So I just finished watching my favorite anime of all time, Princess Tutu. It sounds really, really dumb but if you honestly give it a chance it will surprise you and possibly break your heart.
To start with the main character is a duck. She has fallen in love with a handsome prince. She notices that his eyes are terribly lonely and wants to put a smile on his face. For the prince’s sake she becomes a girl and accepts the role of Princess Tutu, the only one who can help the prince. That’s the basic premise but that’s only the surface of the story. Once you get into it you see just how involved the plot really is.
I love this show for so many reasons not the least of which is that it is full of ballet. All of the main characters dance and attend a ballet school together. Dancing abounds as does classical music, primarily from ballets as well. Not only that but it borrows from the stories of ballet pretty consistently as well as running its own original plot line.
It is also very much a fairy tale, specifically in the tradition of Grimm. I’m pretty sure all of the writing that you see in the show is in German. The whole town has a distinctly fantasy and fairy tale look too.
This show holds special significance for me as a writer because of the character Fakir and the underlying plot of a world controlled by stories. As a writer myself the focus on the power to bring stories to life was fascinating and beautiful. I especially loved the story of Fakir struggling into his place as a writer, finding his muse, and like any writer, harnessing his power.
Fakir and Ahiru (as Princess Tutu) in a screenshot from an awesome scene. I think the line of the story between the two of them was my favorite. Also Fakir’s story is simply fantastic as you see a complete character arc with him.
Yeah anyway, I love this show and think more people should watch it if only for the fact that it is a piece of art and I believe that it is an very amazing example of brilliant storytelling.