Uta Kata: It’s deconstruction elements and why it blows.
I think context is very important when it comes to why some people praise this show. For one, it’s an aging show that debuted in 2004 and didn’t cause a lot of racket in either hemisphere. People only really started talking about it once Madoka blew up. Deconstruction and dark magical girl anime became a hot topic and people started looking into older magical girl deconstructions like Revolunary Girl Utena. During this time Uta Kata suddenly seemed relevant.
Uta Kata does indeed have elements of a deconstruction. It lays out the basic formula of the magical girl genre and in its later half it has some dark moments that are suppose to make it feel rooted in the real world and show that being a magical girl can have physical and psychological complications.
Why it blows:
Uta Kata was not and still isn’t very popular. It remains obscure to most and I think the reason is because it’s really not that great. Uta Kata had very little influence. It didn’t pave a way for Madoka to any extent. While it does have some dark ideas, they only remain ideas because Uta Kata’s storytelling is incredibly poor. Though, story telling doesn’t matter much when that’s not what the audience is asking for. Uta Kata has tons of fan service. So it’s clearly is not meant for little girls or even a general adult audience either. It’s dark themes don’t come out until toward the end of the show making it reminiscent of School Days or Master of Martial Hearts, both fan service heavy shows. The dark elements were probably there in the first place in an attempt to give, what is otherwise a very generic show, some kind of substance that might appeal to its adult audience. Not to make a statement or explore the magical genre. Uta Kata fails to even properly world build or create a proper suspension of disbelief. We never fully understand the villain, characters’ back stories or even how or why the magic works the way it does. So obviously it doesn’t explore any of the ideas of metal illness, suicide, and sexual abuse it puts forth to any satisfying degree either. They are there as cheap trick to distract from the fact the show has no real substance. It’s lack of quality story telling totally debunks any weight given to its dark themes as well as makes it unenjoyable as a run of the mill magical girl show.
Uta Kata really shouldn’t be held up as an example of magical girl deconstruction next to Madoka or Utena because that isn’t what it set out to be and it in no way accomplishes deconstructing the genre to the same extent that those two do.
Thank you for reading my rant.
I disagree in that I think Uta Kata should still be looked at as an example of a “Dark” or “Deconstructtive” magical girl series because that’s defo what it is in essence.
That being said I agree with like everything else. It wasn’t the worst magical girl show I’ve seen but it was slow and badly paced. The idea is cool, and I loved the “dress sphere” aspect of getting different magical girl outfit each episode but the bad writing ruins it.
I gotta say i dont remember much of Uta Kata, other than some of the outfits which were either fantastic or just pure fanservice (and not even pretty! there was like one outfit were all she wore was this underboob shirt and this weird lil loincloth and these bigass ugly boots and a weird friggin brown hat thing) the soundtrack sure was bitchin’ though.