InfoTitle: Princess Tutu
Studio: Hal Film Maker
Licensee: ADV Films
Year Produced: 2002-3
Number of Episodes: 26
Available Online: Yes (For free, without registration, on The Anime Network)
A long time ago there was an anime horribly named Princess Tutu. Men wouldn’t watch it because others would question their sexuality upon doing so, and women wouldn’t watch it because it sounds like it would be little girl’s cartoon. In the end, Princess Tutu would end up being the ugly duckling of anime, forever lost to other anime with awesome titles like ‘Gunslinger Girl’, and ‘Murder Princess’.
However, in most cases a series' title means nothing. For example, you would think an anime called ‘Those Who Hunt Elves’ would be an epic masterpiece featuring Legolas fighting off insane hunters who can shoot 5 bows at once while riding on top of a flying dolphin, etc... but in the end it isn’t that great; not withstanding tanks and breasts. What I’m trying to say is that even if you name an anime Princess Tutu, it can still be epic.
--- God Len
PlotPrincess Tutu is actually two things in this anime. On one hand, it is a classical story, written by the long dead Drosselmeyer. The other, is in the real world, where events similar to the story are playing out.
Duck, our quacking protagonist of the story, is approached by Drosselmeyer (who should be deceased.) He explains how elements of his story are quite real, and that "the prince" Mytho needs her help. Drosselmeyer gives her a magic pendant that allows her to become a girl, who, in turn, attends the same ballet school as Mytho. In times of need, she actually becomes of the legendary Princess Tutu, and restores elements of his heart. The twist? The emotions she returns to the Prince are, by default, negative emotions (despair, guilt, etc.)
Oh, and eventually Duck learns that the story is a tragedy. If "Princess Tutu" ever admits how she feels to the Prince, she'll turn into a speck of light and disappear for ever.
Things you might like
- Don't let your masculinity be challenged, this series makes ballet cool.
- Monster of the week format makes each episode approachable, yet fits into a larger framework
- Despite its light colors/action, the tone is fairly dark, with each character consistently punished for their most noble actions.
- Piles of classical music you'll actually recognize, and feel smarter for knowing.
Recommend it to friends who liked...Revolutionary Girl Utena
Romeo x Juliet