodite,,
Brightened Garden – Illusion ,
A Person Who Shoots at the Sun,
The Memory of an Idea,
Legend – The God’s name is Abraxas,
Eye catch,
Alien Kashira (A Silhouette Girl’s Theme),
The Revelation of Absolute Destiny,
Prayer to Dios,
When Where Who Which,
Inside the Body of The Paleozoic Era,
Spira Mirabirisu Theater,
Angel creation, namely light,
Last Evolution,
A Sealed Spell,
No one talks about it,
The Revelation of Absolute Destiny (Industrial mix),
The Announcement of The Next Time,
The Revelation of Absolute Destiny (Karaoke)

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