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While I think it's best not to touch something near perfection, I wouldn't mind seeing the Utena TV series looking a little less grainy in image quality. It'd be interesting to see it done again with digital cel animation this time.
More like the movie in other words? =)
Utena was actually the first one that came to my mind too, however, for a while I've been under the impression that they intentionally did it that way, because I'm sure I saw some animes from the same time period that had better animation. But then again I'm not quite sure how many years ago Utena was done, I only have an estimate. =/
It was in 1997, so compare it to NGE, and Cowboy Bebop the next year.
It is possible that the older look was intentional; seeing as Utena was highly stylistically influenced from 1970's animation, namely 'Rose of Versailles'.
It might also be a budget constraint, as the series was 39 episodes, and a lot of focus had to be placed on other details possibly to make up for it; character design, the color scheme, backdrop symbolism, etc. Whatever is done, though, it all seems to work towards a greater purpose in the story. Even when footage is reused, for example; it doesn't feel like a typical Magicalgirl-esque copout; it feels like all repeated frames have some purpose to the scheme of things.
But, we did get to see the movie, so that's all good.