Note: This review contains no spoilers. This review is also in honor of World Ballet Day on October 4th 2016 as of this review's release.
Princess Tutu is about a girl (that was turned from a duck) in a town where stories and reality are intertwined. The spirit of a storyteller entrusts her to obtain the power to help a prince regain all the feelings of his heart back to him by recovering the broken shards of said heart. However, not everything is as it seems, especially since the storyteller is known for his tragic tales.
Storyline The story starts off a tad slow and rather cheesy, but as the story went along, it transformed into quite a dark and deep tale within the very feminine exterior (of the series's name especially). It fixed the pacing issue earlier down the line and the story that was constructed ended up being fitting as a fairy tale within itself all the way to it's touching end result.
Characters At first, Ahiru may annoy some, but she was easy to get used to as the story went along and alongside her, all the other main characters (Myutho, Rue and Fakir, whom was the biggest tool at first) turned out to be very strong characters due to their development. Many side characters (especially Edel) also turn out to be damn strong too. The only other advisories on characters would be Piké and Lillié for being rather terrible friends to Tutu, funny moments aside and Mr. Cat, despite being a comic relief character that also gets much better later on as he goes.
Pros and Cons The art style is beautiful and is very kind to the eyes. The animation is nicely done with hardly anything bothersome at all (especially for the dances) and the music is fitting to the tale. Both the original themes and the themes from many ballet plays work extremely well with each scene that they are presented in. I watched both the English Subbed and the English Dubbed versions of the show and although the dubbed version sounds better to me, you cannot go wrong with choosing either version to try.
Some mild nudity is present (including within Ahiru's transformation into Princess Tutu) and it often gets quite uncomfortable. The first impression approach within Princess Tutu's name and appearance will put off some people unless they are well acquainted with the shoujo or magical girl genres, so this is a difficult series to introduce to new coming anime viewers unless they are heavily into fairy tales or are brave enough to check out feminine looking shows.
Final Verdict After checking this out multiple times since first viewing it back when I often used libraries (which was a long while back), my opinion still stands on this being a 10/10. Wouldn't recommend this to any newcomers, but for those that want a dark, yet very beautiful story, Princess Tutu is an extremely good one to check out.
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