Preview: G.E.M. Series - Revolutionary Girl Utena: Utena Tenjou 1/8 Complete Figure by MegaHouse

-----Based on our Japanese blog-----

Meshi here, ready to serve up another heaping helping of figure previews. You can't talk 90s anime without mentioning Revolutionary Girl Utena. The themes may be a dime a dozen nowadays but the show was a true pioneer for subverting genre tropes before "deconstructionism" became a dirty word. Thanks to the revolutions in figure technology since her time main heroine Utena Tenjou is finally getting the sculpt she deserves! Let's dig in!

G.E.M. Series - Revolutionary Girl Utena: Utena Tenjou 1/8 Complete Figure [MegaHouse]

Utena's look is equal parts shojo manga, Takarazuka and awesome.

MegaHouse has flawlessly captured a regal duel scene straight from the show. If you think her limbs are too lanky to fight with a sword you may be right, but she wields the Sword of Dios purely with her heart.

The tempest of tassels and flowing pink hair make you feel like you are right there in the fight with her, though hopefully not as the opponent! The fine details and coloring are exactly what we've come to expect from MegaHouse.

Utena is a tomboy through and through yet even her rigid men's coat can’t hide her healthy proportions. And it's a good thing, too. Without a visual cue it can be next to impossible to differentiate genders in shojo manga.

As is often the case when characters make the 3D transition we get to see many sides of Utena not shown in the original works, not the least of which being this low backside view.

Like the sculpt itself, this outfit is decorative and intricate without crossing the line into being garish.

The character design screams "90s anime" in a good way. No, a great way. That's not to say that her willful stare doesn't rival the best that the current generation has to offer! Note that from this lower angle you can make out the rose ring on her left hand.

A bit (OK a ton) of backlighting shows off the clear parts used in her hair and frills while conjuring up a fantastic image not unlike a scene from the anime.

And finally a shot with the roses prominently featured in the story. A little creativity goes a long way when displaying your figures and I encourage everyone to give it, and Utena, a try!

G.E.M. Series - Revolutionary Girl Utena: Utena Tenjou 1/8 Complete Figure [MegaHouse]

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*Photos are of a prototype and the actual product may differ.