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Princess TutuReviewed by Amehsk
Submitted December 27, 2012 • 164 views
Long before the story's timeline, a writer named Drosselmeyer from Gold Crown (Kinkan) Town, played with others' fates using stories that became reality. For this behavior, his hands were cut off and he was killed by those fearing his power.
Drosselmeyer's final story was thus left unfinished, and the Prince and The Raven in it were locked in eternal battle. After many years had passed, The Raven broke free from the story and into the real world, and the Prince pursued him. To seal away The Raven, the Prince shattered his own heart with his sword.
Drosselmeyer had however written about himself before he died, and thus continued to control events despite his death. When he sees a duck watching the sad, heartless Prince Mytho dancing on the water, Drosselmeyer decides to let the story take a new course. He gave the duck a magical necklace, which transforms her into a human girl named Ahiru (Duck), so that she might find a way to help the Prince.
The story is wonderfully fairy tale-like. From the first moment that you start watching it till the last second of the whole series, you are transported into another world. A surreal world where animals talk and dance, where a prince who lost his heart wanders aimlessly, where a knight who is afraid of death protects him and where a duck whose only desire is to turn into a girl to save the sad prince exists.
Every element of this story is beautifully done. Whether it's the stories and lessons they teach, the emotions they display or the way it could capture your heart so simply.
The ballet scenes in this were breath-taking. You hold your breath while watching them and a deep desire grows in you to one day learn ballet.
The character's emotions were displayed perfectly, it was like watching a dream.
I liked the small details they put in. Like the town clock, when it strikes an hour, little wooden figures of Princess Tutu and the Prince dancing, the Raven and the Prince alone come dancing out.
You can never go wrong with classical music. You have all the greatest compositions of the pioneers of western classical music used in the anime.
Every scene has it's own piece and that makes it all the more magical.
I love the ballet scenes that were expressed so well could not have been so perfect without the music.
You get a new found love for classical music too after watching this anime.
Each character had it's own life to it.
Duck who wished to be a girl when she saw the prince's sad eyes. Ahiru the girl, who was always held back in class and wished that someday she could become a great ballet dance. Princess Tutu whose only wish was the desire to collect the pieces of the prince's heart and make them whole for him.
Mytho, the prince who shattered his heart to kill the Raven. Who desired those feelings to come back to him while pondering on why each emotion was needed and why it felt that way.
Fakir the knight who was afraid to die. Whose purpose in the story was to one day die for his prince.
Rue the perfect ballet student who is sad and alone. Scared that one day even Mytho who she loved since she was a child will be lost to her. Princess Kraehe, the Raven's daughter who would do anything for him as only he would love her.
Each character had their own story.
I loved how Princess Tutu/Ahiru helped each one and in turn helped herself realize the meaning of- Be true to yourself.
This is my second favorite anime. Though it would be more enchanting to a child, it can make an adult remember suppressed emotions.
I would recommend this to anyone who once believed in fairy tales.
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