Actually this time I’m taking over the post because in fact I have never seen Princess Tutu until now! The reason I suddenly wanted to watch it is because I found out Yanagi Naoki (who was Cacao in Trouble Chocolate – my favorite anime of all time) voiced one of the lead characters. Yea so basically that’s what we’ve spent doing the past week
I can’t even begin to describe how awesome this show was. The reason I didn’t see it 7 years ago is I was like “lol wtf an anime about ballet.” But now that I watched it I’m really starting to remember how much better anime was 7 years ago. The anime had an actual story – not an episode full of panties, lolis and titties with no thought behind it other than DVD sales. There were so many bizarre elements like having animals act like people, but instead of looking like silly cartoony animals like Ahiru, they looked like creepy realistic animals so you’d see these random hippos, anteaters and cats doing ballet dancing
The other awesome part was, Tutu didn’t need magical powers or magic wands or some perverted transformation scene. She fucking danced the shit out of the bad guys and they got SERVED. Yeaa Princess Tutu was facking awesome. I give it a 10 on MAL. The only bizarro part for me had to be the whole shipping bit. In eps 1-13 it’s like HARD CORE Tutu x Mytho. Then suddenly episode 14-26 its like hardcore Tutu x Fakir and Mytho x Rue. It was kinda jarring at first but after you see more and more of the story it actually feels fitting. The end felt kinda rushed though and there was no “True End” for Ahiru and Fakir so I’ll just have to settle for some kawaii desu fanart:
JP’s Commentary: “lol wtf an anime about ballet” is probably the reason that nobody saw this. I mean, any other attempts to describe this would sound just as unconvincing. “It’s like Death Note, but with ballet”. Nah, still not really there. Or perhaps, “It’s the best anime ever about a dancing duck and a realistically drawn yet anthropomorphized cat that licks his balls.” Hmm, nope not yet. Oh! Maybe: “Like Utena, but without all the phalluses?”
It also has possibly the best use of music that I’ve seen in an anime. There’s plenty of anime with great soundtracks, and plenty with great soundtracks of classical music (like Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Nodame Cantabile, and yes, even Violinist of Hamelin.) What sets Princess Tutu apart is the way the music flows so well with the onscreen action. Rather than using Mahler while some spaceships blow each other up mainly because it sounds majestic, here the music and the action are intimately intertwined. As they should, after all—this is an anime that prominently features ballet.
On the topic of ballet, one thing that I thought was clever is that Princess Tutu doesn’t do like magical girl ballet with laser beams shooting out of her tutu or whatever. That sort of thing would make the show really ridiculous. Instead, she for lack of a better word, fights with ballet. That still sounds kind of weird, but I mean it in the sense that dancers in a ballet would fight with ballet. It gives her a way to express emotions, and then that expression (hopefully) moves the characters.
But in the end, nobody watched this. Can you say “cult favorite?”