The BEST Episodes of Revolutionary Girl Utena

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 13, 2020

Network: TV Tokyo

Utena Tenjou's parents died when she was a little girl. At that time, a prince appeared to her and gave her a signet ring with a rose crest. He told Utena to keep the ring and promised that they would meet again someday. Utena was so impressed by him that she decided to become a prince herself! Utena is all grown up now. She studies at the Ohtori Academy and wears her own version of the boys' uniform. She still looks forward to finding her prince, but in the meantime, it's up to Utena to save damsels in distress and cross swords with Ohtori Academy's top duelists. When Utena unwittingly wins the "Rose Bride" in one such duel, she finds herself in the middle of something else... something that just may lead her to her prince.

Azure Paler Than the Sky

#1 - Azure Paler Than the Sky

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 15, 1997

Ruka is back once more, but this time he takes Juri and uses her to duel Utena for him! Will Utena be able to pull off another miracle?

star 9.25
4 votes
The Rose Crest

#2 - The Rose Crest

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 19, 1997

Utena is invited to a theater play, and takes Akio and Anthy. Unfortunately, she doesn't know that the play is about the truth behind the Rose Bride and the prince.

star 9.00
5 votes
Someday, Together, We'll Shine

#3 - Someday, Together, We'll Shine

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 24, 1997

Everything comes to an end. Something shiny, eternity, miracles, the revolution of the world. Catch the stunning climax to Revolutionary Girl Utena!

star 9.00
7 votes
End of The World

#4 - End of The World

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 17, 1997

Utena vs. The End of the World. The truth is discovered.. about the duels, the Rose Bride, and the Prince.

star 8.40
5 votes
Carefully Cruel - The One Who Picks That Flower

#5 - Carefully Cruel - The One Who Picks That Flower

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 11, 1997

Having observed the last five duels, Touga is now positive that he has completed collecting sufficient data to defeat Utena. Touga has been implying to Utena that he is the prince she has been looking for. One day, in the rose garden, Touga shows Utena that he is her prince in concrete terms. However, he challenges Utena to a duel. Believing that Anthy wants to quit being the Rose Bride, become an ordinary girl, and make many friends, Utena decides to beat her prince for Anthy's sake.

star 8.36
11 votes
Nanami's Precious Thing

#6 - Nanami's Precious Thing

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 4, 1997

Taking the Rose Bride to the Arena without a duel besides inflicting a wound to Touga, Saionji is now expelled from school. Nanami blames Utena for Touga's wound. Utena apologizes, but Nanami doesn't forgive her. A memory crosses her mind that she gave a kitten to Touga as a birthday present when they were very young, and later, from jealousy she killed the kitten. At Touga's birthday party, Utena brings a bunch of flowers to express her gratitude. But Nanami is very upset. Touga suggests them fighting a duel on the Arena by the code of the

star 8.25
12 votes
The Prince Who Runs Through The Night

#7 - The Prince Who Runs Through The Night

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 12, 1997

Anthy has Akio deliver some roses to a far away place, taking Utena with him. After a day at the Carnival, Utena and Akio bond late at night.

star 8.20
5 votes
The Castle Said to Hold Eternity

#8 - The Castle Said to Hold Eternity

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired May 28, 1997

In the Kendo Dojo, Saionji and Touga are fighting a Kendo duel. Touga defeats Saionji by a narrow margin. Utena hears from Saionji that they has fought hundreds of duels in the last ten years. Saionji also tells Utena that he wants to win the duels and take Anthy to the midair castle above the Arena. A memory crosses his mind about that raining day when he was a young boy... One day, he receives a letter from the Ends of the World, in which they say the castle will fall down to the Arena today. On the other hand, Utena gets a phone call from someone and he says Anthy is being kidnapped at the Forest of the Arena.

star 8.09
11 votes
Unfulfilled Jury

#9 - Unfulfilled Jury

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 14, 1997

Juri believes there are no miracles. In the past, she secretly loved someone, but she couldn't win the person's heart. She thinks if there were miracles, she could have achieved her love. One day, Juri talks with Utena, and she gets enraged by Utena's words that she believes in miracles for the destiny between her "prince" and herself. Juri challenges Utena to a duel and tells her to show that there are miracles by defeating Juri by a miracle.

star 8.06
16 votes
Whispers In the Dark

#10 - Whispers In the Dark

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 8, 1997

An old friend named Ruka returns to the Academy after a long leave. He takes over the Fencing Team again, and then challenges Utena to a duel, using Shiori as a Rose Bride!

star 8.00
4 votes
The Barefoot Girl

#11 - The Barefoot Girl

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 22, 1997

Utena has started thinking about her Prince again.. and if she's allowed to love someone else. Utena's world is about to change even more so.

star 8.00
4 votes
The Love That Blossomed in Wintertime

#12 - The Love That Blossomed in Wintertime

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 26, 1997

Touga suddenly comes back into Utena's life, wanting to spend more time with her. Then, Touga finally realizes the truth about his life.. and how much he was used.

star 8.00
4 votes
And Thus Opens the Doorway of Night

#13 - And Thus Opens the Doorway of Night

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 3, 1997

Touga tells Utena the truth. About his true feelings, and that he's always loved her.. Unfortunately for Touga, Utena loves someone else. Touga then challenges Utena to a duel, while placing a bet. If he wins, she becomes his girlfriend.. if she wins, the Student Council no longer aims for the Rose Bride.

star 8.00
3 votes
The One Who Brings the World Revolution

#14 - The One Who Brings the World Revolution

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 10, 1997

Utena has gone though many battles.. Friends, Student Council, and people she barely knew. Nothing will compare though, to the battle she must fight now. Will she battle or will she not?

star 8.00
5 votes
For Whom The Rose Smiles

#15 - For Whom The Rose Smiles

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 9, 1997

Winning the duel with Saionji, Utena is now the Victor of the Duel and is to be "engaged" to the Rose Bride, who is Anthy. Next day, Utena and Anthy start living together in a dorm. Saionji, who is actually really in love, asks Anthy to get back on good terms with him, but Anthy refuses. Then, he challenges Utena to a rematch. Feeling the whole thing is just crazy, Utena decides to lose the Duel on purpose.

star 7.92
24 votes
Their Eternal Apocalypse

#16 - Their Eternal Apocalypse

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 17, 1997

Anthy and Utena move out of their dorm and into the right wing of the chairman's office so Anthy and Akio can be closer to each other. Then suddenly Saionji comes back to duel!

star 7.88
8 votes
The Rose Bride

#17 - The Rose Bride

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 2, 1997

Utena Tenjou is a schoolgirl in the eighth grade of Ohtori Academy. She has the strange memory that, when she was very young, she met a mysterious "prince" and was given a ring with a rose signet. One day, Utena finds guys are making fun of a love letter somebody posted, and she finds it was written by her best friend, Wakaba, for the captain of Kendo Club, Saionji. For the sake of her best friend, Utena challenges Saionji to a duel. Then, Saionji tells her to come to the forest of the Duel Arena.

star 7.81
31 votes
On the Night of the Ball

#18 - On the Night of the Ball

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 16, 1997

Utena unintentionally unleashed the Power of Dios in the last Duel with Saionji, which attracted Touga's interest in her. Touga sends Utena a dress for the upcoming ball. On the other hand, Touga's sister, Nanami, thinks her brother likes Anthy, and in a fit of jealousy, she sends Anthy a water-dissolvable dress.

star 7.80
20 votes
The Sunlit Garden - Finale

#19 - The Sunlit Garden - Finale

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 30, 1997

In the tune Anthy just casually played, Miki found a "glow" that he had been seeking. He has a twin sister, Kozue, who used to play a tune with a "glow". However, she does not play the piano anymore because (he thinks) of his fault. Miki wishes to protect Anthy's "glow" in her tune; however Anthy tells him that, because she is the Rose Bride, by the Rose Signet Code, she must obey the Victor of the Duel, or Utena at the moment. She even says that, if Utena told her not to play the piano anymore, she would not. Since he thinks it is his own fault that he lost Kozue's "glow" in the past, not to lose a "glow" again, Miki challenges Utena to a duel and tries to set Anthy free and protect her with his own hands

star 7.79
14 votes
For Friendship, Perhaps

#20 - For Friendship, Perhaps

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 18, 1997

Utena was defeated. But the real shock for her was not the fact that she was defeated, but the fact that from Touga's explanation, she learned that Anthy was just playing the role of the bride around Utena, which means Anthy pretended she wanted to quite the bride, become an ordinary girl, and make many friends, *because* Utena, or the Victor of the Duel, so wished. Utena now loses herself. Wakaba, although she knows nothing about what's going on with Utena, she tries to cheer her up. Gradually, Utena gets back to herself. Utena goes to the rose garden to see Touga. Touga thinks she's come to accept his date offer. However, she challenges him to a duel.

star 7.78
9 votes
The Boys of the Black Rose

#21 - The Boys of the Black Rose

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 2, 1997

Utena never knew that Anthy meets her brother Akio, every Saturday night --- nor did she even know that she has a brother. Anthy lets Utena meet Akio. Akio has been engaged to Ohtori Kanae whose father is the chairman of the board of trustees of Ohtori Academy. Her father is deseased, so Akio is doing the acting chairman. In advance, Anthy has asked Utena to keep secret from Akio about everything about the duel stuff. Mikage Souji is a twelfth grader who orginizes Mikage Seminar, aka the Black Rose Association. He is such a genius that he even writes papers for professors. The building of Mikage's office is called Nemuro Memorial Hall, where it is said that one hundred boys were buried alive long ago. Chida Mamiya has a right to become the Rose Bride. Mikage says he will do whatever it takes to make Mamiya the Rose Bride, and will obtain the Power of Dios and the eternal secret. Mikage says the Ends of the World admited Mikage and Mamiya. They say they need a duelist good enough to beat Utena. In the elevator of Nemuro Memorial Hall, Kanae confesses she is suffering. She can't get along with Anthy no matter how hard she tries. Taking advantage of that, Mikage makes her a Black Rose Duelist.

star 7.67
9 votes
The Sunlit Garden -  Prelude

#22 - The Sunlit Garden - Prelude

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 23, 1997

Utena and Miki are about to begin a duel. The rest of the episode and the following one are flashback to show what has caused this duel. Miki often plays a particular tune on the piano. He says he cannot truely play the tune as he wishes because he has lost a "glow". Nanami thinks that Miki likes Anthy, and from jealousy, she tries to tease and razz her. Taking advantage of that, Miki makes a good friend of Anthy, and then Utena. Finding Anthy and Utena got poor grades in the previous math exam, Miki offers to tutor them. However, Nanami won't leave them alone.

star 7.65
17 votes
Miki's Nest Box (The Sunny Garden - Arranged)

#23 - Miki's Nest Box (The Sunny Garden - Arranged)

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 24, 1997

The End of the World use the recently injured Kozue to get Miki to duel with Utena! Of course, realizing it's his chance to get Anthy again.. he goes for it, and uses Kozue as his own Rose Bride!

star 7.60
5 votes
Curried High Trip

#24 - Curried High Trip

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 21, 1997

Somehow, Anthy's curry and rice explodes and that shock switches Utena and Anthy's personalities. Now Utena is feminine while Anthy is tomboyish. The cause of the incident seems to be Nanami's practical joke, trying to mix in the curry the "100X Curry, an Indian Specialty Hot Enough to Make You Breathe Fire". which has mistakenly been replaced with the "Super Spicy 900 Billion X Curry, So Hot It Will Blast You to Smithereens and Make Phantom Elephants Trumpet Loudly". Scolded by her brother, Nanami flies to India to obtain more of the same spice.

star 7.50
14 votes
Her Tragedy

#25 - Her Tragedy

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 29, 1997

Nanami finds out that her and Touga are not true siblings, and becomes overly depressed by this. To the point of running away from home... and suddenly being invited to live with Anthy and Utena by Akio! This is gonna more troublesome then a duel for Utena.

star 7.50
4 votes