Princess Tutu has an effective original premise in the blending of ballet and the dark side of fairy tales. Focused around Ahiru's struggles to get back the heart of Mytho as Princess Tutu while unaware of Drosselmeyer's manipulations, the mahou shoujo approach of Princess Tutu is quite different from other titles of the genre I've seen. Rather than having Tutu battle enemies, this title has her dance with other characters to help them figure out the internal conflicts they are facing and to calm down the intensity of their feelings from whichever part of Mytho's heart is influencing them. This approach does make Tutu have a "monster of the day" approach throughout much of the show's first half. At the same time, Tutu's four central characters of Fakir, Mytho, Rue and Ahiru get a good amount of depth and development as I was given enough sense of what they thought of one another from Rue's obsessive love for Mythos to Fakir's obsessive need to protect Mytho from obtaining his heart. There are also enough plot twists in Princess Tutu that maintained my interest in the series which leads to the series becoming increasingly darker as things progress thanks to later developments in the plot that affect the thoughts of the characters and cause them to develop over time, attempting to getting out of the designated roles that Drosselmeyer manipulated for them.
In terms of elements, Princess Tutu does well at sticking with its ballet and fairy tale approach. Elements of the fairy tale Drosselmeyer created for the town are present throughout this series where anthropomorphic animal characters and talking puppets blend in with humans without anyone thinking how strange it is. There's also a brief dark fairy tale story told by a narrator at the start of each episode which provides some foreshadowing into the events that you can expect in each episode and the manipulations of Drosselmeyer. Later facts that Fakir learns of his heritage also contribute to the fairy tale approach. The ballet approach is clearly shown through the ballet school that Ahiru and the other characters take part in, as the series shows the rigorous routines and expectations of the profession. It blends with the fairy tale approach to look into themes of love and the overcoming of destiny that are commonplace with the romance genre. Blending with the ballet approach are classical music renditions that do well to flow with the mood of specific scenes seen throughout this series. I went especially giddy when I heard "Night on Bald Mountain" during a scene where Mytho was practicing his dancing during an episode in the second half of the series which shows the internal conflict facing his character at that particular point in the story.
Visually, Princess Tutu is not as impressive. While scenery was decently created with enough color and a good amount of detail, character designs were a bit on the simplistic side. Plus for a title that focuses much on ballet, it makes liberal use of still shots during dance sequences with the characters.
Visual gripes aside, Princess Tutu is still one of the all-time greats of the magical girl genre. The blending of ballet and fairy tales is a fresh concept rendered quite well with fleshed-out central characters and enough developments in plot to keep you hooked on the series throughout its 26-episode run.
Rating: 9 of 10
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
Dream: Taka: Looks like you didn't click on the link in my last comment. You'll get the DIO nod when you click on it.
Jan 7, 2020 22:15:55 GMT
Master Menos: Dream: I've always been a PC guy anyways. (Yeah, that was funny!)
Jan 8, 2020 4:09:50 GMT
Master Menos: Sidebar updated! Taka: My turn to scratch your back, Taka. 2019 me got really messed up with the job. @_@
Jan 8, 2020 4:53:59 GMT
Taka: Thanks Master Menos! I'll work on finishing the Winter 2020 guide.
Jan 9, 2020 4:50:29 GMT
Dream: My second Funi poll is done. Titles I will be watching and reviewing will include Chobits, Samurai Champloo, Spice and Wolf, Gankutsuou, and Dance in the Vampire Bund. Will let folks know which one I start off tomorrow at some point.
Jan 11, 2020 5:39:30 GMT
Dream: First anime I will sample among the Funi titles is Chobits. As a heads up, the series on Funi's Youtube channel is missing the two recap episodes the series aired. Not that I'll be missing those however.
Jan 11, 2020 15:13:09 GMT
Dream: Wow, never knew Shinbo was Gil, Sousuke, and Domon. More you know.
Jan 11, 2020 17:52:00 GMT
Dream: Just completed Chobits. Will get a review up for it at some point this afternoon.
Jan 18, 2020 18:37:22 GMT
Dream: Will post a little later what the next voted anime will be that I will watch and review.
Jan 18, 2020 19:48:38 GMT
Dream: Next anime up to cover will be Dance in the Vampire Bund. Suppose a short anime will do for now following Chobits.
Jan 18, 2020 21:32:36 GMT
Dream: Concluding things at episode 2 with Vampire Bund for the night. Hoping to get back to Basquatch tomorrow, as long as I'm not swamped with anything.
Jan 19, 2020 3:00:33 GMT
Dream: Geez, it's really quiet. No activity in the forums since I posted my review from yesterday.
Jan 19, 2020 15:57:41 GMT
Taka: I'll email the receipts. The best anime and manga of 2019 will be extended to Wed. I don't get time off for Mon because of community service. Please vote if you haven't yet. Thank you!
Jan 19, 2020 20:44:07 GMT
Dream: Hmmmm... looks like the version of Vampire Bund I'm seeing on Funi's YouTube channel's an edited version. A couple minutes of episode 2 were clearly removed with Mina in nothing but underwear battling human assassins. Then again, recall there was a good...
Jan 19, 2020 22:49:15 GMT
Dream: ...deal of controversy with the series a decade earlier thanks to the seemingly underaged nudity of Mina while in her younger form.
Jan 19, 2020 22:50:13 GMT
Dream: Not sure if I should be donning the nostalgia goggles or not giving a damn. Looks like the original Digimon Adventure series is getting a reboot airing starting in the Spring season.
Jan 21, 2020 3:21:13 GMT
Taka: I'll watch it if there's nothing catching my eye in Spring. winter 2020 was a weak anime season for me.
Jan 22, 2020 18:29:46 GMT
Dream: Wouldn't say it's all bad for me. Have a few titles holding my interest. Just it typically doesn't have as many major titles of note that would hold me over.
Jan 22, 2020 23:54:44 GMT