20 years of this shit people
      Welcome to Empty Movement, where you'll find 20 years of compiled Revolutionary Girl Utena trash and treasure!! The 20th anniversary has been marked with a huge surge in interest in Japan, almost more than we can keep up with! Follow our Twitter especially for the most up to date bits and pieces.
      We've been 100% on it with new Revolutionary Girl Utena content that we didn't believe we'd ever see; the 20th Anniversary has turned out to create a ton of new buzz in Japan and abroad. First an Utena 20th Anniversary Exhibition. (Photo-Ops here.) Then Chiho Saito did a three part follow up manga that catches up with our kids to see how they're doing 20 years out. Read it here, because of course you can read it here.
      AND BEST OF ALL, we got the Musical Utena ~ Bud of the White Rose musical in 2018. Naturally, it's been translated, and because we literally went to this thing, there are complete collections of the promo/merch artwork and program, and we even made a soundtrack for it! We rallied with the lot of you, begging you to buy the Blu-ray and show them we mean business....and here we are, a year later...
      A BLACK ROSE MUSICAL IS COMING UP, with the same creative team and a lot of the same cast. This is absolutely insane!!! Yasha and I are doing our best to bring this home to you, the same way we did last time. But we're poor right now, because we didn't think this was going to happen. You know we rarely do this, but we've set up a GoFundMe to help us cover the costs of going back. You know it's gonna be worth it. :)
      In the meantime, for a quick rundown of the ongoing new content, look here. For a detailed list of new art, and everything else, check the changelog. For play by play updates and shitposts, follow the social medias. Especially Twitter, as of late.
jsyk this is Gio and Yasha layout as much as a Saionji and Touga one I CANNOT AFFORD FOR THEM TO KEEP MAKING UTENA STUFF

May 18th, 2019-

Ahem. For now, though, a quick site update with some neat new tidbits!! Some analysis, some creator content, and some liner notes, because we're all text-walls, all the time. Or not all the time. Also we're serving up episode 9 storyboards, the text-free end credits for Virtual Star Embryology, and a couple new doujinshi! Check the specifics out below.

In the meantime, don't forget to download the new musical and its translation, and by all means check out Morphology of Utena, where we have series-accurate swag to purchase. Proceeds go to the maintenance of the site and acquisition of new content for it. How I keep finding new stuff, I honestly don't know.


In Analysis of Utena:
'Utena' as an Adaptation of 'Sleeping Beauty' [Written by Jane]
The Japanese LDs included absolutely tons of additional content, much of it translated for the English Nozomi release of the DVD/BRs. However, these episode notes were not translated, and include some really amazing tidbits, like that the production crew used totally different arc names. Whoops! The episodes covered here span from episode 20 to episode 36.

In From the Mouths of Babes (Creator content):
Japanese Laserdisc Episode Notes
[Translated by coriolisky, collected and hosted with permission from content pulled from coriolisky's Tumblr.]

The Japanese LDs included absolutely tons of additional content, much of it translated for the English Nozomi release of the DVD/BRs. However, these episode notes were not translated, and include some really amazing tidbits, like that the production crew used totally different arc names. Whoops! The episodes covered here span from episode 20 to episode 36.

In Audiology:
Ikuhara's Liner Notes for OST 3: Internal Clock, Municipal Orrery
Thank you so much to Feral Phoenix for providing the translation of Ikuhara's liner notes. They're surprisingly dark!

Changes to the Gallery:
Storyboards: Episode 9, "The Castle Said to Hold Eternity" [115 Images]
(Storyboards Kazayama Juugo, donated by cscratch, scanned/cleaned by Yours Truly)

Ending Sequence 3, "Virtual Star Embryology" [43 Images]
(Replaced previous low quality images with copies, text-free, from the Japanese Blu-ray)

In The Doujinshi Gallery
In the romance aisle and the sweetness aisle respectively! The first is a double-feature, Utena/Anthy and Miki/Kozue. The second is a sweet, silly set of scenarios that largely follow about Touga.

(Previous update, February 27th, 2019)

In Historia Arcana (Japanese Text Resources)

Musashino University Press' Issue 115: "Actual Sexuality"
"Disturbing, Traversing, Borderless, Shaking Sexuality: The Place Where Revolutionary Girl Utena Was Born"
This is a college published interview and analysis where Ikuhara discusses the queer origins in pop culture of Utena. Please for the love of fucking God someone translate this thing. There are pictures of David Bowie and Kirk/Spock BDSM fanzines from the 70's I NEED IT.

Interview with Mizuki Yamamoto for Kono Manga ga Sugoi!
This is a small interview with the actress that starred in an Utena-based episode of the late night TV docudrama above named. She did a photoshoot to reinact a panel of the Utena manga. Dios almost got cast as a Caucasian man. No I'm serious.

In The Doujinshi Gallery
By Anatomic Angel: A nice big pile of Anatomic Angel's epic outfit design and sharp, stark artwork.

By Rose Revue: A dialogue between series and movie Utena. Cool!

Sweet Stories by Various Artists: The first two here are beautiful and awesome, and you want to see thenm.

Full color doujinshi: Yes, this is Penguindrum, but I figured y'all would appreciate it anyway. :D

Changes to the Gallery:

The Musical Blu-Ray, Scans & Extras [14 Images]

Touga and Juri Unused Stills (I stole these lol)

Musical Utena's Promotional Stills

Musical Utena's Early Teaser Images

Musical Utena's Cast Shots

Miscellaneous Production Images from the Musical

Episode 5: The Sunlit Garden - Finale
The flashback shots have been replaced so that they include the comparison shot at the end of the episode. About 15 images got replaced throughout the episode.

Little Bits:
-Rearranged the Historia Arcana section, splitting it into two pages in anticipation of a lot more articles and such.

Previous Update (January 11, 2019)

New sections:

Musical Utena ~ Bud of the White Rose - Download it, watch it, listen to the 'soundtrack' I made, worship it, stan it.

Morphology of Utena – While we accept donations, we'd rather sell you swag! Welcome to our personal webstore where we make custom Utena goods like series-accurate notebooks and series-accurate disaster gym shirts, Utena, what the fuck. Note: Check your categories, and do not try to check out with both Printful and Printify in the cart. If you get charged like 4x for shipping, that is why--check out the items separately. :) Why isn't this RedBubble? Because I wanted the maximum amount of control over the final product, and wanted to do things RedBubble doesn't do. Also, the margin is higher. *shrug*

Additions to Analysis of Utena:
- The Body as a Bargaining Chip – A fascinating deep dive into the connection between Touga and Anthy, what makes them different, but more worryingly, what makes them the same: victimization and abuse, and the gendered bridges between. Trigger warning for discussion of rape and abuse. (Written by Yasha)
- The Comet in the Stars – Akio's comet speech in episode 34, newly accurately translated, why he says it, what it means, and how it turns out. Mostly, it's about his spiraling relationship with Anthy, and how his stupid ass can talk himself into a corner without any encouragement at all. (Written by Giovanna)
- Lady Berserk: Revolutionary Girl Utena and Berserk – This essay explores the similarities between these two staples of their respective genres within anime, and how the language of anime and the thematic elements of both are closer than we think! (Written by Lt. Tangerine)

Additions to Mouths of Babes (English-translated Creator Content/Interviews/Etc):
- Eulogy for the Fool – Ikuhara Kunihiko and Ohtsuki Kana Discussion, an awesome interview from the Ikuhara retrospective published in 2017: Kunihiko Ikuhara - Revolutionary Girl Utena, Mawaru Penguindrum, Yuri Bear Storm ... Our Revolution and Survival Strategy. Translated by @why1758.
- Art of Utena Interview with Kazayama Juugo – An interview with one of the artists that worked under be-Papas, directing episodes, writing scripts, and storyboarding. Translated by coriolisky.
- Whisperings of a Rose – Interview with Ikuhara and Saito published in Newtype magazine in May 1997. Translated by @t_unmasked.

Additions to Audiology (Utena Album Info):
- Barbara Dwarf Star Child Apocalypse – EJ's been so kind as to translate the bizarre liner notes for OST 12!
- Lyrics: Earth Prison Panopticon – EJ's translation/romanization/kanji of the last track of the Barbara CD, Earth Prison Panopticon, is now available for viewing!

Additions to Historia Arcana (Japanese Resources):
HMV Magazine Ami Noujo Mini-Interview – A wee little interview published in HMV Magazine for Ami Noujo, the actress that portrays Utena in the 2018 musical.

Changes to the Doujinshi Gallery:
The entire section has been revamped to organize content and remove material that's a little frisky for the times. Content warnings have been added to sexually explicit material, and anything past rated R is no longer available.

New doujinshi:

Asterisque by Dwarf Sunflowers
A sweet little set of shorts, with absolutely gorgeous artwork and loveable chibis.

This is Cool by The World
Holy shit, y'all this is a doujinshi about the Sega Saturn video game. RIGHT? Aptly named.

Utena by o-ji-in-arauri
ANOTHER Sega Saturn game doujinshi! Not as long, but it's still a total unicorn.

MERCI LA VIE by Loli-Killer
The same artist as Anatomic Angel draws a series of humorous shorts. Akio gets slapped in the face.

Positively Success Fate by Celestial Speech
Starts serious, ends with Saionji putting an octopus hat on Anthy.

Roses, Swords, and Revolutions by AHRI Project
WARNING: RATED R, ADULTS ONLY. Mostly Akio and Touga with limbs the length of skyscrapers getting down.

In the Gallery: Blu-ray quality replacements of shots in the series

Episode 25: Our Eternal Apocalypse

Replaced the scene of Touga and Akio on the bed, as well as the following scene of Akio and Anthy leading to the episode end.
(Series_ep25_247 - Series_ep25_268)

Episode 34: The Rose Seal & Episode 38: The Ends of the World
Replaced these two images since I was discussing them being a matched shot in the Discord.
(Series_ep25_247 & Series_ep25_268)

Nuts & Bolts
- Amended Sex, Torment, and Body Language, an essay in Analysis, to distinguish between the coercive rape I am describing, and the violent rape I'm arguing against, as this distinction is not clear now that rape is the dominant term for both events.
- Reworked the layout for From the Mouths of Babes to be comptaible with new browsers, and more readable on mobile LAWL
- Reworked the layout for Analysis of Utena to be compatible with new browsers LAWL
- Corrected some code that was breaking in the Site section, some minor updates to it, fixed links to hosted site

Contact: Giovanna or Yasha

The content on Empty Movement belongs to Giovanna Spadaro and Yasha (who will remain otherwise nameless). Images and media scanned, ripped, and altered by us. Shoujo Kakumei Utena (Revolutionary Girl Utena) is © Kunihiko Ikuhara, Chiho Saito, Shogakukan and bePapas/TV Tokyo and/or their respective copyright holders. The US release of the Revolutionary Girl Utena series and movie is © Nozomi Entertainment, previously © Central Park Media, and the US release of the Utena manga is © VIZ . Don't sue us.


I know it is supposed to be Utena and Anthy for the big anniversary but no fuck you