Good lord in heaven this layout is out of character for me. First layout I've done in months that stayed under 100kb! I'm so proud of myself. HTMLing is just the absolute best way to spend my precious weekend. Who needed sleep anyway? Lunar Heavens, Mercutial Heavens, Venusian Heavens I'm glad Dios didn't dress like this, because I'd hate to see Akio's EoTW uniform if it was inspired by it. Saturnian Heavens, Fixed Heavens, Motive Heavens AREN'T THEY ADORABLE??? See what I mean? Look at the hat!!! Thank god Dios didn't do this. See they're little hanging stars like it's a stage. I dunno.
The Eve of the Absolute Evolution Revolution

In the original Japanese!

CD CoverZettai Shinka Kakumei Zenya
The Eve of the Absolute Evolution Revolution
Shoujo Kakumei Utena Original Soundtrack 1

Original Japanese Release
Catalog (KICA) Number(s): KICA-354
Release Date: 7-24-97 (July 24th, 1997)
Price: ¥3,059
Released by: KING Records Co., Ltd.

Release in the United States
This CD was released in the US, but the distributor ceased release shortly after due to bankrupty. :(
Release Date: 3-16-04 (March 16th, 2004)
Price: ~$14.98
Released by: Pioneer / Geneon
Item Number: PIO 5226
UPC: 013023522626

     Packing a huge thirty-six tracks, this CD covers the background music, duel choruses, and opening/closing themes of the Student Council (Seitokai) Arc. Both the opening ("Rinbu Revolution" or "Round Dance Revolution") and first of the two closing themes ("Truth") are featured here in full length, as well as no fewer than three renditions of "Absolute Destiny: Apocalypse". Those three being the original played during the ascent sequence of the first arc, the Seitokai or Student Council, arc, and the industrial remix played during the second, Kurobara or Black Rose, arc. The third is a karaoke version of the original version from the first arc.

Track Information

01. Revolutionary Girl Overture (2:35)
02. Rinbu Revolution (full size) (4:35) (TRANSLATION)
03. Subtitle (0:12)
04. The Sunny Garden (1:43)
05. Scarlet of the Campus (1:50)
06. Lyric of the Campus(1:09)
07. Jab Up Beauty (2:12)
08. Sigh of the Rose (2:20)
09. She's Elegant (1:40)
10. Her Tragedy (2:15)
11. Eros of the Ball (1:41)
12. Dice of the Heart (1:54)
13. Invisible Roses (1:17)
14. Paradise of Reminiscence (1:28)
15. Aphrodite of Death (1:53)
16. The Sunny Garden: Illusion (1:50)
17. The One Who Shoots at the Sun (1:23)
18. Passionate (2:10)
19. Idea of the Memory (1:40)
20. Legend: The God's Name is Abraxas (1:12)
21. Eye Catch (0:21)
22. Inhabitants of Planet Kashira (2:11)
23. The Absolute Destiny: Apocalypse (2:34) (TRANSLATION)
24. Duelists (1:59)
25. Pray to Dios (2:10)
26. When, Where, Who, Which (1:40) (TRANSLATION)
27. Paleozoic within the Body (2:03) (TRANSLATION)
28. Spira Mirabilis Theatre (2:11) (TRANSLATION)
29. Angelic Creation, Namely, Light (2:04) (TRANSLATION)
30. Last Evolution (Eve of the Evolution Revolution) (2:04) (TRANSLATION)
31. Seal Spell (1:43) (TRANSLATION)
32. No One Has Anything to Tell (3:08) (TRANSLATION)
33. The Absolute Destiny: Apocalypse-Industrial Mix (2:05)
34. Next Episode (0:33)
35. Truth (full size) (4:26) (TRANSLATION)
36. The Absolute Destiny: Apocalypse (Karaoke) (2:32)

CD Scans

CD Case
CD and Inside of Case
CD Obi (spine card)
Booklet Cover

Booklet Pages
001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 006, 007

Soundtrack Review

Score: 6.5 of 10
     Recently released in the United States, this soundtrack covers the material you hear in the first arc of the series. The CD preserves the veering between light-hearted humor and dark dramatics that marks the Seitokai arc, and since the tracks are mostly in order of appearance, they evolve from the most cheerful and fun tracks to the darker tracks. There's something for everyone here, and if it seems like the perkier tracks dominate, it's because they're all in the front, and they're just very overpowering songs.

    Frankly, the background music on this disc doesn't move me. "Legend: The God's Name is Abraxas"' is my favorite of the background music offered here, and it's no mistake it's also the most dramatic, foreboding track—it's the music played during the student council meetings. Another classic on the CD is the first track: "Revolutionary Girl Overture", that has a gorgeous opening that I prayed would last forever. Luckily, it does on "The Rose Bride" on soundtrack five. Many of the tracks are somewhere in between cute and dark, like "Duelists", which manages to be perkily dramatic. The following track, "Pray to Dios" is only played once in the show that I recall, and yet is one of my favorites here; it's a slow jam head-bobbing thing you just don't see much of on the soundtracks. The background music is ultimately an afterthought on this CD, though—it's all about the opening theme, "Rinbu Revolution", the closing theme "Truth", and the duel choruses crammed way in the back. Everybody likes "Rinbu Revolution", and everyone likes at least one of the duel choruses on this CD. The choruses fit the arcs they belong to: there's the brief and frantic chaos of the Black Rose duels and the finalizingly dramatic tunes of the Akio Arc. Here, there's a sense of confusion about the tracks, and the impression you get of them is from the rush of physical action they accompany, as opposed to emotions that weigh progressively heavier on the choruses as the series goes by.

     I never have anything bad to say about duel choruses, and I've got no complaints here. My favorites are "Paleozoic Within the Body", "Angelic Creation, Namely, Light", and "No One Has Anything to Tell"; Saionji's second duel, Juri's, and Touga's second. Fans of any of these duel choruses would do well to check out soundtrack four, where several are rerecorded and remixed into the chorus sound you hear in the Akio arc, which I personally prefer to these recordings.

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