Ahiru (literally 'Duck' in Japanese), is a petite young girl in a junior high school's beginner ballet program. She's prone to stammering and clutziness. She has a huge crush on her sempai, Mute, a sad-seeming young man who doesn't speak much. Ahiru discovers that Mute is actually the prince out of a story written by the mysterious writer Drosselmeyer. When Drosselmeyer died, the prince and the evil crow he was battling in the story escaped. The prince defeated the crow, but only at the expense of shattering his own heart. Mute is a boy without feeling or understanding. Drosselmeyer, however, has somehow returned, and has offered Ahiru a chance to help Mute. She must become Princess Tutu, a magical ballerina, and help reclaim the pieces of her prince's heart. There is a catch, of course--Mute is being controlled by his roommate Fakia, also a dancer, who seems to want to keep the boy soulless and heartless. Drosselmeyer also told Ahiru that a certain dream she's been having is real. ... Written by
[as Duck and Fakir prepare to go up against Princess Kraehe to save Mytho]
Welcome to the stage I've been saving. Now. tell me the best story that was ever told! Tell it to me with no regard for your lives!
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This was the first anime I ever watched and it is arguably stranger than even most anime series. But I was hooked from the start. The unique plot elements and characters gradually clarify into a truly thoughtful plot. I have heard some people say that this anime is just too weird, but the "wierdness" actually has reasonable explanations within the story that lead to a much more fulfilling experience than if everything was understandable from the beginning. The story is actually a meta-fiction that explores story archetypes, free-will and predestination, and true sacrificial love. All the lovely ballet sequences and references are just icing on the cake. It is also very funny with plenty of opportunities for fan-girling over the leads (Fakia<3!). "Princess Tutu" is probably not a very inspiring title to those looking for a quality show. However, I encourage you to look past the odd name as well as the odd first couple of episodes. This show has real heart and a wonderful plot that will take you so much deeper than a typical magical girl anime.
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